Thursday, October 6, 2011

A relaxing evening at home suddenly turns into the pursuit of drug smugglers in my neighborhood

































On Wednesday, October 5, 2011, I was relaxing at home, doing nothing special when my phone rang. It was J.T. Ready calling for back up in regards to drug smugglers and a load vehicle near Amarillo Valley Road. I dropped what I was doing and jumped in my truck and was on the scene in approximately 5 minutes.

J.T. called the Pinal County Sheriff's Office and requested the assistance of a deputy. Unfortunately, the sheriff's office lacked the initiative to respond and referred J.T. to the US Border Patrol. I'm under the impression that the Pinal County Sheriff's Office isn't as interested in catching drug smugglers as they led me to believe. Don't believe everything you see or hear on TV.

Apparently, J.T. interrupted a dope load pick up and caused several subjects, believed to be illegal aliens, to flee. In the rush to escape they left their clothes, blankets, cell phones, steak, chicken, gangsta CD and marijuana magazine behind along the road. We also recovered a payroll stub from "Post Tension of Nevada" belonging to a subject named Felix Miguel"(S.S.N.# 600-53-4579). I guess making a better life for himself through honest work was no longer part of Felix's plan.

The load vehicle hastily drove off leaving a trail of beer cans behind. Oddly, the driver previously claimed that the car was broke down when J.T. initially made contact.

We initiated a search of the area, hoping to recover drugs and/or drug smugglers. After patrolling the vicinity, we set up a temporary command post along Amarillo Valley road and observed the area for activity. Upon completing our patrol, we debriefed at my residence. Then, I fired up my BBQ grill and cooked up the steak and chicken Felix Miguel and his cohorts left behind. Hopefully, Felix and his buddies are stuck sitting in the dirt somewhere with nothing to eat or drink.

This just goes to show how fluid and potentially dangerous of an environment I live in. Every road leading to my home is on a well known drug smuggling route. Things like this can and do happen anytime, day or night.

News: Two Arrested After Traffic Stop Turns Up Guns & Bullet Resistant Vests

On 10-03-2011 at approximately 7:32 pm, a PCSO deputy on patrol near the area on Interstate 8 just east of Murphy Road observed a 1996 Honda Accord traveling eastbound repeatedly strike the white fog line while having a license plate lamp that did not illuminate the plate properly.

Just west of Montgomery Road, the deputy activated his emergency light and initiated a traffic stop. As the deputy exited his patrol vehicle, a passenger in the Honda Accord exited the suspect’s vehicle and fled into the desert on foot. http://pinalcountyaz.gov/Departments/Sheriff/Lists/News/DispForm.aspx?ID=524

Interstate 8 is the primary corridor for a multitude of scum and criminals. People that travel this route are literally taking their lives into their own hands. Poor cell service and extended law enforcement response times make this route all the more dangerous for the traveler.

From the Pinal County Sheriff's Office. . .

110930104 Suspicious Person/Circumstance SUSPICIOUS PERSON
Incident Address : 2000 BLK S AMANDA DR MARICOPA
Time Reported: 12:49
Time Occurred between: 12:47:44 09/30/11 - 12:47:54 09/30/11
Cad Info: RP ADVISES THAT HIS WIFE, JUST CALLED AND ADVISED HER HUSBAND THAT THERE ARE ILLEGALS GOING THRU THE GARBAGE AT THE HOUSE. RP DOES NOW KNOW HOW MANY SUBJECTS, UNK WEAPONS OR INJURIES. RP ADVISED HE LOST CONNECTION WITH WIFE. RP HAD VERY LITTLE INFORMATION, HE IS CALLING HIS WIFE BACK NOW. RP ADVISED HE TOLD HIS WIFE TO BRING THE DOGS IN AS SHE WAS CONCERNED FOR THEIR SAFETY. COMING FROM C103 CHARLIE RP ADVISES 3 SUBJECTS HEADING NO ON SOUTH AMANDA. 3 HISP MALES, ALL APPEAR TO BE PRETTY BEAT UP. RP ADVISES HIS WIFE TOOK PICTURES AND THEY WERE ASKING FOR WATER. RP SAYS WIFE SENT THEM TO THE OUTSIDE TAP. DOES NOT APPEAR THAT THEY SPOKE ANY ENGLISH RP SAYS WIFE IS STILL AT THE HOUSE AND IS WAITING FOR A DEPUTY ON SCENE WITH RP DOING SECURITY CHECK OF THE AREA

Incidents like this occur on a regular basis. It became obvious to me that illegal aliens and drug smugglers are bold enough to do as they please, even in broad daylight. Apparently, their confidence is gained through the lack of motivation demonstrated by certain law enforcement agencies. Meanwhile, citizens have to worry about “uninvited guests” showing up at their homes without warning.

What is one supposed to do when the police turn their backs and look the other way when citizens observe and report a felony in progress? Some people will feel helpless while others will empower themselves to deal with the problem. The US Border Guard are the type of people that won't sit idly by and allow the thugs and criminals to take over. They take action.

A healthy and superior nation preserves the liberty of its members. One that fails to fend off invaders, or imposes a form of economic bondage upon its citizens to support nefarious redistributionist schemes is , by all definitions, dysfunctional and inferior.

Sunday, October 2, 2011

Back From Las Vegas, Going Back to School and Back Out on Patrol. . .




































Now that my Las Vegas vacation is over, it's time to get back into the swing of things. Summer is finally over, the temperatures are finally falling below 100 degrees and my activity level is increasing. Bright and early this morning, we engaged in another patrol for drug smugglers in the Sonoran Desert National Monument south of Interstate 8. We were out in the field before sunrise.

During this morning's patrol, an interesting item was discovered abandoned out in the desert. It was a sandal made out of an old tire. I remember seeing these sold by street vendors down in Nogales, Son. years ago. I suspect cheap Chinese imports have cut into the recycled shoe market as I have not seen these around in abundance as of late.

Similar sandals are also common on the African continent. The patrol volunteers that found this sandal, recognized it from his Vietnam days. He joked about having “flashbacks” They were nicknamed "J.C. Waterwalkers" (Short for Jesus Christ Waterwalkers.) Firestone was the particular brand these sandals were made from.

What Are Huaraches?

A huarache is a Mexican sandal that traditionally is made from a leather weave and a recycled tire sole. Huaraches are popular throughout most of North and South America. Need some tough warm weather footwear? A huarache sandal might be just the thing. The hand-made craftsmanship, the strong leather designs, and recycled tire sole, remind us of a Mexican tradition that has lasted for centuries. These days, huaraches can be found in all shapes, sizes, colors, and styles. Huaraches.com is your guide to understanding and finding the best sandals for you and your lifestyle. http://www.huaraches.com/

Blown Tire Shoes

I see blown truck tires along the road every few miles on my daily drive to work; I thought it would be cool to make some shoes out of them. So I finally pulled over an grabbed a tread (Watch out for stabbing steel cords at the edges of the tire scraps.) These things are a little tough and messy to make, but they use all recycled materials except for the glue.
http://www.instructables.com/id/Blown-Tire-Shoes/

After a more than a quarter of a century, I'm back in college talking classes. I have not been a student since receiving a Bachelor of Science degree in Natural Science from the University of Pittsburgh in 1984. I have enrolled in a non credit course called the Fundamentals of Search and Rescue at the Mesa Community College Red Mountain Campus. I thought it would be helpful to have more education and skills for our desert activities.

The initial cost of the course was $35.00. Unfortunately, after attending the first class, I learned that there would be additional fees, materials and equipment that I would have to acquire. These things are considerably more than $35.00. This will be above and beyond the $200+ I factored in for gasoline. Hopefully, I will be able to continue.

Fundamentals of Search and Rescue - Intermediate level course for search and rescue field personnel

The Fundamentals of Search and Rescue (FUNSAR) course is the second, intermediate level of NASAR courses. It provides knowledge concerning the general responsibilities, skills, abilities, and the equipment needed by persons who are assigned to field operations during a SAR mission.

The FUNSAR course also provides the student with practical exercises in addition to practice search mission where the students are required to have the proper equipment and stay out in the field during daylight and nighttime operations. The course content includes topics in three major areas: survival and support, search and rescue. This course is based around the rural and wilderness environments but the material is recommended as a basis for all SAR environments. http://www.mesacc.edu/

Chandler woman arrested for drug and human smuggling near Maricopa

Monday morning, around 5:30 am, a Pinal County Sheriff’s deputy on patrol noticed two vehicles traveling westbound on State Route 84, near the junction of Interstate 8.

As the deputy followed the vehicles, the lead vehicle, a 1997 Ford Expedition, turned east off SR84 as the trailing vehicle, a 2004 Chevrolet sedan fell behind. He also observed several other indicators which lead him to believe the vehicles were involved in some type of smuggling operation.
http://maricopa360.com/?p=11764

Pinal County Sheriff Paul Babeu stated, “It’s very disheartening when we see someone, not only from our own country but also our community actively engaged in human and drug smuggling. I commend my deputy for his judgment and appreciate the Ak Chin Police Department’s cooperation to help bringing Mrs. Rivera’s criminal activity to an end.”

“The world breaks everyone and afterward many are strong in the broken places. But those that will not break it kills. It kills the very good and the very gentle and the very brave impartially. If you are none of these you can be sure it will kill you too but there will be no special hurry” --Ernest Hemingway