Tuesday, November 5, 2013



Note: photo & story on weapons & BP uniform recovered.

Note: what did the AP report somehow leave out?
"a 26-year-old Mexican citizen" (AZMEX UPDATE 4-11-13)

Arizona authorities arrest man after he rams patrol vehicle
By Associated Press
Originally published: Nov 5, 2013 - 11:11 am


PHOENIX -- A man is in custody, accused of ramming an Arizona Department of Public Safety patrol car.

DPS officials alleged that 26-year-old Angel Antonio Flores-Tirado was on his way to deliver supplies to members of a drug cartel at a rest stop near Casa Grande.

A DPS Highway Patrol officer stopped Flores-Tirado about 3 a.m. Monday on Interstate 10 in west Phoenix.

Authorities said Flores-Tirado put his pickup truck in reverse, rammed the patrol car and fled the scene. He was later arrested.

DPS said Flores-Tirado's truck was loaded with survival gear, food, beverages, multiple pairs of walking shoes and camouflage jackets, batteries and cell phones and a loaded 9mm glock handgun and ammunition.

Flores-Tirado is being held on suspicion of aggravated assault on police officer and other charges.


More on the story with video

Alleged drug cartel supplier rams DPS patrol car
by Tami Hoey
Posted on November 4, 2013 at 10:13 PM
Updated today at 6:15 AM

PHOENIX -- Department of Public Safety Officers have arrested a man who rammed his truck into an officer's patrol car, then fled.

Angel Antonio Flores Tirado, a 26-year-old Mexican citizen, appears to have been on his way to deliver supplies to members of a cartel Monday, when a DPS officer pulled him over for speeding on Interstate 10 near Wild Horse Pass.
When the officer approached the car, Flores reportedly put the truck into reverse and hit the officer's car. The impact was so swift that the officer says he had to jump out of the way to avoid being hit.
The DPS officer gave pursuit. Flores abandoned his vehicle near the gate of a private community in Sun Lakes. He had apparently left the vehicle in drive, so it rolled into the community's gate, causing some damage.

Chandler police located Flores a short time later near Alma School and Riggs road. Flores was taken into custody.
DPS says his truck was loaded with a significant amount of survival gear, along with food, beverages, clothing, multiple pairs of walking shoes and camouflage jackets.
Also found in the vehicle were multiple batteries and cell phones, along with a loaded 9 mm Glock handgun and ammunition.
Flores told DPS officers he was going to drop off the supplies at the rest area near Casa Grande.

According to the DPS, the suspect's statements, along with the items found in his truck, point to his likely involvement in an effort to resupply cartel members operating in the dessert. It is unknown at this time if the cartel members he was likely supporting were involved in human smuggling, drug smuggling, or both.
Flores was booked into the Maricopa County Sheriff's Office Jail for aggravated assault with a deadly weapon/dangerous instrument, aggravated assault of a police officer, unlawful flight from a law enforcement vehicle, false reporting to law enforcement, possession of weapon by prohibited person, and criminal damage.

The Arizona Department of Public Safety encourages the public to be vigilant and aware of potential organized criminal activity along Arizona's roadways and rest areas. If you witness such activity, contact your local law enforcement agency, or call 1-888-NO-GANGS.


Busy AZMEX Weekend

Nogalian, Rico Ricans arrested in smuggling attempts (persons from Nogales, AZ/SON and Rio Rico, AZ )
Posted: Tuesday, November 5, 2013 11:52 am | Updated: 12:00 pm, Tue Nov 5, 2013.
Nogales International


A Nogalian and two Rico Ricans were among five people arrested in separate smuggling attempts during a recent three-day period at local ports of entry.
The busts netted nearly $1.4 million in hard drugs and came at all three local ports.
The largest seizure involved a 40-year-old Rio Rico woman, who was taken into custody at the Mariposa Port of Entry on Friday after a U.S. Customs and Border Protection drug dog alerted to nearly 38 pounds of meth, worth more than $586,000, in her Chevrolet sedan.
That same day, at the same port, a 33-year-old Rio Rico man was arrested after a drug dog alerted to the presence of drugs in his Volkswagen sedan. CBP officers later removed nearly 22 pounds of cocaine, valued at almost $200,000, from the vehicle's fuel tank.
Also on Friday, a 38-year-old Mexican man was arrested when he attempted to enter the United States through the DeConcini Port of Entry with more than 9 pounds of meth stashed in the fenders of his Nissan sedan. The drugs, valued at nearly $146,000, were also detected by a CBP dog.
A 34-year-old Nogales woman was arrested on Thursday when she attempted to enter the U.S. through the Morley Pedestrian Gate with more than a pound of meth valued in excess of $17,000. The drugs were hidden under here spandex clothing, CBP said.
On Saturday morning, a 42-year-old male Mexican national was arrested after officers found more than 27.5 pounds of methamphetamine, worth nearly $427,000, hidden throughout a Buick sedan he was driving through the DeConcini port.
The suspects, whose names were not released, were referred to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's Homeland Security Investigations. The drugs and vehicles were processed for seizure.
"The hard work and dedication of our CBP officers is evident in the number and types of seizures we are seeing," said Guadalupe Ramirez, CBP's port director in Nogales. "Continued vigilance remains our priority."


Border Patrol agents have busy weekend of arrests, seizures
November 04, 2013 3:52 PM

U.S. Border Patrol agents from the Yuma Sector arrested three drug smuggling suspects and a convicted sex offender who was trying to enter the country illegally and seized $780,000 worth of methamphetamine in separate incidents during the weekend.

Border Patrol agents with the Yuma Station arrested a convicted sex offender early Monday morning during an illegal attempt to enter the country east of San Luis, Ariz.
A background check of the Mexican national revealed multiple felony convictions for rape, sexual battery and burglary dating back to 1998.
The man had also been deported to Mexico on five previous occasions; the latest being in May 2013, through the San Ysidro Port of Entry.
His case will be turned over to the U.S. Attorney's Office.

On Saturday, Blythe Station agents apprehended two U.S. citizens on Interstate 10, near Intake Boulevard, after finding 24 pounds of meth hidden in the trunk of their car.

On Friday, a Mexican national with U.S. legal permanent resident status, attempted to drive through a Border Patrol checkpoint on Highway 95.

A canine unit alerted to the man's truck, however, leading to the discovery of nearly 42 pounds of meth hidden in the vehicle.

All three subjects and the narcotics were turned over to the Drug Enforcement Administration.

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

James Gilbert can be reached at jgilbert@yumasun.com or 539-6854. Find him on Facebook at www.Facebook.com/YSJamesGilbert or on Twitter @YSJamesGilbert.

Read more: http://www.yumasun.com/articles/border-90453-patrol-agents.html#ixzz2jpCh7uLj

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