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Found While Hiking: Stash of AK-47s
Townhall.com ^ | July 2, 2012 | Katie Pavlich

Posted on 07/02/2012 6:18:03 PM PDT by Kaslin

No big deal....despite the fact that a stash of AK-47s was found along a hiking trail in not Colombia, not Mexico but in....Arizona.

A hiker in the Madera Canyon area found three assault rifles in a black trash bag one mile north of Old Baldy Trail.

After receiving a report of the discovery on Wednesday, June 20, the Pima County Sheriff’s Office determined that the rifles were found in Santa Cruz County, and notified the local sheriff’s office.

Santa Cruz County Sheriff’s deputies then went to the site and recovered what turned out to be a stash of AK-47 assault rifles.

Lt. Raoul Rodriguez said the rifles were “badly rusted” and had “obviously been there for quite some time.” Four rifle magazines were also recovered.

Hikers apparently are now subject to Mexican drug cartels stashing powerful weapons along areas where they used to be able to safely enjoy being outdoors. I'll be interested to know if any of these guns are linked to Operation Fast and Furious however, even if they are, I doubt ATF will be letting us know because after all, more Fast and Furious weapons traced means more bad PR for Holder's Justice Department.

On a more serious note, this is an example of what local law enforcement is up against on a daily basis. It's a war down there. Learn more by reading about my ride along with a Pinal County Sheriff's SWAT Team member. 

Nearby is the infamous Vekol Valley, the largest hotbed of drug and human smuggling in the United States and where a Pinal County Deputy was shot in April 2010. Vekol is surrounded by nasty mountain ranges on both sides. There is wide-open desert starting from mile marker 160 on I-8 and stretching all the way to Mexico. Because of the terrain, Vekol acts as a funnel. As we drove into the area, I could feel that it just wasn’t a safe place to be.

Cartels also take advantage of the Tohono O’odham Indian Reservation on the west side of Vekol Valley. They use it as an entry point, marry into Indian families so they can live on the reservation and, if a village is small enough, cartel members will simply walk in and take property by lethal force.

While we were driving near Vekol, Thomas explained the “terrain” problem to me after pulling off the side of the road to show me the “Travel Caution: Smuggling and Illegal Immigration May Be Encountered in This Area" sign provided by Homeland Security. (Remember, according to Janet Napolitano, the border is secure.) He said the cartels have a vast intelligence network. Men known as “spotters” sit up on the top of hills and mountains with cell phones and radios, calling drug running crews in the U.S. and Mexico about where Sheriff vehicles are located and where Border Patrol is cruising. Usually, as soon as Thomas shows up on patrol, the cartels are watching and know exactly where he is. For the spotters, failing to identify where U.S. authorities are located can result in a beating or even death. If a spotter calls into the boss in Mexico or down the road, says that they are clear to come through with a load, but then the authorities show up and seize the load, that spotter pays the price for the loss.

But these cartels aren’t just targeting Border Patrol. U.S. citizens travelling along I-8 who stop for a restroom break often find themselves carjacked right off the road. The area can’t be used for camping, hiking or hunting as it used to be because the area is dangerous and drug and human smugglers are carrying high-powered weapons like AK-47s.

“If you see too much you may get killed out here because they [cartel members] don’t want witnesses,” Thomas said.



TOPICS: Editorial; US: Arizona
KEYWORDS: 2deadfeds; 300deadmexicans; ak47s; aliens; arizona; atf; banglist; borderwars; cache; cartel; dea; dhs; doj; drugrunners; fastandfurious; fbi; gunrunner; gunwalker; holder; humansmuggling; ice; murdergate; obama
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To: going hot

I’m going to take that aspersion on the author back. Katie Pavlich is one of the few reporters who has done an outstanding job of exposing the truth about F&F and Holder. She is also one of the hottest babes on the planet.


101 posted on 07/03/2012 8:39:52 AM PDT by TigersEye (Life is about choices. Your choices. Make good ones.)
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To: Poison Pill

If it’s a AK-47 variant unless it it so rusted that the steel is crumbling in your hands its still servicable.


102 posted on 07/03/2012 1:10:59 PM PDT by Nebr FAL owner
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To: Kaslin
It is so humorous to observe these ignorant people calling weapons;"high powered", when they do not have a clue or shred of understanding concerning the subject matter they attempt to write about or comment on. You don't expect 7.62 X 39 to be the topic when it should be 6mm-284, .243 Ackley Improved, .300 Hulk, 338 Lapua, or .408 Chey Tac as high powered and not nimby pimby sling shot weapons. High powered is when your hand loaded 6mm bullet pushed to its design limits disintegrates to powder after leaving the muzzle because the centrifugal forces rip it apart.

With all these bandits in the prime hunting areas you would think you would have a market for cartel elimination permits or bounty payments from the United States to let the free market stop the free flow of drugs and criminals into the country, but alas we are a civilized nation and target recognition at +1,000 yard ranges would be difficult. But than again you could simply put signs on the fences near the border crossing areas that read ,"There are crazy gringo fanatic shooters in the mountains shooting at anything that moves and would be dangerous to cross in uninhabited areas", or known americano shooting territory?

103 posted on 07/03/2012 2:46:22 PM PDT by Mat_Helm
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To: Progov

I suppose anything could happen.
But I never find guns or bags of money!


104 posted on 07/03/2012 4:24:15 PM PDT by mylife (The Roar Of The Masses Could Be Farts)
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To: Freedom_Is_Not_Free
"I would grab 2 of them and shut up! and hope I didn’t lose them in an upcoming canoeing accident..."

A reference to William Colby perchance?

105 posted on 07/20/2012 5:56:24 AM PDT by Robert Drobot (Fiat voluntas tua)
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