Inside an Arizona Drug Smuggling Gang

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An undercover MCSO drug team dresses up commando style to catch smugglers in Vekol Valley.

His boss had just bought the white sedan he drove; it still was fitted with Mexican license plates. He had no insurance, and his only identification was a fake Mexican driver's license — now tucked against $140,000 in cash in a black backpack resting on the floor of the vehicle's passenger side.

"Oh, shit!" Rodrigo says in Spanish into the phone, speaking to his boss in Mexico. "I'm getting pulled over. I got to call you back." Read the full story by Weston Phippen here.

Photos by Weston Phippen

Published on March 6, 2013

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