Thursday, April 30, 2015

AZMEX EXTRA2 30-4-15


CBP officers arrest two women, recover drugs and ammunition

By Brent Corrado. CREATED 2:59 PM

DOUGLAS, Ariz. (KGUN9-TV) - Two women were arrested and marijuana and ammunition was recovered during seperate incidents this week.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection tells KGUN9 that 23-year-old Ambar Esthela Morales of Tucson was arrested on Wednesday after Customs and Border Protection officers recovered nearly 8,000 rounds of AK-47 ammunition from her SUV.
The ammunition rounds were hidden in a dog food bag and in the rear quarter panels of the vehicle.

On Sunday, 36-year-old Christina Carrizoza of Douglas was arrested when CBP officers found almost $128,000 worth of marijuana hidden throughout her PT Cruiser. The drugs were also hidden in the spare tire of the vehicle.

Both women were referred to Immigration and Customs Enforcement's Homeland Security Investigations.




Note: Local media seems to have little to no interest in the story.

Sheriff: 10 arrests made, pot seized near shooting site

GILA BEND, Ariz. (AP) - The Maricopa County Sheriff's Office says law enforcement officers seized a load of marijuana and made multiple arrests at a Gila Bend-area desert location near where a violent drug-related incident took place one day earlier.

Authorities on Monday responded to a reported shooting and found two men fatally shot and two others wounded.

The Sheriff's Office says 10 people were arrested and 461 pounds of marijuana seized in the same area Tuesday.




Note: Thx to the guys at Borderland Beat.

Saturday, April 25, 2015
Official takes weapons to Los Zetas
Translated by Otis B Fly-Wheel for Borderland Beat from a Reforma article

[Article subject: Weapon Smuggling, Los Zetas
Recommendation: No prior subject matter knowledge required]

Abel Barajas

The criminal organisation of Los Zetas had a Municipal Functionary of Coahuila as one of their best sources of night vision goggles, magazines for assault rifles, scopes and ammunition.

Oliver Bres Carranza, who was Boss of special programmes, Directorate of Planning, Zoning and Public Works of the Municipality of Piedras Negras is currently serving a prison sentence in Texas for smuggling weapons to the criminal group.

An investigation by the Department of Internal Security, and Immigrations and Customs Enforcement (ICE), of the United States located Bres as an intermediary of Celso Martinez Perez "El Celso", operator of Omar Trevino Morales "El Z-42", to acquire weapons on the frontier of Coahuila.

The investigation indicates that the former official was mainly an accomplice of Erik Alan Garza, a Texan of 28 years old, who used the home of his mother in an Eagle Pass Mall to collect weapons and send them to Mexico.

Bres Carranza and Garza coordinated the purchase of much of these articles, from a Gun Shop in Eagle Pass, Texas. The investigation revealed that one of the times that Garza and Bres Carranza obtained these articles, they gave these articles to members of Los Zetas Cartel, says the record DR12-CR-960 of the Federal Court of the Western District of Texas.

Bres was detained on 6th of June 2013 and in October following he was declared guilty of the charge of firearm contraband, and on 19th of March of 2014 was condemned to 51 months in prison and three years of probation.

For the US agencies and Prosecutors office, it took more than two years building the case with Bres and their involvement in the transfer of weapons to Los Zetas.

The investigations started with a simple review to the accounts of a sale of weapons in Vermont, five years ago.

The clue: an invoice

Richard Grafkowski, an agent of Homeland Security Investigation, HSI, carried out tax checks on the shops selling arms. After five years, when he was revising the sales of Dragonfly Outfitters LLC, a company from Williston, Vermont, with a company name of Scope and More, he found an invoice that piqued his curiosity.

The invoice date of 19th of July 2010, had a name of Robert Hasbun Jr. and it accounted for the purchase of 10 night vision goggles and a pair of thermal goggles, for $31,606. Hasbun had his own gun shop on the border with Mexico.

For Homeland Security, the date was sufficient to intervene legally on the server of the company internet and access to its emails.

An email revealed that on the 19th of July of 2010 Hasbun, asked the sales manager of Scopes and More to send the order of goggles and glasses to the companies local Master Parcel Service, in the commercial centre of Las Aguiles, in Eagle Pass, Texas.

From this moment, the HSI following up on emails from Hasbun Jr., his brother Christian who both received email from a Hotmail address, from Mexico, ordering armaments.

As of January 18th 2011 the HSI knew that Hunting Group LLC, a company of Roberto Hasbun Jr., was going to deliver 4500 magazines for assault rifles to the warehouse of Hesles Gun and Knife, in Eagle Pass, the city opposite Piedras Negras.

On the same day, agents of HSI staked out the establishment of Hesles and observed the arrival of a Ford 150, grey colored, a youngster that later would be identified as Erik alan Garza.

Who made the orders to their suppliers, from the Hotmail address, was Oliver Bres Carranza, official of the Directorate of planning, town planning and public works of Piedras Negras.

Original article in Spanish at Reforma (may require subscription)
Borderland Beat Reporter Otis B Fly-Wheel Posted at 3:38 AM


Wednesday, April 29, 2015

AZMEX I3 30-4-15

AZMEX I3 30 APR 2015

AFRICA, not AZMEX, but same the world over. Same kind of scum running it.

Libya: The world's 'smuggler state'
By Quentin Sommerville
BBC News, Misrata
29 April 2015

Relief for these migrants as they are freed after 48 hours hiding in a hay-bale truck
By a checkpoint outside the Libyan city of Misrata, a truck full of hay-bales is opened by border guards and a badly-kept secret is revealed.
Inside are women and children, and men too. Fifty people, migrants, in each truck, smuggled across the desert.

They had been inside for two days without food or water, some almost suffocated.
Abdul Rahim thought he would die. He has since been transferred to a Libyan jail.

Abdul Rahim says he was treated like cargo
"I paid 3,570 Libyan dinar (£1,700; $2,600) to be smuggled," he told me. "We were treated like cargo, the smugglers took a cut at every step."

People smugglers don't take too kindly to enquiries about their business but, after weeks of searching, one agreed to speak to me if he could remain anonymous.
He's grown rich out of the trade.
"The amount of money is phenomenal," he said.
"A fishing boat worth 40,000 dinar, (£20,000) can be sold for smuggling for £100,000. It's an unimaginable amount of money.
"The boats are brought in from Egypt, they're bad quality and you load it with 90 or 100 people, and some of them get there and others will die."

Parts of Libya, he said, are under the control of smugglers.
They run a state in Sabratha and Zuwarah, west of Tripoli near the Tunisian border. They use the official sea ports for smuggling immigrants, not through back roads and hidden ways, but they load people from the port docks.

Map showing migrant routes

I asked the smuggler about those who died.
"The immigrants are told everything before they get on board. If what you pay is only 700 dinar you get on a small boat. If you pay better you get on a better boat."
There's evidence of the boom in the trafficking trade everywhere in Misrata.

Ramadan Rajab, who has been in charge of the city's morgue for about 15 years, says he lost his sense of smell shortly after he started.
The smell here is overwhelming.

Ramadan Rajab says he lost his sense of smell while working at Misrata's morgue
There is not enough room inside the refrigerated mortuary, so the bodies are lying outside - putrifying in the hot Libyan sun.
"Last week we buried more than 20 bodies we collected from the sea, sometimes it takes a month to collect them all. The numbers always increase," he said.

In the Sahara the smugglers use hidden trails.
Sometimes they abandon their cargo, the migrants, right out in the middle of the desert. They tell them "follow these power lines and eventually, you'll reach a city".
Many don't make it.
Even though the migrants are poor, their numbers are so large that fortunes are being made out here in the sand.
Behind the trade is a complex criminal and tribal network - and almost nothing is being done to stop it.
It's a business worth more than £100m a year, according to a recent conservative UN estimate.
And every day fresh cargo arrives.

In a detention centre, it's roll call as a new truckload arrives.
The men stand as their country is called. Today, most are from Niger.
Alexander is from Ghana. He took a month and a half to get this far.
"The smugglers are Libyan people," he said. "It's them, they are doing this work. With pick-ups, the way they use to take us... They even kidnap you. It's not easy. They kidnap us."
The migrants are captured, pay bribes to get free, and are captured again. Families back home transfer money, and are left in debt.
Libya doesn't function as a country now. But at trafficking, it is untouchable. It's Africa's and the world's smuggler state.




Note: There are Uzi's in northern Mexico, real ones, not the semi-auto's exported to the U.S. Not yet known which model this one was.

Execute two in the colony Allende (Cajeme, Son.)

In the address where the victims were executed, three guns and two vehicles, one of them with theft report.
Juan Andres Bracamontes / Regional

Cajeme, Son.- Around 07:30 pm on Sunday, outside of a home located in the Allende colony, belonging to the police station in Tobarito were found dead two males, who had wounds from firearm projectiles.
The victims names of Ramon Alejandro Aragon Flores, 28 years old, who and had history on charges of possession of prohibited weapons, against law enforcement and administration of justice and lesions less than 15 days to heal and Jesus Martin Castro Miranda, between 20 and 23 years old who had his home in Colonia Los Altos de Jecopaco.

Local residents said that at dawn shots were heard, getting up in the morning when they noticed the bodies that were outside the home of Aragon Flores.

Staff Expert Services of the Attorney General of the State, coordinated by the Deputy Public Prosecutor's Office, said at the scene were several shell casings from handgun and rifle, four different calibers.

Also, in the interior of the house of Ramon Alejandro three guns were recovered, these being a sawn off 12-gauge shotgun; Uzzi a submachine gun 9mm, and .38 revolver special; and a bulletproof vest.

Similarly, outside of the house two vehicles were secured, which apparently of the victims, these being an Explorer, dark gray, model 1998; and Ford Ranger pickup, white, model 1996, with extemporaneous plates, which has theft report dated April 17, 2015.
The facts testified the Deputy Public Prosecutor's Office who ordered the lifting and transporting the bodies to carry out procedures of law. Social Representative issued an investigation order elements of PEI to find those responsible for private life to be victims.


Tuesday, April 28, 2015



Note: videos at links. Story has pretty much disappeared from local media. It is the area that has signs warning U.S. public to stay out or enter at own risk.

MCSO: 2 dead, 2 wounded in mountain gun battle
Posted: Apr 27, 2015 5:05 PM MST
Updated: Apr 27, 2015 7:20 PM MST
By Phil Benson

Photo of the shooting scene near Gila Bend. (Source: Kelly Nail)
(Source: Kelly Nail)

Two people were shot and killed and two others wounded in a mountain gun battle Monday between two groups of people, likely drug smugglers, a Maricopa County Sheriff's Office spokesman said.

2 dead in AZ desert gun battle

A viewer who was in the area after a desert gun battle left two people dead and two others wounded sent us these photos from the scene.
The shootout happened about six miles east of Gila Bend in an area that is considered a high-traffic corridor for human and drug smuggling.

Two groups of people ran across each other, MCSO spokesman Joaquin Enriquez said. The group that called police after the gunfire ended had six people traveling together, Enriquez said. Of the six, two were killed, two were wounded and two others vanished.

The second group of people disappeared into the mountains, Enriquez said.

SWAT officers and police dogs from MCSO and Border Patrol agents are canvassing a huge area, which includes land where the U.S. Air Force has a live fire practice range, Enriquez said.

Sheriff's deputies found a large quantity of marijuana but they're not sure if it's directly related to the shootings, he added.


Note: related?

MCSO: 2 dead, 2 injured in shooting east of Gila Bend staff
2:04 PM, Apr 27, 2015
8:03 PM, Apr 27, 2015
southern arizona

GILA BEND, AZ - Maricopa County detectives said a shooting in Gila Bend that left two people dead may have been drug-related.

The Maricopa County Sheriff's Office said six people were attacked Monday afternoon. Two people have been confirmed dead and two others were transported to the hospital, one in stable condition and the other in critical condition.

Officials are still looking for the two other victims, as well as the potential suspect or suspects.

MCSO said it received an emergency call around 12:30 p.m., however the shooting reportedly happened an hour prior.

Authorities said the people injured are not cooperating with authorities. No suspect descriptions have been released. Bails of marijuana were located in the area and police said victims have suggested that they may have been involved in illegal activity, but have not confirmed that.

The shooting happened six miles east of Gila Bend.

Stay with and ABC15 Mobile for updates.


MCSO: 2 dead, 2 wounded in mountain gun battle
Posted: Apr 27, 2015 5:05 PM MST
Updated: Apr 27, 2015 7:20 PM MST
By Phil Benson

Photo of the shooting scene near Gila Bend. (Source: Kelly Nail)
(Source: Kelly Nail)


Two people were shot and killed and two others wounded in a mountain gun battle Monday between two groups of people, likely drug smugglers, a Maricopa County Sheriff's Office spokesman said.

2 dead in AZ desert gun battle

A viewer who was in the area after a desert gun battle left two people dead and two others wounded sent us these photos from the scene.More >
The shootout happened about six miles east of Gila Bend in an area that is considered a high-traffic corridor for human and drug smuggling.

Two groups of people ran across each other, MCSO spokesman Joaquin Enriquez said. The group that called police after the gunfire ended had six people traveling together, Enriquez said. Of the six, two were killed, two were wounded and two others vanished.

The second group of people disappeared into the mountains, Enriquez said.

SWAT officers and police dogs from MCSO and Border Patrol agents are canvassing a huge area, which includes land where the U.S. Air Force has a live fire practice range, Enriquez said.

Sheriff's deputies found a large quantity of marijuana but they're not sure if it's directly related to the shootings, he added.

Read more:



MEXICO ARMS IMPORTS FOR 2013 A/69/124 P. 79/120 - 83/120
Date of submission: 22 May 2014

Note: A short summary. Details at the UN webpage.


Austria: 15,520 Glocks of various calibers.
Belgium 125 FN Five-Seven 5.7mm
Brazil 558
China 159
CZ 1,156 CZ & Browning? 9mm
Germany 781 Walther .22's
Israel 51
Italy 22,545 Beretta 9mm (21,196) & .380 (447) & misc.
USA 5,810 3,787 SIGSauer 9mm & misc.

Belgium 11
China 118
Israel 10,195 IWI 5.56X45 (7,912) 7.62x51 (2,168) & misc.
Italy 303 9mm carbines
USA 7,223 (numbers unsure) 5.56X45 - DS (493) Bushmaster (430) Colt (1,694, 465, 1,794, 86, )
"NATO" (946 & 400)
7.62x51 - DS(794)
.338 Barrett (4)
Many Misc.

Italy 5,333 Beretta (5,206) & misc. ARX160?
USA 30 Barrett .50 (20) 6.8 (2)

Austria 118
Belgium 162
Israel 35
USA 1,311 Colt 5.56x45 (400) 9mm (35) US Ord. 7.62x51 (169)
( Brugger & Thomet ? 9mm (707) )

OTHERS: 8,621 Shotguns, .22 rifles, hunting rifles, etc etc.

Korea 36 40mm grenade launchers
USA 34 40mm grenade launchers

USA 20 LAW's M72A7


Monday, April 27, 2015



MCSO: 2 dead, 2 wounded in mountain gun battle

Posted: Apr 27, 2015 5:05 PM MST
Updated: Apr 27, 2015 5:09 PM MST
By Phil Benson

Photo of the shooting scene near Gila Bend. (Source: Viewer-submitted)


Two people were shot and killed and two others wounded in mountain gun battle Monday between two groups of people, likely drug smugglers, a Maricopa County Sheriff's Office spokesman said.

The shootout happened about six miles east of Gila Bend in an area that is considered a high-traffic corridor for human and drug smuggling.

Two groups of people ran across each other, MCSO spokesman Joaquin Enriquez said. The group that called police after the gunfire ended had six people traveling together, Enriquez said. Of the six, two were killed, two were wounded and two others vanished.

The second group of people disappeared into the mountains, Enriquez said.

SWAT officers and police dogs from MCSO and Border Patrol agents are canvassing a huge area, which includes land where the U.S. Air Force has a live fire practice range, Enriquez said.

Sheriff's deputies found a large quantity of marijuana but they're not sure if it's directly related to the shootings, he added.

Read more:


Deadly shooting near Gila Bend; massive manhunt underway
Posted: Apr 27, 2015 4:47 PM MST
Updated: Apr 27, 2015 4:52 PM MST
By Dan Marries

MCSO deputies search for suspects in deadly shooting. Photo source: @NavidehABC15
A portion of Hwy 85 was closed down during investigation. Photo source: Ken Dungey
TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) -

There's a massive manhunt underway northwest of Tucson following a deadly shooting near Gila Bend.

Customs and Border Protection spokesman Victor Brabble says agents with the Tucson Sector and the Office of Air and Marine responded to a 911 call forwarded by the Maricopa County Sheriff's Office at 12:15 p.m. Monday.

Brabble says, "The caller reported there were several gunshot victims as a result of a shooting south of Gila Bend, Arizona. A CBP helicopter arrived on the scene and confirmed two deceased subjects and two injured subjects."

The Maricopa County Sheriff's Office confirmed that information in a tweet, saying two people were shot and killed and another wounded near Gila Bend. Sheriff's investigators said the suspects are possibly still in the area. The shooting happened about six miles east of Gila Bend, MCSO said.




National Sheriffs' group hears concerns of local ranchers
Sun, 04/26/2015 - 6:32pm

SIERRA VISTA —Desperate for decisive action to stop the ever-present incursions across their lands by smugglers and illegal immigrants coming north, more than a dozen ranchers and residents from along Cochise County's border with Mexico spoke to representatives of a national sheriff's group on Saturday.
Invited to the area by Cochise County Sheriff Mark Dannels, two leading members of the National Sheriffs' Association visited with locals at the Turquoise Valley Golf Course in Naco to better understand the origin of an issue that has had a national impact.

"This is really where it starts. The sheriffs along the border — whether it's Arizona, Texas, New Mexico or California, it doesn't matter — they're the ones that catch the brunt of it. They're the ones that get the call from the citizens, like those ranchers we heard from. But, when those people get here, get across our border uncontested, then it becomes a national problem," said Harold Eavenson, the third vice president of the National Sheriffs' Association and sheriff of Rockwall County, Texas.

Decades of repairing broken fences, burglaries, home invasions and other crimes associated with smuggling activities have left many border residents disillusioned with U.S. Customs and Border Patrol enforcement, which they see as ineffective, and with elected officials in Washington who are either unaware of the problem or do not consider it a priority.

"The border can be secured, we've proved it in a lot of different areas where the Border Patrol has shut it down, but they've diverted them farther and farther out into the country, into these peoples' backyards. It can be secured, but they have to have a desire to do it, and they have to actually have some directions on how to do it," said Gary Thrasher, a large animal veterinarian who has worked with the ranching community in Cochise County for years.

Rancher Fred Davis lamented what he called a lack of innovation in Border Patrol efforts in Cochise County.
"They never try anything new here, they just pound their head against the wall, the same way they've done it forever," Davis said.
The source of the issue extends to the nation's capitol, however.
"The main thing is, there's no will in Washington to shut down the border, and that's our main problem," he said.

Many of the local ranchers spoke up in support of the efforts of the Cochise County Sheriff's Office, and called on federal leaders to work more closely with local law enforcement.
"What we really need is more involvement with local police and local sheriffs, in directing how to do it in their area, and they can specifically shut down those areas," Thrasher said.
When local agencies work closely with their federal partners, they produce results, said Sheriff Mark Dannels.
An example provided by the sheriff was the early success of a joint task force, the Southeastern Arizona Border Region Enforcement team, established in 2013 and made up of deputies and federal agents from the Border Patrol and Immigration and Customs Enforcement.
"The first six-to-eight weeks they were in operation, they took down 30 people. This is a collaborative effort," Dannels said. "What we're doing at the local level are solutions."

A number of other sheriffs from across Arizona were also present at Saturday's meeting and spoke on the impacts that poor border security was having in their communities.
"The best way to explain it is, it's like a wave. It hits here, five hours later, it's hitting up there," said K. C. Clark, sheriff of Navajo County. "We have illegals going through there. We get into pursuits with them. They wreck cars, or drive them through communities."
Earlier this month, Pinal County Sheriff's Deputies pursued a man going over 100 m.p.h. on the interstate carrying a load of illegal immigrants. The driver, once caught, was found to have been departed from the country 20 times.

"We've got to enforce the law. There's got to be real consequences," said Pinal County Sheriff Paul Babeu.
Leaders in Washington need to take what is known to work and apply it on the border before a catastrophe occurs, he said.

"The culture of Mexico and Central America, they fear their military, and they all realize and know the American military is the most powerful in the world. Keep in mind they want to go without detection into the United States. So we have all these things working for us. We need to deploy armed soldiers, for a period of two years, not to militarize the border, but to gain control of the border, all nine sectors of the US. Border Patrol," Babeu said.

The National Sheriffs' Association can do more and will do more to get the message heard from local ranchers out to national leaders, Eaverson said.
"Someone made the point that, if you're going to fix the problem, you need to talk to the people that deal with it on a day-to-day basis, and you need to get them involved in the process, and he's exactly right," he said. "It starts here, but it doesn't end here."


Note: Don't miss the "cronkite" tag

Johnson: Border more secure, but it's not 'mission accomplished' time yet
Sat, 04/25/2015 - 4:32pm
Cronkite News

WASHINGTON – Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson said Friday that the number of people apprehended at the border is "down considerably" from 2014, a sign that investments in border security are paying off.

But Johnson said he is "not declaring mission accomplished" yet and pointed to the fiscal 2016 budget request for Customs and Border Protection, which includes funding for personnel and surveillance technology.

Johnson, giving an update on border security at the halfway point of fiscal 2015, said there were more than 150,000 apprehensions on the Southwestern border as of March, down 28 percent from the same period last year.
"Thus far in FY15, up to and through March 2015, there have been 151,805 apprehensions on the southern border," Johnson said during a briefing at Customs and Border Protection offices in Washington.
"That number is down considerably from where it was this time last year," he said. "It is 28 percent less than the number last year as we were beginning to see the spike in migration on the southern border."
Apprehensions in Arizona mirrored the rest of the border, according to statistics released Friday by the agency, which showed a 32 percent drop during the first half of the fiscal year compared to the same period a year ago. That put apprehensions in the state to the lowest point in more than 20 years.

Todd Landfried, executive director of Arizona Employers for Immigration Reform, said he didn't doubt that apprehensions are down, but he said enforcement is only part of the solution.
"The border is becoming more secure than it has been and the numbers speak for themselves," Landfried said Friday. "But the important thing to know is border security is not going to solve the immigration problem. There needs to be comprehensive reform."
"You have to fix the system by which people can come here legally to work," he said.

Johnson said apprehensions are down despite an improving U.S. economy, which has historically served to attract more immigrants.
Johnson credited the nation's investment in heightened border security in recent years for the downturn, saying that border patrol "now has more personnel, more equipment more technology then in any point in our history."
Johnson also touted a drop in the number of unaccompanied children arrested on the Southwest border so far this year, after a sharp rise in those numbers last summer. He credited part of the success for that drop to cooperation with governments in Mexico and Central America that has helped with enforcement but has also helped stem the numbers of people trying to cross the border by publicizing the dangers of the trip back in those countries.
Despite the gains, Johnson said there is more to be done, including increasing the agency's focus on human smuggling operations.
"We are not declaring mission accomplished we believe there is more that we can and should do when it comes to strengthening border security," he said.


Note: drug war not quite over?

Seized in March, more than 97,000 kilos of various drugs
Details Published on Saturday April 25, 2015,
Written by Special / El Diario


The Interior Ministry reported the seizure of 6 million pesos and $862,727 USD.
The National System of Public Safety reported that a total of 97,190 kilograms of drugs among which marijuana, cocaine and methamphetamine were seized in March.
In a statement, the Ministry of the Interior (Interior Ministry) reported the seizure of 6,349,003 pesos and
862,727 US dollars.
Also secured 1,123 vehicles; 340 000 72 liters of fuel; and arms 909
Also were secured 123 thousand vehicles; 340,072 liters of fuel; and 909 weapons; 188,757 cartridges and magazines, and 279 communication and computing equipment.
He said that these preliminary data are prepared by the Attorney General's Office.

As rates for intentional homicide, kidnapping, extortion and theft of vehicle with or without violence, aggregated by state and for the last month , is available on the website of the Executive Secretariat of the National System of Public http Safety: //
This database is fed with information provided by the prosecutors of Justice or Attorneys General of 32 states they serve and recorded the corresponding complaints said the Interior Ministry.


Local interest: And the body count around Lukeville / Sonoyta goes on. And on. KM 30 between San Luis & Sonoyta & ejido La Nariz.

Matan a dos hombres investigan autoridades de Sonoyta
Detalles Publicado el Domingo 26 de Abril de 2015,
Escrito por Redacción / El Diario

Sunday, April 26, 2015

AZMEX DRUGS & F&F 26-4-15


Note: Just this evening, Sunday, 26 Apr. saw the 1 hour special on CNBC of all places.
Included coverage of F&F. Much better than expected.
I don't know how, or if, it can be viewed or downloaded after the fact.
Perhaps others do. Think it would be worth the effort.




Wednesday, 4/22/2015:





Mexico's Sinaloa Cartel continues to thrive even after the arrest of its infamous leader, Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman. A dirty war is being fought for control of Mexico's drug-smuggling routes into America, with little regard for the thousands of victims caught in the crossfire.


Saturday, April 18, 2015

AZMEX I3 18-4-15

AZMEX I3 18 APR 2015

Note: Some interesting "reporting" It must be observed that confronting, debating, or shouting down speakers is acceptable only if done by progressives. Some may find "extensive background checks" of interest. Those who have spent time in Mexico and points south may not have quite that much confidence in the EBC's.

Posted: Apr 17, 2015 9:15 PM MST
Updated: Apr 17, 2015 9:16 PM MST
Tensions high in Southern Arizona over immigration
Written By Jeremy Thacker

Tucson - Tensions are high in Southern Arizona over immigration.

A protest formed during a forum Friday night organized by congressman Raul Grijalva. The session was intended to educate parents and children about DACA rules, but it also stirred up a lot of emotion.

Grijalva was joined by Illinois Congressman Luis Gutierrez. Together, they instructed audience members on who is eligible for the Deferred Action Childhood Arrivals program. They also instructed people on what to do if ever asked about their legal status.

"This is about kids that sit next to your kids in class," said Grijalva. "This is about the kids that play baseball with your kids. This is about moms that work hard in restaurants and in other places. And this is about dads that work hard to keep their family going."

Among the theater full of supporters at Pima Community College West were more than two dozen men and women who came to protest the event. They felt the event was about teaching people how to break laws.

Several audience members walked out in a show of discontent halfway through the presentation. At least one man was asked to leave by campus police.


Congressmen offer message of optimism while opponent of immigration action escorted out of forum
By Justin Schecker. CREATED Apr 17, 2015

TUCSON (KGUN9-TV) - At Friday's forum at PCC West on the president's executive action on immigration, children shared how the status quo has left them separated from loved ones.

"I'm going to keep dreaming," Gerardo Grijalva said, "I know that you will keep fighting too, si se puede."
His mother Rosa Robles Loreto is still in sanctuary at the Southside Presbyterian Church and she does not fall under President Obama's executive order because her children weren't born in the United States.

The purpose of the forum hosted by Rep. Raul Grijalva (D-Tucson) and Rep. Luis Gutierrez (D-IL) was to educate those who do. "Inevitably, the president's order will be upheld constitutionally and in doing so people begin to prepare do not lose hope," Rep. Grijalva told 9 On Your Side before taking the stage.

Not everyone in the PCC auditorium agreed with Rep. Grijalva. Del Dawley stood up and interrupted him more than once. "All I'm asking for is some common courtesy," Rep. Grijalva said.
"And you haven't given it to me," Dawley said. Police escorted Dawley out of the building. Outside, he joined protestors and defended his behavior.

"You were shouting out at a forum at an elected official who was speaking, how was that not rude what you did?" 9 On Your Side asked Dawley. "How is that not rude," he said, "why should I respect him when he doesn't respect the flag."

Inside the forum, Congressman Gutierrez laid out the steps for undocumented immigrants hoping soon they'll no longer fear deportation. He says they should get a hold of birth certificates from their home countries and find documentation like medical or phone bills to prove how long they have lived in the U.S.

"This is for adults who have been here five years," Rep. Gutierrez said about the president's executive order, "can go through a background check, a criminal background check, pay for their own fingerprint processing and have American citizen children. If you show you live in an American family, we can get you a work permit."

The fate of the president's executive action on immigration is tied up in the Federal Court of Appeals.


Apr 17, 11:00 PM EDT
Immigration forum interrupted by hecklers
Associated Press

TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) -- An immigration forum in Tucson on Friday evening turned contentious after anti-illegal immigration protesters repeatedly interrupted the two U.S. congressmen who hosted it.

The forum at Pima Community College was hosted by Rep. Raul Grijalva, D-Arizona, and Rep. Luis Gutierrez, D-Illinois, and was meant to inform attendees about the President Barack Obama program that protects immigrant youths from deportation.

A federal appeals court heard arguments in a case against a large expansion of that program that would also protect parents of U.S.-born children from deportation. A federal judge in Texas put that expansion on hold in February shortly before it was supposed to take effect.

But Grijalva's and Gutierrez's speeches were repeatedly interrupted by angry protesters who called them traitors. Both congressmen pleaded with the hecklers and the audience to be civil, to no avail.

Del Dawley of Tucson was escorted out after he approached Grijalva and refused to stop yelling at him.
Dawley said later he was offended by remarks Grijalva made claiming the American flag belongs to everyone. "We have a process, a rule of law," Dawley said. "I would like to see all illegal aliens deported."

Grijalva and Gutierrez praised Obama's Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, which protects youths who were brought to the country illegally as children and who meet certain qualifications from deportation while allowing them to legally work.

Gutierrez said participants in the program, also known as DACA, pay for extensive background checks to receive the protections. "I think it's much more beneficial to have them on the books than off the books," Gutierrez said.


Note: Locals are very familiar with Mary Rose.

Local Hispanics Rally to Support President's Executive Orders
Posted Friday, April 17th 2015 @ 7pm

(KFYI News) – Local Hispanics gathered outside the federal courthouse in downtown Phoenix on Friday to mark oral arguments taking place before a federal appeals court in New Orleans over President Obama's executive orders on immigration.

At issue was whether the state of Texas had legal standing to sue the federal government over the executive orders creating the DACA and DAPA programs, granting deportation deferrals to DREAMers and their parents and work permits to the DREAMers themselves.

Former Maricopa County Supervisor Mary Rose Wilcox said those affected by the DACA and DAPA programs are key ingredients of the US economy, "and who are citizens in every way but the paper. They're adding to our economy in a way that is incredible. They're a vibrant part of our American fabric and we need to legalize them."

Lydia Guzman of LULAC added, "Let's face it. The reason we're here is because Congress refused to give us immigration reform. It gave the President no other alternative but to pass this executive order."

Read more:

Note: had to include this one.

ICE Director's Brazen Answer on Whether Agents Should Follow the Law, or Obama's Immigration Directives
Apr. 16, 2015 8:48am Pete Kasperowicz

The director of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement said Wednesday that she has no problem telling her agents to follow President Barack Obama's orders when it comes to immigration, even when those orders violate the law as passed by Congress.

ICE Director Sarah Saldana attended a hearing held by a subcommittee of the House Budget Committee. In that hearing, Rep. David Young (R-Iowa) said he was worried about reports that some ICE officials aren't sure whether to enforce the law as it's written, or enforce the White House directive to relax deportation efforts against what they call low-priority illegal immigrants.

"If I had policies or directives that were contrary to the law, I would understand if they didn't want to follow them. I would expect them to follow the law first," Young said.
To that, Saldana replied, "And that's where you and I probably have a fundamental disagreement." (The exchange begins at the 1:25:30 mark in the video above.)

In a radio interview with Simon Conway in Iowa later that day, Young admitted he was floored by Saldana's statement, and said he couldn't believe her answer. "We have a senior administration official, the director of ICE, saying that guidelines, directives, trump the law," he said. "This is pretty serious."

The back-and-forth began when Young asked Saldana to respond to Obama's comment in February, when he said ICE officials needed to follow the White House's orders to relax enforcement against immigrants it has deemed to be a low priority for deportation. "If somebody's working for ICE, and there's a policy and they don't follow the policy, there are going to be consequences to it," Obama said then.

Those "consequences" have been widely interpreted to mean ICE officials could be fired for not following Obama's new instructions on immigration.

Young asked Saldana if Obama's comments concerned her in any way, given the implication that Obama was asking ICE to enforce his own directive, and not U.S. law.
"I'm trying to be honest with you, sir," Saldana replied. "No."

She then equated Obama's directive to any normal directive that a company or congressman might send out to their staffs. "I imagine you have staff that you expect to comply with your directives and your policies," she said. "I imagine the typical employer in the United States has employees who they expect to follow their directives, their policies."

After telling Young that they have a "fundamental disagreement" over whether directives or the law are controlling, Young then asked if she sees Obama's comments as a threat to ICE officials.

"A threat?" she laughed. "I am here of my own volition and will. I'm just trying to help the United States of America and our country on issues that are so divisive."


Thursday, April 16, 2015



Comment: Update on the report from yesterday, AZMEX SPECIAL 14-4-15.
A very sad day when your correspondent realized he had more confidence in the Mexican drug cartels than in the U.S. government. Terrorist activities on the border would be very bad for business, and very unlikely that the cartels would not pick up on groups, or allow them to operate. Such would also be bad for other business interests on both sides of the border. Received a good question, why would jihadists need a training camp in Mexico when thousands of 'refugees' from al queada & ISIS, ISIL infested area are being imported into the U.S. by the obama regime? However we can be sure they are all subjects of exhaustive Universal Background Checks (UBS). Sure. You betcha. Not to forget that anything is possible, but in this case seems to be unlikely.

US and Mexico authorities deny the presence of Islamic terrorists in the border
April 15, 2015 by Staff

Mexico City, April 15 (HOWEVER / El Diario) .- Authorities Customs and Border Protection (CBP) denied the presence of members of the Islamic State in Juarez, because according to the nongovernmental organization called Judicial Watch, in Anapra a terrorist camp was detected.

The state Sen. from El Paso, Jose Rodriguez, said earlier that this type of statements and rumors made by people who don't know the reality of the border region, and also go with political intentions.
"These are comments made by members of the Republican Party to politicize the issue of security in Gaza and keep political positions," Rodriguez said.

Yesterday, for the second time in less than four months, the website of the organization issued a note which states that Mexican authorities had detected camp members ready to attack Fort Bliss, El Paso and surrounding cities Islamic State.

Authorities of the Bureau of Customs and Border Protection and Border Patrol, said they had no knowledge of any threat in the strip, and if so, I would have been detected.

The information published on the site, it states that in Anapra Juárez cartel members have been helping terrorists crossing the area, but does not specify the source that provides this statement.

The exact location of this cell, the report said the digital portal, is "about eight miles from the US border, in an area known as Anapra west of Ciudad Juarez area. Another cell is in Puerto Palomas and is eyeing the people of Columbus and Deming, New Mexico. "

By making a tour of the area it was found that residents of the colony Anapra were surprised by the version stating that the terrorist group has a strategic camp there to attack US.

No settlement as described was observed.

Inhabitants of that polygon, the extreme west of the city, said they didn't know of any alleged activity of foreign radical groups in Mexico.

This kind of news have become recurring in future elections in the United States dates.

César Muñoz Omar Morales, head of public security on this border, said no information about the presence of a cell of ISIS in that colony.

While the federal representative in the state of Texas, Beto O'Rourke, said there is not a single terrorist on the border, like Oscar Lesser, Mayor of El Paso, who said it is very difficult for the presence of these groups in the city, it is the safest US.

"It has been four years in a row, it is a safe city that can identify threats immediately, we have many agencies that cooperate with security and that is why the presence of the Islamic State border is discarded," Lesser said.

Figón Arturo Sandoval, a spokesman for the Attorney General of the State (FGE), said there is no any information about the presence of this cell at the border.
He recalled that it is the second warning in this regard, so it is indicated that create uncertainty among the population.
He tried to contact the delegate of the Attorney General of the Republic César Augusto Peniche, but was unable to contact.

Judicial Watch says during a joint operation between the Army and the Federal Police, "documents in Arabic and Urdu were found, and Fort Bliss maps and rugs for Muslim prayers".

Currently the Anapra area has been under surveillance by the Municipal Police and Unified State Police. The Mexican Army withdrew its presence years ago when the government regained control of the area, concluding Joint Operation Chihuahua.


Wednesday, April 15, 2015



Feds: Army reservists sold military guns
Prosecutors say men tried to sell weaponry to agent posing as drug cartel operative
By Kristina Davis6:25 P.M.APRIL 15, 2015Updated7:52 P.M.

Two East County U.S. Army reservists were arrested Wednesday, accused of selling a cache of military firearms for thousands of dollars to an undercover agent posing as a Mexican drug cartel operative.

Jaime Casillas, 22, of El Cajon, and Andrew Reyes, 34, of La Mesa, were arrested after search warrants were served at their homes, according to federal authorities.

Both worked at the Army National Guard Armory in La Mesa, the U.S. Attorney's Office said.

Reyes is accused of traveling several times to Texas to obtain numerous weapons, including assault rifles, magazines and ballistic plates for protective vests, which he then sold in San Diego.

The alleged scheme began in August, when an undercover agent working with a U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration task force met with Casillas, who boasted of his ability to acquire firearms, body armor and ammunition for sale, according to an affidavit filed by an agent with the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Firearms, Tobacco and Explosives. The agent told Casillas he was working to procure weaponry for drug traffickers in Mexico.

Soon after, Casillas sold the supposed cartel man 1,600 rounds of .223-caliber ammunition – later identified as U.S. military inventory – for $700, the affidavit states.

In a second buy, Casillas sold the agent a .40-caliber pistol for $800 from his El Cajon mobile home, saying the gun had already been used to "do a job" in Tijuana, the document says.

About a month later, Reyes sold the agent an AK-47 for $1,700, authorities say.

Several similar firearms sales followed over the next several months, including an AR-15 with a fake serial number, an expensive AR-15 with a mounted scope, hundreds of AR-15 ammunition magazines, and a .45 caliber pistol described as "hot," meaning it had been used in a crime or was stolen. In December, Reyes sold the agent 20 ceramic trauma (bullet-resistant) plates that are inserted into ballistic vests for $2,000, telling the agent that the gear was from the military, court records say.

A tracking device hidden under Reyes' vehicle mapped his drives to and from Texas, authorities said.

In one of the last transactions, Reyes text messaged the agent a short video of him firing an AR-15 with a scope at what appeared to be an outdoor shooting range, saying he wanted to make sure it "fired smoothly" because it was "just built," the affidavit says.

On March 16, both Casillas, dressed in an Army camouflage uniform, and Reyes, wearing Army gym clothing, met with the purported cartel man to sell that gun for $2,150.

The last deal was for a $15,000 .50-caliber rifle, but that sale never completed, authorities said. In all, they are accused of selling six rifles, a pistol, and the plates, ammunition and magazines, for a total of $15,450, according to the complaint.

After his arrest, Casillas admitted selling weaponry but said he merely coordinated the sales for Reyes and did not personally profit from the business, the affidavit says.

Casillas was arrested during a traffic stop in El Cajon, and Reyes was taken into custody at his home, federal officials said.

Both are scheduled to be arraigned at 2 p.m. Thursday before U.S. Magistrate Judge Mitchell Dembin on charges of dealing firearms without a license and unlicensed transportation of firearms, prosecutors said.

San Diego has been no stranger to such schemes.

In 2011, a former sailor got 30 months in prison for stealing then selling $170,000 worth of military equipment, some considered highly sensitive, while stationed at Coronado Naval Amphibious Base.

Phillip Jamison, who worked in the armory, loaded up his backpack with the stolen gear, such as night-vision and tactical equipment, and walked off the base on a weekly basis. He sold about 280 items over the course of a year, often on eBay. Some was sold to customers in Hong Kong, prosecutors said.

Also, former Coronado-based Navy SEAL Nicholas Bickle was sentenced to 17½ years in 2012 after being found guilty of smuggling machine guns home from Iraq and then giving them and other weapons to friends to sell on the street. He smuggled as many as 100 guns in a footlocker with a false bottom, prosecutors said during the trial in Nevada. In his storage unit in San Diego, alongside the footlocker, authorities found 3,000 rounds of military ammunition, pieces of detonating equipment and two handguns originally intended for use by Iraqi police forces.

He argued to a federal appeals court that his service-related Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder gave him diminished mental capacity, but the court said nothing in his military record confirmed that and found he had carefully planned his crimes, according to court documents.


Six rifles (Four AR-15 rifles, one AK-47 rifle, one SKS rifle)
.40 caliber pistol
20 protective inserts for ballistic vests
1,600 rounds .223 caliber ammunition
Four .223 caliber rifle magazines
150 .223 caliber rifle magazines
Two ballistic vests/plates
Dozen other rifle magazines


AZMEX I3 15-4-15

AZMEX I3 15 APR 2015

Note: From HST, Homeland Security Today

House Judiciary Committee Releases Details About Criminal Aliens Released By Obama Administration
By: Anthony Kimery, Editor-in-Chief

04/14/2015 (10:35pm)

Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) released 30,558 criminal aliens with a total of 79,059 convictions in Fiscal Year 2014, according to information ICE provided by to the House Committee on the Judiciary.

The committee said Tuesday "ICE often claims that the Supreme Court's decision in Zadvydas v. Davis forces them to release aliens that they normally would not want to release back into the community. However, the total number of convicted criminal aliens released based on the Zadvydas decision totaled 2,457 in Fiscal Year 2014, representing only 8 percent of the releases. Additionally, the criminal aliens released due to Zadvydas committed 16,126, or 20 percent, of the crimes committed by the released aliens."

Among the convictions of criminal aliens released in FY2014 are 86 homicide convictions, 186 kidnapping convictions, 373 sexual assault convictions, 449 commercialized sexual offenses, 1,194 battery convictions, 1,346 domestic violence convictions and 13,636 driving under the influence of alcohol convictions.

The statistics were disclosed during an oversight hearing on ICE by the committee Tuesday.

Committee chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.) said, "We just learned that in addition to releasing over 36,000 convicted criminal aliens in FY 2013, ICE released 30,558 convicted criminal aliens in FY 2014 pursuant to its so-called 'priorities,'" He added that, "The agency released thousands of criminal aliens convicted of offenses involving dangerous drugs, assault and domestic violence, stolen vehicles, robbery, sex offenses, sexual assault, kidnapping, voluntary manslaughter, and even homicide. 27 percent of the aliens released were so called 'level 1s' according to the administration – the worst of the worst."

"As the Obama Administration consistently shrinks the universe of criminal and unlawful aliens that ICE can remove, ICE apprehensions have decreased by 40 percent since this time last year," Goodlatte said in his opening statement. "ICE administrative arrests of criminal aliens declined 32 percent compared to this time last year. The average daily population (ADP) of aliens in detention facilities has declined to approximately 26,000 beds. This has occurred despite a mandate in law that requires ICE to maintain a 34,000 ADP in detention facilities. And the number of unlawful or criminal aliens that ICE has removed from the interior of the country has fallen by more than half since 2008."

"Many factors have contributed to the sharp decline of interior immigration enforcement under this administration, including the collapse of issuance and compliance with ICE detainers because of ICE's own detainer policy issued on December 21, 2012 that limits ICE's ability to issue detainers, ICE's failure to defend its detainer authority, ICE's implementation of its new enforcement priorities announced by [DHS] Secretary [Jeh] Johnson on November 20, 2014, and the demise of the Secure Communities program on this same date," Goodlatte said.

Continuing, Goodlatte declared, "Detainers are a key tool used by ICE. They are notices issued by ICE and other DHS units that ask local, State and federal law enforcement agencies not to release removable aliens held at their facilities in order to give ICE an opportunity to take them into its custody and put them in removal proceedings … When aliens released onto the streets go on to commit additional crimes yet could have been placed in ICE custody, this administration is responsible.From January 1, 2014 to September 30, 2014, over 10,000 detainers were not honored. The recidivism rate for these aliens was 29 percent. Innocent citizens and law enforcement officers could be injured, maimed or murdered due to a detainer not being issued or honored because of this administration's policies."

"When President Obama announced unilateral changes to our immigration system with a wave of his 'pen and cell phone' on November 20, 2014, he indicated that he would allow millions of unlawful and criminal aliens to evade immigration enforcement," Goodlatte said. "He did this with the issuance of new so-called ICE 'priorities' for the apprehension, detention and removal of aliens."

"Under the Obama administration's new enforcement priorities," Goodlatte concluded, "broad categories of unlawful and criminal aliens will be beyond the reach of the law even if they don't qualify for the President's unconstitutional legalization programs. This means that millions of removable aliens will remain in the US without any risk of removal."

"I have taken some initial steps to enhance ICE's ability to achieve its primary goal of enforcing our nation's immigration laws and keeping our country safe by ensuring we focus our resources on individuals who pose the greatest threat to our national security and public safety," testified Sarah Saldana, who was sworn in as ICE director on December 23. "Having most recently served as the US Attorney for the Northern District of Texas," she told the committee, "I have a wealth of experience in enforcing the thousands of federal laws over which I had responsibility."

Continuing, Saldana said, "Guided by DHS' enforcement priorities, the approximately 7,300 personnel of ICE Enforcement and Removal Operations (ERO) identify and apprehend convicted criminals and other removable individuals; detain individuals and, as appropriate, supervise them through alternatives to detention; and remove from the United States those priority individuals determined to be illegally present or otherwise subject to removal."

She said, "ERO enforces our nation's immigration laws in a manner designed to best promote national security, public safety, and border security, placing the highest priority on the removal of recent border crossers, convicted criminals and those who otherwise pose a threat to our communities."

"Pursuant to a memorandum issued by Secretary Johnson on November 20, 2014, Priority 1 aliens comprise threats to national security, border security and public safety," she explained. "Priority 2 aliens include certain misdemeanants and new immigration violators who entered the United States after January 1, 2014. The removal of these individuals from the United States is a national priority that is carried out by a team of just under 5,700 law enforcement officers operating in nearly every jurisdiction of the United States."

Saldana noted that, "ERO conducted Operation Cross Check VI, a five-day nationwide operation that resulted in the arrest of 2,058 convicted criminals."

Four Republicans earlier sent a letter to Johnson requesting specific information regarding criminal aliens ICE announced were arrested during Operation Cross Check VI.

During the five-day, nationwide operation that targeted convicted criminal aliens subject to removal, ICE said it arrested 2,059 convicted criminals, and that two individuals were added to ICE's most wanted fugitives list. The roundup raised questions about the administration's immigration enforcement policies.

Led by ICE Enforcement and ERO, ICE said the 2,059 individuals with prior criminal convictions who were arrested included more than 1,000 individuals who have multiple criminal convictions. More than 1,000 of those arrested have felony convictions, including voluntary manslaughter, child pornography, robbery, kidnapping and rape.

Of the total 2,059 criminals arrested, 58 are known gang members or affiliates, and 89 are convicted sex offenders.

The vast majority of misdemeanor convictions were for driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs (DUI). ICE considers DUI offenders, particularly repeat offenders, to be a significant public safety threat.

Of those arrested during the operation, 476 were illegal re-entrants who'd previously been removed from the US. Because of their serious criminal histories and prior immigration arrest records, 163 of those arrested during the enforcement action were presented to US Attorneys for prosecution on a variety of charges, including illegal re-entry after deportation, a felony punishable by up to 20 years in prison.

Last May, a Center for Immigration Studies report disclosed ICE released more than 36,000 convicted criminal aliens in deportation proceedings in Fiscal Year 2013. The released aliens had 88,000 convictions among them, including 16,070 drunk or drugged driving convictions, 9,187 dangerous drug convictions, 426 sexual assault convictions, 303 kidnapping convictions and 193 homicide convictions (including one willful killing of a public official with gun).

"This enumeration of FY 2013 criminal aliens freed and the criminal convictions tied to these individuals was prepared by ICE in response to congressional inquiries following a report published by the Center for Immigration Studies" that showed ICE officers declined to bring immigration charges in 68,000 cases of criminal aliens they encountered in 2013, said Jessica M. Vaughan, the author of the report and Director of Policy Studies at the Center for Immigration Studies.

"It is important to recognize," she said, "that the 36,007 criminal aliens counted in this document are a different set of cases from the 68,000 releases reported earlier. The 36,007 criminal aliens counted here are aliens who were being processed for deportation and were freed while awaiting the final disposition of their cases, or afterwards. The 68,000 releases were cases of alien criminals encountered by ICE officers, usually in jails, but who were let go in lieu of processing them for immigration removal charges in that year."

For its part, ICE responded at the time saying many of the individuals released were done so under orders from US courts. ICE said 75 percent of the people released who had murder convictions were "mandatory releases." Others released could not be returned to their home country and could not be detained indefinitely in ICE's custody, the agency said. ICE further said the released undocumented aliens were monitored via GPS, telephone and in-person visits."

"Others, typically those with less serious offenses," ICE said, "were released as a discretionary matter after career law enforcement officers made a judgment regarding the priority of holding the individual, given ICE's resources, and prioritizing the detention and removal of individuals who pose a risk to public safety or national security."


Tuesday, April 14, 2015



Note; Getting a lot of traffic on this one, but am not rpt. not been able to confirm

There has been a middle eastern community in Cd. Juarez for many years, size unknown.
But to memory, never been more of a problem than others.
Don't think the cartel leadership wants any terror acts to happen along the border which would be very bad for business.
Possible? Of course, but unlikely as it is hard to have secrets in Mexico. People who don't belong are usually noticed quickly. Until can get some better info, hopefully we can put it in the file with the "Russian troops hidden along the border" rumor of many years ago.


Report ISIS camp site in Anapra
El Diario de Juarez | 04.14.2015 | 15:17

City Juárez.- The portal conservative judicial affairs, Judicial Watch, today released a report which says the Islamic state established a base in Anapra colony and one in Puerto Palomas.

The website cites as sources "an official of the Mexican army and federal police inspector" also in this country.

The exact location is "about eight miles from the US border, in an area known as 'Anapra' west of Ciudad Juarez area. Another cell ISIS is in Puerto Palomas and is eyeing the towns of Columbus and Deming, New Mexico, "says the website in a statement released today.

The site claims that during a joint operation between the (Mex.) Army and the Federal Police, "documents in Arabic and Urdu were found, and Fort Bliss maps and rugs for Muslim prayers".

It is not the first time the group 'Judicial Watch' reports reports in this regard. At the end of last August posted on its website that official source confirmed to him that ISIS cells operating in Ciudad Juarez and that these terrorists are planning to attack US with car bombs or other explosive devices improvised vehicle.

On his website he mentioned that the 'attack was so imminent that the general commander of the military base at Fort Bliss in El Paso had already been informed'. This report has already been deleted from your files.

Asked about the Fort Bliss spokeswoman Lt. Col. Lee Peters said doesn't know the validity of this information.

Other authorities of the Government of the United States as the Pentagon and the State Department reported that they lacked evidence that radical militant group Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) uses the border with Mexico to enter the United States with purpose of conducting terrorist attacks.

In addition, Mexican, state and federal authorities responsible for border security in ruled out the presence of terrorist groups in Ciudad Juárez.

César Augusto Peniche, delegate of the Attorney General's Office (PGR) said immigration have no warning of movement or violence on the border, and the lack of a warning about the presence of terrorist groups in the town.

In turn, Figón Arturo Sandoval, a spokesman for the Attorney General of the State (FGE), said that until yesterday the agency was not aware of the alleged warning issued by authorities in Texas about a possible terrorist attack of the Islamic State by this border, as began to spread.

'The prosecution has not only coordination with national agencies, but the United States, but in this case were not taken communication to that effect; when the nation is at risk is the federal authority that may have information 'said Sandoval.

The course report caused such a stir in the news network CNN, the spokesman of the Department of Defense United States, Admiral John Kirbi, had to react. "I have not seen evidence that they are trying to get across the border with Mexico," he said at the time.


Monday, April 13, 2015



Note: From Fierce Homeland Security and Wilson Center, Mexico Institute.

Topics: Border Protection | Counternarcotics | Oversight

On Mexico's other border, trade and travel largely uncontrolled
April 9, 2015 | By Zach Rausnitz

Conditions at Mexico's southern border show little to suggest that Mexico and Guatemala have enough capacity for or interest in building the kind of strict controls seen at Mexico's northern border, a new report indicates.

Last month, researchers from the the Washington, D.C.-based Wilson Center alongside researchers from Mexico traveled to the Mexico-Guatemala border to observe conditions there and the prospects for increased border enforcement. The Wilson Center collected their observations in an April 1 report.

Mexico's southern border has drawn more attention from the United States due to the massive influx of unaccompanied minors across the U.S.-Mexico border last year. Those children largely came from Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador, prompting U.S. and Mexican officials to consider ways to heighten controls at Mexico's southern border.

As detailed in the report, the researchers who traveled to that border region found a dynamic very different from that of the U.S.-Mexico border.

"It takes no more than a minute at the border to realize passports, visas, and import and export procedures are largely optional," noted one of the researchers. "It is hard to imagine significant advances in stemming the flow of drugs and criminals when people and product bounce back and forth across the border unregulated in plain sight of the very authorities charged with stopping them."

Indifference is not the only impediment to more regulation, however. "A makeshift, but organized system of piers and rafts built with big inner tubes and planks, defies any logic of control on the part of immigration and customs authorities," another of the researchers wrote.

While leaders in Mexico have said they'll address the lack of controls along the southern border, efforts to do so are still largely abstract and may never receive sufficient funding, the report notes. Enforcing controls and inspections would also require a new paradigm to take hold that replaces the current system in which cross-border traffic "is still self-managed by the local communities," the report says.

Additionally, residents along the Mexico-Guatemala border don't have the same concerns as Americans who are trying to stop migrants from reaching the United States without authorization. On the subject of teenagers traveling through the region without their parents, "local experts and advocates alike saw this as being a normal occurrence," one researcher noted.

For more:
- read the report 17 pages.


Friday, April 10, 2015



Note: May take some time to sort this one out. Several to about 50 cases of TB are said to be active along the AZ/Son border.

Victim dies of tuberculosis
Details Published on Friday April 10, 2015,
Written by Staff / The Journal


A youth dies in the General Hospital. Evacuate staff and patients to prevent contagion.
A youth, between 22 and 25, died in the General Hospital, he died of tuberculosis, and to prevent contagion have evacuated site staff and some patients.

The deceased was identified as Jorge Castillo, who was taken to hospital aboard a private vehicle from a shelter called "Más que venceremos", located in the International Road at kilometer 218, opposite the rancho Santa Rosalia, near the village Imuris.

According to the data collected at the scene, the young man had reached the border around 20:00, and was convulsing, a few minutes after ceased to exist. Hospital staff said the victim had ingested insecticide.
At the hospital arrived a Agent First Public Prosecutor of the Common Jurisdiction with the proper equipment to attest to the facts, together with expert services personnel and fire department personnel Gustavo L. Manriquez.


Published April 10, 2015, 5:03 a.m.
Evacuate General Hospital
Authorities say the two people who transferred the patient to be interrogated.
José Castillo arrived without vital signs to hospital from rehab

JC Vasquez
Nogales, Sonora - New Day

In an unexpected move, the General Hospital of Nogales was evacuated after being brought a dead person emanating strange vapors that alerted the medical professionals who work in the hospital, who decided to evacuate the staff and relatives of patients with the fear of an epidemic.

Jorge Castillo, was transferred from the Centro Cristiano Más que Vencedores, located at kilometer 218 of the International Road between El Cumeral and Los Janos, in a vehicle manned by Ismael Chavez Catarinon and Guadalupe García León.

When they arrived at the hospital, Carlos Castillo had ceased to exist, but those who transported him from the rehabilitation center, which is in charge of Pastor "Lioncio", failed to explain about the chemical with which appeared to have been sprayed, which caused the strange vapors emanating from the body, apparently caused by a pesticide.

The record of the now deceased, stated that history had Tuberculosis, and noted that before his death had signs of infection by Hepatitis.

Castillo's body was moved to a restricted are to prevent the rest of the hospital from being contaminated, said the medical staff on duty.

It was reported that Jorge Castillo, about 28 years old, had arrived without vital signs to the emergency room, but doctors tried to revive him and was at that time that that area began to fill the vapors of some kind of pesticide.

The pesticide began to cause airway why he immediately proceeded to the evacuation of personnel that somehow had contact for a few minutes with the patient, said to be closed.

It is worth mentioning that the staff of Red Cross, to reach more patients, was rejected by them and safety of patients and encouraged to move to another hospital.

It was 19:30 when they arrived with the patient at the door of the hospital


Note: not to forget our friends in TX.

Tamaulipas strengthens actions against dengue
The various actions and the work is coordinated with the 43 municipalities.
Photo: Courtesy
Editorial Mexicana Organization
April 10, 2015

Reynosa.- The Ministry of Health in Tamaulipas redoubled programs and measures to prevent cases of dengue and chikungunya in this state, after the Easter holiday period led to the movement of visitors and vacationers.

The head of the agency, Norberto Garcia Trevino Manzo, who made a working tour of this border city, stressed the importance of strengthening the actions throughout the year, but said more effort is required during holiday periods.

He explained that the Health Sector conducts preventive measures during school holidays, as residents of this organization go for a walk or visiting relatives entities where there are positive cases of chikungunya or vice versa, and arrive at the visitors entity from states with patients confirmed.

He ruled that there Tamaulipas cases of chikungunya, so many programs permanently as fumigation, trash removal and application of Abatement apply.

Garcia Trevino Manzo mention that from January to date, there have been 34 cases of dengue in the state, of which five correspond to Reynosa.

He recalled that it was in 2013, when an outbreak of dengue with 5,600 cases throughout the state, a figure that forced the health sector to strengthen programs and actions to end this epidemic.

He said that the various actions and coordinated work with the 43 local councils, as well as various sectors such as education, business and industry, among others, were able to reduce to 891 dengue cases during 2014.

- See more at:


Publicado abril 10, 2015, 5:03 am
Evacuan el Hospital General
Las autoridades aseguraron a las dos personas que trasladaron al paciente para ser interrogadas.
José Castillo llegó sin signos vitales al nosocomio proveniente de centro de rehabilitación

JC Vásquez
Nogales, Sonora - Nuevo Día

En una acción inesperada, el Hospital General de Nogales fue evacuado tras ser llevada una persona muerta que emanaba extraños vapores que alertó a los profesionales de la Medicina que laboran en el nosocomio, que decidieron hacer salir a todo el personal y familiares de pacientes, ante el temor de una epidemia.
Jorge Castillo, fue trasladado desde el Centro Cristiano Más que Vencedores, que se ubica en el kilómetro 218 de la Carretera Internacional, entre El Cumeral y Los Janos, en un vehículo tripulado por Ismael Chávez Catarino y Guadalupe García León.
Cuando arribaron al hospital, Carlos Castillo había dejado de existir, pero quienes lo trasladaron del centro de rehabilitación, que está a cargo del Pastor "Lioncio", no supieron explicar sobre el químico con el que parecía haber sido rociado, lo que provocaba que el cuerpo emanara extraños vapores, al parecer producidos por algún pesticida.
En el expediente del hoy occiso, se indicaba que contaba con historial de Tuberculosis, y se indicó que antes de fallecer tenía señales de contagio por Hepatitis.
El cuerpo de Castillo, fue trasladado a un área restringida para evitar que el resto del hospital fuera contaminado, expresó el personal médico en turno.
Se informó que Jorge Castillo, de aproximadamente 28 años de edad, había llegado sin signos vitales a las puertas del área de urgencias, pero los médicos intentaron reanimarlo y fue en esos momentos que dicha zona se empezó a llenar de los vapores de algún tipo de pesticida.
El pesticida empezó a provocar que se cerraran las vías respiratorias, motivo por el cual de inmediato se procedió a la evacuación del personal que en cierta forma tuvo contacto por escasos minutos con el paciente, dijeron.
Cabe mencionar que el personal de Cruz Roja, al arribar con más pacientes, fue rechazado por seguridad de ellos y de los enfermos, recomendándoles que los trasladaran a otro nosocomio.
Fue a las 19:30 horas cuando arribaron con el enfermo a las puertas del mencionado hospital

Fallece víctima de tuberculosis
Detalles Publicado el Viernes 10 de Abril de 2015,
Escrito por Redacción / El Diario


Joven pierde la vida en el Hospital General. Evacuan a personal y enfermos para evitar contagios.
Un joven, de entre 22 y 25 años, murió en el Hospital General, falleció víctima de tuberculosis, y para evitar contagios fue evacuado el personal del lugar y algunos enfermos.
El occiso fue identificado como Jorge Castillo, quien fue trasladado al hospital a bordo de un vehículo particular desde un albergue denominado "Más que venceremos", ubicado en la Carretera Internacional a la altura del kilómetro 218, frente al rancho Santa Rosalía, cerca del poblado de Imuris.
De acuerdo a los datos recabados en el lugar, el joven había llegado a esta frontera alrededor de las 20:00 horas, convulsionándose, fue minutos después que dejó de existir. Personal del hospital señaló que la víctima venía impregnada de insecticida.
Al nosocomio arribó el Agente Primero del Ministerio Público del Fuero Común, quien entró con equipo adecuado a dar fe de los hechos, junto con personal de servicios periciales y personal del cuerpo de bomberos Gustavo L. Manríquez.


Tamaulipas refuerza acciones contra el dengue
Las diversas acciones y el trabajo está coordinado con los 43 ayuntamientos. Foto: Cortesía
Organización Editorial Mexicana
10 de abril de 2015

Reynosa.- La Secretaría de Salud en Tamaulipas redobló programas y acciones encaminadas a evitar casos de dengue y chikungunya en esta entidad, luego que el periodo vacacional de Semana Santa propició el movimiento de visitantes y vacacionistas.

El titular de la dependencia, Norberto Treviño García Manzo, quien realizó una gira de trabajo por esta ciudad fronteriza, resaltó la importancia de redoblar las acciones a lo largo de todo el año, pero precisó que se requiere de mayor esfuerzo durante los periodos vacacionales.

Explicó que el Sector Salud lleva a cabo medidas preventivas durante los días de asueto, ya que pobladores de esta entidad acuden a pasear o visitar familiares a entidades donde hay casos positivos de chikungunya o viceversa, y arriban a esta entidad visitantes provenientes de estados con pacientes confirmados.

Descartó que en Tamaulipas existan casos de chikungunya, por lo que se aplican diversos programas de manera permanente como los de fumigación, descacharrización y aplicación de abate.

Treviño García Manzo menciono que de enero a la fecha, se han registrado 34 casos de dengue en la entidad, de los cuales cinco corresponden a Reynosa.

Recordó que fue en el año 2013, cuando ocurrió un brote de dengue con cinco mil 600 casos en toda la entidad, cifra que obligó al sector salud a redoblar programas y acciones encaminadas a terminar con esa epidemia.

Refirió que las diversas acciones y el trabajo coordinado con los 43 ayuntamientos locales, así como con diversos sectores como el educativo, empresarial e industrial, entre otros, se logró disminuir a 891 casos de dengue durante el año 2014. (Notimex)
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Tuesday, April 7, 2015

AZMEX I3 7-4-15

AZMEX I3 7 APR 2015

Note: Once again boys & girls, the driver's license is also the primary ID for purchase of firearms.
Video at link, about 7 minutes.

Demand for licenses by immigrants in country illegally outpaces expectations
Posted: Apr 07, 2015 9:25 AM MST
Updated: Apr 07, 2015 9:29 AM MST
By FOX 10 News Staff

Demand for licenses by immigrants in country illegally outpaces expectations
ICE warns Pinal Co. about release of immigrant fighting drug resistant TB
Border Patrol: Increasing number of illegal immigrants hiding in truck vents, drivers unaware

PHOENIX (KSAZ) - A record number of illegal immigrants applying for driver's licenses is outpacing expectations.

Nearly 500,000 Dreamers, whose who were brought to the US by their parents, have applied for licenses in Arizona.
Pinal County Sheriff Paul Babeu says a large problem with these licenses is how those in the country illegally are proving who they are.

Babeu claims Mexican Consular Cards, one document needed to get a drivers license, is not substantial proof of who you are.
Using these cards, Babeu says at least 1.5 million people in the country illegally are expected to get driver's licenses in California.

Monday, April 6, 2015



Note: "At this time," & "a drug-resistant form of tuberculosis."
Also left out was the mention of dengue fever, wide spread just to the south of AZ.

Posted: Apr 06, 2015 4:39 PM MST
Updated: Apr 06, 2015 5:44 PM MST
Undocumented immigrant with TB will not be released from Pinal County detention facility
Reported By Allison Alexander
Written By Anthony Victor Reyes

FLORENCE - An undocumented immigrant who was being treated for tuberculosis will not be released from the Florence Detention Center after several officials expressed some concerns.

An ICE detention facility in Pinal County planned to release the detainee, who entered the U.S. illegally, because the agency had no legal reason to hold him.

Due to some concerns regarding the health of the children housed at the border last summer, Arizona Senators, John McCain and Jeff Flake, released a letter urging the U.S. Immigrations and Customs Enforcement to reconsider releasing the immigrant.

The concerns were raised due to fear that the children housed at the border were carrying diseases like influenza, chickenpox, or tuberculosis.

Monday afternoon, ICE released the following statement:

"At this time, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement has no plans to release this person from custody," said O'Keefe ICE Public Affairs Officers Yasmeen Pitts. "The detainee remains at Florence Detention Center pending a decision by an immigration judge regarding any request for a bond and whether the detainee will remain in the U.S. or be removed."

The Pinal County director of public health said the detainee has been receiving treatment for the past seven months for




Note: As usual some of the numbers suspect to very suspect. Also not to forget the many thousands of U.S. firearms sent directly to the Mexican govt.

It is 127 million dollars in the illegal arms market; Senate toughen penalties drive
Of this amount, 80% came from the United States; common crime, drug trafficking and citizens, recipients

03/08/2015 6:58 Jaime Contreras Salcedo

In California, Arizona, New Mexico and Texas are 6,700 armories (firearms retailers), of which, 46.7 percent depend to some extent on demand in Mexico. Photo: Reuters / File

MEXICO CITY, March 8. More than 15 million guns are circulating illegally in Mexico; of which 65% is in the hands of organized crime and the remaining 35% on civilians for their alleged personal protection, according to data contained in a Senate bill that seeks to toughen penalties against possession of prohibited weapons.

The document proposed changes to Article 19 of the Constitution, a felony is considered for illegal carrying of weapons, states that is estimated at 127 million dollars a year that black market in Mexico, giving our country fifth place in the world.

Of the more than 15 million illegal arms circulating in the country, 12 million (80%) come from the United States, primarily a network of armories 6,700 installed on the border with Mexico.

The initiative highlights another factor that aggravates the illegal sale of weapons is the high level of impunity, and allegations of corruption or inefficiency of public servants responsible for procuring and administering justice, "because they put the country in a state of risk violations "against organized crime.

Mexico ranks fifth arms trafficking worldwide. It is estimated, according to data from the Senate, which currently circulating over 15 million illegal weapons and of them 80 percent from the United States (12 million) since 6,700 armories installed on the border with our country filled organized crime problem.

Those businesses, residents the same in California, Arizona, New Mexico and Texas, are well distributed along the border with our nation at two establishments per kilometer, and as there is no law to prevent spread weapons of all kinds of calibres .

22,732 thousand homicides occurred in 2013; 14,122 were with firearms.
Linked to this phenomenon, in 2013, according to the National Institute of Statistics and Geography (INEGI), 22,732 homicides, of which 14,122 were committed with shooting handguns, rifles, shotguns, and other firearms.

Other figures that emerge from specialized studies on the subject, highlighted by legislators Armando Rios Piter and Zoe Robledo, demonstrate the seriousness of illegal trade of weapons into our country in a context of impunity and corruption.

14 percent of the 252,000 weapons crossing annually to Mexico are confiscated.
It has been estimated that authorities confiscate only 14% of the 252,000 weapons annually crossing illegally through the northern border (35 000), and that about 46.7% of US armories depend to some extent on the Mexican demand.

This further explains that in our country firearms were used in half the 120,000 homicides between 2007 and 2012.

Stands out even common criminals, organized crime and citizens acquire weapons on the black market worth an estimated $ 127 million annual amount. 65 percent of illegal weapons is in the hands of organized crime and 35 percent remaining civilians allegedly possess for personal protection.

Increased crime in general

Rivers and Robledo emphasize that the increase in illegal trafficking of weapons "was a factor in recent years Mexico has experienced an increase in crime in general, which has significantly affected the social, economic, political and institutional structures, causing a high perception of insecurity by its inhabitants and deterioration of the image of our country abroad. "

65 percent of illegal weapons are in the hands of organized crime.
Therefore, both senators filed an initiative to amend Article 19 of the Constitution to be considered a felony for the possession of firearms illegally, ie without permission.

What he wants this reform, these legislators aim is to inhibit illegal possession of firearms and explosives, "through a regulatory adaptation in order that it becomes a felony, and its location in the fundamental law of our country aand update the preventative detention ".

In the preamble to this initiative, proponents say it is increasingly common "learn from the commission of high-impact crimes such as assaults or homicides in which firearms larger caliber and power are used as those used for security forces of the State ".

Coupled with this phenomenon, the high level of impunity, and allegations of corruption or inefficiency of public servants responsible for procuring and administering justice, "exacerbate the problem of illegal possession of weapons, because society puts in a state at risk of violation and violence that grows every day. "


Before the unstoppable arms trafficking, it is proposed to officially a felony carrying firearms without permission.

The draft initiative Armando Rios Piter senators and Zoe Robledo also notes that this grave situation goes beyond a simple perception. The purpose of the numbers from the National Survey of Victimization and Perception of Public Insecurity (ENVIPE) "shows that in 2013 were generated in Mexico 33.1 million associated with 22.5 million crime victims 22.5, representing a rate of 1.5 offenses per victim (in 2012 the rate was 1.3 offenses per victim) ".

In addition, this survey estimated a rate of 41,563 crimes per hundred thousand inhabitants in 2013. Of the estimated 33.1 million crimes, the victim was present in 55% of cases, which represents, in absolute terms, 18.2 million. Of the estimated 18.2 million crimes where the victim was present, the criminals were carrying a gun in 50.2% of cases.

This represents 93.8% of crimes where no complaint or preliminary inquiry. This percentage represents the "dark figure" of the crimes committed, in which there was no previous complaint or inquiry was initiated during 2013.

The increase in the crime rate in 2013 compared to previous years is due primarily to the increase in crimes such as theft or assault in the street or on public transport, and extortion.
- Jaime Contreras

Note: the "Republic" of Chechnya is run directly out of Moscow. But Caracas and it's AK fabrica?

Threat Chechnya threatens arming Mexico if the US gives weapons to Kiev
"The supply of weapons to Ukraine would be a sign to take appropriate measures," said the president of the Chechen Parliament

03/26/2015 7:48 EFE

MOSCOW, 26 March- The republic of Chechnya in the Russian Caucasus, if Washington finally supplied weapons to Ukraine, threatens to deliver weapons to Mexico to help it recover "territories annexed by the United States".

The supply of weapons to Ukraine would be a sign to take appropriate measures, "said the president of the Chechen Parliament, Dukuvaja Abdurakhmanov, commenting on the recent US congressional resolution that urged President Barack Obama to send lethal weapons to the Government of Kiev to fight the pro-Russian insurgents.

To Abdurakhmanov, such measures would be "supplying modern weapons to Mexico to resolve the legal status of the territories annexed by the United States, which are currently states of California, New Mexico, Arizona, Nevada, Utah, Colorado and Wyoming" .

As indicated on the website of the Chechen parliament, the president also said that Chechnya "reserves the right to hold conferences in Russia, Mexico and the USA to raise the issue of the separation of those States of EU and delivering weapons to supporters of it. "

The Chechen responsible argued that since the Second World War "the US has not spent a single dollar in the development of Ukraine", while Russia and Ukraine have always been Ukraine's "brothers" so that Washington "has no right to give advice to Russia "about the current crisis.

The Kremlin today immediately disavowed the statements of Chechen responsibility, claiming that Chechnya is a subject of the Russian Federation and those words are contrary to Russian law.

These statements may not agree with Moscow. Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told reporters subjects of the Russian Federation can neither supply arms to a foreign country, or sell it, this is simply impossible from the point of view of our laws, "he said.