Saturday, January 21, 2012



Active duty troops train on US Mexican border
Posted: Jan 20, 2012 5:18 PM MST
Updated: Jan 20, 2012 5:18 PM MST
By Bud Foster - bio | email

The Border Patrol needs roads to patrol the US/Mexican border.
The Department of Defense needs training for it's active duty troops.
So both get what they need under an agreement forged by Joint Task
Force - North.

40 combat engineers, led by 2nd Lt. Michelle Zak, are on the border
for nearly eight weeks building a new road through some rough terrain
in the hills just West of Nogales.
"It's been a challenge," Zak says.

The engineers are getting hands on training on heavy equipment,
learning more about proper drainage and how to build roads for tanks
and convoys quickly.

That's part of the challenge.

The platoon also jumps out of airplanes and part of the training is
jumping into the rough, hilly terrain around Fort Huachuca in nearby
Sierra Vista.
When they hit the ground, the job begins and where they drop, is yet
to be determined.
"We're a rapidly deployable unit," Zak says.

That deployment could likely be Afghanistan because the hills of
Southern Arizona mirror those halfway around the world. "That's my
favorite part, you don't know," she says.

The mission is forged by the Joint Task Force - North which has put
together many of these in the past 23 years.

It's task is to bring together government agencies which need work
done and volunteers who need some training willing to do it. That's
been the case with combat engineers on a regular basis.

They've built more than 600 miles of border road since 1989 which is
badly needed by Customs and Border enforcement agencies.

And provided training to hundreds of combat engineers like Zak.
"Building roads is the job of a military engineer," she says.

Note: that's what they tell us, wonder if the Seabees will do it?

Jan 20, 3:52 PM EST
US Border Patrol names New Mexico substation spot
Associated Press

ANIMAS, N.M. (AP) -- The U.S. Border Patrol will open a new outpost
in the New Mexico Bootheel about 20 miles from the Mexico border.

Friday's announcement ends months of controversy about where the
planned outpost would be built.

Border officials say construction is expected to take four to six

Agency spokesman Doug Mosier says the substation is needed because
the isolated region is seeing higher levels of illegal immigration
and drug trafficking due to beefed up enforcement around El Paso,
Texas, and the rest of New Mexico.

Some area ranchers had wanted the border patrol to move its preferred
site, which sits on private land around 20 miles from the border.
They wanted it on a federal land closer to the border.
Federal officials say the preferred site is more tactically sound.

Note: seems like U.S. media loosing interest?

Posted January 20, 2012, 1:45 a.m.
Authorities seize 60 kilos of heroin in booth
Official Department of Customs and Border Protection (CBP), assigned
to the Tucson area, reported the securing of more than 60 kilos of
heroin at the port of San Luis, Arizona.
A resident of Yuma trying to cross into the United States
Omar Chiquete
Nogales, Arizona - New Day

Official Department of Customs and Border Protection (CBP), assigned
to the Tucson area, reported the securing of more than 60 kilograms
of heroin at the port of San Luis, Arizona, on Saturday.
A woman, aged 33, who said a resident of Yuma, Arizona, trying to
enter the United States was selected for a secondary inspection of
his truck, the Chevrolet brand, type SUV.
After a narcotics detection dog alerted to the presence of drugs, the
van was taken to an area where he was elevated to inspect underneath,
officers located 20 packages of heroin hidden tar in the lower panels.
The drug and vehicle were processed for his capture. The woman was
arrested and handed over to the United States, Immigration and
Customs Enforcement National Security Research.
The arrestee is charged with a criminal complaint, which raises no
inference of guilt. A person is presumed innocent until competent
evidence to a jury that establishes guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.

22 illegal immigrants arrested
FRIDAY JANUARY 20, 2012 12:37 GERALD R. VALENZUELA / theOfficial
Nogales, AZ

The Department of Public Safety (DPS) of Arizona reported that a
total of 22 illegal immigrants were traveling in a van and were
arrested after a chase that ended several roads in Chandler. The van
was conduccida by a woman, U.S. citizen, was arrested and charged
with human smuggling. The chase began at 06:00 am in Ahwatukee, when
a DPS officer noticed that the vehicle lacked a front bumper and
ordered him to stop the driver which did not comply and instead took
to flight.

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