Pinal County Sheriff's Office Suspects Deadly Shooting Near Interstate 8 Related to Mexican Drug Smuggling

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​One man is dead and another wounded after they were shot in Pinal County while smuggling marijuana from Mexico, according to the Pinal County Sheriff's Office.

PCSO spokesman Tim Gaffney tells New Times that six individuals believed to be in the "rip crew" -- a gang that rips off drug smugglers -- were detained in the shooting, which occurred early this morning near Stanfield.

The Arizona Department of Public Safety responded to a call near mile post 150 and Interstate 8 about 2:15 a.m., where officers found a 35-year-old man who'd been shot in the abdomen.

The man told investigators he was with 14 other people who came from Mexico and were walking toward Interstate 8 when they were approached by another group of men who began shooting at them.

About 8:30 a.m., police found another person shot dead half a mile south of the Interstate.

Gaffney says evidence at the scene suggests the 15 people were smuggling marijuana into the United States from Mexico, and after the shooting, the members of the "rip crew" loaded the weed into their vehicle and took off.

After getting word that some members of the "rip crew" might have been taken to a house in Stanfield, law enforcement officers from local, state, and federal agencies surrounded the house about 1 p.m. and detained six individuals.

Gaffney says none of the other 13 people had been found and that the six people detained earlier are being interviewed by investigators.

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The truth of smuggling drugs
The truth of smuggling drugs

I'm going to say this one final time for all ya all that listen to that stupid cow in the governor's mansion...

Yes, people do walk dope and Marijuana over the international border - happens all the time -into California, New Mexico, Texas, and, oh yeah, some state called Arizona.BUT...These people ARE NOT smuggling for the cartels, do you understand me ?The so called drug cartels move their product into this country effortlessly within the confines of commercial vehicles, registered in the United States to huge companies doing business below the border and enjoy an expedited border re-entry, with their companies paying an additional tariff to do so. These tractor trailers are newer and certified to meet U.S. D.O.T. specs. for 40 ton equipment travelling in North America.While the others sit idling in long 45 to 90 minute lines, sucking up each other's exhaust fumes, these privileged trucks scoot through in 15 minutes with little scrutiny.

No, I am not suggesting the owner companies know this fact; more than likely, they don't. But their vehicles are drug mules, nonetheless.

According to the United States Dept. of Justice and its Drug Enforcement Administration, $40,000,000,000.00 in Methamphetamine alone annually finds its way into the U.S. Since we know how the government overblows these things, you can factor that figure down to a more accurate 5 to 10 billion $$$. A lot of goddamned money. And an estimated 60% comes right into good old fucked up Phoenix - the valley of the spun !

Try to remember how abysmally poor a country Mexico is. With literally billions of bucks to be had and an insatiable market for what they have a surplus of, you can believe anyone who can, or thinks he can, is going to take a chance to get their product to market.The cartels are not the only ones with a dope interest; there are all kinds of smaller upstarts.The cartels can easily afford the collateral loss of a shipment here and there, though this happens very rarely for them.But the small time smugglers cannot afford any loss if it can at all be helped. For the peon traffickers who must mule their load into the U.S. they WILL take extra steps to ensure its safe delivery. These people invariably send along "ridge runners" who skirt the people muling the dope. Ridge runners stay in pairs, are armed with assault rifles and visual augmentation devices. and keep lookout for anyone in the proximity of the "travellers". Be they I.C.E. agents, Border Patrol, Nazi vigilantes, and especially "Banditos" ( competing Mexican drug traffickers, who roam the more popular smuggler routes looking for folks to hijack ). These people are also well armed and equipped and often use their own lookouts.

See it works ???

This is why that asshole Deputy Louie Puroll's bullshit story was too unbelievable to me. He was never out there alone, only an idiot with a death wish would do something that stupid.

Money is tighter than a gay teenagers butthole in Mexico. People, particularly youngsters, are employed by low-level hoodlums to run errands, keep lookout, etc. The hoodlums, loathe to part with any of their cash, then pay these kids off with drugs. Sometimes, these kids are foolish enough to try to walk in through Douglas or Nogales or other Ps.O.E. They are easily caught and these occasional situations are the ones that Governor Brewer loves to exploit for her own political gain. That mindless bitch wouldn't know a drug smuggler from a used car salesman.

And for these hapless characters in Matthew Hendley's story, well, they were either betrayed by someone or simply too desperate for money to take the precautions usually employed for such smuggling adventures, and they paid the price for it.

BRETT MICHAELS
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MIKE YEVTUCK
MIKE YEVTUCK

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