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Sheriff Wiles Wants To Bring Back "Operation Stonegarden"

POSTED: Wednesday, January 14, 2009 - 9:44pm

UPDATED: Wednesday, February 17, 2010 - 2:22pm

Newly elected El Paso County Sheriff, Richard Wiles has a new plan to take on the drug problem in the county.

It may take participating in a controversial program to get the help.

You might remember "Operation stonegarden". In Chaparral, dozens of immigrants were deported after Otera County deputies there reportedly started checking for immigration status as part of the operation.

Sheriff Wiles says he hopes to crack down on drugs in the county by getting Federal money through the program. He says, however that his office will set the limits of the grant.

The Sheriff says if the El Paso County Sheriff's Department is given the 2 million dollars over the next three years, they will be focused only on cracking down on illegal narcotics and stash houses.

Sheriff Wiles says he does not believe that his deputies should be attempting to enforce immigration law.

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