Friday, April 8, 2011



Hold of on this one until we can have a double check on numbers.
Scanned it too fast.

Note: looks quite a bit like the one over by Douglas, but can't

Smugglers improvise ramp to drive over border fence
April 08, 2011 12:08 AM

Half a million dollars worth of marijuana was seized from smugglers
who used a portable truck ramp to illegally enter the U.S. from
Mexico early Thursday morning.

Border Patrol agents assigned to Yuma Station were patrolling near
the southern most end of Foothills Boulevard and the international
boundary on the Barry M. Goldwater Range just before dawn when they
encountered a 2001 Jeep Cherokee driving northbound from the fence at
a high rate of speed.

"The hours of darkness are always more busy than during the
daylight," said Kenneth Quillin, supervisory Border Patrol agent for
the Yuma Sector Communications Division.

Agents attempted to initiate a vehicle stop when the vehicle suddenly
changed directions and headed back toward Mexico. The vehicle's
occupants abandoned the vehicle in the U.S. and fled to Mexico.
"Where they returned back south is where the fence is up against a
natural barrier - a mountain range - and they went around the fence,"
Quillin said.

Inside the SUV, agents discovered 1,000 pounds of marijuana.

The Cherokee had entered the United States over a large ramp placed
over the fence to create a portable bridge. The fence is about 12
feet tall.
"The ramp truck - the front part folds over the top of the fence so
the (Cherokee) travels across the rails and the front part actually
touches the ground on the other side. It actually travels up over the
top," Quillin explained.

The homemade truck ramp was crafted by smugglers, Quillin added.
"They made it themselves."

The ramp has been seized by Mexican officials. The marijuana was
seized and turned over to the Drug Enforcement Administration and the
vehicle was seized by Border Patrol.

The Yuma Sector Border Patrol said as a result of its efforts to
disrupt and deny transnational criminal organizations from operating
with impunity, smuggling organizations often abandon their narcotics
rather than risk being caught and facing prosecution.

The Yuma Sector Border Patrol asks the public to report suspicious
activity along the border by calling 1-866-999-8727.

Man gets 29 years in Gilbert home invasion that turned deadly
by Nathan Gonzalez - Apr. 8, 2011 12:04 PM
The Republic |

A Valley man received a 29-year prison term for his role in a Gilbert
home invasion that turned deadly for one of his accomplices. Robert
Gonzalez, 22, was one of five people involved in the May 19, 2009,
home invasion. He was sentenced Thursday.
A look back: Rapper's home invaded

On Feb. 24, Gonzalez, Dominicio Soldano and Ralph Chacon accepted
plea agreements in Maricopa County Superior Court, pleading guilty to
second-degree murder in the death of Anthony Gonzales, an accomplice
who died when their SUV rolled while fleeing Gilbert police.

The three men pleaded guilty to two felony counts of aggravated
assault. Chacon was expected to be sentenced with Gonzalez, but his
sentencing hearing was continued until May 20, when he and Soldano
will learn their fate.

Around 2:30 a.m. the night of the crime, Anthony Gonzales, Robert
Gonzalez, Chacon and Soldano stormed a home on the 3600 block of East
Stampede Drive, claiming to be police officers with bulletproof vests
and automatic weapons. A fifth suspect, Isidro Pineda Jr., stood
watch outside.

The quartet assaulted a man and ransacked the place, looking for
$60,000 in jewelry, police said. They fled the scene when police
arrived. Pineda was in a separate vehicle and later surrendered to

Gonzales, Gonzalez, Chacon and Soldano fled in an SUV and at one
point stopped near the SanTan Village shopping center before getting
back into the vehicle and fleeing a second time.

Once the vehicle neared the 400 block of Williams Field Road, an
officer conducted a PIT maneuver, which causes a vehicle to spin to a
stop when clipped by another vehicle. That caused the SUV to roll,
which pinned and killed Gonzales.

Pineda pleaded guilty July 15 to charges of unlawful flight from law
enforcement and misconduct involving weapons for his role. He was
sentenced to 2½ years in prison for the flight charge and 1½ years on
the weapons charge.

The case also spawned a wrongful-death lawsuit against the town and
officers brought by Marlo Gonzales, Anthony's mother. The lawsuit was
later dismissed.

Ariz. Border agents seize swords, drugs in separate incidents note
timeline on the two versions.

Fernanda Echavarri, Arizona Daily Star | Posted: Friday, April 8,
2011 9:53 am

Border Patrol seized several swords, an AK-47 assault rifle and
almost 1,000 rounds of ammunition Wednesday south of Tucson.
Agents operating a video surveillance system saw "cross-border
activity" near Lukeville where they found 803 rounds of assault rifle
ammunition, several swords and other rifle parts, according to a news
release. Later that morning in an unrelated incident, agents arrested
three suspected smugglers with 1,110 pounds of marijuana in that area.
Meanwhile, agents patrolling near Sells stopped a suspicious vehicle
Wednesday afternoon and found an AK-47 assault rifle, an extended
magazine, and 120 rounds of ammunition, according to the release. The
driver was a U.S. citizen and the passenger was in the country
illegally. Both men were arrested.

Note: photo showed several Japanese swords & knives.

Publicada: 08/04/2011 09:03 Por: Rubén A. Ruiz
Aseguran potente armamento y drogas en Arizona

El aseguramiento de potente armamento y drogas, lograron oficiales de
la Patrulla Fronteriza en las últimas 24 horas en tres acciones
realizadas en la región.

Un oficial de la autoridad migratoria en mención, informó que
incautaron mil 100 libras de mariguana, un rifle de asalto y 923
rondas de municiones.

Esto ocurrió durante la mañana de ayer, cuando agentes realizaban un
monitoreo de sobrevigilancia, cuando en cámaras de seguridad
detectaron personas cruzando ilegalmente la frontera al Este de

Los oficiales acudieron al sitio y encontraron 803 rondas de
municiones de rifle de asalto, varias espadas y partes de rifles.

En esa misma zona aprehendieron a tres sujetos que transportaban 21
bultos con mariguana sumando en total mil 100 libras.

Más tarde agentes patrullaban la ruta estatal 15 y detuvieron a un
automovilista que les parecio sospechoso.

El sujeto resultó ser un migrante indocumentado al que le encontraron
un rifle de asalto tipo AK 47 y 120 rondas de municiones.

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