Note: lot of local stuff
Shootout between SONOYTA AND ROCKY POINT ( KM 87 )
Thursday, November 21, 2013
A shootout was recorded Thursday morning near the town of Sonoyta , where authorities in Sonoyta and Puerto Peñasco and are concentrated at kilometer 87 of the highway between the municipalities , which has insured vehicles involved in the shooting.
Everything began with the execution of a person , who until his identity is unknown , but it could be an important piece of organized crime gangs operating in that region , unofficial sources said .
The police and municipal police corporations , state investigator , state and public security, and the Navy patrol the region's roads, while the alert were launched to neighboring police corporations that criminals could seek refuge in the town of Caborca .
We will be watching to unveil more details and facts made known officially.
Photo courtesy of Newspaper Front
Members of Douglas family sentenced in money laundering operation
Posted: Nov 21, 2013 10:22 AM
by Faye DeHoff
PHOENIX - Several members of a Douglas family have been sentenced in a large-scale money laundering operation dating back to 2006.
Arizona Attorney General Tom Horne says Gilberto Escalante, the head of the Escalante family, was sentenced to an aggravated sentence of eight years in prison after pleading guilty to one count of money laundering. His ex-wife, Niomi Escalante, and sister, Angelica Escalante, were both given a sentence of five years' probation. Niomi was also ordered to pay back approximately $21,000 to the State of Arizona for fraud committed against the AHCCCS and food stamp system as part of her plea.
The plea agreements for all individuals required that the defendants forfeit all interest in the property located at 2902 N. Udall Street in Pirtleville, Arizona. This 36-acre property was purchased in 2007 by Angelica Escalante and Niomi Escalante while Gilberto Escalante was in prison serving a sentence for a conviction of Conducting an Illegal Enterprise, stemming from his drug trafficking activities.
While in prison, he directed the construction of a 2,500 square foot home and a 3,000 square foot horse stable. This property was purchased and built with the money derived from Gilberto Escalante's illegal activities. Gilberto Escalante was convicted in 1992 of Conspiracy to Possess with the Intent to Distribute Marijuana. In 2005, he was convicted in Pima County Superior Court of Illegally Conducting an Enterprise, again stemming from drug trafficking activities.
The property has been forfeited to the State of Arizona as the proceeds of racketeering offenses and will be sold. The proceeds of this sale will go towards supporting further law enforcement efforts targeted at investigating and prosecuting other racketeering offenses.
This case was investigated by the Border Crimes Enforcement Section of the Arizona Attorney General's Office, the Douglas Police Department, and the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration.
'Mobile consulate' coming to Safford
Posted: Tuesday, November 19, 2013 12:00 am
By David Bell firstname.lastname@example.org
CLIFTON — Residents of Graham, Greenlee and northern Cochise counties who require the services of the Mexican Consulate soon won't have to make the trip to Douglas.
Oscar Francisco Holguin Gonzalez, acting Mexican consul in Douglas, said his office will stage a mobile consulate at Southeastern Arizona Community Action Program, 253 W. 5th St., Safford, on Dec. 14 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Gonzalez said Safford was chosen as the most accessible center point for those coming north from Willcox, east from Duncan and south from Morenci and Clifton.
Consulates offer a number of services to both American and Mexican citizens, including:
• Tourism information
• Citizenship and naturalization
• Acquisitions by foreigners
• Constitution of trusts
• Warrant or letter rogatory
• Other official government paperwork processing such as travel visas
Gonzalez was a guest speaker at the Growing Greenlee stakeholders meeting in Clifton on Wednesday. In addition to the mobile consulate, he talked about expanding trade and economic development along the border.
"The United States and Mexico are strategic economic allies; Mexico is the second most important trade partner for the U.S.," Gonzalez said.
Mexico is also the top trade partner with the State of Arizona, totaling about $13.4 billion. There are about 1.6 million Mexicans living in the state.
"We are looking at fostering sustained economic growth," Gonzalez said. "Mexican demand and purchasing power is growing."
Note: Unlike the other rumor that he, Emma and the kids are living in Tucson. computer english
Deputy Minister of Defence believes " El Chapo " is in Honduras
NOVEMBER 20, 2013
MEXICO , DF ( ap ) . - The armed forces of Honduras revealed today that they have grounds for suspecting the presence of Mexican drug lord Joaquin El Chapo Guzman on its territory.
In an interview with the newspaper El Mundo, the deputy defense minister of the Central American country , Carlos Roberto Funes , said that El Chapo controls the movement of drugs and Honduran criminal groups " are children of Mexican cartels ," but now , he said , is have been linked to dangerous maras (gangs ) , what has given more firepower , despite the supposed truce signed six months ago.
"In the clashes have found Mexicans in our country, but also Colombian and Venezuelan pilots ," said Funes.
According to Deputy Minister of Defense , for years Honduras has become a headache for the U.S., which has seen in 2011 seized 21 tons of cocaine and in 2013 only two.
But not only that , with a size slightly larger than Castile and Leon , in the Central American country , said there are about 200 clandestine airstrips , most of which are located in the Mosquito , an inhospitable region east where passes , by land or by sea , 80 % of the cocaine that arrives by sea to the United States.
According Funes, in the last three years the Honduran authorities have destroyed between 80 and 100 air strips , " but people who live in the place , you feel part of the business , re- repair ," he said .
"Right now we have between 180 and 200 illegal air strips in the country. Tracks are a mile long , but recently found a 2.5 km long . The cartels are preparing to bring in larger aircraft , "he said to El Mundo.
He explained that to build these tracks, the drug moves heavy machinery and used car batteries used to illuminate at night.
On October 18 , the National Civil Police (PNC ) of Guatemala announced the arrest of two alleged Sinaloa cartel operators , Antonio Pompa, Toño , and Wilmar Anavisca , el chino, who were apprehended in the Department of Petén , where the criminal organization led by Joaquin El Chapo Guzman has one of their bases of operations.
Falls ' shooter ' with ' goat horn ' , AR -15 rifle and drugs
Details Published on Thursday November 21 2013 ,
Written by Editorial Staff / The Journal
Agents also confiscated a gun PEI type .40 caliber squad .
State Police Investigating assigned Baviácora operational base , in coordination with the Municipal Public Security elements , yesterday arrested a subject in possession of three firearms and 235 bundles containing marijuana and "crystal " .
Adam is Cristian Castro Miranda , 26 years old , who is domiciled in the South Hill neighborhood , in this population. Miranda Castro has record for burglary and assault public officials.
The police elements placed Cristian Adam, who was wearing a backpack and noting the presence of official units attempted to flee , and was immediately secured .
To perform a review we found inside the backpack 205 clear plastic bags containing marijuana inside , likewise, he found a leather bag which contained 30 plastic wrappers made in which he had the synthetic drug known as "crystal " .
When questioned about the drug said it was found in a place that is close to your home , run on the grass , three guns and backpack with drugs mentioned above.
The elements of the PEI and Cristian Municipal Police questioned Adam about such weapons, and arrested today said she has kept in the courtyard of his home , delivering them , being these two rifles : AR -15 rifle .223 caliber , with two magazines containing 49 rounds of ammunition , and an AK -47 7.62 x 39 with a charger supplied with 12 rounds of ammunition . Besides a .40 caliber handgun mm with a charger that had a useful cartridge .