Tucson gets a gold star for a notable feat: the largest Arizona marijuana seizure so far this year went down right here in the foothills area.
More than 7, 200 pounds of pot was seized by U.S. Immigrant and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents at a home near Alvernon and River roads on June 14, according to a news release from the agency.
Agents had been scoping out the house for several days and were able to take action after they spied an 18-foot trailer being hauled into the driveway.
The two men in the GMC Yukon hauling the trailer got out of the truck and fled – perhaps tipping off agents that something was amiss.
Agents gave chase with the help of the Pima County sheriff’s canine unit but were unable to nab the two suspects. They were able to obtain a search warrant, however, which uncovered 5,500 pounds of pot in the trailer and an additional 1,700 pounds in the house.
The house is owned by a local Tucson businessman and was rented to a Mexican citizen by a property management company.
While it is utterly exciting to live in a place that boasts the biggest Arizona pot bust of 2010, we also have to wonder who lives among us in this fair city.
How well do we really know our neighbors?
Sure, we might know their names are John and Jane and they drive a red SUV to their kids’ soccer practices. Or we may know the college-age guy zooms down the sidewalk on his bicycle while dragging his leashed dog by the neck along for the ride.
But that’s about it. When it comes to what goes on behind closed doors, we often have no clue.
This does not mean some busybody neighbors don’t attempt to find out all that is going on. Some will peer over our fences or even take photos of things like metal artwork they think violate homeowner association rules.
But when it comes to helping or reporting problems, lots of folks get namby-pamby.
All of a sudden it’s none of their business.
Now, we’re not saying this massive foothills stash house was not reported on by the neighbors. ICE did not disclose its sources.
But we are saying that people are often reluctant to get involved.
Some may simply say it’s none of their business if the wife gets beaten or the dog gets kicked. Others may rather grit their teeth through a loud, raucous party than risk potential beer cans in their yard or the bother of calling police and reporting it.
And others may stay silent out of fear. After all, if some people are bold enough to deliver more than two tons of pot to the middle of a driveway, who knows what they would do if they found out someone was ratting on them.
How well do you know your neighbors?
Are any of them engaged in illegal or bothersome activities?
Have you ever ratted them out?
Are you afraid to report any suspected problems?