Pima County sees the spillover from the cartel’s battling for control of the smuggling corridors in to the United States everyday. About 15 percent of the Pima County jail’s population, about 300 inmates, are criminal aliens—individuals here unlawfully who have committed a felony (other than just violating immigration laws). Most of the serious violence so far has been confined to cartel-on-cartel attacks. The cartels, often heavily armed, try to seize the loads from their competitors as they are transshipped through the border counties into the interior of the United States. Some times, the cartels turn on the “illegals,” grabbing a party of border crossers, robbing them, raping women, or holding them for ransom.
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