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.
Actor Steven Seagal joined Arpaio Thursday afternoon as he kicked off the operation near Lower Buckeye Road and Durango Street.
The latest sweep began early Thursday. By the afternoon, Arpaio reported 13 arrests for human smuggling operations and one suspected illegal immigrant who was 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.
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