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Napolitano, others to unveil plan to combat drugs

Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano, left, looks at National Counterterrorism Center Director Michael Leiter, as they testify on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, Sept. 22, 2010, before the Senate Homeland Security and Government Affairs Committee hearing to examine nine years after 9/11, focusing on confronting the terrorist threat to the homeland.  (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)

Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)

Department of Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano and other Obama administration officials will use an Arizona border city as a backdrop to unveil their latest plan to confront drug smuggling.

Napolitano will be joined by drug czar Gil Kerlikowske (ker-lih-KOW’-skee) and Customs and Border Protection chief Alan Bersin in making the announcement late Thursday morning in the Arizona border city of Nogales.

Arizona is one of the country’s busiest hubs for marijuana smuggling.

The areas in and around the city of Nogales have been popular crossing points for smugglers.

Dozens of border tunnels have been discovered in Nogales since the mid-1990s.

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