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AZMEX UPDATE 4-7-12
AZMEX UPDATE 4 JUL 2012
City's Arizona ban
Should City Council lift the ban on travel to Arizona? Read story
Total Votes = 149
Definitely, they never should have had the ban in the first place.
Yes, now that the Supreme Court struck down most parts of Arizona's anti-immigration law.
No, the ban should stay as a message against tough anti-immgration laws.
3 in custody after ICE agent shot near Hargill
July 03, 2012 10:09 PM
HARGILL — Authorities detained three people after a federal agent suffered two gunshot wounds Tuesday in an early-morning attack in a remote corner of eastern Hidalgo County.
Immigration and Customs Enforcement Special Agent Kelton Harrison remained in stable condition at McAllen Medical Center about 4 p.m. Tuesday, about 12 hours after he suffered two gunshot wounds to the abdomen during an attack and chase near Hargill.
A fellow law enforcement agent frantically rushed Harrison from the Hidalgo-Willacy county line to Edinburg, where an ambulance transported him to the hospital after the shooting.
Harrison and at least one other agent were conducting surveillance in a brushy area outside Hargill along Farm-to-Market Road 493 about 3:30 a.m. Tuesday, when at least one person confronted the agent, with a firearm in tow.
Law enforcement investigators recovered at least two bullet casings — likely from a 9 mm pistol — at the junction of the two rural highways after sunrise Tuesday.
Three "people of very special interest" had been taken into custody by Tuesday evening, Hidalgo County Sheriff Lupe Treviño said, declining to reveal more details about their roles in the case.
"They could be witnesses, could be participants and that's what we can say at this point," he said. "We expect to make an arrest soon and things are developing very quickly."
The crime scene stretched about four miles along FM 493, from the south side of Hargill to the intersection with Highway 186, where Harrison abandoned his unmarked unit.
It is unclear whether the gunfire continued at the intersection, after Harrison's vehicle went into in a field behind a stand of mesquite trees along the highway. The unmarked Jeep SUV sat among grazing steers while FBI, ICE, Hidalgo County sheriff's investigators and other agencies attempted to reconstruct what had transpired after sunrise. The SUV's rear windshield and front passenger window had both been shot.
A colleague of Harrison called for an ambulance, originally planning on meeting emergency crews in Hargill, only to redirect the rendezvous point to University Drive and Expressway 281 in Edinburg, where the ambulance approached 100 mph down the mostly empty thoroughfare.
The fellow agent's unmarked SUV trailed closely behind and was joined by several Pharr police units that scrambled to clear the way to McAllen Medical Center.
Harrison has been with ICE's Homeland Security Investigations arm since 2010. ICE continued to investigate the case Tuesday night alongside the FBI, Texas Department of Public Safety and county Sheriff's Office.
"Our thoughts and prayers are with the special agent and his family," ICE spokeswoman Nina Pruneda said in a statement.
Harrison's attack was the first time an ICE agent fell victim to gunfire since May 10, when an off-duty agent in Miami was shot by a gunman along a turnpike.
Helicopters buzzed overhead Tuesday morning as investigators used metal detectors to examine the four-mile stretch of FM 493, from a white house cordoned off at the corner of 11th Street on the southern edge of Hargill, north to the route's terminus at Highway 186.
Authorities raided a third location, about three miles east of Hargill along 11th Street, believed to be a possible stash house related to the case.
Harrison's attack appeared to share similarities with an Hidalgo County sheriff's deputy's ambush at the hands of suspected Gulf Cartel henchmen in late October, during a kidnapping investigation.
But authorities would not specify Tuesday whether Harrison's attack has any ties to Mexican cartels or local street gangs. One investigator said the agents' investigation related to a group of human smugglers and drug traffickers based near Hargill.
Jared Taylor covers courts and general assignments for The Monitor. He can be reached at email@example.com and (956) 683-4439.
Tamps. top cop unhurt by fatal bombing
July 03, 2012 6:46 PM
A grenade and a car bomb that exploded outside the home of the top law enforcement official in Tamaulipas killed two people and injured seven others.
The explosives went off Monday night at an upscale neighborhood in Ciudad Victoria, the state capital, which lies about 190 miles south of McAllen. Despite the attack, Tamaulipas Public Safety Secretary Rafael Lomeli Martinez is reported to be safe and sound, according to information provided by the Tamaulipas Attorney General's Office, known as the PGJE.
A grenade went off moments before a car bomb exploded in the upscale Campestre neighborhood, officials said.
The explosion killed two police officers and injured four others who all were part of Lomeli's security detail. Of the injured officers, three were listed in serious condition while one was listed in stable condition.
Additionally, three neighbors were injured by flying shrapnel that damaged six cars and four homes.
All the civilians were listed in stable condition. A civilian who asked not to be identified said personal belongings, including two laptops, were taken by authorities who were investigating the area.
The car bomb is the second attack of its kind targeting a public official in Tamaulipas in less than a week. On Friday, a car bomb went off in the parking lot of Nuevo Laredo City Hall in the area where Mayor Benjamin Galvan Gomez regularly parks his vehicle. The mayor wasn't there at the time, but the explosion injured seven civilians, damaged 11 vehicles and damaged the building, according to the PGJE.
It remains unclear why public officials were targeted, but PGJE officials claim the attacks were perpetrated by members of organized crime.
The state of Tamaulipas has been the battle ground of an intense turf war between the Gulf Cartel and their former enforcers, the Zetas. Most recently, the Sinaloa Cartel has teamed up with the Gulf Cartel, raising the stakes.
On April 17, 14 bodies of alleged Zetas were left outside the Nuevo Laredo City Hall.
And on May 4, another 14 bodies were left in an abandoned vehicle, also near Nuevo Laredo City Hall. The bodies had been left with a banner allegedly signed by Sinaloa Cartel leader Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman, asking Nuevo Laredo officials to stop helping the Zetas.
Army seizes two AK clones, a 556 carbine, a grenade launcher attachment with two 40mm grenades, 16 mags and 575 various rounds. In eastern Sonora.
Publicada: 04/07/2012 09:26 Por: Redacción ElImparcial
Incauta Ejército armas y vehículos en Maycoba
Cuatro armas de fuego, vehículos y equipo táctico, fueron decomisados la semana anterior en dos acciones realizadas por elementos del Ejército Mexicano en la localidad de Maycoba en el Municipio de Yécora.
Mediante un comunicado de prensa, la Secretaría de la Defensa Nacional (Sedena) informó que el primer aseguramiento se llevó a cabo el 25 de junio al interceptar un vehículo marca Chevrolet línea Avalanche color gris con placas de Arizona.
En la unidad motriz se localizaron dos fusiles AK-47, una carabina calibre 5.56 milímetros, un aditamento lanzagranadas calibre 40 milímetros, 16 cargadores, dos granadas calibre 40 y 575 cartuchos útiles de diversos calibres.
Cinco días después, se aseguró un pick up color ojo sin placas de circulación en el cual se encontró una pistola calibre 40, 21 costales conteniendo mariguana y 10 paquetes con el mismo enervante.
La camioneta fue localizada abandonada en las inmediaciones de un campamento donde se realizaba el empaquetamiento de mariguana.
El documento agrega que en dicho lugar se confiscó una cuatrimoto, un chaleco táctico, siete portafusiles, tres fajillas negras, dos portagranadas, cinco portapistolas, cinco perneras y 11 portapistolas para cintura.
Tres portacargadores para pistola, tres portapistolas para tobillo, 11portacargadores para fusil, un par de tirantes, y dos portacargadores para radio, se sumaron al decomiso.
La lista de objetos se complementó con dos portacargadores múltiples para fusil, una cangurera color negro, una mochila color negro, un remolque, dos baterías para radio y dos bases para cargador de baterías.
En las dos acciones no hubo personas detenidas; la materia asegurada quedó a disposición del agente del Ministerio Público de la Federación.
Amenazan a policías de El Desemboque
Por: Rafael León Pineda
Caborca, Sonora. Un comando armado arribo hasta la delegación de policía municipal de El Desemboque la tarde de este miércoles, la cual se ubica a la entrada de dicha playa, donde amenazaron a los agentes municipales comisionados en ese lugar, lo que causo la movilización policiaca de las distintas corporaciones de los tres niveles.
Elementos de la SEDENA, Policía Federal, Policía Estatal Preventiva y Estatal Investigadora, así como los mandos de la corporación municipal se abocaron hasta el lugar una vez que recibieron el llamado de apoyo de sus compañeros quienes se vieron amenazados por un grupo de personas fuertemente armada quienes llegaron en seis camionetas a la delegación de policía.