Thursday, March 6, 2014



Note:  mostly local interest, with another gang shootout in AP 

Note:  Another setback for border security by feds and environmental religious cults. 

Feds designate areas of southern Arizona critical habitat for jaguars
By: By DiAngelea Millar/Cronkite News
Originally published: Mar 5, 2014 - 5:00 am


Note:  Another shootout between "delinquents" in Agua Prieta, Son (AP) neighborhood, across the fence from Douglas, AZ.  Several wounded, no deaths reported so far, several detained.  Five vehicles, eight long guns recovered so far.  Situation in the area continues to deteriorate.  
Links in Spanish.   

Poll from:  Elimparcial, Hermosillo, Son. 

¿Cree que la violencia que se presentó en AP, esté vinculada con la captura de "El Chapo" Guzmán?
Si 53.92% (158 Votos)    No  40.27% (118 Votos)   Son hechos aislados   5.8% (17 Votos)
Votos totales: 293


Border Patrol agents seize 1,171 pounds of pot
Posted: Wednesday, March 5, 2014 5:45 pm | Updated: 11:00 pm, Wed Mar 5, 2014.
From staff reports

Border Patrol agents from the Yuma Sector's Wellton Station seized a total of 1,171 pounds of marijuana valued at $526,950 during three separate incidents Tuesday.
In the first incident, agents patrolling near Gila Bend followed footprints from a remote desert location until they came across four abandoned backpacks containing 186.6 pounds of marijuana.
Later, agents assigned to the all-terrain vehicle unit were patrolling an area near Gila Bend, searching for suspected smugglers who had crossed the border, and spotted eight abandoned backpacks containing 393 pounds of marijuana.
In the third incident, agents tracking footprints of suspected illegal immigrants near Gila Bend encountered 11 abandoned backpacks containing 591.4 pounds of marijuana.
All seized contraband was transported to the Wellton Station for processing.

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.


Varela gets probation for money laundering scheme
Posted: Wednesday, March 5, 2014 10:23 am
Trisha Maldonado | Douglas Dispatch

On Feb. 21 former Arizona Department of Corrections officer, Bernardo Varela was sentenced to five years of supervised probation for money laundering charges stemming from an investigation that found marijuana trafficking proceeds being moved through bank accounts.
Court documents show that Varela pleaded guilty on Jan. 8 to said charges and entered into a plea agreement.
Varela resigned from the Department of Corrections after the Attorney General's Office interviewed him on Jan. 18, 2013.
The investigation was conducted by the Attorney General's Office, Douglas police and state Department of Corrections.
It found that deposits of large amounts of cash were made in banks in numerous states and withdrawn in Arizona by family members and associates of Varela.


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