Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Vekol Valley: August border operations are taking on a new twist, as dope is abandoned in the desert

Over the past couple of weeks, I have been participating in some "experimental" border operations with a Minuteman group and a few local people, I've known for some time. Unlike some of our patrols of the past, we are trying some less rigorous and more "family friendly" strategies. 

For the past few weeks, we've been setting up camps along some of the better known smuggling corridors along Interstate 8. Basically, we enjoy camping, while forming a "blockade" for the drug smugglers. Over the past few days, we've set up four 500 watt lights connected to a generator to give the illusion of a Border Patrol checkpoint. 

This also provides us with an opportunity to meet and talk to travelers and the curious. Shortly before sunrise on Saturday morning, the Wackenhut bus pulled up to the picnic area for a brief stop. 

These buses are a common sight in Arizona. They are contracted to transport illegal aliens from jails to alien detention centers. Ultimately, passengers on these buses get deported. We saw this one during our border operation along Interstate 8 at mile marker 149.

As a result, we've redirected a couple of truckloads of illegal aliens near Antelope Peak into the hands of the US Border Patrol. Our goal is to keep the cartel guessing and to create a log jam of dope and body loads, out in the middle of the desert. Sooner or later, they will run out of water and abandon their attempt to reach the interstate. Some will simply give up, in favor of apprehension.

This operation is ongoing and will be for the next couple of months. Unlike our famous and highly militarized operations, these new strategies require no special equipment or training. For the past few nights, we've simply kept fuel in the generator, sat in lawn chairs and drank coffee. 

On Sunday night, we even took in a meteor shower. Creating a "civilian blockade" along Interstate 8 will hamper and inconvenience smugglers, forcing them to take detours or leave their loads exposed in the desert. 

With bombs away, drug traffickers and illegal immigrants make their play

Crossing a bombing range doesn’t seem to make sense at any time — but in the Southwest, the Barry M. Goldwater Air Force Range has become a key route for drugs and illegal immigrants looking to avoid detection as they make the trek into the U.S.

Like other federal lands in southern Arizona, the smuggling gangs have established lookout posts on mountaintops in the region to advise their bosses when aircraft enter the range and when they depart. There are no training flights on weekends, meaning the range is entirely open from about 10 p.m. Friday until 8 a.m. Monday. Full Article

When the federal government abandons its duty to provide for the security of "We the People", it is up to "We the People" to do it for them. Remember, the borders remain open because someone is making a ton of money off of it. As always, it's about the money.

Sen. Rubio, 'You Know Nothing About Our Border': Arizona Sheriff Hammers Immigration Bill Supporters and Offers Revealing Picture of the Border

“I say to myself, ‘Rubio, you’re making decisions for me, for my state, for my county, my city when you haven’t even been here – what an insult,  what do you know about our border?  You know nothing about our border. Yet you’re making those decisions without even speaking to us.’” Full Article

Curious travelers and truck drivers have also stopped by and were educated as to the extent of the drug and human smuggling problem along Interstate 8. Please feel free to pass this along and invite others to drop in for a visit.

Most patrols go without incident, however, this was not one of them. Arizona's heat is brutal on vehicles, especially batteries. Knowing this, I normally don't buy the cheapest battery on the shelf. That fancy overpriced battery with a 36 month replacement warranty I bought early in 2011 made it 29 months before failing. The O'Reilly Auto Parts store in Maricopa did me right and handed me a brand new battery. 

A more serious and expensive problem occurred, shortly after correcting the battery problem. The plastic pulley on the power steering pump broke and caused the serpentine belt to become shredded. I was out in the desert south of the Pinal County line, when this mechanical mishap occurred. 

Interesting tidbit... My high mileage 2001 Ford F-150 w/4.2 L V6 can travel 15 miles without a serpentine belt or overheating on a 100 degree day in Arizona. I got it home and am awaiting the arrival of a new power steering pump. Perhaps, this is why we see so many Fords being used by the cartel.

More than $7 million in pot found in abandoned vehicles

According to U.S. Customs and Border Protection, agents found five abandoned vehicles with a total of 683 bundles of marijuana inside after responding to detection technology near the village of Ventana on the Tohono O’odham Nation. Full Article

September 2009: “will place a limit on how much you can be charged for out-of-pocket expenses, because in the United States of America, no one should go broke because they get sick.” – Barack Hussein Obama, Liar