Thursday, May 10, 2012



Note: Today's poll in Milenio EPN 47%, JVM 26%, AMLO 24%,
GQT 3%
Rio Doce today has a excellent idea for debate format that should be
adopted here also.

Note: Many consider the SCCSO and Pima county SO to be among the
weaker links.

Sheriff drops Metro appeal in hopes ICE will absorb deputies
Posted: Tuesday, May 8, 2012 8:40 am | Updated: 10:12 am, Tue May 8,
By Manuel C. Coppola
Nogales International

Sheriff Antonio Estrada said he will not appeal a decision to defund
his Santa Cruz County Metro Task Force after receiving assurances
that the majority of the unit's officers will be absorbed into a new
federal task force.
A written appeal was due today before the High Intensity Drug
Trafficking Area (HIDTA) program executive board in Phoenix. "We
were limited in what we could argue because a condition of the appeal
was that we avoid bringing up issues we had already discussed,"
Estrada said.
Previously, the sheriff argued unsuccessfully that the community
would take a hit in street-level drug interdiction efforts, and that
the sheriff's task force members would lose their jobs.
"The good news that we got yesterday is that HIDTA assured us that
they would be absorbing six positions from the task force," Estrada
told the County Board of Supervisors on Wednesday, May 2. "That is
more than we were really expecting, so we're very happy that that
happened, because we were really struggling to see how we were going
to deal with that."
Elizabeth Kempshall, director of Arizona's HIDTA, said in a
telephone interview that the ultimate decision regarding staffing of
what would be a new task force under the command of U.S. Immigration
and Customs Enforcement (ICE) will be determined at an upcoming
meeting of the HIDTA executive board, "in about two weeks."
"But it was never the intent to hurt the sheriff's department.
It's an adjustment of strategies, an effort to do the best job with
the same amount of dollars (allocated) for the county.
"We're facing new threats and we need new strategies – a new
task force," she said. "Traffickers see Arizona as a gateway and
we have to do everything we can to close the doors. To take out an
entire organization … it starts at the interdiction level where
officers develop leads. But that's just the beginning. We then pick
it up from there.
"The cartels have a tremendous amount of resources and technology
available," Kempshall said. "We need a holistic approach, that
maximizes our impact when we bring it all together," she said. "We
need to continuously evaluate how we are doing in making the
community as safe as we possibly can.
"I'm excited and optimistic that we are going to make a real
difference," she said.
Estrada maintains Metro has a successful track record of attacking
street-level drug trafficking.
"With the cooperation of state and federal agencies we have had
tremendous impact with regard to leading investigations to bigger
targets and organizations," he said. "History shows that street-
level officers have contributed not only to major drug
investigations, but bombings, murder and other major cases.
"It is inconceivable that we would not continue that fight at this
level," Estrada continued. "I want to reassure the people that we
don't plan to ignore the street-level issues – the 'candy
stores' and stash houses that provide drugs to children in our
schools and are ruining families."
Estrada said that Metro's bust statistics were waning in the past
couple of years and that had an impact on the HIDTA decision. "But
so has everyone else's (numbers). Now it will be up to ICE to track
those statistics and it will be a burden off of me."
(Marisa Gerber contributed reporting.)

Note: His current wife and twin girls are US citizens.

U.S. imposes sanctions on two sons of "El Chapo" Guzman
Blocked assets to Ivan and Ovid, and prohibited Americans from doing
business with them.
From the Editor
Posted: 05/08/2012 12:43

Mexico City. The two sons of Joaquin El Chapo Guzman, were included
by the Office of Assets Control Department of the Treasury of the
United States in the drug list. With this, all the goods or accounts
in their name in that country will be frozen.

According to information made ​​public by the U.S. diplomatic
mission in Mexico, the children of El Chapo Guzman, Archivaldo Guzman
Salazar and Ovidio Guzman Lopez, were identified as part of the
operating structure of the Sinaloa cartel.

The first was held in 2005 in Mexico accused of money laundering. He
was released after the Mexican authorities could not prove his
responsibility for the crime as charged.

To this list, the Office for Assets Control Treasury Department also
included Ovidio Limon Sanchez and Noel Salgueiro Nevares identified
as major operators of the Sinaloa cartel headed by El Chapo Guzman.

Nevares Salgueiro was chief of the plaza in Chihuahua and was
arrested in October last year.

Guzman, the billionaire boss of the Sinaloa cartel, has on his head a
reward of five million dollars offered by Washington.

In addition, the Treasury Department barred Americans from doing
business with them, accusing them of playing a "significant role" in
drug trafficking activities. "Together with the government of
Mexico, we stand firm in our determination to dismantle the drug
trafficking organization of Chapo Guzman," stated the U.S. Treasury.

AZ woman arrested in crash that killed immigrants
(May 8th, 2012 @ 11:30am)

CASA GRANDE, Ariz. (AP) - Police have arrested an Arizona woman on
suspicion of crashing an SUV packed with illegal immigrants as she
fled from U.S. Border Patrol agents, killing four and injuring seven

Casa Grande police arrested 29-year-old Angela Celaya Gonzalez of
Eloy on four counts of second-degree murder on Tuesday, the same day
she was released from a Phoenix hospital where she was treated for
injuries from the crash.

Police say her bond was set at $2 million. Gonzalez does not yet have
an attorney.

Police say Gonzalez was fleeing agents when the SUV she was driving
crashed into a wall and rolled into a yard on May 2.

Police say the crash left a trail of auto parts and bodies.
Gonzalez is suspected to be the smuggler of the group

San Luis CBP officers seize almost $400,000 in cocaine, methamphetamine
May 07, 2012 6:08 PM

A 19-year-old Mexican national attempting to smuggle nearly 21 pounds
of cocaine and almost 13 pounds of methamphetamine into the United
States was arrested Sunday by Custom and Border Protection officers
assigned to the San Luis Port.

According to Edith Serrano, of CBP Public Affairs, officers referred
the man for a secondary inspection of his PT Cruiser after a Customs
and Border Protection canine alerted to the presence of drugs.

Serrano said during the secondary inspection of the vehicle, officers
located eight packages of cocaine, valued in excess of $180,000, and
12 packages of methamphetamine worth roughly $200,000.

"For the value, it was a significant seizure, especially given that
it was hard narcotics," Serrano said. "It was also unusual in that
it was a mixed load. Typically it is one or the other."

The drugs and vehicle were processed for seizure. Serrano added that
the 19-year-old man was arrested and turned over to U.S. Immigration
and Customs Enforcement's Homeland Security Investigations.

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Note: couldn't be diversions, several fires along border over last
couple weeks

Wellton and Tacna firefighters respond to suspicious brush fires
along Interstate
May 07, 2012 3:10 PM
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The Wellton Fire Department is investigating a string of
"suspicious" brush fires reported within an hour of each other
along Interstate 8 on Sunday.

"It is one of those things where you don't want to use the word
arson until we can prove it," said David Rodriguez, fire
investigator for the Wellton Fire Department. "Right now we are just
calling them suspicious."

Rodriguez said that at about 4 p.m. Sunday, Wellton firefighters were
dispatched to mile posts 26 and 28 in reference to brush fires along
the interstate.

He said fire crews had the fires completely extinguished within
minutes, preventing them from spreading.

Within minutes of those fires, Rodriguez said firefighters from the
Tacna Fire Department were dispatched to mile posts 40, 42, 44, 46
and 52, also in reference to brush fires along the interstate.

Rodriguez said that as a result of those calls, Engine 1 from Wellton
left to assist Tacna Fire in knocking down the brush fires at mile
posts 42 and 46.

The brush fires continued into Maricopa County, all the way into Gila
Bend. They were all along the south side of the roadway.

Rodriguez said that although the fires are being investigated as
"suspicious," there are many ways they could have started without
having been set by someone.

One possible example Rodriguez gave was a tractor trailer dragging a
loose chain, which could have caused sparks to ignite dried out
brush. Another possibility was a truck with a flat tire and the rim
was sparking whenever it contacted the pavement.

The Wellton Police Department, Yuma County Sheriff's Office, and
Department of Public Safety also responded to the fires.

Anyone with any information, or who may have witnessed anything
suspicious along the interstate Sunday is asked to call Wellton Fire
Department at 928-785-3340 or 78-CRIME to remain anonymous.

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