Friday, May 1, 2015

AZMEX SPECIAL 1-5-15

AZMEX SPECIAL 1 MAY 2015

Note: Mostly of local concern or interest.

Experts discuss dengue fever fears amid mosquito discoveries
Posted: Tuesday, April 28, 2015 7:23 pm | Updated: 7:24 pm, Tue Apr 28, 2015.
By Blake Herzog, @BlakeHerzog

http://www.yumasun.com/news/experts-discuss-dengue-fever-fears-amid-mosquito-discoveries/article_be75b49a-ee16-11e4-ba49-e37a86b22cb4.html

About 60 pest and disease control experts from around the state met at the Yuma County Main Library Tuesday for a workshop covering numerous vector control topics, but paying particular attention to aedes aegypti, the species of mosquito which carries dengue fever from human to human.
"This is a human mosquito, it enjoys being around humans, it does well among humans. It's just as happy breeding indoors as outdoors," said Richard Cuming, a vector control specialist with the Yuma County Public Health Services District.

This species was only rediscovered in Yuma County last year after being absent since the 1950s, but its presence in Maricopa County has been growing sine it was first detected in 2001, and dengue itself is spreading throughout the Mexican state of Sonora, across the border from the county.

Joey Martinez, a Yuma County vector control specialist with the environmental health division, said Tuesday officials have been finding the aedes aegypti insect in traps located in the San Luis, Ariz., area, but have not been compiling the numbers yet.

Seventy-one cases of dengue fever, none of which were acquired within Yuma County, were reported here in 2014, Cuming said.

More than 4,000 cases were reported in Sonora throughout 2014, but the disease is mostly found in tropical areas of the world, so its appearance in the desert city of San Luis Rio Colorado, Son., was considered unusual. One dengue-related death was reported in November from that city, among about 60 cases total during 2014.

No cases of dengue fever or a similar virus, chikungunya, which is spread by the same species have been reported so far this year in the county, Cuming said. The season for West Nile virus monitoring has not begun yet, he added.

The health department's planned dengue fever education efforts this year includes flyers handed out door-to-door at homes located near mosquito traps where aedes aegypti is found, he said.
Cuming said this disease differs from the more familiar West Nile virus because mosquitoes transmit it directly between people, instead of picking it up from birds and then spreading it to humans through their bites.

This changes the precautions people must take if they are infected with dengue, as well as what residents should do in order to keep these mosquitoes from breeding on their property.
Patients with dengue fever are advised to avoid getting bitten by mosquitoes at all costs, as well as family members or others in the household, Kirk Smith, supervisor of the Maricopa County Vector Control Division, told attendees at the conference. Aedes aegypti bugs usually bite people on their ankles or calves, he said.
And because aedus aegypti can thrive indoors, people need to pay attention to standing bodies of water inside their homes, emptying and washing pet water dishes, flower vases, bottles, buckets and other containers inside at least once a week.

People should also follow guidelines already used for stopping the spread of the culex mosquitoes which spread West Nile, such as throwing away or turning over anything outside which can collect water including trash cans, tires, flower pots and buckets. Over-watered lawns, irrigation buckets and drywells need to be watched as well.

The dengue fever virus causes no symptoms in many people and flulike symptoms including joint pain and fever in others, but in rare cases leads to dengue hemorrhagic fever, which can be fatal if proper treatment is not received in time.
Warning signs for complications from dengue usually develop three to seven days into the illness and include drop in temperature, severe abdominal pain or vomiting, red spots or patches on skin, bleeding from nose or gums, and blood in vomit or stools.

Professionals from vector control agencies in about half the counties in Arizona were at the conference, including most from the southern half of the state, to compare notes on the spread of the aedes aegypti and efforts to combat it.

Kacey Ernst, an assistant professor of epidemiology and biostatistics at the University of Arizona, spoke about research on the species being done on both sides of the border about the spread of dengue and people's response to the threat.

She said transmission of the disease has been rare in the upper reaches of Sonora, with a handful of local cases reported last year in the Mexican city of Nogales. "Barring last year where we did have a couple of cases, there's generally no local transmission north of Hermosillo," which is about 250 miles south of Tucson, she said.

Likely as a result of the prevalence, Mexican residents studied are more likely to be taking precautions to avoid being bitten or allowing the mosquitoes to breed, she said.

"While repellent is recorded slightly less in Hermosillo than in Tucson, overwhelmingly for all of the other strategies people are reporting doing them more consistently in Hermosillo, so draining stagnant water, clearing the yard of rubbish or containers that might be exploited by aedes aegypti, spraying insecticide, staying indoors, fixing screens," she said.

Despite the amount of research that's been done on this species, experts in Arizona have much to learn about the species spreading dengue, especially how to track it, Smith of Maricopa County said.
"The fact we're picking up huge numbers of aedus aegypti in a trap which was never designed for that species is quite worrisome for us," he said, saying up to 500 males have been found in a trap at a time.

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Thursday, April 30, 2015

AZMEX EXTRA2 30-4-15

AZMEX EXTRA2 30 APR 2015



CBP officers arrest two women, recover drugs and ammunition

By Brent Corrado. CREATED 2:59 PM

http://www.scrippsmedia.com/kgun9/news/CBP-officers-arrest-two-women-recover-drugs-and-ammunition-301989371.html

DOUGLAS, Ariz. (KGUN9-TV) - Two women were arrested and marijuana and ammunition was recovered during seperate incidents this week.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection tells KGUN9 that 23-year-old Ambar Esthela Morales of Tucson was arrested on Wednesday after Customs and Border Protection officers recovered nearly 8,000 rounds of AK-47 ammunition from her SUV.
The ammunition rounds were hidden in a dog food bag and in the rear quarter panels of the vehicle.

On Sunday, 36-year-old Christina Carrizoza of Douglas was arrested when CBP officers found almost $128,000 worth of marijuana hidden throughout her PT Cruiser. The drugs were also hidden in the spare tire of the vehicle.

Both women were referred to Immigration and Customs Enforcement's Homeland Security Investigations.

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AZMEX UPDATE 30-4-15

AZMEX UPDATE 30 APR 2015

Note: Local media seems to have little to no interest in the story.

Sheriff: 10 arrests made, pot seized near shooting site

http://www.kvoa.com/story/28940415/sheriff-10-arrests-made-pot-seized-near-shooting-site

GILA BEND, Ariz. (AP) - The Maricopa County Sheriff's Office says law enforcement officers seized a load of marijuana and made multiple arrests at a Gila Bend-area desert location near where a violent drug-related incident took place one day earlier.

Authorities on Monday responded to a reported shooting and found two men fatally shot and two others wounded.

The Sheriff's Office says 10 people were arrested and 461 pounds of marijuana seized in the same area Tuesday.

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AZMEX EXTRA 30-4-15

AZMEX EXTRA 30 APR 2015

Note: Thx to the guys at Borderland Beat.

Saturday, April 25, 2015
Official takes weapons to Los Zetas
Translated by Otis B Fly-Wheel for Borderland Beat from a Reforma article

[Article subject: Weapon Smuggling, Los Zetas
Recommendation: No prior subject matter knowledge required]

http://www.borderlandbeat.com/2015/04/official-takes-weapons-to-los-zetas.html#more

Abel Barajas

The criminal organisation of Los Zetas had a Municipal Functionary of Coahuila as one of their best sources of night vision goggles, magazines for assault rifles, scopes and ammunition.

Oliver Bres Carranza, who was Boss of special programmes, Directorate of Planning, Zoning and Public Works of the Municipality of Piedras Negras is currently serving a prison sentence in Texas for smuggling weapons to the criminal group.

An investigation by the Department of Internal Security, and Immigrations and Customs Enforcement (ICE), of the United States located Bres as an intermediary of Celso Martinez Perez "El Celso", operator of Omar Trevino Morales "El Z-42", to acquire weapons on the frontier of Coahuila.

The investigation indicates that the former official was mainly an accomplice of Erik Alan Garza, a Texan of 28 years old, who used the home of his mother in an Eagle Pass Mall to collect weapons and send them to Mexico.


Bres Carranza and Garza coordinated the purchase of much of these articles, from a Gun Shop in Eagle Pass, Texas. The investigation revealed that one of the times that Garza and Bres Carranza obtained these articles, they gave these articles to members of Los Zetas Cartel, says the record DR12-CR-960 of the Federal Court of the Western District of Texas.

Bres was detained on 6th of June 2013 and in October following he was declared guilty of the charge of firearm contraband, and on 19th of March of 2014 was condemned to 51 months in prison and three years of probation.

For the US agencies and Prosecutors office, it took more than two years building the case with Bres and their involvement in the transfer of weapons to Los Zetas.

The investigations started with a simple review to the accounts of a sale of weapons in Vermont, five years ago.

The clue: an invoice

Richard Grafkowski, an agent of Homeland Security Investigation, HSI, carried out tax checks on the shops selling arms. After five years, when he was revising the sales of Dragonfly Outfitters LLC, a company from Williston, Vermont, with a company name of Scope and More, he found an invoice that piqued his curiosity.

The invoice date of 19th of July 2010, had a name of Robert Hasbun Jr. and it accounted for the purchase of 10 night vision goggles and a pair of thermal goggles, for $31,606. Hasbun had his own gun shop on the border with Mexico.

For Homeland Security, the date was sufficient to intervene legally on the server of the company internet and access to its emails.

An email revealed that on the 19th of July of 2010 Hasbun, asked the sales manager of Scopes and More to send the order of goggles and glasses to the companies local Master Parcel Service, in the commercial centre of Las Aguiles, in Eagle Pass, Texas.

From this moment, the HSI following up on emails from Hasbun Jr., his brother Christian who both received email from a Hotmail address, from Mexico, ordering armaments.

As of January 18th 2011 the HSI knew that Hunting Group LLC, a company of Roberto Hasbun Jr., was going to deliver 4500 magazines for assault rifles to the warehouse of Hesles Gun and Knife, in Eagle Pass, the city opposite Piedras Negras.

On the same day, agents of HSI staked out the establishment of Hesles and observed the arrival of a Ford 150, grey colored, a youngster that later would be identified as Erik alan Garza.

Who made the orders to their suppliers, from the Hotmail address, was Oliver Bres Carranza, official of the Directorate of planning, town planning and public works of Piedras Negras.

Original article in Spanish at Reforma (may require subscription)
Borderland Beat Reporter Otis B Fly-Wheel Posted at 3:38 AM

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Wednesday, April 29, 2015

AZMEX I3 30-4-15

AZMEX I3 30 APR 2015

AFRICA, not AZMEX, but same the world over. Same kind of scum running it.


Libya: The world's 'smuggler state'
By Quentin Sommerville
BBC News, Misrata
29 April 2015

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-africa-32509304

Relief for these migrants as they are freed after 48 hours hiding in a hay-bale truck
By a checkpoint outside the Libyan city of Misrata, a truck full of hay-bales is opened by border guards and a badly-kept secret is revealed.
Inside are women and children, and men too. Fifty people, migrants, in each truck, smuggled across the desert.

They had been inside for two days without food or water, some almost suffocated.
Abdul Rahim thought he would die. He has since been transferred to a Libyan jail.

Abdul Rahim says he was treated like cargo
"I paid 3,570 Libyan dinar (£1,700; $2,600) to be smuggled," he told me. "We were treated like cargo, the smugglers took a cut at every step."

People smugglers don't take too kindly to enquiries about their business but, after weeks of searching, one agreed to speak to me if he could remain anonymous.
He's grown rich out of the trade.
"The amount of money is phenomenal," he said.
"A fishing boat worth 40,000 dinar, (£20,000) can be sold for smuggling for £100,000. It's an unimaginable amount of money.
"The boats are brought in from Egypt, they're bad quality and you load it with 90 or 100 people, and some of them get there and others will die."

Parts of Libya, he said, are under the control of smugglers.
They run a state in Sabratha and Zuwarah, west of Tripoli near the Tunisian border. They use the official sea ports for smuggling immigrants, not through back roads and hidden ways, but they load people from the port docks.

Map showing migrant routes

I asked the smuggler about those who died.
"The immigrants are told everything before they get on board. If what you pay is only 700 dinar you get on a small boat. If you pay better you get on a better boat."
There's evidence of the boom in the trafficking trade everywhere in Misrata.

Ramadan Rajab, who has been in charge of the city's morgue for about 15 years, says he lost his sense of smell shortly after he started.
The smell here is overwhelming.

Ramadan Rajab says he lost his sense of smell while working at Misrata's morgue
There is not enough room inside the refrigerated mortuary, so the bodies are lying outside - putrifying in the hot Libyan sun.
"Last week we buried more than 20 bodies we collected from the sea, sometimes it takes a month to collect them all. The numbers always increase," he said.

In the Sahara the smugglers use hidden trails.
Sometimes they abandon their cargo, the migrants, right out in the middle of the desert. They tell them "follow these power lines and eventually, you'll reach a city".
Many don't make it.
Even though the migrants are poor, their numbers are so large that fortunes are being made out here in the sand.
Behind the trade is a complex criminal and tribal network - and almost nothing is being done to stop it.
It's a business worth more than £100m a year, according to a recent conservative UN estimate.
And every day fresh cargo arrives.

In a detention centre, it's roll call as a new truckload arrives.
The men stand as their country is called. Today, most are from Niger.
Alexander is from Ghana. He took a month and a half to get this far.
"The smugglers are Libyan people," he said. "It's them, they are doing this work. With pick-ups, the way they use to take us... They even kidnap you. It's not easy. They kidnap us."
The migrants are captured, pay bribes to get free, and are captured again. Families back home transfer money, and are left in debt.
Libya doesn't function as a country now. But at trafficking, it is untouchable. It's Africa's and the world's smuggler state.

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AZMEX EXTRA 29-4-15

AZMEX EXTRA 29 APR 2015


Note: There are Uzi's in northern Mexico, real ones, not the semi-auto's exported to the U.S. Not yet known which model this one was.


Execute two in the colony Allende (Cajeme, Son.)

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In the address where the victims were executed, three guns and two vehicles, one of them with theft report.
Juan Andres Bracamontes / Regional

http://www.elregionaldesonora.com.mx/noticia/49265

Cajeme, Son.- Around 07:30 pm on Sunday, outside of a home located in the Allende colony, belonging to the police station in Tobarito were found dead two males, who had wounds from firearm projectiles.
The victims names of Ramon Alejandro Aragon Flores, 28 years old, who and had history on charges of possession of prohibited weapons, against law enforcement and administration of justice and lesions less than 15 days to heal and Jesus Martin Castro Miranda, between 20 and 23 years old who had his home in Colonia Los Altos de Jecopaco.

Local residents said that at dawn shots were heard, getting up in the morning when they noticed the bodies that were outside the home of Aragon Flores.

Staff Expert Services of the Attorney General of the State, coordinated by the Deputy Public Prosecutor's Office, said at the scene were several shell casings from handgun and rifle, four different calibers.


Also, in the interior of the house of Ramon Alejandro three guns were recovered, these being a sawn off 12-gauge shotgun; Uzzi a submachine gun 9mm, and .38 revolver special; and a bulletproof vest.


Similarly, outside of the house two vehicles were secured, which apparently of the victims, these being an Explorer, dark gray, model 1998; and Ford Ranger pickup, white, model 1996, with extemporaneous plates, which has theft report dated April 17, 2015.
The facts testified the Deputy Public Prosecutor's Office who ordered the lifting and transporting the bodies to carry out procedures of law. Social Representative issued an investigation order elements of PEI to find those responsible for private life to be victims.

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Tuesday, April 28, 2015

AZMEX UPDATE 28-4-15

AZMEX UPDATE 28 APR 2015

Note: videos at links. Story has pretty much disappeared from local media. It is the area that has signs warning U.S. public to stay out or enter at own risk.



MCSO: 2 dead, 2 wounded in mountain gun battle
Posted: Apr 27, 2015 5:05 PM MST
Updated: Apr 27, 2015 7:20 PM MST
By Phil Benson
http://www.azfamily.com/story/28912720/mcso-2-dead-2-wounded-in-mountain-gun-battle?autostart=true

Photo of the shooting scene near Gila Bend. (Source: Kelly Nail)
(Source: Kelly Nail)
GILA BEND, AZ (KPHO/KTVK) -

Two people were shot and killed and two others wounded in a mountain gun battle Monday between two groups of people, likely drug smugglers, a Maricopa County Sheriff's Office spokesman said.

2 dead in AZ desert gun battle

A viewer who was in the area after a desert gun battle left two people dead and two others wounded sent us these photos from the scene.
The shootout happened about six miles east of Gila Bend in an area that is considered a high-traffic corridor for human and drug smuggling.

Two groups of people ran across each other, MCSO spokesman Joaquin Enriquez said. The group that called police after the gunfire ended had six people traveling together, Enriquez said. Of the six, two were killed, two were wounded and two others vanished.

The second group of people disappeared into the mountains, Enriquez said.

SWAT officers and police dogs from MCSO and Border Patrol agents are canvassing a huge area, which includes land where the U.S. Air Force has a live fire practice range, Enriquez said.

Sheriff's deputies found a large quantity of marijuana but they're not sure if it's directly related to the shootings, he added.

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Note: related?

http://www.abc15.com/news/region-central-southern-az/maricopa/pcso-suspects-escape-after-maricopa-pursuit



MCSO: 2 dead, 2 injured in shooting east of Gila Bend
abc15.com staff
2:04 PM, Apr 27, 2015
8:03 PM, Apr 27, 2015
southern arizona
KNXVSHOW CAPTION

http://www.abc15.com/news/region-central-southern-az/other/mcso-two-dead-in-gila-bend-shooting

GILA BEND, AZ - Maricopa County detectives said a shooting in Gila Bend that left two people dead may have been drug-related.

The Maricopa County Sheriff's Office said six people were attacked Monday afternoon. Two people have been confirmed dead and two others were transported to the hospital, one in stable condition and the other in critical condition.

Officials are still looking for the two other victims, as well as the potential suspect or suspects.

MCSO said it received an emergency call around 12:30 p.m., however the shooting reportedly happened an hour prior.

Authorities said the people injured are not cooperating with authorities. No suspect descriptions have been released. Bails of marijuana were located in the area and police said victims have suggested that they may have been involved in illegal activity, but have not confirmed that.

The shooting happened six miles east of Gila Bend.

Stay with abc15.com and ABC15 Mobile for updates.

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MCSO: 2 dead, 2 wounded in mountain gun battle
Posted: Apr 27, 2015 5:05 PM MST
Updated: Apr 27, 2015 7:20 PM MST
By Phil Benson

Photo of the shooting scene near Gila Bend. (Source: Kelly Nail)
(Source: Kelly Nail)

GILA BEND, AZ (KPHO/KTVK) -

http://www.kpho.com/story/28912720/mcso-2-dead-2-wounded-in-mountain-gun-battle

Two people were shot and killed and two others wounded in a mountain gun battle Monday between two groups of people, likely drug smugglers, a Maricopa County Sheriff's Office spokesman said.

SLIDESHOW
2 dead in AZ desert gun battle

A viewer who was in the area after a desert gun battle left two people dead and two others wounded sent us these photos from the scene.More >
The shootout happened about six miles east of Gila Bend in an area that is considered a high-traffic corridor for human and drug smuggling.

Two groups of people ran across each other, MCSO spokesman Joaquin Enriquez said. The group that called police after the gunfire ended had six people traveling together, Enriquez said. Of the six, two were killed, two were wounded and two others vanished.

The second group of people disappeared into the mountains, Enriquez said.

SWAT officers and police dogs from MCSO and Border Patrol agents are canvassing a huge area, which includes land where the U.S. Air Force has a live fire practice range, Enriquez said.

Sheriff's deputies found a large quantity of marijuana but they're not sure if it's directly related to the shootings, he added.

Read more: http://www.kpho.com/story/28912720/mcso-2-dead-2-wounded-in-mountain-gun-battle#ixzz3YcYDI59o

AZMEX EXTRA 27-4-15

AZMEX EXTRA 27 APR 2015

MEXICO ARMS IMPORTS FOR 2013 A/69/124 P. 79/120 - 83/120
Date of submission: 22 May 2014

http://www.un.org/ga/search/view_doc.asp?symbol=A/69/124

Note: A short summary. Details at the UN webpage.

HANDGUNS:

Austria: 15,520 Glocks of various calibers.
Belgium 125 FN Five-Seven 5.7mm
Brazil 558
China 159
CZ 1,156 CZ & Browning? 9mm
Germany 781 Walther .22's
Israel 51
Italy 22,545 Beretta 9mm (21,196) & .380 (447) & misc.
USA 5,810 3,787 SIGSauer 9mm & misc.

RIFLES & CARBINES:
Belgium 11
China 118
Israel 10,195 IWI 5.56X45 (7,912) 7.62x51 (2,168) & misc.
Italy 303 9mm carbines
USA 7,223 (numbers unsure) 5.56X45 - DS (493) Bushmaster (430) Colt (1,694, 465, 1,794, 86, )
"NATO" (946 & 400)
7.62x51 - DS(794)
.338 Barrett (4)
Many Misc.

ASSAULT RIFLES:
Italy 5,333 Beretta (5,206) & misc. ARX160?
USA 30 Barrett .50 (20) 6.8 (2)

LIGHT MG's:
Austria 118
Belgium 162
Israel 35
USA 1,311 Colt 5.56x45 (400) 9mm (35) US Ord. 7.62x51 (169)
( Brugger & Thomet ? 9mm (707) )

OTHERS: 8,621 Shotguns, .22 rifles, hunting rifles, etc etc.

LIGHT WEAPONS:
Korea 36 40mm grenade launchers
USA 34 40mm grenade launchers

And:
USA 20 LAW's M72A7

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Monday, April 27, 2015

AZMEX UPDATE2 27-4-15

AZMEX UPDATE2 27 APR 2015


MCSO: 2 dead, 2 wounded in mountain gun battle

Posted: Apr 27, 2015 5:05 PM MST
Updated: Apr 27, 2015 5:09 PM MST
By Phil Benson
http://www.kpho.com/story/28912720/mcso-2-dead-2-wounded-in-mountain-gun-battle

Photo of the shooting scene near Gila Bend. (Source: Viewer-submitted)

GILA BEND, AZ (KPHO/KTVK) -

Two people were shot and killed and two others wounded in mountain gun battle Monday between two groups of people, likely drug smugglers, a Maricopa County Sheriff's Office spokesman said.

The shootout happened about six miles east of Gila Bend in an area that is considered a high-traffic corridor for human and drug smuggling.

Two groups of people ran across each other, MCSO spokesman Joaquin Enriquez said. The group that called police after the gunfire ended had six people traveling together, Enriquez said. Of the six, two were killed, two were wounded and two others vanished.

The second group of people disappeared into the mountains, Enriquez said.

SWAT officers and police dogs from MCSO and Border Patrol agents are canvassing a huge area, which includes land where the U.S. Air Force has a live fire practice range, Enriquez said.

Sheriff's deputies found a large quantity of marijuana but they're not sure if it's directly related to the shootings, he added.

Read more: http://www.kpho.com/story/28912720/mcso-2-dead-2-wounded-in-mountain-gun-battle#ixzz3YYjseFUc

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Deadly shooting near Gila Bend; massive manhunt underway
Posted: Apr 27, 2015 4:47 PM MST
Updated: Apr 27, 2015 4:52 PM MST
By Dan Marries
http://www.tucsonnewsnow.com/story/28912621/deadly-shooting-near-gila-bend-massive-manhunt-underway

MCSO deputies search for suspects in deadly shooting. Photo source: @NavidehABC15
A portion of Hwy 85 was closed down during investigation. Photo source: Ken Dungey
TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) -

There's a massive manhunt underway northwest of Tucson following a deadly shooting near Gila Bend.

Customs and Border Protection spokesman Victor Brabble says agents with the Tucson Sector and the Office of Air and Marine responded to a 911 call forwarded by the Maricopa County Sheriff's Office at 12:15 p.m. Monday.

Brabble says, "The caller reported there were several gunshot victims as a result of a shooting south of Gila Bend, Arizona. A CBP helicopter arrived on the scene and confirmed two deceased subjects and two injured subjects."

The Maricopa County Sheriff's Office confirmed that information in a tweet, saying two people were shot and killed and another wounded near Gila Bend. Sheriff's investigators said the suspects are possibly still in the area. The shooting happened about six miles east of Gila Bend, MCSO said.

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AZMEX UPDATE 27-4-15

AZMEX UPDATE 27 APR 2015


National Sheriffs' group hears concerns of local ranchers
DEREK JORDAN | HERALD/REVIEW
derek.jordan@svherald.com
Sun, 04/26/2015 - 6:32pm

http://www.svherald.com/content/sierra-vista-news/2015/04/26/395733

SIERRA VISTA —Desperate for decisive action to stop the ever-present incursions across their lands by smugglers and illegal immigrants coming north, more than a dozen ranchers and residents from along Cochise County's border with Mexico spoke to representatives of a national sheriff's group on Saturday.
Invited to the area by Cochise County Sheriff Mark Dannels, two leading members of the National Sheriffs' Association visited with locals at the Turquoise Valley Golf Course in Naco to better understand the origin of an issue that has had a national impact.

"This is really where it starts. The sheriffs along the border — whether it's Arizona, Texas, New Mexico or California, it doesn't matter — they're the ones that catch the brunt of it. They're the ones that get the call from the citizens, like those ranchers we heard from. But, when those people get here, get across our border uncontested, then it becomes a national problem," said Harold Eavenson, the third vice president of the National Sheriffs' Association and sheriff of Rockwall County, Texas.

Decades of repairing broken fences, burglaries, home invasions and other crimes associated with smuggling activities have left many border residents disillusioned with U.S. Customs and Border Patrol enforcement, which they see as ineffective, and with elected officials in Washington who are either unaware of the problem or do not consider it a priority.

"The border can be secured, we've proved it in a lot of different areas where the Border Patrol has shut it down, but they've diverted them farther and farther out into the country, into these peoples' backyards. It can be secured, but they have to have a desire to do it, and they have to actually have some directions on how to do it," said Gary Thrasher, a large animal veterinarian who has worked with the ranching community in Cochise County for years.

Rancher Fred Davis lamented what he called a lack of innovation in Border Patrol efforts in Cochise County.
"They never try anything new here, they just pound their head against the wall, the same way they've done it forever," Davis said.
The source of the issue extends to the nation's capitol, however.
"The main thing is, there's no will in Washington to shut down the border, and that's our main problem," he said.

Many of the local ranchers spoke up in support of the efforts of the Cochise County Sheriff's Office, and called on federal leaders to work more closely with local law enforcement.
"What we really need is more involvement with local police and local sheriffs, in directing how to do it in their area, and they can specifically shut down those areas," Thrasher said.
When local agencies work closely with their federal partners, they produce results, said Sheriff Mark Dannels.
An example provided by the sheriff was the early success of a joint task force, the Southeastern Arizona Border Region Enforcement team, established in 2013 and made up of deputies and federal agents from the Border Patrol and Immigration and Customs Enforcement.
"The first six-to-eight weeks they were in operation, they took down 30 people. This is a collaborative effort," Dannels said. "What we're doing at the local level are solutions."

A number of other sheriffs from across Arizona were also present at Saturday's meeting and spoke on the impacts that poor border security was having in their communities.
"The best way to explain it is, it's like a wave. It hits here, five hours later, it's hitting up there," said K. C. Clark, sheriff of Navajo County. "We have illegals going through there. We get into pursuits with them. They wreck cars, or drive them through communities."
Earlier this month, Pinal County Sheriff's Deputies pursued a man going over 100 m.p.h. on the interstate carrying a load of illegal immigrants. The driver, once caught, was found to have been departed from the country 20 times.

"We've got to enforce the law. There's got to be real consequences," said Pinal County Sheriff Paul Babeu.
Leaders in Washington need to take what is known to work and apply it on the border before a catastrophe occurs, he said.

"The culture of Mexico and Central America, they fear their military, and they all realize and know the American military is the most powerful in the world. Keep in mind they want to go without detection into the United States. So we have all these things working for us. We need to deploy armed soldiers, for a period of two years, not to militarize the border, but to gain control of the border, all nine sectors of the US. Border Patrol," Babeu said.

The National Sheriffs' Association can do more and will do more to get the message heard from local ranchers out to national leaders, Eaverson said.
"Someone made the point that, if you're going to fix the problem, you need to talk to the people that deal with it on a day-to-day basis, and you need to get them involved in the process, and he's exactly right," he said. "It starts here, but it doesn't end here."

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Note: Don't miss the "cronkite" tag

Johnson: Border more secure, but it's not 'mission accomplished' time yet
By TARA TERREGINO Cronkite News
STAFF | HERALD/REVIEW
Sat, 04/25/2015 - 4:32pm
By TARA TERREGINO
Cronkite News

http://www.svherald.com/content/state-news/2015/04/25/395711

WASHINGTON – Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson said Friday that the number of people apprehended at the border is "down considerably" from 2014, a sign that investments in border security are paying off.

But Johnson said he is "not declaring mission accomplished" yet and pointed to the fiscal 2016 budget request for Customs and Border Protection, which includes funding for personnel and surveillance technology.

Johnson, giving an update on border security at the halfway point of fiscal 2015, said there were more than 150,000 apprehensions on the Southwestern border as of March, down 28 percent from the same period last year.
"Thus far in FY15, up to and through March 2015, there have been 151,805 apprehensions on the southern border," Johnson said during a briefing at Customs and Border Protection offices in Washington.
"That number is down considerably from where it was this time last year," he said. "It is 28 percent less than the number last year as we were beginning to see the spike in migration on the southern border."
Apprehensions in Arizona mirrored the rest of the border, according to statistics released Friday by the agency, which showed a 32 percent drop during the first half of the fiscal year compared to the same period a year ago. That put apprehensions in the state to the lowest point in more than 20 years.

Todd Landfried, executive director of Arizona Employers for Immigration Reform, said he didn't doubt that apprehensions are down, but he said enforcement is only part of the solution.
"The border is becoming more secure than it has been and the numbers speak for themselves," Landfried said Friday. "But the important thing to know is border security is not going to solve the immigration problem. There needs to be comprehensive reform."
"You have to fix the system by which people can come here legally to work," he said.

Johnson said apprehensions are down despite an improving U.S. economy, which has historically served to attract more immigrants.
Johnson credited the nation's investment in heightened border security in recent years for the downturn, saying that border patrol "now has more personnel, more equipment more technology then in any point in our history."
Johnson also touted a drop in the number of unaccompanied children arrested on the Southwest border so far this year, after a sharp rise in those numbers last summer. He credited part of the success for that drop to cooperation with governments in Mexico and Central America that has helped with enforcement but has also helped stem the numbers of people trying to cross the border by publicizing the dangers of the trip back in those countries.
Despite the gains, Johnson said there is more to be done, including increasing the agency's focus on human smuggling operations.
"We are not declaring mission accomplished we believe there is more that we can and should do when it comes to strengthening border security," he said.

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Note: drug war not quite over?

Seized in March, more than 97,000 kilos of various drugs
Details Published on Saturday April 25, 2015,
Written by Special / El Diario
http://www.eldiariodesonora.com.mx/nota.php?nota=49826

CD DE MEXICO.

The Interior Ministry reported the seizure of 6 million pesos and $862,727 USD.
The National System of Public Safety reported that a total of 97,190 kilograms of drugs among which marijuana, cocaine and methamphetamine were seized in March.
In a statement, the Ministry of the Interior (Interior Ministry) reported the seizure of 6,349,003 pesos and
862,727 US dollars.
Also secured 1,123 vehicles; 340 000 72 liters of fuel; and arms 909
Also were secured 123 thousand vehicles; 340,072 liters of fuel; and 909 weapons; 188,757 cartridges and magazines, and 279 communication and computing equipment.
He said that these preliminary data are prepared by the Attorney General's Office.

As rates for intentional homicide, kidnapping, extortion and theft of vehicle with or without violence, aggregated by state and for the last month , is available on the website of the Executive Secretariat of the National System of Public http Safety: // www.secretariadoejecutivosnsp.gob.mx
This database is fed with information provided by the prosecutors of Justice or Attorneys General of 32 states they serve and recorded the corresponding complaints said the Interior Ministry.

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Local interest: And the body count around Lukeville / Sonoyta goes on. And on. KM 30 between San Luis & Sonoyta & ejido La Nariz.

Matan a dos hombres investigan autoridades de Sonoyta
Detalles Publicado el Domingo 26 de Abril de 2015,
Escrito por Redacción / El Diario
http://www.eldiariodesonora.com.mx/nota.php?nota=49871
Sonoyta.

Sunday, April 26, 2015

AZMEX DRUGS & F&F 26-4-15

AZMEX DRUGS & F&F 26 APR 2015

Note: Just this evening, Sunday, 26 Apr. saw the 1 hour special on CNBC of all places.
Included coverage of F&F. Much better than expected.
I don't know how, or if, it can be viewed or downloaded after the fact.
Perhaps others do. Think it would be worth the effort.

Thx



CNBC'S "SECRETS OF MEXICO'S DRUG WAR" WILL PREMIERE ON 4/22/15 AT 10PM ET

(ALL TIMES IN ET)

Wednesday, 4/22/2015:

10:00 PM SECRETS OF MEXICO'S DRUG WAR (P)

1:00 AM SECRETS OF MEXICO'S DRUG WAR

FOR TV HIGHLIGHTS CONSIDERATION:

"SECRETS OF MEXICO'S DRUG WAR"

Mexico's Sinaloa Cartel continues to thrive even after the arrest of its infamous leader, Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman. A dirty war is being fought for control of Mexico's drug-smuggling routes into America, with little regard for the thousands of victims caught in the crossfire.

http://www.cnbc.com/id/102609558

http://www.cnbc.com/id/100017586

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Saturday, April 18, 2015

AZMEX I3 18-4-15

AZMEX I3 18 APR 2015

Note: Some interesting "reporting" It must be observed that confronting, debating, or shouting down speakers is acceptable only if done by progressives. Some may find "extensive background checks" of interest. Those who have spent time in Mexico and points south may not have quite that much confidence in the EBC's.


Posted: Apr 17, 2015 9:15 PM MST
Updated: Apr 17, 2015 9:16 PM MST
Tensions high in Southern Arizona over immigration
Written By Jeremy Thacker

http://www.kvoa.com/story/28835992/tensions-high-in-southern-arizona-over-immigration

Tucson - Tensions are high in Southern Arizona over immigration.

A protest formed during a forum Friday night organized by congressman Raul Grijalva. The session was intended to educate parents and children about DACA rules, but it also stirred up a lot of emotion.

Grijalva was joined by Illinois Congressman Luis Gutierrez. Together, they instructed audience members on who is eligible for the Deferred Action Childhood Arrivals program. They also instructed people on what to do if ever asked about their legal status.

"This is about kids that sit next to your kids in class," said Grijalva. "This is about the kids that play baseball with your kids. This is about moms that work hard in restaurants and in other places. And this is about dads that work hard to keep their family going."

Among the theater full of supporters at Pima Community College West were more than two dozen men and women who came to protest the event. They felt the event was about teaching people how to break laws.

Several audience members walked out in a show of discontent halfway through the presentation. At least one man was asked to leave by campus police.

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Congressmen offer message of optimism while opponent of immigration action escorted out of forum
By Justin Schecker. CREATED Apr 17, 2015

http://www.scrippsmedia.com/kgun9/news/Congressmen-offer-message-of-optimism-while-opponent-of-immigration-action-escorted-out-of-forum-30043269

TUCSON (KGUN9-TV) - At Friday's forum at PCC West on the president's executive action on immigration, children shared how the status quo has left them separated from loved ones.

"I'm going to keep dreaming," Gerardo Grijalva said, "I know that you will keep fighting too, si se puede."
His mother Rosa Robles Loreto is still in sanctuary at the Southside Presbyterian Church and she does not fall under President Obama's executive order because her children weren't born in the United States.

The purpose of the forum hosted by Rep. Raul Grijalva (D-Tucson) and Rep. Luis Gutierrez (D-IL) was to educate those who do. "Inevitably, the president's order will be upheld constitutionally and in doing so people begin to prepare do not lose hope," Rep. Grijalva told 9 On Your Side before taking the stage.

Not everyone in the PCC auditorium agreed with Rep. Grijalva. Del Dawley stood up and interrupted him more than once. "All I'm asking for is some common courtesy," Rep. Grijalva said.
"And you haven't given it to me," Dawley said. Police escorted Dawley out of the building. Outside, he joined protestors and defended his behavior.

"You were shouting out at a forum at an elected official who was speaking, how was that not rude what you did?" 9 On Your Side asked Dawley. "How is that not rude," he said, "why should I respect him when he doesn't respect the flag."

Inside the forum, Congressman Gutierrez laid out the steps for undocumented immigrants hoping soon they'll no longer fear deportation. He says they should get a hold of birth certificates from their home countries and find documentation like medical or phone bills to prove how long they have lived in the U.S.

"This is for adults who have been here five years," Rep. Gutierrez said about the president's executive order, "can go through a background check, a criminal background check, pay for their own fingerprint processing and have American citizen children. If you show you live in an American family, we can get you a work permit."

The fate of the president's executive action on immigration is tied up in the Federal Court of Appeals.

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Apr 17, 11:00 PM EDT
Immigration forum interrupted by hecklers
By ASTRID GALVAN
Associated Press

http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/stories/A/AZ_IMMIGRATION_FORUM_HECKLERS_AZOL-?SITE=AZCAS&SECTION=STATE&TEMPLATE=DEFAULT

TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) -- An immigration forum in Tucson on Friday evening turned contentious after anti-illegal immigration protesters repeatedly interrupted the two U.S. congressmen who hosted it.

The forum at Pima Community College was hosted by Rep. Raul Grijalva, D-Arizona, and Rep. Luis Gutierrez, D-Illinois, and was meant to inform attendees about the President Barack Obama program that protects immigrant youths from deportation.

A federal appeals court heard arguments in a case against a large expansion of that program that would also protect parents of U.S.-born children from deportation. A federal judge in Texas put that expansion on hold in February shortly before it was supposed to take effect.

But Grijalva's and Gutierrez's speeches were repeatedly interrupted by angry protesters who called them traitors. Both congressmen pleaded with the hecklers and the audience to be civil, to no avail.

Del Dawley of Tucson was escorted out after he approached Grijalva and refused to stop yelling at him.
Dawley said later he was offended by remarks Grijalva made claiming the American flag belongs to everyone. "We have a process, a rule of law," Dawley said. "I would like to see all illegal aliens deported."

Grijalva and Gutierrez praised Obama's Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, which protects youths who were brought to the country illegally as children and who meet certain qualifications from deportation while allowing them to legally work.

Gutierrez said participants in the program, also known as DACA, pay for extensive background checks to receive the protections. "I think it's much more beneficial to have them on the books than off the books," Gutierrez said.

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Note: Locals are very familiar with Mary Rose.

Local Hispanics Rally to Support President's Executive Orders
Posted Friday, April 17th 2015 @ 7pm

http://www.kfyi.com/onair/arizona-news-55067/local-hispanics-rally-to-support-presidents-13513963

(KFYI News) – Local Hispanics gathered outside the federal courthouse in downtown Phoenix on Friday to mark oral arguments taking place before a federal appeals court in New Orleans over President Obama's executive orders on immigration.

At issue was whether the state of Texas had legal standing to sue the federal government over the executive orders creating the DACA and DAPA programs, granting deportation deferrals to DREAMers and their parents and work permits to the DREAMers themselves.

Former Maricopa County Supervisor Mary Rose Wilcox said those affected by the DACA and DAPA programs are key ingredients of the US economy, "and who are citizens in every way but the paper. They're adding to our economy in a way that is incredible. They're a vibrant part of our American fabric and we need to legalize them."

Lydia Guzman of LULAC added, "Let's face it. The reason we're here is because Congress refused to give us immigration reform. It gave the President no other alternative but to pass this executive order."

Read more: http://www.kfyi.com/onair/arizona-news-55067/local-hispanics-rally-to-support-presidents-13513963#ixzz3XgNn6Nif




Note: had to include this one.

ICE Director's Brazen Answer on Whether Agents Should Follow the Law, or Obama's Immigration Directives
Apr. 16, 2015 8:48am Pete Kasperowicz

The director of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement said Wednesday that she has no problem telling her agents to follow President Barack Obama's orders when it comes to immigration, even when those orders violate the law as passed by Congress.

ICE Director Sarah Saldana attended a hearing held by a subcommittee of the House Budget Committee. In that hearing, Rep. David Young (R-Iowa) said he was worried about reports that some ICE officials aren't sure whether to enforce the law as it's written, or enforce the White House directive to relax deportation efforts against what they call low-priority illegal immigrants.


"If I had policies or directives that were contrary to the law, I would understand if they didn't want to follow them. I would expect them to follow the law first," Young said.
To that, Saldana replied, "And that's where you and I probably have a fundamental disagreement." (The exchange begins at the 1:25:30 mark in the video above.)


In a radio interview with Simon Conway in Iowa later that day, Young admitted he was floored by Saldana's statement, and said he couldn't believe her answer. "We have a senior administration official, the director of ICE, saying that guidelines, directives, trump the law," he said. "This is pretty serious."

The back-and-forth began when Young asked Saldana to respond to Obama's comment in February, when he said ICE officials needed to follow the White House's orders to relax enforcement against immigrants it has deemed to be a low priority for deportation. "If somebody's working for ICE, and there's a policy and they don't follow the policy, there are going to be consequences to it," Obama said then.

Those "consequences" have been widely interpreted to mean ICE officials could be fired for not following Obama's new instructions on immigration.


Young asked Saldana if Obama's comments concerned her in any way, given the implication that Obama was asking ICE to enforce his own directive, and not U.S. law.
"I'm trying to be honest with you, sir," Saldana replied. "No."


She then equated Obama's directive to any normal directive that a company or congressman might send out to their staffs. "I imagine you have staff that you expect to comply with your directives and your policies," she said. "I imagine the typical employer in the United States has employees who they expect to follow their directives, their policies."

After telling Young that they have a "fundamental disagreement" over whether directives or the law are controlling, Young then asked if she sees Obama's comments as a threat to ICE officials.

"A threat?" she laughed. "I am here of my own volition and will. I'm just trying to help the United States of America and our country on issues that are so divisive."

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