Monday, February 8, 2016



Note; another busy AZMEX day.

Note: "automatic weapons"?

Posted: Feb 08, 2016 1:31 PM MST
Updated: Feb 08, 2016 1:31 PM MST
CBP seizes marijuana, guns at Lukeville Port
Written By Jenni Gellman

LUKEVILLE, Ariz. - In separate incidents on February 6, U.S. Customs and Border Protection Field Operations officers seized more than 90 pounds of marijuana and five weapons at the Port of Lukeville.

During a secondary inspection of 39-year-old Nicholas Rodriguez Morales' 2006 Buick, a CBP canine led officers to the discovery of more than 90 pounds of marijuana, worth an estimated $50,000, hidden throughout the vehicle.

CBP said Morales is from Sonoyta, Mexico.

Also on Saturday, CBP officers inspected and discovered several handguns, automatic weapons and ammunition inside U.S. citizen Julia Higuera's 2008 Malibu.

Both suspects have been turned over to U.S. Homeland Security for further investigation.

"Any weapons seizure is significant," said Garret Reinhart, the port's Chief of Staff. "As a result, these weapons will not make it into the hands of people seeking to cause harm upon our society."

CBP will continue to work in partnership with Mexican customs and U.S. agencies of all levels to prevent smuggling.


Posted: Feb 08, 2016 3:42 PM MST
Updated: Feb 08, 2016 3:42 PM MST
CBP: Largest load of methamphetamine seized in Arizona port history
Written By News 4 Tucson Staff

CBP officers seized over $1.1 million in methamphetamine at Port of Nogales / Photo: CBP

NOGALES, Ariz. - U.S. Customs and Border Protection says they seized the largest load of methamphetamine in Arizona port history on Friday, finding more than 387 pounds in a tractor-trailer at the Port of Nogales.

CBP says Juan Rodolfo Lugo-Urias, 35, was sent to a secondary inspection after a canine alerted on his tractor-trailer loaded with bell peppers.

Officers found nearly 400 packages in the trailer's front wall and rear doors. CBP says the load has an estimated value of $1.1 million.

"This significant interception is a testament to the vigilance and skills of the dedicated officers at the Port of Nogales," said Nogales Port Director Guadalupe Ramirez.

Lugo-Urias, a Mexican citizen, was turned over to Immigration and Customs Enforcement's Homeland Security Investigations.


NPD responds to assault on agent, counterfeit money transfer, vehicle fire
Nogales International Updated 2 hrs ago (0)

A vehicle burns on 1000 block of N. Las Americas Drive on the afternoon of Feb. 4.
A juvenile was accused of assaulting a Border Patrol agent and two people were busted after trying to conduct a wire transfer with counterfeit money during a pair of recent Nogales Police Department actions.

In addition, NPD officers responded to a vehicle fire on the 1000 block of N. Las Americas Drive at shortly after 5 p.m. Feb. 4, but there were no injuries and the Nogales Fire Department extinguished the blaze.

Earlier Feb. 4 at approximately 2:22 p.m., an NPD officer responded to the U.S. Border Patrol Station after receiving a report of an assault on an agent that happened the evening before. The officer was told that agents had been in the process of arresting six illegal immigrants hiding in the area of Mariposa and Green canyons when a male juvenile tried to run away.

An agent chased and caught the suspect, who allegedly resisted arrest and assaulted. The agent suffered what was described as a "minor" injury during the confrontation and NPD arrested the juvenile and booked him into the Santa Cruz County Juvenile Detention Center.

At approximately 3:48 p.m. Feb. 3, an NPD officer responded to Wal-Mart in regard to two people who had allegedly tried to use $2,050 in counterfeit funds to make a wire transfer.

The suspects, 34-year-old, Robert Mendoza, of Norwalk, Calif. and 46-year-old Mary Cox, of Cottonwood, Ariz., were later stopped at the Border Patrol's checkpoint on Interstate 19.

"They were escorted back to the Nogales Police Department and the suspects were interviewed by the U.S. Secret Service," NPD said in a news release.


Note: But wait, there's more:

Kill three dead
08 / Feb / 2016


As a result of the growing crime wave in this municipality, in the early hours of Sunday, in separate actions another two executions perpetrated against Ramón Arnoldo Rentería D. (aka) "El Chapo" or " El Maquico "and Jose Manuel Gutierrez Perez (aka)" El Chino ", 42 and 28, in both cases without an arrest.

Spokesman for the Sonora State Police said initially, around 05:20 hours at the gateway to the house number 1405-B of the Ley Federal del Trabajo, street, colonia Infonavit-Cinco de Mayo, was shot Ramón Arnoldo Renteria D., "El Chapo" or "El Maquico" no shell casings were found, noting that he had a criminal record for theft of mechanically propelled vehicle theft concurrent aggravated robbery and people.

Also, an hour later in the streets Santa Ofelia and Santa Olivia, fractionation El Campanario, at house number 701, after a verbal brawl arise José Manuel Gutiérrez Pérez (aka) "El Chino" and another nicknamed "El Cholo, "he pulled from his clothes a .45 caliber pistol to shoot "point blank ", impacting it mortally on his left cheek, recovering two casings of that caliber.

Shooting leaves dead and wounded.

EMPALME.- Around three in the morning on Sunday in Sahuaral streets, between Segunda and Tercera, colonia El Sahuaral, the passengers of a white 2013 Ford "Focus", plates WCT-30-10, opened fire at Jacinto Molina Maldonado and Julio Encino Cruz , 56 and 26, mortally injured the first and wounded the latter, then retreating at full speed.

So after taking the wounded to a hospital, he was diagnosed wound caused by projectile in his right leg and left ankle, while said vehicle was found abandoned minutes later on the streets of De las Americas and Constitucion, in the Ortiz Rubio colony.


PGR seizes over 6 lbs of "crystal"
Tribuna de San Luis
February 7, 2016

San Luis Rio Colorado- Regarding the arrest of two suspects occurred Thursday night in alley Kino and Cuarta, one of the rental premises, were seized 2 pounds "crystal", yesterday shortly after 14:00 during raid by the prosecutor of the Federation with the support of local police and elements of the Criminal Investigation Agency, were seized over 6 pounds of "crystal" and a AR-15 rifle.

As it was unveiled, the detainees were identified as Oswal Giovanny Rubio Aviles, alias "El Gio", 31 and Ernesto Alonso Serrano Contreras, 43, residing in Avenue Colima C 26 and 27, fractionation Villa Colonial and callejon Madero and 19, respectively.

It was locals who report the presence of suspicious people in a place that had a half open curtain, led to the mobilization of agents of the units 2150 and 2166 of the headquarters of Police and Transit, as at 21:30 from Thursday.

Arriving saw a black 1992 Toyota Tacoma pickup, without plates parked and suddenly saw it leaving the premises, Rubio Aviles, who tried to flee.

Upon inspection, they found a package containing granular substance similar to methamphetamine and three mobile phones.

At that time Serrano Contreras was also controlled to be searched found a similar package and a cell phone.

By looking through a window the local agents they realized that it was a black rifle and on the seat a magazine, so they told the prosecutor of the Federation, who ordered custody.

Later in the station to be verified the name of Ernesto Alonso Serrano, it appeared that he also used the name of Jesus Manuel Serrano Rojo, who has an arrest warrant for murder with a firearm and homicide capable of attempts at the expense of Sergio Omar Lopez Rodriguez and Everardo Rubio Lopez .

Drugs and rifle were taken to the local offices of the Attorney General of the Republic, for the corresponding legal purposes.


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