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Director

Arizona High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area

Gillette's Supervisor

Arizona HIDTA

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High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area

Director
Arizona HIDTA

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South East Arizona Republican Club

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And while that number makes up a small percentage of the thousands of government employees and military personnel in Southern Arizona, the numbers are worrisome, said Raymond L. Vinsik, director of a federal anti-drug analysis and intelligence center known as the Arizona High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area.

The state, with its border with Mexico and large-scale smuggling operations, pre-sents a unique opportunity for people in public positions to make easy money from illegal activities, Vinsik said.
Corrupt government employees using their positions for illegal gains in this key smuggling region has become a rampant problem, he said.
"They're in a position of trust.They're crooks," Vinsik said.
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That provides a strong temptation in Arizona to those looking for fast money, Vinsik said.
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Being a federal agent willing to look the other way while someone runs a load of drugs or illegal entrants by you is extremely profitable, said Vinsik, of the Arizona High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area.
"Here, a corrupt immigration official is worth a lot of money," he said."Once they're bought, they stay bought."
Corrupt members of the armed forces or prison guards aren't bought for their knowledge or access as for their uniforms, he said.


Over time that's just grown," said ...

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Over time that's just grown," said Raymond L. Vinsik, director of the Arizona High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area, a federal intelligence and anti-drug coordinating center known as HIDTA.

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"When they meet," said Vinsik, Gillette's supervisor at Arizona HIDTA, "they want to meet at fancy hotels and have fancy dinners and negotiate their deals."
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"Our job is to make people want to work together, and the carrot, of course, is the money," Vinsik said.
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"Sometimes they don't like to share with each other," said Raymond L. Vinsik, director of a Tucson anti-drug coordinating and intelligence center called the Arizona High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area, or HIDTA.
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"The best part is," said Vinsik, "you're not giving your information to anybody except a secure computer."


Anti-drug executives suspended | www.azstarnet.com ®

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Raymond Vinsik, director of the Arizona HIDTA and one of those suspended, referred questions to his attorney, Chuck Blanchard.


Arizona Daily Star

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Over time that's just grown," said Raymond L. Vinsik, director of the Arizona High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area, a federal intelligence and anti-drug coordinating center known as HIDTA.

Traffickers working here spend money like anyone else - on business and personal costs such as housing, vehicles and food.They earn that money by marking up the price of each marijuana load to cover expenses and make a profit.
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"When they meet," said Vinsik, Gillette's supervisor at Arizona HIDTA, "they want to meet at fancy hotels and have fancy dinners and negotiate their deals."
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"Our job is to make people want to work together, and the carrot, of course, is the money," Vinsik said.
Another little-known agency is the U.S. Customs Service Air Branch, the largest operation of its kind in the country and based at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base.It helps track smugglers on the ground along the border, conducts surveillance above Tucson and pursues suspicious cross-border flights, even across state lines.
Customs has 80 employees at the Tucson air branch, 60 of them pilots.Another 70 aircraft mechanics, employees of private contractors such as Raytheon, work at the air branch repairing Blackhawk helicopters and other aircraft.


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Over time that's just grown," said Raymond L. Vinsik, director of the Arizona High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area, a federal intelligence and anti-drug coordinating center known as HIDTA.

Traffickers working here spend money like anyone else - on business and personal costs such as housing, vehicles and food.They earn that money by marking up the price of each marijuana load to cover expenses and make a profit.
...
"When they meet," said Vinsik, Gillette's supervisor at Arizona HIDTA, "they want to meet at fancy hotels and have fancy dinners and negotiate their deals."
...
"Our job is to make people want to work together, and the carrot, of course, is the money," Vinsik said.
Another little-known agency is the U.S. Customs Service Air Branch, the largest operation of its kind in the country and based at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base.It helps track smugglers on the ground along the border, conducts surveillance above Tucson and pursues suspicious cross-border flights, even across state lines.
Customs has 80 employees at the Tucson air branch, 60 of them pilots.Another 70 aircraft mechanics, employees of private contractors such as Raytheon, work at the air branch repairing Blackhawk helicopters and other aircraft.

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