Wednesday, January 13, 2016



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.


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