Winter is quickly giving up to Spring in southern Arizona. The temperatures are remaining above freezing at night and the highs during the day have been in the comfortable 70's. Over the weekend, we conducted a rolling patrol along Interstate 8, through Gila Bend and the Barry M. Goldwater Air Force Range. During this operation, we rescued one illegal alien and discovered signs of drug smuggling within one mile of Gila Bend. Recon of BMGR yielded evidence of extensive drug and human smuggling activity.
Driving westbound along Interstate 8, I checked the various dirt roads on BLM land that intersect the highway. It didn't take long before I discovered very fresh footprints, water bottles and trash. Illegal aliens and dope loads don't encounter nearly enough resistance.
Approximately one mile east of Gila Bend, I encountered an illegal alien along the interstate. He was wearing a black and white checkered shirt and was holding a black one gallon jug. I slowed down and he actually flagged me down. He went on to show me the contents of his jug. He poured out a brown colored liquid that he was apparently using as water. I gave him a bottle of water and called the U.S. Border patrol. The rest was out of my hands. I'm sure he will be back soon enough.
In my conversation with this USA, he informed me that he was out in the desert for four days. He looked very tired and weak. I'm sure he ran our of real water on his first day and resorted to using water from a cattle pond. I'm fairly certain that he would have not lived much longer.
After doing my "good deed for the day," I checked out another dirt road about one mile away from the UDA's location and about one mile south of Gila Bend. In a wash, I discovered several sets of very recent footprints and six burlap bags and homemade straps. A dope load was just picked up there and the smugglers probably went to another location to get picked up. The subject I found earlier could have been one of the smugglers.
I made a brief tour of Gila Bend, AZ. I noticed lots of empty buildings and closed business. The hard economy has especially hurt small towns. Gila Bend has not weathered hard times very well. The drug and human smuggling "pipeline" runs right through Gila Bend. It offers truck stops, fuel and food. The drug cartels feel right at home here.
"This community is named because it is at the point on the Gila River where the river made a sweeping ninety-degree bend to the west, as noted by many travelers, some of whom called it the Big Bend or Rinconada. Today's small city is not precisely at the bend referred to. Fr. Eusebio Kino visited this locale in 1699. Here Fr. Francisco Garces in 1774 encountered an Indian rancheria which he called Santos Apostoles San Simon y Judas... http://jeff.scott.tripod.com/gilabend.html
Moving southbound on SR 85 I entered the Barry M. Goldwater Air Force Range. This is where the military practices warfare. The area is restricted and requires a permit to enter the various ranges. My destination was the Crater Range. It's a mountainous area with lots of scenery.
BMGR Visiting the Range
Without exception, entrance to the Goldwater Range and the Cabeza Prieta is by permit only. When on the Goldwater Range, you must be prepared to present your entry permit upon request to personnel from the Air Force, Marine Corps or Bureau of Land Management. You must also keep the entry permit on the dashboard of your vehicle at all times. Persons without valid permits may be fined and barred from future entry. http://www.luke.af.mil/library/factsheets/factsheet.asp?id=5062
Barry M. Goldwater Range
The Barry M. Goldwater Range is operated by the 56th Fighter Wing Range Management Office, Airspace and Range Operations office. The Barry M. Goldwater Range (formerly the Luke Air Force Range) is located in southwest Arizona. http://www.luke.af.mil/library/factsheets/factsheet.asp?id=5062
From the road, it looks pristine and beautiful, but that changes once you get off the main road. The area is littered with illegal alien trash and dotted with smuggling trails. Of course, the general public never sees this, so there must be no smuggling problem here. People tend to ignore problems, rather than solve them.
The way I see it, people willing to enter a bombing range that contains perils such as unexploded ordnance to bring contraband into OUR country are desperate and dangerous. WE should be stopping at nothing to apprehend them. Instead, our politicians want to give them a "green light" to destroy our nation and culture with their filth.
I'm a 9th generation American and patriot (1737). My forefathers served in the Pennsylvania Militia. On June 27, 1781, they were called to perform a tour of duty. I'm still protecting freedom and securing the border, 274 years later.” --Harry L Hughes III