Perfectly reasonable to me that there are drug smugglers in Arizona. But, absent the drug smugglers, it's also perfectly reasonable that there are guys in the hills eating food and shooting guns. It's Arizona.
In a phone interview, Babeu told TPM that when he spoke about the cartels controlling parts of the state, he meant they control movement. Babeu says cartels have scouts and other surveillance set up to monitor activity, and when the sheriff and his staff aren't around to patrol, especially in the rural parts of his county, smugglers operate freely. Babeu's website includes news items about drug spotters on hilltops and in caves in Arizona.
"Often times during our patrols out there, we would find cold food and a box of AK-47 rounds, you know, and some other things," Babeu said. "There wasn't a confrontation or a shooting, but we find these pieces of intel, that we know clearly there was somebody here on this high point. And they left because they saw us coming up 45 minutes ago. So that's the kind of stuff that we have, that we're asking for additional help and resources."
Thursday, September 23, 2010
Arizona sheriff Paul Babeu raises the alarm:
Posted by Substance McGravitas at 7:46 AM