GCSO obtains grant to help fight border-related crimes

Graham County Sheriff PJ Allred, far left, asks the Board of Supervisors for approval of a $100,000 grant to help fight border-related crime in the area. - Contributed Photo

SAFFORD — State funds that typically have been designated for border counties are making their way to Graham County.

The Graham County Board of Supervisors unanimously approved a memorandum of understanding between the Sheriff’s Office and the Arizona Department of Public Safety for about $100,000 to combat human smuggling, drug smuggling and gangs, and to enforce employer sanction laws and immigration.

“The border counties have been primarily getting that money for several years, but we finally got some of it to come our way,” said Sheriff PJ Allred.

Allred said most of the illegal activity from the border tends to pass through Graham County to an intended final destination. The funds can be used for manpower or equipment necessary to stop the flow through the area.