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PCSD investigating double homicide, illegal immigrants shot to death
CREATED 12:30 PM
Web Producer: Ina Ronquillo
PIMA COUNTY, Ariz. (KGUN9-TV) - The Pima County Sheriff's Department
is investigating the death of two illegal immigrants near Eagle Ranch
Deputy Dawn Barkman tells KGUN9 that on April 8, agents from the Casa
Grande Border Patrol
Station, Eloy Police Department, and Coolidge Police Department
responded to the Eagle Ranch
located at the south end of South Night Sky Street, south of West
Antares Drive, in Eloy, Arizona in regards to shots being fired at an
illegal alien smuggling load.
When deputies arrives, they determined there was one deceased person
in the bed of a pick-up truck and a second deceased person in a wash
northeast of the pickup truck. Several border crossers were located
hiding in the brush nearby.
Homicide Unit detectives responded and determined the border crossers
were traveling in a pickup truck in a wash that is commonly used for
human smuggling. They were ambushed by an unknown number of
subjects in camouflage clothing armed with rifles.
Shots were fired at the pickup truck at which time two subjects were
fatally struck, says Barkman.
Names of the victim's are not being released at this time pending
next of kin notification.
U.S. Border Patrol agent from El Paso, girlfriend arrested for
federal firearms trafficking
by Daniel Borunda / El Paso Times
Posted: 04/09/2012 04:46:52 PM MDT
A U.S. Border Patrol agent from El Paso and his girlfriend were
arrested today accused of buying weapons and ammunition that they
intend to be sold in Mexico.
Agent Ricardo Montalvo, 28, and his girlfriend, Carla Gonzales-Ortiz,
29, were arrested on charges of conspiracy, firearms and smuggling
charges, said officials with the U.S. Attorney's Office in New
Mexico. The pair were arrested this morning without incident.
Montalvo had been on desk duty since January 2011 when the
investigation began. Gonzales-Ortiz is a Mexican citizen and legal
resident, officials said.
The pair are expected to appear before a U.S. magistrate judge
Tuesday in federal court in El Paso.
They are accused in a 20 count indictment that was unsealed Monday.
From November 2010 to January 2011, the pair allegedly conspired to
buy nine firearms for other people. Montalvo allegedly bought about
20,000 rounds of ammo, 97 high-capacity magazines (including ten 100
round magazines for 5.56 mm rifles) and four 37 mm flare launchers
that Mexican drug cartels can convert to grenade launchers, officials