Wednesday, March 13, 2013



Contents: drug business discipline, more pot to I8.

Man pleads no contest in cartel beheading in Ariz.
Source: United States News
Originally published: Mar 7, 2013 - 2:31 pm

PHOENIX (AP) - A man has pleaded no contest to a murder charge in the
beheading of a man in Arizona who police say stole drugs from a
Mexican drug cartel.

Crisantos Moroyoqui-Yocupicio made the plea Monday to second-degree
murder in the death of 38-year-old Martin Alejandro Cota-Monroy at an
apartment in Chandler on Oct. 10, 2010.

Moroyoqui-Yocupicio faces 10 to 16 years in prison when he is
sentenced May 8.

Police believe Cota-Monroy's gruesome killing was intended to send a
message that anyone who betrays the traffickers will get the same

The case has been cited as an extreme example of Mexican cartel
violence spilling over the border and also factors into the state's
contentious immigration debate.

Agents arrest suspected drug smuggler with 89 pounds of pot
March 06, 2013 5:16 PM

U.S. Border Patrol agents from Yuma Sector's Wellton Station arrested
a Mexican national Tuesday on Interstate 8 near mile marker 76.

According to Agent Kyle Estes of the Yuma Sector Public Affairs
Office, the suspected drug smuggler was found within sight of the
freeway with several bundles of marijuana, which had a combined
weight of 89 pounds and an estimated value of $44,500.

Estes said that whenever a suspect is apprehended this close to a
freeway they are usually waiting to be picked up. He added that given
the number of bundles of marijuana the suspected smuggler was found
with, it is reasonable to assume that there may have been others at
one time because one person could not have carried them all.

However, when agents searched the area, no other smugglers were found.

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CCSO pursuit nets 171 pounds of marijuana
Published/Last Modified on Wednesday, March 6, 2013 10:49 AM MST
Trisha Maldonado
Douglas Dispatch

The Cochise County Sheriff's Department is continuing its search for
a man who they believe was involved with a load of marijuana that was
discovered inside a vehicle he was allegedly driving last week.

According to a statement by Cochise County Sheriff's Office Public
Information Officer Carol Capas, on Feb. 27 at approximately 3 p.m.
the CCSO received information of a vehicle possible carrying a load
of drugs north on Highway 191.

Deputies spotted a vehicle near mile maker 15 matching the
description of the vehicle.

The deputies attempted to make a traffic stop on the brown Ford F-150
but the driver failed to yield and increased his speed continuing
northbound on Highway 191 eventually turning east on Davis Road and
then north on Leslie Canyon Road.

Deputies lost sight of vehicle due to dust and road conditions when
vehicle turned on Barr Boot Ranch Road.

The vehicle was later located in the area of Barr Boot Ranch Road by
both CCSO and Border Patrol.

The driver, later identified by the CCSO as Jacob Ausmus, of Pearce,
was not found in the area.

Officials did find 10 find bundles in clear plastic wrap which
appeared to be marijuana. The bundles were later verified to be 171
pounds of marijuana valued at $85,500.

The CCSO is currently looking for Ausmus who could be possible charge
for unlawful flight from a law enforcement officer, criminal damage
and driving on a suspended license.

The investigation is continuing by the Cochise County Sheriff's Office.

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