Paul Babeu's Getting Armed Volunteers to (Supposedly) Help Fight Mexican Drug Cartels
|Arizona Senate Republicans|
|Left to right: PCSO SWAT Commander Matt Thomas, Sheriff Paul Babeu, and state Senator Sylvia Allen.|
Babeu's unpaid "Anti-Smuggling Posse" will be the junior-varsity squad for PCSO's SWAT team when it comes to smuggling operations.
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Allen tried to get a similar group of volunteers covering the border via a bill last legislative session, called the State Guard, but common sense prevailed on that one.
Babeu's posse is totally a good idea, according to Allen and PCSO higher-ups, because the posse members will have to pass background checks and get weapons training four times a year. They'll also receive "tactical training."
According to Allen, the posse is "a wonderful enhancement to our effort to protect the border."
Pinal County, of course, borders Maricopa, Pima, Gila, and Graham counties, and shares zero miles of the border with Mexico.
|Pinal County, in red.|
More specifically, PCSO says the posse "will provide surveillance and intelligence support to the Pinal County Sheriff's Office Regional SWAT during tactical operations they perform against the Mexican Drug Cartels in western Pinal County."
What could possibly go wrong? Yeeeeeeeeeeee-haw.