Monday, July 29, 2013



Border-crossers report armed robbery
Posted: Friday, July 26, 2013 9:22 am
By JB Miller
For the Nogales International 

Three illegal border-crossers who managed to escape a pursuit by Border Patrol agents say they were subsequently robbed at gunpoint by masked bandits somewhere near the Santa Cruz/Pima county line.
Then they were captured by the Border Patrol.
Marcos Morales, 33, and Nieves Perez Hernandez , 31, both from Guatemala, and Lazaro Cardenas Dias, 24, from Mexico, told Santa Cruz County Sheriff's deputies that they entered the U.S. illegally on Monday, July 15.
Four days later, on July 19, they were chased by Border Patrol agents, whose numbers included a K-9 unit and a helicopter. 
"They lost the agents and continued walking to a ridge when at about 9 p.m. two males jumped out of the bush with a high powered rifle," said Lt. Raoul Rodriguez of the Sheriff's Office.
The bandits robbed them of their food, clothing and cell phones.
The men described their assailants as wearing green camouflage jackets and ski masks. However, because they were forced to look at the ground, they said, they were unable to give any further description.
The men were eventually apprehended by Border Patrol agents, who notified the Sheriff's Office of the reported robbery on Monday, July 22.
Since the incident had occurred four days earlier and the exact location of the hold-up was unknown, deputies were unable to locate any suspects, Rodriguez said.

Note:  following all Yuma  

Agents arrest 4, seize 175 pounds of marijuana
July 24, 2013 4:08 PM
Yuma Sector Border Patrol agents arrested four people suspected of smuggling and seized 175 pounds of marijuana worth about $87,500 on Monday.

Agents patrolling the desert southwest of Gila Bend equipped with night vision spotted four people walking along a known drug smuggling route through the Cabeza Prieta National Wildlife Refuge.

Agents approached the individuals, all citizens of Mexico, and arrested them.

The case was then turned over to the Maricopa County Sheriff's Office.

BP agents find 285 pounds of pot after pulling men from river
July 25, 2013 10:25 PM
Three men reportedly struggling to stay afloat as they swam to Mexico across the Colorado River Thursday were pulled from the water by a Yuma Sector Border Patrol boat crew. The men, all Mexican citizens, were then promptly arrested for being in the U.S. illegally.

Border Patrol agents also found about 285 pounds of marijuana worth about $142,500 hidden in brush nearby. 

According to the Border Patrol, agents following footprints near the Colorado River and County 8th Street observed five individuals attempting to swim west toward Mexico from the Arizona side of the river. 

A Border Patrol boat unit was sent to the area, which is just to the east of Los Algodones, Baja California, Mexico. Once on scene, the boat unit saw two people safely swim to the Mexican side of the Colorado and exit the river. 

Three other men still in the river were reportedly having difficulty swimming, so the agents with the boat unit pulled them onboard their vessel. The agents then arrested the trio after determining they were Mexican citizens illegally present in the U.S. 

The men were turned over to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's Homeland Security Investigations.

While the three men were pulled from the water, agents searched the brush on the U.S. side of the border to ensure there were no other people inside the United States illegally. During their search, the agents found the large quantity of pot wrapped up in black trash bags.

Officers seize more than $300K in meth and cocaine
July 25, 2013 10:27 PM
An American man was arrested and more than $300,000 worth of meth and cocaine was seized by Customs and Border Protection officers at the Port of San Luis Wednesday.

Virginio Quezada, 34, a U.S. citizen presently living in San Luis, Rio Colorado, Sonora, Mexico, was referred to a secondary inspection when he attempted to drive across the border in a Chevrolet van.

A working dog indicated the possible presence of contraband inside the vehicle, and after further scrutiny, officers reportedly found 20 packages of meth valued at $323,950 hidden behind the vehicle's dashboard.

Quezada also allegedly possessed more than two ounces of cocaine. 

The drugs and vehicle were seized. Quezada was turned over to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's Homeland Security Investigations.

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