We have finally received official statements stemming from the drug raids in Maricopa, Thunderbird Farms and Hidden Valley. Of the people arrested in these raids, half of them were illegal aliens. We have foreign nationals doing harm to our country for money. Unfortunately, for every criminal arrested, there's two cousins, three uncles and several brothers ready to take their places in the “family business”.
Knowing this fact, I was rather irritated to discover that several of the homes raided on Thursday were still occupied TODAY with the appearance of “business as usual”. Each of these properties should have been seized, closed up and their occupants arrested or tossed out on the street.
I drove by four of the raided homes this afternoon (Monday 10/31/2011). The home on Mayer Blvd. had a big red “X” taped to the front door. Perhaps, this is a message to other load vehicles. The home on Brewer Rd. and the one at 8759 N. Warren Rd. were still occupied with people milling about. The occupants simply put sheets over the broken windows and picked up where they left off.
In reality, we should be following the examples set by other countries. It's not uncommon for governments to execute their country's drug dealers. Raiding a drug house one day, only to have it back up and running a few days later is definitely sending the wrong message to “would be” criminals.
'Massive' smuggling ring dismantled in Arizona
PHOENIX - Arizona authorities say they've dismantled a "massive" drug trafficking ring responsible for smuggling more than $33 million worth of drugs through the state's western desert every month.
Authorities said Monday that the ring is believed to be tied to the Sinaloa cartel -- Mexico's most powerful -- and that it has been in operation for at least the last five years. http://www.abc15.com/dpp/news/region_phoenix_metro/central_phoenix/authorities-to-share-details-of-az-smuggling-bust#ixzz1cO9wHvoO
Keep in mind that $33 million is insignificant in a multi-billion dollar a year enterprise. Don't be confused by the numbers. Only as small percentage of contraband is seized. Only when the street prices of dope rise, will there be a hint of progress.
Images: Operation Pipeline Express drug arrests [Image 6 of 11]
Federal, state and local authorities announced the results of "Operation Pipeline Express," a 17-month multi-agency investigation responsible for dismantling a massive narcotics trafficking organization in the Arizona's western desert. In this photo, one of bales of marijuana seized during the enforcement operation. http://www.dvidshub.net/image/481858/operation-pipeline-express-drug-arrests
News: Authorities to announce results of probe targeting 'billion dollar' drug ring
PHOENIX - Federal, state and local officials will hold a news conference Monday morning to unveil the results of a 17-month, multi-agency investigation targeting one of the largest narcotics trafficking organizations ever uncovered in Arizona. Authorities allege the ring, linked to Mexico's Sinaloan cartel, smuggled millions of dollars worth of drugs a month through the state. Last week, investigators conducted the third of three recent enforcement actions aimed at dismantling the organization. http://pinalcountyaz.gov/Departments/Sheriff/Lists/News/DispFormA.aspx?List=b382d514%2D09a1%2D4490%2D80f0%2D4f0e76b7b4c9&ID=530
Multi-agency probe deals death blow to “billion dollar” drug ring
The probe that evolved into “Operation Pipeline Express” began in May 2010 following a traffic stop by Pinal County Sheriff’s deputies in Stanfield. To date, the case has resulted in the seizure of more than 60,000 pounds of marijuana; in excess of 200pounds of cocaine; approximately 160 pounds of heroin; more than $750,000 in cash; and nearly 110 weapons, including multiple assault rifles. http://maricopa360.com/?p=11880&cpage=1#comment-30170
'Billion dollar' drug ring dealt lethal blow
Monday’s announcement comes four days after federal and local investigators executed the third in a succession of large-scale enforcement actions tied to the probe, taking another 22 defendants into custody. To date, 76 individuals have been arrested in connection with “Operation Pipeline Express,” ranging from organizational “bosses” to stash house guards and load drivers.
During last week’s warranted searches, authorities seized more than two tons of marijuana, 19 weapons — including assault rifles, handguns, and shotguns — and nearly $200,000 in cash. http://www.inmaricopa.com/Article/2011/10/31/pcso-attorney-general-multi-agency-drug-investigation
It will be interesting to see if any of the seized weapons are from the ATF bungled “Fast and Furious” operation. Deliberately putting weapons into the hands of violent criminals from a hostile foreign land is just plain stupid. Heads NEED to roll.
This is far from a “death blow”. At best, this is merely an inconvenience to the Mexican drug cartels. Law Enforcement organizations: Don't start patting yourselves on the back, yet. This work is far from over.
“Today we have dealt a significant blow to a Mexican criminal enterprise that has been responsible for poisoning our communities with the distribution of millions of dollars’ worth of marijuana, cocaine and heroin,” said Arizona Attorney General Tom Horne. “I find it completely unacceptable that Arizona neighborhoods are treated as a trading floor for narcotics.