Thursday, February 20, 2014



Note: Mostly local, with 2 or more dead in Nogales, and grenade, 1 AR15 and 3 AK clones recovered.

Illegal activity continued at tunnel house after bust
The house at 174 E. Summit Place as seen at approximately 1:30 p.m. on Wednesday.
Posted: Wednesday, February 19, 2014 2:30 pm | Updated: 1:43 pm, Thu Feb 20, 2014.
Nogales International

Border Patrol agents in Nogales captured a group of undocumented immigrants coming out of a house that had been raided five days earlier during the bust of an extensive cross-border smuggling tunnel.

The 13 suspects were arrested Saturday, Feb. 15 after they tried to exit a home at 174 E. Summit Place that had served as the northern terminus of the tunnel. The 481-foot completed passageway, the longest ever found in Ambos Nogales, was discovered by an ICE-led task force on Monday, Feb. 10.
CBP spokesman Brandon S. Cagle confirmed the arrest of the migrants on Wednesday in response to a query from the Nogales International, which came after rumors surfaced that the house was still being used for illegal activity. He originally said the arrest had occurred on Feb. 18, but corrected the date to Feb. 15 on Thursday.
If the suspects entered the home on East Summit after the Feb. 10 bust without using the tunnel, or if they were in the home at the time and managed to hide out for five more days, it was not clear how they went undetected.
"The home has been under constant around-the-clock surveillance since the tunnel discovery and surveillance will continue until its remediation in the very near future," Cagle said in an emailed response.

However, the house was not taped off or closely guarded on Tuesday morning, Feb. 11, when an NI reporter went to the scene to take photographs. The door had been pried by force and remained open at the time.
By Wednesday, Feb. 19, yellow tape had been strung in front of the residence, but much of it had been pulled down. The front door was partially open, with a metal-bar exterior door closed in front of it. A four-foot strip of thin red tape sealed the door to its frame.
An NI photographer spent about 15 minutes at the scene around 1:30 p.m. and did not see any law enforcement officers at the property.

If the 13 suspects arrested Tuesday had come through the tunnel, it was not clear when or how. Mexican military and Sonoran police personnel were at the southern terminus starting the night of Feb. 10, and remained on scene through the next day, when they called in a backhoe to begin digging it out.
As of Feb. 11, a metal grate plugged the top of the tunnel inside a home in the Buenos Aires neighborhood of Nogales, Sonora. Even without the grate, the opening appeared too small to fit a person, suggesting that it had been used only to pass drug parcels into the passageway.
However, it appeared possible for people to access the passageway through the area that had been excavated by the authorities outside the home.
"In addition to the temporary sealing of the tunnel exit within the house, Government of Mexico officials intend to seal off the entrance which originates in Mexico," Cagle said on Wednesday. "No further information is available at this time."
Three men – two Mexican nationals and a U.S. citizen – were arrested on the Arizona side during the original Feb. 10 takedown. U.S. authorities also seized more than 640 pounds of marijuana and a half-pound of heroin during the operation. Mexican authorities also pulled 14 packages of marijuana, each weighing approximately 26 pounds, from their end of the tunnel.

(Reporting by Manuel C. Coppola, Jonathan Clark and Cesar Barron.)

Border agencies to offer Citizen's Academy in Spanish
Posted: Wednesday, February 19, 2014 9:50 pm | Updated: 9:55 pm, Wed Feb 19, 2014.
From staff reports

Beginning in March, the Yuma Sector Border Patrol, the Port of San Luis, and the Office of Air and Marine will join ranks to host an integrated U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Citizen's Academy presented in the Spanish language.
The program will offer local residents and community leaders an inside look into a wide variety of measures employed to secure southwestern Arizona beginning at the border and extending into the interior of the United States. Applications will be accepted through March 3.

Throughout the course, attendees will be familiarized with CBP's mission and participate in interactive demonstrations. The hands-on classes will include lessons about defensive tactics, tracking and inspections for prohibited items. Participants will also receive a border tour and learn about each component's distinct roles and responsibilities, as well as their integrated mission to secure America's borders.

Classes will meet from 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. every Thursday at the Yuma Border Patrol Sector Headquarters, 4035 S. Avenue A, beginning on March 13.
The Citizen's Academy is a physically demanding experience, so participants must be in good physical condition and able to walk extended distances on unstable terrain. A limited background check is required.
Applications are available at the Yuma Sector Headquarters, 4035 South Avenue A, as well as at the Port of San Luis. The academy is limited to 20 participants.

For more information, contact the Yuma Sector Border Community Liaison office at 341-6559, or CBP Supervisory Officer Reggie Smith at 627-8854 Ext. 347. Applications will be accepted through March 3, 2014.


Note: Monday poll on legalization of marijuana in Nogales, Son.

¿Apoya la legalización de marihuana en México?
Ver resultados para:
SI 29.0% NO 71.0%
Inicio de Votacion: 2014-02-17


Note: an earlier poll on self defense movement

¿Está a favor o' en contra de los grupos autodefensa, como los de Michoacán?
Ver resultados para:
Inicio de Votacion: 2014-01-07


Posted February 18, 2014 , 5:03 a.m.
Two bodies found
The two bodies were taken to the local morgue for autopsy appropriate .
They also said weapons, vehicles , 450 kilos of marijuana and Grenade , one is they identified
Hiram G. Machi
Nogales , Sonora. - New Day

The bodies of two people were found in a residence where on Sunday a man was fatally wounded in the same place the authorities also seized assault rifles , one Grenade , cartridges , magazines and three vehicles , as well as 450 kilos of marijuana among other tactical items .

This was released minutes after one o'clock in the afternoon when the STATE, federal and military authorities arrived at the marked property with 308 Alley Bernal in Chulavista colony where it was injured 24 hours before Alfonso Valencia Soto , 34 Cajeme old resident who died in the General Hospital .

Following several utensils were found in a suitcase that carried the victim, such as assault rifle cartridges , tape and other instruments of torture , the authorities requested the search warrant and enter on Monday found the bodies of two people, one of them is Antonio Peña Jorge Estrada, 22 years of age , residing in the colony El Rastro

The investigating State Police said in a statement that at the home were 48 packs made ​​of clear tape containing marijuana with an approximate weight of 450 kilograms .

In addition to three vehicles, a sedan four-door Buick Regal line , golden color, 1998 model , a Chevrolet van line Trail Blazer , 2006 white model , reported as stolen in the city of Nogales , dated 07 January 2014 and a van Tahoe , Chevrolet, 2003 model , white color, reported as stolen in Ciudad Juarez, Chihuahua, dated September 17, 2013 .

Secured weapons are three AK- 47 rifles supplied with loaded magazines and a AR- 15 with the same, along with a shotgun with seven rounds of ammunition. The place is also secured three radios Motorola brand and two carriers .

Until press time not released the identity of the other person executed and secrecy was kept as to the facts, but a line of research points out that the shooting could have been done from the outside as some of the furniture and doors for damage , just as a confrontation between them involved that resulted in the death of three is not ruled out .

Note that the residence had monitoring equipment through CCTV cameras were seized items as evidence circuit.


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