Tuesday, May 14, 2013



BP agents seize 365 pounds of pot
May 08, 2013 4:48 PM
Yuma Sector Border Patrol agents arrested six suspected drug
smugglers and seized a combined 365 pounds of marijuana during two
separate incidents Monday. The pot was estimated to be worth about

The first incident happened Monday morning when agents apprehended
three Mexican citizens allegedly carrying backpacks containing a
combined 101 pounds of marijuana through the desert south of Gila Bend.

The second incident happened late Monday night when an agent observed
three men in a parked car alongside Interstate 8 and drove up behind
them to investigate.
When the men saw the agent they allegedly fled in the vehicle, pulled
off the highway, abandoned the vehicle and ran into the desert.

Agents tracked the group for half a mile to where the men, later
determined to be Mexican citizens, were hiding under a tree.

Agents allegedly found 264 pounds of marijuana hidden in the
abandoned vehicle.

The individuals were all illegally present in the United States. They
were turned over to the Maricopa County Sheriff's Office along with
the seized pot.

Read more: http://www.yumasun.com/articles/agents-87336-pounds-

Note: A bit harsh in relation to F&F sentences.
PEI-Estatles would be the Sonora state police?

Man gets 14 years in cartel beheading in Arizona
Source: United States News
Originally published: May 8, 2013 - 1:13 pm

PHOENIX (AP) - A man was sentenced to 14 years in prison Wednesday
for his murder conviction in the beheading of a man in Arizona who
police say had stolen drugs from a Mexican drug cartel.

Crisantos Moroyoqui-Yocupicio, 39, had pleaded no contest to second-
degree murder in the death of 38-year-old Martin Alejandro Cota-
Monroy at an apartment in the Phoenix suburb of Chandler on Oct. 10,

Moroyoqui-Yocupicio faced a punishment ranging from 10 to 16 years in
prison when he was sentenced by Judge Joseph Kreamer of Maricopa
County Superior Court. Prosecutors were seeking the maximum penalty.

Police believe the killing was intended to send a message that anyone
who betrays the traffickers will get the same treatment. The case has
been cited as an extreme example of Mexican cartel violence spilling
over the border.

Mexico has been plagued by decapitations in the war against cartels.
Headless bodies have been dangled from bridges by their feet and
severed heads have been sent to victims' family members and
government officials.

The Arizona beheading also played a part in the state's contentious
immigration debate.

Republican Gov. Jan Brewer drew criticism a month before the
beheading for claiming that headless bodies were being found in the
Arizona desert as she sought to bolster her argument for confronting
the state's immigration woes. She later backtracked on those claims
but said such violence in the broader border region was cause enough
for alarm.

A Chandler police report that cites Border Patrol intelligence said
Cota-Monroy had stolen 400 pounds of marijuana and some meth from the
PEI-Estatales/El Chapo drug trafficking organization.

Chandler police and the Border Patrol have declined to say whether
PEI-Estatales/El Chapo is the powerful Sinaloa cartel.

Cota-Monroy told the cartel that the Border Patrol had seized the
drugs, but the cartel group had learned the truth and hired men to
kidnap and kill him in Nogales, Mexico.

Cota-Monroy was able to talk his way out of being killed, saying he'd
pay back the money and use his house for collateral, the report said.
It turned out that the house didn't belong to Cota-Monroy, and he
fled to the Phoenix area, leading the cartel to hire assassins to go
to Arizona, befriend Cota-Monroy and kill him.

Moroyoqui-Yocupicio, a day laborer who had been living in the
apartment complex where the killing occurred, is the only man to be
charged in Cota-Monroy's death. Three men who were with Cota-Monroy
around the time of his death are believed to have fled to Mexico.

Moroyoqui-Yocupicio's lawyer, James Hann, has said his client was
intoxicated and didn't remember anything and didn't know the victim.


Note: NMMEX, well Anthony is a pretty big town. Interesting look at
tactics used.

Feds raid homes in NM-Texas border town
Source: United States News
Originally published: May 8, 2013 - 11:33 am

ANTHONY, N.M. (AP) - Residents of a small New Mexico border town woke
Wednesday to the sounds of helicopters, bangs and screaming as
federal and local agents conducted an early morning sweep on at least
two homes.

Anthony police spokeswoman Mary Hall said a team of local and federal
law enforcement agents, including SWAT teams, served several warrants
around town before dawn. She said she did not know what type of
warrants were served or any of the targets.

FBI spokesman Frank Fisher confirmed that a law enforcement operation
was underway but declined to give details. An afternoon news
conference was scheduled at FBI offices in Las Cruces to "to discuss
a major drug enforcement operation."

At one home on Old Field Circle, the front door was busted in and two
state police cars and two SUVs remained outside at midmorning.
"At 5 a.m. we heard a big boom," said Angie Marquez, 19, who lives
across the street and three doors down. "It was really loud. My mom
was the one who told me to get up because there were a lot of cops."

Marquez said she did not know who lived at the home.
"I heard one of the cops screaming," Marquez said. "I couldn't hear
what he said. And there was lots of FBI, and they stayed in the house
until it was morning. Then they started leaving."

Another neighbor, Aurelia Morales, 49, said she saw four helicopters
circling overhead during the raid.

At another home on Katy Street, federal agents broke through a 4-foot-
high chain link fence, tore the bars off a window, broke the window
and knocked down the front door.

At midmorning a woman wearing pajama pants and a hoodie sweatshirt
pulled up to the residence and went inside to talk to federal agents.

Anthony straddles New Mexico and Texas and is 21 miles north of El
Paso, Texas.


Note: from a couple weeks back.

Ex-Sinaloa Cartel Member Had "Array of Police Badges," Phoenix PD
Patches, Other Cop Gear
By Matthew Hendley Thu., Apr. 18 2013 at 3:20 PM

One of the police badges found at the home of a former cartel member.
The Maricopa County Sheriff's Office says a former Sinaloa Cartel
member was found with police body armor, badges, a ballistic helmet,
and Phoenix Police Department patches, as well as weapons and other
"law enforcement identifiers."

The former cartel member, 40-year-old Edward Alvarez, allegedly was
operating a group wearing the police gear to rip off potential drug

The Sheriff's Office knows about an incident in late March, in which
detectives found out that they ripped off between $60,000 and $95,000
from gangsters in the Varrio Tolleson Chicanos gang.

Three of those gangsters arranged to buy 180 pounds of weed from
Alvarez's group, according to the MCSO.

When they met up, Alvarez's group, wearing all the police tactical
gear with badges and patches, zip-tied and beat up the gangsters, and
threw them into the trunks of cars.

One of the gangsters escaped, and for some reason, that led Alvarez's
group to releasing the other two, the MCSO says.

The MCSO was led to Alvarez first, who was arrested a day after the
robbery at his home in Litchfield Park, and more arrests kept being
made over the next few weeks, as deputies arrested eight of the nine
guys they're looking for.

An MCSO spokesman says detectives got the information on Alvarez's
former cartel affiliation from the Justice Department.

Note: Have to wonder where he went. No federal charges on defacing
firearm s/n??

Omar Guerrero on the run hours after posting bond
Posted: Wednesday, May 8, 2013 12:42 pm
By Ildefonso Ortiz | The Monitor
Posted on May 8, 2013

EDINBURG— Authorities are on the hunt for a former Hidalgo County
District Clerk believed to be on the run just after posting more than
$1 million in bond.
Omar Guerrero went before Hidalgo County Justice of the Peace Homer
Jasso on Saturday morning and was charged with one count of
possession of cocaine and tampering with a firearm's serial number.
Because Guerrero had a history of running away, Jasso set his bond at
$1.05 million, which was paid on Tuesday after three separate bond
companies pooled their funds.
Hidalgo County Sheriff Lupe Treviño said Guerrero couldn't be located
on Wednesday morning when deputies went looking for him because they
had an additional warrant out on a felony sexual assault charge.
Treviño asked the U.S. Marshals Service to help locate him so the
warrant can be served.
Members of the Gulf Coast Violent Offenders Fugitive Task Force which
includes sheriff's deputies have adopted the case and are in the
process of collecting information in order to track Guerrero down,
said U.S. Deputy Marshals Juan Lara.


note: Another 5.7 used outside Culiacan.

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