Wednesday, January 11, 2012


AZMEX UDPATE 11 JAN 2012 Misc.

Note: this one probably the most significant.

Colombian-style attack at the Centre; killed municipal commander,
injured 5 civilians
By: Newsroom | 10-Jan-2012 11:59

The attack this time was a twist: the attackers struck the convoy of
municipal vehicles from the roofs of the houses on both sides of the
street; cops chased the gunmen but they escaped.

An attack against a group of police patrols in Ciudad Juarez
Municipal reminiscent of movie action scenes holywoodenses on the
Colombian drug trade and their confrontations with agents of the DEA
on streets and roofs of Bogota, Cali and Medellin, killed commander
of the division and bullets wounding an officer and five persons
other than the fact that they were unwittingly involved in the attack.

The convoy consisting of several units of the SSPM circulated through
the streets of Ciudad Juarez on a routine trip when suddenly they
were attacked from the upper parts of the buildings along the avenue,
in the middle of Downtown.

The police elements responded to the attack and the attackers fled,
but in the brief but intense firefight was killed the commander of
Sector SSPM Center, know only his surname Soria, another officer was
shot in the arm and five five civilians who were walking through the
area also suffered gunshot wounds.

In their escape the gunmen were chased by the city police to the
intersection of 5 de Febrero February 5 and Francisco Sarabia of
the colony Obrera, where a van was found abandoned late-model gray.
None detained.

Two separate incidents force closing of Mexican Port of Entry
By Francisco Barrios
Douglas Dispatch
Published/Last Modified on Wednesday, January 11, 2012 4:48 PM MST

Two separate incidents caused the closing of the Mexican Port of
Entry the night of January 10 and early morning of January 11. Both
closures resulted in the U.S. Port of Entry also being forced to close.

The Mexican Port of Entry remained closed for three and a half hours
on the night of January 10, due to an incident that involved Mexican
Customs allegedly shooting several rounds towards an unidentified
pick-up that apparently was trying to run away from them. The Mexican
Port re-opened shortly after midnight.

The second incident occurred around 6:45 a.m. on January 11, when a
white pick-up crashed into one of the two entrances to cross through
the Mexican Port of Entry. The Port was re-opened around 11:15 a.m.

Both vehicles were allegedly trying to get into the United States.
Mexican officials said they were unable to comment on any of the two

DPD arrest 3 following pursuit
Published/Last Modified on Wednesday, January 11, 2012 3:03 PM MST
Bruce Whetten
Douglas Dispatch

A 35-year old man from Phoenix and two teenage juveniles from Mexico
are in custody following a vehicle pursuit Friday outside of Douglas.

According to Sgt. Jose Duarte of the Douglas Police Dept. at around
11 a.m. Friday, Jan. 6 Douglas Police Detectives, while in the area
of mile marker one on Kings Highway, observed a white in color
vehicle that appeared to have been loading unknown items into the

Sgt. Duarte said the Douglas Police Detectives approached the vehicle
and the occupants in an attempt to make contact but that the vehicle
began to travel north on Kings Highway while DPD detectives attempted
to make a traffic stop.

The vehicle refused to stop however and a pursuit began.

According to reports from the DPD the vehicle traveled North on Kings
Highway, then East on Double Adobe Road then South on Highway 191.
Douglas Police Detectives were then assisted by Douglas Police
Officers and other officers in the attempt to stop the vehicle.

The suspect vehicle finally came to a stop at the intersection of
Highway 191 and Highway 80, where the three occupants were arrested,
the vehicle was seized and transported to the Douglas Police
Department. Douglas Police Officers later found that the vehicle also
contained several packages of marijuana weighing approximately 93

Douglas Police Department arrested the driver of the vehicle
identified Andres Casillas, 35, along with two teenage juveniles one
of which was from Agua Prieta, the other from Chihuahua.

All subjects were charged with possession of marijuana, marijuana for
sale and transportation of marijuana. They remain in custody pending
their court appearances.

Border Patrol agents seize abandoned marijuana
January 10, 2012 5:36 PM

U.S. Border Patrol agents from the Yuma Sector found an abandoned
load of marijuana just west of Gila Bend on Monday.

Agent Spencer Tippets, of the Yuma Sector Public Affairs Office, said
Wellton Station agents were conducting routine patrols in the area
when they discovered eight bundles of abandoned marijuana in a desert
wash south of Interstate 8.

After searching the area and finding no suspects, agents seized the
marijuana, which had an estimated value in excess of $70,000. "There
was no foot sign in the area," Tippets said.

Tippets said it is difficult for agents to determine how long the
bundles had been there, why they had been left or where the smugglers
had gone. He suggested that the smugglers may have stashed the
marijuana for someone to pick up later or that the smugglers realized
they couldn't make it to their destination and ditched the bundles,
or that they abandoned the marijuana to avoid getting caught by agents.

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Note: north or southbound?

CBP officers at Andrade nab murder suspect
January 09, 2012 6:48 PM

U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers at the Andrade port of
entry on Sunday apprehended a Salinas, Calif., man wanted on charges
related to a double homicide.

Jose DeJesus Vargas Ocegueda, 21, was taken into custody at about 8
p.m. A CBP officer conducting inspections of vehicles and travelers
performed a name check on Vargas. CBP officers ran his fingerprints
through an integrated print system, which confirmed his identity and
a warrant for double homicide.

Vargas was placed in the custody of the Imperial County Sheriff's
Department and transported to the Imperial County Jail to await
extradition to Watsonville, Calif. He is expected to be transferred
by the end of the week.

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