Wednesday, November 19, 2014



Note: no info yet on amount of bond

Immigrants granted bail after latest court ruling

TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) -
A Tucson judge has granted bail to two immigrants suspected of drug crimes and believed to be in the country illegally.

Miguel Angel Valenzuela and Juan Angel-Carmona Pineda are among the defendants now allowed to seek bail after a 2006 law barring immigrants lacking legal status was overturned. They were granted high, cash-only bonds Wednesday.

A federal appeals court ruled the law was unconstitutional, and the U.S. Supreme Court so far has let that decision stand.

The law denied bail to immigrants suspected of being in the country illegally and of committing a certain felonies. The two men are likely not getting out of jail because of their high bail amounts.

The state says it will appeal the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals decision to the Supreme Court.


Note: Following a sample of a couple business days on the border.
No, seldom to never any reports of IA's taken in.

CBP officers seize nearly 1.5 tons of marijuana from tractor-trailer
Posted: Nov 19, 2014 1:01 PM MST
Updated: Nov 19, 2014 1:01 PM MST
By Elizabeth WaltonCONNECT

TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) - Customs and Border Protection officers arrest man as he attempts to smuggle nearly two tons of drugs across border into the U.S.

The incident happened on Nov. 17, at the Port of Nogales Mariposa crossing. According to CBP officials, the truck, driven by Jose Enriquez-Anzar was pulled for a non-intrusive inspection, when officers reported an anomaly in an x-ray of the trailer. A drug sniffing canine was brought in and alerted to possible drugs in the 'empty' trailer.

CBP officers searched the trailer and discovered 139 bundles of marijuana hidden behind a false wall. According to CBP officers the drugs weighed 2,946 pounds and were worth an estimated $1,473,000.

Both the drugs and the tractor-trailer were seized and Enriquez-Anzar was turned over to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's Homeland Security Investigations for processing.


275 pounds of marijuana seized, 3 women arrested
Posted: Nov 19, 2014 5:24 PM MST
Updated: Nov 19, 2014 5:28 PM MST
By Phil BensonCONNECT

Three women were arrested at the Port of Douglas on Monday after they allegedly tried to smuggle more than 275 pounds of marijuana into Arizona.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers referred the woman's vehicle for a secondary inspection. A CBP narcotics detection dog alerted to the interior of the car, where officers said they discovered 171 packages of marijuana worth an estimated $137,500.

Officers seized the drugs and vehicle, and turned the women over to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's Homeland Security Investigations.

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Note: no info as to amount of bond

Police: woman arrested for smuggling pot
Posted: Nov 18, 2014 4:23 PM MST
Updated: Nov 18, 2014 10:40 PM MST
By Marc Martinez, FOX 10 NewsCONNECT

PHOENIX - Phoenix Police arrested a woman at Sky Harbor International Airport after TSA agents found marijuana in her suitcases.

Officers arrested 39-year-old Lauretta Blanton for possession of marijuana for transport and/or sale.
They removed her bags from the aircraft and took her into custody after TSA agents screening her bag found the drugs.

A police report says that they found 92 pounds of pot, with a street value of $40,000-50,000, inside heat sealed bags. The bags were placed inside of three suitcases and surrounded by mothballs on the flight bound for Pittsburgh.

Police say that Blanton told them she was taking the pot to Pittsburgh to a man she knew only as "Q" who was to pay her. Blanton was released on bond. No word whether police are searching for any other suspects.


Agents arrest 9, seize 228 pounds of pot

Posted: Tuesday, November 18, 2014 2:51 pm | Updated: 2:58 pm, Tue Nov 18, 2014.
From staff reports

Yuma Sector Border Patrol agents arrested nine suspected smugglers and seized just over 228 pounds of marijuana worth about $114,000 Monday.
The nine individuals, who were reportedly carrrying backpacks full of pot, were tracked and arrested by agents patrolling near Cabeza Prieta National Wildlife Refuge. Agents transported the suspected smugglers and marijuana to Wellton Station for further processing.

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Note: busy to the south also
These from Nogales, Son. only 5 rounds each?

Catch four with drugs and weapons in stolen car
Details posted on Wednesday November 19, 2014,
Written by Staff / The Journal

Result of citizen participation and operating the State Police for Public Safety in coordination with the Navy, arrest 3 people and 1 minor in possession of drugs, firearms and stolen vehicle.
In the reports said it was in response to citizen complaints about the sale and distribution of drugs in the town of Empalme, so 9 kilograms of drugs and 2 firearms were secured.
Detainees are Leobardo Torres Verduzco 50; Jesus Donaldo Torres Lopez and Francisco Javier Verdi Badillo 20 and 60 years old respectively.
The arrest occurred in the modern colony when subjects boarded a Nissan Versa line, model 2012, which was driving the vehicle without license plates and was reported as stolen in Baja California 10 May 2013.
Leobardo Torres Verduzco was driving the car, carrying a pistol, .9mm caliber and 5 cartridges. Furthermore, carrying between 200 wrappings containing granulated white substance similar to "crystal".
The passenger was identified as Jesus Donaldo Torres Lopez, who with a long gun, AK-47 type with 5 cartridges, plus 6 bags with similar drug known as "crystal" substance.
Francisco Javier Verdi Badillo in the rear of the vehicle with a package wrapped in tape package containing green and dry grass with physical marijuana characteristics., Weighing 9 kilos 800 grams, which could make around 19,000 doses above 300 thousand pesos of value if have been distributed on the black market.


Note: chemicals from our friends in China?

Authorities seize 20 tons of precursor chemicals
Details posted on Tuesday November 18, 2014,
Written by Special
Mexico, DF.

The PGR reported the securing of the substances used to manufacture drugs.
The Attorney General's Office (PGR), through its delegation in Michoacan, disabled 20 tons 260 kilos 994 grams and 26 milligrams; and 56,000 liters, 892 milliliters of various chemicals used to manufacture synthetic drugs.

The PGR said in a statement that the above was carried out in compliance with the Program and Disabling Narcotics Destruction and the provisions of the Federal Code of Criminal Procedure.
The federal agency stated that these actions are a result of the operations performed by the Mexican Army, the Navy of Mexico, the National Security and Criminal Investigation Agency.

Also by the Attorney General of the State of Michoacán, the State Department of Public Safety, local police, besides the participation of the population through "citizen complaints" to combat drug trafficking.
Invalidation of solid and liquid chemical precursors, was conducted by a Mexican company dedicated to integrated waste management, which made the collection, transportation and disabling of the substances.
The PGR said that these actions were carried out under the supervision of a representative of the Internal Control Body of the federal agency, who found the weight and authenticity of chemicals and delegation staff and security personnel of the entity.

It was explained that the prohibition of chemical precursors derived from the seizure of 61 laboratories conducted from January to October this year.


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