Joint Task Force Alpha achieves significant results in combating people smuggling |  South Texas
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Joint Task Force Alpha achieves significant results in combating people smuggling | South Texas

WASHINGTON, DC – Since its establishment in June 2021, Joint Task Force Alpha (JTFA) has made significant progress in combating people smuggling and trafficking from Central America and Mexico, announced Attorney General Merrick B. Garland.

JTFA, a joint venture between the Department of Justice and the Department of Homeland Security, has resulted in more than 300 arrests, 240 convictions in the U.S., and the convictions of 170 defendants. The task force also seized significant assets, including cash, property, vehicles, firearms, ammunition and drugs.

“JTFA has effectively increased coordination and cooperation among the Department of Justice, DHS, and foreign law enforcement partners,” Garland said.

Prosecutors from several U.S. attorney’s offices, including the Southern and Western Districts of Texas, the District of New Mexico, the District of Arizona and the Southern District of California, were assigned to the JTFA. The task force is supported by various components of the Department of Justice, including the Human Rights and Special Prosecutions Section of the Criminal Division and the Office of International Affairs.

In December 2023, the Organized Crime Task Forces (OCDETF) announced a new strategic initiative to further improve targeting of transnational criminal organizations and people smuggling networks.

Key cases include United States v. Felipe Diego Alonzo et al., where United States and Guatemalan law enforcement cooperated to arrest 19 members of a human smuggling ring.