DPS kicks off border strike force mission

- The Arizona Department of Public Safety is kicking off a new effort to cut down on the flow of heroin and other deadly drugs at the Mexican border. It's called the border strike force, and the emphasis is on using high-tech tools so law enforcement agencies can work together to seize the drugs, and the people used to sell and transport them.

DPS says heroin overdoses have quadrupled since 2002 and seizures of both heroin and meth are way up. So the focus is on stopping them, so they don't cross the border and do damage across the state.

The Director of DPS, Col. Frank Milstead says he doesn't have an estimate of what the program will cost, or how it will be paid for. He expects to have more details on that when Gov. Ducey unveils the state budget on Friday.

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