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Published on May 28, 2011
In conjunction with the Tohono O'odham Police Department, the Drug Enforcement Agency recently installed a camera surveillance array system in the West bound traffic of SR86 in Southern Arizona. The location is close to the Border Patrol Checkpoint near mile marker 147 setup to seize all East bound traffic.
The camera array consists of six video cameras setup at various angles & heights for recording the outside & inside of vehicles passing by, including images of the driver & passengers along with two ELSAG AD3-FG automated license plate readers capable of recording the license plate of every vehicle passing by and cross-referencing the information associated with that license plate into a database for intelligence gathering and enforcement operations in real time.
In addition to the Department of Justice's DEA and the TOPD, the Border Patrol under the Department of Homeland Security is staged nearby at a checkpoint and substation to engage in real time enforcement operations on behalf of the DEA and TOPD.
All of this surveillance & enforcement activity is taking place well inside the country no where near an international border & absent any individualized suspicion whatsoever.