U.S. Military stops drug trafficking. (1989)

This is an excerpt from an interview with a retired Border Patrol Agent.

“The U.S. Border Patrol made 8,041 apprehensions in Arivaca and Amado and seized 14,854 pounds of marijuana from January 1 to February 23, 2004,” Slagle said. “Armed encounters with narcotics smugglers have been an on-going law enforcement problem since 1989 when traffic briefly ceased with military support on the Borders. The Anti-Drug Abuse Act provided both ground troops and air support for the U.S. Border Patrol at that time period. National Guard Helicopters were able to quickly locate smuggler’s vehicles crossing into the United States with Forward Looking Infrared Radar and military technology which was very effective. A lone Border Patrol Agent that had an armed squad of U.S. Marines as a back up in Arivaca and Fresnal Canyon made national headlines. Armed mounted horsemen with a pack train carrying 600 pounds of narcotics fired at our Agent after being challenged to stop. The U.S. Marines returned fire, which ended the situation quickly. The word was passed in Mexico that the U.S. Military was defending the Borders and armed smugglers who fired at Agents would face lethal rules of engagement. There was peace for a short time.”

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