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Arizona Sheriff issues warning to hikers and campers to arms themselves due to threat of cartel assassins

May 24, 2016  |  Posted by: JammedUp Staff
Arizona Sheriff issues warning to hikers and campers to arms themselves due to threat of cartel assassins

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The drug war has indeed spilt over the border after an Arizona law enforcement official warned people to be vigilant and armed over the Memorial day weekend because of the threat posed by cartel assassins.

The risk assessment was issued by Paul Babeu, Pinal County Sheriff, for individuals utilizing the wilderness areas for recreational activities, such as hiking and camping, in Pinal County.

Babeu even went on to recommend that those who frequent these areas should consider carrying a firearm for protection

According to Breitbart.com, Pinal Country’s Sherriff’s office released a statement that said: “intelligence reports say Mexican drug cartels have hired armed groups of men to guard drug loads traveling from the U.S.-Mexico Border to the Phoenix area, a significant part of those routes running through Pinal County.”

These armed groups of men are also known as sicarios whose job is to target “rip crews,” which are groups of armed individuals that travel throughout the United States border looking to steal drugs from cartel smugglers.

Babeu said in a statement, “we are taking this threat seriously and believe that the public and my deputies deserve to know that there is an elevated risk of encountering gun violence in particular areas of Pinal County.”

He continued: “It is a distressing reality that President Obama is unwilling to protect the public from armed incursions across the border and well into Arizona.”

Furthermore, the statement also reported that authorities arrested approximately 21 of the drug cartel’s scouts, detained several smugglers and seized thousands of pounds of drugs last year.

The Sherriff’s Office urges the public to continue enjoying the outdoors, but to do so in a “responsible fashion.” Babeu went on to explain: “I’m telling our citizens that want to enjoy the outdoors to travel armed and not let these drug cartels think they have any control over American soil.”

Pinal Country is no stranger to dealing with cartel-related violence. The Sherrif’s office has reported that there have been a number of altercations with cartel gunmen. Back in April, violence erupted in the Tohono O’odham Reservation as gunmen fired shots at border patrol agents.

Furthermore, Babeu stated that he his concerns that these cartel-related altercations could put the lives of many innocent Americans at risk.

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