"Mexican drug cartels have set up shop on American soil, maintaining lookout bases in strategic locations in the hills of southern Arizona from which their scouts can monitor every move made by law enforcement officials, federal agents tell Fox News.
The scouts are supplied by drivers who bring them food, water, batteries for radios -- all the items they need to stay in the wilderness for a long time.
'To say that this area is out of control is an understatement,' said an agent who patrols the area and asked not to be named. 'We (federal border agents), as well as the Pima County Sheriff Office and the Bureau of Land Management, can attest to that...'
In these areas, which are south and west of Tucson, sources said there are 'cartel scouts galore' watching the movements of federal, state and local law enforcement, from the border all the way up to Interstate 8.
'Every night we’re getting beaten like a pinata at a birthday party by drug, alien smugglers,' a second federal agent told Fox News by e-mail. 'The danger is out there, with all the weapons being found coming northbound…. someone needs to know about this!'...
multiple agents told Fox that the situation is more dangerous for them than ever now that the cartels have such a strong position on the American side of the border.
They say morale is down among many who patrol the desolate area, and they worry that the situation won't change until an agent gets killed."