Monday, April 29, 2013



Note: about 40 miles north of Phx. On road to Las Vegas. Small load.

4/23/2013 9:45:00 PM
Border Patrol, YCSO make 60-pound pot bust
The Daily Courier

CONGRESS - U.S. Border Patrol agents watching for human smuggling
stopped a pickup truck early Friday morning and found 60 pound of
marijuana in bricks, prompting them to call the Yavapai County
Sheriff's Office, sheriff's spokesman Dwight D'Evelyn said.

Jose Buenrostro, 34, from El Mirage, and Carlos Zepeda, 32, from Los
Angeles, were arrested as they drove on U.S. Highway 93 near Congress
at about 12:15 a.m., D'Evelyn said, when the Border Patrol agents
developed suspicions that the Chevy Silverado was being used to
smuggle people.

It wasn't, but the agents found three large buckets, each containing
various sizes of bricks of plastic-wrapped marijuana, D'Evelyn said.

Deputies took the men into custody and booked them on charges of
possession of marijuana, possession of marijuana for sale, and
transportation of marijuana.

Buenrostro and Zepeda, both U.S. citizens from Mexico, are being held
in the Camp Verde jail on a $100,000 bond.

Mexican cartel 'queen' pleads guilty in US case
The Associated Press
Posted: 04/24/2013 09:27:55 AM MDT

MIAMI—A Mexican woman known as a drug cartel queen has pleaded guilty
in Miami to charges arising from a major cocaine trafficking case.
Court records show that Sandra Avila Beltran pleaded guilty Tuesday
to being an accessory after the fact in an organization once headed
by Juan Diego Espinosa Ramirez. He was her boyfriend at the time.
Espinosa is the former leader of Mexico's Sinaloa cartel. He pleaded
guilty in 2009 to cocaine trafficking charges.
A statement signed by Avila, who was known as the "Queen of the
Pacific," says she provided money to Espinosa for travel and lodging
so he could evade arrest by authorities between 2002 and 2004.
The 52-year-old Avila faces a maximum of 15 years in prison at a July
25 sentencing hearing.

4 teens caught allegedly smuggling $90K of heroin into US
Posted: Apr 24, 2013 12:24 PM MST Updated: Apr 24, 2013 12:27 PM MST
By FOX 10 News - Staff Report

Four teenage girls were caught trying to smuggle heroin
through the Nogales border on Monday.
NOGALES, Ariz. -

Four teenage girls were caught trying to smuggle heroin through the
Nogales border on Monday.

A commercial shuttle was going through the I-19 Border Patrol
checkpoint and was referred for inspection.

Border Patrol agents say a 15-year-old passenger was acting nervously
during questioning and when they got consent to search her bags, they
found bundles of heroin. Agents searched the three other 15 to 17-
year-old passengers and allegedly found bundles of heroin tucked into
the their waistbands.

A total of 7.75 pounds of heroin worth $90,000 was recovered.

The teens were turned over to the Santa Cruz County Sheriff's Office.

Border Patrol says transnational criminal organizations are going to
extreme lengths, like using teenagers, to bring illegal drugs into
the U.S.

Note: of local interest, near the fence.

They find bones of man gunned down in Sonoita
Written by Grupo AM

Sonoita, Sonora on April 23, 2013. - Around 12:20 pm yesterday
garrison staff of this population found a human skeleton in the
Federal Highway No. 2, section Sonoyta-San Luis Rio Colorado,
approximately 70 meters from the boundary with the United States.

The victim, who measured about 1.80 meters tall, wearing blue jeans,
black shirt and brown belt and black tennis.

According to the report issued by the Medical Examiner of the
Attorney General of the State, human remains belong to a male person,
which is estimated to have between 25 and 30 years old, and two to
three months have died.

Also, the Medical Examiner's report indicates that the person had
several injuries from firearm projectiles in different parts of the
body, and this is the cause of death.


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