Tuesday, November 19, 2013



Note:  Busy Busy in the AZMEX

Yuma Border Patrol arrests 18, seizes 709 pounds of marijuana
November 18, 2013 10:39 PM

U.S. Border Patrol agents from the Yuma Sector's Wellton Station arrested 18 drug smugglers and seized 709 pounds of marijuana during the weekend. The marijuana has an estimated street value of $354,500.
On Friday, agents patrolling a known smuggling route through the Cabeza Prieta National Wildlife Refuge encountered 12 smugglers carrying a total 469 pounds of marijuana. Ten of the subjects were Mexican nationals, while the other two were citizens of Honduras.

The group and narcotics were turned over to the Drug Enforcement Administration.
Then on Saturday, agents apprehended six more smugglers in the refuge. These men, also Mexican nationals, were carrying a total of 240 pounds of marijuana. The smugglers were turned over to the U.S. Attorney's Office.

Yuma County residents can help the Border Patrol and CBP by calling 1-866-999-8727 toll-free to report suspicious activity. Callers can remain anonymous.

Read more: http://www.yumasun.com/articles/border-90713-yuma-marijuana.html#ixzz2l6h8xoI4

2 drug smugglers arrested in Pinal County


3 hours ago  •  Kimberly Matas Arizona Daily Star

Two men were arrested Friday after a Pinal County sheriff's deputy found $34,500 worth of marijuana in their pickup truck.

At about 8:20 a.m., the deputy stopped a 2000 Chevy Silverado extended cab truck northbound on John Wayne Parkway near Maricopa northwest of Casa Grande after he observed the driver commit several traffic violations.

"When the deputy activated his emergency lights, the vehicle stopped in the middle of the roadway. The driver then got out of his vehicle and walked towards the deputy," Tim Gaffney, spokesman for the Pinal County Sheriff's Office, said in a news release. "The deputy told him to get back into his vehicle and pull to the side of the road. The driver got back into the vehicle then drove a short distance stopped and walked to the deputy once again."

When the deputy approached the truck to speak with the passenger, he saw two bundles of marijuana in the cab.

The driver, Cesar Beltran-Munoz, 29, and the passenger Jose Antone Renteria, 20, both of Mexico, were both taken into custody. The two bundles of marijuana weighed 46.

Both men admitted to being in the United States illegally, Gaffney said.

Beltran-Munoz told deputies Renteria and another man backpacked the marijuana from Mexico into the United States. Beltran-Munoz picked up both men along the highway, Gaffney said. He dropped the first man off in Hidden Valley and he was taking Renteria to Phoenix. In exchange for the ride, Beltran-Munoz said he would be paid $600.

Renteria told deputies he had been deported several times in the past and he had prior arrests for smuggling marijuana, Gaffney said.

The men were booked into the Pinal County jail and face charges of possession of marijuana for sale, transportation of marijuana and possession of marijuana.


3 illegal border crossers nabbed near Picacho
4 hours ago  •  Kimberly Matas Arizona Daily Star


A high-speed chase in Pinal County Thursday ended in the arrests of three men in the U.S. illegally, but a dozen other men got away.

Just before 6 a.m. a Pinal County sheriff's deputy attempted to stop a Ford F-150 truck westbound on Interstate 10 near Eloy northwest of Picacho, after he saw the driver commit several traffic violations, Tim Gaffney, spokesman for the Pinal County Sheriff's Office, said in a news release.

When the deputy activated his emergency lights, the driver of the truck accelerated to speeds in excess of 90 miles per hour.

"The vehicle then slowed and drove on the dirt shoulder near the right-of-way fence. The vehicle then drove northbound smashing through the fence and into the open desert," Gaffney said. "After driving for approximately 250 yards, the vehicle stopped and 12 Hispanic males ran into the desert."

The deputy found three men hiding under a tarp in the bed of the truck. The men admitted they were in the United States illegally, Gaffney said.

The men were turned over to the U.S. Border Patrol. The truck was seized by the PCSO.


Feds seize 10 tons of marijuana at Arizona border
By Associated Press
Originally published: Nov 19, 2013 - 6:37 am


NOGALES, Ariz. -- Federal officials are reporting a record seizure of marijuana at an Arizona crossing on the U.S.-Mexico border.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection officials have scheduled a Tuesday afternoon news conference to provide details on the seizure of more than 10 tons of marijuana at the Mariposa port of entry on the outskirts of Nogales.

That busy crossing point is used by commercial traffic, including trucks hauling Mexican produce into the United States.

According to the CPB, the haul surpassed the previous record seizure in Arizona of 14,121 pounds, or slightly over 7 tons, of marijuana on Jan. 15.

The agency said the marijuana is valued at more than $10.1 million.


Note:  Unusual story for Tucson media, don't even think about the Goldwater Range.  

Hundreds of undocumented immigrants captured at southern Arizona military post
Posted: Nov 17, 2013 5:41 PM by Tom McNamara and Paul Birmingham 
Updated: Nov 18, 2013 2:48 AM  


TUCSON - How secure are U.S. military installations? You would think the answer is: very.

But, as the News 4 Tucson Investigators uncovered, one installation, right here in southern Arizona, continues to face potential outside security risks, and the problem doesn't seem to be getting any better.

Fort Huachuca is only 15 miles north of our state's border with Mexico.

The Army post covers more than 73,000 acres. In many parts, the terrain is steep and rugged.

Much of the work that goes on at Fort Huachuca is classified but, as the News 4 Tucson Investigators learned, keeping people who don't belong there out, proves to be a difficult mission.

Fort Huachuca is home of the U.S. Army Intelligence Center and the U.S. Army Network Enterprise Technology Command. It's also the site of hundreds of apprehensions of illegal immigrants each year.

Dave Stoddard, a former U.S. Border Patrol supervisor tells the News 4 Tucson Investigators, "I think the average American should be petrified."

Stoddard knows the area well. He grew up in Cochise county, served in the U.S. Army, and has even testified before Congress about illegal immigration.

"That smuggling operation going through there is very very sophisticated. They've been getting by with it for years. They know the formula. They know the routine," Stoddard says.

The News 4 Tucson Investigators have learned that in fiscal year 2013, there were 331 undocumented immigrants apprehended on Fort Huachuca. In fiscal year 2012, that number was 112. There were 96 undocumented immigrants captured on-post in fiscal 2011.

Stoddard tells the News 4 Tucson Investigators, Fort Huachuca's location in the Huachuca mountains makes it an attractive illegal entry point for border-crossers.

"Once they get into the Huachucas, there is a very worn and established trail though there," Stoddard says.

Stoddard says the problems of illegal immigrants slipping onto the post isn't a new one.

"The military chooses to close its eyes and ignore it," Stoddard says.

In fact, officials at Fort Huachuca refused the News 4 Tucson Investigator's request for an on-camera interview on the issue, saying "apprehending undocumented immigrants is a Department of Homeland Security mission and not a D.o.D. one."

Stoddard says he worries about the possibility that weapons could also be coming across the border, and through Fort Huachuca. 

"When you look at the photographs of these aliens coming through the border, and some coming through Fort Huachuca, with backpacks weighing 30 to 50 pounds, who knows what's in there really?" Stoddard says.

For his part, Stoddard tells the News 4 Tucson Investigators, he believes the solution is simple.

"Our immigration laws work, they're just not enforced, and therein is the problem," Stoddard says.

The News 4 Tucson Investigators also asked Representative Ron Barber about the problem of undocumented immigrants on Fort Huachuca. 

"I feel very strongly that the fort has good security, and the numbers are not huge, when you consider the large number of people that are apprehended across the border. But, anytime we have an incursion we have to be concerned about it," Barber says.

Barber holds a key leadership position on the House Committee on Homeland Security.

"I've been there many many times, and I know that nobody's going to get near any of those secure buildings or assets. The military is well equipped to protect them, and I know they do," Barber says.

If you have something you would like us to investigate, email the News 4 Tucson Investigators at investigators@kvoa.com, or call our tipline at (520) 955-4444.


Find 8 bodies in narco graves by Navojoa, Son

Son 6 hombres y 2 mujeres, Hallan 8 cuerpos en narcofosas
Detalles Publicado el Martes 19 de Noviembre de 2013, 
Escrito por Redacción / El Diario



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