Wednesday, October 26, 2011



Note: two Culican boys caught with a M1 Garand on west side of Culican.

Bail denied for ICE agent accused of drug crimes

The Associated Press The Associated Press | Posted: Wednesday,
October 26, 2011 12:00 am |

PHOENIX - A federal deportation officer accused of leading
authorities on a high-speed desert chase as he threw bundles of
marijuana from his government truck was ordered Tuesday to remain
behind bars by a judge who said the officer "took an oath and ignored
Jason Alistair Lowery, 34, is a flight risk and danger to the
community, and should remain imprisoned, federal magistrate Edward
Voss said at a hearing.
Lowery was a deportation officer with U.S. Immigration and Customs
Enforcement before his Oct. 18 arrest. At the hearing, Lowery sat
quietly in an orange prison jumpsuit, shackled at the wrists and
ankles, as his attorney entered not guilty pleas on his behalf to one
count each of marijuana possession for distribution, conspiracy to
possess marijuana for distribution, and possession of a firearm in a
drug-trafficking crime.
Voss set Lowery's trial date for Dec. 6. If convicted of all counts,
Lowery could face 10 years to life in prison. Lowery's attorney,
Rebecca Felmly, would not comment.
Lowery was under surveillance by state police and federal agents last
week when authorities say he picked up a load of marijuana in his
government-issued truck during a sting operation.

Border Patrol agents seize marijuana, firearms, money
October 25, 2011 5:58 PM

U.S. Border Patrol agents from Yuma Sector seized nearly 173 pounds
of marijuana, as well as some firearms, currency and other
paraphernalia, in three separate incidents on Monday.

In the first incident, Wellton Station agents patrolling west of
Arizona 85 and Range Four Road discovered footprints traversing the
desert. Agents followed the footprints and located four subjects
attempting to hide under brush.

All of the subjects admitted to being in the country illegally and
all were carrying backpacks of marijuana. The bundles weighed
approximately 173 pounds and had an estimated value exceeding
$86,500. The subjects and marijuana were turned over to the Maricopa
County Sheriff's Office.

In unrelated incidents, Blythe Station agents conducting checkpoint
operations on Interstate 10 near mile marker 4 referred a grey Dodge
Caliber to secondary inspection.

As agents continued their inspection, they noticed a strong odor of
marijuana emanating from the vehicle. Agents ran records checks on
both U.S. citizens in the vehicle and learned that one had a warrant
for a probation violation out of Wisconsin.

After the driver of the vehicle consented to a vehicle search, agents
found marijuana, marijuana brownies, an Interarms revolver, a Glock .
40-caliber handgun, ammunition, drug pipes, and multiple other
paraphernalia items.

All items and the subjects were turned over to the La Paz County
Sheriff's Office.

Blythe agents at the same checkpoint also referred a vehicle to
secondary inspection after a canine alerted to it. Once in secondary,
agents searched both occupants of the vehicle, who were U.S.
citizens, and found the driver was in possession of a stolen, loaded
9 mm Daewoo handgun.

Aided by the canine team, agents also found several grams of
marijuana and $6,300 in cash. The contraband and subjects were turned
over to the La Paz County Sheriff's Office.

James Gilbert can be reached at or 539-6854.

Customs officers arrest 4
October 25, 2011 6:08 PM

Customs and Border Protection officers at the U.S. Port of Entry at
San Luis, Ariz., arrested four people over the weekend on drug and
weapons charges in three separate unrelated incidents, seizing nearly
29 pounds of methamphetamine and heroin, as well as three assault

On Sunday, customs officers conducting outbound operations referred a
24-year-old San Luis man to the secondary inspection area so his Jeep
could be searched before leaving the country for Mexico.

After a currency/firearms detection canine alerted to the vehicle, an
officer lifted the hood and saw three assault rifles, two AK-47s and
one SKS on top of the engine. Further inspection led to two 30-round
magazines and one 40-round magazine. The man was taken into custody
and the weapons were processed for seizure.

Then on Friday, customs officers sent a 24-year-old Yuma woman
driving a Ford sedan to the secondary inspection area before letting
her enter the country.

During an inspection of the vehicle, a narcotics detection canine
alerted to its spare tire. After an X-ray showed packages in the
tire, officers cut it open and found eight packages of heroin. The
drugs, weighing more than 18 pounds, were estimated to be worth
nearly $250,000. The drugs and vehicle were processed for seizure.

The woman was arrested and turned over to U.S. Immigration and
Customs Enforcement's Homeland Security Investigations.

Also on Friday, officers arrested two female Mexican nationals after
finding more than 6 pounds of methamphetamine in their possession.

The women, ages 63 and 20, attempted to enter the country with the
younger woman pushing the other in a wheelchair. The women told
officers they were headed to San Luis to go grocery shopping.

After a narcotics detection canine alerted to the presence of drugs,
officers searched the women and discovered that each of them were
carrying three packages of crystal methamphetamine with a combined
value exceeding $100,000. Both women were turned over to ICE HSI.

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