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Arizona is one of the fastest growing states. This explosive growth has allowed the Arizona Medical Marijuana industry to boom over the past decade. From its scenic mountain ranges, picturesque desert landscapes, and beautiful sunsets, Arizona is a wonderful place to live and work. However, Arizona has a much darker side that many people don’t see.

Arizona is a leading state in the illegal import of drugs, weapons, and cash flowing to and from the cartels of northern Mexico. In fact, many of the major Arizona cities, all the way from its southern border including the Tucson and Phoenix metro areas, and all the way to the Nevada/Arizona border are all part of the federal High Intensity Drug Trafficking Areas (commonly known as “HIDTA”). HIDTA’s purpose is to combat the illegal flow of drugs, weapons, and cash in the United States.
The Sinaloa Cartel is considered to be the world’s most powerful organized crime syndicate and is located in the Mexican State of Sonora. Sonora borders the entire southern half of Arizona.  The Sinaloa Cartels is responsible for extreme violence and tens of thousands of deaths. The Sinaloa Cartel is just one of the many cartels that utilize Arizona as a corridor to move their illegal products into the United States. These Cartels use sophisticated techniques to combat apprehension by U.S. law enforcement, enlisting spotters, a network of safe-house, and armed protection crews who will use extreme violence to protect their cargo. Simultaneously, there are organized street gangs roaming Arizona’s freeways and cities looking for cartel shipments to rip-off. These gangs are often referred to as rip-crews.
Due to the legalization of medical marijuana in Arizona, this has negatively impacted the cartel’s main illegal import, marijuana. As such, the cartels and rip crews have turned to actively pursuing legal cannabis facilities to offset these losses. Legal cannabis businesses deal in large quantities of cash and high-quality medical grade marijuana making them ideal soft-targets for both the cartels and rip-crews.
It is incumbent upon each legal medical marijuana business in Arizona to become aware of the existing threats they may unknowingly be facing and how to safeguard against threats such as robberies, kidnappings, extortions, and murders.
OPS Security and Protection LLC has real-world experience in combatting these threats and can provide you options on how to reduce your risk and lower your threat profile. Please contact one of our experts today to help you assess the risk you and your business are facing.



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