Monday, December 17, 2012



Border Patrol to stop interpreting service
By Associated Press
Originally published: Dec 13, 2012 - 3:21 pm

SEATTLE -- U.S. Border Patrol agents will no longer serve as
interpreters when local law enforcement agencies ask for language help.

The new decree issued by Homeland Security says agents should refer
any such request to a private service if it's solely for interpretation.

Immigration advocates in Washington state say Border Patrol agents
who often interpret during traffic stops or other minor local law
calls eventually end up asking immigration questions and in some
cases arresting immigrants suspected of being in the country illegally.

The use of interpretation is one of several contentious practices
immigrant advocates have fought against in Washington since the
Border Patrol agency expanded the number of agents in the state.

Border Patrol has said it's enforcing immigration laws and doing its
job of securing the border.

Note: how could it have possibly made it that far?

Task force recovers 1,550 lbs. of pot in Pinal County
By KTAR Newsroom
Originally published: Dec 13, 2012 - 1:59 pm

The vehicle and drugs that were seized are shown. The Pinal County
Sheriff's Office's air unit is shown in the background. (Pinal County
Sheriff's Office)
A task force recovered over 1,500 pounds of marijuana on Wednesday
from a camouflaged vehicle found in the desert, the Pinal County
Sheriff's Office said in a release.

The vehicle, covered with a tarp and shrubbery, was found south of
Interstate 8 near Stanfield Rd. The 1,550 pounds of marijuana was
located inside the vehicle.

No suspects were near the vehicle.

The marijuana has an estimated street value of $1,165,500.
Both the vehicle and marijuana were seized.

BP seizes $234k worth of pot
December 12, 2012 5:48 PM
Border Patrol agents stationed in the Wellton area have seized about
$234,000 worth of marijuana over the past few days during three
separate incidents.

On Sunday afternoon, agents tracked footprints south of Dateland for
several hours before discovering three alleged smugglers transporting
burlap-wrapped backpacks of marijuana. Agents apprehended all three
individuals and seized about 145 pounds of marijuana.

On Monday night, an agent using night vision spotted a group of six
alleged smugglers walking north from the border toward Interstate 8.
Agents then approached the group who were allegedly carrying
backpacks full of marijuana. About 272 pounds of pot was seized from
the group.

Then on Tuesday, agents seized two abandoned bundles of marijuana
weighing a total of 51 pounds.

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$345,000 in marijuana seized Wednesday
December 13, 2012 3:18 PM
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U.S. Border Patrol agents from the Yuma Sector's Wellton Station
recovered 690 pounds of marijuana in two separate incidents
Wednesday. The drugs are valued at $345,000.

In the first incident, during the early morning hours, agents
detained a group of 10 Mexican nationals who had been carrying large
bundles of marijuana through the desert south of Gila Bend.

According to Agent Kyle Estes, Yuma Sector Border Patrol public
affairs officer, an agent using night vision equipment spotted the
group and directed other agents into the area.

Collectively, the smugglers were carrying 506 pounds of marijuana.

Later that same day, agents working south of Gila Bend found four
abandoned bundles of marijuana after following footprints in the desert.

"The bundles were found in a wash under Highway 85," Estes said, and
had a combined weight of 184 pounds.

Yuma County residents can help the Border Patrol and U.S. Customs and
Border Protection by calling 1-866-999-8727 toll-free to report
suspicious activity. Callers can remain anonymous.

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California man busted at Douglas port for smuggling 8.5 gallons of
liquid meth
Seized narcotics worth more than $1 million
Published/Last Modified on Wednesday, December 12, 2012 12:43 PM MST
Douglas Dispatch

A California man was arrested Friday, Nov. 30 at the Douglas Port
after U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers discovered nearly
8.5 gallons (66 lbs.) of liquid methamphetamine hidden in the gas
tank of his 1998 Honda Accord.

When Vasa Major, 41, a resident of Campbell, Calif., applied for
entry at the border, he was directed to a secondary inspection area
where officers noticed his gas tank appeared to have been modified. A
CBP narcotics detection canine was then used to confirm the presence
of drugs. After officers removed the fuel tank, they found nine
containers of liquid meth valued at $1,027,774.

The drugs and vehicle were seized. Major was turned over to U.S.
Immigration and Customs Enforcement's Homeland Security Investigations.

Note: Does it seem as that after the Mexican and US elections the
smugglers have become more willing to use violence against US law

BP: Agent opens fire after partner hit by car
Follow Jacqueline Armendariz on Twitter: @jarmendariz
Posted: Wednesday, December 12, 2012 10:07 pm
by Jacqueline Armendariz

U.S. Border Patrol said an agent fired his gun after his partner was
hit by a car driven by a suspect near the Rio Grande on Wednesday night.
Border Patrol spokesman Henry Mendiola said the agent hit by the car
sustained minor injuries to his leg, but it is unclear whether the
suspect involved was hurt.
The shooting occurred after 5 p.m., south of the town of Abram, when
agents from the McAllen Border Patrol station patrolling on foot saw
a suspicious car leaving the Rio Grande. Once the driver saw the
agents he struck one of them with the car, Mendiola said after
reading reports about the incident.
"At that point, the agent's partner was able to discharge his weapon
in defense of his partner," Mendiola said. "It is uncertain if the
individual was struck with the gunfire."
Mexican authorities have been notified the suspect was able to jump
out of the vehicle and cross into the country, he said.
"There was no contraband or anyone else in the vehicle," Mendiola
said. "It did appear as though the vehicle was going to be used for
smuggling contraband."
The agent who was hit was taken to a local hospital, treated and
released later Wednesday night.
Mendiola said internal affairs will follow up with an investigation,
examining photos and asking questions.
"Unfortunately, these are the types of things that we encounter when
we're doing our jobs," he said. "It's fortunate these agents were
able to defend themselves without major injuries. These are the types
of things that we train for and we're equipped for."

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