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Cartels Using Arizona Mountaintops to Spy on Law Enforcement

Spartan, military-style observation posts facilitate smuggling across desert

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TUCSON, Ariz. — Hiking through rough Arizona desert terrain a few miles north of the Mexican border recently with a group of armed DEA agents, we were approached by a lone U.S. Border Patrol agent. He warned we should be careful up ahead, because two people believed to be spotters for a Mexican drug cartel had just been seen running down a ridge to elude U.S. authorities.

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By now, agents told us, the men were probably hunkered down in a cave or crevice to wait out the patrol. But just to be safe, the DEA agents spread out to cover more ground as they moved forward again, watching closely for the suspected Mexican surveillance team likely sent by drug traffickers to spy on American law enforcement officials on their own soil.

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Added: May-19-2011 Occurred On: May-19-2011
By: Arizona_Patriot
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Tags: Mexican, Cartels, Using, Arizona, Mountaintops, to, Spy, on, Law, Enforcement,
Location: Tucson, Arizona, United States (load item map)
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  • I'm confused. Obamma says we have enough border control and that's his word right?

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    • @gonehuntin don't be confused, just always remember...Obama, is a lying POS traitor and crack head

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    • @star53
      Say it aint so! He promised Hope and Change and all that good stuff. Some folks even thought they'd no longer have a house payment and even get a new house for free. Have I been duped? Damn you Obamma! Damn you to hell!

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    • @gonehuntin
      you did notice that this vid is about how they have cracked the cartel's spider hole deal don't you?
      not that saving us from marijuana is a big thing but i'm just saying.

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    • @jen8933
      Crackink it in a miniscule scale in this one area is one thing. Doing it ascross the entire border is another.

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  • Hey they like SPAM!

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    • @R4sT4m4N
      i prefer the low sodium spam or as i refer to it 'a tiny bit less salt spam'.
      but really i have such a weakness for stuff like spam or bacon sage sausage eggs over medium drool drool, i went too far.

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    • @jen8933
      You need to try some sliced and fried spam,with jalepeno peppers,lettuce and mayo and white or wheat. Yummm! Add some swiss for a bonus.

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    • @gonehuntin
      all of your favs too can be fried up a little then put onto toast. or you can cook the ingredients some then cook it all like a grilled cheese sandwich.
      damn! i'm drooling again. gosh darn you!

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  • All this over some crappy brick weed. If we legalized the shit they could concentrate on the hard drugs and illegal aliens.

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    • @ShortOrderCook
      I was going ta say the same thing!
      why they don"t set cameras with solar panels at the top to caut the spoters and the runners? simple some people in the gov are involved!

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  • There should be bounties placed on their capture. Thousands of hunters would take care of the problem.

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  • Janet Napolitano said this a couple of weeks ago in her testimony, under oath:

    “I’ve asked the Border Patrol myself, because I’ve been down there myself several times in the last few months, ‘where are the spotters that I keep hearing about?’” she said. “And the answer that I receive is that there are a couple of hundred tops from which a spotter could act, but there are not sitting there 200 drug spotters.”

    Typical Liberal with their finger in their ears...

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  • The border has never been safer----

    Barack Hussein Obama

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  • Is there any truth to this AP? the reason i ask is because it is being reported by MSNBC the liberalturds communist network! if it is true, tell Joe i said go ahead and use liberals dressed as rival cartel members. after they knock them off then the border agents will spot them and knock them off. it's a win win situation!

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    • @star53

      This bust was arranged by the Arizona Attorney General Tom Horne and Tohono O'odham Nation Law Enforcement.

      The DEA and MSNBC were invited to tag along for the ride.

      What you saw was real, but that isn't gonna change a thing when it comes to Obama going after the Almighty Hispanic vote.

      He loves dem ILLEGALS, ya know.

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  • pretty complex operation. good job on the bust.

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  • Keep up the good work. Law Enforcement cannot be paid enough for this dirty work.

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  • Send in the drones.

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    • @Zipperneck1321

      yeah, someone please save us from crappy mexican pot.

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    • @jen8933

      Drug and "Human" smuggling go hand in hand. The Cartels are in the business of making money and they make millions of dollars in the Human Trade business.

      Maybe you would like to judge the quality of humans beings being smuggled into our country.

      Sorry for the buzz kill.

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    • @rclark951

      it's marijuana not nukes would you calm down?

      damn. you right wing guys are so easy to spook. it's ok. don't be so afraid all the time.

      it is marijuana...not even good marijuana.

      shouldn't you be more alarmed that teachers and nurses are being laid off?
      you are listening to alarmists who are making you worried about crappy mexican pot!?
      come on man - priorities.

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  • well no shit its like a military operation, the cartels are all composed ex mexican federal agents, special forces, and army.

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  • oh noes! marijuana! eeekkkk!

    wonder how much a spider hole is renting for lately.

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  • THE INDIANS SHOULD KILL THE MEXICANS THEY HAVE THAT RIGHT

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    • @jackwilson7070

      Mexican scalps aren't worth that much these days.

      Gambling is better business.

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    • @jackwilson7070
      until europeans drew the artificial line that is the border do you think the indians on this side were any different from on that side?
      they are all native americans. they speak spanish, they have spanish names. they are native americans.

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  • Sure, make marijuana legal. I'd love to see the market taken right out of the hands of these douche bags. Take the wind right out of their sails.
    They'd probably keep it up though, and compete with the declaration that their stuff is better.
    Either way, they are breaking U.S. law, and they need to be slapped down hard continuously.

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