As a follow up to a previous patrol, we secured several known drug smuggler spotter positions in the Sonoran Desert National Monument. The idea is to keep pressure on the cartels and send them the message that they and their illegal cargo are not welcome in the United States. We are forcing these criminal enterprises to re-think their strategy.
While part of the team ascended the surrounding hills, other members of the patrol provided constant security by using spotting scopes. Radio traffic was also monitored.
Several hours into the patrol, a k-9 patrol member became overheated and encountered some cholla cactus. At this point, we concluded the patrol and evacuated the K-9 to a rear area for re-hydration and first aid. Note: Dogs are less than cooperative when it comes to pulling out cactus needles.
We came to a point where we were almost out of the area of operation when we observed several assorted vehicles parked along the road. I saw several subjects in the wash to the immediate west of the road. Some were wearing camouflage and others were wearing street clothes. I was able to make a quick identification of one of the vehicles and determined them to be "friendlies".
It's of up most importance to maintain constant vigilance while exiting the area of operation. It's even more important to correctly identify all those persons we encounter out in the field. I was fortunate enough to have recognized a vehicle and its' owner. This allowed me to quickly assess the situation.
Our patrols require us to make quick decisions that potentially have life and death consequences. That being the situation, we must keep focused and alert at all times.
Following our debriefing in the rear area, I served up a crock pot full of beef stew. Some of our operations have been know to stretch out for days and we need to keep the troops well fed and hydrated.
Alleged head of Mexico cartel's killers arrested
MEXICO CITY - Federal police have captured the alleged leader of a ruthless gang of killers who work for a drug cartel in the violent border of Ciudad Juarez, Mexican news media said Saturday.
The suspect, Jose Antonio Acosta Hernandez, is wanted by the U.S. government on charges of murdering a U.S. consulate employee and her husband last year in Ciudad Juarez, which is across the border from El Paso, Texas. http://www.azcentral.com/news/articles/2011/07/30/20110730mexico-drug-gang-leader-arrest-consulate-killings-ON.html#ixzz1Te3vQxWo
One down and thousands more like this scum to go. Each time a high profile cartel figure is arrested or taken out, there are dozens more like Hernandez waiting to take his place.
Heroin, Cocaine, Meth Busts Up at Border (Video)
The Border Battle is not just about illegal immigrants -- drugs are also a big problem.
Over the past few months, we've seen video and pictures of Border Patrol agents uncovering huge stores of pot.
On Friday morning, we're learning from Customs and Border Patrol agents that they are seeing an increase in heroin, cocaine and meth busts. http://www.myfoxphoenix.com/dpp/news/immigration/heroin-cocaine-meth-busts-up-at-border-07292011
Recently, we encountered drug smugglers that were left to die out in the desert by their bosses. These cartels are so ruthless that they abandon the drug mules that make their wealth possible. This is the mind set of the enemy we're dealing with. How can people like that be reasoned with? They're nothing but greedy savages.
SB 1070: Still Controversial One Year Later
PHOENIX - It was one year ago on Friday that Senate Bill 1070 officially went into effect. And while Arizona's tough immigration law is challenged in federal court, it's still had a major impact on our state since it was signed into law.
Friday morning was quiet and peaceful at the capitol, but that wasn't the case just a year ago, when SB 1070 actually went into affect.
So, how has it affected our state and other states across the country? http://www.myfoxphoenix.com/dpp/news/immigration/friday-marks-1year-anniversary-of-sb-1070-07292011
Phoenix happens to be enjoying record increases in convention and tourist business. The claims that millions of dollars in lost revenue is a fraud perpetuated by left wing activists. Out-of-state liberal groups, sympathetic to illegal aliens notify the Chamber of Commerce and state that they were planning to hold a convention in Arizona, but due to SB 1070, they decided not to come. The whole thing is a lie. They never planned on coming to Arizona in the first place. The media still reports it as lost revenue despite the whole thing being a scam.
“If you tell a lie big enough and keep repeating it, people will eventually come to believe it. The lie can be maintained only for such time as the State can shield the people from the political, economic and/or military consequences of the lie. It thus becomes vitally important for the State to use all of its powers to repress dissent, for the truth is the mortal enemy of the lie, and thus by extension, the truth is the greatest enemy of the State.” --Dr. Joseph Goebbels