Ranchers Beware! – Email Prompts Attention

This morning I received an alarming email that has been making the rounds over the last few days. As a skeptic of viral emails, I’m going to “air” this on Sonoran Alliance because I believe we have enough readers and authorities who know more details about the situation. As the controversy escalates over SB 1070, I have to caution how much fact is part of this email and how much may be an attempt to escalate even further. Perhaps our readers can help qualify and clarify fact from fiction. Here is the email:

I received this e-mail from a friend and fellow resident of Santa Cruz County. He is trustworthy and honest.  I believe the content to be true. It gives me great cause for concern.  I have sent a copy of this to Senator Kyl’s office and Senator McCain. Unfortunately McCain must be contacted through a mail “form” and it’s questionable if anyone will read it.

Forwarded to me by a friend who recently retired from border patrol………

As you know, one of the local ranchers was murdered in Douglas two weeks ago. His funeral is tomorrow. I received three messages similar to the one below from different officers within the Rangers and law enforcement.

Yesterday afternoon I talked to another rancher near us who is a friend of ours and whose great grandfather started their ranch here in 1880.  These are good people.

He told me what really happened out at the Krentz ranch and what you won’t read in the papers.  The Border Patrol is afraid of starting a small war between civilians here and the drug cartels in Mexico.

Bob Krentz was checking his water like he does every evening and came upon an illegal who was lying on the ground telling him he was sick.  Bob called the Border Patrol and asked for a medical helicopter evac.  As he turned to go back to his ATV he was shot in the side.  The round came from down and angled up so they know the shooter was on the ground. Bob’s firearm was in the ATV so he had no chance.

Wounded he called the Cochise County Sherriff and asked for help.  Bleeding in the lungs he called his brother but the line was bad so he called his wife but again the line was bad.  Several ranchers heard the radio call and drove to his location. Bob was dead by this time.  The ranchers tracked the shooter 8 miles back towards Mexico and cornered him in a brushy draw.  This was all at night. The Sherriff and Border Patrol arrived and told them not to go down and engage the murderer.  They went around to the back side and if you can believe it the assassin managed to get by a BP helicopter and a Sherriff’s posse and back to Mexico.  So much for professional help when you need it.

One week before the murder Bob and his brother Phil (who I shoot with) hauled a huge quantity of drugs off the ranch that they found in trucks.

One week before that a rancher near Naco did the same thing. Two nights later gangs broke into his ranch house and beat him and his wife and told them that if they touched any drugs they found they would come back and kill them.  The ranchers here deal with cut fences and haul drug deliveries off their ranches all the time. What ranchers think is that the drug cartels beat the one rancher and shot Bob because they wanted to send a message.  Bob always gave food and water to illegals and so they think they sent the assassin to pose as an illegal who was hungry and thirsty knowing it would catch Bob off guard.

What is going on down here is NOT being reported.  You need to tell people how bad it is along the border.  Texas is worse.  Near El Paso it’s in a state of war.  5000 people were killed in Ciudad Juarez last year and it’s over 2000 so far this year.  Gun sales down here are through the roof and I get emails from people wanting firearms training.

Something has to be done but I don’t hold out much hope. These gangs have groups in almost every city in the US.  Please read below. This is serious business. The Barrio Azteca and their sub gangs are like Mexican Corporations and organized extremely well.  If this doesn’t get dealt with down here you guys will deal with it on your streets.


  1. Our elected officials have betrayed this Country and the American people. We need the fence built, but until we neuter this Administration by electing new people we will remain in peril.

  2. Roseann Munger says

    Our hearts go our to the honest, hardworking folks who live near the border and are in danger every day just for living and working on their own property. That must not stand.

  3. I don’t know if there is any truth to this email or not but my view still stands. The state government needs to revamp the Castle Doctrine in this state to cover livestock and land. If there is even a shred of truth to this email (and there are already documented cases of breaking and entering, slaughtering of livestock and vandalism and destruction of property) these ranchers have to have the freedom and flexibility to protect and police their own land. There is no excuse for them to be so helpless on their own property.

    I have already spoken to Frank Antenori, Dave Gowan and this past Saturday in Benson I bent Dave Stephens’ ear about this very subject. SB 1070 is a good first step but it isn’t enough. Whatever they have to do for these ranchers whether it is deputizing them or what have you, it needs to get done. I agree, Ciudad Juarez is getting worse and I don’t want to see that here in Cochise County. I have a wife and kids like many other people and I want a safe environment for them. Our government is failing us and Gabrielle Giffords is failing us. I will do more in my first week in office than she has done in 4 years to address this problem. I urge you to contact your state reps and ask them to improve the Castle Doctrine to give these ranchers a fighting chance.

  4. Commentary on the new law – linked thru Lucianne today:


    As the commentary points out, it’s not the motel maids who’ve prompted this – it’s the violent drug cartels and terrorism that makes border control a national security emergency.

  5. As for the critics who sniff about the cost of a wall, there is no life, liberty and pursuit of happiness in America if there is no local and national security.

    Look at Mexican neighborhoods – walls, concertina wire, private security guards, roaming private rapid response teams, demoralized and ineffective police, an undisciplined military. This is how the middle and upper classes live in Brazil, South Africa, Nigeria, India. In country after country – a chunk of the family budget goes to SECURITY, including BODYGUARDS. The lower classes invest in a the heaviest entry door they can afford, and barricade themselves behind it every night – everyone crammed into one room for security as the gangs roam the night streets.

    The Hollywood elite can afford it, but it gets to be a real strain on the budget – how much are your kids worth to you? Mexicans in Phoenix already get the pricetags on their children all the time – from kidnappers.

    A prosperous society will deteriorate if security fails. A border wall is an expense that should be shared by the entire nation, not just one state, because the entire nation benefits. The cost of the gang criminality by Foreigners in AMerican cities is becoming crippling to city budgets – crime expands when it overwhelms the resources of the police.

  6. WHy one has to be careful about European news:
    BBC reports on Arizona’s tough new law:


    Their “reporter” only talked to LA RAZA.

    A racist, separatist group.

  7. Prohibition of alcohol caused the American mafia to exist. Prohibition of drugs has created a new mafia.

    If you don’t like the violence that results from prohibition, legalize drugs (and immigration) and the 95% of the violence will evaporate.

  8. Pretty Peeved says

    And the other 5% (domestic violence) will evaporate if we just legalize rape?

  9. Since we can’t have a civilized society we should just give up and make everything legal. That’s what our forefathers and patriots fought and died for. Remember also, ranchers help make this country strong!

    Sorry, I prefer Andy Gross’ idea. They attack, we kill them. Simple. It’s our turn to fight and perhaps die for our country. Have we gone so soft through the socialization agenda crammed down our throats? Ask yourself what it means to be an American and what your duty is to those that came before us. If you can’t support them, get the hell out, move to California and eat tofu.

  10. Thane Eichenauer Says:
    April 27th, 2010 at 4:49 pm
    Prohibition of alcohol caused the American mafia to exist. Prohibition of drugs has created a new mafia.

    If you don’t like the violence that results from prohibition, legalize drugs (and immigration) and the 95% of the violence will evaporate

    How about boycotting drugs, drug users, drug cartels, give Hollywood a taste of its own medicine?

  11. …………….
    Prohibition of alcohol caused the American mafia to exist

    Like Joseph Kennedy?

  12. I have not inquired about the validity of the email but there is nothing in it that is outside the realm of the obvious.

    The words are very true, the violence taking place in our streets and influencing decline in our safety and lives needs no validation. How many news stories need to be told before it is accepted truth?

    Legalization of drugs will not stop this. This is about greed, corruption, and power. You cannot legalize away those lustful endeavors. If drugs were legalized they would also be regulated. Working outside of and around those regulations would be the same groups that are killing people now. But, with competition it would be more intense.

    When those who cry for reform finally understand there are very different faces to the illegals in this country with very different purposes, then we can get somewhere.

  13. The part about the murderer getting away is told exactly how it happened. I was at a rancher’s house listening to the radio calls. “Somehow” he got away. ??

  14. Marie Helm says

    “Bob always gave food and water to illegals and so they think they sent the assassin to pose as an illegal who was hungry and thirsty knowing it would catch Bob off guard.” -So, had he not been kind to them and gave them food or water, he might still be alive…

  15. Kevin Andrews says

    Even though I am from California I will definitely not take the tofu comment to heart. There are many of us who applaud the new law and agree that it does not go far enough. I wish that the state government here would adopt a similar stance, but it seems as if we are going to be destroyed by this unwanted and unwelcome burden and the politicians (and citizens) who are to smitten by a socialist agenda to see what they are doing. Do not let it happen to your state! I am buying items from Arizona to help counter these inane botcotts and my prayers are with you, your state and this country.

  16. Christian says

    Bob gave food and water, he followed the Bible, he was a good christian and the heaven will be his home.

  17. I am a well armed, tactically savvy, private citizen willing to provide protection for one rancher along the border. I might need one ranch hand at night on occasion. I work alone and mostly at night. No racial prejudices, just hate to see what is happening and I WILL protect. Contact me if you want this kind of help. Do not expect a resume or credentials. Expect a protective American!

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