Monday, January 21, 2013



Note: They forget to mention it, but it all come up right through
the res. No info if vehicles were stolen.

Border Patrol seizes $2.2 million worth of pot
By KTAR Newsroom
Originally published: Jan 15, 2013 - 2:33 pm

Local boarder patrol agents seized 4,585 pounds of marijuana totaling
$2.2 million during three separate occasions on Monday.

According to a release, Ajo Station agents in the All-Terrain Unit
initially found an abandoned Chevy Suburban near Why, Ariz., filled
with 85 bundles of marijuana. The vehicle's contents, about 1,724
pounds of marijuana, was worth about $862,000.

Agents subsequently discovered another vehicle containing an
estimated 1,340 pounds of marijuana. The 2003 Chevy Tahoe contained
66 bundles with an estimated worth of $670,000. By the end of the
night, agents near Pia Oik village located another deserted vehicle
with the same year, make and model containing 76 bundles of drugs.
Weighing 1,521 pounds, the marijuana has an approximate value of

All three vehicles were taken to Ajo Station where they will
ultimately be transferred to the Drug Enforcement Administration.

Agents track down eight suspected drug smugglers
January 15, 2013 2:53 PM
After tracking footprints through the night, U.S. Border Patrol
agents from the Yuma Sector arrested eight suspected smugglers Monday
morning who allegedly were carrying a total of 338 pounds of marijuana.

According to Agent Kyle Estes of the Yuma Sector Communications
Division, agents discovered footprints coming from the U.S.-Mexico
border deep in the Cabeza Prieta National Wildlife Refuge Sunday
evening and began tracking them.

Estes said they eventually caught up to and apprehended the group of
backpackers the next morning. The marijuana had an estimated street
value of $169,000.

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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Marijuana, currency seized at Douglas port
Published/Last Modified on Tuesday, January 15, 2013 10:55 AM MST
Douglas Dispatch

Two Mexican nationals were arrested Tuesday, Jan. 8 in separate
unrelated smuggling incidents at the Douglas Port of Entry.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers monitoring the outbound
pedestrian crossing referred Luis Carlos Majalca, 24, for further
inspection and found $22,500 in unreported U.S. currency hidden
inside his jacket

Later in the day, officers referred Maria Josefina Sanchez-Hernandez,
46, for further inspection as she attempted to enter the United
States. A narcotics detection canine alerted to the presence of drugs
in her vehicle. Officers found 190 packages of marijuana throughout
the vehicle with an approximate weight of 297 pounds and worth an
estimated $148,000.

In each incident, the contraband was seized and the individuals were
turned over to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's Homeland
Security Investigations

Note: about half way to Flagstaff

10 illegal immigrants arrested in northern Arizona
By Associated Press
Originally published: Jan 15, 2013 - 5:22 pm

CAMP VERDE, Ariz. -- Northern Arizona authorities say they've
arrested 10 illegal immigrants after a traffic stop in Camp Verde.

Yavapai County Sheriff's officials say the driver told them he was
taking his nine passengers to New Mexico and was being paid to do it.

A deputy stopped the van for speeding on Interstate 17 about 4 a.m.
Tuesday and says the driver only had a Mexican identification card.

Five men and three women were in the van, which was headed to Santa
Fe. Another man was later found hiding under a large floor mat in the

Authorities say three of the 10 are juveniles.

None of their names have been released, but authorities say all of
them are being held at the Camp Verde Detention Center pending
release to federal immigration officials.

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