ARIVACA – An Arivaca cattle rancher has captured video of about 250 undocumented immigrants and drug runners in nine months on his ranch.
Jim Chilton maintains motion-activated cameras on three of many trails from Mexico crossing his ranch. He estimates there are more than 200 similar trails used by drug packers and undocumented immigrants on his ranch.
“The United States international boundary with Mexico is far from secure south of Arivaca, Arizona,” says Chilton. “Drug packers and other cartel-guided individuals crawl, under, through and over four thin strands of barbed wire cattle fencing that mark the international border.”
The video that is retrieved regularly from these cameras and the videos available on YouTube through links provided in this news release, show “drug-mules” working for the Sinaloa cartel bringing narcotics and human traffic up through three, tree-sheltered canyons. Mountain-top cartel scouts guide the human drug-packing mules north along these trails so the packers can safely drop their loads of narcotics for collaborators to continue the drug relay to all parts of the country. Then the drug mules can return south to Mexico.
“The Tucson Station Border Patrol headquarters in Tucson, Arizona, is 90 miles from the international boundary. It’s a three-hour drive to our ranch boundary with Mexico. The agency’s “defense in depth” policy allows the drug-packing groups and others to enter into the US, five, 10, 20 and even 100 miles inland before there is a focused attempt at apprehension,” says Chilton. “As a consequence, rural Arizona communities and ranchers living in the hundreds of square miles of open border, work and live in a virtual foreign-occupied no man’s land.”
See 250 drug runners and undocumented persons YouTube video
See video showing the end of the wall west of Nogales, Arizona and 25 Miles: The Open Cartel Drug Door to the U.S.