Thursday, December 19, 2013



8 accused in $1.6M Tucson money laundering scheme
Posted: Dec 12, 2013 2:42 PM MST
Updated: Dec 12, 2013 3:01 PM MST
By Breann Bierman - email

Luis Villagrana and Julio Villagrana, who police are still looking for, are in the middle bottom of the photo.
Luis Villagrana and Julio Villagrana, who police are still looking for, are in the middle bottom of the photo.
Eight people have been identified for allegedly taking part in a $1.6 million money laundering scheme out of Tucson.

Two of the suspects are still on the run.

Arizona Attorney General Tom Horne said Armando Robles Urrea, Conception Suarez-Montijo, Gladis Celaya-Reuelas, Noemi Suarez-Montijo, Frank Babcock, and Maria Yvette Sanchez-Arvizu were involved in the laundering of drug trafficking proceeds through various bank accounts and a Tucson casino from June 2010 to May 2013.

Police said Sanchez-Arvizu is the ring leader and is accused of laundering more than $750,000 alone.

Through the investigation by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Homeland Security Investigations, Pima County Sheriff's Department and the Counter Narcotics Alliance, detectives also found a large shipment of marijuana that was sent to the East Coast by the group.

In October, officers intercepted an 84-pound load of pot that was sent through commercial shipping.

Luis Villagrana and Julio Villagrana were spotted Tuesday night but fled from officers and have not yet been located. If you have information, call 88-CRIME or 520-882-7463 if you're outside of Tucson.


2 men held after running from I-10 traffic stop
Posted: Dec 12, 2013 9:31 AM MST
Updated: Dec 12, 2013 12:36 PM MST

CASA GRANDE, Ariz. (AP) - Law enforcement officers apprehended two men who ran into the desert near Casa Grande Thursday morning after the Highway Patrol stopped their car on Interstate 10.

Department of Public Safety spokesman Raul Garcia says the men were taken into custody at a dairy farm several miles from I-10 after officers from several agencies set up a perimeter.

Garcia says circumstances of the incident raise the possibility that the men were involved with drug smuggling.

According to Garcia, weapons and a large quantity of marijuana were found in the car. Photos released later by the DPS spokesman showed the impounded car, two handguns and several backpacks.

He said that two females remained in the car while the two men fled.

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Suspects in camo gear flee traffic stop, leave guns, drugs behind
Video report by Bruce Haffner, Fort McDowell Casino News Chopper
Posted on December 12, 2013 at 8:51 AM
Updated today at 11:42 AM
Map: I-10 and McCartney Road

CASA GRANDE, Ariz. -- Two suspects who fled from a traffic stop outside Casa Grande were taken into custody Thursday morning.
According to Raul Garcia, the stop took place at about 7:20 a.m. along Interstate 10 near McCartney Road.
Aerial video from the Fort McDowell Casino News Chopper showed two guns on the roof of the suspects' vehicle.
Investigators reportedly also found marijuana in the vehicle's trunk.
The suspects, both of whom were wearing camouflage pants, fled into the desert.
Officers with DPS, Border Patrol, Pinal County Sheriff's Office and the Casa Grande Police Department fanned out to search the area for the suspects.
A Black Hawk helicopter was brought in to provide air support.
By 9:20 a.m. the suspects, who had apparently hidden inside a dairy barn about five miles away, were in custody.
Two women who also were in the vehicle are in custody, as well.
It's not clear what precipitated the initial traffic stop.
No other details were immediately available.


Camp Paisano installed in Km 18 With up to 350 cars
Details Published on Thursday 12 December, 2013 ,
Written by Diana Gastelum / The Journal

It will provide support and guidance to Mexican nationals admitted for this border.

With a capacity of up to 350 vehicles , was installed yesterday Camp Paisano 2013 at kilometer 18 of the highway Nogales -Hermosillo , which provide support and guidance to nationals admitted for this border.
In this regard, Claudio Aranda Auditors , Executive Coordinator of Trade Verification ( Cevce ) said the camp will be available for countrymen until 22 December.

He added that among the services offered is the parking area , rest , food, bathrooms plus phone and internet as well as transportation to the Agua Zarca checkpoint processing permits for cars or migration .
Arana Auditors noted that part of the purpose of this camp who is 10 years settling , is to promote the safest Sonora border state and the peasants know the various locations are there in the organization as well as provide information about the roads and detours because of repair work .

The Cevce official said the camp has a capacity to receive daily basis to 350 vehicles and an estimated two thousand people, while during the two week period installation treats between 25 thousand and 27 thousand civilians.

He said that this camp Paisano , is joining forces and working together of the three levels of government, who joins fellow countrymen to give a warm welcome to their country .
Auditors Arana said the flow of compatriots in recent years had fallen by the conditions of the U.S. economy and that the same could not travel often , but expected a rebound this year.


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