Thursday, December 19, 2013


Note: Some "catch-up" for your weekend reading pleasure


BP agents seize $170K in pot
Posted: Wednesday, December 11, 2013 3:11 pm
From Staff Reports

Yuma Sector Border Patrol agents arrested 10 suspected drug smugglers and seized about 343 pounds of marijuana worth an estimated $170,000 Tuesday.
Agents patrolling the Cabeza Prieta National Wildlife Refuge found footprints near Davidson Canyon, and with the help of Customs and Border Protection Air Interdiction agents tracked the prints to a group 10 Mexican citizens who had entered the U.S. illegally. All 10 men were allegedly hauling backpacks full of pot.

The Border Patrol presented the men to the U.S. Attorney's Office for prosecution and seized the marijuana for destruction.


Arizona police: Detective in US illegally resigns
Source: United States News
Originally published: Dec 11, 2013 - 11:53 am

PHOENIX (AP) - Arizona's state police agency says one of its detectives has resigned following the discovery that she was in the United States illegally after being brought from Mexico at a young age.

Department of Public Safety spokesman Bart Graves says Carmen Figueroa apparently was told by her family that she was born in the United States, though she was actually born in Mexico.

Graves says Figueroa's status was discovered during processing of a passport application by a brother serving in the U.S. military.

Graves says Figueroa resigned Monday but would have been fired if she hadn't stepped down. He says a criminal investigation continues.

Figueroa worked for DPS in southern Arizona and was with the department for 10 years.
Her status was first reported by Tucson television station KVOA.


Pima Sheriff: Man found dead in desert was kidnapped
Body found on SW side is ID'd
Veronica Cruz
Fabian Maldonado-Leon (mug shot?)
11 hours ago • By Veronica Cruz

A man found dead in the desert Monday on Tucson's southwest side was the victim of a kidnapping, the Pima County Sheriff's Department said.

Fabian Maldonado-Leon, 22, was kidnapped from an apartment complex near South Campbell Avenue and East Irvington Road and the suspect demanded money for his return, Deputy Tracy Suitt, an agency spokesman said in a news release.

Maldonado-Leon was found dead from a gunshot wound Monday morning near San Joaquin and Snyder Hill roads.

Anyone with information about the incident is asked to call 911 or 88-CRIME (882-7463).


Note: first reported in Mex. media a few days ago

CBP conducts full-scale binational exercise in local area
Photos courtesy of U.S. Customs and Border Protection
binational exercise
A suspect is apprehended during the drill.
Posted: Tuesday, December 10, 2013 9:48 am
Nogales International

Federal law enforcement led what they are calling one of the largest-ever readiness exercises on the U.S.-Mexico border last Thursday in the Ambos Nogales area.
Local U.S. Customs and Border Protection personnel, along with their Mexican, Tohono O'odham tribal and Arizona law enforcement counterparts were all part of the simulation that involved "multiple challenges of international significance," CBP said in a news release.
"Participants were required to make difficult decisions while carrying out essential functions and maintaining a common operating picture – law enforcement lingo for 'cross-organizational communication,'" CBP said.
The main areas of focus were the responding capabilities of federal, state and local law enforcement; mass rescue operations; responding to potential casualties; survivor accountability and public information outreach.
"Not only did this exercise involve dozens of partner agencies, it also extended across borders. This is particularly important in the southwest region where cross-border events occur on a daily basis," said Martin Vaughan, acting commander of Arizona's Joint Field Command in Tucson.
"This was one of the largest full-scale exercises ever conducted along the shared U.S. and Mexican border," Vaughan said. "Lessons learned (Thursday) will enable us to improve close-working relationships between our international, federal, state, local and industry partners."


Note: For all you staff and tech types. No idea if he is related to Miguel Ángel Osorio Chong.

Mexico's National Institute Of Immigration Selects ARINC's E-Government Solution For Enhanced Accountability And Improved Border Security
12/12/2013 ( 8:26am)

ARINC Incorporated announced it was selected by the Mexican Government's National Institute of Immigration (INM) to deploy an international network and message processing solution. ARINC's e-Government solution supports Mexico's immigration policies and enables the government to improve its ability to process individuals entering and exiting the country.

Mexico's National Institute of Immigration needed an efficient method to collect Advanced Passenger Information (API) and turn that data into useful information. The solution will allow government and airport authorities to review passenger information even before aircraft land at their airport of destination. This will enable the Mexican government to benefit greatly from improved control of passengers as well as enhanced accounting for tariffs paid by inbound, outbound, and transit passengers. INM believes that it will have a positive impact on its border operations and will enhance Mexico's overall border security and control.

With over 250 commercial airlines operating in Mexico, ARINC will transport a majority of all API traffic into the country once final airline implementations are complete. ARINC will carry out a rapid deployment for the Mexican government to meet the National Institute of Immigration's goal of having the system operational by December 31st, 2013.

"ARINC looks forward to a long and productive relationship with the government of Mexico and our close partners, INM," said Yun Chong, vice president, ARINC Global Network and IT Solutions. "Airports and other points of entry must meet border security requirements while still providing the highest levels of customer service. We are committed to helping INM meet its current and future border security and control objectives."

e-Government solutions form a part of ARINC's electronic borders' portfolio, which was developed to meet modern border security and government challenges. It utilizes ARINC's expertise in aviation, government, and maritime worldwide transportation, messaging, and systems integration to deliver the most efficient, cost-effective solutions possible.


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