BORDER NARCOTICS SMUGGLING, STOLEN VEHICLES, ILLEGAL ALIENS & POLITICS
Agents in the U.S. Border Patrol's Tucson Sector have seized 543,740 pounds of drugs through July 5, 2006 which is up 11 percent from the 489,898 total seized in the 2005 fiscal year. Stolen vehicles that are used to transport illegal aliens and narcotics continue to be a major crime problem in Arizona. The vehicles stolen in Phoenix, Tucson and outlying areas are supplied to organized smugglers in Mexico. The vehicles have an unending source of drivers who then re-entry the United States with Contraband or human cargos.
Examples of large drug seizures this year in Southern Arizona
Jan. 23 Border Patrol agents responding to a report of illegal entrants west of Nogales followed a series of footprints to a group of smugglers, who escaped back into Mexico. The group left behind three Assault Rifles and 482 pounds of marijuana and hashish worth $500,000.
Jan. 27 Border Patrol agents at a checkpoint on Interstate 19 discovered 124 bundles of marijuana in a semi truck. The 2,598 pounds of pot had an estimated street value of $2.1 million. The driver, a resident alien, was arrested.
Jan. 30 Agents patrolling near Lochiel east of Nogales noticed a suspicious truck and found 81 bundles of marijuana in a hidden compartment. The truck yielded 1,641 pounds of marijuana, valued at $1.2 million. The driver, a naturalized U.S. citizen, was arrested.
Feb. 2 A Customs and Border Protection helicopter pilot spotted several vehicles driving into the United States illegally in Potrero Canyon west of Nogales. While attempting to evade the helicopter, one truck rolled and agents found 83 bundles of marijuana inside, weighing 1,938 pounds, with a street value of $1.6 million. The driver escaped.
Feb. 13 Border Patrol agents found 4,926 pounds of marijuana valued at $3.9 million in two stolen vehicles that entered the country illegally near Nogales, Arizona.
April 12 Border Patrol agents found two stolen trucks in a remote area south of Arizona 86. The trucks were packed with 3,835 pounds of marijuana, valued at $3.1 million dollars.
*Source¡ U.S. Border Patrol DHS Tucson, Arizona
The list does not include efforts by local and state agencies on Arizona task force interdictions. It's always amusing to read of border crimes in local newspapers.
Murderers, bandits to narcotics smugglers are criminals who are rarely presented by the news Medias as people who are illegally in the United States in violation of law.
In 1991 while a member of the Border Area Narcotics Group our unit was comprised of eight to ten agents and our mission was to combat the large shipments of narcotics entering the United States by Backpackers, mules, load drivers, and stash house operators who were rarely citizens or legal Immigrants of the United States.
The majority of smugglers, stash house guards were illegal aliens from Mexico and Central America. In large operations involving Cocaine, weapons were always available for the illegal aliens protecting the cargo of drugs.
Executing a search warrant with a full entry team and all perimeters sealed was the safest method of operation although the first agent in the door was cannon fodder if the armed drug sentinels used their weapons. The entry squad members with MP-5s supplied cover fire if the situation deteriorated and if lethal force was necessary. Every room was secured, and every person was handcuffed as a matter of safety. Miranda rights were always given in the Spanish language.
Weapons were usually found locked and loaded at entryways, and other points of easy access. One particular house, which stored over 180 Kilos of Cocaine had five Chi-Com AK-47s with thirty round ammo clips, a shotgun and two pistols, all loaded and dropped in haste by five illegal Mexican Nationals.
Another house used by the same organization had two loaded pistols in the bathroom, an AK-47 under the sofa cushions and a sawed off shotgun in a closet. These people were definitely prepared to protect their shipments against any threat and violent encounters. With many prosecution cases involving narcotics and armed confrontations, 98 per cent were illegal aliens in violation of 8 USC 1325. They were sentenced to Federal Prisons for violation of Title 3 for years and then formally deported to their own country.
* Source ILLEGAL ENTRIES 2003
According to most politicians seeking election in 2006, Illegal aliens are honest and contribute little to crime. False names, false documents, identity theft, and fraudulent applications for employment are not dishonest by Washington standards in the proposed Guest Worker Amnesty Scheme. They just want to work.
In Los Angeles, alone, 95 percent of all outstanding police warrants for homicide (which total 1,200 to 1,500) are for illegal aliens. Two-thirds of all fugitive felony warrants (17,000) are for illegal aliens. 60 percent of the 20,000-strong 18th Street Gang in Southern California is composed of illegal aliens yet Los Angeles still remains a sanctuary city where illegal immigration status is protected.
The US Justice Department reported that in 2003, 270,000 illegal immigrants had served prison time. The Federation for American Immigration Reform reports: In March 2000, Congress made public Department of Justice statistics showing that, over the previous five years, the INS had released over 35,000 criminal aliens instead of deporting them. Over 11,000 of those released went on to commit serious crimes, over 1,800 of which were violent ones; including 98 homicides, 142 sexual assaults, and 44 kidnappings.
The Federal Bureau of Prisons estimates that fully one-third of current prison populations are comprised of non-citizen illegal aliens.
The Mexican Drug Cartel homicides, gun battles, grenade assaults in Nuevo Laredo south of the Border from Laredo, Texas were brief national news in March 2006. Four Mexican investigative journalists were killed as well as three Police Chiefs. In an attempt to censor, silence news personnel in Mexico, Drug Cartels used physical threats and murder to accomplish their goals. There is a "Mordida System" in Mexico with bribes and corruption from the highest official to the lowest local cop. There are also honest officials that try to uphold the criminal law from attorney generals to regional police chiefs. The people with integrity are a constant threat to criminal organizations and their careers are often very brief, short lived. The recent torture, decapitation of three Baja California
Mexican Police Officers is just one event in many that transpire near the Borders of United States on a continual basis in the drug wars.
The massive amounts of illegal drugs consumed by the American public from Cocaine, Meth, Heroin to Marijuana over the past three decades has steadily increased. A North American Union with no defined Borders, Immigration or criminal laws with foreign interests, courts controlling all aspects of life may seem like utopia for the—brain dead—who just wants the Fix, the High in America Laws, religious teachings anything that establishes rules of personal conduct would be of no importance.
For the majority of citizens with the ability to—think and reason—in a turbulent period of history, these are very dangerous times in this country and the world. Our borders are infiltrated daily, by masses of people with "unknown" intentions and motives. Criminal elements to Islamic Extremists with terrorist goals all seek a point of least resistance to accomplish their goals which are the Northern and Southern Borders of the United States.
© 2006 John W. Slagle
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John W. Slagle is a U.S. Navy Aviation Veteran, Commercial Pilot, Multi-Engines rated and was a Firefighter, Engineer Lt. prior to United States Border Patrol service spanning 30 years. Duties included Agent/Medic, Special Tracking and Rescue Unit, Intelligence Officer, Sector Pilot to Criminal Investigator.
Slagle spent 12 years in undercover operations nationwide as a Special Agent, Anti-Smuggling Operations involving organized human trafficking, narcotics, certified Master Gun Smith and second degree Nidan black belt Goshin Iaido.
According to most politicians seeking election in 2006, Illegal aliens are honest and contribute little to crime. False names, false documents, identity theft, and fraudulent applications for employment are not dishonest by Washington standards...