Tuesday, September 22, 2015



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Lakota-Helicopter-640x428Photo: U.S. Army/SFC Steven Petibone
15 Sep 2015179


The New York National Guard is sending one of its two UH-72 Lakota light utility helicopters and a four-man crew to the Arizona-Mexico border on Wednesday to assist with illegal activity and illegal immigration. The Army National Guard helicopter and its crew is being deployed to Marana, Arizona.

Breitbart Texas spoke with New York National Guard Public Affairs Officer, Major Al Phillips who said, "The deployment is part of ongoing support and does not relate to current headlines."

Guardsmen will fly aerial reconnaissance missions along the border and will watch for illicit drug and human trafficking and illegal immigration activities.

The four-man crew will be accompanied by a Customs and Border Patrol agent. The agent has the legal authority to make arrests if necessary and is familiar with the area the crew will be patrolling.

This Lakota helicopter has infrared capabilities and a high-powered searchlight and can easily track people on the ground and can coordinate with Border Patrol agents.

The NY National Guard spokesman said this is the third time that the New York National Guard has sent support to the Texas border. The last time was in Laredo, Texas, approximately one year ago.

The Guardsmen are being sent to support other federal law enforcement officials there, including border patrol agents, and those with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security's (DHS) Customs and Border Protection and Immigration and Customs Enforcement agencies.

Maj. Phillips said the missions have been approved by the National Guard and the Department of Homeland Security located in Washington, D.C.

Phillips told Breitbart Texas, "This is a great mission. It gives our pilots and crew an opportunity to both train and support Homeland Security." The skills learned by working with law enforcement, and by conducting air search operations, can be employed in New York during disaster response missions, he said.

More than a thousand New York National Guard troops were deployed in 2006-2008 as part of "Operation Jump Start."

New York aviators have supported Arizona and Texas with aerial reconnaissance missions since 2012.

In 1916, the NY National Guard sent the "New York Division" to Texas as part of an 110,000-member force to prevent repeat of a raid on Brownsville, Texas, by the Mexican Revolutionary Poncho Villa. President Woodrow Wilson had the New York Division in Texas from July 1916 to February 1917 to aid in this effort.

The crew will be deployed to the border until December.


Posted: Sep 22, 2015 7:09 PM MST
Updated: Sep 22, 2015 7:54 PM MST
Millions of dollars in marijuana seized near Douglas
Written By Hannah Palaniuk


Border Patrol agents seized almost $2.5 million dollars worth of marijuana near Douglas on Sept. 20.

While patrolling, agents came across two vehicles near the international border, according to a news release. When agents approached, the vehicles took off. After a pursuit, the agents stopped the vehicles with a spike strip. The drivers abandoned the vehicles just north of the border.

Agents seized nearly 5,000 pounds of marijuana and 31 rounds of .22 caliber ammunition.

The Tucson Sector Border Patrol has seized more than 685,000 pounds of narcotics in 2015.


Multi-agency warrant enforcement roundup in Cochise County
Posted: Thursday, September 17, 2015 8:41 am | Updated: 8:49 am, Thu Sep 17, 2015.
By Chris Dabovich chris.dabovich@bensonnews-sun.com

BENSON — Relentless and dogged tenacity of law enforcement was on full display Tuesday in Benson and in parts of Cochise County.
Working in unison with local, county and state authorities, the U.S. Marshals Service were lead agency in a warrant sweep, rounding up suspected criminals on a number of outstanding warrants and charges.
The multi-agency effort included Benson. The team that hit the San Pedro Valley was persistent in its pursuit, checking in on various addresses within the city and Mescal before coming upon their intended target in the 100 block of West Fifth Street.
One particular location checked out for the whereabouts of the sought-after suspect is described by area residents as a "drug house." Neighbors driving by at that particular time offered thumb's-up gestures in response to the law enforcement presence in their midtown neighborhood.
Although specific crimes were not the target of Tuesday's operation, those residents are hopeful the activity will shed light on what they say has become a nuisance property.
"There is traffic going in and out at all hours of the night, and the people stop for only a couple of minutes." Asked if there was a concern for safety, the resident said there were none. "I have my guns by the door… but it would sure be nice if they just left."
Not lost by those in the field Tuesday was the collaboration on behalf of the participating agencies. Those asked declined to elaborate on specifics of the operation, referring all questions to the marshals' public affairs office which did not return several phone calls seeking information.
Benson police Chief Paul Moncada has long lauded the spirit of cooperation that exists between the various agencies entrusted to patrol the San Pedro Valley, and the same can be said for the Arizona Department of Public Safety, Cochise County Sheriff's Office and U.S. Border Patrol who routinely assist each other in the Benson area.


Fugitive sweep nets 72 arrests in southeastern Arizona
Posted: Sep 22, 2015 2:12 PM MST
Updated: Sep 22, 2015 2:12 PM MST
By The Associated Press
The marshal's office in Tucson is planning to follow up a recent fugitive sweep with at least one more before the end of the year.

The Arizona Daily Star reports 72 fugitives were arrested in a five-day operation targeting outstanding warrants for violent crimes and drug offenses in three southern Arizona counties.

Deputy U.S. Marshal Nate Alexander says the sweep started with 31 arrests in Pima County, followed by 20 in Cochise County and another 21 in Graham County.

Operation Southern Star IV involved 18 of the state's law enforcement agencies.

Alexander said these types of sweeps occur several times each year.

Read more: http://www.kpho.com/story/30091668/fugitive-sweep-nets-72-arrests-in-southeastern-arizona#ixzz3mVQ0lDYt

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