Original post made by Cindy Cross, Parkside, on Oct 31, 2011
A huge drug smuggling ring in Arizona was broken up by Arizona police with over 76 people arrested. The bust netted over $2 billion worth of drugs which included marijuana, cocaine and heroin.
The bust leading up to the arrests, named Operation Pipeline Express, was from Mexico's Sinaloa Cartel. The cartel used trucks and people with backpacks to travel through though the desert at night.
Virginia Kice, a spokeswoman for U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, said, "The smugglers succeeded at first because they had established control over an 80-mile stretch of the border from Yuma to Sells, Arizona. They had gained a virtual monopoly over a swath of the Arizona border."
Eighty miles is a large expanse. From Pleasanton to Hollister is over 70 miles away. Imagine this huge area unchecked by any border patrol? For Mexican drug runners using this as their personal drug highway.
Many believe building a fence along the border with Mexico would quell such blatant drug trafficking. A nationwide poll done by the Rasmussen Report found that 68% of Americans polled agree that a fence should be built along the Mexican border.
A group of militia from Arizona, tired of the ineffective border patrol, has set up their own surveillance of the border where they apprehend and contact border patrol to make the arrest of those they find crossing the border illegally.
What are the options? A fence that would costs millions? Or an increase in border patrol agents? Either way, someone will complain.
The Obama administration seems to be doing little or nothing to address this issue.