Wednesday, August 24, 2016

AZMEX EXTRA 23-8-16

AZMEX EXTRA 23 AUG 2016



Brother-in-law of the former Sonora governor Padrés is a fugitive from justice: PGR

http://www.elregionaldesonora.com.mx/noticia/60084

10 * Jose Dagino Acuña has a warrant for possession of firearms for the exclusive use of the Army; the authorities don't know his whereabouts

By his gathering weapons of the type reserved for the exclusive use of the Mexican Army, a federal judge exercised criminal action against the brother-in-law of PAN former governor Guillermo Padres Elias, identified as Jose Dagnino Acuña, who escaped and is now considered a fugitive from justice, he revealed the Attorney General of the Republic (PGR).

After Excelsior newspaper announced the arrest of Luis Aristides Lopez Moreno, veterinarian for the ranch "El Pozo Nuevo PADRES" a criminal arrested in flagrante delicto while transporting more than 35 million pesos in a cooler; the Attorney General's Office in Sonora (PGJE) conducted several searches, including a luxurious mansion in the exclusive residential Los Lagos de Hermosillo, belonging to Jose Dagnino Acuña, where several weapons and expensive vehicles were seized with the serial number altered .

Dario Figueroa Navarro, Sonora PGR said that all the evidence of that case were handed over to the agency of the Public Prosecutor's Office for further investigation by operation with recourse of illicit origin, while the weapons were delivered to a federal prosecutor in a preliminary investigation for crimes in relation to the General Law on Firearms and Explosives.

Jose Dagnino has warrant, he is a fugitive, so we continue to look, but he is a fugitive from justice, we have no idea where he is, if we knew, we would had captured him already, has a defense but despite that we will detain him," said the delegate of the PGR.

In the raid conducted on December 9 and part of the preliminary investigation for illicit enrichment involving former governor of Sonora and his brother Miguel Padres Elias, authorities found in the house of brother-in-law Jose Dagnino,

a 9mm Luger pistol with a loaded magazine;
a loaded Glock .40 caliber pistol;
high-powered rifle with a telescopic sight, caliber 270;
as well as many rounds of ammunition for the 9mm.

In the luxurious mansion in Los Lagos, at 307 de la calle Ruisenor, personnel of the PGJE and the PGR also found,
a Harley Davidson motorcycle and
a truck Mercedes Benz, with the serial number altered.

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Note: photo at link, Appears to be 10 AR pattern rifles.

Seize assault rifles moved to Southern Sonora
23 / Aug / 2016 - 11:02 a.m.
http://tribuna.com.mx/nota.php?n=21081

Securing the weapons and two people are the result of strategic actions for Public Security and Combating Crime in Sonora
By: Staff

Hermosillo, Official Sonora.- of the National Security Committee of Affiliated Regional Security (CNSASR) arrested 45-year-old Lauro after locating firearms in the vehicle he was driving.

The incident occurred when officers conducted a inspection at kilometer 048 + 000, in the Sonoyta-San Luis Rio Colorado highway after Lauro had violated a section of the Regulation of Traffic Federal Highway, so they asked him to stop and they checked the white Chevrolet, with license plates from Baja California, realized that inside a hidden in the floor, a compartment with several Assault rifles, .223 caliber and magazines of the same caliber which they moved from Mexicali, Baja California bound for Southern Sonora.

Lauro was traveling with Dolores, 73 years old; who resides in Mexicali, Baja California, who also was made available to the Prosecutor of the Federation, affiliated to the Attorney General of the Republic, who will follow up investigations.

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Note: photo at link.

Seize weapons and vehicles after fighting in Michoacan
Details Published on Saturday August 20, 2016,
Written by Editorial / El Diario
http://www.eldiariodesonora.com.mx/notas.php?nota=77189

Elements of Michoacan Police seized two rifles, magazines, and vehicles reported robbed and tactical equipment, after a confrontation with armed men in the municipality of Tuquicheo.

The State Public Security Secretariat reported that elements of Michoacan Police detected on ranchería El Tepehuaje, near the town of El Rodeo, at least 10 men who were located in a camp.

Noticing the police presence, the men opened fire on the soldiers and who responded, so an exchange of fire began, but there were no people injured on either side.
The armed civilians managed to flee so that an operation was implemented with the support of soldiers to find their whereabouts.
On the site, used as a camp, state authorities located and seized two trucks, a Honda CRV, one of them, according to the SSP had been reported stolen. In addition there was a Ford Ranger without license plates.

Also, a AK- 47 rifle, one AR-15, 13 magazines for a AK 47, a magazine for the AR-15, 378 rounds of ammunition for so-called "goat horns" and 8 more for .223 caliber. Among those seized by the authorities were six tactical vests eight military-style uniforms, uniform pixelated similar to the Secretariat of National Defense, (Army) plus four berets, a camouflaged cap, two pixelated shirts, a balaclava, a pair of boots and a camisole.

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Monday, August 22, 2016

AZMEX UPDATE 22-8-16

AZMEX UPDATE 22 AUG 2016

Note: "directly from China" If you haven't yet, take a few minutes and look up the "Opium Wars".
As of Aug. 21, one USD = 18.31 Mex. pesos.
thx



Fentanyl, the new drug that concerns the US, produced in Sinaloa
by: Miguel Angel Vega on August 14, 2016

http://riodoce.mx/noticias/fentanyl-la-nueva-droga-que-espanta-a-eu-se-produce-en-sinaloa


Fentanyl, the new drug 500 times more potent than heroin, more addicts and overdose deaths in the United States

The drug cartels in Mexico has become the second supplier of "Fentanyl" in the United States, and it is the Sinaloa Cartel that controls the market for the opioid substance, which is used to cut heroin and make it ten times more potent, according to a report published by the DEA.

According to investigations, the ingredients to process Fentanyl come directly from China to the Sinaloan coast, later to be taken to laboratories in Culiacan, where it is processed.

According to people who produce and sell heroin, a kilo of Fentanyl has a cost of $2,000 (USD) in the market, while the kilo of white heroin, or "white goatee" as it is known, is $ 19,000. (USD)

"The 'devil' is mixed (Fentanyl) with the 'white goatee', and makes it more powerful," said a producer, during a show that made for a US television channel.

This effect gives a greater pleasure to the addict, which has caused a wave of overdose deaths on the east coast of United States, according to DEA statistics.

The document entitled "Fentanyl, a global threat," published by the DEA in late July, the fever for the Fentanyl began in 2006, when pharmaceutical companies in the United States, developed tablets with an artificial ingredient opioid then known as "Fentanyl" , which would serve to relieve pain in patients with terminal illnesses such as cancer.

In the following months, the Fentanyl was prescribed to other patients suffering from cronic diseases, to muscle aches, causing patients who were not addicted to opiate products were then.

When the Department of Health of the United States noted the high demand that existed for pain pills that contain Fentanyl, it unveiled the degree of addiction that existed in American society, canceling these drugs definitively, but it was too late, as new opium addicts decided to replace the absence of Fentanyl lozenges, which were acquired with prescriptions, with buying heroin on the streets, causing a high demand for the drug in the US.

The golden triangle

Three years after the fever for heroin in 2011, the former producers of marijuana in the Sierras de Sinaloa then faced a crisis, because before they could sell a kilo of marijuana up to 1,500 pesos, ($82 USD) suddenly began to get 500 pesos, ($28 USD) causing losses to the farmer.

By that same time as demand grew for opium, and they migrated from planting marijuana, to poppy seed only.

A poppy farmer who resides between Santiago Los Caballeros and Tameapa, told Ríodoce that they produce opium gum because of the lack of opportunities in the region, and because for every kilo of opium gum they are paid up to 32,000 pesos. ($1,700 USD)

"If you get to produce 10 kilos, you gain 320,000 pesos, and this is how one is going to survive," said the 48 year old.

According to testimonies of heroin producers, 10 kilos of gum is needed to produce a kilo of white heroin, which has a price in Culiacan of $19,000, (USD) while at the US border it is up to $27 000, and once on the other side reaches $35,000. "But that same kilo in New York or Chicago can cost up to $48,000."

Louis J. Milione, DEA spokesman said they were aware of what was happening in Sinaloa, as the number of deaths by overdose and were finding more heroin cut with Fentanyl was alarming.

According to the agency for Disease Control and Prevention (DCP) in the United States, in 2014 there were more than 14,000 overdose deaths in that country, and in 2015 doubled, which has set off alarms.

Asked about the number of deaths caused by the product they produce, producers said they "do not put a gun to the gringos to use drugs."

According to the DEA, Fentanyl is 50 to 500 times more potent than heroin, and one mixture produces an effect that creates a powerful addiction, and often ends in overdose. Among those who have died from Fentanyl overdoses, the singer Prince, and singer and actress Whitney Houston.

In Sinaloa however, there is a not high demand for heroin, nor Fentanyl known as the "little devil" that has so powerful effects on the addicts.

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Some links with interesting perspectives:

http://www.britannica.com/topic/Opium-Wars
http://www.victorianweb.org/history/empire/opiumwars/opiumwars1.html
http://history.cultural-china.com/en/34History6500.html
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Opium_Wars

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Friday, August 19, 2016

AZMEX I3 SPECIAL 19-8-16

AZMEX I3 SPECIAL 19 AUG 2016

Note: See also: http://ktar.com/story/1237579/united-states-private-prisons-arizona/
Still more criminals on your street.
thx


IMMIGRATION
Judges nixed DHS bids to deport illegal immigrants 100,000 times: report
By Malia Zimmerman
Published August 19, 2016
FoxNews.com

http://www.foxnews.com/us/2016/08/19/judges-nixed-dhs-bids-to-deport-illegal-immigrants-100000-times-report.html

Immigration judges around the country are denying the Department of Homeland Security's attempts to deport illegal immigrants in record numbers, according to a new report.

Over the last 10 months, immigration judges opted against the department's efforts to remove some 96,223 illegal immigrants, including criminals, according to the Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse, a Syracuse University-based nonprofit.

At this rate, TRAC estimates the number of illegal immigrants allowed to remain in the U.S. despite DHS attempts to remove them will surpass last year's breaking number of 106,676. With the court's protection, subjects can often remain indefinitely.

"It's concerning to me that the immigration courts are becoming such a frequently used back-door route to green cards," said Jessica Vaughan, director of Policy Studies for the Center for Immigration Studies, a Washington, DC-based research institute, noting these cases will be nearly 10 percent of the green cards approved in 2016.

"Many of them arrived illegally, and are being awarded legal status simply because they managed to stay a long time and have acquired family members here."

One in four of the illegal immigrants allowed to stay in the country despite DHS efforts to remove them this year is from Mexico, TRAC reported.

Another 44 percent were from the three Central American countries — El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras — where vast numbers of unaccompanied minors and women with children have crossed the border to seek asylum.

There are a number of reasons why an individual may be allowed to remain in the country, according to TRAC.

"… the judge can find that the government did not meet its burden to show the individual was deportable," the report stated. "Or, the judge may have found that the individual was entitled to asylum in this country, or may grant relief from removal under other provisions of the law.

"A person also may be allowed to remain because the government requests that the case be administratively closed through the exercise of ICE's prosecutorial discretion, or for some other reason," the report also stated.

The Phoenix federal Immigration Court had the highest percentage of non-citizens allowed to stay in the country over the objections of DHS officials.

"In more than four out of every five, or 82.2 percent of its 3,554 cases closed so far in 2016, the individuals were successful in their quest to remain in the U.S," TRAC reported.

The New York Immigration Court was not far behind at 81.5 percent of the 16,152 non-citizen cases closed to date, followed by the Denver Immigration Court at 78.0 percent of its 831 cases.

Nationwide, there is a backlog of around 500,000 cases pending in the immigration courts, and as it grows, judges become more lenient, said Ira Mehlman, spokesman for the Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR).

"This is by design," Mehlman said. "The longer the attorneys draw out the cases, the better it is for their clients because the likelihood that they will get to stay in the country increases. It is also better for the immigration attorneys because they can charge more fees.

"From the judge's perspective, because the courts are so backlogged, it is easier to let people stay in the country than actually try to remove them," he said. "There are endless layers of appeal and no finality in it."

On the opposite end of the scale, Oakdale, La., Lumpkin, Ga. and Napanoch, N.Y., Immigration Courts only allowed between 11.3 percent and 17.5 percent of the non-citizens slated for removal to remain in the U.S., TRAC reported.

There is a great deal of money spent, and government resources dedicated, to prosecute a removal case for detention, to monitor those who are released, for attorneys to prosecute removal cases and for the court personnel to conduct hearings, said Claude Arnold, a retired U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement special agent in charge of Homeland Security Investigations.

Arnold believes the Obama administration has sent the message to immigration judges to push back when DHS attempts to enforce its rules regarding illegal immigrants. By law, they are subject to deportation when local, state or federal authorities cross paths with them, but several local governments refuse to cooperate in the removal process.

The administration of the immigration courts does not comment on third-party analysis of data, said Kathryn Mattingly, spokesperson for the Department of Justice's Executive Office for Immigration Review. However, she said the year prior to the TRAC report, in Fiscal Year (FY) 2015, immigration judges granted 48 percent of asylum applications, marking the third year in a row that percentage has decreased, falling from 56 percent in 2012.




ALSO:

Note: "non-citizens" means illegal aliens. More media soviet style disinformation.
Another cronkite "news" product?
thx


Report: Phoenix court allows 82 percent of non-citizens to remain in US
BY KTAR.COM | August 19, 2016 @ 3:30 pm
http://ktar.com/story/1238364/report-phoenix-court-allows-82-percent-of-non-citizens-to-remain-in-us/

(AP Photo/ Beatriz Costa-Lima)
PHOENIX — More than 82 percent of non-citizens have reportedly been allowed to remain in the United States by a federal immigration court in Phoenix this year.

Fox News, citing a report from the Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse, a Syracuse University-based nonprofit, said the Phoenix court has allowed 82.2 percent of non-citizens to stay in the country.

"In more than four out of every five, or 82.2 percent of its 3,554 cases closed so far in 2016, the individuals were successful in their quest to remain in the U.S," TRAC reported.

That percentage is the highest in the nation.

The report said that non-citizens are permitted to stay in the country for a number of reasons.

"… the judge can find that the government did not meet its burden to show the individual was deportable," the report stated. "Or, the judge may have found that the individual was entitled to asylum in this country, or may grant relief from removal under other provisions of the law.

"A person also may be allowed to remain because the government requests that the case be administratively closed through the exercise of ICE's prosecutorial discretion, or for some other reason," the report also stated.

Of those allowed to remain in the country by courts nationwide, about one-quarter were from Mexico. Another 44 percent were from either El Salvador, Guatemala or Honduras.

Kathryn Mattingly, a spokesperson for the Department of Justice's Executive Office for Immigration Review, said the immigration court system does not comment on third-party research. However, she said judges granted about 48 percent of asylum applications in fiscal year 2015.


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Thursday, August 18, 2016

AZMEX I3 17-8-16

AZMEX I3 17 AUG 2016

Note: How many of these "unaccompanied minors" are really minors?


DHS Quietly Moving, Releasing Vanloads of Illegal Aliens Away from Border
August 15, 2016 - AZBD News
Judicial Watch, JUNE 03, 2016

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is quietly transporting illegal immigrants from the Mexican border to Phoenix and releasing them without proper processing or issuing court appearance documents, Border Patrol sources tell Judicial Watch. The government classifies them as Other Than Mexican (OTM) and this week around 35 were transferred 116 miles north from Tucson to a Phoenix bus station where they went their separate way. Judicial Watch was present when one of the white vans carrying a group of OTMs arrived at the Phoenix Greyhound station on Buckeye Road.
OTM6-2016

The OTMs are from Honduras, Colombia, El Salvador and Guatemala and Border Patrol officials say this week's batch was in custody for a couple of days and ordered to call family members in the U.S. so they could purchase a bus ticket for their upcoming trip from Phoenix. Authorities didn't bother checking the identity of the U.S. relatives or if they're in the country legally, according to a Border Patrol official directly involved in the matter. American taxpayers pick up the fare for those who claim to have a "credible fear," Border Patrol sources told JW. None of the OTMs were issued official court appearance documents, but were told to "promise" they'd show up for a hearing when notified, said federal agents with firsthand knowledge of the operation.

A security company contracted by the U.S. government is driving the OTMs from the Border Patrol's Tucson Sector where they were in custody to Phoenix, sources said. The firm is called G4S and claims to be the world's leading security solutions group with operations in more than 100 countries and 610,000 employees. G4S has more than 50,000 employees in the U.S. and its domestic headquarters is in Jupiter, Florida. Judicial Watch is filing a number of public records requests to get more information involving the arrangement between G4S and the government, specifically the transport of illegal immigrants from the Mexican border to other parts of the country. The photo accompanying this story shows the uniformed G4S guard that transported the OTMs this week from Tucson to Phoenix.

Outraged Border Patrol agents and supervisors on the front lines say illegal immigrants are being released in droves because there's no room to keep them in detention. "They're telling us to put them on a bus and let them go," said one law enforcement official in Arizona. "Just move those bodies across the country." Officially, DHS denies this is occurring and in fact earlier this year U.S. Customs and Border Protection Commissioner R. Gil Kerlikowske blasted Border Patrol union officials for denouncing this dangerous catch-and-release policy. Kerlikowske's scolding came in response to the congressional testimony of Bandon Judd, chief of the National Border Patrol Council, the labor union that represents line agents. Judd told lawmakers on the House Judiciary Committee that illegal immigrants without serious criminal convictions can be released immediately and disappear into the shadows. Kerlikowske shot back, telling a separate congressional committee: "I would not stand by if the Border Patrol was — releasing people without going through all of the formalities."OTM6-2016-2

Yet, that's exactly what's occurring. This report, part of an ongoing Judicial Watch investigation into the security risks along the southern border, features only a snippet of a much broader crisis in which illegal aliens are being released and vanishing into unsuspecting American communities. The Senate Subcommittee on Immigration and the National Interest addressed this issue just a few weeks ago in a hearing calledDeclining Deportations and Increasing Criminal Alien Releases – The Lawless Immigration Policies of the Obama Administration. Judd, the Border Patrol Union chief, delivered alarming figures at the hearing. He estimated that about 80% of apprehended illegal immigrants are released into the United States. This includes unaccompanied minors who are escorted to their final destination, family units and those who claim to have a credible fear of persecution in their native country. Single males that aren't actually seen crossing into the U.S. by Border Patrol agents are released if they claim to have been in the country since 2014, Judd added.

http://www.judicialwatch.org/blog/2016/06/dhs-quietly-moving-releasing-vanloads-illegal-aliens-away-border/

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AZMEX EXTRA 16-8-16

AZMEX EXTRA 16 AUG 2016

Note: Photo at link.


More than 19,000 firearms and 125,000 cartridges destroyed.
August 16, 2016 by Alejandro Monjardín

http://riodoce.mx/gob-politica/estatal-gob-politica/destruyen-mas-de-19-mil-armas-de-fuego-y-125-mil-cartuchos-decomisados

More than 19,000 firearms and 125,000 rounds of ammunition seized by the army were destroyed in the facilities of the Ninth Military Zone.

The commander of the Zone, Rogelio Seran Contreras informed that the destroyed weapons were secured in the areas comprising the Third Military Region. 19,640 weapons.

Of the weapons, the elements of the Ninth Zone seized, 5,204, of which 3,293 were handguns and 1,911 (long guns?).

The event also destroyed 125,000 cartridges of different calibers.

The general said that throughout the country they are holding events of destruction of firearms secured from organized crime groups.

The weapons were crushed by a steamroller and then cut by a machine.
The remains were buried in a hole located at the barracks and then was covered with a concrete slab.

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AZVEN EXTRA 17-8-16


Date: Aug 17, 2016 22:08
Subject: AZVEN EXTRA 17-AZVEN EXTRA 17 AUG 2016

Note:  No, not AZMEX, AZVEN, for the failed socialist state of Venezuela.
          Gun control once again facilitating corruption and crime.
          Don't forget the Russians gave the socialist government a factory to assemble AK's
           As usual, the bad guys, both in and out of government, have the guns.
Photo at link.
gracias



Venezuela crushes 2,000 guns in public, plans registry of bullets
Venezuelan National Guard destroy a weapon during an exercise to disable seized weapons in Caracas,

Venezuela, August 17, 2016. REUTERS/Marco Bello

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-venezuela-crime-idUSKCN10S2I9

Venezuelan police crushed and chopped up nearly 2,000 shotguns and pistols in a Caracas city square on Wednesday, as the new interior minister relaunched a long-stalled gun control campaign in one of the world's most crime-ridden countries.

Interior Minister Nestor Reverol said the event marked the renewal of efforts to disarm Venezuelans, through a combination of seizures and a voluntary program to swap guns for electrical goods.

Venezuela has the world's second highest murder rate and the street gangs that plague its poor neighborhoods have become increasingly heavily armed in recent years, at a time when a deep recession has reduced resources available to police.


Gangs often get weapons from the police, either by stealing them or buying them from corrupt officers, experts say.


With inflation of 185 percent in 2015 and a currency collapse, police salaries have fallen far behind rising prices creating more incentives for corruption.

President Nicolas Maduro promoted Reverol this month, days after the United States accused the former anti-drugs tsar of taking bribes from cocaine traffickers.

"We are going to bring disarmament and peace," Reverol told reporters, while police officers drilled and sawed at rusty shotguns, home made pistols and some newer weapons.

Other guns were crushed in truck-mounted presses. Some members of the public watched, although more danced to a nearby sound system playing salsa music.

Venezuela has also bought laser technology to mark ammunition, Reverol said, in an attempt to keep a registry of the bullets given out to the South American nation's many state and municipal police forces.

Experts say that much of the ammunition used in crimes in Venezuela is made at the country's government munitions factory and sold on by corrupt police.

(Reporting by Frank Jack Daniel; Editing by David Gregorio)

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Monday, August 15, 2016

AZMEX "SPECIAL" 12-8-16

AZMEX "SPECIAL" 12 AUG 2016

Note: Interesting somewhat, usual PRI corruption.
Former president Calderon said to be hiding out in NE US.
thx


Mexican president's family faces calls for investigation into Miami apartment
Oppositions parties and Mexican media alleged cronyism after Guardian report revealed property arrangement between Peña Nieto's wife and Ricardo Pierdant

Mexican president Enrique Peña Nieto's wife Angelica reportedly used the $2.05m luxury apartment belonging to Ricardo Pierdant, whose company was expected to bid to run Mexico's ports. Photograph: Alamy Stock Photo
Rory Carroll in Los Angeles
Friday 12 August 2016 16.45 EDT

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2016/aug/12/mexico-president-pena-nieto-wife-miami-apartment

Political and civil society leaders in Mexico are calling for an investigation into the first family's use of a luxury apartment in Miami, which has raised the spectre of a fresh conflict-of-interest scandal.

Opposition parties demanded that authorities probe the property arrangement between a Miami-based Mexican businessman and Angelica Rivera, the wife of President Enrique Peña Nieto.

Mexican first lady's Florida home owned by potential government contractor

Mexican newspapers and social media have led an outcry, alleging cronyism, since the Guardian reported the arrangement on Tuesday.

The revelation has prompted fresh scrutiny of the embattled president's ethics following an earlier scandal over his family's purchase of a Mexico City mansion, known as the Casa Blanca, from a government contractor.

Suspicion in the latest case focuses on why the businessman, Ricardo Pierdant, let the first lady use the $2.05m Miami apartment – and also why one of his companies paid close to $30,000 in property taxes on her behalf for a neighbouring apartment which she owns.

The two main opposition parties have asked for an investigation into the Miami apartments, which are in Ocean Tower One in Key Biscayne. Photograph: Handout
Pierdant is a close friend of the first family and his company, Grupo Pierdant, was expected to bid for lucrative contracts to run Mexico's ports.

The first lady cannot receive lucrative favours without authorisation from the federal executive's legal counsel, an oversight agency, wrote Salvador Camerana, a columnist, in El Financeiro. "The president of the republic cannot accept that his friends extend favours worth thousands of dollars to him, his wife, their children, or to their collaborators."

Eduardo Bohorquez, head of the advocacy group Transparency International's Mexico chapter, told the Wall Street Journal that the first couple faced renewed scrutiny. "It reignites the discussion over the links that the president and his wife have with businessmen, particularly the type of relation that they could have with someone who pays your property taxes."

The two main opposition parties, the National Action party (PAN) and Party of the Democratic Revolution (PRD) have asked for an investigation into the Miami apartments, which are in Ocean Tower One, a gated community with a pool, tennis courts and white glove concierge in Key Biscayne, an affluent enclave in Miami-Dade County.

Such a probe would likely be the responsibility of federal auditors and the comptroller's office.

In a statement, Eduardo Sánchez, the president's spokesman, said that the first lady used Pierdant's apartment only on rare occasions and that there was no conflict of interest because the businessman had no federal government contracts and was not participating in current bids.

The spokesman declined to say why Pierdant's company, Biscayne Ocean Holdings, paid taxes in 2014 on the first lady's apartment, unit 404, which is directly beneath his own unit 304.

In a statement the spokesman also questioned the Guardian's veracity and claimed the newspaper had apologised several years before over a separate story about the president. The Guardian has not apologised for its reporting.

Mexico Catholic church accused of bending marriage rules for president

Pierdant, the co-founder of DecoBikes, a bicycle-sharing program in Miami and San Diego, has declined to speak to the Guardian, but a Mexican news website quoted him saying the first lady, a former telenovela star, asked him to handle the property tax and reimbursed him.

At the time Pierdant bought the Key Biscayne apartment in 2009 he was overdue on mortgage payments for another Coral Gables property, according to court documents seen by the Wall Street Journal. Asked by Univision how he could afford to pay one apartment in cash while owing money on another property, Pierdant was quoted: "I had the money available."

The outcry over the first family's property dealings in Miami comes at a delicate time for Peña Nieto, who is battling a sluggish economy and rampant crime. A poll taken before the current row showed his approval ratings dropping to 23%, his worst showing since taking office in 2012. The newspaper Reforma said it was the lowest approval rating for a president since it began publishing similar polls in 1995, just after a massive currency devaluation.

The Miami property arrangements have fuelled unease because they echo aspects of the first lady's purchase of a $7m mansion in Mexico City from another businessman with government contract – the so-called Casa Blanca (White House) scandal.

It landed like a bombshell in 2014, wrecking Peña Nieto's reformist credentials and reviving long-standing concerns about corruption in the ruling Institutional Revolutionary party (PRI).

The first lady later returned the property and last month Peña Nieto apologized, saying the scandal had dented faith in the presidency and government. "For this reason, with all humility I ask your forgiveness."

The president made the apology as he signed into law an anti-corruption system that his PRI party hopes will boost its credibility in the run-up to the 2018 presidential election.

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Also:
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2016/aug/09/mexico-first-lady-florida-property-government-contractor-documents-reveal

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/nov/10/mexico-president-enrique-pena-nieto-mansion-explain

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2016/feb/07/mexico-catholic-church-enrique-pena-nieto-angelica-rivera-marriage-annulment-rules

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Friday, August 12, 2016

AZMEX UPDATE 12-8-16

AZMEX UPDATE 12 AUG 2016


Border agents finding more drugs in body cavities
Posted: Thursday, August 11, 2016 10:36 am | Updated: 10:40 am, Thu Aug 11, 2016.
Staff Reports

http://www.trivalleycentral.com/casa_grande_dispatch/area_news/border-agents-finding-more-drugs-in-body-cavities/article_11ef1bc0-5fea-11e6-a2d2-cb552364ba1d.html

NOGALES, Ariz. -- Border agents here are seeing an uptick in smugglers concealing illegal drugs inside their bodies, authorities say.
Customs and Border Protection officers arrested two people Aug. 8 for their alleged involvement in separate smuggling attempts at the Port of Nogales.
Officers at the Dennis DeConcini crossing referred a 33-year-old Tucson woman for further inspection when she entered the U.S. through a pedestrian lane. After a CBP narcotics-detection canine alerted to the presence of drugs under her clothing, officers found more than a quarter of a pound of cocaine, worth nearly $3,000, hidden in a body cavity.

A few hours later at the Morley pedestrian crossing, officers referred an 18-year-old male Nogales, Arizona resident for further inspection and found more than a pound of heroin, worth a little more than $20,700, shaped as an insole within the subject's shoes.

On July 30, officers arrested four Tucson residents after they attempted to enter the United States on July 30 with nearly two pounds of methamphetamine and heroin within their bodies.
Officers at the Dennis DeConcini crossing selected a 39-year-old man and his four passengers for a secondary inspection of the driver's Jeep SUV. After a CBP narcotics-detection canine alerted to the possible presence of drugs, officers searched all five individuals. Although officers found no drugs on the driver, they discovered a 22-year-old woman was hiding a meth-filled condom in her underwear. Two female passengers, ages 49 and 43, voluntarily removed items containing meth that were concealed within their body cavities.
The fifth subject, a 40-year-old man, had to be medically monitored until he could safely pass a condom filled with heroin…on Aug. 1.

In a more traditional smuggling attempt, officers arrested three Mexican nationals involved in separate weekend attempts to smuggle more than $300,000 in methamphetamine and marijuana through the Port of Nogales.
The first incident occurred early Aug. 6 when officers at the Dennis DeConcini crossing found nearly 58 pounds of meth, worth almost $173,000, concealed inside the back bumper of a Buick SUV driven by a 29-year-old resident of Nogales, Sonora, Mexico.

On Aug. 7, CBP officers working with a narcotics-detection canine at the DeConcini crossing located more than 32 pounds of meth, worth in excess of $96,000, within the cab and dashboard of a Chevy truck driven by a 34-year-old man from Agua Prieta, Sonora, Mexico.

Earlier in another Chevy truck, officers and a canine at the Nogales West Mariposa crossing discovered more than 65 pounds of marijuana, worth almost $33,000, in the vehicle's gas tank. Officers identified the driver as a 30-year-old woman from Santa Ana, Sonora, Mexico.

Officers seized the narcotics and vehicles, and turned the subjects over to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's Homeland Security Investigations.

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Note: In Hermosillo, Son.

Seize more drugs and weapons
But not only more weapons and drugs have been detected, there is also a greater number of arrested.
Photo: Gamaliel González
By: Miguel Angel Urquijo | 11.08.2016 6:43
Hermosillo, Sonora (GH)

http://www.elimparcial.com/EdicionEnLinea/Notas/Policiaca/11082016/1113952-Decomisan-mas-drogas-y-armas-al-Surponiente.html

Southwest Hermosillo has become an area of ​​importance for the state Department of Public Safety , as it is where most "white" weapons (edged weapons, i.e. knives, machetes and pocket knives) and firearms and drugs have been seized in the last five months.

But not only more weapons and drugs have been detected, there is also a greater number of arrested, through actions of the State Program of Social Prevention of Violence and Crime.

On April 25 the Secretary of Public Security, Adolfo Garcia Morales, presented a plan that divided Hermosillo into four quadrants, each in charge of different police forces and even the army would have one, the northwest of the capital.

From that day until August 9 (105 days), statistics reveal that the quadrant southwest outperforms the other three: seized 415 weapons, 406 of them white. (edged weapons, i.e. knives, machetes and pocket knives)
( Leaving 9 firearms? )

In the quadrant they have secured 142 knives, 76 pocket knives, 72 machetes and 106 other weapons.

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Note: Victim disarmament continues in Sonora.

DESPISTOLIZACIÓN CAMPAIGN
A PERMANENT CAMPAIGN BEGINS IN SEVERAL MUNICIPALITIES OF SONORA
11 / Aug / 2016

http://www.nuevodia.com.mx/Nota.aspx?p=16996

Hermosillo, Sonora

With the intention to reduce the presence of guns in Sonora homes and generate greater security for citizens, officials from the three levels of government will participate in the Campaign Despistolización 2016 initiating permanently in the municipalities of Hermosillo, Cajeme and Guaymas.

A gun does not give tranquility, creates insecurity, creates a risk in families , stated Infantry Lieutenant Colonel D.E.M. CristobalCastaneda Camarrillo , Deputy Chief of the 4th Military Zone.

In an inter-agency coordination between the Secretariat of National Defense, State and Municipal Police, the municipalities and the State Public Security Secretariat it reported that only by uniting wills will it be possible to remove many weapons.

To facilitate the process, he recalled that as in previous years, it will not be required any personal information of who is present at the arms exchange modules, facilitating citizens to participate with more confidence.

The State Coordinator of Outreach and Citizen Participation of the SSP, Juan Pablo Acosta Gutierrez explained that the objective of this campaign is to reduce crime rates caused by the use of guns in Sonora homes and eliminate the possibility or risk of fatal accidents family and in society itself, arising from the use of firearms, explosives and cartridges.

The family that keeps a gun at home runs 4 times the risk of being triggered accidentally, hence the importance of strengthening awareness highlighted the danger of having a gun at home.

Hermosillo

The first fixed arms exchange module is located in the 4th Military Zone in Colonia Loma Linda and the second fixed arms exchange module in the Municipal Market; mobile arms exchange module will be available this week at the Diana Laura Riojas Park in the park in the Colonia Nuevo Hermosillo.

Cajeme

In Cajeme the arms exchange module the fixed arms exchange module will be located at Plaza Alvaro Obregon, Calle 5 Febero north between Montero Morales and calle Hidalgo west, the mobile arms exchange module in the square located at Bulevqar Las Torres and Manzano in Col. Beltrones.

Guaymas

In the port the arms exchange module is located in the City Hall and the mobile arms exchange module in calle El Diamante and calle Mar del Norte in Col. San Germán; on a schedule from 9:00 to 14:00 from Monday to Saturday until next November 5.

To provide greater ease to the population, it will have the support of Municipal Police units, available to provide at home arms exchange for those who request it through a free line 066.

Acosta Gutierrez announced that the stimulus of food stamps for the exchange, is up to three thousand pesos per high power weapon, and according to the agreed all weapons of various calibres such as automatic and semiautomatic, calibres be received 7 mm, 7.62 mm, 5.56 mm, 12.27 mm, 0.223 inches and 0.30 inches.

On behalf of the municipal government, it was present at the premises of 24th Infantry Battalion, the City Secretary Jorge Andres Suilo Orozco and the Director General of Citizen Participation and Crime Prevention of the SSP, Roberto Velez Gonzalez.

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Wednesday, August 10, 2016

AZMEX UPDATE 9-8-16

AZMEX UPDATE 9 AUG 2016

Note: For those not familiar, Cronkite News is a "news" training op out of ASU in Tempe, AZ.
"In others, sturdy wire mesh or metal pillars end suddenly."
As usual, "immigrant rights" is all about illegal immigrant rights.


NEW MEXICO
Border Patrol erecting new fence in unwalled New Mexico area
Published August 09, 2016 Associated Press

http://www.foxnews.com/us/2016/08/09/border-patrol-erecting-new-fence-in-unwalled-new-mexico-area.html

SUNLAND PARK, N.M. – Amid a debate over erecting a new border wall along the U.S.-Mexico border, the U.S. Border Patrol said it is finishing an 18-foot-tall steel fence in the last stretch of unwalled, urban borderline in New Mexico.
Officials said the new fencing will run a mile from the bottom of a mesa to the base of tourist attraction of Mount Cristo Rey, the Albuquerque Journal reported.

Currently, a run-down, 10-foot-high chain-link fence sits in the area and border patrol agents say it can be easily climbed and offers little protection in the city of Sunland Park. The city sits just west of El Paso, Texas and Ciudad Juarez, Mexico.

The new fence will be made of rust-colored steel columns and is part of an $11 million project authorized by the Bush Administration, the Secure Fence Act of 2006. It will supplant the chain link fencing erected in the 1980s. The new barrier will be reinforced 5 feet underground with steel panels to prevent smugglers from building underground tunnels. "It's a fence that is replacing another fence," Border Patrol spokesman Ramiro Cordero said. "It doesn't hold anymore."
Construction is expected to finish early in 2017.

But the new project is drawing scrutiny from some immigrant rights advocates. Activists hold rallies here and reunions where undocumented Mexicans in the U.S. can meet. For example, on Mexico's Day of the Dead, Nov. 2, advocates hold a binational Mass to honor the migrants who have died trying to cross in the U.S. illegally through the arid desert. "In our opinion, the fencing has not necessarily been a good deterrence for immigration," said Fernando Garcia, executive director of the El Paso-based immigrant advocacy group Border Network for Human Rights. "But it does represent a symbolic response, a very aggressive response, to immigrants and the border community."


A Cronkite News-Univision News-Dallas Morning News border poll released last month found a majority of urban residents surveyed on both sides of the border are against the building of a wall between the two countries and believe the campaign's tone is damaging relations.

According to the poll, 86 percent of border residents in Mexico and 72 percent of those questioned in the U.S. were against building a wall.
The poll surveyed 1,427 residents in 14 border sister cities to assess attitudes and opinions on the local economy, immigration and border security. It was conducted in April and May.


The issue of the border wall has garnered national attention since GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump has vowed to build a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border.

The U.S.-Mexico border is already lined with intermittent miles of barriers. In some places, a tall fence ascends desert hills. In others, sturdy wire mesh or metal pillars end suddenly.

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More:

Note: "There was no fence back then." Correct, for years just a occasional pile of rocks marked the border.


In NM city, border's getting more visible
By Lauren Villagran / Journal Staff Writer - Las Cruces Bureau
Tuesday, August 9th, 2016 at 12:05am

http://www.abqjournal.com/822676/in-nm-city-borders-getting-more-visible.html

Maria del Refugio Aguilera, who lives in the Anapra neighborhood of Ciudad Juárez, is worried about the new, taller fence being built along the border between Anapra and Sunland Park. A charity group on the U.S. side throws used clothes across the fence for her to sell, and she says that won't be possible anymore. (Roberto E. Rosales/Albuquerque Journal)

The border fence comes to an abrupt end in Sunland Park where the city's edge meets the base of rugged Mount Cristo Rey. On one side, Sunland Park. On the other, the Anapra neighborhood of Ciudad Juárez.
Here, the border isn't a political pinball.

It's a place where people live and work, where once there was no fence, just an informal port of entry, and where 18-foot steel columns are replacing a beat-up stretch of chain-link fence. It's not the Bootheel, where there is little fencing and drug runners have moved their routes into deep desert territory, worrying locals.

This border is a crowded place where residents have grown accustomed to the constant patrols by border agents, the whirr of a Customs and Border Protection helicopter overhead, the night chases down their streets, young migrant men in handcuffs on a desert corner.

Here, the border is where politics become three-dimensional.


This is not a story about border security – whether the border is or isn't secure. It's about living and working within a mile of this one small stretch of borderline in New Mexico, nothing more.


Children's game

Ten-year-old Mariano Perez Sanchez is squatting in the sand on the Mexican side in 100-degree heat. He stares at the big construction equipment moving dirt on the U.S. side and the stack of 18-foot steel columns that will soon replace the dilapidated chain-link fence that separates the U.S. from Mexico.

"We have a game," he says, pointing over the border to the pile of columns, "to see who can race there first."
Then with the skill of someone who has done this many times, he takes off running around the end of the fence and into the U.S., then back into Mexico. His 9-year-old brother, Omar, whistles and then bounds over the dunes to join him.

A digger rumbles into the dirt clearing on the U.S. side; the boys race over to it. The driver hands them each two bottles of water and gives Omar 16 pesos, about $1 in change.

Over the years, border agents have told me they sometimes know the kids who live in neighborhoods near the fence. They give them treats, too, nudging them back if they step over the line.

Mariano and Omar run back to their country elated, counting their treasure and gulping the icy cold water.

Here, the border is an imaginary line in a children's game.


Wall 'not the answer'

In March, the National Border Patrol Council – the union that represents about 18,000 border agents and staff nationwide – formally endorsed Donald Trump, the Republican presidential candidate whose calls for a border wall have been a drumbeat of his campaign.

A group of agents in the El Paso Sector, which includes New Mexico, asked their Local 1929 to vote to stay neutral in the campaign and reject the national union's endorsement. The vote didn't pass.

Border Patrol Agent Giovanni Cisneros patrolled the border at Sunland Park for 10 years before taking a job in the public affairs office. He gave the Journal a tour of the line where the steel fence is replacing the chain-link fence.

From local agents' view, "a solid wall is not the answer," he says. "To us, it's more beneficial to have this mesh fence or the columns, because I want to see through. It's an advantage for officer safety. We can see the other side."

Here, the border is a fence line in the sand daring to be crossed.

U.S. Border Patrol agent Giovanni Cisneros stands near the chain-link fence along the Mexican border in Sunland Park. The fence is being replaced by a taller, sturdier steel fence. (Roberto E. Rosales/Albuquerque Journal)
U.S. Border Patrol agent Giovanni Cisneros stands near the chain-link fence along the Mexican border in Sunland Park. The fence is being replaced by a taller, sturdier steel fence. (Roberto E. Rosales/Albuquerque Journal)


'Angels' blocked

In Anapra, 70-year-old Maria del Refugio Aguilera lives in a ramshackle home steps from the border.

She came to Ciudad Juárez 25 years ago, she says, before the border was fenced up and locked down. She used to walk into the U.S. to work the local harvests – lettuce, chile – and to clean homes. Then she'd walk back. But that was many years ago.

Her mother and sisters stayed on the U.S. side; she doesn't say whether legally or illegally.

Asked about the new, taller fence, she furrows her brow, says she is worried because a group of churchgoers on the U.S. side – she calls them her "angels" – has been tossing bags of used clothes over the chain-link fence to her for years. She sells the clothes to make a living. "This isn't going to be possible anymore," she says.

Here, the border is a backyard fence that separates a woman from her family and good Samaritan neighbors.


Pickup point

In Sunland Park, Ray Limas runs a mill shop, Artistic Entryways & Millwork Co., less than a mile from the border, that makes ornate doors for custom homes. Big garage doors filter light through the sawdust in the mill; framed images of Jesus hang above the entrance between the mill and a bright, clean showroom.

Limas said he didn't know about the steel columns going in at the border. But he had to put up a taller, sharp-pointed fence around his own property a few years back to deter migrants from trying to hide there. They never caused trouble, he said, but about five years ago his business became a pickup point and it got to be too much.

Once, he found seven guys hanging out under a tree outside his storefront.
"I told them, 'Hey, you guys can't be here.' "
He didn't call the police. The Border Patrol is everywhere, he says, so he doesn't worry about theft.

Here, the border doesn't always stand between a man and a job.

'Speed bump'

The Sunland Park Police Department sits across the street from Limas' millshop. Asked what he thinks about the new border fence, Chief Jaime Reyes tells me, "It is a very politically loaded question."

"People are going to find a way to get where they want to go," he tells me. "I have seen people jump over the fence, climb the fence. They make it seem like the fence isn't there. It doesn't stop them from coming over. It's just a speed bump. We are constantly getting calls: 'There are some people in my backyard; I don't know who they are. There is a group under my house.'"

Later, Reyes tells me, "My mom was one of those people that came across. She came across, and I was born. I guess you could call me an anchor baby. There was no fence back then."

Here, a once invisible border is about to become very visible.

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