08/24/13 - 0600 - Border Audio - Significant Incident- Hunting Season has started
Hunting season has started and hunters are in remote areas where they regularly encounter human and drug smugglers
In this case, a hunter reported spotting a group of 9 "46" drug packers carrying large backpacks of marijuana near Santa Rita Ranch - 30 miles south of Tucson, Arizona. The hunter also reported that one packer was armed with an AK-47 rifle. At the end of the audio clip, the dispatcher questions the propriety of sending 2 BP agents to search for 9 armed "46" drug smugglers.
The Border Patrol estimates that they catch 1 out of 3 IAs that traverse north.... ranchers estimate it more like 1 out of 10.
The question is, if it wasn't for the observant hunters taking the time to report these smugglers, would the smugglers ever have been detected by the myriad of BP Agents/MSS-APSS-SBI-Vader Radar/Ground Sensors/Sign Cutting/High Flyer Aircraft/Checkpoints/Helicopters/Predator Drones.....or would they just become one of the 9 out of 10 ?
Thanks to "Concerned Citizen" Hunters out there..... watch your 6 ! (click on audio link below)
Video from a trail camera placed by the AZ Border Defenders of 4 drug smugglers (one armed with an AK-47) 30 miles north of the United States border with Mexico near Tucson AZ.