Friday, October 30, 2015



Record amounts of heroin smuggled through Arizona as overdose deaths rise
October 30, 2015 @ 5:36 pm

PHOENIX — Heroin is the number one drug threat in major communities across the country, with overdose deaths continuing to increase as more heroin is moved across the Southwest, according to a 2015 intelligence report by U.S Drug Enforcement Administration.

"Consequently, the western states' roles as heroin transit areas are increasingly significant," the report says. "DEA and local law enforcement reporting from several western states indicates heroin is transiting those areas in greater volumes and in larger shipment sizes."

One of those major trafficking routes is here in Arizona where Pima and Pinal Counties are on the front lines of anti-smuggling efforts.

"Texas has a river … California, San Diego have a wall which actually does help and New Mexico, there's a portion of it that is mountainous so it's difficult to cross over," said Pinal County Attorney Lando Voyles. "But Arizona has the widest, longest open border so we have 60 percent of the drug trafficking for the entire United States coming through our section of the border."

Numbers from the Phoenix DEA division show seizures of heroin in Arizona steadily have increased from 163 kilograms in 2010 to 576 kilograms so far this year- or nearly 360 pounds, compared to nearly 1,300 pounds.

"So heroin is a drug that … the cartels have recently purified, so it's not black tar anymore," Voyles said. "Now it's like white powder that kids think is safe. So they will snort it, eat it and don't have to inject it like they used to and so, there has been a spike in that."

Deaths involving heroin also are increasing at a much faster rate than other illicit drugs, the DEA's intelligence report says. In 2013, 8,620 Americans died from heroin-related overdoses, nearly triple the number in 2010. In Arizona, heroin-related deaths increased from less than 50 in 2004 to nearly 200 in 2014, according to the Arizona Department of Health Services.

"I read a statistic in DEA that 80 percent of all heroin users started their addiction from prescription drugs. So if we can take that element out of it … that's a significant impact for the onset of heroin addiction," said DEA agent Erica Curry, a spokesperson for the agency. "We try to make Arizona a less desirable route for drug traffickers and that's what we want to do, is hit them so hard that they don't want to come through Arizona."

Chris Platt, a detective with the Pinal County Sheriff's anti-smuggling unit said cartels constantly change up their trafficking methods to avoid detection. Sometimes, they call 9-1-1 to report a fake accident to divert law enforcement agencies from the drug routes along Arizona's interstate highways.
"It seems like over the past couple years, it's really picked up just from what you see and what you hear," he said. "We're dealing with more of the aspect when it gets picked up from already traveling through the desert on one of the interstates and it's going through Pinal County up through Phoenix."

Voyles, Pinal County's prosecutor, said his office and law enforcement also work with authorities on Tohono O'odham tribal lands in the Sonoran Desert of south central Arizona.

"We now we have authority to go on the reservations where the (trafficking) scouts are sitting on the mountain tops," he said. "We pulled those scouts off the mountain tops and we pushed those traffickers outside of our county," he said.

Pinal County and the Tohono O'odham reservation share the border with Mexico.

The DEA's Curry said the area is sparsely populated which "creates a lot of opportunity for the Mexican cartels to exploit the vast desert area to bring the drugs into the country."

According to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration's annual National Survey on Drug Use and Health, the number of people using heroin is smaller than those who use other drugs like cocaine and pain pills. But those heroin numbers nearly doubled between 2007 and 2013 – increasing at a much faster rate than any other drug.

Dawn Mertz, executive director for Arizona High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area, said that heroin abuse starts with opioid prescription drug misuse.

"When they can't get anymore of those, heroin is cheaper and they become hooked on heroin," Mertz said.


Saturday, October 24, 2015



Note:  The area has been contested for several years now.

24 / Oct / 2015


Again multiple executions with bullets, including a decapitated person  near Rancho La Sierrita, municipality of Caborca, a few meters from the international border line with Arizona, United States.

Sonora State Police spokesman said that after receiving the report of what happened, they, accompanied by municipal, federal police and soldiers, were sent, finding about 53 kilometers from the town of El Sasabe, a township of Saric, in toward Sonoyta.

Confirmed that seven people were dead, in an advanced stage of putrefaction and one of them decapitated, only identifying a ex-convict for drug trafficking in that country, Cipriano Obeso Berrelleza, 38, originally from Caborca ​​and resident of Altar, where the apparently he used migrants to cross to the USA with twenty kilos of drugs each.

Relatives who saw him for the last time in that town on Saturday October 17, reporting him as missing four days later, suspecting that the movement of drugs, especially marijuana, has been the cause of multiple murder.


Man shot,deprived of life 
Details Published on Saturday October 24, 2015,
Written by Drafting


The scene was attended by the Deputy Public Prosecutor's Office.
Elements of the State Police investigate the facts which killed Arnoldo Escalante Valdez, 52 years old, whose body was found about 17:05 pm yesterday on a dirt road leading from the ejido El Campito to Agiabampo .
The victim, who lived in the ejido Gustavo Diaz Ordaz, municipality of Ahome in Sinaloa state, was located in a secondary irrigation canal and had several wounds from bullets.
In the place where he was found murdered, staff of the Attorney General of the State found several handgun shell casings.
The scene was attended by the Deputy Public Prosecutor's Office who ordered the lifting and transporting the body to conduct the proceedings of law.  Likewise, the Representative issued an order Social research elements of PEI to find the person or persons responsible private life have Arnoldo Escalante Valdez.


Note: If you avoid the crossfire, there's more.   Caborca, in northern Sonora.   About 60 miles south of the border, area between Nogales & Lukeville.  On a primary smuggling route.  There is talk that Sonora has  (sorry no link)  the 2nd highest rate of TB in Mex.  Mostly computer english. 

Neighbors require prompt attention in Caborca
Details Published on Saturday October 24, 2015,
Written by Marco A. Manriquez / El Diario 

Agua Prieta.

The people of San Luis neighborhood and nearby  colonies fear an epidemic outbreak of dengue.
The neighbors have complained for five years before suing the health authorities and municipal for a solution on land adjacent to their homes in San Luis because it is a real nest of poisonous bugs and mosquitoes; and incidentally it serves as a den of thugs that will only lead idle and will "tronárselas" hidden under the bushes out there in the dark place.

This was determined by vigorously, Mrs. Norma Alicia Hernandez Hernandez, neighbor by calle General Ignacio Pesqueira , between Avenues Tubac and J, of that settlement and its surroundings.

Very bothered and accompanied by respected Mr. Marcelino Torres Alvarez and her grandchildren, as well as some high school students who at the time went by, the representatives of the inhabitants of that neighborhood  agreed that the caborquense mayor, Karina Garcia Gutierrez has done excellent work as head of the current municipal administration, but must also bring order to this matter that already has five years  been suffering from all kinds of animals.

"Two-legged animals to come we will be'jodiendo 'because even steal from all neighbors and we do not' scrubbed 'do', lived between laughter and courage Dona Norma.

Joining with the conversation, Marcelino Torres said with a characteristic rustic accent, mosquitoes attack  them 'because health authorities have not been fumigating the area.
If we add the poisonous snakes we had to exterminate from fear of attacking a family and still have to endure the fires generated by weeds proliferating throughout the property belonging to the engineer Javier Rios.

 Torres Alvarez  said, while stressing that it is much filth there is in place, that even found dead dogs and other animals or pets that people will throw in the 'pigsty'.

He added that the girls and boys of the Technical Secondary School No. 8, as well as children of primary school 201, in Pueblo Viejo, are endangered, if not for animals, another for boys without a job or benefit using the bushy vegetation to hide and to offend, no authority, so far, has perceived them or arrested, much less in charge of Health, which is the primary responsibility that must be addressed because it is in play a lot, which is the caborquenses safety, living there or they have to go through that smelly and gloomy place, the owner seems to have many influences so nothing has been done.  


fin  fin 

Tuesday, October 20, 2015

AZMEX F&F EXTRA 20-10-15


Note:  Those behind the scheme have yet to face justice.

Man sentenced to 27 years in border agent's 2010 slaying
Posted: Oct 20, 2015 5:48 PM MST
Updated: Oct 20, 2015 5:48 PM MST
By The Associated Press
A man who pleaded guilty to killing a U.S. Border Patrol agent whose death exposed a botched U.S. gun-smuggling operation was sentenced to 27 years in prison.

Rosario Rafael Burboa-Alvarez was sentenced Monday for first-degree murder in the 2010 death of Agent Brian Terry, the Arizona Daily Star reported. It comes weeks after two others who were part of an armed crew trying to steal marijuana from smugglers were convicted in Terry's death.

Burboa-Alvarez is accused of assembling the "rip-off crew," two of whom remain fugitives. Another man also has pleaded guilty in connection to Terry's death and was sentenced to 30 years in prison last year.

Prosecutors argued that Burboa-Alvarez was a co-conspirator even though he was in Mexico at the time of the shooting. As part of a plea agreement, prosecutors took the death penalty off the table.

The crew encountered agents in the Arizona desert on Dec. 14, 2010, and exchanged gunfire that killed Terry. Authorities later discovered that two of the guns found at the scene of the shootout had been part of a Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives operation.

In the sting operation, the federal government allowed criminals to buy guns in Phoenix-area shops with the intention of tracking them once they made their way into Mexico. But the agency lost track of more than 1,400 weapons they allowed smugglers to buy.

The probe set off a political firestorm, led to congressional investigations and became a major distraction for President Barack Obama in his first term.

Former Attorney General Eric Holder was held in contempt after he refused to divulge documents for a congressional investigation into the matter. Since then, the Justice Department has focused on arresting and trying all suspects involved.

Note: This story has been corrected to show that Burboa-Alvarez was sentenced to 27 years in prison, not 24.
Information from: Arizona Daily Star,

Posted: Oct 20, 2015 4:02 PM MST
Updated: Oct 20, 2015 4:02 PM MST
Mexican-National sentenced to prison for aggravated assault on Forest Service officer
Written By Anna Arakelova
Tucson's NBC affiliate

A Mexican-National from Agua Prieta, Sonora, Mexico, was sentenced to over 43 years in prison on Monday for aggravated assault of a U.S. Forest Service Officer in 2014.

According to court documents, on August 23, 2014, Jesus Eder Moreno-Ornelas, along with another individual, were approached by a U.S. Forest Service officer working in the Coronado National Forest area.  During the confrontation, prosecutors said Moreno-Ornelas attacked the officer and took his gun, while physically assaulting the officer. He fired several shots before the officer regained control of the gun.

He was sentenced to 520 months in prison after being found guilty by a federal jury of aggravated assault of a federal officer, the use of a firearm in connection with a violent crime, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, possession of a firearm by an illegal alien, two counts of attempted robbery of government property, and illegal re-entry after deportation.

At sentencing, there was evidence of premeditated intent to kill the victim and that Moreno-Ornelas had threatened a witness prior to the trial. Moreno-Ornelas was a convicted felon who was in the United States illegally after having been previously deported.




Note: Local interest mostly. No, it just never stops.

Posted: Oct 19, 2015 7:45 PM MST
Updated: Oct 19, 2015 7:50 PM MST
N4T Investigators: Car thieves targeting Fords, shopping malls
Written By Paul Birmingham

If you've ever had your vehicle stolen, you know the feelings it brings out. You feel angry, frustrated, and just want your car back. For one Tucson man, waking up with his car missing was a rude awakening. It's also left him with an unsettling feeling.

Rick Kapple learned a tough lesson about how easy it is for car thieves to strike at any time, and in any place. Even someplace he thought was secure.

"I opened the garage door, and saw that the car was missing, the first thing through my mind was holy cow, my car was just stolen. I mean, I knew instantly that's what happened,"

Kapple's 2011 Ford Fusion was stolen in September of last year. Pima County Sheriff's Deputies were alerted about activity on Kapple's credit card.

Detectives sent out surveillance photos, and authorities in Las Vegas nabbed the suspects.

Kapple ultimately got his car back, but it was cold comfort.
"I had it back for about a couple days, and I realized I just didn't want it anymore. It had a funny smell to it. It had some damage to it, and I just didn't feel comfortable driving it anymore," Kapple said.

Sergeant Kevin Kubitskey, with the Pima County Sheriff's Department tells the News 4 Tucson Investigators, cars being stolen out of people's garages is not a common occurrence. Usually, thieves choose to strike in public places like shopping malls.
"Those are the areas you're going to see most of your activity, and most of the vehicles being stolen from," Kubitskey said.

Shopping malls provide a target-rich environment, where criminals they can take their pick of vehicles to rip-off. They then head south down Interstate 19.
"We do see a lot of vehicles, usually a particular type of vehicle, which is mostly trucks. We'll see them cross over the border into Mexico after they've been stolen, and before they've been reported," Kubitskey said.

Kubitskey also tells the News 4 Tucson Investigators, they're seeing as many as two to three trucks, usually Ford f-150's, stolen every day in Pima county. The vehicles that aren't taken south of the border are put to use by criminals here in southern Arizona.
"Most of the time, if it's used in some sort of criminal act, or it's been used to further their criminal activity, they'll generally take it to the desert and burn it," Kubitskey said.

Kubitskey says there are simple things you can do to keep from becoming a victim. That Includes not keeping valuables in your vehicle overnight, and investing in a steering wheel lock.
"That's a huge deterrent. When they see that they have to mess with something like that in order to steal the vehicle, usually that deters them from even trying," Kubitskey said.

For his part, Kapple tells the News 4 Tucson Investigators, he bought a new car of the same make and model. He also tells us, the suspects stole more than his transportation - they also took his peace-of-mind.
"Now they knew who I was, and where I lived. Although they're both in jail, you know, who knows what crazy intentions people might have," Kapple said.

The suspects were both convicted, and are doing time in an Arizona prison.


Moved to Hermosillo, maximum Zetas chief Miguel Angel Trevino Morales, el Z 40, July 15, 2013.
Trevino Morales was transferred to the federal prison in Hermosillo on 30 September.
Photo: Digital Bank.
By: Agencies | 10.16.2015 2:53
MEXICO, DF (Agencies)

Miguel Trevino Morales, "40", top leader of the Zetas was transferred from the federal prison at Altiplano to Hermosillo, according to information from legal sources.

Also on September 30 came another criminal Abigael González Valencia, "el Cuini" financial chief of the New Generation Jalisco Cartel.

Diego Garcia Simental, "El Teo," the head of assassins for Arellano Felix, and Jaime Gonzalez Duran "el Hummer" and Lucio Hernandez Lechuga, "el Lucky", founders and regional leaders of the Zetas, are held in the federal penitentiary.

Javier Garza Medrano, "el Porrón" or "Commander 14" command of the Gulf Cartel, is another of the new tenants in Hermosillo.

The rotation occurred on 30 September, simultaneously with the extradition to the United States of thirteen convicts, including Edgar Valdez Villarreal, "La Barbie" command of the Beltran Leyva gang.


Other transfers were made, are those of the Federal Social Rehabilitation Center Number 13 in Miahuatlan, Oaxaca.

According to legal sources, the Detached Administrative Office for Prevention and Rehabilitation (Oadprs) criminals from Altiplano moved to Oaxaca characters like Hector Beltran Leyva, "H" and Omar Trevino Morales, "el 42".

Also Mario Armando Ramirez Trevino, "el X-20", the last leader of the Gulf Cartel, and Miguel Angel Guzman Loera, "el mudo", brother of Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman.

To Oaxaca were also taken offenders of highly violent profiles as Mario Nuñez Meza, "el M-10", head of gente nueva the paramilitary group "El Chapo" in Chihuahua, and Mario Antonio Garcia Simental, "El Chris" a Arellano Felix operator.

And Salvador Martinez Escobedo, "la ardilla" former operator of the Zetas and identified as the prime suspect in the massacre of 72 migrants in San Fernando, Tamaulipas, in August 2010.


Seize 30 kilos of methamphetamine
Details Published on Tuesday October 20, 2015,
Written by Sun
Tijuana, BC.

The drug was bound for the city of Tijuana, BC and he brought from Guadalajara.
More than 30 kilos of methamphetamine were transferred to the city of Tijuana, BC hidden in the cabin two trailer, were seized by federal agents, only one driver was arrested.

Official reports indicate that this is Gabriel Pacheco Veloz, driver of the delivery company Transportes Julian de Obregon, who was made available to a Public Ministry of Federal Jurisdiction.
This after agents of the Federal Ministerial Police, were alerted by an anonymous tip about the drug shipment that was being transported by a truck of the company.

As the vehicle Kenworth, 469EN4 license plates of the SPF, from the city of Guadalajara Jalisco, to Tijuana, Baja California, which circulated around the Santa Ana-Caborca.

After being located said cargo truck, officers located several packages totaling 24 kilos of methamphetamine, so the driver was arrested Gabriel Veloz,

Later, another truck from the same company who also headed to Tijuana, on the road section Santa Ana Caborca, was seized and inspected by the authorities, locating inside two bags with the same narcotic which gave a weight of 10 kilos, the which came in a package.


PGR destroys more than eight tons of marijuana in Sonora
Details Published on Thursday October 15, 2015,
Written by Drafting / El Diario

The Attorney General's Office (PGR), with the support of the Secretariat of National Defense (SEDENA), destroyed by incineration, eight tons, 878 kilos, 455 grams of marijuana in the city of Sonoyta, Sonora.

The event was made by the Deputy Regional Control, Criminal Proceedings and Amparo (SCRPPA), through its Delegation in Sonora, in the Club of Hunting and Shooting "The Venadito" with the presence of representatives of Internal Control PGR, who testified to the authenticity and weight of the narcotics destroyed


About 75 tons of marijuana destroyed
Details Published on Monday October 19, 2015,
Written by Sun

Chihuahua, Chihuahua.

Elements of 42nd military zone destroyed nearly 80 tons of marijuana.
In the town of Rincon de Cosoachi, municipality of Guadalupe y Calvo, Chihuahua, elements of the 42nd military zone destroyed 75 tons of unrefined marijuana, reported the Secretariat of National Defense in a brief statement.
The agency explained that during aerial surveys, on Thursday 14 October, four marijuana fields with an area of ​​1.7 hectares, an operation was made to destroy the drugs by hand and incineration method were identified.
Additionally, the statement said, in the vicinity of the fields were located three collection centers, in which about 75 tonnes of unrefined marijuana were found, proceeding to their destruction by incineration method.


Trasladan a Hermosillo a jefe máximo de los ZetasMiguel Ángel Treviño Morales, el Z 40, en esta imagen del 15 de julio de 2013. Morales Treviño fue trasladado al penal federal de Hermosillo el pasado 30 de septiembre. Foto: Banco Digital.
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MÉXICO, D.F.(Agencias)

Miguel Treviño Morales, "El 40", jefe máximo de los Zetas fue trasladado del Altiplano al penal federal de Hermosillo, según información proporcionada por fuentes legales.

También el 30 de septiembre llegó al mismo penal Abigael González Valencia, "El Cuini", jefe financiero del Cártel de Jalisco Nueva Generación.

Diego García Simental, "El Teo", el jefe de sicarios de los Arellano Félix, y Jaime González Durán, "El Hummer", y Lucio Hernández Lechuga, "El Lucky", fundadores y jefes regionales de los Zetas, están recluidos en el penal federal.

Javier Garza Medrano, "El Porrón", o "Comandante 14", mando del Cártel del Golfo, es otro de los nuevos inquilinos en Hermosillo.

La rotación ocurrió el pasado 30 de septiembre, en forma simultánea a la extradición a Estados Unidos de trece convictos, entre ellos Édgar Valdez Villarreal, "La Barbie", mando de la banda de los Beltrán Leyva.


Otros traslados realizados, son los del Centro Federal de Readaptación Social Número 13, en Miahuatlán, Oaxaca.

Conforme a fuentes legales, el Órgano Administrativo Desconcentrado de Prevención y Readaptación Social (Oadprs) trasladó del penal del Altiplano al de Oaxaca a personajes como Héctor Beltrán Leyva, "El H", y a Omar Treviño Morales, "El 42".

Así como a Mario Armando Ramírez Treviño, "El X-20", el último líder del Cártel del Golfo, y a Miguel Ángel Guzmán Loera, "El Mudo", hermano de Joaquín "El Chapo" Guzmán.

A Oaxaca también fueron llevados delincuentes de perfil altamente violento, como Mario Núñez Meza, "El M-10", jefe de Gente Nueva, el grupo paramilitar de "El Chapo" en Chihuahua, y Mario Antonio García Simental, "El Chris", operador de los Arellano Félix.

Así como Salvador Martínez Escobedo, "La Ardilla", ex operador de los Zetas y señalado como el principal sospechoso de la matanza de 72 migrantes en San Fernando, Tamaulipas, en agosto de 2010.

Decomisan 30 kilos de metanfetamina
Detalles Publicado el Martes 20 de Octubre de 2015,
Escrito por Sun
Tijuana, BC.

La droga tenía como destino la ciudad de Tijuana, B.C. y la traía procedente de Guadalajara.
Más de 30 kilos de metanfetamina que eran trasladados a la ciudad de Tijuana, B.C. ocultos en la cabina de dos tráiler, fueron asegurados por agentes federales, solo uno de los conductores fue detenido.

Informes oficiales señalan que se trata de Gabriel Veloz Pacheco, chofer de la empresa de paquetería Transportes Julián de Obregón, quien fue puesto a disposición de un Ministerio Público del Fuero Federal.
Lo anterior luego de que Agentes de la Policía Federal Ministerial, fueran alertados sobre a través de una denuncia anónima sobre el cargamento de droga que era transportado por un camión de dicha empresa.

Siendo el vehículo de la marca Kenworth, con placas de circulación 469EN4 de la SPF, proveniente de la ciudad de Guadalajara Jalisco, con destino Tijuana, Baja California, el cual circulaba por la carretera Santa Ana-Caborca.

Tras ser localizado dicho camión de carga, los agentes localizaron varios paquetes que sumaron 24 kilos de metanfetamina, por lo que el conductor Gabriel Veloz fue detenido,

Posteriormente otro camión de la misma empresa que también se dirigía a Tijuana, sobre el tramo carretera Santa Ana Caborca, fue retenido y revisado por las autoridades, localizando en su interior dos bolsas con el mismo narcótico la cual dio un peso de 10 kilos, la cual venia dentro de un paquete.


Destruye PGR más de ocho toneladas de marihuana en Sonora
Detalles Publicado el Jueves 15 de Octubre de 2015,
Escrito por Redacción / El Diario

La Procuraduría General de la República (PGR), con el apoyo de la Secretaría de la Defensa Nacional (SEDENA), destruyó mediante incineración, ocho toneladas 878 kilos 455 gramos de marihuana, en la ciudad de Sonoyta, Sonora.

El evento lo realizó la Subprocuraduría de Control Regional, Procedimientos Penales y amparo (SCRPPA), por conducto de su Delegación en Sonora, en las instalaciones del Club de Tiro y Caza "El Venadito", con la presencia de representantes del Órgano Interno de Control de la PGR, quienes dieron fe de la autenticidad y peso del narcótico destruido


Destruyen cerca de 75 ton de marihuana
Detalles Publicado el Lunes 19 de Octubre de 2015,
Escrito por Sun

Chihuahua, Chihuahua.

Elementos de la 42 zona militar destruyeron las casi 80 toneladas de marihuana.
En el poblado del Rincón de Cosoachi, municipio de Guadalupe y Calvo en Chihuahua, elementos de la 42 zona militar destruyeron 75 toneladas de marihuana en greña, informó la Secretaría de la Defensa Nacional en un breve comunicado.
La dependencia detalló que durante reconocimientos aéreos, el pasado jueves 14 de octubre, se identificaron cuatro plantíos de mariguana con una superficie de 1.7 hectáreas por lo que se realizó un operativo vía terrestre para destruir el plantío a mano y con el método de incineración.
Adicionalmente, señaló el comunicado, a inmediaciones de los plantíos fueron localizados tres centros de acopio, dentro de los cuales se encontraron aproximadamente 75 toneladas de mariguana en greña, procediendo a su destrucción por el método de incineración.


AZMEX I3 19-10-15

AZMEX I3 19 OCT 2015

Note: "few consequences" i.e. "none"

Little enforcement for E-Verify law in Arizona
October 17, 2015 @ 11:37 am

PHOENIX (AP) — A new study has found that a number of Arizona employers are failing to check the status of new workers using a federal database.

The Arizona Capitol Times reports that about 58 percent of new employees statewide are run through the E-Verify system, according to a Cato Institute study.

The Washington, D.C.-based libertarian think-tank found there has been a lack of enforcement since Arizona approved a 2008 law making the check mandatory.

Cato Institute analysts say there are few consequences for business that fail to comply.

Mississippi, Alabama and South Carolina are the only other states that currently mandate E-Verify for employers.

Their rate of compliance is similar to Arizona's.

Sen. John Kavanagh, who co-sponsored the legislation, says the federal government needs to do a better job of enforcement.


Information from: Arizona Capitol Times,

Friday, October 16, 2015



Mexico, U.S. to open jointly staffed border stations

U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Jeh Johnson (L) and Mexico's Finance Minister Luis Videgaray exchange documents after signing an agreement to announce a program of pre-inspection border stations during a news conference in Mexico City, Mexico October 15,...

Mexico and the United States said on Thursday they will open two jointly staffed border stations on Mexican soil in a bid to streamline trade and improve communication at the frontier, which has suffered due to tensions over migration.

U.S. Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson and Mexican Finance Minister Luis Videgaray announced the program at a news conference in Mexico City, saying it would help speed up commerce at a congested border.

The pre-inspection stations will allow goods to be reviewed only once, instead of two separate times by U.S. and Mexican agents, they said. "I view pre-inspection with trusted partners like Mexico as the wave of the future," Johnson noted.

The plan has been under discussion for several years but was held up by a diplomatic flap over whether U.S. agents could carry guns in Mexico.

A shared facility has been operating since last year on the U.S. side of the border in Texas, at Laredo airport, allowing companies to ship goods into eight airports in Mexico, Johnson said.

Videgaray said a new facility to process agricultural goods from Mexico would be opened near the Otay Mesa crossing in Tijuana on the border with California.

Another joint facility will operate near the crossing at San Jeronimo in the Mexican state of Chihuahua, across the U.S. border from Santa Teresa, New Mexico, he said.

The San Jeronimo station will serve a nearby factory run by Taiwan's Foxconn Technology Group, the world's largest contract electronics manufacturer.

Mexico's Congress in April approved a change in the law to allow U.S. agents to carry arms in Mexico in certain places, removing a hurdle to the establishment of the centers.

Trade between the United States and Mexico has surged since the North American Free Trade Agreement two decades ago, but trade groups complain that investments in border infrastructure have lagged while congestion has increased, costing companies billions of dollars in business due to delayed shipments.

"This is a significant change in how the U.S. and Mexico work together," said Christopher Wilson, deputy director of the Woodrow Wilson Center's Mexico Institute.

"It's a step along the road to single border crossings. We could be there in a handful of years."


Tuesday, October 13, 2015



Note:  photo at link, not sure if it from this incident.

Marines seize  arsenal in Empalme; arrest woman
Details Published on Monday October 12, 2015,
Written by Sun


They seized an arsenal of high-powered firearms, tactical equipment and a grenade launcher.
The Navy and the State Public Security Police seized an arsenal of high-powered firearms, tactical equipment and a grenade launcher in a home in Empalme, a town located 140 kilometers from Hermosillo;  a woman was arrested.
In a report from the State Public Security Police, it was reported to have carried out a joint operation between the two police agencies in a home located on Constitution Avenue between Calle Nicolas Bravo and Juarez.

The operation started with a arrest of a woman named Melissa Anahí "N" aboard a gray 2014 Jeep Cherokee, which had been reported stolen August 4, 2014.
On Saturday night October 10, she was outside of the searched home where 13 rifles, a grenade launcher, a handgun, five drum magazines, 13 portable radios, 3,429  .40 caliber rounds of ammunition were seized, 90 20 gauge shotgun cartridges, jackets and uniforms, among other materials.

The arrested woman, arms and other tactical equipment were made available to the Public Prosecutor of the Federation for the demarcation of responsibilities.


Note:  A problem that is not going away.  This one in TX, same happens in AZ.   Citizens need to be sure it really is law enforcement.  Protocols? 

Feds join hunt for police-impersonating men involved in shooting
Officer impersonation a common occurence
Posted: Monday, October 12, 2015 9:00 pm
 May Ortega
Posted on Oct 12, 2015

Federal investigators have joined the search for a trio of suspects following a drug-related shooting near Donna last week. The men involved, and still at large, were described as heavyset, Hispanic men dressed in police tactical gear -- a factor that is raising concerns among law enforcement.
After a failed drug deal, shots rang out on the expressway on Friday, police said. One vehicle involved was seen speeding, with police lights flashing. Police later found more than 500 pounds of marijuana and -- following a search -- arrested one suspect, who was also dressed in a law enforcement uniform. His identity has not been released due to the ongoing investigation.
No injuries were reported during the shooting.
The apparent impersonation of law enforcement marks the third such incident in the region since August. On Sunday, a group of four to five men dressed as police broke into a pastor's home in Harlingen, beat and robbed him. This followed a third impersonation in Weslaco Aug. 19 when a man attempted to pull someone over. Some of these cases also involved the use of police lights.
Obtaining a police uniform that's convincing to a typical civilian - and sometimes experienced officers - is not challenging.
An eBay search for "Hidalgo County Sheriff patch" yields several results, some bearing a striking resemblance to the official brown and gold patch worn by local officers. The best imitations are priced at less than $25. Patches for Cameron County police are selling for $5 each.
It takes about $50 to buy a complete police costume, local department patches included. If an impersonator wants some extra protection -- like last week's suspects -- the Green Beret, a local store, sells bullet proof vests for about $100.
San Juan Police Chief Juan Gonzalez said there are several resources available for criminals intent on imitating officers.
"Anybody can buy these patches, go to a print shop or an embroidery place to get these things done," he said.
These high-quality products can be confusing for the public, Gonzalez added, given that local officers are frequently working in and out of uniform.
"Sometimes these outfits are so convincing that our most experienced offers have trouble distinguishing them," he said. "It's even harder for normal people to tell."
This is not the only aspect of the recent crime weighing on Gonzalez' mind.
"These types of violent events are happening in broad daylight more often," he said.
The Donna shooting left not only one vehicle riddled with bullets, but a bystander's vehicle was shot once as well. The time of these occurrences, combined with suspects mimicking police, can confuse people, Gonzalez said.
"If people see these types of things, they should not hesitate to call 911," he said.


Friday, October 2, 2015

AZMEX F&F EXTRA2 2-10-15



Updated Oct 2, 2015 - 2:05 pm
CBP head: Conviction brings closure in Arizona death of border agent
ASSOCIATED PRESS | October 2, 2015 @ 1:43 pm

Commissioner Gil Kerlikowske said the guilty verdicts of two murder suspects can't soothe the pain of the loss of Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry, but they can help bring closure. (AP Photo)

TUCSON, Ariz. — The head of the U.S. Customs and Border Protection says justice was served after two men were convicted in the murder of Border Patrol agent Brian Terry.

Commissioner Gil Kerlikowske issued a statement on Friday, one day after 37-year-old Ivan Soto-Barraza and 26-year-old Jesus Leonel Sanchez-Meza were convicted of murder in federal court in Tucson. CBP is the parent agency of the Border Patrol.

Kerlikowske said the verdicts can't soothe the pain of the loss of Terry, who was 40 years old when he was fatally shot on Dec. 14, 2010 in southern Arizona. But they can help bring closure.

Terry's death exposed a bungled gun sting in which federal agents allowed criminals to buy guns with the intention of tracking them. But it lost most of the guns, including two that were found at the murder scene.




Note: More on the verdict and statements. Also another source indicates sentencing will be in Dec.
Very little media or "activist" interest despite an estimated 1,000 plus "Hispanics/Latinos/Mexicans" killed with weapons provided to drug gangs by Obama administration .

Posted: Oct 01, 2015 12:06 PM MST
Updated: Oct 01, 2015 2:20 PM MST
Two suspects convicted in Brian Terry murder
Written By Associated Press

A jury has found two men guilty of murder in the killing of a U.S. Border Patrol agent whose death exposed the botched federal operation known as Fast and Furious.

The jury found Jesus Leonel Sanchez-Meza and Ivan guilty of all counts. Jurors had begun deliberations Wednesday afternoon, a week after the trial began in federal court in Tucson.

Sanchez-Meza, also known as Lionel Portillo-Meza, and Soto-Barraza were part of a five-man crew that planned on robbing drug smugglers when they encountered Agent Brian Terry and three others on Dec. 14, 2010.

A gunfight ensued, and Terry died of a single gunshot wound. Two guns found at the scene were part of the Fast and Furious operation that allowed criminals to buy weapons that federal authorities intended to track.

Terry's family released the following statement following the conviction:

"My brother Brian Terry had a special love for freedom and courage. For the past two weeks we have sat in the courtroom facing two of the men that took that freedom and courage from him.

The verdict delivered by the jury today is testimony of the vicious and violent assault that took place upon Brian and his fellow border patrol agents in Peck Canyon on the night of December 14, 2010.

Moreover, Brian would've been very pleased to see his brother agents testify over the last two weeks and their display of love for him almost five years after his death.

We would like to thank the team of prosecutors from the US attorney's office that prosecuted this case and the Border Patrol and FBI agents that have continued to investigate the case and continue to pursue the two fugitives.

We would also like to thank the government of Mexico for their assistance in the apprehension and extradition of these two defendants. We would hope that the government of Mexico continues to actively pursue the two fugitives that we believe are living in Mexico today and also responsible for Brian's death.

Although Operation Fast and Furious was not permitted to be discussed in the courtroom over the past two weeks, it still looms large in our lives.

The many mistakes made by ATF and Department of Justice officials that originated this ill conceived gun trafficking investigation have resulted in a clear and present danger to law-enforcement and the general public on both sides of the border.

Ultimately, it was these officials who allowed weapons to flow to the drug cartels and ultimately into the hands of the man that killed Brian Terry. These government officials should also be held responsible in the court of law.

The Terry family will continue to pursue justice in this respect. Finally, I would like to thank the members of the jury for their work in this trial and the community of Tucson for their support of the Terry family through the years."

The attorney for the the defendants also released a statement following the guilty verdict:

The most difficult aspect to stomach about the guilty verdicts is that my client was never extended a plea offer. We specifically asked for a plea to Second Degree murder and the Government would not settle on anything that could result in a sentence less than life in prison. The two defendants (the mastermind and the most likely shooter) who had exposure to the death penalty and had far more culpability than Mr. Soto-Barraza will be sentenced to 30 years.


Thursday, October 1, 2015



Note: "all suspects involved" except for those responsible for it.

2 men found guilty in 2010 murder of Border Patrol agent Brian Terry
October 1, 2015 @ 12:16 pm

TUCSON, Ariz. — Two men were convicted of murder charges Thursday in the killing of a Border Patrol agent whose death brought to light the bungled federal gun-tracking operation known as Fast and Furious.

The jury found Jesus Leonel Sanchez-Meza, also known as Lionel Portillo-Meza, and Ivan Soto-Barraza, guilty of all counts. They face a sentence of life in prison.

The 2010 killing of agent Brian Terry exposed the Fast and Furious operation in which agents from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives allowed criminals to buy guns with the intention of tracking the weapons. But the agency lost most of the guns, including two that were found at scene of Terry's death. The operation set off a political firestorm, led to congressional investigations and became a major distraction for President Barack Obama in his first term.

The judge in the murder case restricted any mention of Fast and Furious, but it still marked the first trial for any defendants in the case. Two suspects have already pleaded guilty, and two others remain fugitives.

The defendants faced charges including murder, conspiracy to interfere with commerce by robbery, attempted interference of commerce by robbery, assault on a federal officer and carrying a firearm during a crime of violence.

Terry was part of a four-man Border Patrol team from an elite tactical unit that had been in the Arizona desert for two days on a mission to arrest "rip-off" crew members who rob drug smugglers along the border.

As they came across Sanchez-Meza, Soto-Barraza and three others on a rip crew, an agent yelled "policia" and the bandits refused to stop. An agent then fired non-lethal bean bags, and members of the rip crew began firing from assault rifles, authorities said.

Terry never had a chance to fire. He died of a gunshot wound that entered through his back.

Prosecutors say DNA and fingerprint evidence belonging to Sanchez-Meza and Soto-Barraza were found on backpacks, food and beverages left behind at the scene. The men told an FBI agent that they were part of the rip crew.

Defense attorneys said the men were acting in self-defense in response to the bean bag rounds fired by the agents. The lawyers said they had no comment after the verdict.

The killing led to intense political rhetoric as Republicans sought to hold the Obama administration accountable over the Fast and Furious operation. They conducted a series of inquiries into how the Justice Department allowed guns to end up in the hands of criminals.

Former Attorney General Eric Holder was held in contempt after he refused to divulge documents for a congressional investigation into the matter. Since then, the Justice Department has focused on arresting and trying all suspects involved.


Two found guilty in shooting death of border agent
Posted: Oct 01, 2015 11:35 AM MST
Updated: Oct 01, 2015 12:01 PM MST
By Michael Cooper

ARIZONA (Tucson News Now) -
Two of the men accused of killing a U.S. Border Patrol agent in 2010 have been found guilty on all counts.

Ivan Soto-Barraza and Lionel Portillo-Meza faced nine counts, including murder and assault on a federal officer, in connection with the shooting death of Brian Terry in December 2010.

Six people have been accused in the killing. Two have already pleaded in the case while authorities are still searching for two other suspects.

Soto-Barraza and Portillo-Meza, who is also known as Jesus Leonel Sanchez-Meza, were allegedly members of a "rip-off" crew that planned to rob marijuana smugglers in the Arizona desert when they encountered agents patrolling the area on Dec. 14, 2010.

A gunfight ensued and Terry was killed.

Terry's death exposed the federal "Fast and Furious" operation, in which federal agents allowed criminals to buy weapons.

The plan was to track the firearms into Mexico, but instead, the agents lost track of most of them.

Two of those weapons were found at the site of the gun battle where Terry was killed.