An unfortunate incident involving the deaths of two border patrol officers in Arizona, raises the inexorable question: why do we have this “war on drugs?” After the jump, learn about what happened, and try and piece together why this keeps happening. I’ll probably nudge you in one direction.
After receiving a call from dispatch about smugglers on interstate 8, the officers set out.
Early Thursday, U.S. Border Patrol agents Edward Rojas Jr. and Hector Clark were stationed near Gila Bend, on assignment with a task force, when they got a call about marijuana smugglers moving toward Interstate 8.
Even veteran officers talk about the adrenaline rush that comes with such a call, which causes a sort of tunnel vision. Rojas and Clark sped west on a frontage road parallel to railroad tracks, slightly ahead of a freight train going in the same direction at over 60 mph. The conductor and engineer would later tell investigators that they sounded the locomotive whistle several times. Suddenly, the agents’ vehicle turned left onto a private rail crossing, immediately in front of the 4,600-ton train.
The officers were pronounced dead on the scene. It marks the 112th and 113th U.S. Border Patrol officers to lose their lives in the name of duty. Both men are survived by a wife and children:
Clark, a 39-year-old Yuma native who began his career in 2001, is survived by his wife and two children. Rojas, a 35-year-old originally from El Paso, joined the Border Patrol in 2000 and was married with two children.
Both men served as lead agents in the Yuma Sector.
According to Kenneth Quillin, a spokesman for the U.S. Customs and Border protection
the agents were part of a federally funded task force assigned to the area, working with other law officers to intercept marijuana runners. After the wreck, the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office announced that eight suspects were arrested about 400 to 500 yards from the crash site, but they had not been directly linked to the group tracked earlier in the day. More than 300 pounds of marijuana were seized.
So, the Customs and Border protection can hang their hat on more than 300 pounds of marijuana being seized, but at what cost? Marijuana is illegal, but harmless, according to researchers and scientists from America and elsewhere. But since it’s illegal, the brave men and women of U.S. Customs and Border Patrol risk their lives apprehending drug smugglers. 300 pounds of marijuana for two lives. NOT. WORTH. IT.
Stop the insanity of this war on marijuana. It’s a losing battle, and families are left fatherless and motherless all in the name of a drug that’s been proven to have therapeutic benefits. The hypocrisy of the American government continues, and lives continue to be lost at home and abroad.