Ariz. Attorney General: $50M available in border security grants.

Arizona Attorney General Terry Goddard says law enforcement agencies in…

Arizona Attorney General Terry Goddard says law enforcement agencies in the four states bordering Mexico can start applying now for parts of $50 million in grants targeting border security.

The cash comes from a $94 million settlement Goddard reached with Western Union in February The deal resolved complaints that the company had unscrupulous agents that allowed drug and human smugglers to send ill-gotten gains to Mexico.

The grants can be used to investigate and prosecute money-laundering, human-trafficking, drug-smuggling and arms-trafficking crimes. Agencies in Texas, California and New Mexico agencies are guaranteed at least $7 million each.

A new Arizona border prosecution team with about a dozen members is also being set up in Tucson using settlement money.

Source: Chron AP Texas News

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