Wednesday, April 2, 2014



Mostly Local interest.

Note: Don't forget the 7 dead last week after dropping off a load on the res.

Border Patrol agent shoots 2 tribal members after attack in Sells
By Associated Press
Originally published: Mar 31, 2014 - 6:21 pm

TUCSON, Ariz. -- Authorities say a U.S. Border Patrol agent working on the Tohono O'odham Nation in southern Arizona has shot and wounded two tribal members.
U.S. Customs and Border Protection officials say the agent was standing outside his marked vehicle when the driver of a truck tried to ram him early Monday near the San Miguel Gate in Sells.

Tucson TV station KVOA reported two of the three people inside the truck were wounded. Their names haven't been released yet.

CBP officials say the unidentified agent suffered non-life threatening injuries when the truck struck his driver's side door. The tribal members were taken to a hospital and the agent was put on paid administrative leave.

The FBI and the tribal police are investigating the incident and authorities say charges are pending.


Note: the first english language news on this. Just south of Yuma. Many local folks and snowbirds go there for the dental clinics.
First reported:

Three dead in Algodones shooting
Posted: Monday, March 31, 2014 6:10 pm | Updated: 8:07 pm, Mon Mar 31, 2014.
Posted on Mar 31, 2014by Amy Crawford

UPDATED 8:04 p.m. -- Details are still emerging about a shooting in Los Algodones, Baja Calif., that left three people dead Friday.
Officials at the U.S. Port of Entry at Andrade, Calif., say they did take extra precautions Friday evening following reports of the shooting, but the port was not closed.

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Port Director David Sarrasin said Mexican authorities notified the port at about 6 p.m. that evening about a shooting at a nearby dentist office in which three men were killed execution style.
"That is basically all the information we received," Sarrasin said. "We did increase our security posture."
According to the website, four men armed men wearing hoods over their heads entered the office of Samaniego Dental Lab, located between Third Street and Y alley, and shot the three men inside multiple times at close range with pistols, killing them.
The victims were identified as Francisco Javier Samaniego Martinez, Isaias Lizarraga Borquez, and Pedro Eduardo Ibarra Robles, according to David Alberto Lozano Blancas, coordinator for the organized crime division in Mexicali, Baja California. Blancas provided this information during an interview with Fox KECY-TV in Yuma.
"I want to mention that the three bodies have been identified and returned to their families," the official said.
Blancas added that Martinez had been wanted on murder charges.
"We have received testimonies, made tests and we are advancing with the investigation," he said.
Alex Romero, who lives near the town of Pachuca, was on his way home shortly after the shooting and stopped at a gas station to ask what had happened.
"There were police all over the city and streets were blocked off," Romero said.
He said he was shocked after hearing what had happened.
"Nothing like this ever happens in Algodones," he said. "It is a quiet little town."
The four suspects were last seen leaving the area in a blue or green colored 1994 Honda with Arizona plates, according to the web site.
Algodones Municipal Police said the shooting is drug-related and could be in response to a killing in February at a ranch in the neighboring town of Pachuca in which another man was murdered.


Note: Interesting local event / story at 0200. Sasabe / El Sasabe ?

Tucson teen says he was shot by Mexican soldiers
8 hours ago • By Perla Trevizo

José Javier Rodrigues Amaya is recovering in Tucson from two gunshot wounds he received while visiting his parents in the border town of Sasabe, Sonora, late last month.

The 19-year-old Tucson native and two other American friends were driving around town past 2 a.m. after drinking at a local bar, when he said two men, who they believe were Mexican soldiers dressed in beige military outfits, started shooting at them.

First the men shot one of the car's rear tires, then a bullet hit Rodrigues Amaya in his right arm and another came through his back and shattered, damaging part of his liver and lung, and breaking a rib.

U.S. officials have requested that Mexican authorities conduct a full investigation into the incident, said Mark Johnson, a spokesman with the U.S. Embassy in Mexico. Johnson said he couldn't comment on the state of that investigation.

The Mexican federal police in Sonora have not said whether they are investigating the incident, which took place on March 22.

From his aunt's home in South Tucson, Rodrigues Amaya said he wants justice.
He lost his job washing cars at a local dealership, which was helping support his family back in Sasabe, and he knows the medical bills will start coming.

His mother, Julia Amaya, said the white pickup truck with Arizona license plates that the teen was driving is riddled with more than a dozen bullet holes.

After Rodrigues Amaya was shot, he opened the driver's door of the truck and fell down. He asked his friends to find his father, who then took him to the Sasabe Port of Entry. There, Customs and Border Protection officers performed first aid until the helicopter arrived.

Later, the soldiers told police the teens had sped past a checkpoint, Rodrigues Amaya said. "But I live there, and there's never been checkpoints in the middle of the town," he said.
He said he did not speed past anything, since he was just learning how to drive stick shift and could not go very fast. There were also no indication they were going through a checkpoint, he said.


Man gets probation for drug run
Posted: Tuesday, April 1, 2014 8:28 am

A 21-year-old man caught trying to smuggle 344 pounds of marijuana through Santa Cruz County was sentenced to three years of probation, including 60 days in jail.
Asrian Millan Mata, a U.S. citizen who resides in Nogales, Sonora, was sentenced by Judge James A. Soto on March 24 at Santa Cruz County Superior Court after he pleaded guilty to one count of solicitation/unlawful possession of marijuana for sale, a Class 4 felony.
According to his pre-sentence report, at around 10 a.m. on April 9, 2013, a U.S. Border Patrol agent tried to stop a white Jeep Cherokee on State Route 82 near Nogales. The driver, later identified as Millan, abandoned the vehicle at Sierra del Sol and tried to flee on foot. He was caught, and agents discovered the pot load in the SUV.
During an interview with an agent from the HIDTA Task Force, Millan reportedly said that he had pulled off the roadway near Kino Springs, and a group of backpackers came out of the nearby woods and began loading up his SUV. Meanwhile, Millan remained in contact via telephone with a man he knew only as "Mochale," who instructed him to drop off the pot load at the K-Mart parking lot.
At one point, Millan reportedly said he expected to be paid $3,000 for the drug run, while at another he said the amount was $1,000.


Note: interdictions seem to have picked up quite a bit in past month or so.

Marijuana found in vehicle's tires at Douglas port

DOUGLAS, Ariz. (AP) -- Customs and Border Patrol says a smuggling attempt was thwarted when 213 pounds of marijuana were found inside the tires of a vehicle at the Douglas port of entry.

CBP says the marijuana with an estimated street value of $106,500 was found in all five of the vehicles' tires during an inspection Friday.

A 31-year-old man from the Mexican border city of Agua Prieta who was driving the vehicle was arrested. The man's identity was not released.


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