Thursday, February 11, 2016



Note: numerous issues in this one. Including that kidnapping is a felony in AZ.
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Four arrested in Wise Street home invasion, one suspect outstanding
By Paulina Pineda
Nogales International Updated 21 hrs ago (2)
Home Invasion
Jonathan Clark

Nogales Police Chief Derek Arnson speaks to the media during a news conference Wednesday at City Hall as Assistant Chief Roy Bermudez listens.
Maj. Jack Johnson of the Arizona Border Strike Force Bureau at the Arizona Department of Public Safety speaks during the news conference.
Nogales Police Sgt. Robert Fierros opens the news conference Wednesday at City Hall.
Francisco Burrola, special agent in charge of Homeland Security Investigations in Nogales talks about the federal role in the investigation.

Nogales Police Chief Derek Arnson speaks to the media at Wednesday's news conference. Behind him, from left: Assistant Cheif Roy Bermudez, Sheriff Antonio Estrada and County Attorney George Silva.
Four suspects were arrested this week and a warrant was issued for another in connection with a home invasion in Nogales last month.

The suspects, dressed in tactical gear and armed with long rifles and handguns, broke into a home on the 300 block of West Wise Street on Jan. 28, Nogales police said Wednesday.

Several people were inside the home during the break-in, including a 2-month-old infant. A male victim was treated at the scene for a laceration to his head after being hit with the muzzle of a long rifle, and investigators recovered five spent bullet casings.

Speaking during a news conference at Nogales City Hall, NPD Sgt. Robert Fierros said police linked the Wise Street home invasion to a similar incident in the Pete Kitchen neighborhood north of Nogales city limits on Jan. 10 in which the suspects also were seen wearing police gear.

NPD Chief Derek Arnson said the incident was "one that we took great offense to and we aggressively attacked."

In collaboration with the Santa Cruz County Sheriff's Office, the Arizona Border Strike Force Bureau at the Arizona Department of Public Safety and Homeland Security Investigations in Nogales, the department launched "Operation Safe Home" on Jan. 29 to "restore safety to our homes and to our residents," Arnson said.

On Feb. 7, the NPD Criminal Investigations Division, with the help of the Tucson Police Department, arrested 29-year-old Juan Ricardo Chaparro for aggravated assault, first-degree burglary and three weapons offenses.

Chaparro was previously arrested on kidnapping charges in April 2015 in Nogales, but was subsequently released on his own recognizance and is now awaiting sentencing at Santa Cruz County Superior Court.

Then, after a search warrant was executed in Rio Rico on Feb. 7, investigators found evidence that directly linked the additional suspects to the Wise Street home invasion.

On Monday, a tactical operations team carried out five search warrants – four in Rio Rico and one in Nogales – which led to the arrests of 25-year-old Miguel Huerta Zuniga and 24-year-old Armando Ruiz Valencia. Both were charged with aggravated assault, first-degree burglary and three weapons offenses.

A fourth suspect, 22-year-old Isaac Chaparro, Juan Ricardo Chaparro's brother, was arrested on Tuesday.

Police are still searching for 21-year-old Gabriel Maldonado.

Arnson said nothing was taken from the home during the break-in and narcotics weren't found on the scene.

Because the case is still under investigation, County Attorney George Silva declined to comment on what type of evidence was discovered during the investigation, but added that his office is working with cooperating witnesses to build the case.

During his three years as police chief, Arnson said, he's never seen a similar incident in which the suspects disguised themselves as law enforcement officers.

"We live on a border," he said. "Ironically our crime stats, as well as the sheriff's crime stats, continue to decline … this isn't a community where these types of crimes are frequent."

Police did not specify what evidence caused them to link the Wise Street invasion with the incident at Pete Kitchen, and the current charges stem entirely from the Wise Street case.


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Border Strike Force Bureau Showing More Results Over Past Six Days
Bureau continues seizing drugs, firearms and stolen vehicles from all over the State
Thursday, February 11, 2016 -
Tim Case, Trooper

For Immediate Release

Arizona – The Arizona Department of Public Safety (ADPS) Border Strike Force Bureau has seized 3,743 pounds of marijuana, 51 pounds of methamphetamine, 20 pounds of cocaine, 10 pounds of heroin, three stolen vehicles, two firearms, and four arrest over the past six days.

Over the period of February 4th through 9th, the Border Strike Force Bureau has conducted numerous traffic stops throughout the State which have led Troopers to uncover criminal activity. Troopers have relied on their training and experience in these cases which have led to several thousand pounds of drugs being removed from circulation in our State and distribution around the country.

These seizures are a testament to the dedication and effectiveness of the Border Strike Force Bureau and all of the federal, county and municipal law enforcement partners involved. ADPS Captain Chris Hemmen said, "The activities of the Border Strike Force Bureau demonstrates the commitment of our Troopers on a daily basis to curb criminal activity throughout the State."

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


Arrest man with 210 kilos of drugs
A man carrying over 200 kilograms of drugs in the back of a pick-up truck. Photo: GH
By: Drafting ElImparcial | 02/11/2016 11:24

Caborca, Sonora (GH)
During surveillance operations in the municipality of Caborca, yesterday was secured a man carrying over 200 kilograms of drugs in the back of a pick-up truck.

The detainee was identified as Uriel L., 31 years old, who was driving the Toyota Tundra where he had several packages with green grass like marijuana.

The seizure was made after intercepting the driver, as he drove without license plates and was exceeding speed limits, so he was arrested on the International road between calle 8 and 9 of the Pagasa colony.

During the search, found in the vehicle a total of 22 packages wrapped in tape, which were hidden under a tarp black.

The drugs seized showed an approximate weight to 210 kilograms of green grass, apparently marijuana being distributed to drug dealing would amount to 420,000 doses.

Because possession of drugs, the prisoner was transferred to the Federal Public Ministry, where appropriate inquiries continue.


Sinaloa cartel controls production of synthetic drugs: Teran Contreras
by: Alejandro Monjardín on February 10, 2016

The Sinaloa Cartel is the group operating clandestine laboratories to manufacture synthetic drugs in the state, said the commander of the Ninth Military Zone, Rogelio Teran Contreras.

The military commander said that laboratories are located in areas controlled by the criminal group of Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman. "This year started very active with the laboratories we so far this year 12 laboratories, noting that they have already found some in the city of Mazatlan adjacent to San Ignacio and others here in Mocorito, is the impact of the high involved of detainees. "

"We know they are for the group Chapo Guzman and Mayo Zambada is the group operating where laboratories are," he said.

Teran Contreras said the criminal group continues with the planting of marijuana and has recently increased poppy production. "We've had a lot of seizures, daily we are destroying around 100, 120 plots and spraying another quantity, of poppy and marijuana, proliferating at this time is the poppy" he said.


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