Wednesday, March 30, 2016



Phoenix man pleads guilty to trafficking heroin staff , Associated Press
1:21 PM, Mar 26, 2016

Two Mexican nationals are facing time in federal prison after pleading guilty to charges stemming from a heroin trafficking case.

Prosecutors say Bryan Gabriel Marquez-Flores Jr., a 19-year-old resident of Phoenix, and 22-year-old Ignacio Nieblas Jr., who was living in southern New Mexico, entered their pleas in the federal court in Albuquerque on Friday.

The two men each face a minimum sentence of 20 years in prison. Sentencing hearings have yet to be scheduled.

Nieblas and Marquez-Flores were arrested in February after federal agents seized more than 10 pounds of heroin from them at a train station in Albuquerque.

Authorities said the heroin was concealed inside the men's luggage.

Nieblas and Marquez-Flores admitted to authorities that they conspired with others to deliver the heroin to an undisclosed destination.


2 migrants killed, 3 injured in I-8 collision
The Associated Press
1:46 PM, Mar 29, 2016
3 hours ago

YUMA, Ariz. (AP) - Two immigrants died and three others were seriously injured when a car they were being smuggled in collided with a large vehicle hauler near the Arizona-California border last week.

The Border Patrol says an agent tried to pull the sports utility vehicle over when it fled, colliding with an empty car hauler on Interstate 8 near the state border.

Agent Richard Withers says the incident began on March 23 when agents spotted the men coming out of the desert and getting into the vehicle. An agent later tried pulling the vehicle over, but it fled after initially puling over.

Two Mexican men were killed and three others hospitalized. Their condition is unknown. The driver, a 30-year-old woman who is a U.S. citizen, suffered minor injuries and has been arrested.


Note: as with all of the reports, numbers are questionable. Several graphics at link.

BREAKDOWN: How many unauthorized immigrants live in Maricopa County?
Courtland Jeffrey
4:02 PM, Mar 28, 2016
56 mins ago

PHOENIX - The total number of immigrants in our state continues to rise, according to a new national demographic analysis.

The Center for Immigration Studies recently released an analysis on immigrants in the United States, and Arizona saw an increase to the immigrant population of almost 460,000 from 2000 to 2015.

What's interesting is that these numbers differ from data produced by the Migration Policy Institute, which calculated lower immigrant percentages.

Take a look at the charts below to see both CIS's and MPI's immigrant data that spans over the past 40 years. For a full-screen view, click here.

AZ Immigration Demos1

The MPI also conducted a four-year research analysis (2009-2013) on who they deem "unauthorized immigrants" in the nation, and Arizona had some significant statistics.

According to the MPI's analysis, the state's unauthorized immigrant population is at 264,000, putting us at 9th out of the 41 states included in the study.

The same study also looked at counties in the nation and Maricopa County totaled 190,000 unauthorized immigrants. That number is 72 percent of the state's total count of unauthorized immigrants.

For a detailed breakdown of MPI's national, state and county unauthorized immigrant data, click on the charts below. For a full-screen view, click here.

AZ Immigration Demos

The Center for Immigration Studies describes itself as an independent, nonpartisan, nonprofit, research organization that looks to provide information on the consequences of legal and illegal immigration into the United States. CIS states on their website that funding for their work comes from private foundation grants, as well as donations.

The Migration Policy Institute describes itself as an independent, nonpartisan, nonprofit think tank dedicated to the analysis of the movement of people worldwide. On their site, they state that their funding primarily comes from research grants, as well as donations.


Note: nine alleged cartel associates arrested near Caborca - spanish


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