Border Patrol apprehends suspected 'rip crew'
Posted: Friday, March 30, 2012 2:42 pm | Updated: 5:55 pm, Sat Mar
By JB Miller
For the Nogales International
Border Patrol agents apprehended three suspected bandits Wednesday in
a remote area of Santa Cruz County that has been plagued in recent
years by roving gangs known as "rip crews."
On Wednesday at 2:56 a.m., the Nogales Border Patrol Station reported
to the Santa Cruz County Sheriff's Office that agents had detained
three undocumented immigrants who claimed they were assaulted
sometime the night before in an area west of the Interstate 19
"As the result of that information, early Wednesday morning, agents
from the Tucson Sector Border Patrol apprehended three suspected
bandits in a remote area west of Tubac," said ICE spokesperson Amber
Cargile. "The effort was part of an ongoing joint, targeted Homeland
Security enforcement effort by Border Patrol and U.S. Immigration and
Customs Enforcement's (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI)
Nogales to target bandit 'rip crews' in the mountainous areas near
Tucson and Nogales."
On Dec. 14, 2010, Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry was shot and killed
by suspected border bandits after he and his BORTAC tactical unit
were sent into the Tumacacori Mountains to flesh out the rip crews
that had been assaulting economic migrants and stealing drugs from
smugglers in the area.
Since Terry's death, nearly a dozen more incidents have been
reported in the canyonlands west of Nogales in which illegal border-
crossers have been robbed often at gunpoint by masked men. On Tuesday
of this week, the Santa Cruz County Sheriff's Office investigated an
incident in which a group of undocumented migrants were reportedly
robbed in an area southwest of Arivaca Lake. One of the victims said
there were three assailants armed with assault rifles and a pistol.
However, with the exception of the Terry shooting, no arrests have
been reported in any of the incidents until now.
Two brothers from Mexico are currently facing charges in the Terry
case, including a man who was shot during the gunbattle that left
Terry dead. However, at least one other suspect – the likely
triggerman who killed Terry – is still at large.
However, Cargile said the men arrested Wednesday are not suspects in
the Terry murder. She called the incident for which they are charged
"an isolated incident."
Cargile did not immediately release the names of the three men who
were arrested on Wednesday, but she said they were presented in
federal court the following on hostage-taking charges and were
remanded to the custody of the U.S. Marshal's Service.
"The case is still ongoing," she added.
Arizona deputies seize $250K worth of pot, arrest 3
by John Genovese - Mar. 30, 2012 09:31 PM
The Arizona Republic-12 News Breaking News Team
Sheriff's deputies say a two-day operation led them to three
undocumented immigrants who are suspected of transporting about 500
pounds of marijuana into the U.S.
The drugs, which were seized Wednesday in the desert off the
Interstate 8 corridor, reportedly came from Mexico and have an
approximate street value of $250,000, according to Deputy Christopher
Hegstrom, a Maricopa County Sheriff's Office spokesman.
Authorities say one suspect, Jesus Lleyva Castillo, was taken into
custody for investigation of several drug-related charges.
Castillo "has an extensive criminal history in Arizona," according to
a Friday news release.
The U.S. Border Patrol took custody of the two others, Hegstrom said.
Read more: http://www.azcentral.com/news/articles/
Note: info on firearms continues to be suppressed.
Published: 31/03/2012 14:58 By: Ruben A. Ruiz email@example.com
Catch four with weapons in Nogales
NOGALES, Sonora (PH)
A total of four subjects were arrested in possession of AK-47 type
weapons, two pistols and over 960 rounds of ammunition, after an
operation in Nogales by the so-called Joint Operation.
They were identified as Joaquin Gonzalez Ruelas, 31, alias "El Chapo
13", a native of Tijuana, Baja California Norte, who has an arrest
warrant for murder and two of illegal deprivation of liberty.
Luis Arturo Lopez and Arvizu, 38, nicknamed "el Luisillo", a native
of the border, Jose Luis Angulo Castaneda, 23, aka "El Gordo", a
native of Obregon, Sonora and Gerardo Gastelum Felix, 24 years, the
nickname "el Gera", Nogales.
Were captured at 20:15 pm on Friday, after a report of a white pick
up speeding and in the opposite direction that was nearly run over a
group of students on the Boulevard Luis Donaldo Colosio to Tianguis
The officers began a chase to the junction with Avenue Kennedy, where
they were controlled technically.
They had four rifle type guns so-called "goat horn", 7.62x39 mm
caliber, a .40 caliber gun, supplied with eight rounds of ammunition
and a .45 with ten shots in their magazines
In addition to six magazines supplied for rifles and a blue backpack
with 960 cartridges.
The auto in which they went is the Chevrolet Cheyenne, 2009 model,
white four-door with plates UZ-64-879 of Sonora, which if verified in
the database, derived theft report dated October 22, 2011 in Nogales,
The detainees, vehicle, weapons, were presented before Judge
qualifier of the day, who were ordered medically certified and sent
to the representative office of the Federation for appropriate