Tuesday, April 1, 2014



Note: The actual control of the border between Sonoyta (Lukeville) and Nogales remains controversial, with a almost daily body count. This one about 40 miles west of Nogales, near Sasabe/ Buenos Aires NWR. Not clear who is doing what to who, but the the "doing" keeps on. Not paying for the proper permits and tolls is said to be an issue.

Wednesday March 26, 2014 Weather: 4 ° C
Published March 26, 2014 , 5:03 a.m.
Youth murdered on farm " El Ruido"
Located the body of a young man identified as Jose Efrain Portillo Solano, with bullet wounds in his body. Presumably this was a " burrero " which was shot by alleged " bajadores" to the west of the city

Hiram G. Machi
Nogales , Sonora. - Nuevo Dia

After two days of searching on a property located just over 60 kilometers , west of Nogales, near the ranch known as ¨ El Ruido", authorities found the lifeless body of a young man of 22 years, the body had gunshot wounds , we are told unofficially .
From the facts , it was established that from Sunday report by a person accompanying the victim, who was identified as Jose Efrain Portillo Solano .
According to statements Young made ​​known to the authorities said they both sought to cross narcotics into the United States by the uninhabited area near the International Line when they were stopped by an armed group, who performed shots against them , he achieved the escape and 'reporting site .
Apparently , the boy had more than 40 hours ago passed away and was located in a place near the international fence.
On a tour of several hours by the sector authorities and personnel of Forensic Medicine , accompanied by the public prosecutor finally the location of the young native of Magdalena de Kino.


BP agents arrest 12, seize 467 pounds of marijuana
Posted: Tuesday, March 25, 2014 10:30 pm
From staff reports

Yuma Sector Border Patrol agents assigned to Wellton Station arrested 12 suspected drug smugglers and seized 467 pounds of marijuana worth an estimated $210,000 Monday near Gila Bend.
Agents were on patrol when they observed a group of individuals carrying large backpacks walking toward Interstate 8. When approached, the group reportedly attempted to elude agents by running in multiple directions and hiding. Agents tracked and apprehended 12 people and seized 10 backpacks of pot.

The men and marijuana were turned over to the Maricopa County Sheriff's Office.


Second drugs-in-underwear smuggling attempt thwarted in less than a week
A 17-year-old girl from Nogales, Sonora was allegedly caught Tuesday with this package of methamphetamine in her underwear.

Posted: Wednesday, March 26, 2014 4:19 pm | Updated: 4:28 pm, Wed Mar 26, 2014.
Nogales International


For the second time in less than a week, a female border-crosser was arrested in Nogales for allegedly trying to smuggle hard drugs into the United States in her underwear.
The latest bust came Tuesday, after U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers selected a 17-year-old girl from Nogales, Sonora for additional inspection at the Morley Avenue pedestrian crossing.
During the inspection, officers discovered a package of methamphetamine in her crotch area.
The meth, worth nearly $18,000 and weighing more than a pound, was seized and the teen was referred to federal investigators.
On March 19, Cristina Luna-Ramos, a 38-year-old Mexican national, was referred for a secondary inspection when she tried to drive into the United States through an unspecified Nogales port in an Oldsmobile sedan.
A subsequent inspection of her person allegedly uncovered two packages of heroin in her bra and two more in her groin area. In all, the heroin weighed nearly 5 pounds and was valued at more than $67,000.
Luna was referred to federal investigators.


Sinaloa Update: Not all pharmaceutical business related , and not counting Those killed in Sonora

Kill 20 in third week
With 20 intentional homicides , including two teenagers and two policemen , finished the third week of March

culiacán._ With 20 intentional homicides , including two teenagers and two policemen , ended the third week of March.


Note: in meantime the alleged "trial" of El Vicentillo" Vicente Zambada-Niebla continues in secrecy.

Key 'El Chapo' lieutenant pleads guilty, but not cooperating
BY KIM JANSSEN Federal Courts Reporter March 26, 2014 12:18PM


One of Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman's key lieutenants pleaded guilty in federal court Wednesday to plotting to deliver heroin to Chicago.

Tomas Arevalo-Renteria, 46, faces a minimum of 10 years in prison but could be jailed for life.

Prosecutors, his lawyer and U.S. District Judge Ruben Castillo all went to great lengths Wednesday to stress that Arevalo-Renteria is not cooperating with prosecutors against El Chapo, who was, until his recent capture in Mexico, the world's most wanted felon.

Authorities are still hopeful that Guzman — the Sinaloa drug cartel's chief, dubbed Chicago's "Public Enemy No. 1 — will eventually be brought to Chicago to face U.S. justice.

But a gaffe by ABC7 news reporter Chuck Goudie earlier this month caused the collapse of a planned guilty plea by Arevalo-Renteria's codefendant Alfredo Vasquez-Hernandez, meaning everyone involved in the case was keen to avoid a repeat Wednesday.

Vasquez-Hernandez withdrew his plan to plead guilty after Goudie erroneously reported that he had "turned against" El Chapo. Vasquez-Hernandez's family in Mexico went into hiding in fear of their lives after untrue rumors about his cooperation spread through the federal prison system following Goudie's report, Vasquez-Hernandez's lawyer, Paul Brayman, said at the time.

ABC7 removed the story from its website, but Goudie declined to admit any mistake was made.

During Wednesday's hearing, Arevalo-Renteria spoke in Spanish, confirming through an interpreter that he was pleading guilty to a single count, and that he has no cooperation deal.

Prosecutor Thomas Shakeshaft said that the only concession the government has given to Arevalo-Renteria is an agreement not to ask for a minimum mandatory sentence of 20 years in his case.

Arevalo-Renteria still faces 10 years to life, and federal guidelines are likely to suggest a sentence of about 30 years is appropriate.

He is due to be sentenced after Vasquez-Hernandez stands trial this summer.

Increased interest in the case was sparked by the recent arrest after a decade-long manhunt of Guzman, who was indicted alongside Arevalo-Renteria and Vasquez-Hernandez in 2009, and is allegedly responsible for smuggling the majority of illegal drugs sold on Chicago's streets.

Prosecutors say Arevalo-Renteria was nabbed with the help of the Flores brothers, two Chicagoans who travelled to Mexico and met with senior Sinaloa figures.


Updated Mar 25, 2014 - 4:17 pm
Senate committee approves virtual border fence
By Associated Press
Originally published: Mar 25, 2014 - 3:39 pm

PHOENIX -- A bill that would allow Arizona to create a ``virtual fence'' along the Arizona-Mexico border received bipartisan support Tuesday when a Senate committee approved it.

An amendment to House Bill 2462 would allow the state to place high-technology radar and video sensors on 300 towers along 375 miles of the border to monitor human and drug-smuggling activity. The sensors would send signals to a publicly accessible site and could also be monitored by law enforcement agencies.

The federal government tried to construct a ``virtual fence'' along the border in 2006, but it abandoned the project in 2011 after spending more than $1 billion on a faulty system.

The fence is estimated to cost about $30 million, but the bill approved Tuesday with an 8-1 vote does not appropriate any funds. Instead, it would simply allow for the process to begin and would require the state Legislature to appropriate money next year, said Sen. Bob Worsley, R-Mesa.

Worsely sponsored a similar bill that died in part because of its $30 million price tag.

The amendment that essentially revives that bill was offered by Sen. Don Shooter, R-Yuma.

Both Democratic and Republican members of the committee approved the amended bill 8-1, with one Republican dissenting.

Sen. Chester Crandell, R-Heber, said he didn't feel it was Arizona's role to ensure the border is safe. He has also argued that the state's Congressional delegates should push the federal government to better address border issues.

``My question is, what benefit is the state going to get out of this by spending this kind of money and simply looking at the border and seeing who's coming across and who's not coming across because the federal government does not work with us?'' he asked.

But others said the federal government is not doing enough to secure the border and that Arizona has a responsibility to ensure security.

``I'm really disappointed when I hear people say this is strictly a federal issue. We are a border state. The border leaks like a sieve,'' said Sen. Al Melvin, R-Tucson.


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