Saturday, September 17, 2011

Twenty minutes from home, 70 miles north of Mexico, we have bold and brazen drug smugglers ambushing law enforcement officers.

Sometimes called the most dangerous piece of real estate between Phoenix and Mexico, the Vekol Valley continues to be a nest full of vermin from Mexico. Drug and human smuggling are an epidemic here. Despite our citizen patrols and stepped up law enforcement operations, the problem persists. The only solution is to put more boots on the ground. We can talk about this until we're blue in the face, but the only solution is to directly engage the cartels. Politics needs to be checked at the door and national security should be paramount.

The Sonoran Desert National Monument south of Interstate 8 has been our area of operation for two years. I have lost count of the number of shootings that have occurred. There have been multiple incidents that resulted in injuries and fatalities. I'm sure there will be more.

DPS Officers Ambushed by Shooter

CASA GRANDE, Ariz. - An officer-involved shooting occurred in Pinal County Friday morning near an Interstate 8 rest stop.

Arizona Department of Public Safety officers exchanged gunfire with a suspect, east of Vekol Valley, near Casa Grande.

Officers had just ended an investigation of a human and drug smuggling case in that area, which is well-known as being a corridor for both.

The video in this story shows the kind of thick vegetation we encounter each time we go out in the field. People can disappear in just 30 yards. The reporter also managed to misidentify the rifle as an AK-47. There's too much wood on that weapon to be an AK-47. Take a close look. Remember, the media is not always our friend.

DPS: Officers shot at along Interstate 8

STANFIELD, AZ - The Department of Public Safety says shots were fired at officers on Interstate 8 in the area of milepost 147 west of Stanfield Friday morning.

According to DPS no officers were struck.

Officers from DPS, Border Patrol and deputies from the Pinal County Sheriff's Office are searching the area for suspects.

Mile post 147 lies on the Maricopa/Pinal County line. This area is very well known for drug related violence. In 2010, a Pinal County Sheriff's deputy was wounded by armed drug smugglers. Not long after that incident, two Mexicans were found shot dead. Earlier this year another incident resulted in a fatality and a wounding. Both subjects were Mexicans. I refuse to call them victims because they knew what they were getting into. Most of them have it coming.

What should concern travelers along Interstate 8 is the picnic area west of mile marker 147. It's right in the middle of this hot bed of violence. Unsuspecting travelers could find themselves in grave danger without any notice. Anyone that travels in this area should be armed and prepared to defend themselves. Beware of Mexicans! Your life depends on you ability to pay attention.

Arizona shooting: Shots fired at DPS officers in Pinal County

Shots were fired at DPS officers as they were working with the U.S. Border Patrol on a human- and drug-smuggling operation in Vekol Valley early Friday morning.

"It was an ambush," said Officer Carrick Cook of the Department of Public Safety. "The officers were just merely walking back to the command post."

Officers fired back at the shooter, but no one was injured in the exchange that took place just before 6 a.m. near Stanfield off of Interstate 8. The shooter ran away, and DPS officers, Border Patrol agents and Pinal County Sheriff's deputies organized a foot search.

"It was an ambush," Those words should make your blood boil. We have scores of foreign nationals well inside the borders of the United States of America attacking law enforcement officers. The idiots at the Department of Homeland Security insist that the border is more secure than ever. We have a problem here and the federal government has become deaf, dumb and blind. The lunatics are running the asylum.

Q&A: Janet Napolitano on managing the nation's third largest government agency

Department of Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano is in Madison this weekend for a pair of public speeches, including one Saturday for the Madison Civics Club's 100th anniversary.

Q: Your speech on Saturday, what will it cover?

A: Well, I don't want to give away everything, but generally, I will be talking about the shared responsibility of homeland security, between individuals and nonprofit groups, the private sector and government, and how we execute that responsibility. Everybody has a role to play.

"The future belongs to the few of us still willing to get our hands dirty."

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