Smugglers make parts of desert akin to a 'bad neighborhood' - WARNING liberal slant ahead.
Quitobaquito, Arizona - It was a tour of public lands with splendid scenery, a glib guide - and lethal firepower on hand just in case.
The tour last week - to Quitobaquito Spring at Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument south of Ajo - was guarded by federal officers armed with assault rifles and other weapons.
"It's because of the perception that exposure to human and narcotics smugglers is a bad thing for the visiting public," said Matthew Vandzura, chief ranger at the monument on the Mexican border.
Sardius Stalker, a seasonal park ranger who led last week's tour, put it another way: "It's like going into a bad neighborhood" where protection by "armed escorts" is essential.
A quick glance back in time can help explain the need for armed protection on a public park tour.
In: Regional News
Tags: Armed, Escorts, Provide, Security, for, Arizonan, Desert, Tours, Secure, Our, Border,
Location: Arizona, United States (load item map)
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