National Guard troops set up along the Arizona border will leave as planned the second week of June. Arizona National Guard Adjutant General Hugo Salazar says the mission along the southwestern border has gone well and troops helped the Department of Homeland Security watch the border while gathering intelligence against criminal cartels.
Homeland Security spokesman Matt Chandler tells The Arizona Republic that soldiers deployed along the border have helped seize more than 14,000 pounds of drugs and apprehended 7,000 illegal immigrants.
Gov. Jan Brewer said Tuesday she was disappointed the deployment was ending on schedule.
Brewer says the border region remains under threat from drug and human smugglers.