Sunday, September 25, 2011


Note: catching up with things, several more AZMEX items on way to
flood your mail box
The most relevant ones are probably AZMEX UPDATE 24-9-11, and AZMEX
POLICY 25-9-11


Border sheriffs meet at Yuma-area conference
September 22, 2011 8:13 PM

Sheriffs from several border counties, along with representatives of
federal law enforcement agencies, gathered in the Imperial County
this week to discuss how best to protect the country's southern border.

"We work very closely with the local sheriff's offices, police
departments and tribal authorities. They are our partners in the
community," said Chief Patrol Agent Stephen Martin, head of the Yuma
Sector Border Patrol. "Part of the success we have had here in the
Yuma Sector is due to the work we do together."

Sponsored by the Yuma County Sheriff's Office, the Southwestern
Border Sheriff's Coalition's annual meeting and conference, which
also attracted numerous vendors, is being held at Quechan Casino
Resort through Friday.

"The conference is important because it is a way for us to share our
ideas and learn about the 'best practices' from other places that we
may be able to implement here," Martin said. "There are some good
ideas out there, and this conference is where those ideas start."

The Southwestern Border Sheriff's Coalition is made up of the
sheriff's departments from all 26 counties in Texas, New Mexico,
Arizona and California that share a common border with the Mexico.

Martin said that in addition to discussing concerns relating to
border security, the two-day conference is another opportunity, at
least for the Yuma Sector, to meet with area law enforcement to talk
about ways his agency can devote more of its limited resources to
assist them in keeping the community safe.

"They went out of their way for a long time to help us out, so now
that we have operational control of our section of the border, it
time for us to increase our efforts to help them with their
problems," Martin said. "That is the way it should be."

Cochise County Sheriff Larry A. Dever, president of the coalition,
added that while the jurisdictions along the border differ in many
ways, they share the same problems when it comes to dealing with
border-related crimes. He pointed to drug trafficking and human

"Every jurisdiction is different, but we all share the same crooks,"
Dever said. "What is really important about conferences like this is
we talk openly about what the circumstances are and what the best
solutions would be."

Dever said drug trafficking and human smuggling organizations are
more fluid than ever and constantly moving their operations to areas
of the border where they think they will have the most success.

He said while drug trafficking has always been associated with border
crime, human smuggling is relatively new. Drug trafficking, though,
he added, has become much more violent over the years.

Dever said that a sheriff's office involved in fighting border crime
can pass on its experiences during the conference to other counties
who are having to deal with it more frequently now.

In addition to the hundreds of law enforcement members, the
conference has been a showcase for many vendors with the newest and
most state-of-the-art technology for fighting crime.

James Gilbert can be reached at or 539-6854.

Note: A lot easier to by firearms if have a driver's license.

New Mexicos driver's license bill is dead, sponsor says
By Milan Simonich / Texas-New Mexico Newspapers
Posted: 09/23/2011 05:49:57 PM MDT

SANTA FE - The bill that would have prohibited illegal immigrants
from obtaining New Mexico driver's licenses is dead, the sponsor said
this afternoon.
Rep. Andy Nunez, an independent from Hatch, said he could not get
enough support to take the bill directly to the 70-member House of
"A majority would have voted for it, but they did not want to bypass
the committee process and bring it to the floor," Nunez said.
Had he tried to bring the bill to the full House, the maneuver would
have failed 35-35, Nunez said.
He said he had the votes of all 33 Republicans, himself and Rep. Dona
Irwin, D-Deming. The other 35 Democrats opposed his idea of a vote of
the full body.
Nunez had hoped that Rep. Sandra Jeff,
D-Crownpoint, would be the decisive vote he needed to have his bill
heard by the full House of Representatives. But Jeff declined to help
his cause because of her displeasure with Nunez for supporting a
House redistricting bill.
Nunez's proposal and other bills to amend the driver's license law
did not receive committee hearings during the special session.
Typically, a bill only comes to the full membership after clearing a
committee or committees. But Jeff and Irwin helped Nunez sidestep the
committee process in the winter session.
Nunez's repeal bill then cleared the House in a 42-28 vote. It later
died in the Senate, where Democrats pulled together to defeat it.
Repealing the 2003 law that allows illegal immigrants to receive
driver's licenses has been a signature issue for Republican Gov.
Susana Martinez. She had hoped the issue would go to a vote in both
the House and Senate.
With Nunez's bill dead, New Mexico will remain one of three states
that issues driver's licenses without proof of immigration status.
Washington also does, and Utah offers permits that allow immigrants
to drive but do not serve as government-issued identification.
Immigrant groups had fought hard to defeat Nunez's bill, lobbying
legislators throughout the session.

BP agents seize cash, loaded pistol
September 22, 2011 7:57 PM

A loaded pistol from a convicted felon and $17,000 in cash were
seized by U.S. Border Patrol agents from the Yuma Sector during a
stop at a checkpoint Wednesday morning.

Blythe Station agents working along Arizona Highway 93 had stopped a
2010 Chevrolet sedan for an immigration inspection, according to the
Yuma Sector Communications Division.

Agents ran record checks on two male occupants of the vehicle and
learned that one of them was a felon as a result of a drive-by
shooting conviction. After obtaining consent to search the vehicle,
agents found a loaded .357-caliber Springfield XD pistol and $17,000
in cash.

According to the report, further investigation revealed that the cash
came from illegal narcotics sales. It was seized by agents along with
the loaded firearm.

Since the felon is prohibited from possessing firearms, he was taken
into custody and turned over to the Yavapai County Sheriff's Office.

James Gilbert can be reached at or 539-6854

Note: yes, of course.

Middle-of-the-night, sustained bursts of gunfire jolt sister city
Posted: Friday, September 23, 2011 8:33 am

Sustained bursts of gunfire erupted at various spots around Nogales,
Sonora early Thursday morning, alarming residents and reportedly
injuring at least one person.
The gunfire, which lasted for an estimated 20 minutes, began at
approximately 2:40 a.m. and was centered in neighborhoods on the
southeastern side of the city around Orizaba and 5 de Mayo streets.
Local TV station Canal 7 broadcast recordings of the blasts, which
sounded like automatic weapons fire.

There were no reports of death - or arrests - but Radio XENY
interviewed a woman who said she was hit in the leg with a stray
bullet that entered her home in the Colonia Lomas de Nogales.
The newspaper El Imparcial cited city Public Safety Commission member
Juan Ramón López Félix as saying that authorities had ruled out the
possibility that the shooting was part of a showdown between
organized groups. Instead, he said, police suspect that the gunfire
was part of a spontaneous celebration by people traveling in vehicles
through different parts of the city.

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