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Cartel Violence in the Arizona Desert: Gunbattle leaves 2 Dead, 2 injured

May 1, 2015  |  Posted by: JammedUp Staff
Cartel Violence in the Arizona Desert: Gunbattle leaves 2 Dead, 2 injured

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Arizona–A gun battle between suspected drug traffickers in the Arizona desert has left two dead, and two others injured six miles east of Gila Bend, Arizona. Law enforcement agencies are conducting a search for several suspects responsible for the shooting deaths.

The incident took place in a high smuggling corridor used for human and drug trafficking.

The Maricopa County sheriff’s investigators discovered the bodies of the two men in a cave. Paramedics airlifted two other seriously injured men to the West Valley Hospital in Goodyear.

“We hope one will be able to talk and provide more information,” Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio said during a news conference Tuesday afternoon.

Authorities have withheld the identities and ages of the deceased.

Police seized semi-automatic weapons and collected other evidence found in the cave.

Arpaio said one of the wounded men dialed 911 around 12:30 p.m. Monday to report he and three other men had been shot. The man said the shooting occurred an hour earlier, but didn’t elaborate why he delayed calling for help.

SWAT officers stationed in the area rushed to the scene and set up a secure perimeter to protect the investigators from any possible threat. However, no suspects were apprehended.

“We have launched an intensive investigation to identify and locate the shooters,” Arpaio said. Investigators discovered a large quantity of marijuana in the area. However, to the shooting scene.

“Our primary concern is that the violence may spill over the border to the Phoenix metropolitan area and other places,” Arpaio said.

The shooting incident comes one week after Border Patrol agents and the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office arrested twelve people and seized over $500,000 of narcotics near Gila Bend.

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