Monday, April 11, 2011


Note: a whole lot of dots missing in this one

Undercover agent shot by drug suspects in Peoria
by Lisa Halverstadt and Mary Shinn - Apr. 8, 2011 08:50 PM
The Arizona Republic

A special agent of the state Attorney General was shot late Friday
while following two cars believed to be involved in a Mexican drug
cartel, the Arizona Department of Public Safety said.

The undercover agent was shot in the shoulder and neck around 4:15
p.m by one of the suspects he was following in the area of 91st
Avenue and Mountain View Road in Peoria, DPS Capt. Steve Harrison said.

When the suspects realized they were being followed, they began
driving aggressively, Harrison said. The driver of a white pickup
truck circled back behind the officer and began ramming the agent's
car. The second car, a gold Chrysler Pacifica, remained in front of
the agent. The truck then pulled parallel with agent's car and the
driver shot the agent, Harrison said. The agent was treated and
released from the hospital, said Amy Rezzonico, an AG's spokeswoman.

Harrison said the agent is part of a multi-agency drug task force and
that other officers in the area were monitoring him and responded
when he was shot.
The driver of the white truck has been arrested, and police were
still looking for the occupants of the Pacifica late Friday. Peoria
police and DPS are investigating the shooting.

Undercover DPS Officer Shot by Suspected Drug Dealers
Shooting was possibly cartel-related
Updated: Friday, 08 Apr 2011, 10:45 PM MDT
Published : Friday, 08 Apr 2011, 7:04 PM MDT
PEORIA - A DPS officer has been wounded after being involved in a
shooting Friday afternoon, near 91st Ave and Mountain View.

Police say he was on the trail of some known drug dealers when the
tables were turned on him. He was shot while he was inside of his
unmarked car.

The officer was part of a DPS Task Force conducting surveillance on a
large drug ring. While he was following one of the cars, it appears
they caught on, and started chasing the officer.

It ended when the suspect vehicle rammed the undercover officer's
car. That's when another car pulled up, and they fired one shot upon
the officer.

The shooter's vehicle got away, but the driver of the truck was taken
into custody. Police are looking for the two occupants of the
shooter's vehicle.

It has not been confirmed, but the incident could be cartel-related.
"They were known to be cocaine dealers, fairly significant amounts of
cocaine, the Drug Task Force had been working these people since
December... we don't know that, but based on the amount of cocaine
these people were known to deal with, that's probably a likelihood,
but we don't know that for sure at this point," says DPS Cpt. Steve

The bullet hit the officer in the shoulder and lodged in his neck. He
is still in the hospital but is expected to be ok.
We should note, the officer is an investigator with the Attorney
General's Office who was assigned to the Task Force.

Authorities are looking for that suspect vehicle, a gold 2004
Chrysler Pacifica, Arizona Child Abuse Prevention License Plate
#AC65373. The sedan may have window and body damage.

Note: arms sales to mexico from u.s. but not broken down as to
what. by defense industry and govt. standards, small arms are very
small potatoes.
FY 1950
FY 1999 FY 2000 FY 2001
FY 2002 FY 2003 FY 2004
MEXICO 225,759 382 15,194
2,044 6,750 4,202

FY 2005 FY 2006 FY 2007 FY 2008 FY
2009 FY 2009
4,035 13,712 957
4,109 71,203 348,346

Agents seize 4,891 pounds of pot in 24 hours
Fri, 04/08/2011 - 23:37

TUCSON — Border Patrol agents assigned to the Tucson Sector working
the West Desert area seized 4,891 pounds of marijuana, with an
estimated value of $2,445,500 in three separate incidents within a 24-
hour period.
On April 7, Border Patrol agents assigned to the Casa Grande station
working near Stanfield, discovered a stolen crew-cab pickup in the
desert south of Interstate 8. Further inspection of the vehicle
yielded 1,704 pounds of marijuana. The narcotics, with an estimated
value of $852,000, were seized and the stolen vehicle was turned over
to the Arizona Department of Public Safety.

In a separate incident, Casa Grande agents followed tire tracks to a
vehicle hidden inside an obscure area. Agents discovered 1,761
pounds of marijuana after removing the tarp covering the 2006 Chevy
pickup truck. The narcotics, with an estimated value of $880,500,
were seized and the vehicle stolen from Goodyear, was turned over to
the Pinal County Sheriffs Office.
Also on that day, agents assigned to the Ajo Station responded to a
citizen's report of two vehicles that had driven off the road east of
State Route 85. Agents apprehended a Mexican national and discovered
a second vehicle that had rolled on its side with the assistance from
a CBP helicopter. Both pickup trucks contained a combined 1,462
pounds of marijuana, with an estimated street value of $731,000. The
vehicles were seized and the subject is being prosecuted on federal
drug charges.
As a result of the Border Patrol's increased efforts to disrupt and
deny transnational criminal organizations from operating in the
Tucson Sector, smugglers often abandon their drug loads rather than
risk apprehension and face prosecution.
In March 2009, the Department of Homeland Security launched the
Southwest Border Initiative to bring unprecedented focus and
intensity to securing the Southwest border, coupled with a
reinvigorated, smart, and effective approach to enforcing our
immigration laws.
The Border Patrol welcomes assistance from the community. Report
suspicious activity by calling toll free 1-877-872-7435. All calls
will be answered and will remain anonymous.

Note: barricading a developing trend

38 Arrested in 2 Drop House Busts in Phoenix
PHOENIX (AP) — The Maricopa County Sheriff's Office says deputies
arrested 38 suspected illegal immigrants in the busts of two drop
houses in Phoenix.

They say 16 suspected illegal immigrants were taken into custody in
Friday's first bust.
Deputies arrested 15 more at another drop house where some of the
people barricaded themselves inside. The sheriff's SWAT team was
called out to assist and seven others people were arrested.
Authorities say some of the 38 in custody could be human smugglers.

The busts were part of the sheriff office's ongoing "Operation Desert
Sky" that's designed to crack down on human smugglers and marijuana
smugglers in Arizona's most populous county.

Note: would very interesting to get details on this one.
Feds arrested 256 fugitives in Arizona roundup by Associated Press
(April 8th, 2011 @ 5:14pm)

PHOENIX - The U.S. Marshals Service in Arizona says a fugitive
roundup in Maricopa and Pinal counties has resulted in more than 250
Authorities say seven of the 256 fugitives were wanted for sexual

Results of the ``Operation Justice III'' were announced Friday.
The roundup also got 16 weapons off the street and resulted in the
seizure of nearly 23 pounds of marijuana and other drugs.
``Operation Justice III'' was a one-week collaboration of federal,
state and local law enforcement officers.
The Marshals Service in Arizona coordinated the effort to coincide
with National Crime Victims' Rights Week.

Note: and how much have things changed?

Troopers set to thwart ammunition smugglers
Posted: Saturday, April 9, 2011 12:00 am | Comments

In this year leading up to Arizona's centennial, Feb. 14, 2012, we'll
reprint a story or excerpts each day from the Arizona Daily Star or
Tucson Citizen archives.
April 9, 1912
DOUGLAS - What is believed by the military authorities to have been
smuggling of ammunition upon a large scale will probably be broken up
by the stationing of a patrol of 11 troopers of the Fourth Cavalry at
the San Bernardino ranch of John H. Slaughter, 16 miles east of
Douglas. The detail was sent to the ranch, after investigation made
by Captain Gordon H. Kimball, in command here, and following request
of Mr. Slaughter.
The first intimation of ammunition smuggling was had several days ago
when line fences were found to have been cut and the ranch entered
from the Mexican side. Around the gap were ammunition boxes,
completely emptied, which had evidently contained at least 2,000
rounds of shells.
Captain Kimball, in speaking of the matter yesterday, stated that he
had no doubt ammunition running had been done in the past. His theory
was that the bandits who were in Canon Bonita several weeks ago had
received a supply of cartridges by train. They were removed at the
station and carried to the line. The bandits filled their belts there
and abandoned the boxes. He feels certain that no recurrence of the
exploit will be had while the patrol is stationed at the ranch.
- Arizona Daily Star

Note: more local stuff
Former sub director of Naco PD killed.
Town of Cajeme, Son. asking for help from military against organized

Pedirá Cajeme apoyo militar

Las autoridades municipales en coordinación con el Estado y la
Federación, analizan estrategias de combate al crimen organizado,
tras la muerte de alrededor de cinco personas esta semana que culmina.

"Estamos buscando una mayor presencia de militares en Cajeme, con más
recorridos y más presencia de la Policía Estatal", apuntó el
presidente municipal de Cajeme, Manuel Barro Borgaro.

Destacó que ante la ola de crímenes que se registraron el martes con
el asesinato de dos policías preventivos y este jueves con la muerte
de tres personas más, aunado que algunas personas están lesionadas,
se estudian las formas de enfrentar el problema.

"Obtuvimos actos del crimen organizado en dos lugares diferentes el
jueves, lamentablemente perdieron la vida ciudadanos de Cajeme,
estamos viendo como esos reajustes y esos problemas regresaron a
nuestro Municipio", refirió el munícipe.

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