Pinal County Sheriff's Office: 102 People and 3,200 Pounds of Weed Recovered in Vekol Valley...in Four Days

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One of several vehicles recovered during one of several busts in the Vekol Valley last week.

The Pinal County Sheriff's Office announced this morning that multiple law enforcement agencies are responsible for the arrests of 102 people and the recovery of more than 3,200 pounds of weed in the Vekol Valley during a four-day operation aimed at cleaning up the drug-plagued smuggling corridor.

The operation, which was carried out between February 16 and February 19, was aimed at "impacting the criminal element that is exploiting the Vekol Valley and Silver Bell Mountain Area."


In addition to the people and drugs, authorities also recovered seven stolen vehicles, and 12 firearms.

During one of the several busts, authorities arrested 30-year-old Lucinda Lopez, who was caught smuggling three illegal immigrants through the desert. One of those immigrants Lopez was trying to sneak into the country was wanted for sexual assault.

"Pinal County has been labeled the Number One Pass Through County in All of America for Drug and Human Trafficking. I am very appreciative of the efforts of all of our law enforcement partners in helping us with this fight," Pinal County Sheriff Paul Babeu says in a statement. "As you can tell from this multi-agency detail and past details, the criminal activity level is not decreasing. This area needs a heavy and continuous law enforcement presence if we are to defeat those responsible for drug and human trafficking and the crimes associated with it."



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NorthAdamsReruns
NorthAdamsReruns

Funny that the DPS press release on the detail included the same things that are in this article about PB. DPS highlights include:

"The ongoing operation’s goal is to deny, degrade, disrupt and dismantle smuggling organizations. Intelligence gathered and shared between the agencies led to 102 arrests, 7 stolen vehicles recovered and the seizure of 12 firearms and more than 3,200 pounds of marijuana...“This is an ongoing effort to deprive drug cartels of the profit motive to smuggle narcotics into Arizona. Our results are a testament to the hard work of EVERYONE involved. I am proud that DPS is the LEAD agency in this very important operation,” said Col. Robert Halliday, director of the Arizona Department of Public Safety. --Looked on sheriffpaul.com, where he regularly heralds himself and there was nothing about this.Looked at the Pinal County Sheriff's Office website under news and nothing about this detail.

Babeu is running with the banner that should be shared by all agencies in this operation, "Alliance to Combat Transnational Threats." He is probably still trying to figure out what that means. No game he has ever heard of.

Pit Boss
Pit Boss

Wow, what a coincidence! He and his colleague get into it with the border mayors last week about how bad it is in Pinal County, and now this week he gets a huge score. I'm going to go ahead and assume they have a cache of vehicles, weapons and weed on the side for when they need to justify this guy's paranoid fantasies.

Tommy Collins
Tommy Collins

Pit, I won't agree with you on this point, sorry. I don't think they need to keep anything in escrow for this kind of event. Unfortunately I think they could score like this on a weekly basis for about a month, before the traffic moved east to Texas and then some sheriff there would have the problem.... Or, more likely, just eastern Arizona...

Walter Concrete
Walter Concrete

Why does the sheriff feel the need to publicize the results of anything? Isn't he elected to do a job? So, do it and don't brag. It's unseemly and obviously ego oriented. Perhaps you're looking for more federal funds? It may come as a shock to the sheriff but that money comes from tax payers. Federal funds are not free. You know what? I need some federal funds too. I guess I'll need to give a press conference on how hard working I am and how hard I worked today at my job and how hard it is to do my job.

Tommy Collins
Tommy Collins

Walter, the sheriff is an elected official, thus he must have his name in the news as often as possible so folks remember it when they see the ballot. I know your comment was meant as a rhetorical, but some of the readers may need to understand the answer...

I wonder if Babeu is getting his 'tone down' cream for the top of his head from a government grant?

XSoldier
XSoldier

3200 pounds of weed and 102 arrests huh? Wonder what teleprompter Babeu read those fictitious statistics off of?

I wonder how many of those arrested were either illegal or American citizens?

Babeu is the second biggest joke in law-enforcement. His buddy, the MCSO shurf, is, by far, the biggest joke.

Puroll got "fired" by Babeu because he threatened to have Mr. Rubin assassinated by a Mexican 'buddy' of his. If Babeu had simply shitcanned Puroll all the way back in April 2010, Mr. Rubin would not have been threatened.

I wonder if Puroll is behind this latest round of Pinal County Sheriff's Office bullshit?

Known drug house
Known drug house

I wish they would bust the mexican drug dealers on my street. they been ratted out many times to sgt chuck williams of the cactus precinct police. and 8 years later they still are in business selling weed,cocaine and meth and they have alot of customers coming and going all the time. the mexican women do all of the drug dealing not the men. thats how they are fooling to cops. they live right near 31st ave and grovers area 2nd street up going north on 31st ave turn right or east on 2nd street up on 31st ave. the drug house is brown with a garage and is on the south side of the block about 10 houses up. they drive a black low pick up truck and a brown Chevy blazer type car. the truck like most mex drive has fancy shiny rims on it THIS IS A DRUG HOUSE PHX POLICE OFFICERS. BUST THEM.

Ted
Ted

102 people and 3200 pounds of bunko mexican weed. That is what about thirty one pounds per smuggler. Really a major cartel operation out there you broke up Babeu! This so called law man is really a joke. How much did you spend on your big operation Sheriff? I'm betting you could have gone to Nogie and bought 3200 pounds of bunk for quite a lot less than this media boondoggle cost taxpayers.

J Curwen
J Curwen

I wonder where they keep all of that weed?

ExpertShot
ExpertShot

"Multiple Law Enforcement Agencies"? Sure would be nice to know what other agencies played a role in this arrest. I'm just glad Babeau is finally doing his job rather than just bloviating about doing it. I'm guessing that the feds told him to get his butt in gear and came along for the ride just to make sure he was doing his job and not taking bribes from the Cartel for looking the other way. That's probably why his deputy was fired for spilling the beans that the Cartel was paying SOMEONE on the Pinal Co. Sheriff's Department payroll.

BTW - How can one tell from a simple few days busts whether there was a crime increase or decrease? Don't you have to have the figures from the whole time periods you're comparing stats to to get an accurate picture?

This guy is a moronic Baboon!

Tommy Collins
Tommy Collins

@ExpertShot: I was thinking that if law enforcement would post lookouts in the 100 or so landscape features currently used by cartels (according to Babeu) it would accomplish at least two things: (1) It would displace those spotters used by the cartel and leave them no place to roost, and (2) it would give advance notice to the ground troops that smugglers and dopers were entering the country outside the formal border crossing areas.

I suppose MCSO could set up their armored personnel carrier with the 50 caliber machine gun and shoot rubber bullets, bouncing the smugglers and dopers back across the border, without significant harm to them...

OR, check this out: PCSO could actually work WITH ICE and Border Patrol instead of working against them. Imagine what might happen if they teamed up and actually became one consolidated force in protecting the border.

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