This is the fifth and final article in a series on illegal drug and human smuggling along Arizona’s border with Mexico.
ARIVACA, Ariz.—The first gunshots seemed to come down the mountain on the other side of Arizona’s border fence with Mexico, just east of Arivaca, where rival drug cartel factions battle to the death for supremacy.
Sam, my security guide, listened closely as more shots rang out.
They were hunters, no doubt, though not the kind you would typically expect.
“Where exactly do you think the shots are coming from?” I asked Sam nervously from the back seat of his pickup truck….


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