Note: After period of relative calm, things heating up in Sinaloa
again. Also word of a big bust of precursor chemicals headed for Cd.
Operation Nimbus II aids border patrol
Wed, 02/22/2012 - 00:10
More than 500 soldiers from Fort Bliss and Fort Hood in Texas are
part of Operation Nimbus II, supporting the U.S. Border Patrol by
providing intelligence and surveillance assistance, according to a
spokesman for Joint Field Command.
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Note: about 400 miles north of the old "secure" border
Homeland Security to up presence in Four Corners
Wed, 02/22/2012 - 15:15
THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
FARMINGTON, N.M.(AP) — Homeland Security officials say the federal
agency is planning to increase its presence fighting drug cartels in
New Mexico's Four Corners region.
The Farmington Daily Times reports (http://bit.ly/wxZvqT) that the
U.S. Department of Homeland Security Investigations in New Mexico is
proposing that two agents move to San Juan County full-time and that
more agents be dispatched occasionally to the area to assist with
serious criminal investigations.
The move comes after local law enforcement agencies have asked
federal officials to assist cash-strapped departments in battling
gangs, drug trafficking and weapons violations. In recent months,
authorities have said violent Mexican drug cartels have increased
their presence in the remote area of northwest New Mexico.
Federal agents have been assigned to other parts of New Mexico to
battle drug cartels and gangs.
Information from: The Daily Times, http://www.daily-times.com
Feb 22, 10:45 AM EST
2 with nephew of ex-Gulf cartel boss sentenced
BROWNSVILLE, Texas (AP) -- Two men arrested last fall with the nephew
of the former boss of Mexico's Gulf cartel have been sentenced to
time served for giving false statements to federal agents.
Court records indicate Francisco Javier Escalante-Jimenez and German
Alejandro Huizar-Marroquin were sentenced by a federal judge in
Brownsville on Wednesday to 126 days in prison. They have been locked
up since their October arrests in Port Isabel.
The two Mexican citizens were accompanying Rafael Cardenas Vela,
nephew of Osiel Cardenas Guillen, who was sentenced to 25 years in
prison last year.
Records indicate Cardenas Vela presented a valid Mexican passport and
U.S. visa under a false name, but later admitted to trafficking
cocaine and marijuana into the U.S. He has an April trial date on
drug trafficking and money laundering charges.
CBP Officers Seize $1 Million in Narcotics during Busy Celebration
Weekend at the Laredo Port of Entry
Wednesday, February 22, 2012
By: Special to The Laredo Sun
Laredo , Texas – U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers
at the Laredo Port of Entry seized more than 30 pounds of cocaine and
two pounds of heroin during one of the last Washington's Birthday
Celebration weekends that included the Abrazo Ceremony, at two of
Laredo's international crossings.
The narcotics seized in two different enforcement actions have an
estimated combined total value of $1,160,000.
The most recent seizure occurred on Saturday, February 18 when a CBP
officer conducting pedestrian passenger inspections at the Gateway to
the Americas Bridge referred a 23-year-old female U.S.
citizen from Dallas, Texas for a secondary examination. CBP officers
conducted an intensive examination of the passenger and discovered
four packages weighing approximately 2.2 pounds of alleged heroin.
The heroin has an estimated street value of $200,000.
The second and largest of the two seizures, in terms of weight, took
place on February 17 at the Colombia-Solidarity Bridge as CBP
officers inspected a 2008 Nissan Tiida sedan that was driven by a 34-
year-old male Mexican citizen from Monterrey, Nuevo Leon, Mexico.
The CBP officers' inspection resulted in the discovery of 12 bundles
of alleged cocaine, weighing 30 pounds within the vehicle. The
cocaine is estimated to be worth $960,000.
CBP officers seized the narcotics and the vehicle involved in these
unrelated incidents. Both the female subject and the male driver were
turned over by CBP officers to U.S.
Immigration and Customs Enforcement-Homeland Security Investigations
(ICE-HSI) agents for further investigation.
"With festivities in full swing and the added travelers who make
their way to partake in these annual events, the ever-vigilant
Frontline to the borders of the United States, our CBP officers,
continue to maintain a tenacious enforcement posture, in fulfilling
CBP's mission and the security of our international crossings,"
said Sidney K. Aki, Port Director, Laredo, Texas.
Note: don't even try to steal the wrong pickup or suv. just south
Posted February 22, 2012, 1:54 a.m.
Were killed as "car thieves"
Frank Enrique Higuera Luque, René Alfonso López Valenzuela y Alonso
Rojo López, , were killed in auto theft in Sonoyta, Sonora.
Left a message attached to the bodies, which have several bullet
holes, in Sonoyta
Alfonso Campos Rubio
SAN LUIS RIO COLORADO - New Day
At about half past eight last Monday, at kilometer 61.3 of the
Federal Highway Two, in the direction of Sonoyta, were found gagged
and bound, tortured and shot by, in addition to the "goat horn", .38
Super and 9 mm, the bodies of those who take the names of Frank
Enrique Luque Higuera, Rene Valenzuela and Alfonso Lopez Lopez Alonso
Rojo, 30, 24 and 25 years, showing a card with the legend "For car
thieves," it said.
This occurred near the site known as "Los Vidrios", whose bodies were
left out by the Chevrolet "Tahoe", white, 2003, plates WBE-20-70, the
entity reported stolen last Sunday in this city and the
Chevrolet Silverado, "pick-up", gold, 2007, Arizona plates, of which
there was no complaint whatsoever.
Noting that the first two victims had their homes in the El Mesquite
and the third down the Oaxaca street, reporting via telephone at 066
the deadly discovery, for which reason the site is constituted
officers of the Federal Highway Police, ESRP and the AMPFC, lawyer
Miguel Angel Rios Mendez, who found the bodies with impacts of
firearm projectiles in the chest and the classic "coup de grace" in
the head and bound with tape also collected shell casings from the
7.62 by 39 mm caliber, fired from AK-47 machine gun or "goat horn",
as well as pistols .38 Super and 9 mm, achieving encontrárseles
identification with these identities, making it easier to identify them.
It was noted that the now deceased apparently came from Sonoyta,
where they apparently moved stolen vehicles, both in this city, and
Baja California and the American Union, to make a series of
documents for sale within the republic,