U.S.-Mexican coalition curbs border crime – Laura Rozen –

A coalition of U.S. and Mexican police agencies is being credited with playing an instrumental role in curtailing drug smuggling and illegal immigration along the Arizona border. The Alliance to Combat Transnational Threats, which combines U.S. Border Patrol, Mexican federal police and 60 American agencies, is responsible for the seizure of 1.6 million pounds of marijuana, the recovery of $13 million in cash and the arrests of 270,000 would-be border crossers, according to Alan Bersin, director of Customs and Border Protection.