Pinal County, AZ Sheriff Paul Babeu states that "Mexican drug cartels literally do control parts of Arizona" as reported by Jerry Seper and Matthew Cella for The Washington Times:
"They literally have scouts on the high points in the mountains and in the hills and they literally control movement. They have radios, they have optics, they have night-vision goggles as good as anything law enforcement has. This is going on here in Arizona," he said. "This is 70 to 80 miles from the border - 30 miles from the fifth-largest city in the United States."