Border Bandits Strike Close To Home

Border Bandits Strike Close To Home

There are 6 comments on the CBS News story from Oct 15, 2007, titled Border Bandits Strike Close To Home. In it, CBS News reports that:

"They open fire, they shoot at least 65 times," Detective Juan Carlos Navarro says of the border bandits.

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“I-TSU-LA A-LA-S-DI ”

Since: Jul 07

Checotah, Oklahoma

#1 Oct 18, 2007
(CBS) Desert Golf in Green Valley, Ariz., just outside Tucson, is a lush oasis for legions of retirees. But just beyond the back nine is the front line of what authorities here call an “all out war.”

“This is it right here, this is where the ambush occurred?” CBS News chief investigative correspondent Armen Keteyian asked Detective Juan Carlos Navarro of the Pima County Sheriff's Department.

“Yeah - this was where it happened,” Navarro said.

Just before dawn on the morning of March 30th, two men were camped on a hilltop, waiting, looking to hijack a truck full of marijuana said to be moving north along an old smuggling route that cuts across Green Valley - some 40 miles from the Mexican border.

“They open fire, they shoot at least 65 times,” he said. They used automatic weapons.

“They are using AK-47s, yes,” he said.

Twenty-three rounds blistered the Ford Pick-up, a truck packed not with drugs but with people, 25 illegal immigrants. Two were left dead and three wounded.

It was the work of so-called Bajadores, modern-day desert bandits.

He said rival gangs of heavily-armed bandits are increasingly at war all across his county - ripping off valuable loads of drugs and human cargo. The illegals are often held hostage until families back home pay thousands of dollars in ransom.

“Over the course of the last year it's become a lot more violent,” said Sgt. Jim Murphy, who heads the Pima County border crimes unit.“What bleeds across here spreads out across the whole United States.”

The border crimes unit is a special squad formed a little over a year ago to crack down on the latest - and most violent twist - in the smuggling trade.

Five nights a week, just seven deputies play a cat-and-mouse game with the desert bandits across 9,000 square miles of rugged terrain.

Two to three hundred bodies are recovered out here every year - a dozen in recent months dying at the hands of bajadores.

Primary Source Blog: Playing Cat And Mouse In The Desert

CBS News has learned the violence is not only directed from south of the border. Sources say the brains behind these bandits are now living in the United States, and that one Phoenix nightclub was used to recruit the two men now under arrest for the Green Valley murders.

“It worries me for the retirement people because they actually come to Green Valley to retire and now they have to deal with this,” Murphy said.

Ambushes and automatic weapons - creeping ever closer to the idyllic lives of retirees.
Native Amer German Irish

Vandalia, OH

#2 Oct 18, 2007
There will be a retiree out playing golf some morning who is killed by a stray bullet fired by an illegal.

It's only a matter of time.

“I-TSU-LA A-LA-S-DI ”

Since: Jul 07

Checotah, Oklahoma

#4 Oct 18, 2007
Native Amer German Irish wrote:
There will be a retiree out playing golf some morning who is killed by a stray bullet fired by an illegal.
It's only a matter of time.
It's a shame that American people have to keep a guarded posture because of these lowlife. People have worked their whole lives to enjoy their retirement and this is what they get.
Native Amer German Irish

Vandalia, OH

#5 Oct 18, 2007
okbuilder wrote:
<quoted text>It's a shame that American people have to keep a guarded posture because of these lowlife. People have worked their whole lives to enjoy their retirement and this is what they get.
I know. If my parents were alive, I certainly would NOT want them living there.

“I-TSU-LA A-LA-S-DI ”

Since: Jul 07

Checotah, Oklahoma

#6 Oct 18, 2007
We need to deploy troops to the border and the next time a shot is fired, open up on them.
Native Amer German Irish

Vandalia, OH

#7 Oct 18, 2007
okbuilder wrote:
We need to deploy troops to the border and the next time a shot is fired, open up on them.
Absolutely. ANY other country in the world would do it. Bush & Calderon (and Fox before him) are in bed together - no doubt about it.

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