Tuesday, June 19, 2012
AZMEX UPDATE 19-6-12
AZMEX UPDATE 19 JUN 2012
Note: Obied Cano Zepeda nephew of El Chapo said to have been killed in Culican on Sunday.
Investigating SEDENA (Army) arms trafficking to drug traffickers
Tuesday, June 19, 2012
http://www.blogdelnarco.com/2012/06/investigan-trafico-de-armas-de-la-sedena-a-narcos/ # more-12223
The PGR is investigating an alleged trafficking of Army weapons and explosives to the cartels; Milenio,, the Familia Michoacana and the Gulf.
According to the investigations, the proprietor of a armory in Mexico City has sold high-caliber weapons and the explosive C4 Military Camp No. 1 to middlemen who would supply to "The Resistance", which brings together bands of the three cartels.
In the investigation PGR/SIEDO/UEIORPIFAM/148/2011 know that the crime was discovered after the dismantling of a cell of "The Resistance" on September 7, 2011, in Guadalajara.
The investigation led also to Gabriel Abrego Garcia and his father Gabriel Herminio Abrego Vargas, owners of the former armory "El Venado", located in a modest local Tlalnepantla, Estado de Mexico.
The suspects have traded seized arms and explosives to "The Resistance".
The PGR intercepted telephone conversations of Garcia Abrego, which presumably is exposed the relationship with the military to smuggle weapons.
The most frequent calls were with Victor Manuel Rios Lopez, gun collector, and Captain Cesar Abel Batres Ortiz, who was the right hand of Brigadier General José Luis Ramón Velasco Guillén
Three months ago, Velasco served as CEO of the Federal Firearms Register in the Department of Defense. In principle, Velasco does not appear linked to this investigation.
Sources said that the Department of Defense Military Prosecutor found no case directly related to the matter and so far there is no information from the PGR.
The Directorate of Arms Trading, not the Federal Register of Firearms is controller of the weapons.
El Paso City Council rep. to ask for jailed US trucker's release
By Aileen B. Flores \ El Paso Times
Posted: 06/19/2012 12:00:00 AM MDT
El Paso Northeast city Rep. Carl Robinson is asking for the humanitarian release of the Texas trucker incarcerated for allegedly smuggling arms in Mexico.
Jabin Akeem Bogan, 27, was detained April 17 by Mexican federal customs officers at the Bridge of the Americas in Juárez with 268,000 rounds of ammunition. Bogan is currently being held in a federal prison in Veracruz, Mexico.
Dennis Mekenye, owner of Arlington-based Demco Transportation Inc. and Bogan's boss, have said Bogan ended up in Mexico by accident when he took a wrong turn toward the Bridge of the Americas and that the cargo was headed to Phoenix.
"I do believe it was an accident, it wasn't anything intentional," said Robinson.
A resolution to request Mexican authorities to review the case and urge the U.S. Ambassador to Mexico and the Department of State to help resolve the release of Bogan is expected to be approved by council today.
The intent of the petition is not to be antagonistic or to point fingers, Robinson said.
"Bogan just made the wrong turn and got stuck in traffic and was not able to get back before he got caught in that situation," he said.
It is not difficult to end up in Mexico by accident when driving in the Spaghetti Bowl area, Robinson said.
"It almost happened to me a couple of weeks ago, even though I know the area," he said. "It's very easy for a mistake like that to happen."
Robinson now hopes to appeal to the good conscience of the authorities in Mexico
that it was not an intentional act on Bogan's part. He was not smuggling weapons, Robinson said.
The bullets are legal to buy in the United States but the ammunition is banned in Mexico, which considers those types of rifles and bullets only for military use.
New Border Patrol Agent in Charge selected for Douglas Border Patrol station
Published/Last Modified on Wednesday, June 13, 2012 1:47 PM MDT
On May 6, 2012, the Tucson Sector welcomed R. Alan Booth as the new Patrol Agent in Charge (PAIC) of the Douglas Border Patrol Station.
"PAIC Booth brings a wealth of experience and knowledge to our operations in Douglas," said Rick Barlow, Tucson Sector Chief Patrol Agent. "He is a proven leader who appreciates working with stakeholders toward smart border security solutions."
PAIC Booth entered on duty with the U.S. Border Patrol in 1997 as a member of Class 358. His first duty assignment as a Border Patrol Agent was at the Lordsburg, New Mexico station in the El Paso Sector.
In 2001, PAIC Booth successfully completed the selection process for the Border Patrol Tactical Unit and was later selected as a Field Operations Supervisor. For the next two years, he was a Special Operations Supervisor assigned to El Paso, Texas, where he planned and executed operations throughout the United States.
During his career, PAIC Booth has served as Assistant Chief of Operations for the Arizona Joint Field Command and as the Assistant Patrol Agent in Charge in Sonoita, Ariz. PAIC Booth also worked as an Assistant Chief at Border Patrol Headquarters in Washington, D.C. Most recently, he was assigned to the Tucson Sector Headquarters as an Executive Officer.
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