Smugglers take advantage of distressed real estate market in Santa Cruz Countyby Hugh Holub on May. 10, 2011, under drug smuggling, politics
From the Nogales International May 10, 2011:
Smugglers take advantage of distressed real estate market in Santa Cruz County
With the recent spike in foreclosures and an abundance of available rental properties in Santa Cruz County, drug and human smugglers are finding it easier to obtain houses to use in their illegal operations, law enforcement officials say.
At least once a month, local law enforcement officials bust a house loaded with Mexican marijuana waiting to be shipped throughout the United States – or with Mexican nationals awaiting the same fate.
There are so many ways the smuggling of drugs and people impacts local economies….