Yesterday @ around 5.00 pm local time I was working in the yard, always doing something because I just can't stand to sit around and do nothing. Regardless I was out front looking up into the pines for dead falls when a solid white brand new Toyota 4 runner with blacked out windows and black brush guard cruised by real slow, about 25 mph or so. I locked eyes with the passenger and they stopped and then turned into my gravel drive at the top of the property.
Pretty obvious who they were even before they dropped the pass window to have a chat. They were LE of some sort but little did I suspect ATF agents cruising about in their brand spankin new Utility, and WTF did they want with me
" Hey what's up? " " What can I do for ya " I asked the guy in the passenger seat. " Have you heard any suspected illegal fireworks ?" I almost fell down laughing, and what happened next was truly a very very sad sign of the times in my book, but hey I've been around these types/clowns/LE officers/agents/deputies for years and years so maybe it's just me~~but that's probably because I know the drill so very well.
I replied " Not yet but maybe when the sun goes down a bit more " I chuckled, they didn't
So I started in without hesitation~~Let me see riding around in a new 30-k ride, three of you no less, looking for residents who have been setting off illegal fireworks~" I THOUGHT WE WERE IN A RECESSION " So you guys are ATF~~" Yes Sir " was their reply
Lots of illegal stuff was used in and around this area on the Fourth. So I say " How do you know that ?" That finally got a laugh out of the guy in the passenger seat and he even asked : " Are you kidding? " When the agent said that I knew immediately what was really going on and what they were really actually doing in the neighborhood
I along with apparently a few other neighbors in this area made sizable on-line purchases of Fireworks, legal mind you, yet several dollars worth, especially given the area and the proof of that was the night of the Fourth. Very loud and very long into the night so many people had the same idea. These agents knew it and that didn't sit to well with me and I let em know it before they pulled off. I asked just how many WATCH LISTS can you guys keep up with? All they said was " FIREWORKS ARE A STATE/FEDERAL ISSUE "
I said so you guys aren't just passing through in the literal sense, you're mainly just letting people know that you're here. None of them would cop to it but each wanted to know how I knew who they were. This was when the guy driving asked me directly how I knew they were ATF to which I replied: " You're kidding right " Cole