Note: Is "Sinaloa" becoming generic for any TCO/DTO?
Note: Those with the resources may want to see if Tempe and Nogales
PD's still have the firearms and if they have been checked against
the F&F lists. Did, as suspected, many of the F&F firearms stay with
the local home boys?
Arizona Authorities Dismantle 'Extensive' Drug Cell
Operation Crank Call: Over $7M in cash seized
Updated: Tuesday, 20 Dec 2011, 12:21 PM MST
Published : Tuesday, 20 Dec 2011, 6:11 AM MST
TEMPE, Ariz. - Federal and local authorities say they've arrested 203
people, and seized $7.8 million in cash and more than 1,200 in
various drugs following a 15-month investigation that they say has
dismantled an "extensive" drug trafficking cell tied to the powerful
The "Operation Crank Call" investigation began when Tempe police
pulled over a man after seeing a drug deal near McClintock and Elliot.
The man was later identified as a delivery driver for the drug ring
and that he delivered methamphetamine to various customers in the
Phoenix metro area.
Further investigation led to more extensive undercover work and led
authorities to local drug dealers throughout the metro area.
44 firearms, 650 pounds of marijuana, 435 pounds of meth, 123 pounds
of cocaine and 4.5 pounds of heroin were seized during the operation.
In a statement, Arizona Attorney General Tom Horne said "These drug
traffickers are conducting a dirty business. Their customers are both
adults and children, their products are poison, and their profits
enrich Mexican drug lords enabling them to continue this cycle of
criminality, abuse and death."
Horne is also urging the federal government to increase its presence
at the border. "..Secure the weak spots where fencing would help
bring operational control to the border, and give local law
enforcement agencies more of the tools they need to combat this
Separately, Phoenix agents with the Drug Enforcement Agency had been
investigating the ring, so they joined forces with Tempe police and
other agencies on the case.
"This investigation is a good investigation...hard working group of
people put it together," said Doug Coleman of the DEA.
The investigation is ongoing and police are trying to get to the very
top of the Sinaloa cartel -- hoping at some point to indict and
extradite top members of that cartel and bring them back to face
charges here in the United States.
Note: Short of details as usual
NPD, ICE seize guns, ammo and drugs from local home
Posted: Monday, December 19, 2011 5:27 pm | Updated: 8:31 am, Tue Dec
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The Nogales Police Department says its officers, along with federal
agents, seized 43 assault rifles along with ammunition and drugs from
a local home.
According to an NPD news release, its officers learned that a
residence in Nogales was being used a drop house for a smuggling
operation. Acting on that information, and in conjunction with
Immigration and Customs Enforcement's Homeland Security
Investigations (ICE HSI), officers conducted a consent search of the
home on Dec. 12.
Inside, they reportedly found 43 assault rifles, 19,029 rounds of
7.62 ammunition, 41 high-capacity magazines and 286.3 pounds of
marijuana with an estimated street value of $143,000.
"The seizure is significant in the prevention of these items crossing
into Mexico and into the hands of trafficking organizations," NPD said.
Citing an ongoing investigation, the department said it could not
release further details.
Note: our friends from China at work. Also interesting that Puerto
Quetzal, Guat. is often listed as the final destination of cargo.
They seize nearly 100 tons of precursor chemicals in Michoacán
NOTIMEX / 19/12/2011 00:00:00
MEXICO CITY, Monday, Dec. 19 (Xinhuanet) .- Authorities of the
Attorney General's Office (PGR), the Secretary of the Navy of Mexico
(Semar) and Tax Administration Service (SAT) assured nearly 100 tons
of precursor chemicals through Customs Lázaro Cárdenas, Michoacán.
Through coordination, the authorities managed to freeze, at the
seaport 480 containers with more than 99,700 kilograms of a substance
called monomethylamine, precursor chemical that can be used in the
manufacture of synthetic drugs.
The origin of the containers is the Port of Shanghai, China, bound
for Puerto Quetzal, Guatemala, according to the SAT in a statement.
The chemical was assured availability to the Federal Public Ministry
to investigate and determine the corresponding legal responsibilities
The substance was placed under guard at the Naval Zone at Lazaro
Cardenas, the watchdog explained.
This "confirms that the federal authorities continue permanently with
their determined efforts to prevent criminal organizations threaten
the society through the manufacture and sale of toxic substances."
Note: Article on possible Chinese investment in Naco, Son. Just
south of Naco, AZ, SW of Bisbee, AZ. A primary smuggling route.
Company is Weyang Wen, area of investment said to be agricultural
production and fabrication of diverse products.
Border Patrol rescues injured Guatemalan man
Posted: Tuesday, December 20, 2011 8:43 am
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A special Border Patrol rescue team was called into action last week
to help an injured Guatemalan man discovered in a remote area of
Santa Cruz County.
According to the Border Patrol, agents from the Nogales Station
located a group of illegal immigrants last Thursday in a rugged area
of the Coronado National Forest northwest of Nogales. When one of the
members of the group, a 31-year-old Guatemalan man, complained of
severe foot pain and was unable to walk, the agents contacted the
Tucson Sector's Border Patrol Search, Trauma, and Rescue (BORSTAR)
team for assistance.
A CBP helicopter was subsequently dispatched to the scene with a
BORSTAR agent onboard, and the agents were able to extract the man
from the mountain and transport him to a hospital in Tucson.
According to figures released last week, Border Patrol agents in the
Tucson Sector rescued 509 people in distress during the fiscal year
that ended Sept. 30. Also during Fiscal Year 2011, migrant deaths in
the sector decreased by 23 percent, dropping to 191 from the 249
deaths documented in FY 2010.
Aseguran casi 100 toneladas de precursores químicos en Michoacán
NOTIMEX / 2011-12-19 00:00:00
CIUDAD DE MÉXICO, lunes 19 de diciembre (Notimex).- Autoridades de la
Procuraduría General de la República (PGR), de la Secretaría de
Marina-Armada de México (Semar) y del Servicio de Administración
Tributaria (SAT) aseguraron casi 100 toneladas de precursores
químicos a través de la Aduana de Lázaro Cárdenas, Michoacán.
Gracias a la coordinación, las autoridades lograron inmovilizar, en
ese puerto marítimo 480 tambos con más de 99 mil 700 kilogramos de
una sustancia denominada monometilamina, precursor químico que puede
ser utilizado en la elaboración de drogas sintéticas.
El origen de los contenedores es el Puerto de Shangai, China, con
destino a Puerto Quetzal, Guatemala, informó el SAT en un comunicado.
La sustancia química asegurada fue puesta a disposición de la Agencia
del Ministerio Público federal correspondiente para investigar y
deslindar las responsabilidades legales que resulten procedentes.
La sustancia quedó bajo resguardo de la Zona Naval Militar en Lázaro
Cárdenas, detalló el organismo fiscalizador.
Ello "confirma que las autoridades federales continúan
permanentemente con sus decididos esfuerzos para evitar que
organizaciones delictivas atenten contra la sociedad mediante la
fabricación y venta de sustancias tóxicas".