Lookout Bunkers for Smugglers Discovered in Arizona

Posted: October 5, 2010 in Battlefield Arizona, Mexico: Failed State, Trans-Border Crime

Deputies unearth suspected smuggling caves in Pinal County Posted: Oct 05, 2010 8:31 AM MST Updated: Oct 05, 2010 9:08 AM MST PINAL COUNTY, AZ (KOLD) – Illuminated by the light of a new moon on the morning of Sept. 22, law enforcement officers spotted a small fire on the northwest side of the Sawtooth Mountains. The group had hiked more than a mile up and over several ridges when a Pinal deputy spotted a man running away on a nearby ridge. A border agent on an off-road motorcycle tracked the man down and agents took him into custody. It turned out he was only a teenager. Deputies soon discovered the suspect’s hideout, a network of caves wrapped around the mountain top. Each cave appeared to have a different purpose. One contained religious candles and rosaries, items often used for a makeshift shrine. Another cave might have served as the a vantage point for a lookout. The view stretched for miles, greater than 180 degrees. Deputies believed the spotter would sit in that cave and guide smugglers with loads of people and drugs through the desert. The discovery came just weeks after deputies found a similar network of caves and bunkers on the opposite side of the Sawtooth Mountain that were clearly visible from a Pinal County ranch house. One person was taken into custody during that raid. http://www.kold.com/Global/story.asp?S=13270651

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