Residents in small Pinal Co. town not surprised by gun battle
Posted: Apr 18, 2011 9:30 PM
Updated: Apr 19, 2011 10:15 AM
Residents in small Pinal Co. town live with smuggling 2:31
On April 14, a gun battle between drug smugglers and bandits killed
one man and injured another
This man remains hospitalized and deputies aren't sure how he was
involved in the incident
These Stanfield residents say they weren't surprised to hear about
A KGUN9 crew found several backpacks like this one littering the
desert near Antelope Peak
These men were three of six arrested and believed to have been part
of the smuggling group
Reporter: Sergio Avila
Web Producer: Layla Tang
STANFIELD, Ariz. (KGUN9-TV) - Pinal County deputies have confirmed
that a shootout near Stanfield was a battle between drug smugglers
and border bandits. One person died in the gunfire; another was
injured. Now 9 On Your Side has learned that six men have been
arrested in connection with the shooting.
The six were found inside a rundown home in Stanfield. At first,
they denied being involved in any way with the deadly shooting, but
investigators believe they were part of the group of illegal
immigrants who were smuggling marijuana across Antelope Peak when
they were attacked by a rip crew consisting of three to four bandits.
Another man who was injured in the battle remains hospitalized. The
man, who was shot in the stomach, fled immediately after the shooting
to an Interstate 8 rest stop and called his daughter in Phoenix, who
called police. Deputies told KGUN9 News they have yet to determine
the man's name and wether he's a smuggler or a bandit.
People in the small town of Stanfield told 9 On Your Side that while
the story has dominated the local news, it's not anything new to
them. They have seen things those types of things happening for years.
"There's a lot of it going on, I try to keep a low profile," said
Marilyn Deeter, a 15-year Stanfield resident. She said smugglers
also keep low profiles, although they're obviously around. Evidence
of smuggling can be found all over the ground nearby. Backpacks were
discarded all over a small part of the desert along with clothes and
bottles of water.
But it's not just drugs; Stanfield resident Fred Eschbach runs into
illegal immigrants pretty often.
"I could be working in my shop and have three or four guys all of a
sudden come up behind me that obviously they don't speak English.
They don't know where they are or where they're going but they want
to use the phone, they want to use your bathroom, they want some
water," Eschbach told KGUN9's Sergio Avila.
Although news of these types of gun battles and arrests have recently
received more media coverage, Eschbach believes the frequency hasn't
changed in the fifteen years she has lived in Stanfield.
"We see things, you know, people running around. It's not more, it
just seems to be pretty steady," Eschbach said.
Deputies told 9 On Your Side there were 14 smugglers in all, but only
six were arrested. The three to four bandits also weren't caught and
the drugs they were fighting over are also still missing.
Note: it does not mean the above.
Border Boletín: What does a 'secure border' mean?
Brady McCombs | Posted: Tuesday, April 19, 2011 2:00 pm | Comments
Jill Torrance/Arizona Daily Star
Construction crews install an eight-foot wide by 23-foot tall panel
for the new bollard style border fence in Nogales, Arizona near the
Mariposa Port of Entry on Wednesday, April 13, 2011.
New border fence at Nogales to increase safety, security
The answer: it depends on you ask. I tackled this issue in my Sunday
story — Border is a clear line; 'control' is a gray area — that is
now up on our website. Here's an excerpt:
"Everybody from politicians to Border Patrol officials to regular old
Joes in Tucson wants the border secured.
But how we measure that is nebulous.
Border Patrol Chief Michael Fisher told Congress in February that the
agency's goal has been to "gain, maintain and sustain operational
While that term - operational control - has become a buzzword, it is
not uniformly defined. And the Border Patrol has already discarded it
in favor of new performance measures it is developing.
When Customs and Border Protection Commissioner Alan Bersin was asked
how he defined a controlled border during a leadership vision series
at the Migration Policy Institute in Washington, D.C., last October,
he said this:
"Border security means public safety and the sense in the community
that the border is being reasonably and effectively managed."
Arizona's longtime Republican Sen. John McCain was asked how he
defined operational control during a press conference last month in
"Implementation of Jon Kyl and I's 10-point plan," he said, touting a
proposal for more Border Patrol agents, National Guard troops and
several new initiatives.
So how, in lieu of a uniform measurement recognized by all, do
taxpayers and legislators gauge progress on border security?
There's no clear answer."
As I mentioned in the story, the question of how the government
measures border security has garnered more attention in recent months
than ever before. After 15 years of unprecedented spending on border
security, and in tight budget times, Congress needs to know what
works and what doesn't, Doris Meissner told me for the story.
That increased emphasis on the topic provided me with a wealth of
information, interviews and testimony to draw from for the story.
Here are links to several of them:
• Border Patrol Chief Michael Fisher at a House Committee on Homeland
Security subcommittee hearing: "Securing our Borders – Operational
Control and the Path Forward." (Feb. 15, 2011)
During this hearing, Fisher provided this explanation of operation
"Over the past few years, the goal of our national strategy has been
to gain, maintain and expand operational control utilzing the right
combination of personnel, technology and infrastructutre.
"Our tactical definition of opertional control as a narrow term of
art is the extent to which we are able to detect, identify, classify,
respond to and ultimately resolve all threats within the theater of
"Operational control and the specitic levels is a means by which we
asess the requirements to achieve the goal.
"Operation Control is not, in and of itself, a measure of border
• Customs and Border Protection Commissioner Alan Bersin at the
Migration Policy Institute's Leadership Vision Series. (Oct. 14, 2010)
At the 52:00 mark, he answers the question, 'How do you define border
• Government Accountability Office report: Preliminary observations
on border control measurs for the southwest border. (February 2011)
The GAO discusses how the Border Patrol measures 'operational
control,' and lays out how the agency determined that about 44
percent of the U.S.-Mexico border is under the classification.
• Doris Meissner testimony before the Senate Committee on Homeland
Security and Governmental Affairs hearing, "Securing the border:
building on the progress made." (March 30, 2011) (You can listen to
the hearing by opening the webcast link)
Meissner was commissioner of the now-defunct Immigration and
Naturalization Service from 1993 to 2000 and is a senior fellow at
the Migration Policy Institute, a Washington-based think tank that
advocates for comprehensive immigration changes.
Note: they don't get in the way
Women dominate security posts in Guadalupe DB, are 10, 12 active
BY: LAREDO | 19-ABR-2011 10:33
Guadalupe, DB, Juárez .- Township Public Safety Praxedis G. Guerrero
holds only 12 active players, of which only 2 are men and the rest
women, who use the conversation and living with families as a
security strategy, purely preventive.
The municipality, consisting of 8,514 inhabitants, according to the
mayor, José Luis Guerrero de la Peña, has the tactical operation has
kept the crime rate down without having heavy weapons or employ other
tools to deal with insecurity.
Women have been most interested in maintaining these positions, which
gave a positive result. Ensures that even the mayor has no control at
the head of the corporation since Marisol Valles had to leave the
place, "out of respect and personal issues which did not talk," he
said, anticipating questions from the media communication.
So far he is in charge of the department, as she has not found a
suitable profile in the 7 applications have been filed, also mostly
women, to fill the vacancy, because at the time Marisol had a good
preparation in criminology and related matters, but today, for the
security strategy employed, looking for someone that has sociology or
related subjects, the official said.
He said that security agents are sufficient to meet its obligations,
however it is looking to expand the workforce to 18, saying that the
budget enough for a little more, be a matter of adapting the plans
and allocate resources . "You have to make an assessment of profiles
in the security officers for election," said the mayor.
Occasionally soldiers roam the streets of the town, the staff and
community know, know the number or function, all we recognize is that
they have complied with the security plan was implemented there.
Note: even little wars go through people, equipment and supplies
Mexican military: 17 alleged cartel members killed, 4 abductees
rescued in northern Tamaulipas cities
April 19, 2011 8:14 PM
McALLEN — Mexican military officials announced the rescue of four
kidnapping victims, the deaths of 17 people believed to be part of a
criminal organization and the arrests of 51 others after a six-day
operation throughout northern Tamaulipas border cities.
Mexico's Ministry of Defense — known by its Spanish acronym SEDENA —
released a statement Monday documenting its findings from April 10
through Saturday throughout the military's 8th zone, which includes
Reynosa, San Fernando and Miguel Aleman.
None of the identities for the kidnapping victims, deceased or
arrested were released. Seizures, usually the results of gun battles,
were simply listed without providing any other details surrounding
Soldiers seized more than 7,000 pounds of marijuana, 129 grams of
cocaine and 51 grams of crack cocaine, officials said.
They also recovered 106 long guns, 10 handguns, one rocket launcher,
18 grenades, 29,986 cartridges, 1,017 magazines, 26 holsters, 17
magazine holders, one tactical vest, 27 bullet-proof vests and 26
armored plates for the vests, according to the document.
Military vestments also were seized, including 10 uniforms, seven
shirts and 13 pairs of pants. Two ski masks, a Kevlar helmet, two
anti-fragmentation helmets and six sombreros were found along with a
cap that read "police" in Spanish, according to the report.
Seventy-three vehicles also were taken — six of which were armored —
along with two tractor trailers and19 ballistic plates designed for
vehicles, officials said. Soldiers also found about $7,000 worth of
pesos and more than $35,000 in American currency.
Ten cell phones, 11 radios and five sets of handcuffs were recovered
by soldiers, as well as some miscellaneous objects including, an
underground water reservoir, a license plate, a compressed helium
tank, some laboratory equipment and seven steel rails.
The drugs, offenders, weapons and ammunition were turned over to
other agencies for further investigation, officials said.
Naxiely Lopez covers law enforcement and general assignments for The
Monitor. She can be reached at (956) 683-4434.
Note: joining up armored vehicles as a big market computer english
Armored clothing designer sees big market in Mexico
BY: CROSS Loera | 17-ABR-2011 16:28
Helmets armored plates level of protection against AK-47 attacks and
tactical equipment for police marketed by Miguel Caballero.
The New York Times called the Armani of armor clothing. The adjective
does not bother the designer Miguel Caballero, a Colombian
entrepreneur who in the personal security industry in the world has
positioned the firm that bears his name to make suits, jackets,
guayabera shirts, shirts and jackets that can withstand penetration
by a knife or the impact of a nine-millimeter pistol.
Caballero said that the Mexican market has grown significantly, not
only by fighting federal forces, one of its biggest customers,
organized crime, but also because people consider their products as a
necessity that can save lives.
This year, the company Miguel Caballero signed an alliance with the
signing of Mexico to shield Eurocopter helicopters that serve people
"VIP" as some of these ships have been attacked with guns long range,
says the businessman.
Without giving figures, in an interview said that in the private
sector where its sales have increased significantly in recent years,
because today more than 40% of its sales come from this sector.
Knight is a wise man does not say the names of their clients, but is
known to have dress clothes shielding Prince Felipe of Spain, the
former President of Colombia Alvaro Uribe, the Spanish judge Baltasar
Garzón and the president of Mexico, Felipe Calderón .
In its booth at Expo Seguridad Mexico, shows one of its new products,
a T-shirt (underwear), 100% flexible material that weighs only 800
grams to resist the impact of a firearm.
Among the products most requested by the Mexican market, he adds, are
the guayaberas armored, tank indoor and waterproof jackets, helmets,
armor plates, higher level of protection against attack by AK-47
Also for police tactical teams and law enforcement for special groups
"rapid insertion and income, as well as tactical boots, helmets,
shields, vests, mine detectors, among others.
Par businessman in Mexico from the federal government's fight against
organized crime and drug trafficking, the demand for these products
has grown by the crime problem that demands more products, but this
is only a factor not is critical.
"The countries where we sell is not where there is war, is where
prevention. Mexico today has a problem with the fight against crime,
but does not mean it the most dangerous country in the world. What is
observed is that people are investing more in prevention, "he adds.
He says that five years ago when his firm was established in Mexico,
unaware of what the government response to the problem. "I deeply
admire and respect the job in which he embarked President Felipe
Calderon, but not only is it a war, but civil society against a group
that could destabilize the country, we already live in Colombia"
So that their products do not fall into the hands of organized crime,
Knight says that before selling a garment research to clients in the
call list Clinton (Treasury of the United States that identifies
those who have links with drug traffickers and terrorism in the world).
"We do not work with individuals, we only sell to corporate
companies, and for safety each piece has a hidden code and number
five points, if the garment the purchase is a figurehead and the
authority can come and tell me what gave a third, and that has not
- Do you consider the armored Armani clothes?
"I do not think Armani, and will save a huge respect for him. My work
in the company is inventing ballistic solutions. What our customers
know is that we are a unique security solution that will not have the
whole world. The security is expensive cheap.
Dominan mujeres puestos de seguridad en Guadalupe D.B.; son 10, de 12
agentes activos, sin armas
POR: REDACCION | 19-ABR-2011 10:33
Guadalupe, D.B., Juárez.- Seguridad Pública del Municipio de Praxedis
G. Guerrero mantiene únicamente 12 agentes activos, de los cuales
sólo 2 son hombres y el resto mujeres, los cuales utilizan la
conversación y la convivencia con las familias como estrategia de
seguridad, meramente preventiva.
El municipio, compuesto por 8 mil 514 habitantes, según dijo el
alcalde, José Luis Guerrero de la Peña, cuenta con este operativo
táctico que ha permitido mantener el índice delictivo a la baja sin
necesidad de tener armas de grueso calibre o echar mano de otras
herramientas para hacer frente a la inseguridad.
Las mujeres han sido las más interesadas en mantener estos puestos,
lo cual ha dado un resultado positivo. Asegura el presidente
municipal que aún no cuenta con un mando al frente de la corporación
desde que Marisol Valles tuvo que salir del lugar, "por respeto y
cuestiones personales de las cuales no quisiera hablar", dijo,
anticipándose a las preguntas de los medios de comunicación.
Hasta el momento él se hace cargo de la dependencia, pues no ha
encontrado un perfil adecuado en las 7 solicitudes que han
presentado, también en su mayoría mujeres, para ocupar la vacante,
pues en su momento Marisol contaba con una excelente preparación en
criminología y materias relacionadas, sin embargo hoy, por la
estrategia de seguridad empleada, busca a alguien que cuente con
estudios de sociología o asignaturas relacionadas, dijo el funcionario.
Aseguró que los agentes de seguridad son los suficientes para cumplir
con sus obligaciones, sin embargo se está viendo la posibilidad de
ampliar la plantilla a 18, pues dijo que el presupuesto alcanza para
un poco más; será cuestión de adecuar los planes y destinar el
recurso. "Hay que hacer una evaluación de los perfiles en los agentes
de seguridad para su elección", dijo el alcalde.
Ocasionalmente rondan militares las calles del municipio, el
funcionario y su comunidad lo saben; desconocen el número o su
función, lo único que reconocen es que han respetado el plan de
seguridad que se implantó en el lugar.
Diseñador de ropa blindada ve en México gran mercado
POR: CRUZ LOERA | 17-ABR-2011 16:28
Cascos blindados, placas de nivel superior de protección contra
ataques de AK-47 y equipos tácticos para las policías comercializa la
empresa de Miguel Caballero.
The New York Times lo llamó El Armani de la ropa blindada. El
calificativo no le incomoda al diseñador Miguel Caballero, empresario
colombiano, quien en la industria de la seguridad personal ha
posicionado en el mundo la firma que lleva su nombre al confeccionar
trajes, chamarras, guayaberas, camisetas y chalecos que pueden
resistir la penetración de un cuchillo o el impacto de una pistola
Caballero dice que el mercado mexicano ha tenido un crecimiento
importante, no sólo por la lucha de las fuerzas federales —uno de sus
principales clientes— contra la delincuencia organizada, sino también
porque las personas consideran sus productos como una necesidad que
puede salvarles la vida.
Para este año, la empresa Miguel Caballero suscribió una alianza con
la firma Eurocopter de México para blindar sus helicópteros que dan
servicio a personas "VIP" pues algunas de estas naves han sido
atacadas con armas de fuego de largo alcance, dice el empresario.
Sin revelar cifras, en entrevista asegura que en el sector privado es
donde sus ventas han tenido un incremento significativo en los
últimos años, pues hoy más de 40% de sus ventas provienen de este
Caballero es un hombre discreto, no dice los nombres de sus clientes,
pero se conoce que su ropa blinda ha vestido al príncipe Felipe de
España; al ex presidente de Colombia Álvaro Uribe; al juez español
Baltasar Garzón y al presidente de México, Felipe Calderón.
En su stand, de la Expo Seguridad México, muestra uno de sus nuevos
productos, una camiseta (underwear), de material 100% flexible que
sólo pesa 800 gramos que resiste el impacto de un arma de fuego.
Entre los productos que más solicita el mercado mexicano, agrega, se
encuentran las guayaberas blindadas, camisetas de uso interior y
chamarras impermeables, cascos blindados, placas de nivel superior de
protección contra ataques de AK-47 (cuerno de chivo).
También equipos tácticos para las policías y las fuerzas del orden
para grupos especiales de "inserción e ingresos rápidos", así como
botas tácticas, cascos, escudos, chalecos, detectores de minas, entre
Par el empresario, en México, a partir de la lucha del gobierno
federal en contra del crimen organizado y el narcotráfico, la demanda
de estos productos ha crecido por el problema de la delincuencia que
demanda más productos, pero eso sólo es un factor que no es decisivo.
"Los países donde nosotros vendemos no es donde hay guerra, es donde
hay prevención. México hoy tiene un problema por la lucha contra la
delincuencia, pero no significa que sea el país más peligroso del
mundo. Lo que se observa es que las personas están invirtiendo más en
Dice que hace cinco años, cuando su firma se estableció en México,
desconocían cuál sería la reacción de los gobiernos frente al
problema. "Soy un profundo admirador y respeto la tarea en la que se
embarcó el presidente Felipe Calderón, pero no sólo es una guerra de
él, sino de la sociedad civil contra un grupo que puede
desestabilizar el país, nosotros ya lo vivimos en Colombia", expone.
Para que sus productos no lleguen a manos del crimen organizado,
Caballero asegura que antes de vender una prenda se investiga a los
clientes en la llamada Lista Clinton (del Departamento del Tesoro de
Estados Unidos que identifica a quienes tienen vínculos con el narco
y el terrorismo en el mundo).
"No trabajamos con particulares, sólo vendemos a corporativos y
compañías, y para mayor seguridad cada prenda tiene un código y
número oculto en cinco puntos, si la prenda la compra un testaferro y
la encuentra la autoridad, puede venir a decirme por qué la entregó a
un tercero, y eso no ha ocurrido".
—¿Se le considera el Armani de la ropa blindada?
—Yo no me considero Armani, y le guardo un enorme respeto a él. Mi
trabajo en la compañía es inventar soluciones balísticas. Lo que
nuestros clientes saben es que somos una solución de protección
exclusiva, que no va a tener todo el mundo. Lo barato en seguridad