Sunday, March 11, 2012



Man receives 30-month sentence for trying to take ammo to Mexico
Posted: Saturday, March 10, 2012 12:00 am
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A Tucson man was sentenced Thursday to 30 months in prison for
attempting to export ammunition into Mexico.
Elias Bermudez-Vasquez, 31, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge
Cindy K. Jorgensen, according to a news release from the U.S.
Department of Justice.
Elias Bermudez-Vasquez, and co-defendants Emmanuel Bermudez-Vasquez
and Charice Chauntel Gaede bought more than 100,000 rounds of
ammunition and accepted large ammunition shipments to be sent into
Mexico through May 2010, the release said.
In June 2010, Elias and Emmanuel Bermudez-Vasquez drove nearly 10,000
rounds of ammunition to the Tucson Mall from their home and left it
in a parked car that was then picked up by another person and driven
to the Nogales Port of Entry, the release said.
Emmanuel Bermudez-Vasquez then drove to the port of entry when the
car broke down, the release said.
More than 20,000 additional rounds of ammunition were found in the
defendants' house, the release said.
Emmanuel Bermudez-Vasquez, 27, and Gaede, 27, both of Tucson were
sentenced Feb. 8.
Emmanuel Bermudez-Vasquez was sentenced to 50 months in prison and
Gaede to 46 months, the release said.
The news release did not indicate if the Bermudez-Vasquezes are related.
Veronica M. Cruz

Note: the La Paz county jail must be about full now.

Agents seize $68,000 in cash, contraband in checkpoint busts
March 09, 2012 5:58 PM
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Yuma Sector Border Patrol agents at a checkpoint on Interstate 10
seized $68,362 in cash and 32 pounds of marijuana in five separate
incidents Thursday.

The first seizure occurred in the early morning hours after the
driver of a 2010 Dodge Challenger was directed to a secondary
inspection area after a working dog alerted agents to the possible
presence of contraband in the vehicle.

After receiving consent to search the vehicle, agents allegedly found
$14,930 in cash inside of a plastic shopping bag concealed in the
trunk under the carpet, as well as a loaded .40-caliber pistol under
the back seat.

Later that morning, agents helped a driver whose vehicle had become
stuck in the median of the freeway after the driver had attempted to
make a U-turn. While offering assistance, agents allegedly discovered
$12,338 cash and 32 pounds of marijuana, worth an estimated $16,038,
hidden in the vehicles' trunk. After further investigation, agents
determined the driver was attempting to avoid the checkpoint and that
the cash was left over from purchasing the marijuana found in the trunk.

Also that morning, agents referred another vehicle to secondary
inspection after a working dog alerted them to the possible presence
of contraband. During a search of the vehicle, agents allegedly
discovered $8,664 cash, a firearm and a vacuum-seal machine in the

Later in the day, agents referred a silver BMW to secondary
inspection and obtained the driver's consent to search the vehicle.
During the search, agents allegedly found $25,000 cash concealed in
two backpacks. Notes in the backpacks allegedly contained information
about the pickup and delivery of controlled substances.

The final incident of day occurred when agents referred a gray sedan
to secondary inspection after a working dog alerted them to the
possible presence of contraband. While performing a search of the
vehicle, agents allegedly discovered $7,430 cash and a vacuum-seal
machine covered with marijuana residue.

All the individuals, cash and contraband were turned over to the La
Paz County Sheriff's Office.

Cocaine discovered in bags at Yuma train station
March 09, 2012 5:58 PM
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Yuma Sector Border Patrol agents seized more than 100 pounds of
cocaine at the Amtrak train station in the Historic North End Friday

According to the Border Patrol, agents observed a woman acting in an
erratic manner at the station and asked if they could search her

The woman consented but stated two of the bags were secured with
locks to which she had no key. Agents then called for a working dog
who alerted them to the possible presence of contraband in the luggage.

The locks were cut and agents allegedly discovered 41 packages of
cocaine, vacuum sealed and wrapped in black electrical tape.

The woman, a United States citizen, and the drugs were turned over to
the Drug Enforcement Administration.

3 alleged human smugglers arrested in Phoenix
by Associated Press
(March 10th, 2012 @ 11:25am)

PHOENIX — Authorities say three men suspected of being human
smugglers have been arrested.

Arizona Department of Public Safety detectives with the assistance of
the DPS Tactical Unit and Highway Patrol executed a search warrant at
a Phoenix drop house.

They say 11 suspected illegal immigrants were taken into custody but
an investigation showed three of them were smugglers.

The other eight people were processed for deportation by U.S.
Immigration and Custom Enforcement.

During the search of the drop house, DPS officials say handguns and
15 pounds of marijuana were seized.

Law enforcement: Use of spikes among criminals on a decline
March 10, 2012 5:56 PM
Naxiely Lopez, Twitter: @Naxiely

McALLEN — It's been months since criminals have flung dangerous
spikes out the windows of their vehicles as they flee police during
high-speed chases, several law enforcement agencies in western
Hidalgo County reported.

Texas Department of Public Safety Director Steve McCraw was the first
to point out what appears to be a dying trend along the Rio Grande
Valley's U.S.-Mexico border, where more than 250 such incidents were
reported in 2010 and 2011.

"Actually it's been a while since we've seen spiking incidents," said
U.S. Border Patrol spokeswoman Rosalinda Huey. "We may not have seen
any this fiscal year."

The federal agency's fiscal year began October 2011 — a month after a
new state law prohibiting the use, creation and sale of the tire-
deflating devices went into effect.

The Texas Senate unanimously passed SB1416 in April 2011, which was
introduced by Sen. Juan "Chuy" Hinojosa, D-McAllen. The state law
makes the crime a state-jail felony punishable by up to two years in
jail and a $10,000 fine. "I don't know whether or not it's the
law," said Palmview Police Chief Chris Barrera. "There's a law that
says you can't transport narcotics and that doesn't stop them, but
maybe the law is helping."

Smugglers caught along the border, usually in Western Hidalgo County,
began deploying them as early as 2008, but their use skyrocketed in
the past two years.

Peñitas Police Chief Roel Bermea also noticed the decrease, he said.
Oddly enough, however, the number of chases has not changed much.
"The chases continue," he said. "They've been continuous, but we
haven't seen the spikes."

Officers, however, remain on alert, they said. Trends tend to begin
and end without notice, and officers don't plan to be caught off-guard.

Masacre en Navolato fue mensaje entre grupos criminales: Córdova
La "guerra" que se desató ayer en Navolato, que arrojó nueve muertos
a balazos, es un mensaje entre grupos criminales y no es una
advertencia contra la autoridad, expresó Francisco Manuel Córdova Celaya
Marcela Hernández
10-03-2012 | 12:20 PM

CULIACÁN._ La "guerra" que se desató ayer en Navolato, que arrojó
nueve muertos a balazos, es un mensaje entre grupos criminales y no
es una advertencia contra la autoridad, expresó Francisco Manuel
Córdova Celaya.

El Secretario de Seguridad Pública en Sinaloa dijo que el Estado no
claudicará en su responsabilidad de brindar seguridad y tranquilidad
a los sinaloenses.

Tras el terror vivido la madrugada de ayer en Navolato, manifestó que
se hará una reingeniería del operativo que se activó en enero pasado,
liderado por el Grupo Élite de la Policía Estatal Preventiva.

Sin dudo, explicó, suelen haber "bajones" en la implementación de las
estrategias de seguridad, lo que aprovechan los grupos delincuenciales.

Cesan a 5 custodios

Cinco custodios del penal de Culiacán fueron suspendidos, al
comprobarse que eran ellos los que azuzaron al resto de sus
compañeros para parar labores en los tres principales centros
penitenciarios del estado, dio a conocer Francisco Manuel Córdova

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