Monday, April 29, 2013



Note the dates.

Citizens help apprehend fleeing drug smuggler
2013-04-26T10:39:00Z 2013-04-26T10:57:36Z
Arizona Daily Star
7 hours ago • Kimberly Matas

PINAL COUNTY — A suspected drug smuggler led a Pinal County sheriff's
deputy on a high-speed car chase, then a foot race before he was

Just after 2 p.m. April 16, 2013, the deputy saw two vehicles
traveling in tandem at a dangerously high rate of speed on Highway
84, just outside of Casa Grande, Tamra Ingersoll, spokeswoman for the
Pinal County Sheriff's Office, said in a news release. When he
attempted a traffic stop, one of the vehicles, a blue Chevy
Trailblazer fled.

The deputy pursued the Chevy, which accelerated to 80-miles-per-hour.
The driver of the Chevy turned onto a dirt road. When he attempted to
pass a car on the road, he lost control of the SUV and spun into a

The crash "kicked up a cloud of dust that obstructed the view of the
pursuing deputy," Ingersoll said. "When the dust settled, the deputy
saw a male fleeing from the vehicle on foot. The deputy … began
pursuing the suspect on foot in the direction of a cotton gin.

"Several workers inside the cotton gin had exited the business and
witnessed the man fleeing from the deputy. The employees of the
cotton gin began chasing the approaching suspect and assisted in
detaining the subject until the deputy was able to handcuff the man."

Once the suspect, 24-year-old Juan Ricardo Hernandez Mendivil of
Mexico, was in custody, the deputy looked in the SUV and found 27
bundles of marijuana weighing 567 pounds. The pot had an estimated
street value of $400,000, Ingersoll said.

Mendivil booked into the Pinal County Adult Detention Center on
charges of possession of marijuana for sale, transportation of
marijuana and unlawful flight.


More arrests of Arizona undergarment drug smugglers
By Associated Press
Originally published: Apr 26, 2013 - 5:23 pm

TUCSON, Ariz. -- It's not exactly a new idea, but authorities say
people still are trying to smuggle drugs into Arizona hidden inside
their undergarments.

Nogales Station Border Patrol agents working the Interstate 19
checkpoint south of Amado referred a commercial shuttle for
inspection Wednesday. Agents say they found one pound of
methamphetamines concealed in underwear worn by an 18-year-old man.

On Thursday night, Customs and Border Protection officers from the
Dennis DeConcini Port of Entry arrested a 23-year-old woman with four
pounds of heroin concealed in her bra.

Tucson Sector Border Patrol agents working at the same I-19
checkpoint Monday arrested four teenage girls on a commercial shuttle
coming from Mexico.
The say the girls had heroin strapped to the front of their bodies
and tucked under the waistbands of their underwear.


Note: Just as with the Tucson Sector, no mention of IA apprehensions.

Border Patrol agents seize nearly $1 million worth of marijuana over
past week
Written by Staff
Friday, 26 April 2013 12:55
EAGLE PASS, Texas -- U.S. Border Patrol agents throughout Del Rio
Sector seized more than 1,200 pounds of marijuana, with an estimated
value of $977,272.

On April 18, agents assigned to the Eagle Pass South Station
encountered a 2002 Dodge Ram 1500 pickup while patrolling on a local
ranch. While agents were conducting records checks on the driver and
passenger, another agent discovered a cache of marijuana nearby.
Agents seized five bundles of marijuana, weighing a total of 218
pounds, worth an estimated $174,536. The two subjects were turned
over to Homeland Security Investigations agents for prosecution.

In another seizure on April 18, agents working at the Highway 57
checkpoint encountered a Chrysler 300 suspected of transporting
illegal narcotics. After a search of the vehicle, agents found a
total of 43 cellophane-wrapped bricks. The bricks contained a total
of 42 pounds of marijuana, worth an estimated $33,728.

Tuesday, April 23, Eagle Pass North Station agents observed a Ford
Mustang, with two occupants, in an area known for narcotics
smuggling. When the agents conducted a vehicle stop, the driver
attempted to abscond. Agents apprehended the driver after a short
foot chase. A subsequent search of the vehicle revealed three
military-style duffel bags in the back of the vehicle. The duffel
bags contained 264 pounds of marijuana worth an estimated $211,280.
The driver, who is a U.S. citizen, the vehicle, and the marijuana,
were turned over to the FBI. The passenger was turned over to the
Eagle Pass Police Department.

In several separate incidents from April 17-24, agents from the Eagle
Pass South Station seized 695 pounds of abandoned marijuana worth an
estimated $557,728. In all of the seizures, Border Patrol agents
encountered foot sign along known narcotics smuggling trails. While
walking the trails, agents encountered a total of six military-style
duffel bags and four large sugar sacks containing mariuana.
All cases were tuned over to the Drug Enforcement Administration,
unless otherwise noted.

The Del Rio Border Patrol Sector is part of the South Texas Campaign,
which leverages federal, state and local resources to combat
transnational criminal organizations. For Fiscal Year 2013, the Del
Rio Sector has seized over 24,500 pounds of marijuana worth an
estimated $19.6 million dollars.

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