Saturday, April 19, 2014



Note: AZMEX UPDATES will be less regular over next few weeks.
Once we get some technical things sorted out, you will be able to access info on the archive / website.
That will also contain many updates, etc. that didn't make it to your inbox.
We can expect border activity to remain high, regardless of frequency of AZMEX UPDATES.

Note: Very seldom that news like this gets in media.

Investigation of Brown Fire centers on Mexican nationals
Fri, 04/18/2014 - 4:22pm

SIERRA VISTA — The U.S. Border Patrol is working with the U.S. Forest Service to determine if there is any connection between illegal immigrants who were apprehended in the Brown Canyon area earlier this week, and the Brown Fire that erupted in that area Sunday.
The Brown Fire had burned 240 acres as of Friday afternoon and necessitated a national-level response by a Type 1 Incident Management Team. The alarm brought hundreds of personnel and nearly a dozen supporting aircraft to fight the fire.

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Note: Following only applies to U.S citizens

Brown Canyon Temporarily Closed for Public Safety During Fire Suppression
Incident: Brown Fire Wildfire
Released: 4 days ago
Related Information
Closure Order and Map
Effective Immediately CONTACT: Heidi Schewel (520) 388-8484
Brown Canyon area temporarily closed
Public safety during fire suppression is objective

TUCSON AZ (April 15 2014) – A portion of the Sierra Vista Ranger District Coronado National Forest will be temporarily closed in the vicinity of the Brown Fire.
During the closure the following are prohibited:
Entering or using Brown Canyon Area west and areas northwest of Ramsey Canyon as shown in Exhibit A.
Being on Forest Service Road 5736 and Brown Canyon Ranch Road Forest Service Trail 115 116 117 122 123 129 103 and trails therein as shown in Exhibit A.
The purpose of the closure is to allow for public safety from hazards associated with emergency fire suppression activity on the Brown Fire

The area will remain closed until May 1 2014 or until the order is rescinded whichever is earlier.
Any violation of these prohibitions is punishable by a fine of not more than $5 000.00 for individuals $10 000.00 for organizations and/or imprisonment for not more than six months.
For further information please contact the Sierra Vista Ranger District at (520) 378-0311.

The USDA Forest Service is an equal opportunity provider and employer.

ADOT warns of truck blockade at Arizona ports
Posted: Friday, April 18, 2014 8:58 am | Updated: 9:29 am, Fri Apr 18, 2014.
Nogales International

Mexican truckers are upset about their treatment at Arizona ports of entry and could blockade the ports if conditions don't improve, state authorities say.
Truckers in Nogales, Ariz. and Nogales, Sonora threatened to blockade Arizona's ports of entry, citing concerns over the high number of inspections and fines, as well as the high number of trucks placed "out of service" by U.S. federal safety inspectors, according to a news release issued by the Arizona Department of Transportation on Wednesday.
In addition, the truckers complained the fines and "out of service" rulings are disproportionately higher at Arizona's ports of entry than at ports in Texas and California.
The truckers reportedly gave a March 20 deadline for the blockade, but "the efforts of many officials have helped stave off that threat for now," the release said.
ADOT "doesn't take a position on the merits of these grievances," but in light of the importance of cross-border trade to Arizona's economy, the agency is urging the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration to consider these complaints and resolve the issues in order to avoid a blockade, according to the release.
"A blockade would have detrimental and long-standing repercussions for Nogales and the entire Sinaloa-Sonora-Arizona corridor as Arizona looks to enhance competitiveness with other U.S. border states," said ADOT director John Halikowski.
"The United States and Mexico are engaged in a high-level dialogue to promote competitiveness and connectivity along with fostering economic growth and productivity," he said. "But without an effective and efficient border, our two nations would not be able to reach their maximum potential. Our work on the border is critical to Arizona's and the nation's future."
Vehicular traffic at Arizona's ports of entry has risen in recent years, from 15 million cars in 2012 to 16.3 million cars in 2013. Truck traffic increased from 754,000 crossings in 2012 to 763,000 crossings in 2013. Train crossings also increased from 1,300 in 2012 to 1,730 in 2013.
"Arizona and our federal partners have been working tirelessly to ensure that our ports of entry are modernized so that we can remain competitive with other border states," said Margie Emmermann, executive director of the Arizona-Mexico Commission.


6 suspected smugglers, 12 illegal immigrants arrested
Posted: Thursday, April 17, 2014 3:15 pm | Updated: 3:21 pm, Thu Apr 17, 2014.
From staff reports

Yuma Sector Border Patrol agents arrested six suspected drug smugglers, seized 313 pounds of marijuana worth an estimated $156,500 and apprehended 12 illegal immigrants during several incidents on Wednesday.
During one incident, agents patrolling in the Cabeza Prieta National Wildlife Refuge reportedly observed a group of individuals walking through the desert carrying large backpacks. When an Air and Marine helicopter responded to the area, the six individuals reportedly dropped their backpacks and attempted to flee. Agents apprehended all of them and then backtracked their trail to the six backpacks, which allegedly contained marijuana.

The suspected smugglers and pot were transported to the Wellton Station for processing.
During several other incidents throughout southwest Yuma County on Wednesday, 12 illegal immigrants were picked up after crossing the border. Two of the illegal immigrants were Brazilian, four were Guatemalan, five were Romanian and one was from India.

According to a press release, the Yuma Sector has observed an overall increase in illegal immigration originating from countries other than Mexico recently.



Romanians, Guatemalans caught at border in Arizona
By Associated Press
Originally published: Apr 18, 2014 - 1:01 pm

SAN LUIS, Ariz. -- Border Patrol agents caught a group of Guatemalans who illegally crossed the U.S.-Mexico border on one side of San Luis and a group of Romanians on the other.

Yuma Sector spokesman Douglas Choi said the groups separately crossed the border in southwestern Arizona on Thursday.

He said four Guatemalans got over the three-fence barrier on the east side of San Luis, probably using ladders provided by smugglers.

According to Choi, five Romanians crossed the border through the bed of the Colorado River on the west side of San Luis.

Choi said aside from Mexican nationals there's also a stream of people Central America, South America, India and Romania crossing in the Yuma Sector.


Human-smuggling busts yield 10 suspects and a handgun
Two Chinese nationals were discovered in the trunk of this Ford Taurus at the Interstate 19 checkpoint.
Posted: Friday, April 18, 2014 4:56 pm | Updated: 5:29 pm, Fri Apr 18, 2014.
Nogales International

Border Patrol agents in Santa Cruz County arrested 10 people and seized a loaded firearm during a series of human-smuggling busts last week.
On April 10, agents arrested a male U.S. citizen driving a Chrysler 300 sedan in Nogales after finding two undocumented female Mexican nationals inside. In addition, they seized a loaded pistol and fully loaded magazines from the vehicle.
Early the next morning near Tubac, agents working at the Interstate 19 checkpoint discovered two Chinese nationals hiding in the trunk of a Ford Taurus with no means of escape. Two U.S. citizens in the car were arrested for alien smuggling.
Later that same morning, an adult male U.S. citizen was busted near Nogales for attempting to smuggle two undocumented immigrants in the trunk of a Chevrolet Cavalier. Again, the passengers had no means of escape from the trunk.
All of the suspects were presented for prosecution, the Border Patrol said in a news release issued Friday. The vehicles, drugs and weapons were processed for seizure.


Note: earlier story

Tucson-area border agents seize pot, vehicles, arrest Chinese nationals
Border Patrol agents discovered two Chinese nationals being smuggled in the trunk of a car at the I-19 checkpoint.
35 minutes ago • Arizona Daily Star

Tucson Sector Border Patrol agents seized about $49,000 worth of marijuana, four vehicles and apprehended 26 illegal immigrants in recent smuggling cases.

Here are some of the incidents, according to news release from Customs and Border Protection:

On April 11, agents seized a Ford Taurus and arrested two U.S. citizens at the Interstate 19 checkpoint south of Tucson after discovering two Chinese nationals hiding in the trunk of the car.
Later in the day, agents arrested a U.S. citizen near Nogales for attempting to smuggle two illegal immigrants in the trunk of a Chevrolet Cavalier.
On April 9, an aircraft crew detected a group of illegal immigrants walking near Arivaca. Agents on the ground were sent to the area and apprehended 13 illegal immigrants.


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