Skip to comments.Our national parks have been surrendered to the Mexican drug cartels (w/shocking video)
Posted on 06/18/2010 10:07:19 AM PDT by AuntB
According to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, 3,500 acres in southern Arizona have now been closed to U.S. citizens because of the dangers posed in that area from Mexican drug smugglers. The area includes part of the Buenos Aires National Wildlife Refuge.
Refuge manager Mitch Ellis told Fox News: The situation in this zone has reached a point where continued public use of the area is not prudent.
Pinal County Sheriff Paul Babeu said: Its literally out of control. We need support from the federal government. Its their job to secure the border and they havent done it. In fact, President Obama suspended the construction of the fence and its just simply outrageous.
Babeu continued: We need action. Its shameful that we, as the most powerful nation on Earth, cant even secure our own border and protect our own families.
In addition to using U.S. public lands to smuggle drugs into this nation, the Mexican drug cartels are growing huge amounts of marijuana in our national parks. It is estimated that the cartels produce 30 tons of pot in our parks annually.
Brent Wood, a supervisor for the California Department of Justice's Bureau of Narcotics Enforcement, recently told the Associated Press: Just like the Mexicans took over the methamphetamine trade, they've gone to mega, monster gardens. It's amazing how they have changed the way they do business. It's their domain.
According to the Drug Enforcement Administration, in 2008 alone, U.S. law enforcement agencies police across the nation confiscated or destroyed 7.6 million marijuana plants from 20,000 outdoor plots. Of course, the seized plants represent only a small fraction of the cartels crop.
Large pot farms have been found from Klamath National and Sequoia National Parks in California, and Pike National Forest in Colorado to George Washington National Forest in Virginia and all points in between. Often, those farms are booby-trapped with trip wires surrounding the operations.
Natural streams are diverted to irrigate the illegal crops, and the soil is severely damaged with harsh pesticides. When those operating the farms move on to another location, the areas more resemble a garbage dump, than a national forest. The harm being done to both flora and fauna is immeasurable.
This is not a problem unique to the American Southwest, but now affects public lands across the entire nation, and the smugglers are becoming increasingly more destructive.
In August 2009, investigators determined that the wildfire known as the La Brea Fire, in the Los Padres National Forest, which began on August 8, was actually started by a cooking fire being used by Mexican marijuana growers.
The Santa Barbara County sheriff's office and the U.S. Forest Service held a joint press conference and stated that the raging wildfire was touched off by a "cooking fire in a marijuana drug trafficking operation ... believed to be run by a Mexican national drug organization."
At the time, U.S. Forest Service spokesman Jim Turner said: "The suspects are still at large. We've closed the area to the public ... so if anyone is likely to encounter them, it would be the firefighters, and of course those people have all been alerted and are on the watch."
The fire destroyed more than 130 square miles of forest and forced more than 2,000 residents from their homes.
While the La Brea Fire may have represented the first time that the mainstream press reported on a fire which was set by illegal alien drug traffickers, this incident is only the latest and perhaps most costly fire. However, arson has actually become a favorite tactic used by those who now regularly invade this country.
In May 2007, in Arizona, Border Patrol Agents chased five illegals back across the Mexican border. Once on the other side, the five began pegging the agents and their vehicles with rocks. The agents moved back and continued to observe, then a Molotov cocktail was hurled at the agents. It hit the ground and missed the Border Patrol vehicles. The agents then contacted the Mexican military for assistance.
As usual, that help never came.
About an hour later, an agent noticed a fire burning in a nearby wheat field. The San Luis Fire Department responded and fortunately the only property damaged in the extremely dry area was the field itself. A total of five fires were set that night by illegal aliens. The fires surrounded a Border Patrol observation post and were an attempt to burn the agents out. No agents were injured in the multiple blazes and none of the illegals were apprehended.
The border area has become so dangerous due to Mexican drug smugglers and illegal aliens crossing into this country, that in 2007, firefighters battling wildfires in the Coronado National Forest had to be accompanied by police officers.
For several years, the U.S. Forest Service has reported numerous accounts of encounters with heavily armed drug dealers approaching firefighters.
On August 9, 2002, U.S. Park Ranger Kris Eggle, 27 was killed by Mexican drug dealers while on duty in Arizona's Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument Park. Ranger Eggle was attempting to apprehend two drug dealers, after being notified by Mexican authorities that the two had crossed the border and were headed into the park.
One of the drug dealers opened fire on Ranger Eggle with an AK-47. Eggle died before a medivac helicopter arrived on the scene. Mexican police officers shot and killed Eggle's murderer.
U.S. Park Ranger Eggle left behind his grieving parents and his sister (also a U.S. Park Ranger).
In 1905 President Theodore Roosevelt started the National Parks system, setting aside 194 millions of acres of pristine wilderness by the end of his presidency, so that all Americans could enjoy natures beauty and peaceful tranquility. He brought these unspoiled lands under federal protection so that they would remain that way forever.
I would venture to say that never could TR could have imagined the day when American families could no longer venture into those parks because an invading army of criminals now use them for their own enterprises. Nor could he have ever imagined a day when his own government, sworn to protect those public lands, would sit by and allow such an atrocity.
In a speech in Osawatomie, Kansas on August 31, 1910, Roosevelt stated: I recognize the right and duty of this generation to develop and use the nature resources of our land; but I do not recognize the right to waste the, or to rob, by wasteful use, the generations that come after us.
Unfortunately, we are all being robbed as our national parks become nothing more than marijuana farms, occupied by illegal aliens carrying automatic weapons and trashing once unspoiled national treasures.
What use is a government which chooses not to defend its land and people?
Some photos of these foreign plantations:
Obama needs to get serious about this ****.
In the meantime there is Smith and Wesson.
There are whole neigborhoods in our cities that have been surrendered to the Mexican drug cartels, even here in little old York, PA
13 year ago this place was safe.
I used to go through there all the time on the way to puerto penasco
Since the ‘authorities’ WON’T go there, perhaps it’s a good place to practice ambush tactics ;-)
My buddy dives them in his plane all the time.
They have shot at him a few times.
This is interesting, cant be posted...copyright.
Indian reservations on both U.S. borders become drug pipelines
Impeachment, but for it’s futility.
That is the entire problem.
The Tohono ohdham nation wont let the feds or border patrol on their “sovereign” lands.
It is my opinion that the Tohono Odham nation is taking money from the coyotes for passage
Ah, this is a MUCH better solution than beefing up security along the border or trying to actually enforce our laws and national sovereignty!!
In about two months, Tucson will be closed to the public (including the residents) and, by the end of the year, Phoenix should also be on the closed list . . . . . all in the name of “protecting the public”!!!
You really are naive enough to think the President of the United States of America is going to actively DEFEND the sacred soil of the United States of America?
It may well actually come down to the two gentlemen you mentioned.
Not enough people today remember a Japanese Admiral who knew what could happen when you get the AMERICAN PEOPLE really upset with you. It was in all the papers at the time, but today’s media is with THEM.
This, folks, is what Cinco de Mayo is all about. Originally, it commemorated a minor victory by Mexican forces over the French. Now — I believe — it celebrates the yearly advances the Mexicans are making toward occupying and annexing the U.S. Hell, why not? The nation isn’t fighting it to any significant degree.
Is our future left to hoping it’s Mexico who establishes dominion over us before the islamic world? I guess at least the Mexicans won’t force us to bow to Mecca.
Yep I am naive.
I used to patrol those borders myself for free with them 2 fellers
Which will be of little use against Uzi and AK-47.
This recap is difficult for me to believe. Where is our Government ? This must end.
I never carried a weapon prior to two years ago - but now I do most of the time.
Parks, neighborhoods?? We must stop this law breaking.
Hmmm, didn’t Clinton give away our national parks and aren’t there open secrets about him being tied in with drug people? Mena, Arkansas comes to mind.
Looks to me like the cartels will morph into reconquista enforcers.
In the future, whole regions of the U.S. will be off-limits to Americans.
You ever seen someone shoot full auto?
Its impossible to hit something full auto.
That’s why they call it “spray and pray”
It’s crazy. I used to hike every inch of the sonoran desert without fear.
Those days are gone.
So I see.
They are everywhere. One fall I was up in the Cascade mountains hunting elk and I ran across a couple of mexicans hiking through the area that were obviously not hunting. No doubt looking for an area to set up a grow operation in the spring.
Well, the upside is that the Mexican Porkcentric culture will help stave off the Muzzies.
Mexicans or no Mexicans, here in Washington we don’t go camping without getting good use our Concealed Weapons permits. And the more remote the campground the more the need for the protection. The main reason is the traveling Meth Labs in old vans, and creepy campers and trailers, staying at each site for the max number of days aloud then moving onto the next site staying just out of reach of the law that has warrants out for them.
I have seen these characters in the remotest of campgrounds. You can’t get away from them. They have provided material for many a camp fire story for us, that usually begin with, “do you remember that old camper with the barking pit bulls that pulled in at 2 in the morning last year....?”
Which will be of little use against Uzi and AK-47
Smith and Wesson would be of immense help in acquiring said Uzi and AK-47's. Look up the Warsaw Ghetto uprising.
This is insane!
The only problem is they have developed a taste for the government pork that is being lavished on them
...vs AK-47? I don't think so.
** Since the authorities WONT go there, perhaps its a good place to practice ambush tactics ;-) **
Good profit potential.
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It is my opinion that the Tohono Odham nation is taking money from the coyotes for passage * *
Border Patrol, Feds and Citizens should wait for them at the edges of the Tohono ohdham nation and if the illegals are armed or have drugs are armed “shoot to kill.”
They try, minus the shoot to kill. Its a big place.
Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument is to the south and provides a ton of cover
The best way to fix the problem is to stop feeding them AND shame the Mexican Gov for the way they treat their citizens.
Exactly. And for the winners, you get a trip to the coast of Somalia, where you get to apply your newly honed skills in a sea-borne environment.
Whack-a-mole in AZ is First though ;-)
So why doesn’t the Border Patrol concentrate on the border of the reservation? Trap those smugglers on the sovereign land and not let them out the other side.
One photo has a Vatican shrine
Can anyone name the European leader who wants to revokes citizenship or removal of any illegal threatening police or leaders of that nation?
Due to the copyright laws of AP, you will have to go there and read the good news.
Very pathetic when our own politicians have fewer cajones than the French!
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