Wednesday, February 27, 2013

AZMEX SPECIAL 27-2-13 Border Audio - 02/26/13 - 40 groups - 283 bodies


Note:  Follow up to AZMEX POLICY 27-2-13  

Begin forwarded message:

Date: February 27, 2013 11:32:05 AM MST
Subject: Border Audio - 02/26/13 - 40 groups - 283 bodies

02/26/13 - 0000  thru  02/26/13 - 2400 -  40 groups,  283 Bodies

20 Minutes of condensed audio for the day.
Groups of:  13,20,4,8,5,3,4,5,3,3,3,5,5,4,7,4,4,1,2,6,6,4,12,1,2,9,20,11,20+,2,4,15,10,7P,9P,8,4,4P10,6,3
(P= "46" Drug Packers)

Significant Events in audio:

--  Another "Run For The Border" day/night !
-- The "sequester" hasn't started but already ICE is releasing criminal aliens into our communities. Is this action
    by the Obama Administration inciting/encouraging this "Run For The Border" we are seeing ? 
-- Multiple groups/loads of "46" , many groups of IAs
-- Air support up in force --  multiple helicopters & "Hi-Fliers"




Note: To put it bluntly, total BS. No civil service employee from
GS1 up, never, ever, makes those kind of decisions. Just as in the
"Fast & Furious" blood soaked fiasco. Where, as we must, remind
everyone that hundreds have died. Not only are states like AZ on
their own, the BHO regime is actively, deliberately doing them harm.

White House was not involved in ICE's decision to release detainees,
Carney says

1078 By JENNIFER EPSTEIN | 2/27/13 1:10 PM EST

The White House and the Department of Homeland Security were unaware
of Immigration Customs and Enforcement's decision to release
detainees until the agency announced it, administration officials
said Wednesday.

"This was a decision made by career officials at ICE without any
input from the White House, as a result of fiscal uncertainty over
the continuing resolution, as well as possible sequestration," White
House press secretary Jay Carney said Wednesday.

Personnel at Department of Homeland Security headquarters in
Washington were also unaware of the decision until the announcement
was made, a department official told POLITICO.

(WATCH: Janet Napolitano: Sequestration would threaten nation's

ICE announced Tuesday that it has released several hundred
undocumented immigrants in recent weeks as funding cuts loom. The
detainees will instead be monitored in less expensive ways, the
agency said.

Carney described those released as "low-risk, non-criminal
detainees," but several Republican members of Congress have spoken
out against the releases.

(Also on POLITICO: Blogs decry illegal immigrant release)

"It's very hard for me to believe that they can't find cuts elsewhere
in their agency," House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) told CBS News
on Tuesday. "I frankly think this is outrageous…I can't believe that
they can't find the kind of savings they need out of that department
short of letting criminals go free."

Rep. Michael McCaul (R-Texas), the chairman of the House Homeland
Security Committee, on Wednesday asked ICE for details of the
agency's decision. "This decision reflects the lack of resource
prioritization," he wrote to ICE Director John Morton, "and is
indicative of the Department [of Homeland Security]'s weak stance on
national security."



Note: Another open the border piece from the environmental religious
cults not so fondly referred to out here as the nature nazis.
Perhaps it is time to seriously question if their religious zeal
blinds them to the destruction of our children by the drug cartels,
or even, are they benefiting?

To use links below, will have to copy and paste.
Recommend taking blood pressure meds first.

The latest fund raising video by CBD.

Note: Of special interest to locals. If the above groups are
successful, some of the expected results.
"The Un-Official Border Blotter"
(audio version)

"The Un-Official Border Blotter" seeks to fill the void created by
the U.S Customs and Border Protection's decision to stop reporting
border incidents to the public in a concise manner.

"The Un-Official Border Blotter" chronicles day-to-today border
incidents related to drug and human smuggling....obtained from
official and un-official sources.

"The Un-Official Border Blotter" documents border incidents from a
portion of the busy Tucson Sector (map) (262 border miles), however,
this is just a small sampling of smuggling activity occurring at any
one time all along the entire US/Mexico border (1, 1,933 border miles),

Note: As part of an ongoing effort to assess border security, a
group of Concerned Citizens have been monitoring law enforcement
radio traffic in southern Arizona, producing detail statistics
( click on links below)....
under the auspices of "The Un-Official Border Blotter".

Incident Map - (Cumulative since January 1, 2012)
Incident Chart - (Cumulative since August 1, 2012)
Incident Analysis - (Cumulative since January 1, 2012)
Incident Summary - (Cumulative since January 1, 2012)
Trend Chart - (Cumulative since August 1, 2012)

Up to this point, the actual audio broadcasts have not generally been
made available, however, with a neglected border security program,
pay cuts for Border Patrol Agents looming, and a Criminal Entry
Forgiveness plan in the works, it's time to get this information
out. Listen below to the actual words of the people who are on the
front lines of combatting smuggling along our southern border. This
is the next evolution beyond first hand accounts , pictures, and
video in documenting the porous US/Mexico. Security at the border is
far from being under control.

The listener is left decide if this sounds like a "Secure Border" or
more like "the Little Dutch Boy with his finger in the Dike" !


** Note: Below is a 5 day sampling of recent actual un-encrypted U.S.
Border Patrol radio traffic broadcast "in the clear" from the busy
Tucson Border Patrol Sector. Because most Border Patrol radio
broadcasts are encrypted, it is estimated that this audio represents
only 20-30% of the total radio traffic in any given time frame.

(click on hi-lighted links below to play audio clips)

** 02/07/13 - 0000 thru 02/07/13 - 2400 - 245 Bodies, 26 groups
--20 Minutes of condensed audio for the day.
-- The following group sizes were enumerated in the audio link below:
-- 3,15,4,4,5,4,2,36,5,2,4,10,3,10,8,18,15,3,20,14,15,14,16,4,8,3
(Note: mention of Illegal Aliens running across a golf course -
probably at Tubac off of I-19, north of Nogales, AZ )

(Note : Link below to additional LE/smuggling activity - BLM
"Operation ROAM" (Reclaim Our Arizona Monuments)

**02/09/13 - 0000 thru 02/09/13 - 2400 - 200 Bodies, 22 groups
-- 9 Minutes of condensed audio for the day.
-- The following group sizes were enumerated in the audio link
below: (P=Drug packers, A = Armed Individuals)
-- 2,5,20,6P,8,6,16,7,50,10,8,3,5,4,3,7,7,3A,20,2,7,1

** 02/10/13 - 0000 thru 02/10/13 - 2400 - 336 Bodies, 23 groups
-- 9 Minutes of condensed audio for the day.
-- The following group sizes were enumerated in the audio link
below: (P=Drug packers)
-- 50, 7,28,9,20,30,3,6,21,15,20,5,30,5,1,3,10P,12P,2,8P,6,40,2, 3
Mexican Military w/long arms

-- 02/13/13- 0000 thru 02/13/13 - 2400 - 222 Bodies, 21 groups:
-- 14 Minutes of condensed audio for the day.
-- The following group sizes were enumerated in the audio link below:
-- 16,2,14,4,10,5,14,13,7,15+,15+,11,20,10,20,7,2,7,12,14,4
(Note: mention Illegal Aliens running across a golf course -
probably at Tubac off of I-19, north of Nogales, AZ )

-- 02/20/13 - 0000 thru 02/20/13 - 2400 - 61 bodies, 15 groups
Note: Extreme weather (rain, ice, snow, high winds) hampered
enforcement efforts.... no aircraft up at all.
-- 5 Minutes of condensed audio for the day.
-- The following group sizes were enumerated in the audio link below:
-- 2,17,2, (2 AK-47s), (southbound vehicle loaded with weapons), 6,
2P,2P,1,2,5,5,3,5,6 (P=Packers)



Comment: politicians visit AZ. Under "Policy" label for lack of
better idea. Looks like we need to tell McCain about the false
positives. Maybe too, about the very light sentences for gun running
to Mexico?

Note: ""There are lots of folks who don't live in Arizona who have
no idea what the border is like," Sinema said." And obviously some
who do live here don't either.

McCain talks about guns, border in Green Valley
Sen. John McCain was in a humorous mood when he talked to the
audience in Green Valley. "It's hard trying to do the Lord's work in
the city of Satan, and so it's wonderful to be back here," he said at
one point.

9 hours ago • Becky Pallack Arizona Daily Star

Sen. John McCain stopped in Green Valley Tuesday during a statewide
tour to talk with constituents.

McCain was relaxed and joking with the audience.
"It's hard trying to do the Lord's work in the city of Satan, and so
it's wonderful to be back here," he told a packed room at the Green
Valley Community Performance & Art Center.

Seasonal Tucson resident Rosemary Kutschke said she was impressed
that he answered every question and amazed that he had no security.

McCain spoke for about 20 minutes about sequestration, gun control
and the U.S.-Mexico border, and then he opened the program for an
hour of "questions, comments or insults."

Here are some of his comments from the event.

On sequestration
"The results of sequestration in Arizona would be 49,000 jobs lost."

On gun control
"In 2012, there were 80,000 criminal background checks for people who
were going to purchase guns that said 'no, this is not a person who
is qualified to own a gun' because they have a criminal background or
some other reason. So 80,000 were denied. This is the number that
were prosecuted - 44. Why don't we tighten up on the people who are
in violation of the background checks? Why don't we start out with
that to keep guns out of the hands of criminals? That's one of the
measures we can take.

"Another measure we can take is to tighten up the criminal background
checks themselves. Tucson shooter Jared Loughner passed a background
check in November 2010 even though he suffered from extreme mental
illness, was deemed unqualified for service in the U.S. Army and was
expelled from Pima Community College. The system failed."

On the border
"We need some more Border Patrol agents and we need more fencing. But
we also need to use and implement the technology that we developed in
Afghanistan and Iraq. The use of drones, the use of sensors.

"I believe we can achieve border security, and I believe that we need
to address sooner or later the fact that there's 11 million people
living in this country illegally. … If we are going to provide them
with a path to citizenship, they must pay a fine, they must have
background checks, they must learn English, they must pay for any
expenses associated with that, they must get in the back of the line
behind anybody who has come to this country legally.

"There's nothing like a little time in the slammer to say 'maybe I
don't want to try and cross the border again.' "

On Benghazi
"This attack could have been prevented in my view.
"We still don't know - what did the president do on the night of the

On StarNet: Find audio clips of McCain's comments about Benghazi at

Contact reporter Becky Pallack at or 573-4346.
On Twitter @BeckyPallack.

McCain defends immigration plan to angry residents
Associated Press
Tue Feb 19, 2013 7:44 PM

Arizona took center stage in the national immigration debate Tuesday
as Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano toured the state's
border with Mexico and Sen. John McCain defended his proposed
immigration overhaul to an angry crowd in suburban Phoenix.

The presence of the top officials is the latest sign that Arizona
will play a prominent role in the immigration debate as President
Barack Obama looks to make it a signature issue of his second term.

Napolitano toured the border near Nogales with the highest-ranking
official at U.S. Customs and Border Protection, the incoming chairman
of the Senate's homeland security committee and an Arizona
congressman. Napolitano, Arizona's former governor, said afterward
that comprehensive immigration reform will strengthen the nation's
border against criminals and other threats.

Also Tuesday, McCain hosted two town hall meetings in Arizona, during
which he defended his immigration plan to upset residents concerned
about border security. A bipartisan group of senators — including
Arizona Republicans McCain and Jeff Flake — want assurances on border
security as Congress weighs what could be the biggest changes to
immigration law in nearly 30 years. Arizona is the only state with
both of its senators working on immigration reform in Congress, a
sign of the state's widely debated border security issues.

Immigration activists and elected officials say it's only natural for
Arizona to continue to take the forefront in the national
conversation on immigration after years of internal debate on how to
handle scores of immigrants.

"No state in this country has had more experience with enforcement-
only immigration laws than Arizona," said Todd Landfried, executive
director of Arizona Employers for Immigration Reform, which opposes
the state's tough immigration laws.

During a heated town hall gathering in the Phoenix suburb of Sun
Lakes, McCain said the border near Yuma is largely secure, but said
smugglers are using the border near Tucson to pump drugs into
Phoenix. He said immigration reform should be contingent on better
border security that must rely largely on technology able to detect
border crossings.

He said a tamper-proof Social Security card would help combat
identity fraud, and noted any path to citizenship must require
immigrants to learn English, cover back taxes and pay fines for
breaking immigration laws.

"There are 11 million people living here illegally," McCain said. "We
are not going to get enough buses to deport them."

Some audience members shouted out their disapproval.

One man yelled that only guns would discourage illegal immigration.
Another man complained that illegal immigrants should never be able
to become citizens or vote. A third man said illegal immigrants were
illiterate invaders who wanted free government benefits.

McCain urged compassion. "We are a Judeo-Christian nation," he said.
McCain's other town hall meeting took place in Green Valley, south of

Arizona gained international recognition as an epicenter of the U.S.
immigration debate when it passed its tough anti-immigrant law in
2010. A handful of other states — including Georgia, Indiana, South
Carolina and Utah — have since adopted variations of Arizona's law.

Arizona has the nation's eighth-highest population of illegal
immigrants, according to the Pew Research Hispanic Center. In 2010,
illegal immigrants represented roughly 6 percent of the state's

Activists said Arizona's anti-immigrant laws inspired many illegal
immigrants to demand more rights. Last week, some college students
rallied outside Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer's office for driver's
licenses for illegal immigrants.

"They no longer are afraid to come and say, 'I am not able to vote,
but I can make my voice heard, and they have to listen to me,'" said
community organizer Abril Gallardo.

A report released in January showed the U.S. Border Patrol's Tucson
sector remains the busiest along the U.S.-Mexico border. The Tucson
sector accounted for 38 percent of all drug seizures and 37 percent
of all apprehensions along the border.

Brewer said last week the border cannot be declared safe until the
people living near it feel secure from drug human trafficking.

But Democratic Congresswoman Kyrsten Sinema of Arizona told Latino
and black community leaders at a Phoenix luncheon Tuesday that
Arizonans need to spread the word on how much more secure the border
has become.

"There are lots of folks who don't live in Arizona who have no idea
what the border is like," Sinema said.

Napolitano toured the border Tuesday afternoon with U.S. Customs and
Border Protection Deputy Commissioner David Aguilar, Democratic Rep.
Ron Barber of Arizona and Democratic Sen. Tom Carper of Delaware.
Carper is the incoming chairman of the Homeland Security and
Governmental Affairs Committee.

She said in a statement after the tour that border crossings are down
50 percent since 2008 and 78 percent since their peak in 2000.

Note: Career suicide? Releasing names? Guess someone needs to
inform him that "hispanics" can read too?

Tim Steller: Napolitano's tour of border makes Brewer look good
9 hours ago • Tim Steller Arizona Daily Star

Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano traveled to Nogales,
Ariz., Tuesday to show off border security to a key U.S. senator from

We know this because on Friday, Napolitano spokesman Matt Chandler
said in a press release that she would be visiting, adding in the
last sentence: "More details on the trip will be released once they
are finalized."

By "finalized," Chandler apparently meant "completed," because the
next details of the trip came out Tuesday afternoon - a short summary
of the trip when it was over.

Napolitano made no public appearances. She did no interviews.

This has become common practice for the secretary of homeland
security, at least here in her home state. She made a similar visit
to Nogales in December. No public appearances, no interviews.

It's hard to believe this is the same Napolitano who was a relatively
open governor of Arizona in what seems like a different epoch, though
it ended just four years ago. As governor, Napolitano held a press
conference every Wednesday, an unmatched practice in recent Arizona

How things have changed.

Last week I criticized Gov. Jan Brewer for her secrecy in not
releasing the names of Southern Arizona ranchers with whom she met to
hear about border security. I continue to suspect Brewer skewed the
results of her border-security tour by listening to people who would
tell her what she wanted to hear.

But by comparison to Napolitano, Brewer was a model of transparency.

After her border tour, Brewer held a brief press conference at Tucson
International Airport. She uttered what I consider inanities - "Our
border is open," among them - but at least answered a few questions
before being whisked off.

Napolitano didn't even make that gesture.

Neither, it appears, did she and Democratic Sen. Tom Carper, the new
chairman of the Senate Homeland Security Committee, meet with groups
of "stakeholders," a common feature of federal visits to the

Jaime Chamberlain, a produce-warehouse owner in the Nogales area,
told me Tuesday he would have loved a chance to speak with
Napolitano. His priority - typical of people who actually live at the
border or cross it frequently - is having enough staff at the ports
of entry to ease congestion and facilitate trade.

"We're not working to our full potential at the border," he said.

But she and Carper didn't meet with Chamberlain or other border people.

"We participated in an aerial tour of the U.S.-Mexico border, visited
the Mariposa Port of Entry, and met with the men and women who serve
on the front lines to protect our nation's borders," the summary says.

The funny thing is, Napolitano has answered questions recently. On
Feb. 4 and 5, in San Diego, then El Paso, she held press conferences
taking questions about immigration reform and border security.

Yet this is not only her home state, but the most active corridor for
smuggling, and she neglected to answer questions here, again.

More confounding is the fact that she has an argument worth making here.

Four U.S. congressmen from the Phoenix area and Northern Arizona
issued an alarmist letter to Speaker of the House John Boehner
Tuesday arguing the border should be secured before immigration
reform proceeds.

There's nothing wrong with that argument, but to make it they stoop
to out-of-touch stereotypes.

"The United States-Mexico border, especially along the southern
border of Arizona, has been host to frequent and extreme violence,"
wrote Republican U.S. Reps. Matt Salmon, Trent Franks, Paul Gosar and
David Schweikert. They add, "In the past few years, violence on the
border of Mexico has escalated."

Napolitano has a valid counterargument to this, and her staff makes
it for her in prepared, sanitized statements. Border staffing is at a
historic peak. Rates of violence are low in most border areas,
despite the scary rhetoric, which seems to reference violence across
the line in Mexico.

Napolitano needs to make that argument herself. Here, in her home
state, in public.

Note: and from JNO

Napolitano, Carper in Nogales today
Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano was in Nogales today
to see the Department of Homeland Security's border security
operations at the Southwest border.

Posted: Tuesday, February 19, 2013 2:46 pm | Updated: 8:53 am, Wed
Feb 20, 2013.
By the Nogales International | 0 comments

The following is a joint statement by Secretary of Homeland Security
Janet Napolitano and Senate Homeland Security and Governmental
Affairs Chairman Tom Carper:
"Today, we traveled to Nogales, Ariz., to see the Department of
Homeland Security's border security operations at the Southwest
border and on-going efforts to secure the border, while facilitating
lawful travel and trade. We participated in an aerial tour of the
U.S.-Mexico border, visited the Mariposa Port of Entry, and met with
the men and women who serve on the frontlines to protect our nation's
"Over the past four years, the Obama Administration, working together
with Congress, has dedicated historic levels of personnel, technology
and resources to the Southwest border, and undertaken an
unprecedented effort to transform our nation's immigration
enforcement systems into one that focuses on public safety, border
security and the integrity of the immigration system.
"The Border Patrol is better staffed today than at any time in its 88-
year history, having doubled the number of agents from approximately
10,000 in 2004 to more than 21,300 today. Attempts to cross the
border illegally, as measured by U.S. Border Patrol apprehensions,
totaled nearly 365,000 nationwide in Fiscal Year 2012, representing a
nearly 50 percent decrease since Fiscal Year 2008 and a 78 percent
decrease from their peak in Fiscal Year 2000. Additionally, from
Fiscal Year 2009 to 2012, Customs and Border Protection and
Immigration and Customs Enforcement seized 71 percent more currency,
39 percent more drugs, and 189 percent more weapons along the
Southwest border as compared to Fiscal Year 2005 to 2008.
"Comprehensive immigration reform will help us continue to build on
this progress and strengthen border security by focusing resources on
preventing the entry of criminals, human smugglers and traffickers,
and national security threats."



Border Patrol arrests 6 suspected smugglers
February 19, 2013 6:42 PM

Yuma Sector Border Patrol agents arrested six suspects Sunday evening
who allegedly were carrying a total of 528 pounds of marijuana.

According to Agent Kyle Estes of the Yuma Sector Public Affairs
Office, at about 9 p.m., agents using night vision equipment
discovered a group of subjects carrying large backpacks near Gila Bend.

Agents apprehended the group and seized the narcotics they reportedly
were carrying. Five of the men were Mexican nationals; a sixth was a
citizen of Honduras.

The marijuana had an estimated value of $264,000.

Yuma-area 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.

Read more:

Former Customs officer found guilty on drug charges
Published/Last Modified on Wednesday, February 20, 2013 10:33 AM MST
Douglas Dispatch

A former Customs and Border Protection Officer from Douglas has been
found guilty of drug charges.

Luis Vasquez, 33, was found guilty by a federal jury last Thursday in
a Federal Court room in Tucson.

Evidence showed that on at least two occassions, Vasquez, along with
other members of the conspiracy, used his position as an inspector at
the Douglas port of entry to allow over 1,200 pounds of marijuana
into the United States from Mexico without inspection.

He was found guilty on all counts, including conspiracy to import
marijuana, unlawful importation of marijuana, conspiracy to possess
with intent to distribute marijuana and possession with the intent to
distribute marijuana.

The convictions carry a maximum penalty of 40 years imprisonment, a
$5,000,000 fine or both.

Vasquez is currently in the custody of the United States Marshals
Service while awaiting sentencing, which will be on April 29.

The investigation in this case was conducted by the Federal Bureau of
Investigation, the Department of Homeland Security, Customs and
Border Protection and Office of the Inspector General and the Douglas
Police Department.

Note: Diversion?
CCSO assists in bomb threat at port
By Bruce Whetten
Douglas Dispatch
Published/Last Modified on Wednesday, February 20, 2013 10:33 AM MST

In the span of 12 hours late Saturday, early Sunday the Cochise
County Sheriff's Office assisted other law enforcement agencies in
two different incidents one of which was a bomb threat at the Douglas
Port of Entry.

According to Carol Capas of the CCSO, on Saturday February 16 at
approximately 5:15 p.m., the Cochise County Sheriff's Office was
advised that a Border Patrol agent had a vehicle stopped on Highway
191 and East Justin Street in Sunsites with two occupants inside.

Capas said the Border Patrol advised that the 1988 Oldsmobile was
reported stolen and they requested back-up assistance until
Department of Public Safety units could arrive.

Upon arrival the DPS Officer conducted a wants and warrants check on
the female driver and male passenger. As the results were being
received, the male subject fled the scene on foot causing law
enforcement officers to pursue him.

Additional Sheriff's Deputies arrived in the area to help with the
search along with DPS canine units, U.S. Border Patrol Units and a
fixed wing aircraft also from Border Patrol.

The subject was not located and the search was suspended from the
Sheriff's Office around 1:30 a.m. Sunday. Capas said Border Patrol
units remained in the area tracking the subject throughout the night.

Around 2:18 a.m. Sunday the Cochise County Sheriff's Office was
contacted by the Douglas Port of Entry to assist with a possible bomb
that was heading their way.

Capas said port officials advised that they had received a call from
an anonymous female stating that a vehicle would be traveling
northbound into the United States through the port and it had a bomb
under the back seat.

Port Administrators advised that the information they received
appeared to be credible and they requested assistance from the
Sheriff's Office Bomb technician.
The Sheriff's Office bomb tech responded to the area and also
requested assistance from the Pima County bomb squad.

After arriving at the Port of Entry the staff advised that a 2005
Nissan Altima was coming northbound through the port being occupied
by a male and female along with their children.

Port officials stopped the vehicle and closed the north and
southbound lanes until the vehicle could be checked and cleared of
any explosive device.

Bomb technicians checked the entire vehicle and were unable to locate
anything suspicious.

The call was cleared and the port reopened at approximately 4:20 a.m.

Note: 249? 20k? Just wait until the PRI gets rolling.

Report: Mexico disappearances constitute 'crisis'
Associated Press report
Posted: 02/20/2013 02:35:47 PM MST

MEXICO CITY (AP) - A Human Rights Watch report released Wednesday
calls Mexico's anti-drug offensive "disastrous" and cites 249 cases
of disappearances, most of which show evidence of having been carried
out by the military or law enforcement.
The report says the enforced disappearances follow a pattern in which
security forces detain people without warrants at checkpoints, homes
or workplaces, or in public. When victims' families ask about their
relatives, security forces deny the detentions or instruct them to
look for their loved ones at police stations or army bases.
Human Rights Watch criticizes former President Felipe Calderon for
ignoring the problem, calling it "the most severe crisis of enforced
disappearances in Latin America in decades."
While the report acknowledges that current President Enrique Pena
Nieto inherited the problem, it says he should act urgently "in cases
where people have been taken against their will and their fate is
still unknown."
Mexico's Interior Department, which oversees domestic security,
declined to make an immediate comment about the report.
A civic organization released a data base late last year that it said
contained official information on more than 20,000 people who had
gone missing in Mexico over the previous six years.
In posting the date base on its website, Propuesta Civica, or Civic
Proposal, said the information was collected by the federal Attorney
General's Office during Calderon's recently ended administration.
The missing include police officers, bricklayers, housewives,
lawyers, students, businessmen and more than 1,200 children under age
11. They are listed one by one with such details as name, age, gender
and the date and place where the person disappeared.
Among the examples cited by Human Rights Watch is evidence suggesting
that marines detained about 20 people in three northern border states
in June and July of 2011. Though it denied abducting the victims, the
Navy later acknowledged it had contact with some before they
The report also says security personnel sometimes work with
criminals, detaining victims and handing them over to the gangs. The
report cites incidents in which investigators used information
collected in a case to pose as kidnappers and demand ransom payments
from the victims' families.
Authorities frequently fail to take even the most basic investigative
steps, such as tracing victims' cellular phone or bank records, and
often rely on investigations carried out by the victims' relatives,
the report adds.
Human Rights Watch recommends include that the Mexican government
take concrete steps to change security procedures, including issuing
new rules that require that detainees be taken immediately to
prosecutors' offices, and not be held at military bases or police

Note: "However, robberies of corner groceries and other small
businesses went up considerably, mainly because owners could not
afford to pay for private security, Donjuan Callejo said."

Juárez residents still don't feel safe, study says
By Lorena Figueroa \ El Paso Times
Posted: 02/20/2013 12:06:22 AM MST

Although high impact crimes such as homicides and kidnappings have
dropped drastically in Juárez during the past year, the city still
has a problem with violence, experts say.
Other crimes such as small-business robberies, homicides involving
women and human rights violations have gone up in the same period,
reaching alarming rates, according to the results of a new report on
the quality of life in Juárez.
The report from the organization Así Estamos Juárez, which will be
released Thursday at a public event in Juárez, looks at human and
civil rights, the economy, civil involvement and the city's
infrastructure for 2012.
This is the second time since 2011 that the organization, which forms
part of
Plan Estratégico de Juárez, will publish the findings of more than
800 indicators from those areas based on government and nonprofit
organization data, as well as interviews with residents.
"Our objective is to evaluate the quality of life in Juárez, where we
stand to and how well or bad we did from the year before," said
economist Erika Donjuan Callejo, from Así Estamos Juárez, who
coordinated the report.
In the latest study, the lack of security was again the number one
concern for Juárez residents; however, residents felt safer in 2012
than in 2011, according to the report.
Donjuan Callejo explained that the feeling derives from the lower
number of high impact crimes reported in the city during the past year.

In 2012 there were 748 homicides, a fraction of the 2,015 slayings
recorded in 2011 and the 2,218 recorded in 2010.
Kidnapping went down last year to 97 from 110 in 2011. There were
only 27 extortion reports in 2012, down from 67 the previous year,
according to the report.
Robberies of chain convenience stores also dropped from 2,409 in 2011
to 812 in 2012.
However, robberies of corner groceries and other small businesses
went up considerably, mainly because owners could not afford to pay
for private security, Donjuan Callejo said.

Those crimes went up from 322 in 2011 to 1,389 in 2012, according to
the report.
Other crimes that have not had as much media attention recently, such
as female homicides, have gone up at alarming rates, Donjuan Callejo
"The rate of femicides in the last years are much higher than in the
'90s or early 2000s, when they made headlines in the national and
international media," she said.
According to the report, the slaying of women in 2009, 2010 and 2011
-- the last year available -- were, respectively, 163, 275 and 203.
In contrast, a decade before there were fewer than 40 homicides of
women, the data show.
The report says human rights violations and discrimination cases went
up, respectively, 11.6 percent and 5.2 percent last year from 2011.
The report also mentioned that the economy of Juárez recuperated, but
at a slow pace. Employment in the maquiladora industry grew from
178,454 jobs in September 2011 to 190,031 in September 2012.
Donjuan Callejo said that, although it is a positive step, it is
still far from the employment level in 2007, when almost 218,000
people worked at maquilas.
Border crossings between Juárez and El Paso are at lower levels.
Commercial vehicle crossings, for example, were 270,605 through
August 2012, down from almost 332,000 the previous year, the report
The report mentioned that Juárez residents in 2012 had a higher sense
of security than in the previous year, which led them to spend more
time in public places instead of at home.Ê
They also felt they were living in a better economy and said they
were proud of living in Juárez, Donjuan Callejo said.
However, she said, there was less civic involvement and people are
still indifferent as to what the government does.
Lorena Figueroa may be reached at; 546-6129.



Note: Unrest in Sinaloa continues, body count for last week at 21.

Smuggler busted trying to return with cash
Posted: Tuesday, February 19, 2013 8:13 am
Nogales International

A Mexican man who crossed illegally into the United States with a
load of marijuana, only to be busted at the DeConcini Port of Entry
while trying to leave the country with $6,623 in drug proceeds
stuffed in his pockets, has been sentenced to one year in state prison.
Leonel Mendez-Parra, 22, of Navajoa, Sonora was arrested at the port
on Nov. 27, 2012 after U.S. Border Patrol agents conducting outbound
checks found the cash in his front pants pockets, court records show.
He had initially told them he wasn't carrying any money.
He was later questioned by a detective from the Santa Cruz County
HIDTA Task Force, and reportedly admitted that he had crossed into
the United States 10 days earlier with a load of marijuana. After
delivering the marijuana to a safe house, he said, he had been
recruited to carry drug proceeds back to Mexico and deliver them to
an unknown person.
Mendez reportedly said he was promised $600 for carrying the
marijuana into the U.S., and $500 for bringing the cash back to Mexico.
The detective allowed him to keep $123 "for humanitarian reasons,"
and the remaining $6,500 was turned over to the Santa Cruz County
Attorney's Office, which eventually entered into a plea agreement
with Mendez in which he pleaded guilty to one count of facilitation/
second-degree money laundering, a Class 6 felony. He was sentenced on
Feb. 11 at Santa Cruz County Superior Court by Judge James A. Soto.
During a presentencing interview on Jan. 30, Mendez reportedly told
an adult probation officer that he had come to Nogales, Sonora from
Navajoa to visit his grandmother. One day while he was walking down
the street, a stranger approached and asked him if he wanted to earn
some money in exchange for carrying a backpack of marijuana across
the border.
He accepted, and along with another man, was led by a guide to an
abandoned house on the U.S. side of the border, "not too far from the
fence." Mendez and the other backpacker stayed in the abandoned house
for 10 days until an unknown man arrived and told him he'd be paid
for the marijuana delivery once he returned to Mexico.
At that point, the man also offered to pay him to bring the cash back
to Mexico with him, he said.

Note: Piece on armed citizens for self defense got scrambled The
movement a nightmare to criminals and ruling classes everywhere.
computer english of sorts.

Federal Police, Mexican Army soldiers and members of the Citizens'
Self-Defense Movement, setting up roadblocks and tours on federal
highway-Tierra Colorada Ayutla de los Libres, in order to prevent
crime in the area. Photo: Agencies
Published: 02/17/2013 16:30 By: SUN

`` `` `` `` `` `` `` `` `` `` `` `` `
MEXICO CITY (SUN) The National Action Party (PAN) has asked the
federal government that its security strategy I focused not only on
prevention, but state-level backup, the proliferation of "community

It considered that the state authorities have been unable to
guarantee public security in their regions, so that "it is urgent
that the Mexican government take control of the situation and halt a
task that must reside in it," explained the PAN.

In a statement, the National Executive Committee (CEN) PAN said it's
not just a matter of state or local level, it is a matter of
cooperation with all orders and federal agencies.

"The Interior Ministry argues that community policing have been
around for 15 or 17 years, but so far is when they start to be a hot
spot, with his performance as the same security is threatened," said
PAN in your writing.

In addition, the National Action requested to know where does the
money to fund carrying weapons for self-defense groups and what those
citizens shore leave their daily activities and devote himself to
police their community without pay for more support PAN cambio.Pide
states to self-defense

AZMEX I3 18-2-13

AZMEX I3 18 FEB 2013

Group's report alleges abuse of migrants
6 hours ago • Perla Trevizo Arizona Daily Star

A border organization has released a new report that alleges
systematic abuse of illegal immigrants by the Border Patrol,
including not allowing them to contact their consulate.

The report from the Kino Border Initiative focuses on five main
issues affecting migrants, including violence and abuse faced by
crossers on both sides of the border.

The report said one in four illegal immigrants surveyed reported
being abused in some way by the Border Patrol, with verbal aggression
being the most common.

Also, border agents "systematically" deny illegal immigrants the
opportunity to contact the Mexican Consulate, the report states.

Officials with Customs and Border Protection, which oversees the
Border Patrol, did not respond to a request for comment.

Illegal immigrants are often the victims of theft, violence, and
physical, verbal and sexual abuse at the hands of criminal gangs,
human smugglers, human traffickers and thieves, the Kino Border
Initiative report said.

Immigrants also face abuse and misconduct from police in Mexico.

The Kino Border Initiative, based in Nogales, Ariz,. and Nogales,
Sonora, has an aid center for deported immigrants and a shelter for
women and their children. Along with two Jesuit groups, it published
the report "Documented Failures: The Consequences of Immigration
Policy on the U.S.-Mexico Border."

"We are very concerned about this situation because we feel it's a
violation of human rights," said the Rev. Sean Carroll, executive
director of the initiative.

The report is based on surveys from nearly 5,000 illegal immigrants
from Mexico and Central America conducted from March through August

In 2011, a Tucson-based immigrants' rights group released a report
saying people caught trying to cross the border illegally are
regularly deprived of food and water, denied medical treatment,
separated from family members and not given their belongings back.

A Border Patrol spokesman said at the time that agents are required
to treat all of those they encounter with respect and dignity, and to
make every effort to make sure people in their custody are given the
attention they need.

Mexican consular officials work to protect Mexican citizens and
safeguard their rights and interests, Socorro Cordova, spokeswoman
for the network in Arizona, said in an email.

"The border dynamic is complex, and attending to it requires the full
efforts of both governments and their civil societies," she said.
"The government of Mexico maintains its commitment to work with all
actors involved in order to make the border a region of opportunity,
safety and shared well-being."

The new report also found about 25 percent of those deported were
separated from their immediate relatives.

Department of Homeland Security policy is to keep families together
whenever possible.

Among other things, the report recommends limiting family separation
during the deportation process and curbing abuse by authorities on
both side of the border.

Carroll said the groups published the report in hopes of addressing
these issues with authorities from both sides of the border.

"I do believe they can be solved and would like to work with the
authorities to help solve these issues," he said.

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573-4213. On Twitter: @Perla_Trevizo.

US Jesuit Network Reiterates Call for Comprehens​ive and Humane
Immigratio​n Reform


U.S. Jesuit Network Welcomes Bi-Partisan Action for Immigration
Reform, Reiterates Call to Address the Broken Immigration System
The U.S. Jesuit Conference, the Jesuit Refugee Service/USA and the
Kino Border Initiative welcome the framework for comprehensive
immigration reform released yesterday by a bi-partisan group of
Senators. Likewise, we were encouraged by President Obama's remarks
in Las Vegas, Nevada today calling for a "commonsense" approach to
swiftly address an "out-of-date and badly broken immigration
Through our ministries, on a daily basis we witness the tragic
consequences of our nation's flawed and outdated immigration laws
and policies. We can and must do better. As our elected officials
attempt to craft a viable immigration system, we urge them to place
family unity, human dignity, transparency and accountability at the
center of their debates. Very Rev. Thomas H. Smolich, S.J., President
of the Jesuit Conference of the United States stressed, "We assess
each immigration policy proposal by whether it adheres to the
Catholic and American value of promoting and affirming human
dignity." As was established by the Justice for Immigrants campaign
of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, and reiterated by the
U.S. Jesuit Provincials in their joint letter to Congress in June
2010, a comprehensive and humane approach to immigration reform must:
Establish a pathway to citizenship that ensures that undocumented
immigrants have access to full rights; Expedite family reunification
and emphasize family unity for all immigrants; Restore due process,
accountability, and transparency, particularly in the context of
detention and deportation processes to foster humane enforcement of
our immigration policies; Include policies that address the root
causes of migration from developing countries; and Create a legal
employment structure for future workers that protects both migrants
and the U.S. citizen labor force.
While we are encouraged by the bipartisan tone of yesterday's
release and its call for a pathway to citizenship for undocumented
individuals, we are concerned that earned legalization in the plan is
contingent upon a "secure border." We caution that the concept of
achieving an impervious border before implementing legalization will
leave millions of lives in limbo and prolong indefinitely the
irregular status of our undocumented brothers and sisters. A genuine
understanding of the realities faced by border communities will yield
the best policy. We contend that our borders are best secured and our
communities best kept safe by humane, transparent, and accountable
practices which foster trust between border communities and law
enforcement entities. Said Rev. Sean Carroll, S.J., Executive
Director of the bi-national Kino Border Initiative in Nogales,
Arizona, "Law enforcement agencies like CBP and ICE must take local
community input into account for true security and respect for human
rights to become a reality along the U.S./Mexico border."
We look forward to working with lawmakers as they develop legislation
that meets the need for comprehensive and humane immigration reform.



Updated Feb 18, 2013 - 6:58 am
Ranchers: Napolitano not dealing with border reality
By Associated Press
Originally published: Feb 18, 2013 - 6:58 am

PHOENIX -- Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano will be in
southern Arizona Tuesday to tour the border. Napolitano recently
declared the border is as safe as it has ever been. Patrick Bray with
the Arizona Cattlemen's Association said ranchers will tell you that
just isn't so.

Dangerous drug and human smugglers have been able to elude ground
sensors and cameras. "They know when the cameras are operating and
where they're at," Bray said.

Bray also noted that barbed wire fence is all that separates Arizona
ranches from dangerous smugglers on much of the border. He's calling
for more boots on the ground to protect ranchers.

"The people moving the drugs are animals," said Bray. "They have no
regard for human life or the law. Since last February one rancher has
had 17 drive-through's on his property, where the smugglers cut the
fence and drive a vehicle through and make it to the highway.

Bray said Napolitano is playing politics and not looking at the
safety of people who live and work along the border. "She was the
Governor of Arizona and for her to throw this state under the bus is
a shame," said Bray. "We stand by having border security first."

Note: a very rare appearance of the 5.7x28

Lo atacan con "mata-policías" y .45 milímetros
Publicado en febrero 18, 2013 por Arturo González
La persona presentó varias heridas.

CULIACÁN (Al instante noticias).- Un carrocero fue atacado a balazos
la mañana de este lunes por sujetos que abrieron fuego cuando la
víctima conducía un vehículo.

Se trata de Jorge Luis Ontiveros Rangel, de 38 años de edad, con
domicilio en la colonia Lázaro Cárdenas.

Este viajaba a bordo de un automóvil Ford Tempo color verde con
matrícula VHV 5736 de Sinaloa.

Los hechos fueron alrededor de las 07:40 horas, por la avenida
Patria, entre Mina Pánuco y Mina Plomosa
Los agresores utilizaron armas conocidas como "mata-policías" y .45

La víctima iba a casa de un amigo a entregar una herramienta cuando
se produjo la agresión.

Pese a que esa hora el lugar se encontraba completamente transitado,
la autoridad investigadora no cuenta con ningún testigo.

Personal de Cruz Roja traslado al afectado a un hospital. Su estado
de salud es grave. Presenta profundas heridas en cuello y región

En el lugar, peritos del Servicio Médico Forense (Semefo) localizaron
dispersados en el suelo alrededor de 20 casquillos.



Note: Inbox Deluge Warning - catch up time. Forget the minor fact
that there have been no budget cuts so far.

300 immigrants released in state since Thursday
9 hours ago • Perla Trevizo Arizona Daily Star

About 300 people have been released from immigration detention
centers in Arizona since Thursday, when the federal government
started to review each case in anticipation of widespread budget cuts.

"As fiscal uncertainty remains over the continuing resolution and
possible sequestration, ICE has reviewed its detained population to
ensure detention levels stay within ICE's current budget," said
agency spokeswoman Amber Cargile.

All of them remain in deportation proceedings, she said. About 2,280
people remain in immigration detention in Arizona.

The move took many by surprise, and not everyone was happy to hear
about it.

Gov. Jan Brewer said in a news release she was "appalled." "This is
pure political posturing and the height of absurdity given that the
releases are being granted before the federal 'sequestration' cuts
have even gone into effect," she said.

Arizona Sen. Jeff Flake called it a "deeply misguided move by DHS."
"With more than $1 trillion in budget deficits, there are many
opportunities to rein in federal spending. Releasing hundreds of
detainers who have violated the law is most certainly not one of
them," he said in a written statement.

Pinal County Sheriff Paul Babeu said there was "a mass release" in
his county. "ICE agents were paid overtime Saturday and Sunday to
release over 500 detainees in Pinal County alone," he said in a news

All of the five immigration detention centers in Arizona are in the
county, including the Pinal County Adult Detention Center, operated
by the Sheriff's Office.

Babeu's numbers come from ICE supervisors in Arizona who called him
directly, said Tim Gaffney, spokesman for the Sheriff's Office.
"Neither law enforcement nor any of our citizens were notified of
this decision until over a dozen ICE employees and supervisors
notified Sheriff Babeu privately," he wrote in an email.

It costs ICE about $164 per day per detainee at a capacity of 32,800
detention beds nationwide, according to the National Immigration
Forum, an organization that advocates for immigrants.

Gaffney said the rate at the Pinal County Adult Detention Center is
nearly $60 per day per detainee.

Details on who exactly is being released were not provided, but
Cargile said, "Priority for detention remains on serious criminal
offenders and other individuals who pose a significant threat to
public safety."

Caroline Isaacs, local program director for the American Friends
Service Committee, said, "To me, it's simply a more honest revelation
of the fact that most of the people in detention don't need to be
there in the first place." The committee is a national non-profit
social justice organization.

"Eighty percent of prosecutions in the federal judicial system are
for crossing the border and crossing the border again," she said.

Comment: Interesting story, PRI in ongoing reassertion of
authority. "Between 2008 and 2012" yes, of course. Like Chicago,
get out of line, and unauthorized corruption not tolerated.
Parallels to the fall of the Daly clan? Still remains to be seen how
the cartels vs. PRI power sharing works out. Several opinions that
the cartels will no longer content to be junior partners.

Authorities arrest head of Mexico's powerful teachers' union on
embezzlement charges
Published February 26, 2013
Associated Press

FILE - In this Friday July 14, 2006 file photo, teachers' union head
Elba Esther Gordillo gestures as she arrives to attend a meeting with
education workers a day after being expelled from Mexico's
Institutional Revolutionary Party in Mexico City. Gordillo, the head
of Mexico's powerful teachers' union, was arrested at an airport
outside Mexico City on Tuesday, Feb. 26, 2013, for alleged
embezzlement, with federal officials accusing her using union funds
to pay for plastic surgery, buy a private plane and even pay her bill
at Neiman Marcus. (AP Photo/Dario Lopez-Mills, file) (The Associated

MEXICO CITY – The head of Mexico's powerful teachers' union was
arrested at an airport near Mexico City Tuesday for alleged
embezzlement, with federal officials accusing her of using union
funds to pay for plastic surgery, to buy a house in San Diego and
even to pay her bill at Neiman Marcus.
Attorney General Jesus Murillo Karam said that Elba Esther Gordillo,
who has led the 1.5 million-member National Union of Education
Workers for 23 years, was detained in Toluca on charges that she
embezzled 2 billion pesos (about $160 million) from union funds.
The office didn't say whether Gordillo, a colorful woman long seen as
a kingmaker and power-behind-the-scenes in Mexico, was arriving or
leaving Toluca airport, or whether she was handcuffed. Murrillo said
two other people were also arrested by did not name them.
The arrest of the 68-year-old Gordillo marks the downfall of a woman
who rose from being a school teacher to one of Mexico's most powerful
political operators, displaying her opulence openly with designer
clothes and bags, bodyguards, expensive cars and properties including
a penthouse apartment in Mexico City's exclusive Polanco
neighborhood. She has been widely lampooned for her many plastic
surgeries and depicted in political cartoons as ghoulish.

Meanwhile, Mexico's teachers are poorly paid and public education has
long been considered sub-par.
"We are looking at a case in which the funds of education workers
have been illegally misused, for the benefit of several people, among
them Elba Esther Gordillo," Murillo Karam said.
Gordillo did not respond publicly to the accusations against her and
was reportedly en route to Mexico City to appear before a judge.

Her detention came a day after President Enrique Pena Nieto signed
Mexico's most sweeping education reform in seven decades into law,
seeking to change a system dominated by Gordillo in which teaching
positions could be sold or inherited.

Prosecutors said they had detected nearly $3 million in purchases at
Neiman Marcus using those funds, as well as $17,000 in U.S. plastic
surgery bills and the purchase of a million-dollar home in San Diego.
Assistant Attorney General Alfredo Castillo displayed a series of
charts at the press conference with arrows detailing the allegations
of illicit transfers from teachers' union accounts to personal
accounts in the names of three union workers, Nora Guadalupe Ugarte
Ramirez, Isaias Gallardo Chavez and Jose Manuel Diaz Flores, as well
as a real estate company.
None were authorized to deal with finances. It wasn't clear if they
were among those arrested.
"Between 2008 and 2012, there was systematic embezzlement of union
accounts," Murillo Karam said.

Some funds eventually ended up in bank accounts in Switzerland and
Liechtenstein. Castillo said that in one case they transferred $1
million to a Swiss account for a company owned by Gordillo's mother.
Those funds were then used to buy a million-dollar house in the
island of Coronado in San Diego.
The overhaul of Mexico's education system was Pena Nieto's first
major proposal since taking office Dec. 1 and was considered a
political blow to Gordillo.
Gordillo had organized a string of protests by teachers against the
reform, which moves much of the control of the education system to
the federal government from the teachers' union. Gordillo was elected
to another six-year term as union leader in October.
The reform creates a system of uniform standards for teacher hiring
and promotion based on merit instead of union connections. It also
allows for the first census of Mexico's education system, which
Gordillo's union has largely controlled for decades, allegedly
padding the payroll with thousands of phantom teachers.
So great is the union's control that no one knows exactly how many
schools, teachers or students exist in Mexico.
For years, she has beaten back attacks from union dissidents,
political foes and journalists who have seen her as a symbol of
Mexico's corrupt, old-style politics. Rivals have accused her of
corruption, misuse of union funds and even a murder, but prosecutors
who investigated never brought a charge against her.
She was expelled from Pena Nieto's Institutional Revolutionary Party
in 2006 for supporting other parties' candidates and the formation of
her own New Alliance party.
Gordillo's arrest recalled the 1989 arrest of another once-feared
union boss, Joaquin Hernandez Galicia, known as "La Quina." The
longtime head of Mexico's powerful oil workers union, Hernandez
Galicia was arrested during the first months of the new
administration of then-President Carlos Salinas.
Like Gordillo, Hernandez Galicia's power was believed to represent a
challenge to the president, and his arrest was interpreted as an
assertion of the president's authority. He was freed from prison
after Salinas de Gortari left office.
In 1988, he criticized Salinas' presidential candidacy and threatened
an oil workers' strike if Salinas privatized any part of the
government oil monopoly, Petroleos Mexicanos, or Pemex. On Jan. 10,
1989, — about a month after Salinas took office — soldiers used a
bazooka to blow down the door of Hernandez' home in the Gulf Coast
city of Ciudad Madero.

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Thursday, February 21, 2013



Note: Mr. Bloomberg, Coumo, Obama and Chapo will not be pleased with
this one.

300 pounds of pot seized after crash
Wed, 01/16/2013 - 3:33pm

SIERRA VISTA — Two undocumented immigrants were apprehended by U.S.
Border Patrol agents south of Sierra Vista after crashing a rental
vehicle loaded with 300 pounds of marijuana. The incident occurred
shortly after 2 p.m. Tuesday on Highway 92 at Kings Ranch Road in
Palominas, according to the Cochise County Sheriff's Office.

Two unidentified men in four door sedan failed to yield to Border
Patrol agents, finally crashing the vehicle on Kings Ranch Road.

The men fled the scene in the direction of a woman on the side of the
road who was checking her mail at the time, said Carol Capas,
spokeswoman for the sheriff's office.

As the men approached, the woman, fearing they would attempt to steal
her vehicle, removed her handgun from her vehicle and pointed it in
their direction, resulting in the men running in another direction.

The men were soon apprehended by Border Patrol agents.
The vehicle involved in the crash, a rental, was later reported
stolen by a woman on Keeling Road in Hereford, Capas said.

CPB officers seize 45 pounds of cocaine in Arizona
By Associated Press
Originally published: Jan 17, 2013 - 4:11 pm

SAN LUIS, Ariz. -- Federal authorities say a Mexican man has been
arrested for allegedly trying to smuggle more than 45 pounds of
cocaine into southern Arizona.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers said Thursday that 36-
year-old Fernando Rivera Aispuro was taken into custody at the port
of entry in San Luis, Ariz. They say Aispuro is from San Luis, Mexico.

CBP officers referred Aispuro's truck for a secondary inspection
after a narcotics detection dog alerted them to the presence of drugs
in the back of the vehicle.

Officers reported finding 19 packages of cocaine hidden in tool
compartments, worth an estimated $495,000.

The drugs and vehicle were processed for seizure and Aispuro was
turned over to Immigration and Customs Enforcement's Homeland
Security Investigations.

Authorities didn't immediately know if Aispuro has a lawyer.

Note: they continue to facilitate the cartel's drug and human
trafficking operation, including who knows how many children for
sexual exploitation.

Tucson border group says agent took blankets intended for crossers
30 minutes ago •
Perla Trevizo Arizona Daily Star(4) Comments
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Border Patrol removing blankets and food left for those in need

A Tucson-based immigrants' rights group says a hidden camera video it
posted on Youtube shows a Border Patrol agent removing clean blankets
and food intended for illegal border crossers in distress.

The 33-second video dated Jan. 8, shows an agent stopping by a clear
plastic bag next to four water jugs. The agent opens the bag and
looks inside but the video doesn't show its contents. He is then seen
walking away with the plastic bag on hand. Temperatures in the area
that day were between a low of about 30 degrees and a high of about
60 degrees. The timestamp on the video says 10:18 a.m.

The video was shot near Arivaca, about 12 miles north of the
international border, said Sarah Launius, a spokeswoman with No More

Humanitarian organizations, including No More Deaths, leave food,
water and blankets on desert trails often traveled by illegal border

"We've been using some cameras periodically to keep track of the type
of use in different areas where we place supplies," Launius said. "We
spend a lot of time on trails to figure out where people are going
and what are the needs."

Last year, another hidden camera video showed Border Patrol agents
vandalizing caches of life-saving water, according to the group. In
response to this incident, then-Sector Chief Rick Barlow sent a memo
to agents instructing them to respect humanitarian workers and
provisions, Launius said.

"We know that hypothermia can be equally dangerous as dying from heat
stroke in the summer. This month has been one of the most severe that
Arizona has ever had," said Norma Price, a medical adviser for the
organization, in a news release.

"There is no question, people are crossing in the desert and their
lives could be saved if they were given blankets and warm clothing,"
she added.

12 smugglers with 1,250 lbs of pot caught SW of Tucson
15 hours ago • Arizona Daily Star

A dozen drug smugglers carrying 1,250 pounds of marijuana were
arrested Tuesday night by Border Patrol agents southwest of Tucson.

The marijuana was worth about $650,000.

Agents spotted the smugglers carrying bundles near the community of
Pia Oik on the Tohono O'odham Indian Reservation, about 10 miles
north of the Mexico border.

Eleven adults and one juvenile were taken into custody.

The smugglers are facing drug smuggling charges. The drugs were
turned over to the Drug Enforcement Administration.



Work begins to fix border fencing
February 15, 2013 4:54 PM

Construction is under way to repair a 114-foot section of border
fencing that collapsed last summer near Los Algodones, Baja Calif.

According to Agent Kyle Estes of the Yuma Sector Public Affairs
Office, a contractor has finally been selected and work on the fence
began Wednesday.
"It should take about a month or six weeks to complete the project.
About the end of March is what they are expecting."

Estes said the 18-foot-tall section of steel fencing collapsed at
about 8 p.m. July 25 during excavation work on the Mexican side of
the border.

The excavating equipment belonged to Haro Express, a Mexican material
transporting company. The company was reportedly under a deadline for
a construction project on a plaza in downtown Algodones.

The section that collapsed is about a quarter-mile west of the U.S.
Port of Entry in Andrade, Calif., and is part of the network of
fencing that stretches along the border, including the 126-mile Yuma
Sector, to prevent illegal immigrants and drug smugglers from
entering the country.

Estes said the collapsed fence is about 13 feet inside U.S.
territory, so workers can repair it without ever crossing to the
Mexican side. The fence is made of heavy steel and is reinforced by
footings buried underground.

Border Patrol beefed up security measures in the area when the fence
collapsed to prevent illegal border crossings from coming through the
gap. Those included erecting a temporary chain link fence, using
flood lamps to keep the area well lit and increasing the number of
agents on patrol in the area.

Estes said in the past six months, the Border Patrol has not seen an
increase in the number of attempts being made to enter the country
illegally in that area.
"It hasn't been a problem having that stretch of fence down."

The increased security will remain in place until repairs have been
completed, according to Estes.

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Suspected smugglers, convicted rapist nabbed
February 15, 2013 4:44 PM

Seven alleged drug smugglers backpacking marijuana through the Cabeza
Prieta National Wildlife Refuge, as well as a convicted rapist, were
arrested this week by U.S. Border Patrol agents from the Yuma
Sector's Wellton Station.

According to Agent Kyle Estes of the Yuma Sector Communications
Division, late Wednesday night agents began tracking footprints that
had crossed the Camino Del Diablo trail and eventually overtook a
group of seven smugglers who were carrying backpacks filled with

The marijuana had a combined weight of 337 pounds and an estimated
street value of $168,500.

Estes said the following day, agents responded to a citizen's report
of a possible undocumented alien near Sentinel, Ariz., and arrested a
male Mexican national illegally present in the United States.

A background check revealed that the man had numerous felony
convictions, including rape in Twin Falls, Idaho, possession of
marijuana for sale in Phoenix, and several deportations.

Yuma-area residents can help the Border Patrol by calling
1-866-999-8727 toll-free to report suspicious activity. Callers can
remain anonymous.

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Immigration activist joins US Rep. Sinema's staff
By Associated Press
Originally published: Jan 16, 2013 - 4:58 pm

PHOENIX -- An immigration activist who's one of the leaders of the
Dream Act movement is joining the staff of Arizona Congresswoman
Kyrsten Sinema as a district outreach director.

Erika Andiola is a founder of the Arizona Dream Act Coalition- a
group of immigrant youths that advocate for the legalization of
immigrants brought to the U.S. as children.

She's an illegal immigrant from Mexico.

Andiola was in the news last week when her mother and brother were
arrested by federal immigration officers at the family's home in
Mesa. They were later released.

Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials insist the two weren't
targeted because of Andiola's activism.

Andiola say ICE agents told her there was a long-pending deportation
order for her mother. Her brother was detained for refusing to answer
agents' questions.



Note: corruption featured

Feb 15, 12:08 PM EST
Former Customs officer convicted in pot smuggling

TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) -- Federal prosecutors say a former Customs and
Border Protection officer faces up to 40 years in prison after being
convicted of charges that he let marijuana be smuggled across the

The U.S. Attorney's Office says former Douglas resident Luis Vasquez
was convicted Thursday by a U.S. District Court jury in Tucson.

He's to be sentenced April 29 on his convictions for conspiracy and
other charges.

According to prosecutors, trial evidence showed that Vasquez allowed
over 1,200 pounds of marijuana to cross into the United States from
Mexico at the Douglas port of entry.

DEA confirms Sinaloa cartel member killed in shootout with Juárez police
By Daniel Borunda \ El Paso Times
Posted: 02/14/2013 12:31:02 AM MST

The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration has confirmed that a man
killed in a shootout with Juárez police last month was a reputed high-
ranking member of the Sinaloa drug cartel.
Jesus Rodrigo "Huichi" Fierro Ramirez was among 24 reputed Sinaloa
cartel members indicted last year by a grand jury in U.S. District
Court in El Paso.
Fierro, who was on the list of fugitives wanted by the DEA in El
Paso, was killed in shootout with Juárez police Jan. 24. He had been
sought on racketeering, drug and weapons conspiracy and criminal
enterprise charges.

The Juárez Police Department said in a news release that police were
responding to calls about shots fired when someone fired at police
from the second floor
of a two-story home in the 1000 block on Calle Estancia Santa Fe in
Las Estancias neighborhood.
During a 30-minute gunbattle, two police officers were wounded,
several police vehicles were hit by bullets, and a fire broke out in
the home.
Police eventually rushed the middle-class home and fatally shot a man
armed with a .45-caliber handgun.

Juárez police didn't identify the man killed, but some news outlets
reported the man was a high-level cartel member. A DEA official
confirmed that the man was Fierro.
Fierro, a former Chihuahua state police officer, was "a large scale
cocaine distributor in the Garduño cell who is known for his extreme
acts of violence," the indictment stated.
The indictment alleged that Fierro belonged to a cell of the Sinaloa
cartel run by Sergio Garduño Escobedo.
Garduño, according to the indictment, is a former Chihuahua state
police commander known as "Coma."
Before the Juárez-Sinaloa cartel war, he paid the Juárez cartel a tax
on behalf of the Sinaloa cartel to move drugs through Juárez.

The indictment stated that Fierro is the half brother of Arturo
Lozano Mendez, alias "Tigre" and "Lynx," a former Juárez police
officer who is accused of being Garduño's right-hand man and
allegedly manages Garduño's drug warehouses in Juárez.
Lozano and Garduño were also among those indicted last year in the
United States.

2 men accused of stealing drugs parallels Panama Unit case
Posted: Thursday, February 14, 2013
7:02 pm
Associated Press |

MCALLEN, Texas (AP) — Two South Texas men waived their detention
hearings and remained in federal custody Thursday for allegedly using
corrupt law enforcement officers to steal drugs from other drug
The bond hearings for Fernando Guerra Jr. and his father, Fernando
Guerra Sr., had been scheduled for Wednesday, the U.S. Attorney's
office said.
According to court documents filed in Guerra Sr.'s case, federal
agents were told by a confidential source in August 2012 that he
heads a drug trafficking organization that was known to steal drugs
from other traffickers with the help of corrupt law enforcement
In September, a confidential informant met with Guerra Sr. to discuss
how the theft would occur. Guerra Sr. would pose as someone who would
transport the drugs.
Guerra Sr. told the confidential informant that whoever was
responsible for delivering the cocaine him at the pre-determined
location would be stopped by corrupt police officers and arrested.
"According to Guerra Sr. and Fernando Guerra Jr., the driver would be
charged with only a portion of the narcotics and the rest would be
given to Guerra Sr. and Guerra Jr. by the corrupt law enforcement
officials," according to documents filed in the case. The elder
Guerra would then sell the stolen cocaine and give the confidential
informant 30 percent of the proceeds.
Attorneys for the Guerras did not immediately return calls Thursday.
Guerra Sr., who made his initial appearance in court Feb. 8, has been
charged with conspiring to possess with the intent to distribute more
than five kilograms of cocaine. The complaint against Guerra Jr.
remained sealed Thursday, but he was named in his father's complaint
and arrested on Feb. 7.
The use of corrupt police to steal drugs parallels another case
revealed in December involving a law enforcement task force called
the Panama Unit.
In that case, four law enforcement officers — two from the Mission
Police department and two Hidalgo County Sheriff's deputies — were
arrested and charged with drug conspiracies. They are awaiting trial.
Two were sons of the city of Hidalgo's police chief and the Hidalgo
County Sheriff.
The Panama Unit was formed several years ago as a joint task force to
combat street-level drug traffic in Mission. The sheriff's office
disbanded the group in January.
Federal prosecutors would not confirm Thursday that the corrupt
officers in the Guerras' cases were members of the Panama Unit.
However Al Alvarez, a lawyer representing one of the former Mission
police officers, said federal prosecutors surprised defense attorneys
at a hearing Thursday on the Panama Unit case by saying that they
planned to issue a superceding indictment March 1. He said he did not
know what those additional charges would be.
Documents filed as part of the Panama Unit case also reference a tip
to agents in August 2012 — the same month the tip came in the
Guerras' case — about two task force members stealing drugs. That tip
eventually led to a sting that snared the four Panama Unit members
for escorting cocaine loads.

Border-crosser dies in western S.C. County
Posted: Friday, February 15, 2013 8:01 am | Updated: 10:20 am, Fri
Feb 15, 2013.
By JB Miller For the Nogales International | 0 comments

The dead body of a Mexican man was recovered this week by sheriff's
deputies near California Gulch in western Santa Cruz County.
On Tuesday, Santa Cruz County dispatch received a call from the U.S.
Border Patrol regarding a dead body near milepost 13 on State Route
289, between Peña Blanca Lake and Arivaca.

Gerardo Lopez Leon, 41, of Terrenate, Tlaxcala, Mexico had reportedly
been traveling with a larger group of undocumented migrants who had
crossed the U.S.-Mexico border last Saturday. He reportedly became
separated from the larger group, along with several other people.
"If you look at the terrain and the weather – it was pretty nasty,"
said Sheriff Antonio Estrada.
Border Patrol agents located the man's body at approximately 3:30
p.m. on Tuesday. They also encountered the man's two nephews and a
niece, who had stayed behind to care for him.
Estrada said the family members told investigators that their uncle
had pre-existing health conditions and been feeling ill for a couple
of days. "There was no sign of any foul play or trauma," Estrada said.
According to Sheriff's Office records, it was the third set of human
remains found so far this year in Santa Cruz County.
This story has been revised to reflect the following correction:
Citing initial reports from the Sheriff's Office, an article in the
Feb. 15 edition, "Border-crosser dies in western S.C. County,"
incorrectly reported the age of the man whose body was found near
California Gulch. A follow-up report from the sheriff's office
identified the man as Gerardo Lopez Leon, 41, of Terrenate, Tlaxcala,

Canjean 388 armas y 250 cartuchos en delegación Miguel Hidalgo
La SSPDF precisó que durante los días que se aplicó el desarme
voluntario, en total erogó 508 mil 350 pesos ($40kUSD) y
proporcionó 253 despensas
15/02/2013 22:31

Recibe SSPDF más de 350 armas en cinco días por desarme voluntario
Miguel Hidalgo será la cuarta delegación con programa de desarme
CIUDAD DE MÉXICO, 15 de febrero.- Durante la aplicación del programa
"Por tu familia desarme voluntario", en la delegación Miguel Hidalgo
del 5 al 15 de febrero se recopilaron 388 armas y cuatro mil 250
cartuchos de diferentes calibres.

La Secretaría de Seguridad Pública del Distrito Federal (SSPDF)
informó que en la última jornada, en el punto de canje que se
estableció en el patio de la parroquia de San Miguel Arcángel, se
entregaron nueve armas cortas, tres largas y dos granadas.

A cambio de estas 14 armas personal de la dependencia entregó 23 mil
900 pesos y 12 despensas, mientras que autoridades de la demarcación
otorgaron siete bicicletas y la Secretaría de Desarrollo Social
capitalina cinco computadoras portátiles.

En un comunicado, la SSPDF precisó que durante los días que se aplicó
en esa demarcación el programa "Por tu familia", de desarme
voluntario, en total erogó 508 mil 350 pesos y proporcionó 253

La dependencia reconoció la conducta de las personas que decidieron
canjear las armas que poseían en su hogar, ya que con ello evitan
accidentes por su falta de pericia al manejarlas o su utilización en
actos delictivos.



Note: Chicago and Mexico do have much in common, especially the
culture of corruption. Denial of human rights to citizens, etc.
"Who is Al Capone?" Question of couple folks from Sinaloa today.
As for the rest of the story, received with a bit of amusement.

Chicago's Public Enemy No. 1: Mexican drug kingpin Guzman
Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman has been named Public Enemy No. 1 by a
crime commission in Chicago. The Mexican drug kingpin who heads the
Sinaloa cartel and is shown in the 1993 file photo is only the second
person to hold the title. Mobster Al Capone, shown in this 1931
photo, was previously the sole titleholder.
2 hours ago • Associated Press

CHICAGO — A drug kingpin in Mexico who has never set foot in Chicago
has been named the city's new Public Enemy No. 1 — the same notorious
label assigned to Al Capone at the height of the Prohibition-era gang

The Chicago Crime Commission considers Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman even
more menacing than Capone because he's the leader of the Sinaloa
cartel, which supplies most of the narcotics sold in the city.

"What Al Capone was to beer and whiskey during Prohibition, Guzman is
to narcotics," said Art Bilek, the commission's executive vice
president. "Of the two, Guzman is by far the greater threat. ... And
he has more power and financial capability than Capone ever dreamed of."

The commission — a non-government body that tracks city crime trends —
designated Capone Public Enemy No. 1 in 1930. It has declared other
outlaws public enemies, but Capone was the only one deemed No. 1.

Until now.

Guzman is thought to be holed up in a mountain hideaway in western
Mexico, but he ought to be treated as a local Chicago crime boss for
the havoc his cartel creates in the nation's third-largest city, said
Jack Riley, of the Drug Enforcement Administration, which joined the
commission in affixing the title to Guzman.

The point of singling out Guzman was to inspire more public support
for going after him, Bilek said.

"Ninety-nine percent of the people in the United States have never
heard of this man," he said. "Concerted action ... must be taken now
against Guzman before he establishes a bigger network and a bigger
empire in the United States."

Capone based his bootlegging and other criminal enterprises in
Chicago during Prohibition, when it was illegal to make or sell
alcohol in the U.S. He eventually went to prison for income tax
evasion, but he gained the greatest notoriety for the 1929 St.
Valentine's Day Massacre that left seven rivals dead.

Yet Riley says Guzman — whose nickname means "shorty" in Spanish — is
more ruthless than Capone, whose nickname was "Scarface."

"If I was to put those two guys in a ring, El Chapo would eat that
guy (Capone) alive," Riley told The Associated Press in a recent
interview at his office, pointing at pictures of the men.

Riley described Chicago as one of Sinaloa's most important cities,
not only as a final destination for drugs but as a hub to distribute
them across the U.S.
"This is where Guzman turns his drugs into money," he said.

Mexican cartels that ship drugs to Chicago are rarely directly linked
to slayings. But Bilek said Thursday that cartel-led trafficking is
an underlying cause of territorial battles between street gangs that
are blamed for rising homicide rates.
"He virtually has his fingerprints on the guns that are killing the
children of this city," Bilek told a news conference.

Guzman, who has been on the run since escaping from a Mexican prison
in a laundry cart in 2001, is one of the world's most dangerous and
most wanted fugitives. He's also one of the richest: Forbes magazine
has estimated his fortune at $1 billion.

Now in his mid-50s, Guzman has been indicted on federal trafficking
charges in Chicago and, if he is ever captured alive, U.S. officials
want him extradited here to face trial. The U.S. government has
offered a $5 million reward for his capture.
"His time is coming," Riley said. "I can't wait for that day."

It was only a coincidence, Bilek said Thursday, that the announcement
naming Guzman Public Enemy No. 1 came on the anniversary of the St.
Valentine's Day Massacre, which raised public pressure to capture

Within two years of being designated Public Enemy No. 1 in 1930,
Capone had been captured, convicted and imprisoned.

With the same label now attached to Guzman, Bilek said, "we hope the
same thing will happen to him."

Ejército mexicano y guatemalteco patrullan frontera sur en combate al
crimen organizado
El Ejército Mexicano y el de Guatemala, iniciaron operativos en la
línea fronteriza de ambas naciones, con el fin de inhibir al crimen
organizado, que utiliza los "puntos ciegos"
Gaspar Romero/Corresponsal
14/02/2013 17:40

SUCHIATE, 14 de febrero.- El Ejército Mexicano y el de Guatemala,
iniciaron operativos en la línea fronteriza de ambas naciones, con
el fin de inhibir al crimen organizado, que utiliza los "puntos
ciegos" para el tras ciego de armas, drogas, indocumentados,
mercadería, gasolina, entre otros, esto lo dio a conocer, el Coronel
Bayron Quiñones, comandante de las Fuerza de tarea de occidente del
Departamento de San Marcos Guatemala.

A su vez, el procurador General de Justicia del estado, Raciel
López Salazar, informó que en acuerdo con el FBI, con sede en
Guatemala y el Salvador, se dará un intercambio de información, entre
ellas la de una base de datos de huellas dactilares y fichas técnicas
de los integrantes de pandillas detenidos y procesados en Chiapas.

Lo anterior, con la finalidad de descartar que cuenten con algún
mandamiento judicial vigente en países de Centroamérica. Además,
señalaron la prioridad de llevar a cabo el rastro de armas de fuego
que han sido aseguradas en la entidad para conocer su verdadero
origen y destino.


Incautan 401 kilos de mariguana en camión de carga
Publicada: 14/02/2013 12:16 Por: Redacción ElImparcial

HERMOSILLO, Sonora(PH) Elementos de la Policía Federal Ministerial
aseguraron un cargamento de poco más de 400 kilos de mariguana cuando
era transportada en un camión de carga sobre la carretera Caborca-

Agentes de la corporación, en compañía del Ministerio Público de la
Federación, también lograron la detención de Raúl Eduardo "N", de 44
años de edad.

Esta persona fue sorprendida cuando conducía un vehículo con placas
de circulación 647-AM-3 del Servicio Público Federal, con caja seca
para mudanzas, con la leyenda "Muebles y mudanzas Francisco M2".

Al realizar una revisión en el citado vehículo se encontró en un
compartimiento 26 paquetes confeccionados en plástico color canela,
conteniendo un vegetal verde y seco identificado químicamente como
mariguana, con un peso bruto en conjunto de 401 kilogramos.

Por estos hechos se inició la averiguación previa AP/PGR/SON/CAB/
048/2013, por la comisión del delito de contra la salud.