Monday, November 14, 2011



Note: AZ, SON Drug activity. In the northern Sonora area, the
Mexican Army has been making some real impacts on the balance of
trade last few months, seizing tons of pot and much other drugs. But,
maybe doing too much?

Sierra Vista cops bust drug smugglers, seize $2.9 mill worth of pot
Web Producer: Brian Pryor

TUCSON (KGUN9-TV) - Sierra Vista Police seized 8,000 pounds of
marijuana being smuggled in a semi truck carrying cattle and a nearby

An officer with the department's K-9 unit conducted the stop on
Highway 90 near Highway 82. The canine alerted to the vehicle and
officers found 200 bales of marijuana concealed in the vehicle.

Authorities arrested 39 year-old Juan Alberto Miranda-Torres, a
Mexican national from Nogales, Sonora. Miranda-Torres was booked into
the Cochise County Jail.

Officers also searched a ranch located in the 2300 block of Sands
Ranch Road. As officers arrived four people fled on foot and three
were found and arrested. The search resulted in approximately 200
bales of Marijuana stored in a vehicle and trailer on the property.
Investigators believe that the ranch was used to package and smuggle

In total the pot seized carries a street value of $2.9 million
dollars, the vehicles and cattle were also seized during the incident.

Juan Miranda-Torres was charged with Possession of Marijuana for
Sale, Transporting Marijuana for Sale and Possession of Marijuana.
The three subjects at the property who tried to flee; Jorge Armando
Martinez-Madero, 39, Luis Alfredo Islave, 28, and Javier Rubio-Nunez,
30, all Mexican citizens were charged with Conspiracy to Commit
Possession of Marijuana for Sale and Conspiracy to Commit
Transporting Marijuana for Sale. All subjects were booked into the
Cochise County Jail.

A second search warrant was served in the 300 block of Mustang Road
in Huachuca City. There was no one home at the time of the service
of the warrant but evidence found in the search indicates the home
owner is involved in the distribution and sale of Marijuana. Over
$50K in cash and several vehicles were seized from the property.

Note: just south of Yuma

Seize 8.6 tons. SLRC marijuana
SATURDAY NOVEMBER 12, 2011 14:32 DRAFTING \ theOfficial

Elements of the National Defense Secretariat (SEDENA) said more than
8 tons of marijuana in the Military Checkpoint "Cocopah" in the
municipality of San Luis Rio Colorado.

Through a press release, the military base reported that troops
belonging to the territorial command established in the checkpoint
"Cocopah", located at km 176.5 of the highway Sonoyta - San Luis Rio
Colorado, Son., Secured 8 tons 600 kilograms of marijuana.
This seizure was a result of the review to a tractor truck with name
for the transport of LPG, from Los Mochis, Sinaloa, Tijuana, in which
was located 830 packages they were found hidden in a special
compartment within the tank.
For this review we used an ALL TERRAIN vehicle delivered to the
Mexican Army and Air Force under the Merida Initiative last October,
which is evidenced troops training in the use of such equipment and
strengthens the ability to intercept illicit drugs using cutting edge
technology and non-intrusive procedures which guarantee respect for
human rights.
This action was achieved arrest driver of the vehicle which was
available to the Federal Public Ministry and the
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Last Updated (Saturday 12 November 2011 14:47)

Note: doing maybe too much? Or just going back to long standing
traditions? Wars tend to be a bit brutal.

Major change at the 60th Infantry Battalion
Details Posted on Saturday, November 12, 2011 9:06
Written by Martin Alberto Mendoza

Carlos Sanchez was concentrated Mederos Hermosillo

Mederos Lieutenant Colonel Carlos Sanchez, commander of 60 Infantry
Battalion, was concentrated at the headquarters of the Fourth
Military Zone based in Hermosillo, and until yesterday afternoon had
not yet arrived in the new military command to take that responsibility.

This was learned unofficially, because the Ministry of National
Defense (SEDENA) has not issued any statement about it, however,
sources close to the institute revealed that Mederos armed Sanchez
and was notified of the change.

It is mentioned that this happened since the first of November, due
to regular movements are specified in the military that day or the
15th of each month, but it was from the previous week and since then
the military high command began to take leave officials of other

Although still in the military installations of 60 Battalion, ensures
that only awaits the arrival of his successor in order to deliver the
military command in an act that is not known whether it will have
formal character.

So far not officially know the reasons for their removal, however,
there were countless complaints and accusations of abuse,
arbitrariness and burglaries committed by soldiers under his command.

Not only the public was affected by these abuses and verbal, physical
and psychological, but because of illegal searches and destruction,
but also municipal policemen were victims of these repressive actions.

This after they were forced to descend patrols in which they
traveled, lay down their arms and be psychologically tortured to
reveal their alleged links with criminal groups, but never criminally
proceeded against them.

Housewives, employees and even owners of some shops, also were
affected, some for theft in their homes and others from beatings and
theft of their belongings.

One of the most affected was the colony Villa Bonita, and Alameda,
where they raided without warrants for wrongfully abusing its
inhabitants, who not only their belongings but frisk their cell
phones and in other cases seized appliances and to clothing.

One of the most notorious cases was the outrage committed against the
officer first removed from the Municipal Police, Juan Pedro Acosta
Palomares, to cause a smooth stroke after his home on two occasions
this year.

In the first of the raids, which occurred on February 21,
appropriated a bag containing 40,000 pesos, and the September 14 re-
entered the same house down the alley located between Child Heroes
Honduras and Jesus Garcia, seizing 5 000 pesos and a lot of clothes.

None of the citizen complaints that were filed in the Attorney
General of the State (PGJE) and to the Federal Public Ministry
prospered, and thus never initiated any criminal proceedings against

Men crash pick-up, leave behind pot haul
Posted: Friday, November 11, 2011 9:17 am
Nogales International |

Authorities are looking for two men who fled their vehicle after
crashing into a wall in a Nogales subdivision, leaving behind 718
pounds of marijuana.
At approximately 2 p.m. on Nov. 4, a Santa Cruz County Metro Task
Force officer working in the Monte Carlo subdivision attempted to
stop a grey 2000 Dodge pick-up after allegedly spotting several
bundles of marijuana in plain view.

"The vehicle failed to stop for the agents and fled, subsequently
colliding into a wall on dead end Cananea," said Lt. Raoul Rodriguez
of the Santa Cruz County Sheriff's Office.
The two male occupants fled the truck and an "extensive" search was
conducted to find them, Rodriguez said. "However, these efforts went
Metro said the 77 bundles of pot had an estimated street value of
approximately $250,000.

Nogales police seize meth load
$484,000 worth of meth
Police pulled $484,000 worth of meth from this truck on Monday.
Posted: Friday, November 11, 2011 9:15 am
By JB Miller
For the Nogales International | 0 comments

Nogales police said they seized $484,000 worth of methamphetamines on
Monday during a traffic stop on Interstate 19.
An NPD officer working with a dog on interdiction detail performed
the stop shortly after 11 a.m. after he observed a Ford pick-up with
an equipment violation at Kilometer 12.5.
"The canine was deployed to search the car and the canine alerted to
the presence of narcotics," said Lt. Carlos Jimenez of the Nogales
Police Department. "The car was searched thoroughly and 22.1 pounds
of methamphetamines were discovered concealed in the car."
The driver, 40-year-old Ruben Barnett-Leal, of Nogales, Sonora was
taken into custody and the truck was impounded.
"The suspect, evidence and the investigation was turned over to the
Santa Cruz County Metro Task Force for further action," Jimenez said.

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