Thursday, November 4, 2010

Sonoran Desert National Monument: Election Week Patrol

Once the voting was done, it was time to go back out on a recon patrol in the Sonoran Desert National Monument south of Interstate 8. I selected an area between Smith Road and Stanfield because of continued human and drug smuggling activity in the area.

The BLM had replaced the travel warning signs with a “toned down” version to make the area seem more safe and appealing to the many winter visitors that are expected to come to our state once the temperatures fall well below 100 degrees.

I was pleased to see that the BLM had crews working on cleaning up the area. Much of the litter deposited by illegal aliens has been picked up and bagged. I ran into one of the workers while I was entering the national monument and spoke with him for a few minutes.

Keep in mind, this is still a major smuggling corridor and that visitors should continue bringing their firearms, just in case. You never know if some potentially dangerous person will cross your path.

Marijuana bundles found near Interstate 8

Tuesday morning, shortly after 7:00 am, a Pinal County Sheriff’s Deputy was on patrol in the area of Interstate 8, near milepost 157, when he noticed a white cloth suspiciously tied to a bush along the south side of the highway. Since this area is part of the known drug and human smuggling corridor, the deputy recognized the cloth as a marker drug mules commonly use to signal the “pick-up vehicle.”

Deputy discovers $80,000 worth of pot in the desert

Attentiveness by a Pinal County Sheriff’s deputy turned into the discovery of 160 pounds of marijuana early Tuesday morning.

While patrolling an area 20 miles south of Maricopa, the deputy noticed a white cloth tied to a bush near interstate 8 and mile marker 157.

Sheriff’s department spokesman Tim Gaffney said the deputy recognized the cloth as a marker drug smugglers commonly use to alert pick-up vehicles, so he left his vehicle to investigate.

As you can see by the above articles, lots of money is involved in smuggling. People are more than willing to kill for it.

Pinal supervisors, Babeu compromise to fight cartels

Pinal County Sheriff Paul Babeu isn't getting what he asked for in a dedicated drug and human smuggling enforcement task force.

But Babeu says a compromise reached Wednesday with county supervisors will meet the same objective: to disrupt cartel activity in western Pinal.

Board members have approved funding for the Sheriff's Office to hire and equip four deputies. Babeu had asked the board to foot the bill for seven new sworn positions to focus on crime prevention and the enforcement of drug and immigration laws.

It’s nice to know, we’re going to have a few more deputies keeping us company out there.

“Most individuals have always thought themselves not big enough or significant enough to have an effect on the whole planet, a notion which conversely made them think they could afford big arrogance and big greed over its resources.” --Lynette Fromme

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