Thursday, December 17, 2015



Updated: Dec 17, 2015 10:43 AM MST
Border Patrol agent assaulted during drug seizure
Written By Associated Press

TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) - A U.S. Border Patrol agent in the agency's Tucson Sector was assaulted while trying to apprehend suspects during a drug seizure near San Simon.

Authorities say the incident happened Tuesday when the agent came across six suspected smugglers carrying large packages of narcotics. They say one of the suspects became combative and the agent was forced to use pepper spray.

The agent was able to capture three of them and locate 300 pounds of marijuana.
They say the marijuana has an estimated value of $150,000.

Border Patrol agents also arrested 13 suspects allegedly smuggling marijuana on the same day in western Pima County. The suspects were caught with more than 500 pounds of marijuana valued at more than $250,000.


Note: the struggle to regain control of the DTO's continues.

PGR incinerates more than four tons of drugs
Details Published on Thursday December 17, 2015,
Written by Cesar Barragan / El Diario


Federal authorities destroyed marijuana, heroin, methamphetamine and psychotropic pills.
a simultaneous event organized by the Attorney General's Office in eleven states, tens of tons of marijuana and other drugs were incinerated.

The states that performed the incineration of narcotics this morning were Baja California, Durango, Guerrero, Jalisco, Nayarit, Nuevo Leon, Sinaloa, Sonora, Tamaulipas, Zacatecas and the Federal District.

The ceremony was led by Mr. Cuauhtemoc Montes de Oca Muciño , deputy of northern Sonora, PGR, senior members of the Mexican Army and the various heads of the police forces of this city.
As witnesses to the event were university students and representatives of different media.

During the ceremony were destroyed in this border city 3,947 kilos of marijuana, 3.650 kilograms of heroin, 88 kilos of methamphetamine and 1,896 thousand pills.

The event was held near the shooting range "Los Lobos" located on the eastern peripheral of the city minutes after 11:00 pm yesterday.


PGR incinerated 51 tons of drugs; is record
Details Published on Thursday December 17, 2015,
Written by Especial

Mexico DF.

The burning was carried out in ten states; different amounts of narcotics were destroyed.
In a simultaneous event incineration of narcotics in ten states were destroyed 51 tons 319 kilos of various narcotics, at military facilities and the Attorney General's Office (PGR).

They were different amounts of marijuana, methamphetamine, cocaine and psychotropic substances, which was considered a milestone in these procedures as part of the Narcotics Destruction Program, records related to preliminary investigations and of various criminal offenses.

The PGR explained that the narcotics burning ceremonies took place in premises of the regional offices of the agency and the Secretariat of National Defense (SEDENA) in Baja California, Mexico City, Durango, Guerrero, Jalisco, Nayarit, Nuevo Leon, Sinaloa, Sonora, Tamaulipas and Zacatecas.

The Attorney General for Regional Control, Criminal Proceedings and Amparo, Gilberto Higuera Bernal, led the ceremony on the premises of the Seventh Military Zone, Nuevo Leon, where the destruction was monitored in the rest of the country.

During his speech, the deputy noted that in the past nine months have been burned and destroyed more than 200 tons of drugs, as required by procedure in the Federal Code of Criminal Procedure.
Destruction processes were supervised by staff of the Internal Control and PGR prosecutor of the Federation.


Note: Still working on confirming details.

Team led by Middle Eastern Woman Caught Surveilling U.S. Facility on Mexican Border
DECEMBER 16, 2015

A Middle Eastern woman was caught surveilling a U.S. port of entry on the Mexican border holding a sketchbook with Arabic writing and drawings of the facility and its security system, federal law enforcement sources tell Judicial Watch.

The woman has been identified as 23-year-old Leila Abdelrazaq, according to a Customs and Border Patrol (CPB) report obtained by JW this week. Abdelrazaq appeared to have two accomplices, a 31-year-old man named Gabriel Schivone and a 28-year-old woman named Leslie Mcafee. CBP agents noticed the trio "observing the facilities" at the Port of Mariposa in Nogales, Arizona on December 2. Schivone was first noticed inside the entrance of the pedestrian area while the two women stood outside by the entry door, the CPB document states.

When federal officers asked Abdelrazaq why she was drawing sketches of the facilities she "stated because she's never been to the border," according to the CBP report. Abdelrazaq resisted showing officers the sketchbook, citing personal reasons, but subsequently handed it over. "During the inspection of the Abdelrazaq sketching book, CBPOs noticed the book contained writings in English and Arabic language," federal officers write in the document. "There were drawings of what appeared to be vehicle primary inspection area and an additional drawing of pedestrian turn stile gate depicting video surveillance cameras above the gate." The report proceeds to reveal that the drawings were "partial and incomplete."

This distressing information comes on the heels of two separate—and equally alarming—incidents in the same vicinity. A few weeks ago JW reported that five young Middle Eastern men were apprehended by the U.S. Border Patrol in Amado, an Arizona town situated about 30 miles from the Mexican border. Two of the men were carrying stainless steel cylinders in backpacks, alarming Border Patrol officials enough to call the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) for backup. DHS officially denies this ever occurred, but law enforcement and other sources have confirmed to JW that the two men carrying the cylinders were believed to be taken into custody by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI).

Of interesting note is that only three of the men's names were entered in the Border Patrol's E3 reporting system, which is used by the agency to track apprehensions, detention hearings and removals of illegal immigrants. E3 also collects and transmits biographic and biometric data including fingerprints for identification and verification of individuals encountered at the border. The other two men were listed as "unknown subjects," which is unheard of, according to a JW federal law enforcement source. "In all my years I've never seen that before," a veteran federal law enforcement agent told JW.

A week earlier six men—one from Afghanistan, five from Pakistan—were arrested in nearby Patagonia, a quaint ranch town that sits 20 miles north of the Mexican border city of Nogales. Federal authorities publicly confirmed those arrests after local media learned about them. JW has broken a number of stories involving serious terrorist threats on the southern border that have been disputed on the record by various Obama administration officials. Among these is an April report—confirmed by high-level Mexican authorities—about ISIS operating camps near the U.S. border in areas known as Anapra and Puerto Palomas west of Ciudad Juárez in the Mexican state of Chihuahua.

Last fall JW was the first to report on an Islamic State of Iraq and Greater Syria (ISIS) plot orchestrated from Ciudad Juárez to attack the U.S. with car bombs or other vehicle borne improvised explosive devices (VBIED). As a result of JW's reporting Ft. Bliss, the U.S. Army base in El Paso, increased security. The threat was imminent enough to place agents across a number of Homeland Security, Justice and Defense agencies on alert. A few weeks later JW reported that four ISIS terrorists were arrested by federal authorities and the Texas Department of Public Safety in McAllen and Pharr.

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