Monday, December 10, 2012



Border Patrol agents arrest armed suspect, seize drugs
December 06, 2012 6:01 PM

U.S. Border Patrol agents from the Yuma Sector's Wellton Station
arrested an armed suspect and seized 395 pounds of marijuana during
two separate incidents.

Agent Spencer Tippets of the Yuma Sector Public Affairs Office said
early Thursday morning that agents patrolling south of Sentinel
tracked and apprehended seven suspects who had been traveling through
the desert on foot while carrying approximately 257 pounds of marijuana.

On Wednesday, agents patrolling near Gila Bend located three suspects
carrying large, rectangular backpacks filled with marijuana. One of
the suspects, he said, was carrying a loaded 9 mm handgun. "It's
not uncommon for drug smugglers to be armed," Tippets said. "We don't
see it every day but we have to assume, especially when drugs are
involved, because of the value they have in the minds of the
smugglers. So we have to assume that there are weapons present any
time drugs are present."

Tippets said agents were able to apprehended the group without
incident. The drugs, with a total weight of 138 pounds, and valued at
$69,000, were seized for destruction.

The suspects are being held for prosecution.

Tippets explained the job of a Border Patrol agent is inherently
dangerous. But due to working in remote locations and a majority of
the arrests they make happening during the night and early morning,
it makes the job even more dangerous.
"We always hope that nothing ever happens to where somebody is
injured, but we always have to be prepared for that type of
circumstance," Tippets said.

Customs and Border Protection officials welcome assistance from the
community. Citizens can report suspicious activity to the Border
Patrol and remain anonymous by calling 1-866-999-8727, toll free.

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CBP officers arrest SENTRI member, seize more than $141K worth of
December 06, 2012 6:02 PM

A Yuma woman with "trusted traveler" status was arrested Wednesday
for attempting to smuggle more than $141,000 worth of cocaine into
the country.

According to U.S. Custom and Border Protection spokesman Officer
Reginald Smith, Maria Valle, 46, was arrested at the U.S. Port of
Entry at San Luis, Ariz., after officers found six packages of
cocaine, weighing 15.5 pounds, hidden in her vehicle.

Valle was a member of the agency's Secure Electronic Network for
Traveler's Rapid Inspection (SENTRI) program and was attempting to
drive through one of the dedicated lanes when she was caught. Her
card was immediately revoked.
"SENTRI members are treated with a higher level of trust, but are not
exempt from inspection," said Acting Port Director Robert L.
Schroeder. "Violations such as drug smuggling will not be tolerated,
and those attempting to exploit the program will be prosecuted to the
fullest extent of the law."

Smith said when Valle applied for entry into the U.S., she was
driving a Mazda sedan with her two-year-old granddaughter as a
passenger. A narcotic detection dog, however, alerted to the presence
of drugs in the vehicle.
Officers then conducted a secondary inspection, Smith said, and found
cocaine packages in Valle's purse and a diaper bag.

Valle, her vehicle, and the cocaine were turned over to the U.S.
Immigration and Customs Enforcement's Homeland Security
Investigations. The toddler was returned to a family member.

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Note: the kidnappings go on, not only there. Could be very
interesting to find out estimate of how many Chinese here illegally.
They from a potential adversary and keep a very low profile.

Chihuahua state authorities arrest leader, associates of alleged
kidnapping ring
By Lorena Figueroa/El Paso
Posted: 12/06/2012 01:41:31 PM MST

Chihuahua state authorities have arrested the leader of a criminal
organization and five of his associates who in the past year
allegedly kidnapped 17 people in Juárez, including children and other
family members of Asian businessmen.

Erick Gandarilla de la Fuente, alias "El Erick," 23, was arrested
early Wednesday on kidnapping charges, according to the Chihuahua's
Attorney General Office.

Authorities said that Garandilla de la Fuente's criminal organization
allegedly targeted owners of Chinese food restaurants and other
businesses that might not report the kidnappings to police because of
their immigration status in México.

However, there were two cases where the victims were not related to
Asian businessmen, including a September kidnapping of a 16-year-old
daughter of the owner of a tortilla factory.

The spokesperson for the Chihuahua's Attorney General Office in
Juárez, Arturo Sandoval, said that "El Erick" had changed his
appearance to avoid being recognized and arrested because he knew
investigators were looking for him since the beginning of 2012.

"When he was arrested he had gained weight and grown his hair and
beard," he said.

Sandoval added that immediately after his arrest Garandilla de la
Fuente gave investigators information to locate five of his
associates. Raúl Marentes Salas, alias "El Carroso," 30; Jesús
Armando Rentaría Rentaría, alias "El Chuy," 27; and his wife, Reyna
Rodríguez Saucedo, alias "La Reyna," 35; as well as Soledad Franco
Valerio, alias "La Chole," 42, and his son, Jesús Manuel Valerio
Franco, alias "El Chuy," 27, were also arrested on Wednesday,
according to authorities.

Authorities said that they have identified five more alleged members
of Garandilla de la Fuente's gang that are considered fugitives and
four others that are already in custody.

According to the Chihuahua attorney general's office, the gang began
its criminal activity in December of last year, when its members
kidnapped the 9-year-old son of an Asian businessman.

In January and February of 2012 they kidnapped a cook and an employee
from two different Chinese restaurants, respectively. In February
they also kidnapped the brother of an Asian businessman and owner of
a restaurant, according to authorities.

According to authorities, the daughter of the tortilla factory owner
was set free after five days of captivity, when her family paid
$4,000. In that case, three members of the gang were arrested.

Note: EPN was governor of the state of Mexico.

Suma deuda de estados 406 billones de pesos
Durante el tercer trimestre del año, la deuda de los estados y
municipios del país sumó 40 mil 74 millones 33 mil pesos, reportó hoy
la Secretaría de Hacienda y Crédito Público (SHCP).
Durante el tercer trimestre del año, la deuda de los estados y
municipios del país sumó 406 mil 764 millones 633 mil pesos, reportó
hoy la Secretaría de Hacienda y Crédito Público (SHCP).

MÉXICO, D.F.(SUN)Durante el tercer trimestre del año, la deuda de los
estados y municipios del país sumó 406 mil 764 millones 633 mil
pesos, lo que representó un incremento entre julio y septiembre de
aproximadamente 2 mil 355 millones de pesos, reportó hoy la
Secretaría de Hacienda y Crédito Público (SHCP).

Los pasivos que registran los gobiernos locales ascendieron a 404 mil
409 millones de pesos al segundo trimestre del año.

En el apartado de Obligaciones financieras de entidades federativas y
municipios del tercer trimestre del año, el Distrito Federal registra
la deuda más elevada, con 54 mil 422 millones 262 mil pesos; le
siguen el estado de México y Coahuila, con pasivos de 38 mil 795
millones 122 mil pesos y 36 mil 450 millones 695 mil pesos,

El jueves, empresarios consultados por el Banco de México, que emitió
su reporte sobre las economías regionales al tercer trimestre del
año, manifestaron que entre sus principales preocupaciones está la
situación financiera por la que atraviesan las entidades federativas,
lo cual se convierte en un escenario de alerta para México, debido a
que podría reducir el nivel de inversión en infraestructura de los
gobiernos locales.

De hecho, la Secretaría de Hacienda advirtió el pasado 30 de
noviembre que en algunos "casos específicos", el incremento de la
deuda en los estados podría representar un problema para sus finanzas

"Destaca el caso de Coahuila, donde a la par de su endeudamiento
exponencial, se encontraron manejos fraudulentos de su deuda", citó
entonces en su informe "Memoria 2006-2012".

La dependencia explicó que los pasivos de las entidades federativas
pasaron de 160 mil millones de pesos en 2006 a 397 mil millones de
pesos en marzo de 2012.

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