Sunday, October 28, 2012



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Multiple sex offenders, smugglers nabbed by Border Patrol
Posted: Oct 26, 2012 11:06 AM MST
Updated: Oct 26, 2012 11:21 AM MST
By Phil Benson - email
396 pounds of abandoned marijuana seized

Tucson Sector Border Patrol agents seized marijuana and arrested
multiple sex offenders and smugglers in separate cases this past week.

Four people arrested had significant sexual criminal histories,
Customs and Border Protection officials said.

Eduardo Morales, 38, of Tlalnepantla, Mexico, had several prior sex
offenses that included sex with a minor. He was convicted in 2009 in
California. Records also showed he was recently removed from the U.S.
through California.

During vehicle stops and at various checkpoints, Tucson Sector agents
also discovered human smugglers. One incident involved a 42-year-old
U.S. citizen, Glenda Luna. She was arrested Tuesday evening at the
Interstate 19 checkpoint for allegedly attempting to smuggle two
Mexicans into the U.S. Luna's 13-year-old son, who was in the
vehicle, was handed over to Child Protective Services.

Willcox Station agents, assisted by a K-9 team, discovered and seized
171 pounds of marijuana from a vehicle at the State Route 80
checkpoint Wednesday. A Nogales Station K-9 team responding to
detection technology east of Nogales found 396 pounds of abandoned
marijuana. Ajo Stations agents removed 1,124 pounds from an abandoned
vehicle near Federal Route 34 on Monday. Combined, agents seized
1,691 pounds of marijuana worth an estimated $845,500.

Agents from the Willcox Station assisted the Cochise County Sheriff's
Office Thursday morning in an investigation of a suspicious vehicle.
Black tar heroin and 11 bundles of marijuana were discovered inside
the vehicle, which was stolen. CCSO arrested two people and seized
the vehicle and narcotics.

Note: rest all TEXMEX

DPS helicopter opens fire during chase; 2 dead
Joel Martinez
A red pickup truck is carted away after a law enforcement pursuit of
a vehicle suspected of carrying illegal immigrants on Mile 7 Road
north of La Joya on Thursday, Oct. 25, 2012. A Texas Department of
Public Safety sharpshooter opened fire on an evading vehicle loaded
with suspected illegal immigrants, leaving at least two people dead,
sources familiar with the investigation said. Photo by Joel Martinez/

Posted: Thursday, October 25, 2012 7:12 pm | Updated: 9:19 am, Fri
Oct 26, 2012.
Jacqueline Armendariz and Ildefonso Ortiz

NEAR LA JOYA — A Texas Department of Public Safety sharpshooter
opened fire on an evading vehicle loaded with suspected illegal
immigrants, leaving at least two people dead, sources familiar with
the investigation said.
DPS spokeswoman Katherine Cesinger confirmed a DPS officer opened
fire during the pursuit north of La Joya, but had no information as
to whether the officer shot anyone inside the evading vehicle.
"We do not want to speculate on any other issues at this time and
have no further information," Cesinger said in the email.
However, law enforcement sources said troopers found three people
shot inside once the smuggler's vehicle stopped along Farm-to-Market
Road 2221 near Mile 7 Road. Two of the suspected illegal immigrants
died from their injuries, they said.
"This is going to get big really, really fast," a local law
enforcement official said of the DPS incident. "You have a law
enforcement official shooting at an unarmed alien. This is not an
excuse for deadly force."
Cesinger confirmed two people were dead. She said a third person was
sent to an area hospital for treatment, while six others were arrested.
When asked if he was aware of two illegal aliens being shot by DPS in
Hidalgo County, DPS Director Steven McCraw responded:
"Of course I am aware of this situation."
He declined to comment further and directed further contact to the
DPS press office. He also said he was currently out of the state.
Authorities were still searching for others who fled the scene on
Thursday night, Cesinger said.
The pursuit began after a Texas Parks and Wildlife Department game
warden tried to pull over a vehicle suspected of smuggling immigrants
Thursday afternoon along FM 2221.
A DPS helicopter was called in to assist in the pursuit and a
sharpshooter opened fire on the evading vehicle — a policy permitted
by the agency, two law enforcement sources not authorized to comment
on the investigation said.
DPS troopers are the only law enforcement in the Rio Grande Valley
region permitted to open fire during chases.
Various agencies — Border Patrol, La Joya police, Hidalgo County
Sheriff's Office — were present at the desolate, rural area alongside
DPS well into the night. Authorities set up blockades at least a mile
out from the scene.
After dark, a red pickup truck with no apparent damage — except a
blown, rear driver's-side tire — was towed away from the area where
police were working.
The Texas Rangers are investigating the incident.

Mission police find 640 pounds of weed after shootout
Posted: Thursday, October 25, 2012 7:35 pm | Updated: 9:14 am, Fri
Oct 26, 2012.
Dave Hendricks, Twitter: @dmhj

MISSION — At least two cars were involved in a rolling shootout
Thursday afternoon on Trinity Road near the Club at Cimarron and
other exclusive neighborhoods.
Based on the preliminary investigation, police Chief Martin Garza
said two cars headed east on Trinity exchanged gunfire near the
intersection with Stewart Road. Police recovered one shell casing
from the scene, which was littered with broken glass.
Both the shootout and a traffic collision at Stewart and Expressway
83 — just north of the intersection where the shooting took place —
were reported to police at about 5:45 p.m., Garza said.
Officers who arrived at the traffic collision found an abandoned
white Chevrolet Suburban with eight bundles of marijuana inside
weighing 640 pounds, Garza said. Witnesses said the driver fled
north, running across Expressway 83.
Police believe the two incidents, plus an abandoned Chevrolet Malibu
parked between the two crime scenes, are connected, Garza said.
Police detained two men linked to the Malibu, but haven't determined
whether they participated in the shootout.

Mexican army: Firefights, drug seizures at Texas-Tamps. border
Posted: Thursday, October 25, 2012 6:44 pm
Ildefonso Ortiz | Twitter: @IldefonsoOrtiz

Two dead gunmen, 18,000 pounds of marijuana, two armored trucks and
several weapons are among the items seized by the Mexican military
this week near Rio Bravo, Reynosa and Nueva Ciudad Guerrero.
The most recent firefight took place Wednesday shortly after 1:30
p.m., just outside of Rio Bravo, a border city which is just south of
the Rio Grande from Donna. A military convoy on patrol came under
fire by an unknown number of gunmen, a Mexican army news release
shows. The military fought off the gunmen killing one of them, and
seizing two armored SUVs, a third SUV without armor and several weapons.
Another firefight took place Tuesday in Nueva Ciudad Guerrero — a
small town across the Rio Grande from Falcon Dam in western Starr
County — where a military convoy came under fire and the soldiers
fought back killing one gunman.
In addition to the casualty, the soldiers also seized two SUVs and
four assault rifles.
On Monday, the Mexican army seized 18,050 pounds of marijuana hidden
inside a tractor-trailer. The seizure was made at a highway
checkpoint just south of Reynosa. The drugs and the unidentified
truck driver were turned over to Mexico's Attorney General's Office,
known as the PGR, for prosecution and further investigation.

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