Tuesday, December 15, 2015



Commentary by Bill Richardson Special to Tribune 

Richardson: Arizona needs one boss to deal with Mexican cartels
Posted: Tuesday, December 8, 2015 11:26 am

Gov. Doug Ducey has announced his plans for a Border Strike Force within the Arizona Department of Public Safety to take on border crime and the infamous Mexican cartels we constantly hear about from Arizona politicians and border sheriffs. He plans to ask the state Legislature for tens of millions of dollars to fund Arizona's latest border crime effort.

The Arizona Sheriff's Association has come out swinging in opposition to Ducey's plan touting DPS has better things to do and they already have units working the border. The sheriffs also went onto blame the state for many of their current woes.

So much for playing well together and joining forces to fight a common enemy. Since the dissolution of the state's last collaborative Border Strike Force in 1981, the sheriffs have failed to come up with a better plan to tackle cross-border crime and its spread throughout the state.

Think of our border sheriffs as four mom-and-pop corner markets trying to compete with Wal-Mart. That's the state of affairs with four separate and independent sheriffs trying to take on the cartels.
Making more arrests and seizures simply can't solve the problem.

If the governor is serious about addressing the cross border crime issue and the role Mexico-based organized crime plays in Arizona, he needs to take off his politician's hat and put on his businessman hat.
Ducey, who touted his business credentials when he ran for governor and is a member of Arizona State University's prestigious W.P. Carey School of Business Hall of Fame, needs to understand the cartels are, in fact, global businesses with billions of dollars in the bank, that employ the principles of vertical integration and have a supply chain that would make America's corporate giants green with envy. We're not talking about a bunch of Mexicans who got lucky; we're talking about some of the best business acumen in the world.

Tens of millions of dollars spent on traditional law enforcement isn't going to worry them or even slow the flow of contraband going north from Mexico through Arizona and across the United States. It'll put on a good show, but won't even put a dent in the cartels factored in losses in their business plan.

Ducey needs to understand he can't just arrest Arizona out of its role as the "Ho Chi Minh Trail" of drug smuggling into the United States.
What he can do, as Arizona's CEO, is to make it more difficult and expensive to do business in Arizona for the cartels and their associates who operate with near impunity.

The cartels, the competition, are highly organized like a well-run corporation. Statewide law enforcement in Arizona is fragmented and in disarray. The sheriffs and many of the law enforcement agencies that fall under the control of the governor do their own thing. They all compete for cash and credit.

If the governor's plan is going make a real difference there needs to be a single boss that directs Arizona's anti-cartel/organized crime efforts from the top down. And that includes the regulatory agencies that also have the authority and mission to deal with the various business enterprises that are controlled by the cartels that go well beyond just drugs and human smuggling.

The cartel's relationships with the gangs that control the state's prisons and the street gangs that do the dirty work at the street level are also key players in the cartel's business plan the governor needs to also address.

Ducey needs to look at the cartels as a competing business with a business plan and supply chain that touches every community in Arizona.

At the end of the day, showy press conferences with stacks of drugs, money and guns look cool, but it's going to take more than arrests and county sheriffs beating their chests to make a dent in the cartel's presence and impact on Arizona and its future.

Retired Mesa master police officer Bill Richardson lives in the East Valley and can be reached at bill.richardson@cox.net


Asesinan jóvenes a pastor de una iglesia en SLRC
Detalles Publicado el Sabado 12 de Diciembre de 2015, 
Escrito por Redacción / El Diario


El cuerpo de la víctima fue localizado a la orilla de un canal, el cual presentaba heridas punzo cortantes.
varias heridas punzocortantes fue encontrado el cuerpo de una persona a la orilla de un canal, hallazgo registrado por la Policía Estatal Investigadora (PEI) a las 14:00 horas de del jueves.
Fue identificado, por la esposa del occiso, como Héctor García Urías, de 58 años, quien presentó tres lesiones en región occipital del lado izquierdo y estaba en calidad de persona desaparecida o extraviada, por lo que existía denuncia.
Se encontró entre la maleza a orillas del agua del canal Bacanora, en la carretera San Luis-Rito, a donde acudió el Agente del Ministerio Público del Fuero Común quien ordenó el levantamiento y traslado del cuerpo para la necropsia de ley.
García Urías, pastor de una iglesia en California, fue visto por última vez cuando salió a lavar su vehículo al estar de visita en casa de su madre en esta ciudad, por lo que se iniciaron las indagatorias correspondientes.
Agentes de la PEI lograron la aprehensión de Samuel Alberto Gómez Zazueta, de 19 años, Yésica Sánchez Medina, de 24, y Salvador Ruiz Candela, de 21, a quienes se les aseguro 16 envoltorios confeccionados en plástico conteniendo, al parecer, "crystal".
Ellos confesaron privar de la vida al pastor, a quien presuntamente arrojaron a un canal de desagüe, logrando recuperar los policías investigadores algunos objetos que los relacionan con la víctima, quedando los jóvenes a disposición del Ministerio Público.

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