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Close to 300 Arrested During Operation Desert Sky

More than 7,000 pounds of drugs discovered
Updated: Thursday, 12 May 2011, 5:15 PM MST
Published : Thursday, 12 May 2011, 5:15 PM MST
PHOENIX – Maricopa County Sheriff Arpaio calls this month long operation a major success. Deputies seized drugs, guns and arrested hundreds of illegal immigrants.
On Thursday afternoon, Arpaio’s office showed off some of what they found during Operation Desert Sky.
Deputies displayed huge bails of marijuana wrapped in plastic. They discovered more than 7,000 pounds worth of drugs.
Deputies arrested close to 300 people, most suspected of being in the country illegally.
The operation featured Sheriff’s posse members flying in small planes searching for smugglers in rural Maricopa County.
The air support helped deputies make some significant busts.
"You have so many people carrying marijuana on their back..so it’s good for the air posse to fly over and report any suspicious activity to our ground deputies," said Arpaio.
While the operation targeting smugglers has wrapped up, Arpaio said he’s planning a new illegal immigration sweep for next week. One that will focus on a west Phoenix market where an off-duty Buckeye police officer was shot and killed recently.

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