Murder of 5 latest bloodshed in one of nation's worst drug corridors

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Murder of 5 latest bloodshed in one of nation's worst drug corridors

CREATED Jun 4, 2012

Five bodies were found in a burned out car in Vekol Valley, said to be one of the worst drug corridors in the nation.

Reporter: Tammy Vo

PINAL COUNTY, Ariz. (KGUN9-TV) - It isn't an award that any state would want to claim: having one of the worst drug smuggling territories in the nation. Pinal County Sheriff Paul Babeu says that it's located in Pinal County, about 100 miles northwest of Tucson.

"This is a very dangerous area. So dangerous that the federal government put up signs saying 'Warning: travel not recommended. Drug and human smuggling and armed gunman'" said Babeu when describing the dangers his deputies have seen in the Vekol Valley off Interstate 8 between Casa Grande and Gila Bend.

Early Saturday morning, Border Patrol tried to pull over a vehicle on Interstate 8. Instead, it took off. Agents and deputies eventually discovered the same car off the interstate, with five burned bodies inside.

"We have seen nothing like this before. Five killed and a vehicle burned likely in an effort to conceal evidence. It's very alarming" said the Sheriff. He's certain that this has to do with drugs and maybe even the work of cartels. Babeu senses that it's only getting worse.

One man who lives nearby told KGUN 9 that the murders of the five people are no surprise. "They find bodies out there all the time" he said.


Sheriff Babeu insists, this sort of crime will stop by securing the border and working with the Mexican government to fight the drug cartels.