Note: F&F AK link?
9 arrested in drug bust in southern Arizona
Associated Press | Posted: Friday, February 3, 2012 8:41 am | Comments
Federal agents, state police and the Pinal County Sheriff's Office
arrested nine people and confiscated nearly 500 pounds of marijuana
during a drug enforcement operation this week.
The Border Patrol said Friday the busts occurred Wednesday night near
Interstate 8 in Stanfield. Agents also confiscated an AK-47 assault
Read more: http://azstarnet.com/news/state-and-regional/arrested-in-
Note: no weapons?
Major drug bust nabs nine in Bisbee, Naco
Fri, 02/03/2012 - 00:50
A Mexican cartel operating in Naco, Sonora, has been dealt a hard
blow as Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) agents and U.S.
Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Homeland Security
Investigators arrested nine people suspected of involvement in drug
running Monday and Tuesday.
Amber Cargille, ICE public communications officer, said all of those
arrested were suspected of trafficking marijuana and some cocaine.
U.S. Attorney General federal prosecutor Nanette Morrow said the
success of the sting operation was the result of hard work by local
law enforcement officers, who cooperated with the U.S. Border Patrol,
Arizona Department of Public Safety, Cochise County Sheriff's Office,
the Sierra Vista Police Department, the Douglas Police Department and
the Bisbee Police Department.
"I've only been involved since May 2011, but this investigation has
been ongoing since 2010," added Morrow.
Though Jose Javier Rascon Ramirez, the head of the family-operated
cartel, is still at large in Mexico and never crosses the border,
many of his family members were arrested in joint operations, said
His common-law wife, Guillermina Guadalupe Jiminez, 44, was arrested
as she came across the border at the Naco Port of Entry on her daily
trip to drop her children off at school. Agents watched her movements
for months and knew they would be able to apprehend her as she came
into the U.S., said Morrow.
She will be charged with racketeering, three counts of money
laundering, three counts of wire communications for drug transactions
and possession, sale or manufacture of narcotic drugs, according to
Others arrested were:
• Laura Elena Rascon Ramirez, 31, Tucson, Ariz., — racketeering,
money laundering, wire communications for drug transactions, sale,
possession or manufacture of a narcotic drug.
• Jose Garcia Aguilera, 23, Naco, Ariz.,. — racketeering, two counts
of wire communications for drug transactions, transportation for
marijuana for sale, possession, sale or manufacture of a narcotic drug.
• Ruben Sanchez, 20, Naco, Sonora — racketeering, money laundering,
wire communication for drug transactions, possession, sale or
manufacture of a narcotic drug.
• Hipolito Avalos Ramirez, 54, Naco, Ariz., — racketeering, money
laundering, wire communications for drug transactions, sale,
possession or manufacture of a narcotic drug.
• Alejandro Quiroz, 18, Naco, Ariz., — racketeering, money
laundering, wire communications for drug transactions, transportation
of marijuana for sale, possession, sale or manufacture of a narcotic
• Eleuterio Perez Martinez, 24, Palominas, — conspiracy, five counts
of transportation of marijuana for sale and four counts of wire
communications for drug transactions.
• Rogelio Serrano Morales, 33, Bisbee, — racketeering, wire
communications for drug transactions, transportation of marijuana for
sale, possession, sale or manufacture of a narcotic drug.
• Justin Blaine, 34, Bisbee, — picked up on an outstanding federal
"These are all family members — wives, brothers, sisters. They know
they can trust each other, so they think they're safe," added Morrow.
All were booked into the Cochise County Jail.
Morrow will be presenting her case to a federal grand jury based on
the charges listed above.
"It was a great bunch of guys, a great team, who worked on this and
put it all together," she continued. "Many places would have
jurisdictional problems. But, law enforcement in Cochise County
stepped up and got the bad guys off the street."
Now that local and federal law enforcement teams have done their
jobs, it will be up to her to handle the prosecution and get the
convictions based on the evidence law enforcement has gathered.
Wildfire burning in southeastern Arizona
CREATED 10:15 AM
Web Producer: Marissa Pasquet
TUCSON (AP) - A brush and grass fire is burning in the Chiricahua
Mountains in southeastern Arizona.
A Coronado National Forest spokeswoman reports the fire has burned
about 100 acres at this time in an area which was not burned by last
summer's Horseshoe Two Fire.
The fire was spotted Thursday afternoon.
Founder of Juárez missing women advocacy organization stabbed
By Juan Antonio Rodriguez/El Paso Times
Posted: 02/03/2012 10:46:24 AM MST
A Juárez human rights activist and founder of "Nuestras Hijas de
Regreso a Casa," Norma Andrade, was attacked this morning in Mexico
City, her daughter said.
She was stabbed in the jugular vein.
According to her daughter Maria Luisa Andrade, a man knocked on the
door of her mother's house in Mexico City and when she opened the
door he attacked her.
"It was a direct attack against my mother; he (the aggressor) didn't
take anything, he just knocked on the door and assaulted her with a
knife," she said.
"Nuestras Hijas de Regreso a Casa" is an advocacy organization
composed of mothers, friends and relatives of the missing women in
Juárez. This is the second time in less than two months that Andrade
has been attacked.
On Dec. 2, she was a victim of an alleged carjacking attempt in
Juárez. She was shot five times and survived the attack.
According to Maria Luisa Andrade, her mother is in serious condition.