January 9, 2012
The National Drug Intelligence Center (NDIC), a component of the Department of Justice (DOJ), reported that Mexican drug trafficking organizations are threatening law enforcement in Arizona in an effort to “deter their enforcement activities.”
Mexican drug trafficking organizations “have begun to threaten local police officers to deter their enforcement activities,” revealed the DOJ’s 2011 Drug Market Analysis for Arizona. “Violent criminal groups often referred to as border bandits, rip crews, or bajadores, operate along trafficking corridors in remote locations, preying upon law enforcement officers and smugglers who transit their territories.”
“For example, border bandits murdered a CBP [U.S. Customs and Border Protection] agent in December 2010 during a gunfight in an area of Santa Cruz County, known for high levels of illegal activity,” reported the DOJ analysis. “Border bandits often dress in tactical gear in an attempt to appear to be legitimate law enforcement personnel.”
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