The news in Arizona report daily on the seizures of drug in the Arizona border from the operators of the cartel of "El Chapo" Guzman, while U.S. federal agents acknowledge that the state is "the world's largest warehouse of marijuana."
On Friday April 23, the same day the Governor Jan Brewer passed SB1070, which criminalizes Mexican immigrants, Phoenix Mayor Phil Gordon told the Fox television network: "Where is the DEA? They are not here in Arizona."
"If they were here, there would not be so much illegal drugs in the states," he went on to say. But the data gathered indicates that the lack of efficient border enforcement and the inept knowledge of bilateral cartel operations in the border by local authorities have made Arizona an open territory ... of El Chapo.
"The world's largest warehouse of marijuana dominates federal agents of the United States and Mexico in Arizona. The reason: through this region enters most of all the drugs that is ultimately is distributed to all 50 states.
The enormous concentration of drugs in one area might indicate that perhaps some local law enforcement agencies might be corrupted by drug cartels.
On Thursday April 22 Eastern Arizona Courier newspaper published an article in which Tony Coulson agent for the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) in the state said that there are daily transactions of drugs from Mexico reaching up to 2 million dollars. This data could reflect the size of the problem and it's a profitable business in particular for the Sinaloa cartel.
"It's unbelievable, but Arizona imports from Mexico most of the marijuana consumed in the US, or at least that is what official statistics indicate," said a U.S. federal agent responsible for the state of Arizona in the US and Sonora state in Mexico.
An informant that requested his name not be used said that there is currently an inquiry on possible corruption of local police forces and their involvement with drug trafficking. This investigation was initiated several months ago and could also involve members of the Beltran Leyva organization.
However he cautions: "If a lot of drugs are smuggled here is because there is something wrong in this state, or perhaps because local authorities are inefficient and inept to contain this traffic."
In June 2009, officers and agents of the DEA and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) commented to a reporter that Mexican cartels have been operating in the area for many years. In Arizona you find almost all of them: Beltran Leyva, the Juarez cartel, La Familia Michoacana, Los Zetas and the leading organization of El Chapo Guzman
Drug Smugglers with Armed Escorts
Mexican drug smugglers send armed security ahead of dope backpackers to defend against Law Enforcement and rival drug gangs who would rob them of their narcotics.
The following two videos are from an anonymous source and comes into the debate when Arizona just passed one of the strictest laws on illegal immigration at a time when amnesty for illegal aliens and changing drug laws are poised to reshape America in a very negative way.