Thursday, April 17, 2014



Pinal Co. ends its jail deal with ICE
Board of Supervisors says organization hasn't been covering operational costs
Casa Grande Dispatch
Posted: Thursday, April 17, 2014 7:51 am
By Brian Wright, Maricopa Monitor

FLORENCE — At a Pinal County Board of Supervisors meeting last week, the board voted to give the federal government one week to come to an agreement on a contract; the feds did not respond.
On Wednesday morning, County Manager Greg Stanley sent a notice of termination letter to the federal Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency. It gives a 100-day notice for the cancellation of the contract by Pinal County; however, it does not preclude the two sides from continuing to negotiate the matter during that time period.

A contract was signed initially between the county and ICE in August 2006. It allowed ICE to house immigrant detainees at the Pinal County Adult Detention Center. In addition to paying the county a per diem rate for each detainee, the contract was supposed to cover the cost of a massive jail expansion.
In reality, the per diem rate of $59.64 is so low, it has cost the county millions of dollars in the years since. Also, the contract hasn't paid for one cent of the jail's expansion.

That cost — at approximately $3.5 million per year — has come out of the pockets of Pinal taxpayers.
If ICE comes to the table at any point before the 100 days is over and accepts the county's proposal for per diem rates or puts forth what the county deems an acceptable counteroffer, a deal could still be made.
But the lack of cooperation from ICE to this point makes that seem far from certain.

At last week's board meeting, Chairman Anthony Smith of Maricopa and Vice Chairman Todd House of Apache Junction expressed frustration with receiving little to no communication from ICE during the past 11 months. Smith said every week that goes by without an agreement costs the county another $55,000.
"To continue to run this clock costing the taxpayers is something that I find unacceptable," Smith said.
On Wednesday, Joe Pyritz, public information officer for the county, told the Maricopa Monitor that although the Board of Supervisors is upset with how things have gone, it isn't pulling the plug on negotiations entirely.
"They don't want to lose the contract because it (is supposed to help) pay the debt service on the jail expansion."

However, Pyritz said the board wants to show it's no pushover when it comes to negotiating the deal.
"We're not weak-kneed on this," he said. Pyritz said the county put together its own proposal on per diem rates Feb. 21 but it never heard back from the feds.

In the letter Stanley sent to ICE, he explained why the county can no longer sit around and wait for a response. "Pinal is still interested in continuing its relationship with Immigration and Customs Enforcement but cannot continue at the existing per diem rate of $59.64," he wrote. "At the current rate, Pinal County taxpayers are subsidizing federal costs for detention."

The Pinal County Sheriff's Office, which runs the jail, hired Saddlebrooke resident Nancy Discher last year to assist in contract negotiations with ICE, even though the county manager was listed as the main point of contact. In 2012, Discher ran for the District 4 Pinal County supervisor seat, but she was defeated in the Republican primary by Smith, of Maricopa.

Tim Gaffney, director of administration for the Sheriff's Office, said in an email to the Maricopa Monitor that Discher is leaving PCSO.

"Ms. Discher let our office know on April 4 she will be resigning effective April 18 for another job opportunity," he said.


Human trafficking bill gets nod in Arizona Senate
Associated Press
Apr 15, 2014
PHOENIX - The Arizona Senate has unanimously approved a bill targeting pimps who traffic minors for sex.

House Bill 2454 was championed by the wife of U.S. Sen. John McCain and by Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer. The House passed it on Feb. 27.

The bill toughens penalties for trafficking adults and targets businesses such as massage parlors and escort services that advertise online. It requires advertisers to post their license number and have written permission of any women they depict and evidence they're not minors.

Cindy McCain says the bill would put Arizona at the forefront of the fight against human trafficking by imposing harsh penalties for pimps.

The Senate approved the bill on Tuesday. It will now go to Brewer's desk.


Tuesday, April 15, 2014



Note: the usual reminder: None of those behind the scheme have yet to face justice. Not for the death of Agent Terry and especially not for the deaths of many hundreds of Mexicans. AKA "Hispanics".

Documents: 'Fast and Furious' guns found their way to El Paso and Columbus, NM
Court documents shed light on firearms trafficking on the border
By Diana Washington Valdez / El Paso Times
POSTED: 04/15/2014 12:00:00 AM MDT

Columbus, N.M. gun smuggling linked to Fast and Furious operation
Operation Fast and Furious criticized in report by Justice
El Paso mentioned in Operation Fast and Furious report
Operation Fast and Furious report refers dozens for possible disciplinary action
Wikileaks emails: El Paso restaurant manager part of arms-trafficking network
Fast and Furious: House files suit against Attorney General Holder over gov't records
Report: ATF gun part of plan to kill Juarez police chief Julián Leyzaola
House committee holds Attorney General Eric Holder in contempt
Obama asserts executive privilege to withhold 'Fast and Furious' documents
Border Patrol union calls for U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder's resignation

Smugglers from Arizona being monitored through the U.S. government's Operation Fast and Furious helped supply firearms to a gun-trafficking ring led by officials in Columbus, N.M., according to court documents.

Court documents also provide additional details on the extent of the Columbus conspirators' involvement with Mexican drug traffickers and La Linea enforcers of the Carrillo Fuentes drug cartel.

According to one of the court documents, Border Patrol agents looking for a stolen vehicle stopped Blas Gutierrez, a former Columbus Village trustee, and Miguel Carrillo, a gun straw purchaser, in Columbus on Jan. 14, 2010. The two men, who were later convicted in the federal case against 11 Columbus conspirators, were not arrested that day.

The Border Patrol agents who stopped Gutierrez and Carrillo reported that they had found eight firearms inside the 2004 Nissan, including three Romarm Cugir pistols, two Ruger P345 pistols and three Fabrique National de Herstal pistols.

An investigation later determined that the three Fabrique Nationale de Herstal pistols had been purchased Jan. 9, 2010 in Arizona by Jaime Avila, one of the arms-trafficking conspiracy ringleaders who was being monitored by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) as part of Operation Fast and Furious. Avila was one of the main suspects in the ATF's centerpiece case for Fast and Furious.

The court document stated that the three Romarm Cugir pistols found on Gutierrez and Carrillo that day "were bought (on) an unlisted date by another straw purchaser identified as Uriel Patino, also of Phoenix." Patino was another ATF target in Operation Fast and Furious. Patino was a co-defendant with Jaime Avila.

Operation Fast and Furious was launched by the ATF on Oct. 31, 2009. The ATF considered Manuel Fabian Celis-Acosta to be the mastermind behind arms-trafficking centered in Phoenix. The Drug Enforcement Administration was also investigating Celis-Acosta, who was suspected of drug-trafficking.

Two Fast and Furious-linked weapons were found near the body of Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry, who was fatally shot Dec. 15, 2010 in the Arizona desert while pursuing armed suspects. The agent's death prompted the ATF to shut down the operation and led to a Congressional investigation into the controversial gun-walking operation.

ATF officials said the operation was intended to uncover the top leaders of arms-trafficking groups. Under the operation, gun shops were allowed to sell firearms to straw purchasers and the ATF was to keep track of the weapons. Instead, firearms soon began turning up at homicide scenes in Mexico and later near Terry's body.

The documents that reveal additional details about the gun-walking operation and gun-trafficking in El Paso, Juárez and Southern New Mexico come from the federal case against the Columbus conspirators, including Ian Garland, owner of the former Chaparral Guns in Chaparral, N.M., and filings in the federal lawsuits involving the deaths of Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry and ICE Special Agent Jaime Zapata and the wounding of ICE Special Agent Victor Avila Jr. of El Paso.

The U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents were ambushed while traveling on a highway in Mexico in 2011.

Before Terry's death, hundreds of Mexican citizens had already been killed in Mexico by firearms linked to Fast and Furious.

Garland, who sold weapons to the Columbus conspirators, was recently released from prison after serving a sentence for his role in the conspiracy. Garland alleges that he was unjustly pressured to accept a plea agreement in July 2011.

"I was singled out for punishment even though all my sales to these people were reported as required by law, and the buyers were legally able to buy the firearms," Garland said. "The ex-police chief, Angelo Vega, the ex-mayor, Eddie Espinoza, and Blas Gutierrez, the village trustee, and everyone else who bought from me, need to be interviewed. They all asked, on the record, 'Why is Ian here, he had no conspiracy with us? We only used his store, as well as others, to buy from.' The connection between Arizona's Fast and Furious is clear, crystal clear, and this is in my pre-sentencing report."

Garland said he is working to clear his name and has a website devoted to this and other information about Fast and Furious at

"I am Australian born, a U.S. citizen, and damn proud of it," Garland said. "I am fighting because the government's lawyers held back information that could have exonerated me. Plus, I got sentenced under the wrong guidelines, which gave me a harsher penalty than even the charges warranted."

Garland said he plans to share information related to the Fast and Furious ties to El Paso and Juárez with the Mexican government.

The Columbus conspiracy reportedly involved the purchase of 200 high-powered firearms from Garland and other sources between January 2010 and March 2011. However, previously disclosed court documents, such as the multiple-defendant indictment against 11 conspirators, failed to divulge the ties between the Columbus organization and the Phoenix-based straw purchasers who were part of Operation Fast and Furious.

In Terry's wrongful death lawsuit, the plaintiffs allege that Jaime Avila was among the suspects that by December 2009 the ATF had identified as a straw purchaser for a firearms trafficking conspiracy led by Celis-Acosta.

The lawsuit also mentions that Avila had purchased two weapons from a gun dealer in Arizona on Jan. 9, 2010, which "were recovered on Jan. 14, 2010, by U.S. Border Patrol officers in Columbus, New Mexico during a search of a suspicious vehicle attempting to cross the U.S.-Mexico border."

On Jan. 16, 2010, the lawsuit alleges, Avila bought three more weapons from the Arizona gun shop, all were WASR-10 AK-47-type assault rifles; two of the rifles were found near Terry's body nearly a year later.

"Had Avila been arrested and the weapons been seized at the time of the Jan. 16, 2010 purchase, Brian Terry would not have been murdered on Dec. 15, 2010," the plaintiffs alleged.

In another document concerning Fast and Furious suspects, on Jan. 13, 2010, El Paso police reported finding 40 assault rifles at a stash house in the city. The weapons were tied to the ATF's Fast and Furious operation, and were traced back to the same Phoenix gun shop that was cooperating with the ATF's operation. Alberto Sandoval and Sean C. Steward were arrested in connection with the 40-gun cache in El Paso. According to one of the documents, the ATF had lost track of the 40 firearms.

The ATF did not respond to questions late Monday about whether Operation Fast and Furious was limited to the Arizona-Mexico border or if it was intended to cover the entire U.S. border with Mexico. Anecdotally, the scope of the operation appears to have covered more ground beyond Arizona. According to Congressional investigations, the ATF had not accounted for more than 1,000 firearms linked to its botched operation.

According to a court transcript from Steward's case, "out of the 289 weapons that (Steward) purchased, 125 were recovered. 49 in Mexico and 78 in the U.S."

"Those that were recovered in the U.S., many of those were recovered in bordertowns such as Douglas, El Paso and San Antonio," the court transcript said. "By his own statements to agents, (Steward) admitted that he had been to Juárez, Mexico, ... and while he was there had heard that ... children had been killed by (an) AK-47 rifle shooting." In other words, Steward was made aware during arms-trafficking activities of the impact that smuggled weapons were having on the Juárez community, where a war between two violent drug cartels was raging.

Celis-Acosta indicated, the court transcript said, that he had both Uriel Patino and Steward travel to El Paso to deliver firearms to drug cartel associates.

Columbus conspirators

Court documents in the Garland case stated that Ignacio Villalobos, a fugitive in the Columbus drug-trafficking conspiracy, lived in Columbus and was a low-level member of La Linea, the enforcement arm of the Carrillo Fuentes drug cartel in Juárez. The Carrillo Fuentes or Juárez drug cartel was at war with the Sinaloa drug cartel led by Joaquin "Chapo" Guzman.

Villalobos worked for Gerardo Acosta-Terrazas, who was identified as a top-tier cartel leader of Palomas, Chihuahua, and who answered to a man identified only as "Cachorro" Vazquez," son of "El Veinte" (20), the alleged main leader of La Linea before his arrest in Mexico, according to court documents.

The Garland court document also stated that Alberto Rivera, an associate of Villalobos, served as a drug recruiter and firearms smuggler for the drug-trafficking organization based in Columbus, which is across the border from Palomas.

Rivera and his son, Juan Alberto Rivera, would deposit large sums of money belonging to the drug organization, the document said. Villalobos and a cousin and her husband worked as "financial facilitators" for the drug organization by receiving large deposits of money from Billings, Montana; Fridley, Minnesota, Westminster, Colo.; Denver; and Albuquerque, into their Wells Fargo bank account. Then, they would deliver the deposits to Villalobos.

Other highlights in the Garland court document state that:

• On Feb. 22, 2011, a handgun that officials said Rivera had purchased was seized from "a kidnapping crew" in Juárez.

• Another man, whom investigators identified as Manuel Ortega and was linked to the regional drug organization, allegedly facilitated narcotics smuggling in Columbus, Deming and Palomas.

• Between January 2010 and March 2011, a high-ranking Mexican cartel member in a Mexican jail named Jesus Molinas, alias "Mantequilla," ordered Blas Gutierrez to buy firearms in the United States and smuggle them into Mexico, prompting Gutierrez to buy numerous firearms and paying other straw purchasers to buy more weapons from Chaparral Guns.

• The Columbus-based arms-traffickers rented a unit at the Colinas del Sol apartments in the 900 block of South Mesa Hills in West El Paso to store weapons that were to be smuggled into Mexico.

• On March 24, 2011, Mexican federal police seized a handgun from five alleged hit men for La Linea that Eddie Espinoza (who also was convicted in the Columbus conspiracy) had purchased from Chaparral Guns.

• While under surveillance, Blas Gutierrez, a Village of Columbus trustee, and another suspect were seen stopping at the Colinas del Sol apartment, and later delivered a backpack to an unknown person at a Mexican bus company in El Paso, whom investigators suspected smuggled weapons in the backpack across the border.

• Investigators placed a GPS tracker on Blas Gutierrez's vehicle in February 2011, and found that he had stopped at a house in Albuquerque, which law enforcement officers said was used by others to help move bulk cash from illicit activities.

Diana Washington Valdez may be reached at 546-6140.

Saturday, April 12, 2014



Note: Sing along? 12 handguns, 33 long guns, 165 magazines, 22,981 rounds, and a ultralight in a sahuaro. All this in Sonora for month of March.

Department of Defense seize more than 5 tons of ' pot ' in March
Details Published on Saturday April 5, 2014 ,
Written by Editor / El Diario de Sonora

Perform the arrest of 27 people , as well as securing 33 long weapons.

About five tons of drugs , hundreds of thousands of rounds of ammunition and cash were seized by members of the Secretariat of National Defense ( Department of Defense ) last March, according to official reports.
According to reports from the Department of Defense , personnel of the 45 Military Zone based in the border criminal arrested in flagrante delicto to 27 individuals in different proceedings , which were made available to the appropriate authorities .

During the raids they seized a total of five tons, 735 kilos of marijuana; a kilo and 150 grams of cocaine and 14 kilos and 550 grams of methamphetamine , as well as 12 handguns, 33 rifles, 165 magazines for different weapons and 22 thousand 981 cartridges different calibers.

Also seized two grenades, 35 vehicles and one million 593 thousand 250 pesos during the proceedings and 737mil $ 940 , three buildings and even an ultralight aircraft.

Effective military forces also found and destroyed seven clandestine airstrips located in northern Sonora .
According to the statement , both detainees and the subject matter insured were already made available by the federal authorities .

For complaints of illegal activities anonymously the Department of Defense provides the telephone numbers (631) 313-0316 and (631) 352-1252 , and email .


Note: 2 pistols , five rifles, 22 magazines, 566 cartridges and two Tahoes on a dirt track, just south of Douglas, AZ

Posted April 5, 2014 , 3:12 a.m.
During a raid in Agua Prieta the Army seizes a arsenal
Inside, was the rifle type "AK 47 " plus magazines and bullets.
Also two vehicles reported as stolen , cartridges and magazines
Agua Prieta , Son. - Nuevo Dia

An array consisting of five assault rifles , two pistols and 500 rounds of ammunition , were seized in the town of Agua Prieta , by agents of the State Public Security Police ( PESP ) and staff of the Department of National Defence.

In a statement reported that the firearms were in two trucks reported as stolen , confiscated by agents belonging to the Joint Operations ( BOM - Operaciones Mixtas), abandoned in the colony of New Sonora.
Yesterday , around 8:00 pm , which on a dirt tracks in the vicinity of the colony of New Sonora, they saw two Chevrolet Tahoe vehicles that were apparently in a state of neglect , to inspect realized that inside were several firearms.

During the operation recovered 5 rifles of.223 caliber 7.62x39mm also two handguns 9mm and .40 was achieved. They also seized 22 metallic magazines , 2 drum magazines, and 566 cartridges of various calibers.

Subsequent to verifying the data of the vehicles they realized that they had been stolen .
One of these, online Tahoe, 2012 model was reported as stolen in El Paso, Texas , while the truck of the same make , black color, model 2002 had been reported stolen in Baja California.

Because of this , the BOM operation that integrates PESP and the Mexican Army made ​​vehicle seizures , also of arms and cartridges, which were turned over to the appropriate authority.




Note: Interesting story from Excelsior, one of Mexico's main newspapers. This will go on for a long time. Long read, mostly computer english

Chapo - Zambada confirm appointment , the meeting was in Culiacan

Ministerial statements Bodyguard Guzman, Carlos Manuel Ramirez Hoo , El Condor , agree with advance by Excelsior : the two top leaders of the Pacific cartel met three months ago to define the future of both the criminal group and

27/03/2014 10:57 Editor

THE MEETING . The statement made " private secretary " Joaquin Guzman Loera says it met three months ago with Ismael El Mayo Zambada on a ranch near Culiacan , since both lords maintained a business relationship besides being compadres.
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MEXICO CITY , March 27 - . Ministerial statement Hoo Carlos Manuel Ramirez, one of the two " private secretaries " Joaquin El Chapo Guzman Loera, confirms the

meeting his boss held three months ago with Ismael El Mayo Zambada . At the meeting, the number two in the Pacific cartel would have suggested Guzman Loera retire and make way for new generations before " start a civil war within our organization. Or we give them control or they will take it on their own . "

Documents held by Excelsior Hoo said Ramirez, Guzman Loera escort who shared his last moments released, revealed that 90 days El Chapo Guzman and El Mayo Zambada held a meeting where they talked Front stronger.

The statement Hoo Ramirez , also known as The Condor, match analysis Roberto Saviano, Italian journalist and writer , who on March 10 said in an interview with Excelsior that "the hand of Ismael El Mayo Zambada is behind the falling Joaquin El Chapo Guzman . "

Saviano went further to establish a hypothesis that makes sense today . From his perspective : "O El Mayo gave El Chapo or not protected him more."

According to the AP / PGR / SEIDO / UEIDCS investigation , the " secretary " El Chapo and escort revealed that the meeting between the two main leaders of the Pacific cartel took place at the ranch The Huinacatle located in Eldorado , municipality of Culiacán , Sinaloa, where Guzman Loera spent the last three years.

According Hoo Ramírez , El Mayo and El Chapo are not only members of the Pacific cartel , but are bound by cronyism .

In his ministerial statement, dated February 23 last , ie , a day after the world's most wanted drug trafficker was arrested in Miramar apartment tower , the city of Mazatlan, Ramirez gave Hoo is revealing . He said that " El Mayo Zambada he took advantage of the meeting with Guzman Loera to talk to one of the nearby El Chapo men : The Black Bravo , another ex-military , and who just received them in Mazatlan after intense persecution that federal forces undertook days ago in Culiacán against the leader of the Sinaloa cartel .

The mysterious man 1.80 meters tall.

In this plot does not go unnoticed involving a mysterious man of about 1.80 meters tall .

According to information from the sailors who participated in the capture of Joaquin Guzman Loera, on 22 February at the port of Mazatlan , Sinaloa, when circulated in an official vehicle along Avenida del Mar , precisely because the building known as Tower Miramar , " we did the high hands a person male , about 1.80 meters, of slim build , wearing blue jeans and a blue polo shirt ."

Upon stopping the vehicle, the ocean traveling as passenger asked him what he wanted .

The 1.80m mystery man , again according to the information of the seafarers to the ministerial authorities replied that minutes before had entered the condo tower " an armed person who was walking inside " .

Marine told that the man was afraid " so we asked for help desperately ."

According to the investigation PGR/SEIDO/UEIDCS/077/2014 of Attorney Specialized Investigation of Organized Crime ( SEIDO ) , seafarers and arrested Guzmán Loera Hoo Ramirez, one of their " private secretaries " (the other being William Rivera, the Chaneque ) , decided to do an inspection because they had information from assurances that occurred days ago in the city of Culiacan , there, in the Avenida del Mar, number 608, between River Street and University Avenue Elota , the Port of Mazatlan.

They sensed that Joaquin Guzman Loera could be there.

Marine , follow their story, " proceeded to enter the Miramar Tower in order to rule out any threat to the residents of the condominium ."

They walked three floors without meeting anyone , but in the fourth they came face to face with Carlos Manuel Ramirez Hoo , who have targeted them with a rifle before running into the 401 department , where he eventually threw the gun and surrendered.

Once disarmed and subjected said working for Joaquin Guzman Loera , who moments later went to another room and was arrested .

El Chapo felt safe : Saviano

In an interview granted to Roberto Saviano Excelsior in New York, the Italian journalist and writer reported that he had access to a conversation that would have sustained Joaquin El Chapo Guzman Loera and Ismael El Mayo Zambada .

It would be a conversation in which the two main leaders of the cartel Pacific spoke as always, in the face, but unusually hard way .

The warning to El Chapo left no room for doubt. At least not for the author of Gomorrah and Zero , Zero , Zero, his latest book .

In testimony collected by Saviano, El Mayo Zambada asked El Chapo Guzman Loera away , what he would do, to make way for new generations.

" If we do not, if we do not give them control , they will take it at your own risk."

And more . He would have said: " If you go there will be a civil war within our organization."

Saviano , who has plunged into the underworld of Mexican drug cartels for his links with mafia organizations of the Camorra and the ' Ndrangheta Italian , said that "in the case of El Chapo me much struck his arrest. I was unable to decipher it all. Was he betrayed? Is delivered ? " He asked .

" El Mayo 's statement , which was heard a few months ago , let me great doubts . Why did that statement , why let someone else hear it ?

" Practically said, ' Either you go or there will be a civil war within our group .'"

With the information obtained during its investigations , Saviano said " El Mayo took responsibility for the capture of El Chapo .

"I do not know if he sold it, but what is a fact that did not protect him more . He left to his fate. "

Nor understood that after leaving unscathed in Culiacan, a fierce hunting by members of the Mexican Navy and the services of U.S. intelligence , that his heels , who were the only eight minutes to catch , El Chapo has chosen to take a break to visit his wife and two twin daughters in any apartment building , facing the sea.

"I find it very strange that El Chapo Guzman committed an imprudence as he committed. I get the impression that he felt safe . A boss, a boss , a boss as El Chapo , only feels safe when given assurances about their safety. "

- Did you catch or left handed ? Asked the envoy Excelsior.

- At first I thought it would have been caught , I knew it was the only way to stay alive, but I find it really strange. I'm sure I lived similar situations ( to Culiacan and even Mazatlan ) and he always got his way . Why not this time ?

Saviano believes firmly that if Shorty had delivered risked being extradited , which would have ended his days in a U.S. prison .

Yes , I would have had no choice , but to capitulate .

Provide the most valuable of their spoils : the ability to send .

His power.


three hypotheses

Since described by captured seafarers until then the world's most wanted drug trafficker , what counted in the ministerial statement Hoo Ramirez guard and " secretary " El Chapo Guzman, and the thesis of journalist and writer Italian Roberto Saviano, can be reached at least three hypotheses about the mysterious man at 06:40 hours on 22 February last arrested an official unit of the Navy of Mexico and led to the capture of the leader of the Sinaloa cartel :

a) The man was a neighbor of Miramar Tower, which , be frightened by a gunman in the building, decided to go for help and ran into a diligent and effective elements of the Navy of Mexico .

b ) Man of 1:80 meters tall, of slim build , was an undercover Mexican government or the U.S. government agent.

c ) The man, who was wearing jeans, a blue polo shirt , was sent from Ismael El Mayo Zambada , who allegedly delivered to his friend in a risky reckoning.

From the testimony , the informative part Mexican marine who took charge of the capture of Joaquin Guzman Loera details of the mysterious man 1.80 tall are unknown.

It is not known if requested or demanded the reward of five million dollars and 30 million dollars to the governments of the United States and Mexico who offered to give information leading to the capture of the then world's most wanted drug trafficker .

The movements of El Mayo

Hoo Ramirez stated in its ministerial statement , which occurred on 23 February, a day after his arrest , El Mayo Zambada that "moves the side of El Salado and the Alamo, near Culiacán, though close to the mountains, and planes have to move . " He revealed that one of the pilots Zambada is known as El Niño or El Gordo. And 20 , who was arrested two days before El Chapo Guzman, in Culiacan, Sinaloa , was with The Ramon , a member of the security team Zambada .

Not only that, the escort and " private secretary " El Chapo said that due to the arrest of his boss "is possible for a confrontation between the Black and Damaso Lopez Bravo , The Bachelor is raised, for among them are accused of having" as " El Chapo .

But this intrigue, ahead Hoo Ramirez, " Ismael El Mayo Zambada will whoever is appointed to resolve things ."

The Condor El Mayo Zambada described as " big , light brown , black mustache and black painted hair , brown eyes . Use Levi's pants and polo shirts . Use only cap hat . "

Forbes admits that catapulted Guzman

Forbes admitted yesterday that helped forge the "black legend " of drug trafficker Joaquin El Chapo Guzman, by including him in his famous list of the richest men in the world .

The VP Americas Forbes , Edward de Valle II , said that once the decision would generate criticism was evaluated , but the cluster of participating businesses and their huge profits from Guzman to take into account.

Being part of the group of men with the largest fortunes in the world , along with entrepreneurs, investors and executives of prominent legal business " increased " the famous drug trafficker , " but that was not the intention ," he argued .

Drug trafficker scored significant gains in front of a group of organized crime, identified as one of the biggest suppliers of cocaine to the United States .

With a fortune estimated at over a billion dollars for the magazine business , he joined the Forbes annual list of the most powerful in the world from 2009 to 2012 .

De Valle II considered that in the end, this type of public exposure became a " double edged sword " because also focused attention on the leader of organized crime and financial transactions difficult .

Most care provided " complicated " life Guzman and " Business " from his group of transnational organized crime and somehow " pressed " in order to capture the bonnet, he said.

Become a capo pleads guilty

The Mexican Tomas Arevalo Renteria , an alleged member of the drug trafficker Joaquin El Chapo Guzman , pleaded guilty yesterday to distribute large quantities of cocaine and heroin in the Chicago area for the Pacific cartel .

The Office of the Federal Attorney for the Northern District of Illinois reported that Arévalo Renteria pleaded guilty to one count of possession of cocaine and heroin with intent to distribute .

The defendant, 45, admitted before Judge Ruben Castillo of the Federal Court for the Northern District of Illinois , which from 2005 to 2008 distributed more than 150 kilograms of cocaine and 30 heroin in Chicago and elsewhere in the United USA .

The statement came under the scheme known as "blind confession" without establishing any plea agreement with prosecutors , so could face a sentence of 10 years to life.

Arévalo Renteria chose to plead guilty to two weeks after his partner and co-defendant Alfredo Vasquez Hernandez , retracted his own admission of guilt.

Deputies ask thoroughly investigate

Ministerial statements Hoo Carlos Manuel Ramirez, " private secretary " El Chapo Guzman, should urge the federal executive to go to fund research , warned Rep. Sergio Chavez Davalos , a member of the Committee on Public Safety in San Lazaro .

" The federal government should be with the intelligence , because if those enemies , as he states that had the same enemies Joaquin Guzman in northern Sonora and Sinaloa , as these groups can be organized to advance their business " , he said.

The Jalisco lawmaker urged the federal government to further research to avoid " opening Pandora's box " , ie , the eventual emergence of new criminal gangs .

" It should come the ' staircase effect ' , we must be operating three or four cartels that exist all over the country, but there are also smaller regional cartels that there must be acting in the investigation authority to stop and disable those little cartels that do not return again another monsters in our country, " he said.

Similarly, said the member of the Safety Committee in the Chamber of Deputies, the federal government must draw on all their systems and intelligence mechanisms to prevent further clashes between organized crime groups , which may also affect the tranquility the physical integrity of citizens.

"That it should be the government to keep out those notes and be operating efficiently so that there will be no fighting has been handled in some other posters in some other parts of the country ," he said .


Confirman cita Chapo-Zambada; el encuentro fue en Culiacán

Las declaraciones ministeriales del escolta de Guzmán, Carlos Manuel Hoo Ramírez, El Cóndor, coinciden con lo adelantado por Excélsior: que los dos jefes máximos del cártel del Pacífico se reunieron hace tres meses para definir el futuro de ambos y del grupo criminal

COMPARTIR 27/03/2014 10:57 Redacción

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LA REUNIÓN. La declaración que hizo "el secretario particular" de Joaquín Guzmán Loera señala que éste se reunió hace tres meses con Ismael El Mayo Zambada en un rancho cercano a Culiacán, ya que ambos capos mantienen una relación de negocios además de ser compadres.
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CIUDAD DE MÉXICO, 27 de marzo.- La declaración ministerial de Carlos Manuel Hoo Ramírez, uno de los dos "secretarios particulares" de Joaquín El Chapo Guzmán Loera, confirma la

reunión que su jefe mantuvo hace tres meses con Ismael El Mayo Zambada. En el encuentro, el número dos del cártel del Pacífico le habría sugerido a Guzmán Loera retirarse y dar paso a las nuevas generaciones antes que "inicie una guerra civil dentro de nuestra organización. O les cedemos el control o ellos lo tomarán por su cuenta".

Documentos en poder de Excélsior señalan que Hoo Ramírez, el escolta con quien Guzmán Loera compartió sus últimos momentos en libertad, reveló que hace 90 días El Chapo Guzmán y El Mayo Zambada sostuvieron una reunión en la que se hablaron de frente, fuerte.

La declaración de Hoo Ramírez, también conocido como El Cóndor, coincide con el análisis de Roberto Saviano, el periodista y escritor italiano, quien el pasado 10 de marzo dijo en entrevista con Excélsior que "la mano de Ismael El Mayo Zambada está detrás de la caída de Joaquín El Chapo Guzmán".

Saviano fue incluso más allá al establecer una hipótesis que hoy cobra sentido. Desde su óptica: "O El Mayo entregó a El Chapo o no lo protegió más".

De acuerdo con la averiguación AP/PGR/SEIDO/UEIDCS, el "secretario" y escolta de El Chapo reveló que la reunión entre los dos principales líderes del cártel del Pacífico tuvo lugar en el rancho El Huinacatle, ubicado en Eldorado, municipio de Culiacán, Sinaloa, donde Guzmán Loera vivió los últimos tres años.

Según Hoo Ramírez, El Mayo y El Chapo no sólo son miembros del cártel del Pacífico, sino que están unidos por el compadrazgo.

En su declaración ministerial, fechada el 23 de febrero pasado, es decir, un día después de que el narcotraficante más buscado del mundo fue detenido en la torre de departamentos Miramar, de la ciudad de Mazatlán, Hoo Ramírez dio un dato revelador. Aseguró que "El Mayo Zambada aprovechaba las reuniones con Guzmán Loera para conversar con uno de los hombres cercanos a El Chapo: El Negro Bravo, otro exmilitar, y quien precisamente los recibió en Mazatlán tras la intensa persecución que las fuerzas federales emprendieron días antes en Culiacán contra el líder del cártel de Sinaloa.

El misterioso hombre de 1.80

En esta trama no pasa inadvertida la participación de un misterioso hombre de aproximadamente 1.80 metros de estatura.

Según el parte informativo de los marinos que participaron en la captura de Joaquín Guzmán Loera, el pasado 22 de febrero en el puerto de Mazatlán, Sinaloa, cuando circulaban en un vehículo oficial por la Avenida del Mar, precisamente por el edificio conocido como Torre Miramar, "nos hizo el alto con las manos una persona del sexo masculino, de aproximadamente 1.80 metros, de complexión delgada, quien vestía pantalón de mezclilla y una playera azul tipo polo".

Al detener el vehículo, el marino que viajaba como copiloto le preguntó qué se le ofrecía.

El misterioso hombre de 1.80, siempre según el parte informativo de los marinos ante las autoridades ministeriales, le respondió que minutos antes había ingresado a la torre de condominios "una persona armada y que estaba paseando en su interior".

Los marinos contaron que el hombre se encontraba asustado "por lo que nos pedía ayuda desesperadamente".

Según la indagatoria PGR/SEIDO/UEIDCS/077/2014 de la Subprocuraduría Especializada en Investigación de Delincuencia Organizada (SEIDO), los marinos que detuvieron a Guzmán Loera y a Hoo Ramírez, uno de sus "secretarios particulares" (el otro es Guillermo Rivera, El Chaneque), decidieron hacer una inspección debido a que tenían información obtenida de los aseguramientos que días antes ocurrieron en la ciudad de Culiacán, ahí, en la Avenida del Mar, número 608, entre las calles Río Elota y avenida Universidad, del Puerto de Mazatlán.

Presintieron que Joaquín Guzmán Loera podría estar ahí.

Los marinos, siguen su relato, "procedimos a ingresar a la Torre Miramar con el fin de descartar cualquier amenaza a los vecinos del condómino".

Recorrieron tres pisos sin encontrar a nadie, pero en el cuarto se toparon de frente con Carlos Manuel Hoo Ramírez, quien les habría apuntado con un arma larga antes de correr hacia el interior del departamento 401, donde finalmente arrojó el arma y se rindió.

Una vez desarmado y sometido les dijo que trabajaba para Joaquín Guzmán Loera, quien instantes después salió de otra habitación y fue detenido.

El Chapo se sentía seguro: Saviano

En la entrevista que Roberto Saviano concedió a Excélsior en Nueva York, el periodista y escritor italiano relató que tuvo acceso a una conversación que habrían sostenido Joaquín El Chapo Guzmán Loera e Ismael El Mayo Zambada.

Se trataría de una conversación en la que los dos principales líderes del cártel del Pacífico se hablaron como siempre, a la cara, pero de manera inusualmente dura.

La advertencia para El Chapo no dejó lugar a dudas. Al menos no para el autor de Gomorra y de Cero,Cero,Cero, su más reciente libro.

En el testimonio recogido por Saviano, El Mayo Zambada le pidió a El Chapo Guzmán Loera apartarse, lo que él mismo haría, para dejar paso a las nuevas generaciones.

"Si no lo hacemos, si no les cedemos el control, ellos lo tomarán por su cuenta y riesgo".

Y más. Le habría dicho: "Si no te vas habrá una guerra civil dentro de nuestra organización".

Saviano, quien se ha sumergido al bajo mundo de los cárteles de la droga mexicanos por sus vínculos con las organizaciones mafiosas de La Camorra y la 'Ndrangheta italianas, dijo que "en el caso de El Chapo me impactó mucho su arresto. No he podido descifrarlo del todo. ¿Fue traicionado? ¿Se entregó?", se preguntó.

"La declaración de El Mayo, de la que estuve enterado unos meses antes, me deja grandes dudas. ¿Por qué hizo esa declaración, por qué permitió que alguien más la escuchara?

"Prácticamente le dijo: 'O te vas o habrá una guerra civil dentro de nuestro grupo'".

Con los elementos reunidos durante sus investigaciones, Saviano sostuvo que "El Mayo tuvo responsabilidad en la captura de El Chapo.

"No sé si lo vendió, pero lo que es un hecho es que no lo protegió más. Lo dejó a su suerte".

Tampoco entendió que después de salir indemne en Culiacán, de una cacería feroz por parte de efectivos de la Marina mexicana y de los servicios de inteligencia estadunidense, que le pisaban los talones y que estuvieron a escasos ocho minutos de atraparlo, El Chapo haya optado por tomarse un respiro para visitar a su esposa y sus dos gemelitas en un edificio cualquiera de departamentos, frente al mar.

"Me resulta muy extraño que El Chapo Guzmán cometiera una imprudencia como la que cometió. Me da la impresión que se sentía seguro. Un jefe, un capo, un boss como El Chapo, sólo se siente seguro cuando le dan garantías sobre su seguridad".

—¿Lo entregaron o se dejó atrapar? —preguntó el enviado de Excélsior.

—Al principio pensé que se habría dejado atrapar, que sabía que era la única forma de mantenerse con vida, pero de verdad que me resulta extraño. Estoy seguro que vivió situaciones similares (a las de Culiacán e incluso a la de Mazatlán) y que siempre se salió con la suya. ¿Por qué esta vez no?

Saviano cree con firmeza que si El Chapo se hubiera entregado se arriesgaba a ser extraditado, que habría acabado sus días en alguna prisión de Estados Unidos.

Sí, que habría tenido, sin remedio, que capitular.

Entregar lo más valioso de su botín: la capacidad de mandar.

Su poder.

El poder.

Tres hipótesis

A partir de lo descrito por los marinos que capturaron al hasta entonces el narcotraficante más buscado del mundo, de lo contado en la declaración ministerial por Hoo Ramírez, el escolta y "secretario" de El Chapo Guzmán, y de la tesis del periodista y escritor italiano Roberto Saviano, puede llegarse a al menos tres hipótesis sobre el misterioso hombre que a las 06:40 horas del 22 de febrero pasado detuvo a una unidad oficial de la Marina Armada de México y condujo a la captura del líder del cártel de Sinaloa:

a) El hombre era un vecino de la Torre Miramar, que, asustado por encontrarse a un sujeto armado en el edificio, decidió salir en busca de ayuda y se topó con unos diligentes y eficaces elementos de la Marina Armada de México.

b) El hombre de 1:80 metros de estatura, de complexión delgada, era un agente encubierto del gobierno mexicano o del gobierno estadunidense.

c) El hombre, quien vestía pantalón de mezclilla, con una camisa azul tipo polo, era un enviado de Ismael El Mayo Zambada, quien habría entregado a su compadre en un riesgoso ajuste de cuentas.

A partir del testimonio, del parte informativo que rindieron los marinos mexicanos responsables de la captura de Joaquín Guzmán Loera no se conocen más detalles del misterioso hombre de 1.80 de altura.

Tampoco se sabe si solicitó o reclamó la recompensa de cinco millones de dólares y los 30 millones de pesos que los gobiernos de Estados Unidos y México ofrecían a quien diera información que llevara a la captura del hasta entonces narcotraficante más buscado del mundo.

Los movimientos de El Mayo

Hoo Ramírez señala en su declaración ministerial, ocurrida el 23 de febrero pasado, un día después de su captura, que El Mayo Zambada "se mueve del lado de El Salado y El Álamo, en las cercanías de Culiacán, aunque cerca de la sierra, y tiene avionetas para trasladarse". Reveló que uno de los pilotos de Zambada es conocido como El Niño o El Gordo. Y que El 20, quien fue detenido dos días antes que El Chapo Guzmán, en Culiacán, Sinaloa, era junto con El Ramoncito, miembro del equipo de seguridad de Zambada.

No sólo eso, el escolta y "secretario particular" de El Chapo dijo que derivado de la detención de su jefe "es posible que se suscite un enfrentamiento entre El Negro Bravo y Dámaso López, El Licenciado, pues entre ellos se acusarán de haber "puesto" a El Chapo.

Pero en esta intriga, adelanta Hoo Ramírez, "será Ismael El Mayo Zambada quien se encargue de resolver las cosas".

El Cóndor describe a El Mayo Zambada como "gordo, moreno claro, bigote negro y pelo negro pintados, ojos negros. Usa pantalones Levi's y playeras tipo polo. Usa sombrero más que gorra".

Forbes admite que catapultó a Guzmán

La revista Forbes admitió ayer que contribuyó a forjar la "leyenda negra" del narcotraficante Joaquín El Chapo Guzmán, por haberlo incluido en su famosa lista de los hombres más ricos del mundo.

El vicepresidente de Forbes Américas, Edward de Valle II, dijo que en su momento se evaluó la decisión por las críticas que generaría, pero el cúmulo de negocios en que participaba Guzmán y sus enormes ganancias orillaron a tomarlo en cuenta.

Formar parte del grupo de hombres con las mayores fortunas del mundo, junto a empresarios, inversionistas y prominentes ejecutivos de negocios lícitos "aumentó" la fama del narcotraficante, "pero esa no fue la intención", justificó.

El narcotraficante obtuvo importantes ganancias al frente de un grupo del crimen organizado, identificado como uno de los mayores proveedores de cocaína a EU.

Con una fortuna calculada en más de mil millones de dólares por la revista especializada en negocios, integró el listado anual de Forbes de los más poderosos del mundo de 2009 a 2012.

De Valle II consideró que al final, este tipo de exposición pública se convirtió en un "arma de doble filo", pues también concentró la atención en el cabecilla del crimen organizado y dificultó sus transacciones financieras.

La mayor atención recibida "complicó" la vida a Guzmán y los "negocios" de su grupo del crimen organizado transnacional y de alguna manera "presionó" el objetivo de la captura del capo, afirmó.

Socio del capo se declara culpable

El mexicano Tomás Arévalo Rentería, presunto socio del narcotraficante Joaquín El Chapo Guzmán, se declaró culpable ayer de distribuir grandes cantidades de cocaína y heroína en el área de Chicago para el cártel del Pacífico.

La Oficina del procurador federal para el Distrito Norte de Illinois informó que Arévalo Rentería se declaró culpable de un cargo de posesión de cocaína y heroína con intención de distribución.

El acusado, de 45 años, admitió ante el juez Rubén Castillo, de la Corte Federal del Distrito Norte de Illinois, que de 2005 a 2008 distribuyó más de 150 kilogramos de cocaína y 30 de heroína en el área de Chicago y otras partes de Estados Unidos.

La declaración ocurrió bajo el esquema conocido como "confesión ciega", sin establecer ningún acuerdo de sentencia con la fiscalía, por lo que podría enfrentar una pena de 10 años y hasta cadena perpetua.

Arévalo Rentería optó por declararse culpable dos semanas después de que su socio y coacusado Alfredo Vásquez Hernández, se retractara de hacer su propia admisión de culpa.

Diputados piden indagar a fondo

Las declaraciones ministeriales de Carlos Manuel Hoo Ramírez, "secretario particular" de El Chapo Guzmán, deben impulsar al Ejecutivo federal a ir al fondo de las investigaciones, advirtió el diputado Sergio Chávez Dávalos, integrante de la Comisión de Seguridad Pública en San Lázaro.

"El gobierno federal debe estar con la información de inteligencia, porque si esos enemigos, como él declara que tenía enemigos el mismo Joaquín Guzmán en la zona norte de Sonora y Sinaloa, pues esos grupos se pueden estar organizando para poder avanzar en sus negocios", señaló.

El legislador por Jalisco exhortó al gobierno federal para profundizar en las investigaciones para evitar la "apertura de la caja de Pandora", es decir, el eventual surgimiento de nuevas bandas delincuenciales.

"Debe venir el 'efecto escalera', deben estar operando sabemos los tres o cuatro cárteles que hay en todo el país, pero si hay también pequeños cárteles regionales que ahí debe de estar actuando la autoridad en la investigación para poder detener y desactivar esos pequeños cárteles que no se vuelva a hacer otra vez otro monstruos en nuestro país", sostuvo.

De igual manera, dijo el integrante de la Comisión de Seguridad en la Cámara de Diputados, el gobierno federal debe echar mano de todos sus sistemas y mecanismos de inteligencia para evitar nuevos enfrentamientos entre grupos de la delincuencia organizada, que puedan afectar además de la tranquilidad, la integridad física de la ciudadanía.

"Ahí debe de estar el gobierno para evitar que salgan esas notas y estar operando con eficiencia para que no vaya a haber enfrentamientos como se ha manejado en algunos otros carteles en algunas otras partes del país", concluyó.


Friday, April 11, 2014



Note: The failure of the federal govt. to control the border continues to be a significant burden, not to forget all the other issues, to AZ taxpayers.

County to feds: Make deal on prisoners or we're done
Supervisors tire of lack of progress on ICE contract
Posted: Thursday, April 10, 2014 9:27 am | Updated: 2:13 pm, Thu Apr 10, 2014.
By BRIAN WRIGHT, Maricopa Monitor

FLORENCE — The Pinal County Board of Supervisors issued an ultimatum to the federal government on Wednesday — either work with us, or we're done.
Supervisors voted to give the Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency — a division of Homeland Security — six days to accept the county's proposed changes to the existing prisoner contract or present an alternative offer. Otherwise, the county will send out a notice of termination letter at the end of the business day April 15, supervisors agreed.

The contract between the two entities requires that the county provide 100 days notice, in writing, of its intent to terminate the contract.
The letter would indicate the county's intention to end negotiations with ICE related to a restructuring of its contract for space in the Pinal County Adult Detention Center.
The contract, which was negotiated by former County Manager Stan Griffis and signed in August 2006, allowed immigrant detainees to be held at the jail. It also includes an agreement for a massive jail expansion.

The contract was a lemon from the start, many county officials say.
From 2009 to 2013, the contract resulted in the county losing more than $12 million, not including an estimated $3.5 million in annual debt service payments on the jail expansion.
Board Chairman Anthony Smith of Maricopa said the county loses more than $55,000 a week on the contract. On Wednesday, he said he couldn't ask the county taxpayers to foot the bill any longer.
ICE officials agreed to renegotiate the contract last May, but progress has been minimal, because of delays on the part of the feds. Supervisors sent a letter to ICE on Feb. 21 with proposed per diem rates for detainees, but it proved a fruitless effort, they say.
"It has been extremely frustrating for me during this past year to see these negotiations somewhat stall," Smith said.

At $55,000 a week, the contract — just since the letter was sent on Feb. 21 — will have cost the county $385,000 as of April 11.

"To continue to run this clock, costing the taxpayers, is something that I find unacceptable," Smith said.
Vice Chairman Todd House of Apache Junction said in the last few weeks he asked his constituents about sending a notice of termination to ICE. The feedback was nearly unanimous, he said, that the county send such a letter.

"They don't believe the federal government in good faith will come (negotiate) until they're challenged," House said. "Unfortunately, since negotiations (began), this discussion has completely broke down, so I would say we have no other alternative."

The only possibility to not send a termination notice on Tuesday is if ICE agrees to the county's proposed per diem rate before then or if the feds show a significant gesture of "good faith," supervisors agreed.
Supervisor Steve Miller of Casa Grande said it's going to take more than a phone call or an email on the part of ICE leaders.

"They need to send forth either their approval of our submittal or at least something in writing (that's) substantial that is negotiable," Miller said. "It needs to be an official recognition … I just don't want a phone call to Greg (Stanley) saying, 'Yeah, we're still looking at it.'"

Chris Keller, the chief deputy civil attorney in the Pinal County Attorney's Office and the supervisors' legal counsel, said the request will be for ICE to either accept the county's proposal or make a counterproposal.
When talks of terminating the ICE contract occurred last May at a supervisors' meeting, Pinal County Sheriff Paul Babeu voiced strong opposition, saying nearly 200 people, mostly detention officers, could lose their jobs. However, at a county budget meeting three weeks ago, Babeu said if negotiations don't at least reach a point where the county can break even, the contract should be terminated.


Thursday, April 10, 2014



Note: very little local media coverage, but we do know all about Linda Ronstadt (Tucson ) is being inducted into some rocky rolly hall of fame. ( her Spanish language music was much better, really good )

Authorities offer $250K reward in US agent killing case
Posted: Apr 10, 2014 4:48 AM MST
Updated: Apr 10, 2014 4:59 AM MST

Prosecutors give account of Border Patrol agent's fatal shooting
PHOENIX (AP) - U.S. authorities are offering up to $250,000 for information leading to the capture of two suspects wanted in connection with the 2010 killing of a Border Patrol agent.

Agent Brian Terry was killed in a shootout with criminals who authorities say sneaked into the U.S. to rob marijuana smugglers near the Arizona-Mexico border.

Three of the five suspects have been captured, while two remain at large. One was sentenced in February to 30 years in federal prison.

Authorities are seeking Heraclio Osorio-Arellanes and Jesus Rosario Favela-Astorga.

The case brought to light the government's botched Fast and Furious operation in which U.S. authorities tracking guns allowed criminals to buy them for smugglers. But agents lost track of many of the weapons. Two were found at the scene of Terry's killing.

Read more: Authorities offer reward in US agent killing case - FOX 10 News |




Note: most such incidents are never reported.

U.S. Officials Confirm Illegal Border Incursion By Mexican Soldiers Allegedly Pursuing Smugglers
Published April 02, 2014Fox News Latino

After a series of denials, Mexican authorities have finally admitted that two heavily-armed and camouflaged soldiers crossed over the border into Arizona and drew their weapons in an edgy standoff with U.S. Border Patrol agents in January.

According to documents obtained by the Los Angeles Times, the Jan. 26 showdown was confirmed in a Border Patrol foreign military incursion report and confirmed in a separate letter from R. Gil Kerlikowske, commissioner of U.S. Customs and Border Protection, the Border Patrol's parent agency.

The report describes that in the incident, the two Mexican soldiers – who accidentally misidentified themselves to U.S. border agents – claimed to be pursuing drug traffickers and only went back south of the border once U.S. border agents called for backup.

U.S. officials said that this is one of the most serious territorial incursions in recent memory and even though weapons were not fired, the standoff highlights growing tensions between Washington and Mexico when it comes to patrolling the border regions. U.S. officials added that the recent incursion was one of nearly two dozen by Mexican soldiers into southern Arizona over the last four years.

Mexican officials from the Embassy in Washington D.C. confirmed early Tuesday to journalists that the two men were soldiers, after previously claiming that the men were drug smugglers in military uniforms. The soldiers purportedly were tracking two men carrying backpacks full of drugs and after retrieving the backpacks the soldiers found themselves on the U.S. side of the border.

"Those individuals were part of a counter-narcotics operation, which had taken place a few minutes prior on the Mexican side of the border," said Ariel Moutsatsos, spokesman for the Mexican Embassy, according to the Los Angeles Times. "The two members of the Mexican army did not see any sign notifying them that they were crossing the border."

Moutsantos also added that Mexican authorities have run into U.S. border agents crossing the border into the U.S.'s southern neighbor, a claim previously made by Mexico on other occasions but usually denied by the U.S. government.

"Both U.S. and Mexican agents have sporadically and accidentally crossed our common border during their patrols," he added. "Both countries understand that this is something that happens as part of normal activities."

The U.S. government has so far chalked up the incident as an unfortunate but unintentional event, seemingly downplaying any negative political ripple effect.

"We have raised the issue of incursions onto U.S. territory with Mexican authorities both in Washington and in Mexico," a U.S. Embassy official in Mexico City told the Los Angeles Times. "We will continue to do so. There have been incursions by the Mexican military but they were unintentional. U.S. border officials work closely with their Mexican counterparts to ensure respect for the border and to return them quickly to Mexican territory. The bilateral collaboration in these incidents testifies to the strength of our security cooperation."

While the Mexican government's confirmation appears to rule out any official misconduct, some border security experts said that drug smugglers have been known to hire soldiers to assist in their trafficking operations – luring in military members with promises of quick money.

"It's pretty easy to co-opt them," said James Phelps, a border and homeland security professor at Angelo State University in San Angelo, Texas. "Many are essentially a functional asset of the cartels."


Note: The local terrain favors tunnels

Federal authorities in Arizona and Mexico shut down an incomplete drug-smuggling tunnel Friday in Nogales.
By Associated Press
Originally published: Apr 4, 2014 - 6:32 pm

NOGALES, Ariz. -- Federal authorities in Arizona and Mexico shut down an incomplete drug-smuggling tunnel Friday in Nogales.

A task force developed information that a tunnel was being constructed inside a residence located in Nogales, Sonora.

That's just a few yards south of the international border fence near the Mariposa Port of Entry in Nogales, Ariz.

Task force members notified Mexican authorities and they subsequently discovered the tunnel entrance in a backyard shed at the residence.

The tunnel is approximately 449 feet long with about 60 feet in Mexico and 389 feet in the U.S.

The tunnel is roughly 4 feet tall and ends underneath a canyon just east of the Mariposa port.

Authorities say no people or drugs were found inside the passageway and no arrests have been made in the case.


Note: AZMEX UPDATE usually just covers Mexico and the U.S. Interesting that not more tunnels found north of the Mexican mining center of Cananea, Son.

Two drug tunnels, with rail systems, found at U.S.-Mexico border
Reuters By Dan Whitcomb
Federal agents secure 2 tunnels at the border

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - U.S. federal agents have uncovered two drug-smuggling tunnels underneath the U.S.-Mexico border, both surfacing in San Diego-area warehouses and equipped with rail systems for moving contraband, officials said on Friday.

The discovery led to the arrest of a 73-year-old woman accused of running one of the warehouses connected to a drug smuggling operation, according to a joint news release by four federal agencies.

The tunnels were discovered as part of a five-month investigation by the so-called San Diego Tunnel Task Force.

Federal law enforcement officials said the first tunnel, which connects a warehouse in Tijuana, Mexico, with one in an industrial park in the border community of Otay Mesa, is about 600 yards long and is furnished with lighting, a crude rail system and wooden trusses.

The passageway is accessed via a 70-foot shaft secured by a cement cover and includes a pulley system on the U.S. side apparently intended to hoist contraband up into the warehouse.

The second tunnel was even more sophisticated, built with a multi-tiered electric rail system and an array of ventilation equipment.

"Here we are again, foiling cartel plans to sneak millions of dollars of illegal drugs through secret passageways that cost millions of dollars to build," U.S. Attorney Laura Duffy said in a statement.

"Going underground is not a good business plan. We have promised to locate these super tunnels and keep powerful drug cartels from taking their business underground and out of sight, and once again, we have delivered on that promise," Duffy said.

The two tunnels are the sixth and seventh cross-border passageways discovered in the San Diego area in less than four years, according to the task force.

Since 2006, federal authorities have detected at least 80 cross-border smuggling tunnels, most of them in California and Arizona, and seized some 100 tons of narcotics associated with them.


Note: next two local, computer english

In armed attack on ex-cop riddled in Bácum Dies
Posted by Regional
on April 4, 2014 in police

This is a former policeman , who went by the name of Edgar Alexis Ureta Beltran, and had his domicile at Aguila number 350 Colony Villa del Rey, and in the scuffle an active police were fired upon being of Eladio name Jesus Alcaraz Alcántar wounded in the left leg, the place came the MP agent .
Rolando Castañeda

Bácum , Son - . A new armed attack in this district left a toll of a former police officer dead and an active police injured as this attack occurred at 20:30 am yesterday , in street Base and the T in this municipality.
Police authorities confirmed that the dead cop by the name of Edgar Alexis Eureta Beltran , 21 , residing at No. 350 Aguila Street in the Villas del Rey colony and who received at least four impacts of 9 mm caliber bullet .
While the injured policeman by the name of Jesus Alcaraz Eladio Salazar, active police, Bácum , which was diagnosed with a wound in and out of the left leg
He said the crime took place when two men on a motorcycle shot at the occupants of a black colored Rodeo wagon which escaped after the attack , but also the driver of the vehicle l where allegedly the victims were traveling .
Meanwhile other officers ; Pedro Pablo Ibarra Santillanes , 25 and Jesus Alberto Grijalva Calderon , 29 , escaped injury , authorities went to the place of the three levels and MPFC agent who ordered the removal of the body of law for autopsies .


Ensures PFP two shipments of drugs

Federal Police seized 5.7 kilograms of "crystal " to intercept a car with double bottom Sonoyta road . They arrested the driver and passenger for investigation.

Tribune San Luis
April 3, 2014

By Fredy Mejia

San Luis Rio Colorado, Sonora. - In surveillance operations carried out on the road stretch Sonoyta -San Luis officials Federal- Regional Security Division Police intercepted a car loaded with the drug "crystal " and found abandoned next to the border fence United States to Mexico three packages of marijuana.

The incident occurred last Monday at 500 meters 145 kilometers and 24, at 11.30 am , when officers intercepted a Honda 1998 , green and VNR- 6053 Sonora plates , manned by Filiberto Olivas Felix , 45 , who was accompanied by Gregorio Verdugo Lopez, 47 .

When requesting documents auto driver and passenger noticed that they were nervous , cause for which they asked them to come down for a inspection.

When nearly completed inspection they had noticed irregularities at the height of the board , so they noticed the packages containing 5,700 kilograms of "crystal " .

Immediately arrested Olivas Felix and Verdugo Lopez , who revealed that they left Culiacan to Tijuana , Baja California.

Hours later, officers of the Federal Police in Sonoyta resident involved in operating in coordination with the Border Patrol and the United States who were aware of suspicious persons at kilometer24 500 meters

Because it was not detected any person for the Mexican side , the officers patrolled the side of the metal fence being found lying three polyethylene packages with 31.5 pounds of marijuana .

Those arrested for methamphetamine were moved to this town for submission to the Office of the Public Prosecutor's Office and the packages of marijuana available to the social representative of the Federation residing in Sonoyta for investigations.


Wednesday, April 9, 2014

AZMEX I3 9-4-14

AZMEX I3 9 APR 2014

Note:  In Altar valley, a few miles south of border, between Nogales & El Sasabe  
Unknown at this time if Mex. govt. will return them or let them continue north.  
Ref. also AZMEX I3 6-4-14

Army releases 162 people in El Saric
Details Published on Sunday April 6, 2014 ,
Written by Editor / The Journal


Mexican Army conducted the release of 162 people of different nationalities who were deprived of their liberty in camps near Saric .

The Ministry of National Defense through the Commander of the 45th Military Zone , said that among those released 97 Mexicans, 60 Guatemalans, three Hondurans and two Salvadorans were , who had a good health and that they were made available to the relevant authorities.

With these actions, the Mexican Army and Air Force contribute to the efforts of the Government of the Republic of Mexico for a peaceful , confirming its commitment to ensure the safety and security of citizens

The Department of Defense recognizes the cooperation of the public for their strong support to denounce criminal acts , so it provides the phone number and email address below : 45 / a . Military Zone (631) 3521252 and complaint. .

Note:  the answer.  

Migrants ' released ' in Sonora , continue their path to EU
The 162 migrants were liberating Saric , Sonora, received humanitarian assistance and then continued their route to the United States

04/09/2014 15:53 ​​Daniel Sánchez Dorame / Correspondent

The 162 migrants were liberating Saric , Sonora, received humanitarian assistance and then continued their route to the United States. Photo: Archive

Hermosillo, Son. April 9 - . The 162 migrants were allegedly released by the Mexican army in the border community of Saric , Sonora, received humanitarian assistance and then continued their route to the United States, which have entered illegally their fate is unknown.

This was confirmed by both the Secretary of Public Safety in Sonora, Munro Ernesto Palacios, as the state delegate of the National Migration Institute ( INM ), Enrique Iberri Claussen , officials made ​​it clear that , contrary to reports by the Department of National Defence ( Department of Defense ) , migrants of different nationalities were not deprived of their liberty .

It was last April 3 , when a press release the Mexican Army reported that members of the 45 / Military Zone detected four camps nestled in the desert close to the international line, where there were 162 migrants " deprived of liberty " among them there were 97 Mexicans, 60 Guatemalans, three Hondurans and two Salvadorans.

On April 4, the Army contacted the Beta Group is one of the two sides of the INM , one is the Beta and the other agents are operating ; in this case the Beta Group immediately moved 50 kilometers from the town of Sasabe and the ranch 'La Sierrita ' 162 people located in a camp , fully complying with Article 70 of the Migration Act , regardless of their nationality , people attended in order to ensure their human rights.

In this case, people interviewed , were offered food, water and only 17 of them, all Mexicans, asked to be moved to a town to contact their families; that was the intervention of the INM Group Beta , no children among them , there were three women and said they would continue their way to the United States, "said the delegate of migration in Sonora.

Although it was initially reported that migrants were deprived of their liberty , the official newsletter of the Department of Defense consigned not arrest anyone suspected of trafficking, while the INM also detected the presence of ' smugglers ' among 162 interviewed migrants.

According to the statements of immigrants , they had 15 days sleeping in Sasabe desert , near the international line between Sonora and Arizona, the camp had brought water for drinking and cooking with charcoal grills , were waiting for the best time to cross to the United States and according to the authorities after his 'rescue' continued their journey in search of the American dream .

Among the risks faced by people attempting to enter the United States illegally are inclement weather and organized crime groups who kidnap people for use as couriers to smuggle drugs.

On 1 April, in a chase and armed aggression were two dead migrants and seven injured when the victims began their transit to the United States through the desert and were intercepted by armed men who tried to hold them and to resist , they fired bursts of heavy caliber.

on 20 March, gunmen ambushed a group of ' burreros ' returning from a drug delivery in the border region between Sonora and Arizona , leaving seven people dead and four wounded in the town of Caborca, but until time the authorities have clarified the crime or arrested suspects .


AZMEX I3 6-4-14

AZMEX I3 6 APR 2014

Note: from LA Times. Mexico could, if it wanted to, easily stop use of the trains.
But it is a victim rich environment.

Central American amputees, once migrants, seek help in Mexico
A group of men who lost limbs to La Bestia, the freight train migrants ride to the U.S., want Mexico to protect others.
By Richard Fausset
April 5, 2014, 8:00 a.m.

TAPACHULA, Mexico — The last time Norman Varela made an unauthorized crossing into Mexico, he was headed to the United States, in search of a job, riding atop the infamous northbound freight train known as La Bestia — the Beast.

Mexican policemen robbed the Honduran of his savings en route, he said. Later, on the night of Oct. 29, 2005, a rumor spread that more bad men were coming. As Varela made his escape, he ducked under a freight car. It rolled over his right leg, severing it at the knee.

This week Varela, 42, was back in Mexico, this time with crutches and a wobbly prosthesis, accompanied by 14 countrymen whom the Beast had similarly mangled. These hobbled men in sweat-stained T-shirts were no longer in search of the American Dream. For them it was too late.

"Our American Dream has turned into a nightmare," said Jose Luis Hernandez, who was missing his right leg and arm and three fingers on his left hand.

They were seeking safe passage for the thousands of migrants who keep making the trip.

On March 22, the men had floated across the Suchiate River, the dividing line between Mexico and Guatemala, on inner-tube rafts and promptly demanded a meeting with Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto. They hoped to persuade him to guarantee U.S.-bound Central American migrants unmolested passage along Mexico's highways, so they would no longer have to sneak onto the roof of La Bestia, and hang on for dear life.

Peña Nieto has not agreed to a meeting with the ragtag crew. But he addressed the issue this week during a meeting in Honduras with President Juan Orlando Hernandez by saying that every migrant passing through Mexico would receive "absolute respect for their human rights."

Like the United States, Mexico regularly detains migrants who have entered the country illegally. Its southern border, however, passes through territory too rough and wild to be closely monitored. Many migrants manage to make their way to major roads and highways, only to end up arrested at roadblocks. To avoid that fate, some head for the train.

Varela and the others made no secret this week of their presence in Tapachula, a city in Chiapas state near the border with Guatemala, and they benefited from the spotty enforcement of immigration law in Mexico, freely visiting the municipal government headquarters in search of help. A government employee, however, told them that a meeting with the president was "impossible."

"What's impossible," Varela said, "is regrowing a hand or an arm or a leg. It is not impossible to arrange a meeting with a fellow human being."

The grisly toll in limbs is only one of the prices that unlucky Central Americans pay on their migration through Mexico. Armed gangs rob, rape, kidnap and kill, as do some authorities along La Bestia's tracks. Thousands of migrants disappear each year. Some who resist their attackers are thrown from the moving train. Other common hazards include misjudging a leap onto the Beast, or falling off while asleep.

La Bestia, also known among migrants as "The Train of Death," is actually a series of freight trains that run on a network of rails extending north and south throughout Mexico. In Chiapas, many migrants climb aboard in the city of Arriaga. If they make it to Lecheria, on the outskirts of Mexico City more than 400 miles away, they might continue on tracks that lead to the border states of Baja California, Sonora, Chihuahua or Tamaulipas.

From Lecheria, the Pacific rail route extends more than 2,500 miles and the journey can take two weeks or more, as migrants wait for the right northbound train or slip away for days at a time to hide from authorities.

The risks are well-known in countries like Honduras. But so, too, is misery at home: According to the World Bank, 3 in 5 Hondurans were living below the poverty line in 2010.

And so the migrants, including women and children, continue to float across the Suchiate and jump the train, dreaming of San Diego or San Antonio or Denver. The Mexican government estimates that 300,000 Central Americans attempt the trip each year.

Among those, the Mexican government recorded 373 cases of amputations from 2002 to 2011. But many people believe the number is higher. Varela is the spokesman for a group called the Assn. of Returned Migrants With Disabilities, based in El Progreso, Honduras. The group estimates that 450 to 500 amputee migrants live in Honduras.

Once injured, the migrants are usually shipped back to their countries, where they had struggled to find work when they were able-bodied and, they say, social services are scant.

Varela, a former golf caddy, said he occasionally gets hired to remove untreated wastewater with a bucket in his northern Honduran municipality of San Manuel. He said he was five months behind on rent. It's difficult for him to face his wife and four children without being able to properly provide for them, he said.

He acknowledged that it was desperation more than common sense that drove him back across the border to Mexico.

Varela and his companions turned to Tapachula's Shelter of Jesus the Good Shepherd of the Poor and the Migrant, a spartan building dedicated to sick and injured travelers, as they tried to decide whether to press on and make their voices heard amid the din of Mexico City.

All of the men had been disfigured on trips in search of work in the United States. Hernandez, the double amputee, a handsome, athletically built 28-year-old who serves as president of the disabled migrants group, said his parents were supporting him in Honduras, but just barely. He said he had been attacked by a gang on La Bestia while traveling through Mexico in 2005. Later, exhausted, he fell from the train and onto the tracks, where his limbs were caught by the wheels of the train.

"We came here," he said, "to demand that we not be mistreated."

Benito Murillo, 43, said his wife left him when he returned to Honduras eight years ago missing his right arm and leg. "We want the Mexican authorities to know the reality we're living," he said.

Murillo added that there was also a spiritual reason for the trip. "We left parts of our bodies here. I buried my leg and my arm here."

The volunteer-run Shelter of Jesus the Good Shepherd was founded in 1990 and serves about 700 immigrants per year. Some of the men in Varela's group had recuperated there after their injuries and were returning for the first time in years.

The rules of the place, tacked to a wall near the entrance, illustrate the perils of the migrants' journey: If you are discovered to be a coyote — a human trafficker — you will be kicked out, says one sign. Another says to check your weapons with the administration: "They will keep it for you and return it to you when you leave."

Varela, Hernandez and the other men mingled with men who had only recently become amputees. Josue Romero Diaz, 20, listened to the older men talk as he lounged on a beat-up sofa, the stump of his right leg wrapped in bandages. He had been riding on La Bestia just a few days earlier when he dozed off and fell. It could have been worse: His father, Armando Romero, who was traveling with him, showed a folded-up newspaper with a photo of two men dead by the tracks. They had been traveling with these men, the elder Romero said.

The article said authorities in Veracruz thought the men had been pushed from the moving train.

Varela's group had had some success this week in Tapachula, holding a news conference and generating some coverage in the Mexican press, but they were restless.

Some of them hailed two dilapidated cabs Tuesday afternoon and headed to the local offices of the Mexican government's immigration department. They wanted to see whether an arrangement could be made for the group to travel to the capital without being arrested for violating Mexican immigration law.

At the security gate, Varela related his story to a baffled security guard, who told him to wait.

And so he waited in the Chiapan heat, balancing on his crutches. If the men couldn't be guaranteed safe passage to Mexico City, Varela said, with an official government letter allowing them to ride the bus, they might try to get to the capital the way they knew best.

They would ride there on La Bestia.

Cecilia Sanchez of The Times' Mexico City bureau contributed to this report.,0,1103788.story#ixzz2y5AjSpw6

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

AZMEX I3 8-4-14

AZMEX I3 8 APR 2014

Note: First this one

Phoenix agency helping victims, educating public on sex trafficking
By: David Hensley/Special contributor to
Originally published: Apr 7, 2014 - 5:05 pm

PHOENIX -- Over 200 girls are expected to be forced into sex trafficking this year, according to StreetLightUSA, a Phoenix organization that aims to put an end to child rape.

"In 2012 we served 41 girls. In 2013 we served 131," StreetLightUSA Public Awareness Manager Norma Salas said. "In 2014 we are estimating that we will serve 260."

StreetLightUSA helps victims who have been forced into sex trafficking readjust to normal life.

"Our mission is to transition adolescents from trauma to triumph," Salas said. "We provide a variety of programs so that girls can build better futures and become strong, independent women."

Among the programs offered are art, music, writing, coping skills development, therapy and other activities to help overcome trauma.

Aside from helping girls after they have experienced the world of sex trafficking, StreetLightUSA educates law enforcement and community organizations on how to handle sex trafficking.

"We regularly train first responders, probation offices, COPS caseworkers and court personnel on recognizing the signs of trafficking," Salas said, adding the organization also offers training to members of the public, church groups, civic clubs and university organizations.

In an attempt to stop the spread of sex trafficking, Phoenix Police have also begun holding seminars in schools and other community settings so that citizens will know how to identify the crime, according to Police Sgt. Chris Bray.

"There is education going out to a broader group of people," Bray said. "They might be able to recognize or report on it unlike before."

The seminars are generally briefings on what sex trafficking around the nation looks like, ranging from traditional methods to the use of certain websites such as Arizona-owned, which markets both prostitutes and victims.

"It manifest itself in so many ways," he said. Because of its various propagation, Bray believes that "you really can't say this area or that area," when it comes to narrowing down sex trafficking concentration to one part of the city, he said.

Phoenix is high on the list of cities with instances of sex trafficking. The Federal Bureau of Investigation is hoping to get the Valley to drop off the list, documents showed.


Note: and then reality


by KRISTIN TATE 31 Mar 2014 24

During one week in March, Mexican authorities discovered over 370 children abandoned by individuals attempting to illegally enter the United States. According to a foreign wire report, 163 of the recovered minors were "dumped" because they were not traveling with an adult guardian.
The Mexican National Institute of Migration said in a recent press release that children entering the U.S. alone have recently "increased significantly." Some experts assert that this figure has increased because U.S. border security has been weakened by left-wing efforts.

Zack Taylor, Chairman of the National Association of Former Border Patrol Officers (NAFBPO), said it is not uncommon for children to be abandoned during the smuggling process. While he was a Border Patrol agent, Taylor encountered many children left by traffickers in the U.S. after a smuggler had successfully gotten them into the country.

In most cases, Mexican parents will pay a smuggler $5,000-6,000 to transport their child across the border, according to Taylor. Once the child successfully enters the U.S., a trafficker then typically holds them until a second payment is received from the parents. Once the subsequent payment is made, the trafficker takes the child to their destination city. Taylor told Breitbart Texas, "Now the parents have a child, or several children, here in the U.S. This compels them to follow their children and enter the country as well."
Children may be abandoned during the smuggling process for various reasons, Taylor added. In some cases, the smuggler decides it is too dangerous to take the child across the border—in other instances the parents cannot afford the second round of payments once the child is inside the U.S.
Discarded children often become victims of human trafficking or other forms of slavery, Taylor said.

"The U.S. is partly responsible for foreign nationals taking extreme measures that risk the lives of their children," Taylor said. "Our government is encouraging foreign nationals to come into our country illegally and stay." He argued foreign nationals are compelled to enter the U.S. illegally because the Obama Administration pushes a narrative which victimizes immigrants--while demonizing Border Patrol Agents. That narrative is subsequently trumpeted and intensified by the left-leaning media.
The U.S. continues to embolden the horrors of illegal immigration by not shining a light on it, Taylor continued.

"Many of the crimes committed by aliens are so great, that to not to speak out against it shows you are complicit in it," Taylor said. He noted that in Dallas, Texas instead of focusing on the many issues facing the city due to illegal immigration, the media chooses to focus on issues of lesser importance. "All they're talking about right now is the plastic bag ban in Dallas," Taylor said. "That's deflecting attention away from what really matters."

"The media, and in some circumstances the government, plants environmental issues in front of the various heinous crimes happening simultaneously," Taylor said. "They are actively diverting scrutiny away from what is eroding the family in the U.S. and Mexico... the important thing to remember about border issues is that nothing is ever as it seems."