• The Heritage Network
    • Resize:
    • A
    • A
    • A
  • Donate
  • Heritage Fellow On the Front Lines

    Heritage senior fellow James Carafano recently traveled to the U.S.-Mexico border and filed a series of reports which will be featured here throughout the week.
    What goes on across the border matters to the Pima County Sheriff Department. Any of the smuggling cartel war that spills over the border falls into its lap. The Tucson Border Sector, which Pima County sits smack dab in the middle of, is currently the busiest smuggling corridor in the country. As border enforcement has been stepped up in California and Texas, land border smuggling has shifted its focus to Arizona (that’s what they call the “balloon effect”—crack down one place, the bad guys move their business some place else). Currently the area around Tucson ranks number one for smuggling marijuana and illegal border crossings. How big a business is it? There is so much marijuana being pushed through the state that federal prosecutors won’t even take a case where less than 500 pounds have been seized.

    Posted in Security [slideshow_deploy]

    6 Responses to Heritage Fellow On the Front Lines

    1. Lynn B. DeSpain says:

      Legalize marijuana, and sell it under the same conditions as we do any alcohol.

      The Government mkes exremem profits from the sales, new stores open up and employ, more taxes paid.

      It becomes decriminalized, except where related to minors, and there profits from illicit saales are removed.

      It sis not such a terrible thing that thousands should die over, and billions should be spent on war over,


    2. Natalie Georgia says:

      Weed is a mind altering drug. I have no desire to be out on the road with people who are driving around wasted. And please don't argue that it will only be legal to smoke at home. When you get stoned you get hungry and you get "happy". Both of those give you lots of reasons to leave the house. With your judgement impaired, you jump in the car and go. You can have a drink or two without having impaired judgement, but it only takes a couple of hits off a decent joint to be stoned, so don't compare it to drinking. Besides the fact that pot is only one of the drugs causing so much financial trouble. What about the others? Would you legalize cocaine, heroin, speed?

    3. Dave, AZ says:

      It's not only drugs that are problems here in Arizona. Kidnappings and murders are escalating at an exponential rate. The local media hardy reports on the issue because they are pushing for amnesty for illegal immigrants. The southwest sector of the US will eventually explode if things continue to progress.

    4. George, Austin says:

      All drugs, including cocaine, heroin, and amphetamines were legal for most of our country's history without any significant problems or ill effects. Alcohol has caused considerably more problems.

      As a conservative Christian, I believe the biblical edict to "be of sober mind and spirit." But that is my personal choice that should not be forcibly imposed upon anyone in a land that touts itself as free.

      The ability to exercise personal choices that don't directly harm others is the difference between liberty and totalitarian police states!

    5. Ben Franklin, Kendal says:

      G. Gordon Liddy used to explain the difference between alcohol and drugs thus:

      People can and regularly do drink alcohol without getting drunk. No one smokes pot without intending to get high.

      Further, a person who is drunk is usually obviously so, especially to a trained observer. A person who is high is not so obvious.

      Having said all that, however, I agree with George from Austin: at its heart, this is a question of personal liberty, conscience and responsibility. Why is it that I can't go to a pharmacist and purchase anti-biotics when I think I need them? Why do I have to (by law) consult a licensed physician before buying any of a myriad of drug products? This is an informed choice that I ought to be able to make on my own, and the government should not be involved. If I, or the Pharmacist for that matter, mis-use this privelege, just like drunk driving, the penalties should be severe. However, I doubt that drunk driving laws really significantly reduce the incidence of that behavior.

      We have the same set of social ills as were experienced during prohibition, and we know that prohibition did not stop people from drinking, any more than drug laws stop people from getting high.

      However, what drug laws do produce is revenue for local law enforcement activities; and for pharmaceutical companies. Always follow the money.

    6. Marshall Hill MI. says:

      We are too tolerant of Elected Officials sitting on their Hands and hiding from Reality!

    Comments are subject to approval and moderation. We remind everyone that The Heritage Foundation promotes a civil society where ideas and debate flourish. Please be respectful of each other and the subjects of any criticism. While we may not always agree on policy, we should all agree that being appropriately informed is everyone's intention visiting this site. Profanity, lewdness, personal attacks, and other forms of incivility will not be tolerated. Please keep your thoughts brief and avoid ALL CAPS. While we respect your first amendment rights, we are obligated to our readers to maintain these standards. Thanks for joining the conversation.

    Big Government Is NOT the Answer

    Your tax dollars are being spent on programs that we really don't need.

    I Agree I Disagree ×

    Get Heritage In Your Inbox — FREE!

    Heritage Foundation e-mails keep you updated on the ongoing policy battles in Washington and around the country.