Friday, September 16, 2011



Note: Vekol Valley News Still conflicting stories, one source says
whole bunch of shots fired, and another that a person and firearm
picked up. Happy Independence Day

Shots fired at DPS officers along Interstate 8 by KTAR Newsroom
(September 16th, 2011 @ 8:20am)

STANFIELD, Ariz. -- Two Arizona Department of Public Safety officers
were shot at as they worked along Interstate 8 west of Stanfield
Friday morning.
The officers were not injured.

The shots were fired just before 6 a.m. No details were available.
Border Patrol agents, DPS and the Pinal County Sheriff's Office were
Stanfield is in a corridor which authorities say is used to smuggle
drugs and illegal immigrants from the Mexican border to the Valley.

Arizona shooting: Shots fired at DPS officers in Pinal County
by Morgan Sailor - Sept. 16, 2011 08:47 AM
The Arizona Republic-12 News Breaking News Team

Shots were fired at DPS officers as they were working with the U.S.
Border Patrol on a human- and drug-smuggling operation in Vekol
Valley early Friday morning.

"It was an ambush," said Officer Carrick Cook of the Department of
Public Safety. "The officers were just merely walking back to the
command post."

Officers fired back at the shooter, but no one was injured in the
exchange that took place just before 6 a.m. near Stanfield off of
Interstate 8. The shooter ran away, and DPS officers, Border Patrol
agents and Pinal County Sheriff's deputies organized a foot search.

Authorities said that they found a person of interest while scouring
the nearby desert. That person is now in custody as officials attempt
to find out if he was involved. Authorities said they also recovered
a handgun and drugs.

The officers were probably either getting ready to leave for the day
or taking a break from the operation to get a drink, Cook said.

No one hurt when shots are fired at police officers
Posted: Sep 16, 2011 7:20 AM MST Updated: Sep 16, 2011 10:00 AM MST
By Eric Zott - email

Police are searching for the person that fired shots at officers
Friday morning along I-8.

Authorities with the Arizona Department of Public said someone fired
shots at their officers Friday morning in the area of I-8 west of the
SR84 junction. Authorities confirm that no officers were hit.
The officers were working in the area south of Stanfield along I-8
near mile post 147 when shots were fired at them.

Officers various agencies, including the DPS, Border Patrol and Pinal
county sheriff's office, are working the area searching for the shooter.

The CBS 5 news helicopter flew over the area while the incident was
being investigated.

Valley Drug Pipeline Busted
ICE, Pinal Co. break up smuggling operation
Ted Houston - KFYI News

Agents from Immigration and Customs Enforcement and the Pinal County
Sheriff's Office have dismantled what they term a large-scale drug
smuggling operation.

A news release from ICE says the organization is believed to be
responsible for moving thousands of pounds of marijuana per month
between the city of Maricopa and metro Phoenix, after the drugs were
brought north from Mexico by drug runners. ICE says 28-year-old Jose
Sarinana-Placencia was the alleged ringleader. He and five members
of his organization are facing state and federal drug smuggling and
weapons charges.

The arrests were made after federal and Pinal County authorities
executed seven search warrants Thursday morning at locations, in
Maricopa, Chandler, and Mesa. In addition to the arrests, agents
seized 3,000 pounds of marijuana, $300,000 in cash, and ten weapons.

"From every indication, this organization has been a major player in
moving narcotics smuggled in from Mexico into the Phoenix area," said
Matt Allen, special agent in charge of ICE's Homeland Security
Investigations in Phoenix.

Note: related?
Westbound I-10 re-opens after fatal shooting
Posted: Sep 16, 2011 4:54 AM MST Updated: Sep 16, 2011 9:52 AM MST
By Steve Stout -
Westbound I-10 re-opens after fatal shooting

Traffic is moving again on westbound I-10 at 51st Avenue after a
deadly late-night freeway shooting that led to a crash Thursday night.

Homicide detectives were called to the crash after it was determined
the driver of a pickup truck suffered a fatal gunshot wound to the head.

Westbound Interstate 10 between 43rd and 59th avenues was reopened
just before 7:30 a.m. Friday, according to the Arizona Department of
Transportation traffic cameras. Commuters were faced with traffic
back-ups in both directions as eastbound traffic slowed near the scene.

Steve Roser of the Department of Public Safety said the middle-aged
man driving the pickup appeared to have been shot one time in the head.
He said witnesses told officers the driver appeared to lose control
of the vehicle just after 10 p.m. Thursday night before crashing
through the guardrail.

Anyone with information about the incident is asked to contact
Phoenix Police at 602-262-6141, 480-WITNESS, or 480-TESTIGO for Spanish.

No other information was available.

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