Wednesday, December 21, 2011



Note: charged with both drug and human smuggling

Trial date set for 3 former sheriff's employees
by Associated Press (December 21st, 2011 @ 7:23am)

PHOENIX - A judge has postponed the trial of three former Maricopa
County sheriff's employees accused of aiding a smuggling group while
they worked for the police agency.

Maricopa County Superior Court Judge Janet Barton called off a trial
date of Feb. 13 and instead set a June 14 trial date for former
Deputy Alfredo Aguirre Navarrette and former detention officers
Marcella M. Hernandez and Sylvia Rios Najera.

The three had previously pleaded guilty to charges that included
money laundering.
The sheriff's office says the three no longer work for the agency.

Note: Short on details so far. Problematic if firearms get checked
against F&F list. Very few busts happen in Pima county, it seems
that PCSD seldom manages to arrest anyone.

PCSD discovers drug and weapon stash house
Web Producer: Ina Ronquillo

TUCSON (KGUN9-TV) - The Pima County Sheriff's Department has
discovered a massive stash of drugs and weapons.

According to Dawn Barkman, on Dec. 20, deputies responded to the 9100
block of East Loma Linda Place in reference to suspicious activity.
Several 9-1-1 calls were made to indicating there may be a possible
break-in or a home invasion.

When deputies arrived on scene, they made entry into the residence.
They discovered 1,051 bales of marijuana (approx. 21,000 lbs.) with a
street value of over $10 million dollars. Sixteen kilos of cocaine
was also located along with assault rifles and body armor.

Nobody was located inside the residence.
The Counter Narcotics Alliance (CNA) was called to further investigate.

More than $10M in pot found in Tucson home
Dec. 21, 2011 02:44 PM
Associated Press

TUCSON - Authorities say more than $10 million worth of marijuana has
been found in a Tucson home along with cocaine and rifles.

The Pima County Sheriff's Department deputies responded to 911 calls
of suspicious activity at a home near Catalina Highway on Tuesday night.

Deputies discovered 1,051 bales of marijuana, weighing about 21,000

The Arizona Daily Star says body armor, assault rifles and 16 kilos
of cocaine also were discovered at the home. Nobody was in the
residence when deputies arrived and no arrests have been made.

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Note: More on Tues. AZ drug bust release.
Arizona authorities dismantle 'extensive' drug cell
by Jim Walsh - Dec. 20, 2011 02:00 PM
The Republic

A simple traffic stop touched off the largest drug investigation in
Tempe police history, making in-roads into a Sinaloan cartel that
disturbed drugs in several Western and Midwestern states.

Officers working undercover during the 15-month investigation seized
$1.1 million in cash from a south Phoenix home and an unheard of 156
pounds of methamphetaphine, Tempe police Commander Kim Hale said.

"It's one of the largest in Arizona history. When you are talking
about hundreds of pounds of meth, it's significant,'' Tempe Police
Chief Tom Ryff said.

Ryff said drug addicts desperate to support their addiction are
responsible for a large amount of street-level property crimes. He
said every person arrested for a string of burglaries in central
Tempe neighborhood was a methamphetamine addict.

"I don't think the average person understands the impact on our
streets,'' he said.

In all, a task force of police agencies made 203 arrests, seized $7.8
million in cash, 650 pounds of marijuana, 435 pounds of
methamphetamine, 123 pounds of cocaine and 4.5 pounds of heroin.

Tempe police detectives were able to identify dealers in Tempe, Mesa,
Phoenix, Chandler and Avondale.

"There's a lot of drugs coming across the border,'' Hale said.
"There's a lot of heroin coming across the border.''

Although drug trafficking is far more dangerous than most businesses,
it revolves around supply and demand like anything else, he said.

"As long as people are willing to buy it, they are willing to sell
it. That's why drug campaigns are important in the schools.
Enforcement is one part of that,'' Hale said. "They regenerate as
quickly as they can. We take people down and they start replacing them."

Arizona Attorney General Tom Horne said, "when they buy drugs, they
are feeding the cartels that are murdering people.''

Doug Coleman, the federal Drug Enforcement Administration's special
agent in charge, said the Sinaloan cartel has tentacles nationwide,
but they are deepest in Arizona.

He said the ring targeted by Operation Crank Call and Hornswaggle not
only distributed drugs throughout the Valley, but to other states,
including Kansas, Nebraska, Colorado, Utah, Nevada and Wyoming.

"That's the biggest and the baddest of drug cartels,'' Coleman said.
"This is only the beginning of this case as far as DEA is concerned.''

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Note: better than usual on details, but still need more. Gold Cup
and other good stuff.

six subjects who were carrying firearms consigned in Juarez.
[Ciudad Juárez]
by Notimex
20/12/2011 - 03:56 PM

Ciudad Juarez .- The Attorney General's Office (PGR) appropriated to
the Eighth District Court in Chihuahua six suspects responsible for
the crime of violation of the Federal Firearms and Explosives.

According to the record PGR/CHIH/CUAUH/3832/2011-XVI-C, these people
face charges of carrying the different firearms and possession of
cartridges for the exclusive use of the Army, Navy and Air Force.

In a statement, the delegation in Chihuahua of the federal agency
reported that its probable participation, six individuals were
admitted to the Federal Center for Social Rehabilitation No. 9, based
on this border.

He said the Mexican Army made ​​the arrest of these people when
they were outside a clinic in the town of Cuauhtemoc, shortly after
being involved in a confrontation.

At the time of their capture carried a .40-caliber pistol, Glock,
model 22; a 10-millimeter pistol, Colt brand, model Delta Gold Cup,
and Super .38 caliber pistol.

Also a .45 caliber pistol, Colt brand, model Goverment, a nine
millimeter pistol, Browning brand, model Novaks, and a rifle caliber
7.62X39 mm Norinco brand, model Tuc 90 m.

In addition, 91 cartridges for firearms of different calibers, four
magazines for firearms, radio communication, and a cell phone.

He noted that the items are available to the federal prosecutor and
the accused held to the federal prison located in Ciudad Juarez,
where the courts will resolve their situation

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