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Cartels making threats on police in U.S.

(CHICAGOPRESSRELEASE.COM) — In the first public incident of its kind, cartels are making direct death threats to U.S. law enforcement officials in Nogales, Arizona, the police chief there told CHICAGOPRESSRELEASE.COM Monday.

Speculation about death threats by cartels towards U.S. law enforcement has been widespread for some time, but this is the first time U.S. officials along the border confirmed a case.

The threats began less than two weeks ago, after off-duty police officers from the Nogales police department seized several hundred pounds of marijuana from a drug smuggling operation they stumbled upon while horseback riding in the eastern fringes of Nogales, the chief said.

The smugglers in the incident managed to flee into Mexico before they could be detained, Nogales Police Chief Jeffrey Kirkham told CHICAGOPRESSRELEASE.COM.

“We are taking the threats very seriously,” Kirkham told CHICAGOPRESSRELEASE.COM. “We have received information from informants who work in Mexico that the drug cartel running that operation was unhappy about our seizure. They told our informant that they understand uniformed police officers have a job to do, but anyone out of uniform who gets involved in their operation will be targeted.”

“America is based on freedom. We’re not going to be intimidated by the threats, but we are taking them seriously. I’ve told my officers if they venture into that area off duty to be armed,” Kirkham said.

The U.S. Customs and Border Protection sent an increased presence to the area where the bust happened, Kirkham said.

It was unclear which cartel was making the threats against the Nogales police department, but Kirkham said there is a turf war on the other side of the border in Nogales Sonora, Mexico, between the Sinaloa cartel and the Juarez cartel.

Kirkham said he was unaware of cartels trying to bribe or extort his police officers, but he did say cartel’s are using the same tactics on U.S. law enforcement that they do on local law enforcement in Mexico.

In May, a former sheriff’s deputy in nearby Santa Cruz County — 29-year-old former deputy Jesus R. Contreras — and another man were arrested on federal drug-smuggling and gun charges. Local reports said Contreras was wearing a police uniform when he tried smuggling five kilograms of cocaine through a checkpoint on March 2.

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  10. Josh says:

    I am a Law Enforcement Officer in Nogales. My word to the Cartels : America is now bringing the fight to you. Try it. We are tired of, we are free to fight it, and most have taken oathes to do so. Bring it, you are facing a nation.

  11. hipshot percusion says:

    I agree! Screw the Mexican invaders, one and all! It is time to “Shoot, Shovel and Shut The Fuck Up!”

  12. Zara says:

    I agree with the 4 previous statements. If you think this is just Mexican drug cartel then you should think again. The US is being invaded. What is wrong with our politicians thinking this is a ‘race’ problem….this is an invasion of US territory and should be treated as such. It is time that our Government get serious and get these guys out of the hills and mountains of our Southern Border States. These criminals are preparing the way for an all out invasion of our country. Officials should ‘connect the dots’ before it is too late.

  13. peacemaker says:

    I totally agree with the previous comment. I don’t think the government is telling us things like this, of course because of panic…But we have to be realistic, the border down there and in the border in Canada has never been addressed as a SERIOUS MATTER!!!! Since 9/11 they have let there guard down and thousands and thousands of middle eastern people have integrated with the drug cartels and that is exactly what has been overlooked! We need our troops home asap, because if not, the United States of America will not EVER be what is was….We have a bigtime fight on our hands because we do not know exactly how many middle eastern illegal ALIENS have crossed our border….This is sickening to my stomach because when they step on OUR LAND they dissappear into no telling where!!!! Looks like we will be fighting for OUR COUNTRY again!!!! And we will!!!! There are WWII vets, Korean Vets, Vietnam Vets and Gulf vets and also National Guard…..You better believe they will do anything to protect our country……Most true AMERICANS WILL…That is our AMERICA that is based on the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution……AMERICANS WILL PREVAIL

  14. george says:

    Treat this as war. You politicans took oaths to protect our borders. Do you job or resign. Do to the cartel what other nations would do in war to an enemy. Tell Mexico President to mind his own business and stop his hypocristy about the difference between their rules of entering Mexico and those he expects from us. Shoot to kill like any other foreign invaders. Illegals have no rights in this country. Zilch. I am infavor of impeachment of any politican who will not vote to protect our boarders. They are traitors and should be treated as such without exception.

  15. KB says:

    I wonder how many in the cartel are palistinians, pakistanis….iranians and chavez’s cronies. You know islamists, hell bent on penetrating Arizona’s border. Look another 9/11…the 5th column is in our military, Ft Hood vulnerability, now Arizona’s crosswalk.

  16. Joe says:

    Knowing I’m a hard core conservative American should tell you a lot more than a comment.

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