Press Release - Tucson Sector PIO
Customs and Border Protection
Posted by AP March 25, 2005

U.S. Border Patrol launches Operation "Be Alert"

Tucson, AZ - March 25 -- The Tucson Sector Border Patrol is implementing a new community based operation entitled "Be Alert".

The operation began on March 24th with the placement of five informational billboards along major highway arteries. The operation is aimed at providing another line of communication between the citizens of Arizona and the Border Patrol. Citizens will be able to contact the Border Patrol concerning alien and drug smuggling activities utilizing the toll-free telephone number (877-USBP HELP). In addition, as part of "Operation Be Alert", the toll-free number will be placed on all Border Patrol vehicles in the near future. Citizens can also call this telephone number to provide additional information, ask questions, offer comments and express concerns.

The billboards have been place in strategic locations along Interstate 10 near Picacho Peak, Speedway Blvd, and Hwy 83, on Hwy 90 near Huachuca City, and on Hwy 85 near Ajo.

"We are looking forward to hearing from the public." said Michael C. Nicley, Chief of Tucson Sector, "The information we receive will assist us with the identification and dismantling of smuggling organizations operating in the Southern Arizona region."

The Border Patrol is a division of the U.S. Customs and Border Protection, an agency within the Department of Homeland Security, responsible for managing and securing our nation's borders.

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