Note: Victoria Martinez, 38, of Phoenix caught by local cops in Agua
Prieta trying to sell a TEC-9 and 85 rounds of 9mm. Says she bought
it at a Phoenix gun shop.
A ton of pot found in truck parked near highway
by Kayla Frost - Apr. 17, 2012 01:58 PM
The Arizona Republic-12 News Breaking News Team
Officials seized more than a ton of marijuana in southwest Maricopa
County on Monday night, according to the Maricopa County Sheriff's
Members of the Maricopa County Drug Suppression Task Force, acting on
fresh tire tracks that they found in a well-known smuggling area,
followed the tracks for about 10 miles when they discovered a GMC
pickup truck parked beneath a palo verde tree near Arizona 238,
Sheriff's offiicals said.
The area is roughly 32 miles from downtown Mobile.
Inside the vehicle, officials found 80 bundles of marijuana weighing
2,094 pounds, according to the Sheriff's Office.
The suspected smugglers were believed to have been tipped off by drug
spotters and fled, according to the Sheriff's Office.
Read more: http://www.azcentral.com/news/articles/
Three men arrested and charged in home invasion case
CREATED APR. 17, 2012
Web Producer: Ina Ronquillo
TUCSON (KGUN9-TV) - Three men have been arrested and charged in a
home invasion from April 15.
Deputy Dawn Barkman with PCSD tells KGUN9 that deputies responded to
the 9800 block of South Agave Cactus Way in reference to an armed
The homeowner advised deputies he had answered the front door only to
be forced back into the residence by three male suspects in black
clothing. Three suspects told the homeowner that if he did not
produce the money and drugs, he would be killed along with his
family. The homeowner told the suspects that he did not have any
money or drugs. The suspects looked throughout the residence for
valuables and eventually left with the homeowner's wallet and cell
phone, says Barkman.
After the suspects left the residence, the homeowner called 9-1-1 to
report the incident. He was able to provide information about the
suspects and the F-150 pickup truck in which the suspects fled.
Deputies found the suspect vehicle traveling northbound on Nogales
Hwy. and Los Reales Road and conducted a traffic stop. This lead to
the arrest of the three suspects. Several items, including guns,
rifles, and tasers were located inside the suspect vehicle.
22-year-old Daniel Alejandro Macias, 22-year-old Ernesto Adrian
Guerrero and 21-year-old Miguel Angel Soberanes were booked on six
counts of robbery, six counts of aggravated assault, six counts of
kidnapping, one count of aggravated robbery and one county of burglary.
Note: TXMEX Even there they can hit the wrong house.
Sheriff: Home invaders likely hit wrong house; murder charge for
April 17, 2012 10:24 AM
NEAR EDINBURG — A group of armed men who killed a homeowner and
injured his son last week likely targeted the wrong house when they
barged in looking for drugs, Sheriff Lupe Treviño said.
The suspects didn't know each other very well, he said, but they
assembled to carry out the raid early Thursday morning at a home east
of northern Edinburg.
"It was an ad hoc group put together by somebody," Treviño said about
the home invaders.
Investigators have yet to figure out who that somebody is. They
arrested two suspects, but believe there are about three or four
still at large.
One of the suspects in custody faced capital murder charges Monday
afternoon. The other remained hospitalized from injuries sustained
when the homeowner responded with gunfire, Treviño said.
Hidalgo County Justice of the Peace Homer Jasso charged Juan Antonio
Moreno, 29, of Weslaco, and set his bond at $1 million.
Moreno arrived at an Edinburg hospital shortly after the home
invasion with a wounded man, Treviño said.
He told authorities he stumbled across Alberto Vela, 31, while
driving down Highway 107, about a mile from the crime scene. Vela was
unconscious and had at least one gunshot wound when Moreno found him
by the side of the road, he told authorities.
Investigators first described Moreno as a passer-by, but later
determined he participated in the home invasion.
"He was the getaway driver," Treviño said.
Investigators believe Vela was injured after he and at least one
other man kicked in Victor Serna's door.
Officers are still trying to piece together what exactly happened
when the assailants went into the 40-year-old's house, Treviño said.
But they believe at least one of the invaders opened fire, wounding
the homeowner and his son Eric Serna, 21.
At some point, Victor Serna also discharged a .45-caliber handgun,
striking Vela, the alleged invader, at least once.
Moreno rushed Vela to the hospital, while emergency personnel and
Hidalgo County Sheriff's investigators arrived at the Serna household.
Doctors first thought Victor Serna's head injuries were a result of
blunt-force trauma, likely caused by the butt of a pistol, Treviño
said. Surgeons, however, later found a bullet wound in his head,
which an autopsy later confirmed as his cause of death.
Serna died Saturday morning — two days after being shot in the head.
His son, who was shot with a long barrel rifle in the upper torso and
leg, remained hospitalized in stable condition Monday.
Moreno confessed to the crime and implicated Vela, Treviño said. He
also named three or four other suspects, but did not specify who
ordered the hit.
He told authorities they targeted the home because they believed
there was a load of marijuana inside, Treviño said. Investigators,
however, have found "absolutely no evidence" that the Sernas are
involved in any type of trafficking.
Treviño made a mistake when he said last week that Victor Serna had
previously been convicted on drug charges, he said.
Serna's only conviction was a result of an aggravated robbery arrest
that was lowered to a misdemeanor assault in court, he added. A judge
sentenced him to two years of supervised probation for it.
Officers plan to levy charges against Vela once he is physically apt
to withstand the court proceedings. In the meantime, they continue to
search for the other offenders.
Authorities urge anyone with information about Vela and Moreno's
criminal associates to contact them at the Hidalgo County Crime
Stopper hotline at (956) 668-TIPS (8477).
Second border shooting victim in Eloy identified
Tue, 04/17/2012 - 6:33pm
THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) — Authorities in southern Arizona have identified
the second man killed in an ambush on a truckload of illegal
immigrants in Eloy.
Pima County sheriff's officials released the identity of 40-year-old
Juan Baltazar Lopez of Guatemala on Tuesday.
Authorities say Lopez was riding in a truck that was ambushed April 8
by an unknown number of people dressed in camouflage and armed with
He and another man, 39-year-old Gerardo Perez-Ruiz of Toluca, Mexico,
Border Patrol agents and police officers from Eloy and Coolidge had
responded to a report of shots fired that night in a wash known for
human smuggling activity.
The investigation into the shooting is ongoing.
Publicado abril 17, 2012, 1:44 AM
Encuentran restos humanos en el desierto arizonense
Los restos humanos de un posible indocumentado fueron encontrados la
tarde del sábado, por agentes de la Patrulla Fronteriza.
Al parecer pertenecen a un migrante, miembro de una caravana de diez,
según creen las autoridades
Nogales, Arizona - Nuevo Día
Los restos humanos de un posible indocumentado fueron encontrados la
tarde del sábado, por agentes de la Patrulla Fronteriza que daban
persecución a un grupo de aproximadamente 10 migrantes ilegales al
este de Nogales, Arizona.
Así lo dieron a conocer las autoridades de la Oficina del Sheriffato
del Condado Santa Cruz, quienes informaron que fueron contactados por
los agentes federales que se encontraba sobre la ruta estatal 83 en
el área de Patagonia.
La presencia de las autoridades locales fue requerida en el lugar, ya
que durante la persecución de aproximadamente 10 migrantes
indocumentados, los agentes federales de la Patrulla Fronteriza
hicieron el hallazgo de un cráneo humano.
En el mismo lugar también se encontraron prendas de vestir de un
hombre pero no fue encontrada ningún tipo de identificación, por lo
que las autoridades no pudieron reportar el origen de la persona
fallecida al este de Nogales, Arizona.
Los oficiales con la Oficina del Sheriffato tomaron los datos del
caso y removieron los restos humanos del lugar para que fueran
enviados a la oficina del médico forense del Condado Pima, que se
encarga de llevar a cabo el proceso de identificación de los restos
humanos encontrados en todo el sur del Estado de Arizona.