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Illegal Drug Smugglers cause Arizona Fire

June 23, 2011

This video from Secure Border Intel shows drug smugglers traversing the area where the Murphy fire burns:

The video was captured by a game camera placed on a known smuggling trail in Ramanote Canyon, a remote area in the Coronado National Forest, 7 miles west of Rio Rico, Arizona and 8 miles north of the US-Mexico border. This area is closed to the public and the illegals smuggling drugs were the only people caught traversing the area within a thirty-day period.

Check out the video and additional commentary on YouTube.

The burlap backpacks are made for carrying marijuana; when I visited southern Arizona last summer I saw many of these discarded just south of Interstate 8 west of Tucson.

  1. June 24, 2011 4:20 pm

    The video is not intended as conclusive proof that the exact individuals on camera set this fire, just that no one else was allowed in the area or seen on video nearby. And no natural causes were found for any of the wildfires currently burning along the U.S./ Mexico border in Arizona. The video is a compilation of clips captured by the camera and in sequential order. The three major fires in Arizona are also ALL in wilderness areas that have no fencing or security infrastructure.

    • June 25, 2011 5:35 am

      No, it’s not a smoking gun, is it? I tried to carefully word the post–along with the words on the video itself–to draw the logical conclusion that people like this did it, not necessarily these people. I’m aware of other Border Patrol information pointing to drug smugglers as the cause but I thought the information (so far) was too much “hearsay” to print it.

      Thanks for helping clarify.

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