Tuesday, February 14, 2012



Note: AZ @ 100.


SINALOA UPDATE 26 dead in second week of Feb.

Note: No problems in SC County, just keep moving. Readers may
remember the Sheriff's claims of no problems just a few days ago.
Note also the numbers of IA's. Heard yesterday of a group of about
60 to the west of this. Detentions are down.

SCC Sheriff's Office probes back-to-back migrant robberies
Posted: Tuesday, February 14, 2012 8:50 am
By JB Miller
For the Nogales International

Masked bandits have once again wreaked havoc in the remote canyon
area west of Interstate 19.
On the morning of Feb. 9, the U.S. Border Patrol requested that a
Santa Cruz County sheriff's deputy respond to its detention center in
Nogales to interview a group of nine undocumented migrants who
claimed they were robbed at gunpoint the previous evening.

According to sheriff's spokesman Lt. Raoul Rodriguez, the migrants
said they had been walking in the area of Crusanto Wells/Salcito west
of the Border Patrol's I-19 checkpoint between 4 p.m. and 5 p.m. when
they were accosted by two men armed with assault rifles.
"The group was ordered to lay on the ground and surrender their
money, food and cellular phones," Rodriguez said.
Once the men collected the items, they reportedly told the group to
continue walking and not look back.
"Unfortunately, the suspects were wearing masks so the victims could
not provide a description," Rodriguez said.
On the morning of that incident, at approximately 2:15 a.m., the
Border Patrol reported an attempted armed robbery of two other
undocumented migrants.
The victims, Jesus Noe Payan-Zavala, 27, of Ciudad Obregon, Sonora
and Cesaleo Valenzuela-Terrazas, 36, of Badiraquato, Sinaloa told
deputies that they had crossed into the U.S. four days earlier with
10 other people.
Then, at approximately 11 p.m. on Feb. 6, the group was walking along
a trail near Bartolo Canyon "when they heard someone emerge from the
brushes and demand they stop," Rodriguez said.
"The group fled in different directions and as they ran a single
gunshot was fired into the air," Rodriguez added. "Unfortunately, due
to the darkness, the victims could not see and therefore could not
provide a description of the suspects."
Rodriguez said the two robberies fit the same pattern as numerous
incidents previously reported in the same area over the past few years.

Note: about 60 miles North of the secure border. AZMEXUPDATE
13-2-12 Numbers confirmed.

241 Arrested During 2 Week Drug Smuggling Operation
Updated: Monday, 13 Feb 2012, 3:48 PM MST
Published : Monday, 13 Feb 2012, 3:48 PM MST

TUCSON - During a 14-day operation in the mountains west of I-10 near
Tucson, 241 people we arrested on drug-related charges.

Operation Silver Bell was focused in the Silver Bell and Sawtooth
Mountains and ended Feb. 11. It centered on identifying new smuggling
trends and disrupting transnational criminal organizations.

Nearly 4,000 pounds of marijuana, 19 vehicles, and 5 firearms were
also seized during the operation.

The operation was led by BLM with the particpation of Border Patrol,
DPS, Oro Valley Police, Marana Police, Pima County Sheriff's Office,
ICE, Gila River Police, and Eloy Police.
"Each agency brings added value to the table. Everyone has a
different skill set and by working together we get the benefit of all
of them," said Jon Young, State Chief Ranger-Arizona, Bureau of Land

Agents seize nearly 17 pounds of meth at Arizona border
Feb. 14, 2012 06:38 AM
Associated Press

NOGALES — U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers assigned to the
Tucson Field Office say they've seized nearly 17 pounds of
methamphetamine in southern Arizona.

Officers working Saturday at the Mariposa Port referred a 22-year-old
Nogales resident for a secondary inspection of his sedan when he
attempted to enter the United States.

After a CBP narcotics detection canine alerted to the presence of
drugs, officers located 15 packages of methamphetamine inside the
vehicle's engine compartment.

Authorities say the meth has an estimated street value of more than

The drugs and vehicle were processed for seizure. The man was
arrested and turned over to U.S. Immigration and Customs
Enforcement's Homeland Security Investigations. His name hasn't been
released yet.

Read more: http://www.azcentral.com/news/articles/

CBP seize some $169K in undeclared currency in AZ
Tue, 02/14/2012 - 03:38

NOGALES, Ariz. (AP) — U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers
assigned to the Tucson Field Office say they've seized nearly
$169,000 in unreported U.S. currency from a man headed for Mexico
through southern Arizona.
Officers conducting outbound inspections Sunday at the Dennis
DeConcini Port selected a 35-year-old Mexican man traveling with his
minor nephew for additional questioning and a closer examination of
the man's truck.

When officers noticed the truck's speakers had been tampered with,
they decided to remove them for further inspection and found 19
packages containing $168,998.
The unreported funds and vehicle were processed for seizure. The man
was arrested and turned over to U.S. Immigration and Customs
Enforcement's Homeland Security Investigations. His name hasn't been
The unidentified boy was released to his mother without further

Note: CG remains a hub for drug distribution, up from Sonora,
through the res, up the Vekol Valley, into CG, and out through I-8
and I-10.

Archives > Casa Grande Dispatch > News
CG couple arrested in Kansas on drug charges
Staff Reports
Published: Saturday, February 11, 2012 1:05 PM MST

TOPEKA, Kan. — A Casa Grande man and woman were arrested Feb. 2 in
Shawnee County, Kan., with 109 pounds of cocaine.

Juan Luis Diaz, 48, of the 21700 block of West Arica Road, and Rosa
Amelia Ramirez-Gomez, 50, of the 1800 block of North Casa Grande
Avenue were taken into custody by the Kansas Highway Patrol. Both
were booked into the Shawnee County jail on one charge each of
possession with intent to distribute more than 5 kilograms of cocaine.

If convicted, Diaz and Ramirez-Gomez face between 10 years and life
in prison and a fine up to $10 million. The Drug Enforcement
Administration is handling the investigation and Special Assistant
U.S. Attorney Duston Slinkard is the prosecutor.

Note: wrong house again?

2 shot in Tucson home invasion
Veronica M. Cruz, Arizona Daily Star | Posted: Tuesday, February 14,
2012 11:42 am

Police are responding to a double shooting during a home invasion
near South Kolb Road and East Golf Links Road.
A 911 caller reported that he and his grandmother were shot in a
residential robbery shortly after 11 a.m., Tucson police said.
The two victims were taken to the hospital, police said.
Police are looking for two people who fled the area.
No other information was immediately available.

Read more: http://azstarnet.com/news/local/crime/shot-in-tucson-home-

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