Monday, February 20, 2012



Traffic stop leads to pursuit, drug seizure
Staff Reports
Published: Wednesday, February 15, 2012 9:40 AM MST

A routine traffic stop Monday afternoon led to a pursuit, arrest and
seizure of multiple weapons and drugs.

A Casa Grande police officer tried to pull over a gold 2004 Ford
pickup truck at 3:33 p.m. Monday for a minor traffic violation near
Pinal Avenue and 10th Street. The driver pulled off to the side of
the road, waited for the officer to approach and then sped off. The
officer began a pursuit, but called it off when the truck driver
headed toward a marked school zone with children present. The officer
saw the truck turn east on McMurray Boulevard but then lost sight of it.
Another officer found the truck abandoned near Olive Avenue and
Thomas Street and saw a man fleeing on foot into a home at 303 E.
Thomas St. Responding officers searched the area and found the driver
hiding in a trash can in the alley behind the home. The driver was
also found with three IDs, one a counterfeit Arizona driver's
license. He was taken to the U.S. Border Patrol station for
fingerprint ID through Life Scan, where he was identified as an
illegal immigrant from Mexico.

Hilario Olguin-Garcia, 30, was identified as the driver. Olguin-
Garcia also was found to be in possession of a brown vial containing
55 grams of cocaine, $1,095.81 in cash, four cell phones and a .38
caliber handgun. During a search of the truck, officers found a .223
assault rifle with four loaded magazines (99 rounds of ammo), a
ballistic vest, a digital scale and three .38 loaded magazines (27
rounds of ammo). The weapons, cash, drugs, vest and truck were seized
and transported to the police station for processing.

Olguin-Garcia was arrested and booked into jail. He faces charges of
unlawful flight from a pursuing law enforcement vehicle, misconduct
involving weapons, prohibited possessor in possession of a weapon,
possession/use of a deadly weapon, possession/use of narcotics
(cocaine), possession/use of drug paraphernalia and misconduct
involving body armor.

Constable candidate arrested with $1M in car trunk
February 14, 2012 9:48 PM
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Jared Janes and Jared Taylor
The Monitor

A former state trooper who was seeking election to the Precinct 1
constable's seat was arrested Monday on money laundering charges
after law enforcement officers found more than $1 million packed
inside suitcases stored in his car's trunk.

Robert "Bobby" Maldonado, a 46-year-old Mercedes resident in the
midst of a second campaign for the constable's seat, was arrested
during a traffic stop Monday afternoon on U.S. 59 in Victoria County,
said Texas Department of Public Safety spokesman Tom Vinger. Once a
K-9 alerted on Maldonado's Chrysler 200, a search produced the
luggage containing more than 100 bundles of cash.

Maldonado remained jailed late Tuesday after a Victoria County judge
set his bond on the money laundering charge at $250,000. But a law
enforcement source familiar with an ongoing investigation said
further charges could come for Maldonado, who was under surveillance
by federal agencies that suspected him of acting as a money courier
for a Mexican drug cartel.

The arrest comes as Maldonado bids for the Mid-Valley constable's
seat a second time after garnering nearly 35 percent of the vote in
2008. Maldonado is one of two candidates who filed in December to run
against the seat's incumbent, Celestino Avila.

Maldonado did not return a phone call placed to his cellphone Tuesday.

An arrest report from the Victoria County Sheriff's Office prepared
following Monday's 3 p.m. traffic stop provides little insight into
any ongoing federal investigation involving Maldonado.

The state trooper who stopped Maldonado for speeding asked to search
the vehicle after the 46-year-old appeared nervous and supplied
implausible and contradictory travel plans, the arrest report states.
When Maldonado denied permission, a K-9 unit was dispatched to the
scene that later alerted officers to luggage inside the trunk.

Inside, troopers found 108 bundles of U.S. cash wrapped and concealed
in a manner consistent with drug trafficking, the report says.
Maldonado was arrested and later taken to the Victoria County Jail
where he was booked early Tuesday on the money laundering charge.

But the law enforcement source indicated that federal agencies had
been investigating Maldonado for nearly two years on suspicion he
acted as a courier for a cartel.

Federal agents followed him to South Carolina where he was suspected
of picking up the $1 million in cash, the law enforcement source
said. When federal agents lost track of Maldonado in Houston, they
asked for assistance from South Texas law enforcement agencies that
resulted in the traffic stop near Victoria.

Law enforcement suspect Maldonado was funneling some cash from the
trips toward his and other political campaigns.

Maldonado, who has often been seen campaigning at Mid-Valley
pachangas and other political events, currently has a 2012 campaign
website, though most of its sections are incomplete other than the
financial contribution page. But the Hidalgo County Elections
Department has no record of Maldonado filing a campaign finance
report or appointing a campaign treasurer.

It's a Class A misdemeanor in Texas to accept campaign contributions
or make expenditures without an appointed treasurer.

Maldonado is making his second bid for Precinct 1 constable after
pushing Avila to a runoff four years ago. Maldonado was hit in that
campaign's waning days with questions about his law enforcement

Maldonado presented campaign literature then that included his
picture in a state trooper's uniform. Five days before the runoff
election, a DPS spokeswoman confirmed Maldonado had been fired as a
state trooper after facing charges of aggravated assault in 1994.

Maldonado was accused at the time of forcing his way into a
Sweetwater apartment where he pointed a gun at a man who was with his
estranged wife. The charges against him, however, were eventually
dismissed and his law enforcement license never suspended.

Maldonado worked as a narcotics officer for the Hidalgo County
Sheriff's Office for four years before resigning in August 2007. His
Sheriff's Office personnel file indicated there were no disciplinary
actions against him and gave no reason for his resignation.

In his 2008 campaign, Maldonado said he wanted the constable's office
to increase night patrols, organize community watches and make K-9s
available to sniff school lockers and deter juveniles from drug use.

Roba grupo armado 40 toneladas de frijol en Guasave
El despojo ocurrió en la Sindicatura de JJR; hallan el tráiler vacio
en Los Mochis
09:00 AM

GUASAVE.-Un grupo armado se apoderó el martes por la tarde de 40
toneladas de frijol que eran transportadas en un tractocamión tras
interceptar al chofer cuando circulaba por la carretera Internacional
México 15, a la altura de la Sindicatura de Juan José Ríos.

La información proporcionada por las autoridades policiales indica
que el robo violento de grano fue reportado a las 20:40 horas.

Los datos indican que a las 14:00 horas el chofer de un tractocamión
Kenworth, blanco, modelo 2004, con un remolque tinto, modelo 2011,
cargado con 40 toneladas de frijol procedentes de la ciudad de Los
Mochis, circulaba por la México 15 con destino a Guadajalajara, Jalisco.

Según el reportante al pasar por la calle 8, en Juan José Ríos, fue
interceptado por un vehículo color rojo, de cuatro puertas, en el
cual viajaban entre cinco y seis sujetos encapuchados que portaban
armas de fuego largas y cortas, quienes tras amenazarlo lo obligaron
a detener la marcha.

La víctima agregó que posteriormente los delincuentes se lo llevaron
privado de la libertad hasta la calle 6 y 200 donde lo dejaron
abandonado, llevándose la pesada unidad con las 40 toneladas de
frijol y fue horas después que pudo dar parte de lo ocurrido a las

A las 7:38 horas de hoy las corporaciones de Ahome localizaron
abandonado a la altura del Lienzo Charro de Los Mochis, el tráiler
despojado en Juan José Ríos, pero completamente vacio, pues ya le
habían sacado las 40 toneladas de grano que llevaba.

Balacera genera intensa movilización policiaca al Sur
Una balacera registrada esta tarde en una colonia del Sur de
Hermosillo provocó una intensa movilización de agentes de diversas
corporaciones policiacas, que buscaban a una persona que
presuntamente presenta una lesión producida por proyectil de arma de
fuego y a sus dos agresores. Foto: Redacción/PH

HERMOSILLO, Sonora(PH)Una balacera registrada la tarde de ayer al Sur
de Hermosillo provocó una intensa movilización de agentes de diversas
corporaciones policiacas, que buscaban a una persona que al parecer
presentaba una lesión producida por proyectil de arma de fuego y a
sus dos agresores.

Los hechos ocurrieron a las 13:40 horas aproximadamente por fuera de
una vivienda de la calle Tahona del fraccionamiento Alcatraces.

En el lugar quedó un automóvil de la marca Ford línea Mustang color
blanco con placas de circulación del Estado de Sonora con al menos
catorce impactos de bala, cuatro en la puerta del piloto y 10 en la
del copiloto.

Según versión de residentes, la persona del sexo masculino que
resultó lesionada, después de la agresión se dio a la fuga a fuerza
de carrera hacia el monte aledaño al asentamiento humano.

Al lugar acudieron agentes de la Policía Estatal de Seguridad
Pública, el Grupo SERT (Servicio de Respuesta Táctica) de la Policía
Municipal y elementos de la Policía Estatal Investigadora (PEI).

Eran las 14:00 horas aproximadamente cuando la calle Tahona se vio
inundada de agentes de Policía que minutos después recorrieron todo
el vecindario buscando a los participantes en la balacera pero no
pudieron encontrarlos.

La búsqueda también se llevó a cabo vía aérea con un helicóptero de
la Policía Estatal de Seguridad Pública que recorrió los sectores
aledaños a la colonia con resultados negativos.

"Yo no sé quién es el lesionado, nomás miré que salió de la casa
verde (donde ocurrieron los hechos) y se metió a la de enseguida y
finalmente salió corriendo con rumbo al monte, no sé si estaba herido
pero se le miraba sangre en la cabeza", dijo un testigo.

Al lugar acudió personal del Departamento de Servicios Periciales de
la Procuraduría General de Justicia del Estado (PGJE) que llevaron a
cabo las diligencias en el lugar, entre ellas, la toma de huellas en
el vehículo abandonado.

Detienen a dos mujeres y tres varones en posesión de 31 granadas caseras
MONTERREY, N.L. (apro).- Elementos del Ejército mexicano detuvieron a
cinco personas en posesión de armas, cartuchos y 31 granadas de
fabricación casera.

Los detenidos, entre ellos dos mujeres, fueron presentados esta
mañana en las instalaciones de la Agencia Estatal de Investigaciones
de esta ciudad.

En un comunicado, las comandancias de la Cuarta Región y Séptima Zona
Militar informaron que los cinco sujetos fueron arrestados el pasado
domingo 12 en la colonia Francisco Villa. Ese día les fueron
aseguradas 10 armas largas, 121 cargadores y mil 85 cartuchos de
diversos calibres, además de las 31 granadas.

Los detenidos y lo asegurado fueron puestos a disposición del
Ministerio Público federal.

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