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Pinal County Sheriff Paul Babeu seeks new unit to prevent crimes

The supervisors were scheduled today for a work session on the proposed Anti Smuggling Enforcement Unit, a team of one sergeant and six deputies that would be tasked with crime prevention and law enforcement on anti-smuggling issues.

But on Monday, the board chairman removed the item from the agenda for further study. The board has had the proposal for nearly a month.

Now, Babeu says the anti-smuggling unit has become a "political football" instead of a tool to deal with a law-enforcement emergency.

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