Sheriff: Mexican Drug Cartels Now Control Parts of Arizona

Sheriff Paul Babeu says Mexican cartels are gaining power in the US.Sheriff Paul Babeu says Mexican cartels are gaining power in the US.Two men shot earlier this week could be the result of the ongoing battle between Mexican drug cartels now spilling over deep into Arizona, officials say.

Pinal County investigators say an area known as the smuggling corridor now stretches from Mexico’s border to metro Phoenix.

The area , once an area for family hiking and off road vehicles has government signs warning residents of the drug and human smugglers.

Night vision cameras have photographed military armed cartel members delivering drugs to vehicles along Highway 8.

“We are three counties deep. How is it that you see pictures like these, not American with semi and fully automatic rifles. How is that okay?” asked Pinal County Sheriff Paul Babeu.

Babeu said he no longer has control over parts of his county.

“We are outgunned, we are out manned and we don’t have the resources here locally to fight this,” he said at a Friday news conference.

Five weeks ago Deputy Louie Puroll was ambushed and shot as he tracked six drug smugglers.

Sheriff Babeu said the ambush mirrored military tactics.

Even more disturbing, Babeu said the man who called in to 911 operators for help seemed to know a lot about the sheriff deputy’s case.

“He told operators they could find him where the deputy was shot and talked about our search helicopter. Things that were talked about on the news,” Babeu said.

When operators asked the fatally wounded man how he knew the area, he claimed he sold cantelope near mile post 150.

Both men were found dead several hours later.

Detectives say next to them was a Bushmaster automatic rifle used by police officers for patrolling. It does not appear to be stolen.

Investigators also revealed that an autopsy showed strap marks on one of the men that likely came from hauling heavy loads, they suspect were drugs.

One of the men, deputies say, was voluntarily deported seven times.

Babeu said he doesn’t believe the drug cartel problems will not be solved when SB 1070 becomes a law, or with President Obama’s promise of 1,200 troops spread out among four border states.

“It will fall short. What is truly needed in 3,000 soldiers for Arizona alone,” Babeu said.

– Article from ABC News.

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7 Comments

  1. Anonymous on

    Fu*k potheads, drug cartels, liberals, and illegal aliens. We get rid of all these things and the united states will be doing great.

  2. longdick on

    All u mother fuckers better learn to get along. The Indian/mestisos are here to stay. THE NEW WORLD ORDER is around the corner as the AMERO “New North American Currency” The white man is going down and the Dirty brown skin Mexican/Indians are getting powerful thanks to the drug cartels. The super highway that started in Mexico and went across the US to Canada is almost done. So learn to live with each other and especially with the low life less intelligent un-educated no good dirty brown skin mexican, because they already won the war without firing a single shot.
    The USA is done! Canada is next.

  3. Dirty Harry on

    “IF THE DEA TRIES TO RUN CANADA – US border they will get A BULLET INBETWEEN THE EYES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!”

    From cops on horses? Our military protects you because you really don’t have one of your own. What you stated is ignorant and brings guns into the cannabis debates.
    Unlike the military now, If allowed by the Pentagon to be and act like real military, the US would occupy you in less than a few weeks.
    Lets drop the “I’ll kill them attitude” because that makes us look like the violent drunks and meth heads.
    Besides, the DEA has kidnapped one of your own citizens in a way that made your country government happy to hand him over… What would happen if the US was really pissed? After all, your only a drive away.

  4. pZ on

    Did the drugs declare _WAR_ on you, or you declare _WAR_ on drugs? Remember? —“Casual drug users ought to be taken out and shot.” -Daryl Gates/LAPD/D.A.R.E.

  5. Anonymous on

    The law and governemnt are working with the cartel, THIS IS BULLSHIT, this is your problem USA and when OUR CANADIAN CITIZENS from Orangeville ON get murdered in Mexico on a vacation then FUCK USA AND MEXICO, STUPID SPIC LOVING GOOFS, USA loves the DRUG WAR, they are addicted to it like the drugs themselves. IF THE DEA TRIES TO RUN CANADA – US border they will get A BULLET INBETWEEN THE EYES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    KEEP YOUR DRUG PROBLEMS SOUTH BECAUSE IF THIS IS THE BEGINNING OF A CANADA USA border drug war the USA made its worst move ever…. THE LAW IS MAKING MONEY OFF THESE DRUGS!!!!!!!! THEy ARE THE FUCKING DRUG DEALERS, PAID OFF BY CARTELS – TAX FREE MONEY FOR CROOKED COPS. LAWYERS/ GOVERNMENT OFFICIALS & DEA & CIA & whatever else can get in on it. SUPPORT CARTEL SPICS Obama DUMB goof!

  6. TheOracle on

    I fuckin’ told you so!

    Mexico, just one of many countries destabilized by the demand for illegal drugs, mainly marijuana. Their sovereignty under attack by hostile non government organizations: cartels, L or R wing militias, gangs, whatever.

    Are you waitin’ for the fuckin’ double dip in the economy for opposition to be weakest? Well, it’s on its fuckin’ way so get everything ready for it already. Let’s go! I want to see some major movement on legalization at the federal level, not just California!

  7. TheOracle on

    I fuckin’ told you so!

    Mexico, just one of many countries destabilized by the demand for illegal drugs, mainly marijuana. Their sovereignty under attack by hostile non government organizations: cartels, L or R wing militias, gangs, whatever.

    Are you waitin’ for the fuckin’ double dip in the economy for opposition to be weakest? Well, it’s on its fuckin’ so get everything ready for it already. Let’s go! I want to see some major movement on legalization at the federal level, not just California!