The Pinal County Sheriff's Office allowed a Gilbert man and his militia to patrol the desert in Vekol Valley near Casa Grande over the weekend looking for illegal immigrants participating in criminal activities, but stressed it does not condone such militia efforts.

"We currently have operations that are ongoing and advise all citizens to not take law enforcement matters into their own hands," Pinal County Sheriff Paul Babeu said in a statement issued Monday. "Hate groups and other militia-type groups have also made arrangements to patrol, not at our request. This is not helpful and personally and professionally, I do not endorse, nor do I tolerate hate speech, discrimination or bigotry of any kind. These groups should stay out of Pinal County."

J.T. Ready, a leader of the Mesa Chapter of the National Socialist Movement, believed to be the largest neo-Nazi group in the United States, led a group of armed men during an operation on Bureau of Land Management property, according to Lt. Tamatha Villar, a spokeswoman for the Pinal County Sheriff's Office.

Ready, who has been gaining media attention for his group's stance against illegal immigration, said his group wants to put a stop to what he calls "narco-terrorists" and help protect the border. Ready's group patrolled the area from 3 p.m. Saturday to 3 p.m. Sunday, but no reported incidents took place, Villar said.

"We did not get involved in their operation," Villar said. "With taxed resources already, we did not want to be taxed further. If they would have been doing anything illegal, we would have put a stop to them. They weren't on private land, and when these groups set up camps on public land, we can't do anything about it unless there's emergency issues."

Ready told the Tribune on Monday that this past weekend's operation was a "monumental event," and his group plans to continue its patrols throughout the summer, but would not say the number of participants, citing security measures.

"It's bad enough that you have to tell the enemy when and where you're going to block them," Ready said. "We're not just going to shoot anybody. We want to make it damn near impossible for drug and human smugglers to get through the area. Our focus is to block the area and deny access to drug cartels. We want to make sure we make their lives miserable. It will be deadly for them to cross that border, and we will ensure that we operate within the statutes in the Arizona Revised Code when it comes to acting out in self defense when we have to. If these guys don't want to be vulture food, they should consider finding another career."

Villar said that although Ready's men were armed, his group had informed the sheriff's office about their plans to be in the area and deputies chose to continue "business as usual."

"They were told they were not wanted down here, but they continued their operation," Villar said. "They didn't do anything to help. When groups come down here to patrol and think they're helping, they are not. It presents for us logistical issues with law enforcement."

Ready was unsuccessful at his attempt to win a Mesa City Council seat in the 2006 election.

(18) comments

guntoter

Mike Sakal,
Please read your U.S. Constitution.You opened with "The Pinal County Sheriff's Office allowed a Gilbert man and his militia to patrol the desert in Vekol Valley near Casa Grande over the weekend"...
Sir, the Pinal County Sheriff does not "allow" nor deny the Constitutional authority to exercise ones second amendment right. God does.

AZMomma

OLD NEWS. Once again the Trib keeps old stuff "above the fold" to fill space.

Shenandoah

Border Patrol is not a hate act is acting like a real American.

If this group is doing it for racist reasons then SHAME on them but I would have no problem going and doing the very same thing to protect America from thugery and illegal trafficking in drugs and human flesh.

Nice that the Sheriff would ALLOW me to do so but the bottom line here is they have no choice. They cannot possible defend a county this size and the Rogue Federal Government will do nothing.

Citizens must and will respond!!!

2plane

Mr Ready you are just a nobody who thinks they should be somebody.

pbsoko

As long as the police force and/or the border patrol is made aware of crossing or apprehensions then their is no reason to not praise these efforts. The border patrol and police force consistently says it is understaffed to monitor the border properly. Well, this aids their effort. If there were more groups then we would have less illegal crossings. Additionally, most of the posters here are right; the patrolling should have been done closer to the border and not 100 miles away.
It doesn't matter that these are neo nazis; they are not committing a crime! They are actually providing a service and helping. Don't look at their ideals; they're not converting illegal crossers to neo nazis, duh!

JT Ready

Seems how some sheeple here are unable to be very observant in watching the video link provided, I will spoon feed it to them:

Clip 5:19- UDA (Undocumented Alien)
Clip 5:36- UDA's "Javier's" real identity protected
Clip 6:03- UDA body found during perimeter search
Clip 6:11- UDA corpse
Clip 7:22- UDA corpse close-up
Clip 7:31- Surrendering one of the live UDA's to Authorities

Responding agencies were as follows:

Pinal County Sheriff's Dept.
Dept. of Interior Captain
BLM Ranger
Maricopa County Sheriff's Deputies
Maricopa Co. Coroner's Office
U.S. Border Patrol

Total:

3 live UDA's in custody
1 UDA corpse recovered
Narco-Terrorists denied access and pushed deep into the mountians.

Result:

Victory for us. Proof the government is unwilling to do their jobs. Proof that you can not trust this corrupt government. Proof the American people will defend their nation. Operation LINE IN THE SAND a total success.

Next,

Operation: ANVIL in preperation phase. Volunteers welcome.

More photos and documentation is available to authorized individuals and concerned parties. Still doubt a government cover-up? Call me any name you want. But I am not a liar. The government doesn't like the idea that citizen's are doing the job that the government was supposed to be doing. But we have to. Because they won't. Then they lie about it. Now, that's the truth!


Marcus Gallio

Just read where two Nogales Arizona police officers have been threatened with death in the seizure of $20 million of marjuana when they were "off duty". Sounds like the cops knew their force is infilitrated by the Mexican drug cartel informants. Good job, Cops. Since Obama won't send those troops to the border, I guess I'll hold my nose and support the Nazis picking up the slack. Go get 'em Nazis.

DrunkenMonkey

One thing you should understand about racial profiling. It’s there. It was there before SB1070 and it will be there after. It is just as wrong now as it will be when SB1070 goes into effect. The difference will be that after SB1070 goes into effect, EVERY single Hispanic that is stopped will start screaming “racial profiling”. The opposition is already prepping them for action. How do we fix this?

Simple, instead of all of the boycotting, instead of all of the censures, and instead of all the arguing that is tearing the nation apart bit by bit, the nation, as one (those both for and against SB1070) should bombard the white house, the representatives, congressmen, senators, and every political figure that can be reached with the knowledge that there needs to be immediate securing of the nation’s borders. Then, begin immediate immigration reform.

No one is trying to rid the state of Hispanics. We ARE trying to rid the state of illegals. Period. Ask yourself, what is the benefit for illegals to stay illegal? NONE… a lot are felons (criminals) that cannot get a legal status if they tried. No one is saying they have to give up their citizenship to their home country, simply enter our country legally. … Green card, visa,… don’t care.

Either way, I wish this would all end soon… I’m starting to crave Starbucks and I haven’t had a cup since the Seattle boycott…

DrunkenMonkey

One thing you should understand about racial profiling. It’s there. It was there before SB1070 and it will be there after. It is just as wrong now as it will be when SB1070 goes into effect. The difference will be that after SB1070 goes into effect, EVERY single Hispanic that is stopped will start screaming “racial profiling”. The opposition is already prepping them for action. How do we fix this?

Simple, instead of all of the boycotting, instead of all of the censures, and instead of all the arguing that is tearing the nation apart bit by bit, the nation, as one (those both for and against SB1070) should bombard the white house, the representatives, congressmen, senators, and every political figure that can be reached with the knowledge that there needs to be immediate securing of the nation’s borders. Then, begin immediate immigration reform.

No one is trying to rid the state of Hispanics. We ARE trying to rid the state of illegals. Period. Ask yourself, what is the benefit for illegals to stay illegal? NONE… a lot are felons (criminals) that cannot get a legal status if they tried. No one is saying they have to give up their citizenship to their home country, simply enter our country legally. … Green card, visa,… don’t care.

Either way, I wish this would all end soon… I’m starting to crave Starbucks and I haven’t had a cup since the Seattle boycott…

hillstreet

Gotta love politicians. The sheriff has been all over supporting 1070, which will encourage cops to engage in racial profiling (yes it will, if you know cops you know this is correct). BUT, when the Nazis show up in Pinal County and looks like things could get ugly, he quickly backpedals. Folks, you can't have it both ways. Pearce and his dupes at the legislature have been fanning the flames of bigotry and intolerance, so now do not act surprised when incidents of bigotry and racial hate escalate.

Secure the border, now. Fences, soldiers, whatever it takes. But do not be fooled by politicians telling you that arresting gardeners and taco vendors is going to make you safer.

exit526

AZmomma, the Sheriff (Babeu) who continually claims on national TV that ALL aliens coming into Arizona come through HIS (Pinal) county is most of the problem. The same Sheriff claims the Yuma County border is secure. I feel safe now JT wants to draw the line in the sand with Paul. Two well-meaning but misguided characters. Maybe we can get JT into one of the McCain/Babeu ads. "Yeah, we've got a plan, it's perfect."

Marcus Gallio

My father received a Bronze Star with V device at the Battle of the Bulge fighting the Nazis. My uncle died D-Day+60 in France fighting the Nazis. I also hate illegal immigrants and narco-terrorists coming across our border from Mexico. So the sooner these two groups engage and kill each other, the better. Go to it idiots, I'll buy the popcorn.

AZMomma

[wink] ok- back again. Went to JT's referenced site, only found a film of his Neo-nuts posing with their gear and around signs that are posted in the I-8/Vekol Valley area.
NO (repeat NO) pics of apprehensions, dead or alive.
BTW - the headline is VERY inaccurate. For those of you who are AZ Geographically challenged, Pinal County AZ is NOT 'on the border'. We are approximately 100 miles NORTH of the border.
We DO have serious issues here, as our Sheriff has stated. But these Neo-nuts were not exactly walking the front-lines this past weekend.[wink].

AZMomma

JT - did your group film the apprehensions? Do you have PROOF of your statements? Surely there is some official report to an Agency like BP, Pinal Co Sheriff or ICE to back up your allegations. Am sure you reported the dead UDA person and turned the others over to legal authorities.
Not to tell you how to run your War, but that would certainly give your group a tich more credibility with the public. Easy to scream 'media blackout' when you don't offer PROOF.
Are you releasing those films to the media? Maybe MSNBC won't listen, but I bet Fox would!

AZMomma

I want empowered AGENTS protecting us, not some Neo-Nuts with wild eyes and itchy trigger fingers.
One - just one - incident and the Govm't will be down here in full force, protecting those poor, innocent little Illegal vermin (aka bic*hos in Spanish).
While I realize the danger of the I-8 corridor, WHY are the neo-nuts setting up camp up here in Pinal County? The danger is along the border, which encompasses Yuma, Pima, Santa Cruz and Cochise Counties. By the time they reach Pinal County, they have trekked over 100 miles, and had a good chance to disburse themselves and their cargo to other locations.

JT Ready

So the law is concealing the fact that we netted three live Undocumented Aliens and found one dead UDA corpse? The people are losing more and more trust in this corrupt government. Here is some video documentation of our captures and finds:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=21WUb9uVGKw

No wonder the government wantsa to limit free speech on the Internet. We catch them in their lies.

DataMan

It was less than 10 clowns, with one wearing a soldier costume that made him look like Chewy from Star Wars. They all carried the metal replacement for their manhoods, and secured an empty and crumbling building, as well as a pile dirt.

You can't make up stuff this nutty!

samkat

Well, if there is a shoot out between the cartels and this group, no big loss. It will certainly get national media attention regardless of which side wins the fight.

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