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Unusual Camp Stories: Swat Team Storms By

Posted on 01 October 2008 by Dan


Scanning the news, I ran across an article about Marijuana Eradication in Arizona. It recapped a couple of the successful raids done by the Gila County Narcotics Task Force, including this one:

One of the most unusual raids occurred in July 2006 when Boy Scouts attending Camp Geronimo north of Payson awoke to see heavily armed SWAT team members parading past their tents.

The officers stormed a marijuana field about one mile northwest of the camp, flushing two growers who attempted to flee on foot.

The pair ran directly into the SWAT team and was arrested without further incident.

Searching for more information about this cited incident I ran across an article entitled “Marijuana Field Raided” in the Payson Roundup, dated July 14th. Unfortunately the article is no longer available online.

Boy Scouts spending the week at Camp Geronimo, north of Payson, awoke Tuesday morning to see heavily armed officers and SWAT team members parading through their camp.

“They were peeking out of their tents,” one of the officers said. “I can’t imagine what they must have been thinking.”

The 40-member law enforcement team, led by the Gila County Narcotics Task Force, U.S. Forest Service officers and Arizona Department of Public Safety, were bound for a secluded site about one mile northwest of the camp where a marijuana field had been discovered. The officers surrounded the camp and eventually flushed out two growers who attempted to flee on foot.

I think it would have been a confusing moment, especially if I woke up to see the SWAT team running by, but I am glad I didn’t have to explain this one to the parents!

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