TUCSON - The chief of the U.S. Border Patrol's Tucson Sector says there's a response plan ready in case organized crime violence wracking northern Mexico spills over the border.
Chief Robert Gilbert says the patrol has spent the past 18 months planning a response with local sheriff's, police and other state and federal law enforcement agencies.
Gilbert says the plan calls for using the Tucson Sector headquarters as a command center with field commands in Douglas or Nogales, depending on where the violence happens.
Narcotics traffickers have become increasing violent in the past year, with hundreds dead in northern Mexico. Just last week, 10 gunmen were killed in running battles with state police in the city of Nogales, across the border from Nogales, Arizona.