Skip to comments.Signs in Arizona warn of smuggler dangers--Drivers advised to travel north
Posted on 09/01/2010 9:17:51 AM PDT by jazusamo
The federal government has posted signs along a major interstate highway in Arizona, more than 100 miles north of the U.S.-Mexico border, warning travelers the area is unsafe because of drug and alien smugglers, and a local sheriff says Mexican drug cartels now control some parts of the state.
The signs were posted by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) along a 60-mile stretch of Interstate 8 between Casa Grande and Gila Bend, a major east-west corridor linking Tucson and Phoenix with San Diego.
They warn travelers that they are entering an "active drug and human smuggling area" and they may encounter "armed criminals and smuggling vehicles traveling at high rates of speed." Beginning less than 50 miles south of Phoenix, the signs encourage travelers to "use public lands north of Interstate 8" and to call 911 if they "see suspicious activity."
Pinal County Sheriff Paul Babeu, whose county lies at the center of major drug and alien smuggling routes to Phoenix and cities east and west, attests to the violence. He said his deputies are outmanned and outgunned by drug traffickers in the rough-hewn desert stretches of his own county.
"Mexican drug cartels literally do control parts of Arizona," he said. "They literally have scouts on the high points in the mountains and in the hills and they literally control movement. They have radios, they have optics, they have night-vision goggles as good as anything law enforcement has.
"This is going on here in Arizona," he said. "This is 70 to 80 miles from the border - 30 miles from the fifth-largest city in the United States."
He said he asked the Obama administration for 3,000 National Guard soldiers to patrol the border, but what he got were 15 signs.
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Shouldn’t these signs warn the illegals and smugglers of the Americans in a sane world??
Oh, but not to worry. Our fearless leader is sending a half dozen troops before he and his fashion challenged wife take their next vacation.
Yes, and signs should be posted along the actual border warning smugglers they will be shot.
...one of our family members is a tech rep in AZ and is on the road a lot...increased hiway danger has been going on for a long time before this official recognition.
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Illegals like to hop the Southern Pacific trains that run along that stretch of I-8. I’ve seen them jump off near the Frito Lay plant.
But don't worry, Obie will no doubt take credit for the signs by posting a "Your Stimulus Dollars at Work" sign next to them. Then he'll claim that he saved and created a few jobs for the illegal immigrants who put both the signs up.
I’m not going to take Obama to task for this one bit, until our people realize that George Bush allowed this situation to deteriorate to the point that we are where we are today. This IS NOT Obama’s baby alone. He, Bush, and Clinton were the Three Men and a Baby.
We have allowed Mexico to take over part of the United States.
We. We did it. WE DID IT! Until we get that through our fat heads, nothing will change.
We have vast regions of our nation that are under foreign occupation. We have a massive number of squatters on our soil. Bush didn’t do a damned thing to change that. He allowed millions to pour in. He put a token force of National Guard troops down there to shuffle paper, and declared the problem fixed.
Well, I live next door to the San Fernando valley, and George, you’re an asshole. Obama, you’re an asshole too.
I am sick of this s—t, and I’m tired of our people ducking the fact that WE have been complicit in this mess. WE HAVE BEEN dammit.
And if we get a Republican in there in 2012, there’s a very good chance they will ignore it just like Bush did.
WE have already surrendered. On this subject, WE ARE SURRENDER MONKEYS.
I’m sure whatever hard working businesses in the area really appreciate the govt’s efforts
Didn't the "federal gumbt" just submit AZ to the UN for human rights violations??
This is a major stretch of highway in AZ located between Tuscan and Phoenix, just West of the City of Maricopa, not some out-of-the-way road!
This is totally unacceptable. If this is allowed to stand, citizens will be forced to take up arms or give up their homes and life in AZ.
I am in total schock! Corporate Media has totally ignored this situation, as well as, local talk radio!
Outrageous. Yet, the “President” can’t find the time to visit the bloody border or to meet personally with the Governor of Texas (sends an aide, instead).
You make good points but Bush is gone, has been for over a year and a half. Obama is there now and his Justice Dept is suing Arizona because they want to protect themselves.
Screw Obama, he’s the one running the show now!
Hey anyone in Arizona, I'll bet the lookouts are using the old mines to live in and hide out.
This is an outrage. We need regime change this November.
Yep, I traveled I-8 fairly often some years back, it was pretty desolate then but I imagine it’s more populated now. Like you say, it’s a major hiway now and was many years ago.
At some point you might find armed Americans going down to send intruders the other way.
I’m kind of surprised the inner city gangs haven’t armed up to go defend their drug trade yet as well.
This has gone way beyond a law enforcement problem, and it has been this way for years. The cartels have what amounts to a company sized infantry force in this area. The Border Patrol and local law enforcement do not have the equipment or the training to deal with this threat. Local SWAT units cannot do it either, as they are trained for dynamic entry and CQB. No, this problem has become a military issue. It will take the Govt sacking up and putting infantry units on the ground to fix this mess. My wet dream would be to have a platoon each of Marine Recon, SEALs, Rangers, and Delta. Give these guys free reign and turn em’ loose.
“He said he asked the Obama administration for 3,000 National Guard soldiers to patrol the border, but what he got were 15 signs.”.....
Obama’s gonna get a sign!....In November!
Agreed, and throw in both recon and armed drones, attack helicopters and a few A-10's and problem solved. Of course it won't happen but it makes for good thoughts.
Greay pic, see my post 22. :)
It sounds like we the people need to go camping and target shooting on those mountian tops.
That would work ... then spray the hell out of the place with their Gatling gun. That would discourage encroachment in a very big way.
"These signs are paid for by stimulus funds from "commander zero's" stash"
I traveled I-8 from Maricopa to Yuma last month, but not the portion between Gila Bend and Casa Grande. Casa Grande is a growing community, as is Maricopa.
I cannot understand why I haven’t heard anything about this from Corporate Media or local talk radio. I think this stretch of I-8 comes under Sharif Joe’s watch, but not sure what his jurisdiction/mandate is with regard to this situation.
Spray the hell out of every mountain top in sight!
Then they could put up signs:.....”Stay the hell away!...USAF at work!”....
Where do you think the inner city gangs get their product?
Amen to the -10
BINGO! We will never win a war we won't fight, and anyone who thinks this isn't a war is sadly misinformed.
Thanks AuntB. I’m just tired of watching some in our ranks take even the worst Democrat I’ve ever known to task on a subject, when we excuse our guys for doing almost the same exact things.
That’s not fair to some people on this forum, but it applies to many of them.
It makes sense to put those signs up! If all the illegals comming across the border just stopped it would get too crowded and more wouldn’t be able to come accross.
It’s like moving out of the baseball game. They tell you to keep moving so others can get out!!
See, they did know what they were doing after all!
The Governor asked BO for 3000 gaurd troops and they got thirty. They had more security than that for michele’s vacation.
Each and every one wants in state tuition too. They want to suck our economy dry.
Babeu campaigned for McCain and he expects something to change. What an idiot.
I agree. What has McCain done about this? This is a good time to push him on the problem, while the election is still pending. We know once he is elected he will be all about the poor Mexicans and stab Americans in the back.
We need someone who lives in the area to take photos of the signs and send them to Beck, etc. I am not in the desert anymore or I would volunteer.
I thought about this when I witnessed a scene at a local weekend flea market. This flea market is held in the parking lot of a major rail transit station.
It's Sunday afternoon, and I'm poking around some merchants' booths over near the fence.
I overhear a man address someone. "You wit de po-lice?"
It's a middle-aged man in a light blue shirt and a skinny older woman. The woman laughs dismissively. No, she isn't. No, she doesn't see anything.
The man turns back to discussing something with someone at his booth. I watch discreetly, at a distance.
Then this guy goes up to the low chain-link fence and is chatting with someone on the other side. He's leaning backwards, and so is the other guy, back to back, but chatting out of the sides of their mouths. I watch Mr. Blue Shirt take something out, pass it to the guy across the fence. Money changes hands. The guy across the fence slinks off.
Mr. Blue Shirt's next customer is an adolescent kid on a bike. The transaction is more open and obvious this time. Both seem to be almost laughing about it.
Done with his second customer, Mr. Blue Shirt turns back to manning his flea market booth and selling whatever other legit junk he's there to sell.
Mr. Blue Shirt reminded of the character Sportin' Life in the operetta Porgy and Bess, though of course he was not so nearly sharply dressed.
I was also reminded of how Mr. Blue Shirt is aiding in the destruction of his own community. So much of what was for sale at that flea market was created by and for a certain ethnic group as an expression of ethnic pride. What Mr. Blue Shirt was doing was destroying his own people.
And yes, ultimately Mr. Blue Shirt must have some parts of his supply line that run south of our border.
Nearly all the marijuana and the imported meth come from Mexico via cartel. If all the drugs come from Afghanistan then why would we have such a smuggling issue on the Mexican border?
That was a joke Tammy. Afghanistan provides most of the drugs to China, not us.
Though I must say I did catch a tenant leaving and growing a large pot plant on the back stairs of apartments by us the other day.
Got the doctor note I guess, but they are pot heads and that if anything is their condition.