Monday, December 9, 2013

AZMEX UPDATE 3-12-13 b


Woman sought in Arizona killing arrested at border
By Associated Press
Originally published: Dec 3, 2013 - 10:48 am

BULLHEAD CITY, Ariz. -- A woman sought in a 2011 killing in Mohave County was arrested when she entered the United States from Mexico.

According to the Mohave Daily News, Bullhead City police said 35-year-old Nora Yesenia Sandoval was arrested last week when she crossed the border at a port in Calexico, Calif.

A warrant charging Sandoval with murder in the killing of 36-year-old Raymond Sanchez was issued in September.

Sanchez had been stabbed more than 80 times and his body was dumped after being wrapped in plastic shower curtains.

Sandoval had been a fugitive since fleeing the area to avoid a trial for methamphetamine sales. She was convicted in absentia and a warrant was issued for her arrest.<.p>


Wellton Border Patrol arrests 12 suspected smugglers
December 02, 2013 10:37 PM

U.S. Border Patrol agents from the Yuma Sector's Wellton Station arrested 12 suspected drug smugglers and seized a combined 535 pounds of marijuana the day after Thanksgiving.

According to Supervisory Border Patrol Agent Enrique Zarate of the Yuma Sector Public Affairs Office, the 12 suspected smugglers were all Mexican nationals who were in the country illegally.

They were apprehended Nov. 25 northeast of Papago Well, which is located on the Cabeza Prieta National Wildlife Refuge.

Agents also found 11 large backpacks of marijuana in close proximity to the apprehension site. The marijuana has an estimated street value of $267,500.

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Note: another cloned vehicle

CBP Says 'Rainy Weather Brings Huge Smuggling Attempts In Arizona'
By: Homeland Security Today Staff
12/03/2013 ( 9:30am)

In an effort to take advantage of southern Arizona's rainy weather, Mexican narco-traffickers attempted three over a weekend in late November to smuggle bundles of marijuana into the United States.

The first attempt occurred near Why, Ariz., when a Tucson Sector Border Patrol agent conducting surveillance in a remote area observed approximately 20 individuals carrying bundles of marijuana on their backs. Agents, along with a canine partner, were able to locate 32 bundles of marijuana weighing 1,556 pounds. All of the subjects absconded.

In the second attempt, according to Customs and Border Protection (CBP), Border Patrol agents stopped a Ford pickup truck on a remote dirt road near Whetstone, Ariz. The driver attempted to outrun the agents on foot. Inside the truck were 40 bundles of marijuana weighing 812 pounds. The driver was arrested and charged for smuggling narcotics. The truck and marijuana were seized.

In the final Sunday evening incident, Border Patrol agents responded to possible smuggling activity near St. David, Ariz., and observed a Dodge truck traveling on a dirt road with its headlights off. CBP said the truck was located a short time later, abandoned in a wash, with 1,851 pounds of marijuana inside. After an extensive search, agents were unable to locate the driver. The truck had been equipped with a siren and red and blue emergency style lights in the grille. Agents also found a set of binoculars and night vision goggles in the truck's cab. The truck and all contents were seized.

In total, agents seized a combined $2.1 million in marijuana.

"Narcotics traffickers use any means to move their products, including strapping the drugs to their backs, cloning vehicles and even trying to use the weather to their advantage," CBP said.

Homeland Security Today has extensively reported on the use of "cloned" vehicles by drug- and human-smugglers to clandestinely transport their illegal contraband into the US.


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