Monday, December 22, 2014



Note: Another snapshot of the AZMEX border.

1 day 4 minutes ago by Anthony Victor Reyes
BP arrest 7 previously convicted individuals over the last 2 weeks

TUCSON - Tucson Sector Border Patrol agents arrested seven individuals with serious criminal histories, including sex with a minor and theft, over the last two weeks.

Douglas Station agents apprehended a Mexican national, who have been previously convicted of robbery, and a Guatemalan national, convicted of vehicle theft, on Saturday, Dec. 6.

On Dec. 10 and 13, two Guatemalan MS-13 gang members were arrested by Tucson Station agents. One of the suspects was previously convicted of battery, robbery, theft and criminal impersonation.

On Sunday, Dec. 14, an undocumented immigrant from Mexico was turned over by Tucson Police Department after the officers discovered his legal status during a vehicle stop. The suspect was also in possession of a loaded handgun.

Three Mexican men were apprehended in three separate incidents at different stations with a previous conviction of having sex with a minor. The arrests occurred on Dec. 10, 11 and 15.

Anyone who experiences suspicious activity can call Border Patrol anonymously and toll-free at 1-877-872-7435.


23 hours 28 minutes ago by Anthony Victor Reyes
BP find another truck packed with marijuana following Tuesday's seizure

RED ROCK, Ariz. - Casa Grande Border Patrol agents discovered a stolen truck loaded with nearly a ton of marijuana on Wednesday, Dec. 17.

The truck was found abandoned near Red Rock, Ariz.
It was loaded with 1,897 pounds of marijuana. The drugs were estimated to be worth $948,500.
The truck was reported to be stolen out of Phoenix.

This seizure followed Tuesday's discovery of a different stolen truck that was also loaded with nearly a ton of marijuana. For more information on Tuesday's seizure: patrol OAM find stolen truck with nearly a ton of marijuana/.

The agents seized the narcotics and the vehicle involved with Wednesday's seizure. The drugs were turned over to the Drug Enforcement Administration and the truck was turned over to The Department of Public Safety.


Border Patrol agents seize nearly $900k worth of marijuana in Yuma
By Brent Corrado.
CREATED Dec 18, 2014

YUMA, Ariz. (KGUN9-TV) - Border Patrol agents seized nearly $900,000 in marijuana in separate incidents at the Yuma Sector on Dec. 17.

According to agents, a utility truck caused suspicion when it was traveling through a Dome Valley route that is normally used for farming vehicles and equipment.

Border Patrol agents stopped the vehicle and after obtaining consent to search the truck, they found 1,087 pounds of marijuana in the tool storage area of the vehicle. The value of these drugs was worth an estimated $543,500.

That same day, Blythe Station agents arrested a man that was attempting to smuggle 248 pounds of marijuana in a truck. After a canine search, a false compartment in the gas tank revealed the drugs, which have an estimated value of $124,000.

With assistance from an Office of Air and Marine Yuma Air Branch aircrew, agents found makeshift backpacks containing $100,000 worth of marijuana near Cabeza Prieta Wildlife Refuge. The three individuals carrying the backpacks admitted to entering the U.S. illegally.

Also on Dec. 17, Wellton Station agents responded to an area where seven individuals were walking north through the desert. After arriving on the scene, agents discovered 263 pounds of marijuana in the individuals' backpacks. These drugs were valued at $131,500.

In all cases, all suspects, drugs and vehicles were processed in accordance with Yuma Sector guidelines.


Prosecutor takes blame for flaw in corruption case
Posted: Dec 19, 2014 2:13 PM MST
Updated: Dec 19, 2014 2:14 PM MST
Associated Press

PHOENIX (AP) - A prosecutor has accepted blame for an error by his office that's expected to lead to the dismissal of corruption charges against at least one of three former sheriff's employees in metro Phoenix accused of helping a drug smuggling ring.

The case against the former employees of Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio's office is in danger of collapsing after it was recently discovered that a document that authorities must complete to get a wiretap was never actually filed with the court.

Maricopa County Attorney Bill Montgomery acknowledged Friday that the missing document will likely lead to the dismissal of some charges against former Deputy Alfredo Aguirre Navarrette.

Prosecutors are sifting through the case to see whether they can salvage charges against the other two former officers.


Note: one of many

El Centro Sector Border Patrol Arrests Criminal Gang Member
Release Date: December 19, 2014

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CALEXICO, Calif. – Thursday, U.S. Border Patrol agents assigned to the Calexico station apprehended a dangerous gang member attempting to make an illegal entry into the United States.

Border Patrol agents arrested a 43-year-old Mexican national at around 10:45 a.m., as he entered the United States illegally from Mexico approximately 20 miles west of the downtown Calexico Port of Entry.

The man, later identified as Juan Jose Carmona-Escobar, was transported to the Calexico Border Patrol station where he admitted to being an active member of the "Sureños 13" criminal street gang out of Santa Maria. Carmona has numerous tattoos affiliated to this gang. Agents also discovered that Carmona has an extensive criminal and immigration history.

The gang member is an aggravated felon who has convictions from Riverside for stolen property, vehicle theft, control substance for sale, and battery of a spouse. He was ordered to serve no less than 36 months in prison and 12 months of probation for his crimes. The gang member was ordered removed by an Immigration Judge in April, 2005.

The man is in Border Patrol custody and will be criminally prosecuted for re-entry into the United States after being ordered removed.

This is the 28th gang member arrested in the El Centro Sector area of responsibility this year.

The El Centro Sector's Community Awareness Campaign is a simple and effective program to raise public awareness on the indicators of crime and other threats. We encourage public and private sector employees to remain vigilant and play a key role in keeping our country safe. Please report any suspicious activity to the Border Community Threat Hotline at 1-800-901-2003.


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