Alphabet Soup (work in progress)

Alphabet Soup is the title of my new project, chronicling law enforcement’s mobilisation to impede criminal activity in Pima County, along the borderland of south-west Arizona and Mexico’s Sonora state. Extraordinarily complex, with many moving parts and vested interests, the ongoing situation in the arid, searing hinterland mirrors many of the modern-day US’s societal challenges.

This is an expansive, long form story and is currently being shaped. Subjects and themes I witnessed and photographed in-depth include narcotics seizures, intelligence-led raids, body recoveries, intelligence operations, a monthly inter-agency regional intelligence briefing, aerial surveillance (night and day), and documenting Border Interdiction Unit (BIU) operations.

State & Federal agencies I engaged with directly: Pima County Sheriff’s Department (PCSD), Border Patrol (USBP), Arizona Department of Public Safety (AZDPS), Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), Alliance to Combat Transnational Threats (ACTT), U.S. Customs & Border Protection (CBP), U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service (USFWS), National Park Service (NPS), Barry Goldwater Military Police Range Security, and the Pima County Office of Medical Examiner.

If you would like to find out more about this project, please contact me via emile@emileholba.co.uk or +44 7780 621405 / Signal.

In the meantime, you can listen about my experiences whilst creating Alphabet Soup in my podcast interview over at Neutral Exposure.

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