WASHINGTON – Drivers going through any Northeast Kingdom town on any given day could very well see an out-of-town cruiser patrolling the streets and making traffic stops. It's all part of Operation Stone Garden.The United States Department of Homeland Security started funding Operation Stone Garden in 2008. Initially, the program was restricted to states that border other countries. The federal government later expanded it to states along the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans."The program is basically designed so you can have local, county and state law enforcement officers working in conjunction with the United States Border Patrol," said Vermont State Police Lt. Michael Manning. Operation Stone Garden focuses on apprehending criminals, stopping people from illegally entering the country, detecting and apprehending smugglers and "improving the quality of life" in the immediate vicinity of the border. For more of this story, see Wednesday's edition of The Newport Daily Express for April 10, 2013.