The Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office has launched another operation aimed at busting suspected illegal immigrants, drop houses and related illegal drug activity.
Sheriff Joe Arpaio says up to 200 deputies and some of the 57 members of a newly formed illegal immigration enforcement posse will work the two-day operation in the Phoenix area.
The latest sweep began early Thursday. Deputies say 31 arrests had been made by Thursday night including at least 20 for human smuggling, one arrest for an open felony warrant and one suspected illegal immigrant arrested for carrying 425 pounds of marijuana.
Arpaio says his office’s 17 previous sweeps resulted in more than 1,000 arrests. He says a recent rise in the number of human smuggling arrests prompted another sweep.