Saturday, January 30, 2016



Note: Locals question how the stories don't quite match the large amount of resources deployed.

Sonoyta checkpoint closed, mega operation on both sides of the border
Details Published on Saturday January 30, 2016,
Written by Marco A. Manriquez / Marco Flores


A violent event took place causing the closing of the checkpoint at Sonoyta and implementing a mega operation on both sides of the border.

It was the knowledge that a woman resident of the said population, named Janice Arteaga, reported to a local media, members of the Federal Police who shot her vehicle in the windshield and side, while driving down the street Morelos and avenida Constitución, Colony Centro, as she was returning home from a taqueria.

The affected was driving a Chevrolet Yukon, when suddenly the feds, from several units fired repeatedly, without knowing the reason for the assault.

From early morning federal agents, supported by five helicopters and several ground units, made the surprise operation covering all the urban area and surrounding roads.

And also unofficially it became known that this surprise raid of the Federal Police was ordered directly from Mexico City, and there was no coordination with police authorities of the town, such as: PGR, Sedena, PESP and SSPM.

American authorities
Agents from Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE acronym) assisted the Mexican government in a cross-border operation near the Arizona border, as reported by the Associated Press.
In a publication he released the ICE spokesman Gillian M. Christensen said federal agents from the United States and Mexico, participated in an operation of detention in Sonoyta, Sonora, which borders Lukeville.
Christensen said ICE assisting the Mexican authorities in an operation that was intended to arrest members of organized crime that operate around Sonoyta, but had not released details about a possible arrest.


Surprise in Sonoyta mobilization of armored cars and helicopters
Arizona media gave some details of the actions.
Photo: Writing / GH

By: Editor ElImparcial | 01.30.2016 6:34

Sonoyta, Sonora (GH)
An operation involving five helicopters and armored vehicles, supposedly from the Federal Police, was held yesterday at the border, prompting surprise of local authorities and community.

Authorities said they were gunshots during the morning by alleged police officers against some vehicles were driven by people who had not stopped when ordered.

They indicated that the actions by police also allegedly participated in Arizona, who have carried out an operation on the US side.

The authorities in that municipality said they have no details, and objectives of the operation.
It had not reported armed clashes with these criminal groups by noon yesterday .

Although the authorities did not know the purpose of the deployment, they believe that it was a "strategic action" to dismantle any cell of organized crime.

They were concerned that civilians could leave affected by stray bullets, collisions result of chases or the nervousness of the citizens themselves.

Arizona media gave some details of actions and learned that US police forces were involved.

In Sonora, the Attorney General and the Ministry of Public Security they claimed to have no knowledge of the case.


Note: Perhaps this one?

PF IMPLEMENTS megaoperation
30 / Jan / 2016

Federal Police will launch this Saturday a security operation on the first long weekend of the year for the commemoration of the promulgation of the Constitution, with a display of 8,000 troops along the 49,000 kilometers federal highways in the country.

The subsidiary corporation of the National Security Committee reported that, within the action
begins and ends at midnight next Monday at midnight, they will also be installed at posts to
help and guidance to users of airport terminals, bus stations, ports, resorts and
border bridges.

The deployment of the PF comprises at least 3,000 units, including police cars, armored vehicles,
helicopters and ambulances and motorcycles distributed in each of the 32 state coordinators of the law enforcement agencies, in collaboration with the authorities of each state and civic groups.

The agents keep the belt operational, to ensure the use of seat belts, and Carousel, to promote respect for speed limits. Just like "Radar" to detect vehicles exceeding speed limits and "antiassaults" (?)
providing surveillance and security in areas of highest crime rates, with technological devices for inspecting
vehicles and identifying persons linked to activities

The National Safety Commission made available to the public the number 088 for receiving and handling complaints and denunciations.


30 / Jan / 2016
Nuevo Dia / Nogales, Sonora

A woman reported having been shot at in her truck during a raid that took place in Sonoyta, where federal agents and about fifty Mexican Border Patrol Agents, Arizona Public Security and the Department of Narcotics DEA participated.

The spokesman for Immigration and Customs Enforcement in Arizona, Gillian Christensen, announced that it was a joint operation in the search for people with criminal organizations operating in the area, so got to meet some media that covered the event.

Yenise Arteaga Elenes, reported that during the movement had been attacked by gun fire, which occurred from a vehicle. The complainant showed her Chevrolet Yukon with holes, apparently caused by gunfire from Federal Agents.

It also stated that citizens of Sonoyta, saw several units, apparently armored, speeding through the streets of this border zone, which, they believe were conducted by DEA agents.

At least two helicopters were seen patrolling this part of the valley region but no detainees or the result of seizures of drugs or weapons were reported.


Friday, January 29, 2016




ICE involved in law enforcement operation near Lukeville
Phil Villarreal
12:39 PM, Jan 29, 2016
47 mins ago

LUKEVILLE, Ariz. (KGUN9-TV) - Immigrations and Customs Enforcement agents are near the town of Lukeville conducting what seems to be a major joint operation with Mexico.

ICE spokeswoman Gillian Christensen confirmed the operation but would not reveal additional information, saying via email "I don't have anything I can share right now but will circle back with you when I am in a position to do so."

A viewer called KGUN and said the scene has been developing all morning, involving intermittent road closures. Federal Mexican Blackhawk choppers are hovering over the scene.

ICE spokeswoman Gillian M. Christensen gave KGUN9 this statement:

"ICE Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) special agents, working in conjunction with our law enforcement partners from other federal agencies, several Arizona agencies and the government of Mexico, are assisting Mexican authorities with an arrest operation. As this is an ongoing investigation, no further details are available at this time."

"The operation targets criminal elements and organizations operating in and around Sonoyta, Mexico."





Posted: Jan 29, 2016 9:29 AM MSTs
Updated: Jan 29, 2016 9:29 AM MST
N4T Investigators: Cross-border operation
Written By Michel Marizco

LUKEVILLE, Ariz.- The News 4 Tucson Investigators are in Mexico awaiting further information about a cross-border operation involving U.S. and Mexico law-enforcement.

At 7 a.m., Mexican Federal Police Blackhawk helicopters launched from Arizona into the border city of Sonoyta, Sonora across from Lukeville.

About 50 agents from Customs and Border Protection, Immigration and Customs Enforcement, and the Department of Public Safety are gathered at a staging area in Lukeville.

Agents are patrolling the rooftop of the port of entry and others are standing guard along the border. One Mexican Blackhawk returned to the United States.

We are awaiting word from Washington, D.C. and Mexico City about this operation.


ICE involved in law enforcement operation near Lukeville
Phil Villarreal
12:39 PM, Jan 29, 2016
3 hours ago

LUKEVILLE, Ariz. (KGUN9-TV) - Immigrations and Customs Enforcement agents are near the town of Lukeville conducting what seems to be a major joint operation with Mexico.

ICE spokeswoman Gillian Christensen confirmed the operation but would not reveal additional information, saying via email "I don't have anything I can share right now but will circle back with you when I am in a position to do so."

A viewer called KGUN and said the scene has been developing all morning, involving intermittent road closures. Federal Mexican Blackhawk choppers are hovering over the scene.



29 / Jan / 2016

Nuevo Dia / Caborca ​​and Sonoyta, Sonora

The seizure of more than seven thousand cartridges and a ton of marijuana, by military personnel in the Northwest region of the state, leaving a bus driver arrested.

According to the 45th. Military Zone, yesterday morning, at the office of San Emeterio, municipality of Sonoyta, claimed 7,730 cartridges caliber 7.62 x 39 mm, for assault rifle AK-47.

In addition, 780 cartridges of caliber 9mm and .45 .223 cartridges, such as those used in the AR-15 rifles, which were found in a passenger bus.

The driver of the unit, who is not identified, was sent with the more than eight thousand five hundred cartridges and bus available to the relevant authorities.

Likewise, in the municipalities of San Luis Rio Colorado and Caborca, with institutional operations performed by the Army, and Air Force in support of the Attorney General of the Republic, to reduce violence in the country, they seized 1,098 kilograms of marijuana.

In addition to a vehicle and five kilograms of seed of marijuana.

The drugs and the vehicle, were made available to the Federal Public Ministry.

"With actions how are you, the Mexican Army and Air Force effective interagency coordination with the authorities of the three branches of Government reaffirms its commitment to the people of Mexico, to ensure and safeguard their welfare through the realization of activities that contribute to public security prompt and timely "way, was reported.

"The cooperation of the citizens are grateful for your support in exposing illegal activities completely anonymous and confidential email follows: 45 to Headquarters / a. Military Zone, HYPERLINK "mailto:", or phone (631) 352 December 52.


Monday, January 25, 2016



Note: several articles of interest. Local and national.

Note: see also the article from Milenio on increased attacks by narcos in Mexico.

Border Patrol agent involved in shooting
Updated 2 hrs ago

Officials with the U.S. Border Patrol Public Information Office have confirmed that one of their agents was involved in a shooting Monday morning and that a suspected immigrant was injured.

According to Border Patrol officials at approximately 10:45 a.m. Border Patrol agents working in a remote area east of Apache, Arizona were tracking suspects that had fled from a narcotics laden vehicle.

Initial reports indicate that an agent discharged his service issued sidearm during a struggle with one suspect who has been wounded. EMS and first responders provided emergency medical treatment to the suspect, who has been flown by life flight to an area hospital.

Carol Capas, spokeswoman for the Cochise County Sheriff's Office said her officers were advised of the shooting and discovered the incident took place off of mile post 410 and Highway 80 and was in Hildago County in New Mexico. Capas said the Hildago County Sheriff's Office has been advised of the incident.

The investigation is still ongoing and additional information will be provided when it becomes available.

Note: mostly computer english

156% increase narco attacks against the Army
Details Published on Monday January 25, 2016,
Written by Millennium

Mexico DF.

In contrast, to 2015 complaints of alleged abuses and crimes committed by soldiers decreased.

The Army has registered 156 percent more assaults by members of drug trafficking and organized crime during the first three years of the current administration, which in the same period of the presidency of Felipe Calderon. The number of soldiers killed and wounded was also higher.

In contrast, during 2015 the number of complaints of alleged abuses and crimes committed by soldiers in the fight against crime decreased 63.5 percent compared to those documented in 2012, as evidenced by reports of the Secretariat of National Defense (SEDENA).

From January 2013 to July 2015 military personnel has posted 924 attacks by criminal groups, leaving at least 57 dead of the Army and 281 wounded.

In 2013 482 attacks that killed 23 military personnel and 153 were wounded.

During 2014 there were 276 armed clashes with 17 dead and 82 injured; while until the first quarter of 2015 166 clashes that left 17 dead and 46 wounded troops.

In the first three years of Calderon's six-year period there were 361 attacks on the Army and Air Force, killing 40 soldiers killed and 176 wounded.

According to reports from the Department of Defense, in 2007, when the government declared war on the drug, there were 48 clashes with balance of 14 dead and 12 injured military.

For 2008 106 armed clashes that left 14 dead and 50 wounded were recorded; and in 2009 there were 207 attacks with 12 dead and 114 injured.

However, between 2010 and 2012 (second tranche of the past six years) 2000 133 attacks against military personnel that left 118 dead and 762 wounded soldiers were recorded.

Moreover, the Department of Defense Ministry has strengthened the culture of respect for human rights, which has led to a "substantial decrease" in complaints filed with the CNDH.

In 2012 1,044 complaints were reported, while in 2013 were 836 (reduction of 42.10 percent over the year); in 2014 were 570 (decrease of 60.52 percent) and between 1 January and 28 November totaling 527 (63.50 per cent).

From 1 December 2012 to last November 2,007 complaints to the National Human Rights Commission, of which 81 percent (1,625 ) were completed by the body and 19 percent (382) are in the pipeline.

National Defense said that 1,625 were concluded only 0.14 percent (two) were terminated by the corresponding recommendation has been issued.

In the same period, the CNDH has issued four recommendations, two of which are for events that occurred before December 1, 2012; two have been met and 51/2014 for the case Tlatlaya is in "compliance phase".
Based on this last recommendation, the Department of Defense acquired kits video cameras tactical helmet military personnel to record the anti-crime operations and other missions, as reported MILLENNIUM.

The purpose is to document "incidents" and "interactions" with the civilian population by the "intensive" use of cameras and military have evidence that respect human rights, as mandated in paragraph 18 E of the Manual of Use of Force , commonly applied to the three armed forces.

The ombudsman Raul Plascencia then requested "strict compliance" with the arrangement described in the manual in one of the 10 recommendations that sent General Salvador Cienfuegos, head of the Department of Defense, regarding the death of 22 civilians by shooting Tlatlaya Army, State of Mexico, the morning of June 30, 2014.


Chase and shootout between police officers and criminals
Details Published on Monday January 25 2016,
Written by Drafting
(lost link)

Elements of the Municipal Police were subjected to an attack with bullets by two men, after a chase that began when they were sighted on the boulevard San Carlos in the San Miguel, while traveling in a car in which They crashed on the peripheral East and they abandoned several packages with marijuana.
A consequence of the events no element of the Municipal Police was injured, however, the patrol was damaged with multiple gunshot wounds.
The facts were reported yesterday afternoon at approximately 19:15 hours (7:15 pm), when the officers involved in the chase requested support on the peripheral East, as they were the victim of armed aggression.
Before the wake-up call several police units were dedicated to the place and on the peripheral at the level of access Cerro La Pirinola, they found the agents and a Nissan car that was crashed into a hill of place next to the road.
In the scene transpired that agents first it marked the end to the two crew members of a Nissan, that on the Boulevard Saint-Charles, at the height of the Central Fire, which higher speed instead of stopping the vehicle.
Given the above start gave chase to the peripheral East which was taken by the crew of the speeding car, and in his attempt to escape in the driving unit driver lost control and then crashed into a hill.
The officers explained that after the impact, both subjects out of the vehicle and fled, making several gunshots, why they had to repel armed aggression, no injured.
Inside the vehicle, officers located several packages containing marijuana giving a total weight of 70 kilograms.


Public Safety care about La Mesa and La Choya
Details Published on Monday January 25 2016, Written by Drafting
(lost link)

Neighbors expose problems with public transport and gangs.
Residents of La Mesa and La Choya exposed a number of problems facing the public transport service, to the Municipal Police officers attending these sectors as part of the work of community outreach.

Residents of these two places, which are considered the most problematic developments of the city, asked the directors of the municipal police that an immediate solution to the problem of public transport is given, and increased presence of police officers in the area, as there a serious social decomposition in these areas.

"Do not take people with disabilities and those who drive units seem criminals," said one resident of the area, which also raised concerns about students who fail to take the routes due to the lack of awareness of operators stop provide the service before the established schedule.

Another detail that made themselves known to the police chiefs of the City Government is not complete urban transport routes, leaving drifting young people are exposed to suffer any assault or attack.

Meanwhile, the heads of the municipal corporation presented some solutions to the problem of transportation of the people who live there, in addition to expensive, is precarious.

Collect proposals from neighbors
In an effort to change the image and operation of the Municipal Police, following the proposal promoted by the mayor, Cuauhtemoc Galindo Delgado, in an effort to bring order in this matter, the police corporation heads weekly meetings in different neighborhoods of the city, where they have compiled many concerns.
Working with social and structural Nogales society leaders, managers and police unit responsible for the prevention of addictions held weekly talks and in coordination with neighboring execute actions against crime.

During the first hundred days of the new Government of the City, the results of the citizen project for justice are reflected in the decline in robberies and killings homes, insomuch that Nogales has been recognized by the State Government about the results of this work.

In one of these neighbors meetings of the Bureau and the Choya they proposed the head of Public Security, Fernando Fernández Portillo, to implement a fixed schedule for minors can walk in the streets, which was welcomed by the head police, but said it must be legally analyzed to avoid falling into legal contradictions.
Citizens told the heads of the corporation that will join efforts to make the new city government to crack down on crime, gangs and acts that go against the law.

Home, housewives said they no longer let their children out of their homes after ten in the evening, since they are exposed to being caught by policemen to be attacked by the gang.


Friday, January 22, 2016



Note: The Nogales area getting one or two killings a day lately.

Also of interest: F&F at Excelsior webpage.

Note: "prior run-ins with the law " but still running free.

Busy holiday weekend in Yuma for Border Patrol
Posted by Eduardo Santiago Date: January 19, 2016

YUMA, Ariz. – Eighteen undocumented immigrants were arrested over the holiday weekend and more than 430 pounds of marijuana were seized.

U.S. Border Patrol agents say the first incident happened near Tacna last Friday. A group of four Mexican men and one Honduran man came into the U.S. illegally with 246 pounds of pot. All five suspects were arrested. The second incident also happened near Tacna on Saturday when agents found six Mexican men illegally entering Yuma County. All six suspects were arrested.

Sunday, agents arrested another group of undocumented immigrants. This time, seven men walking into the U.S. with about 186 pounds of marijuana. All seven suspects were arrested.

Agents say they were able to make all of the arrests an seizures with help from Air and Marine Operations, Yuma Air Branch.

Some of the men arrested have prior run-ins with the law including: assault, child abuse, theft, rape, weapons and drug charges, according to agents.

The street value of the drugs seized over the three day weekend was more than $200,000.


Federales arrest poachers
Details Published on Wednesday January 20, 2016,
Written by Drafting / El Diario

Members of the Federal Police arrested four men in Sonora in the moments when they moved in truck the remains of deer and wild boar, wildlife hunted illegally in Ejido Cuitaca, they also had weapons that do not meet requirements authorized for that activity (hunting), as an assault rifle AK-47.

Members of the Regional Security Division conduct surveillance patrols on the road network of the state of Sonora, at kilometer 117 + 700 on National Hiway 2 Imuris-Agua Prieta, and junction of Cananea to Santa Cruz, detected a gray Toyota Tacoma circulating erratically.

To ensure the safety of users on the federal highway, federal agents proceeded to ask the driver to stop they observed Victor Manuel Salazar Bautista 44 years old, who was driving while intoxicated and with a handgun at his waist, accompanied by Miguel Angel Estrada Ponce 31, Atenogenes Leovardo Lazo Sánchez 45 years and Jose Maria Eudoro Navarro Mendez 73 years old.

When federal police searched the interior of the truck was found in the cargo area five rifles; three hunting rifles, a shotgun and an assault rifle AK-47, and two handguns, three magazines and 213 rounds of ammunition of different calibers.


Kill three in 24 hours
Details Published on Wednesday January 20, 2016,
Written by Drafting / El Diario


Hermosillo recorded three homicides in different sectors of the city, bringing the total of violent deaths totaled four in less than 24 hours, the last three being found in Colonia Los Arcos, Real del Carmen and Privadas del Real.
The authorities stressed that only two of the three men were found, in the street, could be identified, Marco Antonio Castro Romero, 22 and Cruz Ramon Labador Mancinas, 30.

In the first case, recorded around 02:30 hours, the State Police Investigator attended the discovery of Marco Antonio Castro Romero, who was found dead on the streets Sebastian Cano and Manzanares of colony the Real del Carmen . According to the PEI, the deceased was killed a few meters from his house and had stab wounds and bullet wounds in the area of ​​the chest, head, buttocks and back. Elements of the Red Cross also heeded the call, but he was pronounced dead upon arrival.

Outside Restaurant
The second report of the discovery of a dead person was registered in the courtyard that divides restaurants Johnny Sailor and Orange, on the street Dr. Pesqueira meters from the street Sahuaripa in the colony Los Arcos, the Cross Red workers arrived found no vital signs but he has not yet been identified.
An employee of the place reported, at 7:25 pm, she met a man, same as now covered with a sheet of blue that showed a blood stain, In the place a motorcycle registered under the name of a person of that State authorities said they have an order dated arrest in 2009 on charges of robbery was also found, although it could not say whether it was the same person who died.

The negative developments in Hermosillo followed and about 9:40 in the morning reported another attack, this time against whom was identified as Ramon Cruz Labrador Mancinas , who died of the gunshot wounds he received in his body .
Labrador Mancinas, 30 years old and a native of La Escondida, Durango was found dead by authorities in the colony Privadas Real, reported neighbors that several people arrived aboard a black Jeep Cherokee and it was they who detonated their weapons .
The authorities stressed that the deceased was domiciled in the house 122 Privada Moreno Dos Este in colony Privadas Real
The Public Prosecutor Specialized in Homicide and Serious Crimes malicious managed to secure three .40 caliber shell casings, ordering the relevant staff of Expert Services and Forensic Medicine.


United States issued travel alert
Details Published on Tuesday January 19, 2016,
Written by Drafting / The Journal

The State Department of the United States on Tuesday renewed its travel warning for Mexico and its list of rogue states included Jalisco, Nayarit, Oaxaca and Sinaloa.

In a statement, the US embassy said in reviewing the 37 alerts that keep several countries, which are usually revised every six months, decided to update that of Mexico.


Detienen Federales a cazadores furtivos
Detalles Publicado el Miercoles 20 de Enero de 2016,
Escrito por Redacción / El Diario

Elementos de la Policía Federal detuvieron en Sonora a cuatro hombres en los momentos en que trasladaban en una camioneta restos de venados y un jabalí, fauna que cazaron en forma ilegal en el Ejido Cuitaca, los cuales portaban armas que no cumplen con los requisitos autorizados para esa actividad, como un fusil de asalto AK-47.

Integrantes de la División de Seguridad Regional al realizar patrullajes de vigilancia en la red carretera del estado de Sonora, en el kilómetro 117+700 del Camino Nacional (2) Imuris-Agua Prieta, tramo entronque Santa Cruz-Cananea, detectaron una camioneta marca Toyota, tipo Tacoma, color gris, que circulaba en forma errática.

Para garantizar la seguridad de los usuarios en esa vía federal, los agentes federales procedieron a solicitarle al conductor detener la marcha, indicación que fue acatada por Víctor Manuel Salazar Bautista de 44 años de edad, quien manejaba la unidad en estado de ebriedad y con un arma corta en la cintura, acompañado de Miguel Ángel Estrada Ponce de 31 años, Atenogenes Leovardo Lazo Sánchez de 45 años y José María Eudoro Navarro Méndez de 73 años de edad.

Cuando los policías federales revisaron el interior de la camioneta encontraron en el área de carga cinco armas largas, entre éstas tres rifles de cacería, una escopeta y un fusil de asalto AK-47, además de dos armas cortas, tres cargadores y 213 cartuchos útiles de diferentes calibres.


Asesinan a tres en 24 horas
Detalles Publicado el Miercoles 20 de Enero de 2016,
Escrito por Redacción


Hermosillo registró tres homicidios en diferentes sectores de la ciudad, con lo que se sumó a cuatro el total de muertes violentas en menos de 24 horas, siendo los últimos tres encontrados en la colonia Los Arcos, Real del Carmen y Privadas del Real.
Las autoridades destacaron que solo dos de los tres hombres que fueron encontrados, todos en la vía pública, pudieron identificarse bajo los nombres de Marco Antonio Castro Romero, de 22 años y Cruz Ramón Labrador Mancinas, de 30 años.
En el primer caso, registrado alrededor de las 02:30 horas, la Policía Estatal Investigadora atendió el hallazgo de Marco Antonio Castro Romero, quien fue encontrado sin vida sobre la calle Sebastián Cano y Manzanares de la cerrada Sebastián Cano en la colonia Real del Carmen.
De acuerdo a la PEI, el occiso fue ultimado a unos metros de su casa y presentaba heridas de arma blanca y proyectiles de arma de fuego en las zona de tórax, cabeza, glúteo y espalda.
Elementos de la Cruz Roja también atendieron el llamado, pero al momento del arribo declararon muerto a Castro Romero.

Afuera de restaurante
El segundo reporte del hallazgo de una persona muerta se registró en el patio que divide los restaurantes Johnny Sailor y Orange, en la calle doctor Pesqueira a unos metros de la calle Sahuaripa en la colonia Los Arcos, hasta donde arribó personal de socorro de la Cruz Roja pero encontró sin signos vitales a quien todavía no ha sido identificado.
Un empleado del lugar reportó, a las 7:25 horas, que se encontró con un hombre, mismo que estaba tapado con una sabana de color azul que dejaba ver una mancha de sangre, de la que después se descubrió salía de la cara del afectado, quien presentaba un fuerte golpe.
En el lugar también se encontró una motocicleta registrada bajo el nombre de una persona de la que las autoridades estatales afirmaron que cuenta con una orden de arresto fechada en el 2009 por el delito de robo con violencia, aunque no se pudo aclarar si era la misma persona que murió.

Los hechos negativos dentro de Hermosillo siguieron y cerca de las 9:40 horas de la mañana se reportó un nuevo ataque, esta vez en contra de quien fue identificado como Cruz Ramón Labrador Mancinas, quien falleció por los impactos de bala que recibió en su cuerpo.
Labrador Mancinas, de 30 años de edad y originario de La Escondida, Durango fue encontrado sin vida por las autoridades que se presentaron a la colonia Privadas del Real para atender el reporte de vecinos que detallaron que al lugar llegaron varias personas a bordo de un Jeep Cherokee negro y fueron ellos los que detonaron sus armas.
Las autoridades destacaron que el occiso tenía su domicilio en la casa 122 de Privada Moreno Dos Este, en Privadas del Real, colonia a la que recién había llegado de su lugar de origen.
El Agente del Ministerio Público Especializado en Homicidios y Delitos Graves Dolosos logró asegurar tres casquillos percutidos calibre .40, ordenando lo correspondiente a personal de Servicios Periciales y Medicina Legal.


Emite Estados Unidos alerta de viaje
Detalles Publicado el Martes 19 de Enero de 2016,
Escrito por Redacción / El Diario

El Departamento de Estado de Estados Unidos renovó este martes su alerta de viaje para México y en su listado de estados peligrosos incluyó a Jalisco, Nayarit, Oaxaca y Sinaloa.

Mediante un comunicado, la embajada de ese país señaló que al revisar las 37 alertas que mantienen en varios países, las que por lo general se revisan cada seis meses, decidieron actualizar la de México.


Thursday, January 21, 2016

AZMEX I3 21-1-16

AZMEX I3 21 JAN 2016

Comment: We already have more than enough of these alleged low lives, do we need to import more?
Those with a weak stomach or strong gag reflex may want to delete before reading.

Suspect in horrific child-abuse case might have slipped through system

Posted: Jan 20, 2016 8:23 PM MST
Updated: Jan 20, 2016 8:29 PM MST
By Dennis Welch

Francisco Rios-Covarrubias is being held without bail. (Source: KPHO/KTVK)
The man police say was responsible for one of the most disturbing cases of child abuse in Mesa history may have been living in the country illegally.

Federal immigration officials said Wednesday that they placed a detainer on Francisco Rios-Covarrubias because they believe he is an undocumented immigrant.

Yasmeen Pitts O'Keefe, a spokeswoman for Immigration and Customs Enforcement, would not say why.

The 30-year-old was arrested this week, along with Mayra Solis, after police found the woman's young daughter in a trash bag with her hands and feet bound with duct tape.

[RELATED: Mesa PD: Bound child found in bag of feces 'shocks the soul']
[RELATED: Grandmother of child found in bag of feces speaks out about daughter]

Since 2003, Rios-Covarrubias has worked at an El Pollo Loco in Mesa and was described as a good employee until he recently started having car problems and missing shifts.

Eight years ago, Arizona adopted a law requiring all businesses to check the immigration status of each new hire.

Because Rios-Covarrubias was hired five years before that law took effect, the business would not have been required to check his status at the time of his hire.

Even if the fast food chain had checked during his tenure, it's easy to slip through the cracks.
"Every system has its imperfections and there's nothing different about the E-Verify system or any other verification system in this country," Adrian Fontes said.

Rios-Covarrubias is currently being held without bond. Even if he were able to post bond, Fontes says ICE would take him into custody because of his immigration status.

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Mesa PD: Bound child found in bag of feces 'shocks the soul'

Posted: Jan 19, 2016 5:38 AM MST
Updated: Jan 20, 2016 5:53 AM MST
By Phil Benson
By Jonathan Lowe
By Tanya Mendis

Fransico Javier Rios Covarrubias and Mayra Yomali Solis (Source: Maricopa County Sheriff's Office)
Mesa apartment where the alleged abuse occurred. (Source: KPHO/KTVK)
Mesa police briefing Tuesday morning. (Source: KPHO/KTVK)
Fransico Javier Rios Covarrubias (Source: Maricopa County Sheriff's Office)
Mayra Yomali Solis (Source: Maricopa County Sheriff's Office)

A man and a woman were arrested Monday in connection with the worst case of child abuse Mesa police officers have seen in a while.

"This is just one of those cases that just shocks the soul," Mesa Police Chief John Meza said during a news conference Tuesday morning. "The level of neglect was so harsh she could not stand on her own," he added.

[Raw video: Click here to view police news conference]

"Officers who responded to the scene were troubled by the conditions and having to witness this and without delay we have resources for them, also," Meza said. "When officers went in, all they saw was the top of the child's head in the trash bag," Meza described. "The child had duct tape over her mouth, around her arms, her hands, and legs."

The 3-year-old child, who had allegedly been offered up for sex, was rescued Monday after authorities found her in a trash bag surrounded by feces in a closet. She was also malnourished.

"The suspect wanted to have sex with other people and said he put the child in the closet because she was too loud," officers said.

The victim was found with many bruises, scars and blisters on her body, police said.

Police said the child's mother, Mayra Yomali Solis, who is homeless, had been dropping the girl off with Francisco Rios-Covarrubias for days at a time over the past month. "The mother said she would see the child one day a week and she knew her child was left alone for several hours while the suspect worked," Meza said.

[Click here to view police report (page 1) - graphic language]
[Click here to view police report (page 2) - graphic language]

Meza said Rios-Covarrubias had agreed to baby-sit the child while the mother went to work. Meza said Solis would stop by and see her child just one day a week.

Police said they were tipped off Monday morning after a man Rios-Covarrubias had met online for sex showed up at the apartment at around 7 a.m. and noticed a bad odor.

He also observed the child bound and gagged with duct tape kept inside a closet, Meza said.
"The suspect asked the responding party if he wanted to have sex with the child," Meza said.
The other man became upset and left the apartment. He returned shortly and had consensual sex but told police he did not see the girl. He left and immediately called police.

When police arrived, they found the girl "was covered in feces wearing a diaper and T-shirt," Meza said. Officers removed the duct tape and she was taken to the hospital.

Rios-Covarrubias is accused of sexually abusing her, officers said. He confessed to duct taping the child, police added.

She was taken to a hospital for evaluation.

Officers said the homeless mother had shaved her daughter's head so she could claim she had cancer to collect money. Mesa police were even called to a Wal-Mart on West Baseline on Jan. 14. The store had called officers saying Solis was bothering shoppers in the parking lot for donations for her child that has cancer.

Solis also told police she admitted to knowing about her daughter's injuries but did not seek treatment. She said she believed the girl had fallen, Meza said.

"Fortunately the child was recovered before any more additional harm could be done to her," police said in a statement.

Rios-Covarrubias faced a Maricopa County Superior Court judge Tuesday to answer to charges of kidnapping, sexual conduct with a minor, felony child abuse and sex trafficking. The judge did not find sufficient evidence on the latter charge.

Rios-Covarrubias was denied bail because he is in the U.S. illegally, he also has been placed on an Immigration and Customs Enforcement hold.

Neighbors of Rios-Covarrubias described him as a man who liked dressing in women's clothing. An apartment complex manager says he only lived in the community for a few months. She and many others in the complex were stunned by the public arrest Monday.

"It makes me sick. It's a child; it's a baby," neighbor Sheryl Wolle said. "And you think 'Didn't the baby scream? Didn't anybody hear nothing?' Oh my God. I hope the baby's fine."

"That's some of the sickest stuff that I ever heard in my life," another neighbor, Rafael, said. "That's sad that would actually go down. That's just horrifying. Nothing like that should ever happen to anybody."

Solis was booked on child abuse charges. She also made her initial court appearance Tuesday; the judge set her bond at $15,000. Police said Solis did not have a history with the Department of Child Safety prior to this case.

[Raw video: Initial court appearance for Rios-Covarrubias and Solis]

"The arrest of any suspect involved in abuse or exploitation of any child is of the highest priority for the Mesa Police Department," police stated.

Meza said local law enforcement agencies still have work cut out for them in child sex and exploitation cases.

"It brings to light the efforts we need to continue on sex trafficking. It's a problem that exists," Meza said.

"In this case, it was a combination of just evilness but also the fact that the suspect had offered up this child to the person who called to have sex with," Meza said.

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Note; They keep telling us it was about "tracking" the weapons. However given the history of even just one of the main conspirators, we strongly believe it was a scam for the return of a federal semi auto rifle ban. Along with a general attack on the 2nd Amendment.

El Chapo had weapon linked to failed 'Fast and Furious' gunrunning operation
Posted: Jan 20, 2016 10:11 PM MST
Updated: Jan 20, 2016 10:49 PM MST
By Jonathan Lowe

The world's most wanted drug lord had an arsenal when he was captured in Mexico, and we've learned that five of the guns found with El Chapo came from right here in Arizona. At least one of the weapons was among the guns that disappeared during the botched "Fast and Furious" gunrunning operation.

You may remember just how disastrous that operation was for the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and the Obama administration, as well as the U.S. Department of Justice. The ATF thought it could track weapons into Mexico by allowing gun shops in Phoenix to sell weapons to criminals.

"The truth is they never were tracing even one of these weapons," Pinal County Sheriff Paul Babeu said. "They ended up into the hands of not just regular criminals in Arizona, but the most violent criminals in the western hemisphere, which is the Mexican drug cartels."

The outcome? The ATF lost track of 1,400 of the 2,000 weapons that were part of the program.

El Chapo had in his possession one of the 34 .50-caliber rifles that went missing. That is a massive firearm. The bullets are capable of piercing armor, vehicles, and the rifle even brought down a Mexican police helicopter.

The whole idea of the Fast and Furious gunrunning operation was to identify and eliminate entire arms trafficking networks, rather than low-level buyers. Babeu said that based on this latest El Chapo revelation, that plan obviously backfired.

"This is evidence now that they're just not in the hands of the cartels," Babeu said. "They're actually being used and being brought back into the United States to protect the cartels and potentially to be pointed at not just American citizens, but our law enforcement."

Former Attorney General Eric Holder was held in contempt of Congress after refusing to turn over documents and records about the program. Just this week, a federal judge ruled that President Barack Obama cannot use executive privilege to keep the Fast and Furious records from Congress.


Wednesday, January 20, 2016



Note: many AZ locals believe the original motivation behind the F&F scam was to use it to attack our 2nd Amendment Rights and bring back the federal ban on semi automatic rifles.

'Fast & Furious' rifle capable of taking down helicopter found in 'El Chapo' cache
William La Jeunesse
By William La Jeunesse Published January 20, 2016

Rifle found at 'El Chapo' hideout from Fast & Furious probe
A .50-caliber rifle found at Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman's hideout in Mexico was funneled through the gun-smuggling investigation known as Fast and Furious, sources confirmed Tuesday to Fox News.

A .50-caliber is a massive rifle that can stop a car or, as it was intended, take down a helicopter.

After the raid on Jan. 8 in the city of Los Mochis that killed five of his men and wounded one Mexican marine, officials found a number of weapons inside the house where Guzman was staying, including the rifle, officials said.

When agents from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives checked serial numbers of the eight weapons found in his possession, they found one of the two .50-caliber weapons traced back to the ATF program, sources said.

Federal officials told Fox News they are not sure how many of the weapons seized from Guzman's house actually originated in the U.S. and where they were purchased, but are investigating.

Out of the roughly 2,000 weapons sold through Fast and Furious, 34 were .50-caliber rifles that can take down a helicopter, according to officials.

Federal law enforcement sources told Fox News that 'El Chapo' would put his guardsmen on hilltops to be on guard for Mexican police helicopters that would fly through valleys conducting raids. The sole purpose of the guardsmen would be to shoot down those helicopters, sources said.

The Fast and Furious operation involved federal agents allowing criminals to buy guns with the intention of tracking them.

Instead, agents from the ATF lost track of 1,400 of the 2,000 guns involved in the sting operation.

The operation allowed criminals to buy guns in Phoenix-area shops with the intention of tracking them once they made their way into Mexico.

The operation became a major distraction for the Obama administration as Republicans in Congress conducted a series of inquiries into how the Justice Department allowed such an operation to happen.

Former Attorney General Eric Holder was held in contempt after he refused to divulge documents for a congressional investigation into the matter.

This is the third time a weapon from the Fast and Furious program has been found at a high-profile Mexican crime scene.


Tuesday, January 19, 2016



BREAKING: Federal Judge Obama Appointed Strikes Down His Fast and Furious Executive Privilege Claim
Katie Pavlich | Jan 19, 2016

After significant deliberation U.S. District Judge Amy Berman has struck down Obama's assertion of executive privilege over documents pertaining to Operation Fast and Furious, the Department of Justice program that allowed the sale and trafficking of thousands of weapons to violent Mexican drug cartels. Berman was appointed to the Court by President Obama in 2011. POLITICO has the details:

"U.S. District Court Judge Amy Berman Jackson ruled Tuesday that the Justice Department's public disclosures about its response to the so-called "gun walking" controversy undercut Obama's executive privilege claim.

The standoff over the records led to a House vote in 2012 holding then-Attorney General Eric Holder in contempt of Congress for failing to turn over the records. The House later initiated a lawsuit to try to force disclosure of the files.

Jackson left open the possibility that some of the records could be held back from Congress because they contain sensitive information on law enforcement techniques or implicate foreign policy concerns."

President Obama asserted executive privilege over thousands of documents after former Attorney General Eric Holder refused to turn over them over to Congress in June 2012 and just hours before the House Oversight Committee voted to hold Holder in contempt. This is what I wrote at the time just prior to the vote on Capitol Hill:

"Just 15 minutes before the House Oversight Committee vote against Attorney General Eric Holder is set to take place, the Department of Justice has asked the White House to assert Executive Privilege for all Operation Fast and Furious documents according to Chairman Issa's press secretary Becca Watkins. Regardless, the vote will move forward. If President Obama decides to invoke executive privilege, it is an indication that President Obama was involved in Operation Fast and Furious, which he has boldly denied. President Obama said as early as last week he stood with "full faith and confidence" next to Attorney General in his handling of the Fast and Furious scandal. "

President Obama granted the executive privilege request despite claiming to know nothing about Operation Fast and Furious when it was active from 2009-2010.

Holder was later held in civil and criminal contempt of Congress by Republicans and Democrats in the House for failing to cooperate with a congressional investigation and for refusing to turn over requested documentation.

The next step here is the Justice Department to turning over the disputed documentation to Congress, unless of course the White House appeals the decision.


Thursday, January 14, 2016



Documents outline details of Ducey's border strike force
Posted: Jan 14, 2016 3:20 PM MST
By Bob Christie, Associated Press
Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey's new border strike force will be phased in over several years and start with a smuggling interdiction force before adding an investigations team and then a team dedicated to operating in remote areas, according to a written plan obtained by The Associated Press.

The Department of Public Safety plan outlines the structure, goals and command structure of the force Ducey quietly created last year. Details of the full proposal have been scarce, but the 24-page plan obtained by the AP fills in the gaps of the operation Ducey is touting as a boost to state border-security efforts.

[READ: DPS: Arizona Border Strike Force ready to roll]

DPS Director Frank Milstead said in an interview Thursday that strike force staff will be added over three to five years. The agency plans to use three new twin-engine aircraft it recently received from the military that it will renovate and use for surveillance. Initially, it will provide federal agencies along the border with air support.

The force has already started operations using existing DPS troopers, and the plan intends to initially use current staff for roving "interdiction patrols" and limited operations in remote areas where drug and human smugglers operate.

New staff would be based in Pima County or other border areas to cut down on travel time.

The first order of business is to restore the 24-hour Highway Patrol coverage in the four border counties that had been cut because of tight budgets in recent years, Milstead said. That issue was brought to the forefront by sheriffs in Yuma and Santa Cruz counties, who complained that the state was adding a new border security operation while cutting regular patrols and tapping money that used to go to counties for other state uses.

"I'll tell you when I got here (in January) I did not know the DPS shut down at 2 (a.m.) nor did the governor nor his staff. That was something I discovered immediately when I got here," Milstead said. "The four border counties get 24-hour service first out of this strike force plan."

Funding is expected to be included in the budget plan Ducey releases Friday. Milstead declined to outline it in advance of the announcement.

The plan says staffing will have to increase substantially to create the interdiction, investigations and remote area operations. He envisioned hiring fewer than 50 new officers a year to help staff the new force.

"If we had an extra 200 troopers by the time this is over in the next three to five years that would be helpful," he said. "I haven't really looked statewide if that's enough, but the plan is to scale to deal with those four border counties first and we'll see what we can afford to put down there."

DPS currently has 1,150 sworn officers, down from a peak of just over 1,200 in 2009. The agency also has about 9.00 civilian employees.

The Arizona Sheriffs Association has called on Ducey to restore full highway patrols and county funding before launching a new border security force.

Yuma County Sheriff Leon Wilmot, the association's president, said he supports parts of the plan. Those include new DPS radios and intelligence operations and payments to counties for jailing and prosecuting smuggling suspects - but not the boots-on-the-ground plan Ducey envisions.

He said sheriffs in Yuma, Pima, Santa Cruz and Cochise counties that already have border operations are better suited to the job than a state agency that doesn't routinely deal with border issues.

"Our need is to have the Arizona Highway Patrol out on the interstates and highways." Wilmot said, referring specifically to his county. "That's the greatest deterrent out there is the high profile presence."

Note:  Far from the first instance.  Protocols, procedures so citizens know it's law enforcement?
          Or wait for a big fat body count someday / night ?

Caller reports armed gang disguised as law enforcement
Nogales International Updated 20 hrs ago 

Police are on the lookout for a gang that allegedly held a group of people at gunpoint and assaulted one person after pulling up to a local home Sunday night in a convoy that included a cloned law enforcement vehicle.

Lt. Gerardo Castillo of the Santa Cruz County Sheriff's Office said his office received a 911 call shortly after 11 p.m. Sunday reporting the incident in the Pete Kitchen area north of Nogales city limits. The caller said several vehicles had approached a home carrying 10-12 armed subjects wearing ski masks, bulletproof vests and police insignia.

At least one of the vehicles appeared to be a cloned police car.

The group came into the home, took phones from the occupants and assaulted one of them. When the assailants left, one of the victims called 911 on a phone that had been concealed.

Sheriff's deputies arrived at the scene and provided medical attention to the assault victim, who wasn't badly hurt, Castillo said. They also shared information about the alleged incident with other law enforcement agencies in the area.

However, none of the people at the home wanted to be a participating victim in the police investigation.

Regardless, Castillo said, the Sheriff's Office is working closely with the HIDTA (High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area) Task Force to investigate the incident.

"When all these elements come into play – if there was a cloned vehicle, police insignia, bulletproof vests – obviously that's a huge concern for law enforcement," he said.

"It's not something that we're used to, or want to get used to," Castillo added.

The Sheriff's Office welcomes any information from the public, and tipsters can remain anonymous.


Update on AZ - SON public safety meeting (Spanish)  


Wednesday, January 13, 2016



Border Patrol foils drone drug incursion into the U.S.
Release Date: January 12, 2016

YUMA, Arizona – The U.S. Customs and Border Protection recovered approximately 30.8 pounds of marijuana dropped from a drone near San Luis, Arizona, Nov. 16, 2015.

This is the first drone drug incursion detected by CBP.

"The highly effective enforcement techniques employed by Yuma Sector and throughout the Border Patrol often forces smuggling organizations to redirect their efforts," says Chief Patrol Agent Anthony J. Porvaznik. "As a result, they experiment with different techniques in an attempt to bring narcotics and other harmful contraband into the United States. This means we must adapt and meet these new challenges. Our agents' vigilance was responsible for detecting this particular drone event, but we always encourage members of the public to assist our efforts by contacting the Border Patrol upon seeing suspicious activity."

Yuma Station Border Patrol Agents observed an Oc
toCopter style drone illegally enter the San Luis airspace from San Luis, Rio Colorado, Mexico, and jettison a bundle. Aided by night vision goggles, agents were able to follow the drone to its drop point, where three bundles of marijuana - weighing approximately 10 pounds each - were discovered along the bank of a canal. The drugs had an estimated value of $15,430.

The drugs were processed per Yuma Sector guidelines.

Yuma Sector Border Patrol agents effectively combat smuggling organizations attempting to illegally transport people and contraband through southwestern Arizona and California. Citizens can help the Border Patrol and U.S. Customs and Border Protection by calling 1-866-999-8727 toll-free to report suspicious activity. Callers can remain anonymous.


Yuma Sector welcomes new deputy chief patrol agent
U.S. Border Patrol Agent Carl E. Landrum promoted

U.S. Border Patrol Agent Carl E. Landrum promotedA veteran of 19 years in the U.S. Border Patrol, agent Carl E. Landrum was recently promoted to deputy chief patrol agent of Yuma Sector.

Posted: Tuesday, January 12, 2016 7:59 pm

A veteran of 19 years in the U.S. Border Patrol, agent Carl E. Landrum was recently promoted to deputy chief patrol agent of Yuma Sector.

Landrum began his career in October 1996 as a member of the 323rd session of the Border Patrol Academy. His first duty assignment was at San Diego Sector's Brown Field Station, followed by a promotion to supervisory Border Patrol agent at Imperial Beach Station.

During the next several years, Landrum served as a special agent with the Federal Air Marshal Service, supervisory Border Patrol agent and course development instructor at the Border Patrol Academy in Artesia, N.M., as well as assistant chief at the Office of Border Patrol in Washington, D.C.
From June 2011 through September 2014, Landrum served as patrol agent in charge of Laredo (Texas) Sector's Cotulla and Laredo North Stations.

A native of Victoria, Texas, Yuma Sector's new deputy chief comes to Yuma from the Laredo Sector. Landrum had served there since September 2014, where he was the division chief and chief of staff for Joint Task Force-West, a Department of Homeland Security, which collaborates with 18 organizations, including Department of Defense commands, and other DHS partners, to work together.

Landrum attended Baylor University. He later earned a Bachelor of Science in information systems from the University of Phoenix, and a master's in strategic studies from the U.S. Army War College. He was the first civilian officer to attend the U.S. Army War College — Advanced Strategic Arts Program, graduating with honors.


US turning to UN over flow of Central American migrants
2 hours ago
From the section US & Canada

Tens of thousands of children fleeing violence have been apprehended by immigration officers
The US is looking to the United Nations for help in dealing with thousands of migrants fleeing to the US to escape violence in Central America.

The hope is that the UN High Commissioner for Refugees will set up processing centres for people to apply for resettlement in the region. The centres would be located in several Central American countries.

Over 68,000 unaccompanied children were apprehended by US immigration authorities in 2014.
Violence and endemic poverty in several Central American countries have been driving migrants north to the US.

Refugees cannot make applications for relocation while in their home country, so they must travel to neighbouring countries to apply for relocation to a third country.
The hope is the processing centres would provide at least temporary safety while asylum claims were processed, and would mean people being relocated to other countries other than the US.
"We are hopeful that this process can be an effective tool for assessing individuals' humanitarian relief claims and avoid a very dangerous journey to the United States," said a senior administration official.

In recent days, the White House has been working behind the scenes to tamp down rebukes from members of the president's own party over deportation raids that took place over the holidays.
The raids saw over 120 immigrants placed in line for deportation over New Year's weekend.
Just hours before Mr Obama's final State of the Union address on Tuesday, more than 140 House Democrats signed a letter urging the administration to halt the raids.

The official, speaking to the BBC, said the UN plan was not a reaction to this and had been in the works "for months".
When asked if the raids would be suspended, the official said: "The administration's priorities for removal have not changed since 2014. The actions that occurred two weekends ago are consistent with those priorities we established in 2014."

Each year, the US Congress establishes a cap for the number of refugees it would like to see resettled in the US each year. The current cap sits at 85,000 people from around the globe.

By comparison, the crisis that peaked during the summer of 2014 saw over 68,000 unaccompanied children apprehended by US immigration authorities on the southern border over fiscal year 2014.

Mr Biden has been a proponent of development projects for Central America, including asking Congress for $1bn for development projects in El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras.

Congress ultimately approved $750m as part of the massive budget passed in December.
While less than what the Obama administration had asked for, the official said the funding was "substantial and that's going to make a significant difference here".




Tucson Sector Border Patrol gets new chief
TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) - The new chief of the Border Patrol's Tucson Sector has taken command.

Paul Beeson replaces Manny Padilla, who is now in Texas.

Beeson has been with the agency since 1985 and served as chief of the Yuma Sector between 2007 and 2010. He later served as the chief of the San Diego Sector.

The Tucson Sector comprises nearly all of Arizona and includes about 4,000 agents.

It's known for being a hotbed for illegal immigration and drug smuggling, although apprehensions have gone down in recent years. Agents made nearly 88,000 apprehensions in fiscal year 2014, significantly fewer than in past years.


Note: Photo at link

Omar Chiquete

Nuevo Día/Nogales, Arizona

Paul A. Beeson, recientemente fue nombrado jefe de la Patrulla Fronteriza del Sector Tucson y al tomar el mando declaró lide-rar al Sector Tucson en el futuro.

Cuando el jefe de la Patrulla Fronteriza, Paul A. Beeson tomó juramento en febrero de 1985, inició una carrera basada en el honor y servicio al país. Con más de 30 años de experiencia, Beeson ha dedicado más de la mitad de su vida a garantizar una frontera segura y protegida.

Beeson es una cara conocida entre los profesionales de la ley de Arizona, después de haber servido como Jefe de la Patrulla Fronteriza del Sector Yuma, a partir de julio de 2007 hasta noviembre de 2010. Luego se desempeñó como agente de la Patrulla del Sector de San Diego hasta diciembre de 2014, cuando regresó a Arizona como Comandante de la Fuerza de Tarea Conjunta West-Arizona Corredor (JTF-W, AZ), con sede en Tucson, Arizona.

Paul A. Beeson es plenamente consciente de los retos en el mantenimiento del estado de derecho a lo largo de la frontera entre Arizona y México. Él da crédito no sólo a los hombres y mujeres que trabajan en la Patrulla Fronteriza de los Estados Unidos, sino también a la multitud de otras agencias federales, estatales, locales y agencias de servicios públicos que trabajan juntos para prevenir la actividad delictiva transfronteriza.




Arizona Department of Public Safety Set To Rollout the Arizona Border Strike Force
Cooperative effort includes federal, state, tribal and international support
Tuesday, January 12, 2016 -

Phoenix -The Arizona-Mexico border provides the perfect storm in relation to drug trafficking, human smuggling and other illicit activity. No border state has as much on the line as Arizona. California has a wall and New Mexico has mountain ranges. Mexican drug cartel boss "El Chapo" Guzman was recently quoted boasting that his organization is the number one smuggler of Heroin into the U.S.

In the United States, we have seen a marked increase in heroin use with overdose rates quadrupling from 2002 to 2013. Still, the good news is drug interdiction rates are on the rise as well. Seizures of heroin and methamphetamine in Arizona increased 223 percent and 225 percent between fiscal years 2010 and 2014.
In September 2015, the Border Strike Force was created, a partnership between local, state, and federal law enforcement that's providing a force multiplier in the fight against drug cartels and border crime. This same cooperative effort includes working with public safety officials in the State of Sonora, Mexico just south of Arizona.

The Arizona Border Strike Force is a comprehensive strategy that encompasses all aspects of drug enforcement. "Law enforcement efforts alone will not succeed until America's insatiable appetite for drugs is addressed," said Col. Frank Milstead, Director of the Arizona Department of Public Safety. "Education, rehabilitation and partnerships to focus on the humanitarian crisis must be mobilized as well."
The plan for the Border Strike Force was submitted to all our partners that deal with the lasting effects of criminal drug trafficking, human and sex trafficking, gun violence, kidnappings and sexual assault. "This initiative brings to the table a combined cooperative effort of law enforcement on both sides of the border to go after heroin and methamphetamine drug traffickers with a long term goal of making all our communities safer," said Col. Frank Milstead.

The Arizona Department of Public Safety is a state-level law enforcement agency whose mission is to protect human life and property through the enforcement of state laws, deterring criminal activity and ensuring highway and public safety.


Lawsuit against Border Patrol detention now class action
TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) -

A lawsuit against the U.S. Border Patrol over detention conditions is now a class action suit.

Federal Judge David Bury issued an order on Monday allowing the case originally filed on behalf of three immigrants to now include others.

The suit was filed in June by a coalition of advocacy groups. It claims the Border Patrol's Tucson Sector holds immigrants in dirty, extremely cold and inhuman conditions.

The Border Patrol does not comment on pending litigation but has said that safety is a top priority at detention facilities.

Bury sanctioned the agency in November over destruction of surveillance video evidence it was required to keep at its eight Tucson Sector facilities in accordance with the suit. The agency said it was updating its technology to be able to keep the video.


Five arrested in San Luis R.C. on alleged weapons possession
Posted: Monday, January 11, 2016 3:07 pm | Updated: 3:09 pm, Mon Jan 11, 2016.
Posted on Jan 11, 2016by Amy Crawford

Five people, two of them juveniles, are in jail in San Luis Rio Colorado, Son., on suspicion of illegal possession of an AK-47 assault rifle, police said.
City police officers discovered the weapon while searching a vehicle they had stopped at 5:30 a.m. at the intersection of Quintana Roo Avenue and 29th Street, in a residential area on the city's southeast corner, the municipal police department said in a news release.
Mexican law strictly controls firearm possession and bans the use of assault weapons such as AK-47s by anyone except the nation's army.
Police did not say what prompted officers to stop the 1999 Saturn with California license plates.
Five passengers in the car at the time of the stop were arrested on suspicion of possession of a prohibited weapon.
They were identified as Ramiro Jaimes, the 18-year-old driver, Eduardo Gomez, 19, and Felipe Rodriguez, 20. The two other passengers, 17- and 15-year-old boys, were not identified because they are minors.



Nogales police seize 10 assault rifles and ammunition from 16-year-old's car
Keaton Thomas
10:39 PM, Jan 11, 2016
5:21 AM, Jan 12, 2016

NOGALES, Ariz. (KGUN9-TV) - A trunk full of firepower found in Nogales on Friday. Nogales police seized 10 high-powered assault rifles and 10 boxes of ammunition in the trunk of a vehicle.

The High Intensity Drug Trafficking Areas program (also known as HIDTA) notified NPD on Friday of a suspicious vehicle in the area that may have weapons hidden inside. They say it was headed towards Mexico.

Police located the vehicle near an apartment complex on the 100 block of N. West St in Nogales. Police canvassed the complex, going door-to-door, before locating the driver of the car - a 16-year-old boy.
"Cartels across the line are trying to recruit the young teenagers to do their transportations," says Officer Oscar Mesta II.

Mesta added that juveniles help with the transportation to make quick money. The demand comes from cartels. "They do pay a good price for [the weapons]. It is just something that is illegal for them to have in Mexico and of course they come get them in the U.S. and they have people try and smuggle them into Mexico.

After police seized the weapons, they turned over the evidence and investigation to HIDTA.
A representative from HIDTA could not immediately give details into the case, but says this case is part of a very active and ongoing investigation.


Monday, January 11, 2016



SEDENA Protects Sonora
11 / Jan / 2016

Hiram G. Machi
New Day / Nogles, Sonora

Miliary personnel through the 45 / a. Military Zone during 2015, released the official numbers regarding the fight against organized crime.

302 people arrested in flagrant crime, recovering the following:
102,731.342 kilograms of marijuana,
662.5165 kilos of methamphetamine,
582.7321 kilos of cocaine,
167,884 kilos of heroin,
371 doses of cocaine,
299 of marijuana,
131 of methamphetamine,
47.500 liters of methamphetamine,
24.050 kilograms of marijuana seeds,

384 rifles,
154 handguns,
35 grenades,
six rocket-propelled grenades,
four rifles (Cal. 50 "),
116,944 cartridges of different calibers and
2,033 magazines for different weapons.

Also in the report seized 495 vehicles, 
$ 4,87,537 (4.287 million five hundred thirty-seven pesos 20/100 MN) is detailed,
15,923,792.00 USD (15.923 million US dollars seven hundred ninety two), 
3,232 silver coins (with a value of $ 1,082,193.00 MN)
23 Antennas and repeaters
16 properties, 
four aircraft,
two tunnels,
an ultralight aircraft.

Also destroyed and burned 46 marijuana fields with an area of ​​74,347 square meters and 47 clandestine airstrips were disabled.

The detainees were secured and made available to the relevant authorities.

The actions are the result of a blow to economic and operational structure of organized crime in 2015.


Saturday, January 9, 2016



NOTE; some photos at links Be warned that while Mexican media can often be as dishonest as the US media, it is also less delicate. The more sensitive may want to avoid the photos. Some may find the apparent lack of "brass" & mags to be interesting.


Note: Photo at link Unknown at this time what the actual charges might be.

Teen caught with assault rifles, ammo in trunk
Nogales International Updated 17 hrs ago

Police seized 10 assault rifles, 10 large boxes of 7.62 caliber ammunition and rifle magazines from a Ford Focus stopped Jan. 8 in Nogales.
NPD photo

A 16-year-old male was arrested Friday in Nogales after police stopped the car he was driving and found a stockpile of high-powered guns and ammunition in the trunk.

At around 8 a.m., officers from the Nogales Police Department, working in conjunction with other state and federal law enforcement agencies, stopped a white Ford Focus sedan near the 100 block of North West Street, NPD said in a news release.

Inside the vehicle, officers found 10 assault rifles, 10 large boxes of 7.62 caliber ammunition and rifle magazines.

The driver and sole occupant, a U.S. citizen residing in Nogales, Sonora, was arrested for being in possession of the firearms and ammunition, NPD said. The investigation was turned over to the local HIDTA Task Force.


Friday, January 8, 2016



UPDATES Interesting photos at links. Mostly computer english & spanish

The arrest of "El Chapo" Guzman, during operation in Los Mochis
The arrest came after a clash in the early hours of Friday
08.01.2016 | 24:19

The DEA announced its satisfaction with the recapture of "El Chapo".
Photography: Northwest.

MEXICO (AP) ._ A federal official confirmed to AP that the leader of the Sinaloa Cartel drug lord Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman was arrested in an operation in Los Mochis, after clashes.

Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto, reported on his Twitter account that Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman was recaptured, seven months after the drug lord escaped from a maximum security prison last July.

"Mission accomplished. I have I want to inform Mexicans that Joaquin Guzman Loera has been arrested," said Peña Nieto.

Guzman was located after a confrontation of suspects and the Marina in the city of Los Mochis, confirmed a federal official who requested anonymity because he was not authorized to give statements.

Hours before the Mexican president gave the news via twitter, the Navy had reported that operating but only said that five suspects had been killed in an operation which was also wounded a Marine.

In a statement, he said the incident occurred when the armed forces responded to a citizen complaint, went to a house in Los Mochis where they were attacked with firearms from inside.

To repel the attack, five attackers were killed and six others were arrested. Besides four vehicles they were seized eight rifles, a handgun, ammunition and a rocket launcher.


Marina confirmed 5 killed, 6 wounded detainees and sea in Los Mochis
January 8, 2016 by Editor

The Navy said through a statement that early today, during a raid on a home in the city of Los Mochis, Sinaloa, personal Marines was attacked with shots of firearms by alleged members of the organized crime.
The statement said the incident occurred when naval personnel received a citizen complaint which stated that a home armed people were, so in response to this, elements of the Navy of Mexico attended cited home, where they were attacked with gunfire gun from inside, so that elements of this institution proceeded to repel aggression in self-defense with the sole purpose of protecting the life of the elements involved in such action.

Unfortunately, this operation was injured an element of the Navy of Mexico who is already out of danger. Moreover, five assailants were killed and six people were arrested.

Notably knowledge that in that place was Gastelum Orso Ivan Cruz, alleged leader of northern Sinaloa of a criminal organization operating in the area, the same who managed to flee were reported.

Result of this action the following was:

4 vehicles (two armored).
Eight rifles, one handgun, and ammunition loaders for their ballistic characteristics are for the exclusive use of the Armed Forces.
1 Tube rocket launchers with two charges.

Both arrested as the seized materials are being made available to the relevant authorities.

With these actions the Navy - Navy of Mexico ratifies the commitment of the Mexican families to maintain security in the country, in this sense it is important to mention that the naval elements develop their operations in compliance with procedures set out in the Manual Use of Force, Common Application to the three armed forces and strict respect for human rights.


Marina confirmed 5 killed, 6 wounded detainees and sea in Los Mochis
Weapons and armored truck located inside
Navy maintains operating besieged the sector in Mochis Scally
Collateral damage in pursuit of Chapo
Deadly clashes in the region of Évora; 12 dead in clashes with La Marina
Marina confirms death of two infants and a civilian in confrontation in Angostura
A suspect and two sailors killed in a clash left Angostura
Emergency exit
Sitia La Marina village where'Chapo' Guzman was born: "There are dead"
Chapo expensive hunt
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Note: preliminary news.

President Peña Nieto informs recapture 'El Chapo'
"Mission accomplished: we have him," wrote President Enrique Peña Nieto through social networks

EDITORIAL 01/08/2016 12:27

"Mission accomplished. I have I want to inform Mexicans that Joaquin Guzman Loera has been arrested," the president tweeted.

President Enrique Peña Nieto informed through social networks recapture of "El Chapo" Guzman.

Guzman, the most wanted drug trafficker Mexico and the United States, had escaped in July last year for the second time from a maximum security prison.

Six people arrested as an element of the Navy' is injured by alleged members of the Pacific cartel reported. (GO TO FULL STORY)

A confrontation was reported in the city of Los Mochis; an element of the Navy was injured. (GO TO FULL STORY)



Casa Grande teen among group arrested for smuggling meth at border
Posted: Thursday, January 7, 2016 2:08 pm
Staff Reports

NOGALES, Ariz. – Customs and Border Protection officers arrested four U.S. citizens, including a Casa Grande teen, and one Mexican national for alleged attempts to smuggle almost 3,400 pounds of marijuana, cocaine and methamphetamine through the Port of Nogales in the last week.

Officers at the Dennis DeConcini crossing referred Billy Morgan, 28, of Inglewood, California, for further inspection of his Ford Mustang on Sunday. A CBP narcotics-detection canine alerted to the presence of drugs that turned out to be nearly 29 pounds of meth worth approximately $86,000.

Earlier that day, officers at the DeConcini crossing referred Alexandra Renee Cox, 18, of Casa Grande, for further inspection of her Buick sedan. After a CBP canine alerted to the presence of drugs behind the vehicle's rear bumper, officers found nearly 6.5 pounds of meth worth close to $19,000.

On Saturday officers at the Mariposa Cargo Facility referred a tractor-trailer, driven by Allan Raul Hernandez-Herrera, 22, of Nogales, Sonora, Mexico, for further inspection of a shipment of wooden furniture. A canine team then led officers to the discovery of more than 3,300 pounds of marijuana worth about $1.65 million.

On New Year's Eve, officers at the DeConcini crossing referred a Mitsubishi SUV for further inspection and, using a canine team, found more than 44 pounds of cocaine worth in excess of $465,000 and more than five pounds of meth valued in excess of $15,000. Officers arrested the driver, Jacob Richard Mendez, 34, of Phoenix, and his passenger, Carolina Enriquez-Amaro, 32, a legal permanent resident alien also living in Phoenix.

On Dec. 29, officers at the DeConcini crossing were checking vehicles when a canine team alerted to a Saturn SUV driven by Janiel Eduardo DeLaCruz, 18, of Nogales, Arizona. Officers searched the vehicle and found almost nine pounds of meth, worth approximately $26,000, and more than 3.6 pounds of cocaine valued at close to $38,000, all in the spare tire.


Thursday, January 7, 2016



U.S. Border Patrol hires new Rio Grande Valley sector chief
Newly appointed Border Patrol Rio Grande Valley Border Sector Chief Manuel Padilla Jr. talks with local media members Tuesday January 5, 2016 at the sector headquarters in Edinburg. photo by Nathan Lambrecht/

Posted: Tuesday, January 5, 2016 6:44 pm | Updated: 7:00 pm, Tue Jan 5, 2016.

EDINBURG -- The Rio Grande Valley has become the busiest sector for illegal border crossings in the United States in the past two years, surpassing Tucson, Arizona, where Manuel "Manny" Padilla Jr. previously served as chief. Tucson had led since 1998.

This week, Padilla took over as Border Patrol sector chief of the Rio Grande Valley, where he plans to implement new tactics to help build on the infrastructure and partnerships needed to keep up with the never ending cat-and-mouse game that is border security.
"The criminal element adapts quite quickly to whatever you do, so it's critical for us never to remain stable and be actively looking at the criminal organizations' changing patterns in order to adapt," Padilla said.
Padilla hosted a meet and greet with members of the local media Tuesday morning inside sector headquarters in Edinburg, where he detailed his lessons learned in Arizona and how he plans to address the unique challenges that agents face in the Rio Grande Valley.
"I like to think that what I can bring to the table is leveraging our partners," Padilla said. "I always say that border security is a team sport, and that team is comprised of federal, local and state agencies as well as the communities that we serve."

Padilla is replacing former Chief Kevin Oaks, who spent 14 months in the position and led the more than 3,000 agents in the Rio Grande Sector during the peak of Central American family units and unaccompanied minors illegally crossing into the United States in the summer of 2014.

A U.S. Army veteran and native of southern Arizona, Padilla has been a part of the Border Patrol for more than 29 years. In nearly three decades he has worked his way up from field agent to special forces and to multiple leadership positions, including deputy chief patrol agent and most recently Tucson sector chief the last three years.

In 2013, Padilla replaced Chief Richard A. Barlow and was entrusted with the Tucson sector's more than 4,500 employees and 262 miles of international border. In those two years, he focused on infusing personnel and technology, which resulted in a shift of illegal traffic to Texas and the Rio Grande Valley, Padilla said.
"When you deploy technology, that increases your detection capabilities," Padilla said. "As you increase that technology, your manpower, your agent requirements may lessen. That's what's happening in Arizona."

The Rio Grande Valley sector encompasses more than 34,000 square miles in 34 Texas counties, shares 316 river miles with Mexico, and covers 317 coastal miles. The sector also brings new challenges for Padilla, including the surge of unaccompanied minors and family units that have been coming across the border illegally in unprecedented numbers.