During the last week of January 2012, in Tucson, AZ, local and federal investigators arrested 14 suspected members of a drug-trafficking organization. They believe this organization has been in operation for more than 10 years and is suspected of also being involved with money laundering and weapons.
It is reported in the Arizona Central that the group has been smuggling large quantities of marijuana and cocaine from Mexico through the border city of Nogales and hiding the drugs in dump trucks as they made their way into the U.S. The drugs were then stored in homes in Nogales, Rio Rico, Tucson and Phoenix.
If further evidence was needed that drug cartels are active in the US, including the wars between various factions, it was the discovery of five beheaded bodies found in Arizona during the last year.
The war against drug trafficking in the U.S. has been going on for more than 40 years. In the late 1960’s drug use for recreational purposes because fashionable and main stream. The use became popular among white, young, middle class Americans, reflecting the political unrest and social rebellion. In response the Johnson administration consolidated several drug agencies into the Bureau of Narcotics and Dangerous Drug (BNDD) to try to halt the drugs coming into the US.
During the 1970’s, after previous agencies were unable to stem the drug traffic, Congress passed the Comprehensive Drug Abuse Prevention and Control Act consolidating all the organizations that had been working separately. It included a provision allowing drug enforcement officers to conduct “no knock” searches. During this time, Nixon declared a “War” on drugs when it was reported that drug use was prevalent among soldiers in Vietnam.
According to Front Line, that war continues to this day. It may have slowed it down somewhat however the war on trafficking drugs into the United States has not been won. If anything, in response to the desire among Americans for drugs, the cartels have become increasingly more sophisticated in bringing narcotics into the US, including creating underground tunnels coming into Nogales, AZ and other border cities.