Sunday, September 22, 2013



Note:  Busy AZMEX day.  Interesting to connect the dots from the border to Maricopa. 

2 tons of marijuana found in hidden vehicles

Federal authorities are reporting the seizure of more than two tons of marijuana inside three vehicles hidden in the southern Arizona desert near the U.S.-Mexico border.

Customs and Border Protection says the 4,311 pounds of marijuana worth an estimated $2.15 million were found Tuesday in bundles inside three vehicles hidden under tarps concealed in brush at two locations west of Sells.

The vehicles included Chevrolet and Dodge pickup trucks and an H2 Hummer.

CBP says Border Patrol agents were assisted by CBP and Marine Corps aircraft.


2 arrested after 282 pounds of pot found in an SUV
By Ina Ronquillo

FLORENCE, Ariz. (AP) - Two Casa Grande men are in custody after nearly 300 pounds of marijuana was found in their SUV stopped by authorities in Maricopa.
Pinal County Sheriff's officials say 42-year-old Benito Alvarado Gonzalez and 21-year-old Benito Joseph Garcia are being held on suspicion of possession of marijuana, possession of marijuana for sale and transportation of marijuana for sale.
Gonzalez and Garcia told detectives they were going to be paid $6,000 to traffic the marijuana and an additional $300 per individual they smuggled into the U.S. illegally.
Authorities say two men ran away from the SUV and into the desert after the vehicle was stopped about 1 a.m. Tuesday.
Inside of the vehicle, deputies found six bundles of marijuana wrapped in burlap weighing 282 pounds with a street value of about $211,000.


Prosecutor's letter casts doubt on ICE agent's credibility

    * Related: 'New information' shakes up Public Works drug case
Posted: Tuesday, September 17, 2013 6:05 pm | Updated: 6:19 pm, Tue Sep 17, 2013.

Prosecutor's letter casts doubt on ICE agent's credibility By Jonathan Clark
Nogales International Nogales International | 0 comments

The County Attorney's Office has sent a letter to local defense lawyers that calls into question the credibility of a U.S. Customs and Immigration Enforcement agent who led the investigation of an alleged drug-smuggling conspiracy involving City of Nogales employees....
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Sep 17, 12:58 PM EDT
Report: DHS must better track excessive force
Associated Press

McALLEN, Texas (AP) -- A new report says a surge in Border Patrol agents hasn't impaired their use-of-force training but that the Department of Homeland Security needs to better track excessive force allegations.

The number of Border Patrol agents on the U.S.-Mexico border increased 63 percent from 2006 to 2009. Critics say that's led to deterioration in the quality of recruits and their training, noting the number of civilian deaths in recent years.

But a report released Tuesday by DHS's Office of Inspector General concludes that training for how and when to use force hasn't been impaired.

However, inspectors say they couldn't figure out how many claims of excessive force have been levied because tracking databases don't include such a designation. The report says DHS needs to do a better job tracking such claims.


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