Note: Some of us are wondering what the criteria is for seizing
firearms / ammo at or near the border. For example some of us get
very near the border, but the firearms are not usually hidden, per
se, in our vehicles. But not out in view either.
Border Patrol Agents seize $650K worth of marijuana, two assault
Written by Staff
Monday, 27 February 2012 18:23
Del Rio, Texas – In five separate events last week, U.S. Border
Patrol agents seized more than 814 pounds of marijuana worth more
than $650,000 and two AR-15 assault rifles.
On the afternoon of Feb. 17, Eagle Pass North Station agents
approached several subjects hiding near an irrigation canal on an
area ranch. As the agents approached them, the subjects absconded
across the Rio Grande River into Mexico leaving behind five green
military-style duffel bags containing approximately 200 pounds of
marijuana worth more than $174,000.
That same day, Del Rio Station agents, working a traffic checkpoint,
referred a passenger bus for secondary inspection. Further
investigation revealed two abandoned bags of luggage containing more
than 80 pounds of marijuana, worth $70,320.
On Feb. 18, Brackettville Station agents performed a vehicle stop on
a 2002 Chevrolet Suburban and discovered several bundles containing
approximately 380 pounds of marijuana. The marijuana has an
approximate street value of $300,000.
On Feb. 20, Eagle Pass North agents working along the Rio Grande
River discovered three abandoned green military-style duffel bags
hidden in a brushy area. The bags contained nearly 170 pounds of
marijuana with an estimated street value of $136,000.
Also on Feb. 20, Uvalde Station agents, patrolling Highway 57,
performed a vehicle stop on a 1992 Chevrolet Suburban. A search of
the vehicle revealed two AR-15 assault rifles hidden in two different
parts of the vehicle. The case was turned over to Immigration and
All cases, unless otherwise specified, were turned over to the Drug
U.S. Customs and Border Protection is the unified border agency
within the Department of Homeland Security charged with the
management, control and protection of our nation's borders at and
between the official ports of entry. CBP is charged with keeping
terrorists and terrorist weapons out of the country while enforcing
hundreds of U.S. laws.
Note: No, the kidnappings haven't stopped, just don't see much media
Phoenix man arrested in kidnapping, ransom scheme
by Sasha Lenninger - Feb. 28, 2012 03:29 PM
The Arizona Republic-12 News Breaking News Team
A Phoenix man is in custody Tuesday and being held on $108,000 bail
after he was accused of kidnapping two people in Phoenix and
demanding a ransom, according to court documents.
Joel Soto, 18, was taken into custody by officers and detectives on
Thursday after authorities spotted him retrieving a ransom bag that
was left to pay for the release of one of two people held captive,
according to Maricopa County Superior Court documents.
Soto and two other suspects, whose names were not released, are
suspected of confronting the two victims outside their home, taking
their car keys and money and telling them to get into their own car,
according to the document.
The victims were taken to another home, where one of the victims was
forced to call a family member informing them of the kidnapping, the
statement said. One suspect demanded $100,000 and drugs for the safe
release of one victim, the statement said.
The family member dropped off the ransom bag and undercover
detectives saw Soto drive up in a Green Dodge Intrepid, grab the bag
and leave the area, according to the documents.
Soto fled and was taken into custody by police, according to the
Soto told police he didn't know about the kidnapping and stated he
was asked by a friend to pick up some money, according to the documents.
The victims were shown a photo line-up. They said Soto looked like
one of the suspects that was at their apartment, according to the
Soto has been arrested on suspicion of two counts of kidnapping with
ransom and hostage, two counts of armed robbery with a deadly weapon,
one count of first-degree burglary and one count of theft.
Read more: http://www.azcentral.com/community/phoenix/articles/
Note: another day on the border, kid must have a really good allowance.
Student busted with suspected heroin stash
Posted: Tuesday, February 28, 2012 9:09 am
By Manuel C. Coppola
An anonymous tip to school administration on Monday led to the arrest
of a 16-year-old Nogales High School student and the seizure of four
packages containing 3.8 pounds of what is suspected to be heroin.
"This is an unprecedented amount," said Santa Cruz County Sheriff
Antonio Estrada, adding the street value, if it turns out to be
heroin, would be as much as $80,000.
"With that kind of weight and risk, it is not likely this student is
new to the game," said Estrada, adding the incident is still under
He said the Santa Cruz County Metro Task Force received a call from
the school resource officer at about 1 p.m. after the heroin was
discovered in the Rio Rico boy's backpack.
Fernando Parra, assistant school superintendent for the Nogales
Unified School District No. 1, said school security and an
administrator called the boy out of the classroom, conducted the
search and then called in the NHS school resource officer.
The drugs were turned over to Metro and the resource officer from the
Nogales Police Department made the actual arrest, Parra said. The
student was taken to the county juvenile detention center.
County Attorney George Silva said "Because of his age, Arizona law
allows us to charge him as an adult. I don't have the reports. But
obviously because of the amount and the fact that it was on school
grounds, this is something we would look into.
"It's another case where the traffickers use minors because they
believe the consequences are not as severe," said Lt. Gerardo
Castillo of the Metro Task Force. "But we fully investigate where the
drugs are coming from and where they are destined. It's not just a
matter of interdiction, but full investigations."
Monday's incident was the latest in a series of drug busts and drug-
related incidents at NUSD schools during recent weeks.
According to a Nogales Police Department report, officers responded
to Wade Carpenter Middle School on Feb. 17 after school personnel
reported they had found marijuana in a student's backpack and
suspected two others of smoking pot. All three students were detained
and referred to Santa Cruz County Juvenile Probation.
A day earlier, on Feb. 16, NPD officers arrested a female student at
Wade Carpenter after she was allegedly caught carrying a small bag of
marijuana. That same day, officers arrested a male student at Nogales
High School after finding him in possession of marijuana on school
On Feb. 8, five students at Desert Shadows Middle School were
sickened after eating cookies that had been laced with a substance
believed to be marijuana. And on Jan. 13, two NHS students were
arrested for possession of marijuana on school grounds.
Police officer, local woman accused in Nogales, Sonora murder
Posted: Tuesday, February 28, 2012 9:12 am
A police officer from Nogales, Sonora and a woman from Nogales, Ariz.
were arrested last week in Mexico in connection with the murder of a
local nightclub owner.
Municipal policeman Manuel Alonso Hernández Madrigal, 36, and Stacy
Lizeth Félix Mayer, 23, were arrested following the shooting death of
Rolando Gallegos Camacho in Nogales, Sonora, the Sonora State
Investigative Police (PEI) said in a news release.
According to the PEI, at 5:15 p.m. last Thursday, officers learned
that a man had been shot and killed outside a bar called Yard House
on the Callejon Hidalgo in the downtown area. Upon arriving at the
scene, the officers discovered the body of the bar's owner, Gallegos
Camacho, "who at first view appeared to have suffered six bullet
wounds to various parts of his body," the PEI said.
Further investigation revealed that Gallegos Camacho had been outside
the bar talking with a man who climbed into a white pickup just
before a series of gunshots rang out. Officers from the PEI and
municipal police combed the area and stopped a truck matching the one
seen leaving the scene just prior to the assault.
The truck, a 2005 Dodge Ram, was reportedly driven by Hernández
Madrigal, an active member of the Nogales, Sonora municipal police
force. His passenger was Félix Mayer, identified by the PEI as a
resident of Nogales, Ariz.
Questioned by the police, Hernández Madrigal reportedly admitted to
having participated in the killing by informing a third suspect
identified only as "El Granada" when Gallegos Camacho was outside the
bar. He allegedly said that he and Félix Mayer saw Gallegos Camacho
outside the bar and asked him to bring them some beers, at which
point they called "El Granada," the presumed triggerman.
The daily Nuevo Dia reported that Hernández Madrigal and Félix Mayer
were transported Friday night to the Nogales, Sonora men's and
women's jails, respectively.
The paper also reported that another Nogales, Sonora municipal
policeman – Sergio Alberto Ojeda Ayala – was jailed on Friday after
he allegedly kidnapped, raped and beat a woman over a three-day period.