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Dozens Arrested in Arizona Drug Bust

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Posted on Oct 31, 2011
AP / Ross D. Franklin

Pinal County Sheriff Paul Babeu checks out one of the weapons seized by federal, state and local law enforcement during a bust of a major drug smuggling ring in Arizona.

After a 17-month investigation led by Immigration and Customs Enforcement, federal, state and local authorities cracked down on a vast drug-smuggling network in Arizona that officials tied to Mexico’s Sinaloa cartel, making 76 arrests in three separate raids. 

AP via NPR:

Authorities have dismantled a “massive” drug trafficking ring responsible for smuggling more than $33 million worth of drugs through the U.S. state of Arizona’s western desert each month in recent years, officials said Monday.

The ring is believed be tied to the Sinaloa cartel — Mexico’s most powerful — and its members smuggled more than 3.3 million pounds (1.5 million kilograms) of marijuana, 20,000 pounds (9,071 kilograms) of cocaine and 10,000 pounds (4,535 kilograms) of heroin into the U.S. through Arizona, according to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

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By Artsy, November 1, 2011 at 9:32 am Link to this comment

Blah, blah, blah, blah blah….and the scam goes on and on and on.

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By SarcastiCanuck, November 1, 2011 at 9:29 am Link to this comment
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Did you see those numbers?Jeeze if the government took over that business you’d be able to buy all of China in a couple of years.With cash…Thats quite an apetite you have.

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By RAE, November 1, 2011 at 8:04 am Link to this comment

It’s unbelievable that “authorities” are not only allowed, but encouraged and enabled to spend untold millions of far-too-easily-obtained taxpayer dollars on what even they have to admit is a completely lost cause.

“...drug trafficking ring responsible for smuggling more than $33 million worth of drugs through the U.S. state of Arizona’s…” Too bad these gestapo goon agents of state control can’t actually sell those drugs to recoup the amount (I’m guess around $33 million) they spent to capture them.

This cost-is-no-object scam, initiated by busy-body politicians in collusion with the entire “justice” system, achieves nothing more than to keep all of them employed on nice, fat salaries. They accomplish nothing… and they know it.

In fact, it’s my guess that they deliberately don’t bring down the king pins of these operations for fear of killing the gooses that lay their golden eggs. They know it only takes a few, well-publicized theatrical displays such as this each year to keep the sheeple thinking their money is actually doing something useful, which is true, of course, if you happen to be one of the “authorities” making a bundle doing it.

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By SoTexGuy, November 1, 2011 at 4:25 am Link to this comment

This stuff is going on here too..

About the calls to legalize marijuana and narcotics to end the violence I have this suggestion.. let all the pot smokers just quit now! Quit now and end the violence and crime and more.

The users and advocates of pot would show everyone in bold terms that could not be denied.. Marijuana is not addictive! .. and demonstrate that pot smokers are good citizens willing to do whatever it takes to better society.

No more money to the hated cartels.. no more reason for the hated war on drugs.

Adios!

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By diamond, October 31, 2011 at 2:20 pm Link to this comment

Don’t waste your time and taxpayers’ money. We all know that 90% of the drugs get through and all the crime associated with drugs is a self-inflicted wound. If you criminalize a herb or a substance, criminals will create a black market and make a fortune out of it. How do you think the Mafia, which was a small group of crooks with no particular power outside of their own communities became so rich and powerful? Some idiots decided to criminalize alcohol and introduced prohibition. Law enforcement agencies have been getting paid huge sums of money for prohibition ever since. Stop re-inventing the wheel and get a clue.

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