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The Arizona Department of Public Safety Border Strike Force Bureau conducted a four-day operation Feb. 4-7 that resulted in 12 traffic stops, 40 arrests and the seizure of 3,743 pounds of marijuana.

Also seized during the operation were two firearms and three stolen vehicles.

The 40 arrests made in Operation Sidewinder included 34 citizens of Mexico, five citizens of the United States, and one other undocumented person. The firearms seized were an assault rifle and a handgun.

“The successes that the Border Strike Force is experiencing, especially during this latest operation, is a testament to the great partnerships that have been built between ADPS and other law enforcement agencies,” ADPS Capt. Dave Nilson said,

The Border Strike Force Bureau’s operation covered Pinal and Maricopa counties, and was assisted by Homeland Security, ICE, Border Patrol, Pinal County Sheriff’s Office, Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office and others.