Wednesday, May 1, 2013



Note: Those with the time and interest might want to compare
apprehensions with traffic from AZMEX ACTIVITY reports.

Note: They were in the unit that dealt with smuggling.

Updated Apr 30, 2013 - 6:44 am
New trial date set for 3 former MCSO employees
By Associated Press
Originally published: Apr 30, 2013 - 6:42 am

PHOENIX -- A new trial date has been set for three former Maricopa
County sheriff's employees accused of aiding smugglers while they
worked for the police agency.

A Sept. 3 trial was set for former Deputy Alfredo Aguirre Navarrette
and former detention officers Marcella M. Hernandez and Sylvia Rios
All three pleaded not guilty to charges and no longer work for the

Navarrette is accused of helping drug smugglers by laundering illegal
proceeds, using a police database to get information for the group
and assisting a separate smuggling ring.

Hernandez is accused of assisting a cartel member and his drug-
trafficking group by letting the group use her two residences as
stash houses for drugs and drug proceeds.
Najera is accused of conspiring to launder the trafficking group's
illegal proceeds.


Seized marijuana estimated at $630,000
April 30, 2013 7:33 PM

U.S. Border Patrol agents from the Wellton Station arrested 14
alleged drug smugglers and seized 1,260 pounds of marijuana Friday
night during two separate incidents.

The total estimated value of the marijuana is $630,000.

The first incident happened when agents working with night-vision
equipment southwest of Gila Bend located a group of smugglers
allegedly hauling backpacks filled with marijuana through the open

One agent maintained visual contact of the group while guiding other
agents to the group's location. Agents then arrested 10 Mexican
citizens reportedly carrying a combined 803 pounds of marijuana. All
were turned over to the Maricopa County Sheriff's Office.

Later Friday night, agents reported arresting four more smugglers
found guarding 457 pounds of marijuana on the Cabeza Prieta National
Wildlife Refuge. The drugs were seized for destruction.

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Yuman arrested in alleged smuggling attempt
April 30, 2013 10:32 PM
A Yuma resident was arrested Friday after allegedly trying to smuggle
about 12 pounds of cocaine worth an estimated $144,000 through the
Andrade port of entry.

The arrest came after a 29-year-old woman, whose identity was not
released to the public, was waiting to enter the United States in a
white 2008 Dodge Avenger.

While the vehicle was in line, a working dog indicated the possible
presence of contraband. The suspect was referred to a secondary
inspection area for a more intensive examination.

Officers inspected the vehicle and used a fiberoptic scope to peer
inside the gas tank. With the scope, officers allegedly discovered
five wrapped packages of cocaine concealed inside the tank.

The woman, a Mexican citizen and resident of Yuma, was arrested for
the alleged smuggling attempt.

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