Bisbee and Naco Raided in Drug Bust
February 2nd 2012 · 0 Comments
Bisbee and Naco area residents were arrested on warrants during the last 48 hours, on indictments for trafficking marijuana. Nine homes in Naco, Bisbee and Sierra Vista were raided, and several arrests were made.
KVOA leads with a lurid, hyperbolic headline: Feds take down members of a violent drug cartel. What they mean is that a bunch of juvenile deliquents have been smuggling cannabis in school backpacks. This qualifies as violence, under Arizona media guidelines.
According to KVOA:
Armed with a search warrants DEA AND ICE agents targeted a midtown house in Tucson. They arrested Maria Christina Rascon Ramirez. Investigators says she was allegedly responsible for handling the finances of the organization, an organization responsible for bringing in large quantities of marijuana, meth, and cocaine. Morrow says, “They did the mass numbers of people so they would run lots of people with smaller loads knowing we only had so much law enforcement.”
Instead of transporting drugs in large quantities in a single shipment, the Rascon group used other methods. “They would use teenage kids they would body load onto themselves they would strap the drugs onto their body and walk across the port. And they would do 10 to 15 people at a time.”
What violence? How many indictments for homicide, assault or other acts of violence? This lurid lede is the last gasp of the authoritarian drug war’s pathetic and tragic denouement.
Calling this small time operation a Conspiracy of (Violent) High Level Drug Traffickers is fact free and full of bigotry.
A version of this column originally appeared in bisbee.net.
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