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AG Goddard: $50M available in border security grants

Arizona Attorney General Terry Goddard announces that he has been informed the Obama administration will send 1,200 National Guard troops to the U.S.-Mexico border, during a news conference Tuesday, May 25, 2010, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)

Arizona Attorney General Terry Goddard announces that he has been informed the Obama administration will send 1,200 National Guard troops to the U.S.-Mexico border, during a news conference Tuesday, May 25, 2010, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)

Arizona Attorney General Terry Goddard says law enforcement agencies in the four states bordering Mexico can start applying now for parts of $50 million in grants targeting border security.

The cash comes from a $94 million settlement Goddard reached with Western Union in February The deal resolved complaints that the company had unscrupulous agents that allowed drug and human smugglers to send ill-gotten gains to Mexico.

The grants can be used to investigate and prosecute money-laundering, human-trafficking, drug-smuggling and arms-trafficking crimes. Agencies in Texas, California and New Mexico agencies are guaranteed at least $7 million each.

A new Arizona border prosecution team with about a dozen members is also being set up in Tucson using settlement money.

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