Skip to comments.Found While Hiking: Stash of AK-47s
Posted on 07/02/2012 6:18:03 PM PDT by Kaslin
No big deal....despite the fact that a stash of AK-47s was found along a hiking trail in not Colombia, not Mexico but in....Arizona.
A hiker in the Madera Canyon area found three assault rifles in a black trash bag one mile north of Old Baldy Trail.
After receiving a report of the discovery on Wednesday, June 20, the Pima County Sheriff’s Office determined that the rifles were found in Santa Cruz County, and notified the local sheriff’s office.
Santa Cruz County Sheriff’s deputies then went to the site and recovered what turned out to be a stash of AK-47 assault rifles.
Lt. Raoul Rodriguez said the rifles were “badly rusted” and had “obviously been there for quite some time.” Four rifle magazines were also recovered.
Hikers apparently are now subject to Mexican drug cartels stashing powerful weapons along areas where they used to be able to safely enjoy being outdoors. I'll be interested to know if any of these guns are linked to Operation Fast and Furious however, even if they are, I doubt ATF will be letting us know because after all, more Fast and Furious weapons traced means more bad PR for Holder's Justice Department.
On a more serious note, this is an example of what local law enforcement is up against on a daily basis. It's a war down there. Learn more by reading about my ride along with a Pinal County Sheriff's SWAT Team member.
Nearby is the infamous Vekol Valley, the largest hotbed of drug and human smuggling in the United States and where a Pinal County Deputy was shot in April 2010. Vekol is surrounded by nasty mountain ranges on both sides. There is wide-open desert starting from mile marker 160 on I-8 and stretching all the way to Mexico. Because of the terrain, Vekol acts as a funnel. As we drove into the area, I could feel that it just wasn’t a safe place to be.
Cartels also take advantage of the Tohono O’odham Indian Reservation on the west side of Vekol Valley. They use it as an entry point, marry into Indian families so they can live on the reservation and, if a village is small enough, cartel members will simply walk in and take property by lethal force.
While we were driving near Vekol, Thomas explained the “terrain” problem to me after pulling off the side of the road to show me the “Travel Caution: Smuggling and Illegal Immigration May Be Encountered in This Area" sign provided by Homeland Security. (Remember, according to Janet Napolitano, the border is secure.) He said the cartels have a vast intelligence network. Men known as “spotters” sit up on the top of hills and mountains with cell phones and radios, calling drug running crews in the U.S. and Mexico about where Sheriff vehicles are located and where Border Patrol is cruising. Usually, as soon as Thomas shows up on patrol, the cartels are watching and know exactly where he is. For the spotters, failing to identify where U.S. authorities are located can result in a beating or even death. If a spotter calls into the boss in Mexico or down the road, says that they are clear to come through with a load, but then the authorities show up and seize the load, that spotter pays the price for the loss.
But these cartels aren’t just targeting Border Patrol. U.S. citizens travelling along I-8 who stop for a restroom break often find themselves carjacked right off the road. The area can’t be used for camping, hiking or hunting as it used to be because the area is dangerous and drug and human smugglers are carrying high-powered weapons like AK-47s.
“If you see too much you may get killed out here because they [cartel members] don’t want witnesses,” Thomas said.
Aw, a little rust won’t hurt an AK. If they were full auto units it would be hard to pass them up.
The badly rusted thing caught my eye as well. Especially since this is not very far from Tuscon and Davis-Monthan AFB aircraft boneyard. You know, the place that was chosen just because of the conditions there to be one of the best for minimal rusting of metals? Almost none.
“Hikers apparently are now subject to Mexican drug cartels stashing powerful weapons along areas where they used to be able to safely enjoy being outdoors.”
While the cartels may be dangerous, does the author think the rusty AK’s are going to jump up and shoot the hikers?
A friend of mine one dark night found a bull barrel .22 pistol complete in a shoulder holster outside a local bar in the parking lot, it was a custom gun.
I paid him $100 for it...really fast! he had no clue what it was built as.
I wouldn’t touch them, or report them. Could be an ATF honey pot.
This supports my claim.
Obama and Calderon got together because neither of them could stop the bad press they were getting from the deaths and beheadings. So... a deal was made and the Sinaloa Cartel has been given the border of Arizona as an unrestricted smuggling highway. Obama and Calderon get credit for stopping the violence and closing the borders (in Texas, anyway).
Everyone on the way of Operation ‘Razing Arizona’ dies, or is sent to Iraq.
Agent Terry was ‘in the way’.
The fruits of one of the ATF’s straw purchases?
He left the rusted ones...
“Cartels also take advantage of the Tohono Oodham Indian Reservation”
Its a freekin wide open corridor for them as the Indians wont allow any law enforcement in there.
Then why not deploy on EA6 to the area? Problem corrected. Of course, you could follow up by adding an A10...Problem solved.
I’d be out in the desert with a water tank and a metal detector.
eric holder abandoned these domestic protection tools.
mums the word.
We used to go hiking up Madera Canyon quite a bit. All I ev er saw were middle aged, tie dye and sandal wearing pothead types with their yappy little Pekinese dogs.
They are magazines, aren’t they?
Clips are used in old M1’s.
Random bags of free guns?
Its freaking Christmas!
AK-47 assault weapon’s.....BS...if they don’t have a selector switch
The media is stupid.
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