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US, Mexico team up to seal the border

A little-known coalition of US and Mexican police agencies has helped curb both undocumented workers and drugs

By Dennis Wagner

TUCSON — A little-known coalition of U.S. and Mexican police agencies has played a major part in cracking down on smuggling and illegal immigration along the Arizona-Mexico border, top Homeland Security officials say.

The joint operation among the U.S. Border Patrol, Mexican federal police and about 60 U.S. state, federal, tribal and local police agencies has had dramatic success making drug seizures and arresting undocumented immigrants, says Alan Bersin, director of Customs and Border Protection.

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