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July 25, 2010


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I'm not sure it would be necessary for the cartels to physically "seize" ranches by force. The cartels have got tons of revenue. How hard would it be for them to bribe a few ranch owners - or to actually buy a few ranches outright using proxies (e.g. legal US residents) who act on their behalf? The cartels surely must have thought about doing this.

On a completely different note ... did you see the story out of Durango, Mexico where a drug cartel has actually been using prisoners in a jail to do their dirty work? These felons were occasionally allowed to leave the prison, borrow the guards weapons, and use them to perform executions for the cartels. Then the hit squad would go back behind bars - as a refuge from law enforcement. No doubt the hitmen received preferential treatment while in incarceration. How on earth do you stop a corrupt system like this? The link to this story is here ...


Glad you're back!

I'm glad for your insight on this article. My initial thought was "why do they want a ranch? You can't re-locate it". With the points you make, it shows the total illogical-ness of the article. Keep up the good work!

I understand buying a ranch would be a lot easier but just to play the devils advocate I'd like propose a question and an idea.
If there was a massive gun battle going on on the other side of the boarder preceding the hostile takeover, that says to me that the Cartel was under fire and needed refuge. Moving across the boarder makes great sense to me, because that's getting them out of the direct threat. "a ranch can't be moved", indeed. But it does provide a large area to hide, let things cool off and they can get back to work. I am really confused to this whole story as I haven't seen anything to prove or disprove the story.

Looks like Sara Carter has some serious competition going here! Perhaps one day we can get the pair to do a story on each other. The reporter’s claim of information as coming from unnamed sources from the LPD smacks of some officer being asked if they could confirm the ‘’news reports’’ on the internet about the landing of an Alien Spacecraft on main street? ‘’ Oh yes…we all saw it. Right now they are probing us!’’

I thank you for this post,I to know this was hog wash but so many would not listen to me.They were asking me because I have a some experience on the border and they know I have spoken with law enforcement and I refused to call down there because I didn't want to look like a fool in there eyes and I am not articulate enough to explain how stupid the whole story was and then I found you and I let you explain for me so thanks

Something needs to be done about the problems the cartels are causing. Many of the people who are crossing the border are doing so because they don't feel safe in Mexico anymore.

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