I spent another long weekend along the drug and human smuggling corridor in the Sonoran Desert National Monument south of Interstate 8. Multiple law enforcement agencies were conducting a variety of anti-smuggling operations as well. These operations were both, on the ground and in the air.
Not all aircraft are operated by the "good guys". The extremely well financed drug cartels also pay pilots to help smugglers on the ground get their loads through the desert to awaiting customers.
On numerous occasions, we have observed small fixed wing aircraft pass over our locations and turn towards the Indian reservation to our south. It's a distinct and real possibility that these pilots are on the drug cartel's payroll. U.S. Customs and the Department of Homeland Security should scrutinize the airspace north of the border more than they do.
Sheriff's Posse Launches Air Operation
PHOENIX - Maricopa County Sheriff's posse members are taking to the skies to fight illegal immigration and other related crimes.
As many as 30 pilots will donate their planes and their time to patrol the southern border of Maricopa County.
If they see any illegal activity like drug smuggling, they'll radio it into deputies on the ground. http://www.myfoxphoenix.com/dpp/news/crime/sheriffs-posse-operation-desert-sky-3-29-2011
The National Day Laborer Organizing Network released a statement last week calling for federal intervention into Sheriff Joe Arpaio's plan to use aircraft to patrol the corridor as part of a month long operation targeting drug smugglers.
It would seem to me that this day laborer organization is in favor of dangerous and illegal drugs polluting our streets, schools and children.
Federal intervention should involve helicopter gunships directly engaging smugglers. Our border could be secured in only a matter of days if such a policy were instituted.
The US Border Guard volunteer Border Rangers will be conducting ground operations congruent to MCSO's efforts to halt narco-terrorism. We are privately funded and take no tax monies from the taxpayer. Your prayers and support are greatly appreciated. www.flickr.com/USBorderGuard
Arizona task force patrols drug corridor
With the U.S.-Mexico border the starting point and the Valley the end zone, there is a strategic game played every night between police and smugglers for control of the 50-yard line, a rugged stretch of desert that straddles Interstate 8 between Gila Bend and Casa Grande. The area has become the focal point for the state's war on drug trafficking.
A group of specially trained deputies and police officers confront smugglers nightly in the same cat-and-mouse game the two sides have played for decades, officials say. But as traffickers have become more sophisticated, police have been forced to expend more resources and create new partnerships in an attempt to keep up. http://www.azcentral.com/community/pinal/articles/2011/04/02/20110402arizona-mexico-drug-route.html#ixzz1IV1ZPvcd
On Friday, Arpaio pointed to drug seizures as a sign that the border is not secure.
"I know there are a lot of violent crimes occurring . . . Watch TV every night. What's that mean? We still have violent crime," Arpaio said. "As far as the drug traffic still coming in, that's serious. If we secured the border that much, why are we, with just 10 guys, making all these seizures if the border is secure.?"
By coming out to the smuggling corridors, you will also learn how secure our border is and how big the lies Janet Napolitano of the Department of Homeland Security is telling. Sometimes, I wonder if she really believes the big fat lies she tells.
Very early Saturday morning, a "blacked out" (no lights) vehicle got off Interstate 8 without the benefit of using a designated and signed exit. This vehicle passed right by our camp in a cloud of dust and at a high rate of speed. It was obvious that this person was up to no good. This is the mode of operation "load vehicles" use to transport drugs and illegal aliens.
On occasion, these criminals fall victim to their own greed and stupidity when their vehicles crash. Our desert is littered with the abandoned hulks that serve as a testament to their dangerous trade.
Inside the inner workings of the US Government, we seem to have the blind leading the blind. Our leaders say one thing and do the opposite.
"But my view is that you need a system at the border. You need some fencing but you need technology. You need boots on the ground. And then you need to have interior enforcement of our nation's immigration laws inside the country. And that means dealing with the employers who still consistently hire illegal labor." --Janet Napolitano