Group of 77 illegals arrested crossing border

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TUCSON - The following is a press release from the Tucson Sector Border Patrol:

Saturday evening, agents working west of Douglas, Arizona successfully arrested 77 individuals after camera operators identified the large group crossing the International Border.

Camera operators first detected the large group approaching the border fence from Mexico.As the group crossed over the fence, a coordinated effort between agents of the Douglas and Naco Stations, along with Customs and Border Protection Air and Marine, resulted in the arrest of 77 individuals.All individuals were nationals of Mexico and were transported to the Douglas and Naco Border Patrol Stations for further processing.

The group explained to agents that the smuggler instructed them to cross the fence at the same time in an attempt to overwhelm Border Patrol resources.This case is an excellent example of how Border Patrol operations and strategies have become more effective across Tucson Sector.The proper mix of technology, infrastructure and manpower are rapidly proving that that individuals entering our country illegally are unsuccessful regardless of their methods.

In the performance of their duties, Tucson Sector Agents, arrested 60,189 illegal aliens during the first four months of Fiscal Year 2009 (October, November, December and January).