Cochise County Militia patrol border areas

Cochise County Militia patrol border areas

Posted: Jul 03, 2010 9:38 PM MST
Updated: Jul 04, 2010 3:58 PM MST

Reporter: Claire Doan

TOMBSTONE, Ariz. (KGUN9-TV) – Instead of barbecuing with family or traveling for vacation, members of the Cochise County Militia are spending their holiday weekend staking out spots near the border to fight illegal immigration and drug smuggling.

Trained militia members are patrolling various desert areas near Tombstone starting Saturday afternoon, hoping to spot illegal immigrants and drug traffickers who are making their way across the border.

"Certainly, I would rather be home barbecuing. My wife begged me not to come. But it's something inside that I have to do," said Arthur Tomlin, who is patrolling for the first time since the group started the tradition nearly a decade ago. "I'm not trying to paint a patriotic picture here. I am just concerned."

Many members say they are filling a gap left by a federal government that has failed to address the problem of border crime and local governments that lack the resources and funding to attacking a growing problem.

"Our local people are overwhelmed and they're doing all that they can…It's the federal government that refuses to come down here to protect us," said Harold Hubbard, who believes organized drug and human trafficking have increased over the last couple of years have. "We have to protect ourselves."

The men are armed, they say, purely for self-defense.

"I have a nine-millimeter and a shotgun with some pretty heavy loads. You know, I don't want to shoot anybody but I don't want anybody to shoot me either," Tomlin said.

Bill Davis founder of the Cochise County Militia say members contact Border Patrol as soon as they spot illegal immigrants, and Border Patrol has been very receptive towards their efforts.

"We do not apprehend. We do not chase. We do not follow. We contact border patrol every time we see any kind of illegal activity going on wherever we're located," said member Jene Kambouris.

Some members say the patrolling is not a political statement; rather, it's a matter of increasing safety for the communities near the border.

"[Drug cartels] are getting more daring with the weapons and the shootings right next to the border coming over this way. Somebody's has to do something and maybe this is our way of bringing light to the situation," Tomlin said.

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7 years 37 weeks ago, 3:26 PM


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These patriots are diong what our own gov't. is afraid to do... November is coming....

7 years 37 weeks ago, 10:30 PM


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"We cannot defend freedom abroad by deserting it at home" Thomas Jefferson
7 years 37 weeks ago, 3:27 PM


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interesting insight in another thread and I have reproduced it here:

"1. The *sheriff* said that...I imagine lotsa line officers would feel differently.

2. The goals and methods of this group would be at odds with any law enforcement entity.....if these guys operated with/near/with encouragement from the cops, the cops would be directly responsible. Any possible cooperative gain would be outweighed by the likelihood of litigation, criminal charges, etc. The standard of training, use of force, decision-making, etc. is far different for a cop than a civilian ("civilians" have it a LOT easier).

3. I love it when people doing their own thing to make things better....a public LE agency simply cannot operate in the same way LE.

4. Most people, LE, civilian or otherwise, are not suitably mentally prepared or trained to deal efficiently with the type and degree of violence that is de rigeur for cross-border narcotrafficantes. I wish them the best of luck, but you would never see me in fatigues in a hot border zone."

I agree that the level of voilence that these narcotrafficantes are capable of is maybe best left to say, Iraq/ Afgan multi tour vets who have experienced such violence. I know that I would not want to go head to head with the cartels, they are brutal son's of bitches.

Don't get me wrong, I agree with what these Patriots are trying to accomplish but if they draw too much attention from the cartels, the shit will really hit the fan....JMO.

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7 years 37 weeks ago, 5:56 PM


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Militias sure get a bad rap... The reality is that people should be patriotic and a militia if properly organized and led by someone competant can be a great community service organization.

I have always admired them from a distance being an FFL I cannot risk being grouped with anyone that could cost us our business. RICO laws make anyone that is part of a group criminally liable for the actions of the others many times even when there is no inference at all between some of the members and any crime.

RICO laws are a great example of the government passing a law aimed at comtrolling organized crime syndicates, but then using it on everyone and everything possible.

Just my humble honest opinion...

Best Regards TL “It is the mark of an educated mind to be able to entertain a thought without accepting it.” ---Aristotle Greek critic, philosopher, physicist, & zoologist (384 BC - 322 BC)
7 years 37 weeks ago, 6:15 AM


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that they even have to do this. I believe it was written down some where hmmmm let me think where did our politions try to hide it. Ohhhhhhh here it is.
We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defence, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America.
These assholes in Washinton DC need to reread this, learn it, and damn well better start living it.

America is not at war. The U.S. Military is at war. America is at the Mall. If you don't stand behind our troops, PLEASE feel free to stand in front of them!
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