“Jaw-dropping” amount of narcotics seized as Mexican violence invades AZ
This past weekend hundreds of locals and tourists ran for cover, spending over two hours hiding amid a gun battle in a Cabo San Lucas shopping mall in the popular Mexican resort town. Security forces traded gunfire with armed men in the parking lot and searched stores for suspects.
Shoppers and employees were ordered to stay inside during the battle and the subsequent search of the mall. Armed soldiers provided security for the shoppers and employees when they were finally allowed to leave the shopping center.
Although the U.S. tries to soft-pedal travel warnings, as seen here with this weather related travel advisory, the U.S. Department of State is duty-bound to ensure the safety of American citizens. Criminal organizations, a staggering increase in murders of Americans and narcotics-related violence are addressed in this carefully worded travel warning regarding “the security situation.”
Today Reuters reports that a series of raids conducted by local, state, and federal officials in Arizona seized thousands of pounds of narcotics and resulted in the arrest of at least 70 suspected drug smugglers with ties to a billion dollar violent drug cartel in Mexico. The amount of narcotics being smuggled into the United States was termed “jaw-dropping.”