Wednesday, August 31, 2016

AZMEX POLICY 30-8-16

AZMEX POLICY 30 AUG 2016

Note: same story, two different outlets.


Peña Nieto announces strategy against violence in 50 municipios
Calls governors and local authorities to be stewards.

By: SUN | 08/30/2016 13:12
MEXICO CITY (SUN)

http://www.elimparcial.com/EdicionEnLinea/Notas/Nacional/30082016/1121979-Anuncia-Pena-Nieto-estrategia-contra-violencia-en-50-municipios.html

President Enrique Peña Nieto announced the determination of the federal government to implement a new strategy to reduce violence in 50 municipalities, which account for 42% of the number of intentional homicides that occur in the country.

The chair the National Security Council, the president instructed the Security Cabinet headed by the Interior Minister, Miguel Ángel Osorio Chong, to coordinate with local authorities for the comprehensive strategy.

He said, the Government of the Republic will responsibly reinforce social prevention in those municipalities, through institutional strengthening and combating violence.

In this regard, he called the governors and local authorities to be stewards as he warned that while the federal forces will be there where needed, it will not be to supplement or to replace local authorities.

The president also announced the launch in at least 16 states of the 911 emergency number.

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911: It will begin in October: Peña Nieto
The president explained that from next October 3 the emergency number will start operating in 16 states, and by June 1, 2017, nationwide

30/08/2016 15:46 NOTIMEX

MEXICO CITY.
http://www.excelsior.com.mx/nacional/2016/08/30/1114029

From 3 October operating in 16 states of the country the emergency number 911 and by June 1, 2017, throughout the Mexican Republic, said the president Enrique Peña Nieto.

During his participation in the 40th Session of the National Public Security Council, he said that "the real solution is to have local security forces solid in the 32 states of the country, approved in its professionalization, in their equipment criteria and protocols. "

The president instructed the Interior Minister, Miguel Ángel Osorio Chong, to continue working with legislators and make reforms a reality that make Mexico police forces stronger, more professional and act in the most efficient manner.

JCP

Monday, August 29, 2016

AZMEX "SPECIAL" 29-8-16

AZMEX "SPECIAL" 29 AUG 2016

Comment : Review; law school, politician, constitutional law professor, community organizer, what else could be expected?
Released to time with the death of "el Divo"?
Gracias


Universidad Panamericana confirms Peña plagiarism in theses, but will not proceed
by: Process on August 29, 2016

http://riodoce.mx/noticias/mexico-nacional/up-confirma-plagio-de-pena-en-tesis-pero-frente-a-acto-consumado-es-imposible-proceder

Also: http://www.proceso.com.mx/452683/up-confirma-plagio-pena-en-tesis-frente-a-acto-consumado-imposible-proceder


Plagiarism by peña La Faculty of Law at the Universidad Panamericana confirmed that Enrique Peña Nieto a alumnus committed plagiarism in the thesis presented to graduate with a degree in Law at this university.

However, the team of experts who reviewed it concluded that "we are facing an accomplished act, on which it is impossible to proceed in any way."

In a statement released Sunday, the Faculty of Law stressed that, consistent with its institutional principles, proceeded to review the performance of the then School of Law, in the titling process of alumnus Enrique Peña Nieto concerning the thesis "The Presidencialismo Mexican and Alvaro Obregon ", carried out in 1991.

Of this review, he said, the following were identified:

-The Titration procedure complied with the requirements of time and form force in 1991.
-The Thesis presents own ideas, cited foreign ideas and ideas of others not mentioned.

He adds five ways of using other people's ideas were found:

-Reproducciones textual fragments of previously published works, according to academic standards.
-Reproducciones textual fragments without an appointment footnotes or bibliography section.
-Reproducciones Textual quote which there is no footnote reference but in the reference section.
-Reproducciones Textual in which credit is given to the author of ambiguous or imprecise manner.
-Cases In which credit is given to the original author, but not the source from which the quotation was taken.

Based on the above, he said, the Faculty of Law proceeded to search rules that allow respond to a discovery of this nature and concluded that:

1) This is an unprecedented case in which there are no provisions in the applicable regulatory bodies titration procedure. a technical consultation to the National Autonomous University of Mexico was asked to confirm in writing this criterion.

2) The General Regulations of our institution does not apply to former students.

3) We are facing an accomplished act, on which it is impossible to proceed in any way.

In other words, Peña committed plagiarism, but you can not do anything.

END

Related:

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They will march in 60 cities against Peña initiative on marriage and gay adoption
Change.org wants the UP to withdraw law degree Pena
EPN thesis, a labor of irresponsibility: Enrique Krauze
EPN vacationing in Mazatlan
EPN Enacts Law on Commercial Companies
wrong tactics
The rumor of EPN and the wedding of the son of Vizcarra
The DEA involves ex-advisor of Peña Nieto with drug trafficking
Play with fire

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Confirma UP plagio de Peña en tesis, pero no procederá
por: Proceso en 29 agosto, 2016

http://riodoce.mx/noticias/mexico-nacional/up-confirma-plagio-de-pena-en-tesis-pero-frente-a-acto-consumado-es-imposible-proceder

AZMEX UPDATE 29-8-16

AZMEX UPDATE 29 AUG 2016


Smugglers or local criminal?
Ramsey Canyon focus of law enforcement effort after two break-ins
By Eric Petermann eric.petermann@svherald.com 7 hrs ago 0

http://www.svherald.com/free_access/smugglers-or-local-criminal/article_393b0576-6cca-11e6-931b-c374528e5b98.html

Immigrants trek county
Photo provided by the Cochise County Sheriff's Department

Groups of alleged illegal immigrants are spotted crossing a camera along a trail in the Huachuca Mountains. Cochise County Sheriff Mark Dannels has issued a warning to hikers and others who traverse the area to be wary of armed smugglers.

HEREFORD — Sheriff Mark Dannels has issued a warning of increased illegal traffic through the Huachuca Mountains and is urging people to stay away from armed smugglers.

Two candidates in upcoming elections — from opposite political parties — are urging people to be aware of the threat, but also asking for more information to verify the Sheriff's claim.

Supervisor Pat Call, a Ramsey Canyon resident and Republican candidate for the Cochise County Board of Supervisors in District 1, confirmed he received a notice from the Ramsey Canyon Firewise Community urging residents to be aware of increased smuggling traffic, and reports of two burglaries in the mountainside subdivision.

Call questioned why the notice wasn't received first from the Sheriff.
"We hear there are two burglaries, but we don't have any information about them. There are similar crimes every day throughout Cochise County," Call said.

Dannels said the Southern Arizona Border Regional Enforcement team has recorded 24 trespassing events through the Huachucas since May, including both drug and human smugglers, usually in groups of eight to 10. "We have camera footage," Dannels said. "We can confirm that some of these smugglers are armed and people should use extreme caution when they are in the wilderness around Ramsey and Brown canyons."

Ramsey Canyon is located in Hereford, about one mile south of the Sierra Vista city limits on Highway 92, at the intersection of East Ramsey Road. Brown Canyon begins about where the Brown Canyon Trailhead is located, 2.1 miles up the road from the highway. Residents received an email Thursday advising them that two break-ins recently occurred at vacant homes, the most recent being Wednesday on the west end of the Ramsey Canyon subdivision.

The break-ins resulted in property "being disturbed," in an apparent attempt search for valuables, according to the Firewise email.

Bill Witschi, who helped to author the email, said he was told that the two break-ins, and others reported in the area, may not be related to the smuggler traffic. "We haven't seen diddly-squat," Witschi said Saturday about reports of more illegal immigrants and drug "mules" walking through Ramsey Canyon.

He was told by authorities that the two break-ins and other incidents may be the work of a criminal, or it could be illegal immigrants returning south to Mexico after dropping off either drugs or people.
"We are seven miles directly north of the border, so it would be possible to carry something that distance," Witschi said.

The primary purpose of the email, Witschi said, was to create awareness on what residents should notice and how they should respond. He urged people to pay attention to anything unusual and not to be casual about reporting to the authorities. "It's a beautiful place to live, so it's not completely unusual for people to drive slow through the neighborhood looking at deer, but seeing the same car driving slow is something to take notice of," he said.

State Senate candidate Jaime Alvarez, a Democrat challenging Republican Gail Griffin in the Nov. 8 general election, said he wants to "see some statistics," to verify the Sheriff's claim.

Alvarez said he served on the staff of the commanding general at NETCOM on Fort Huachuca before retiring and reviewed briefing material provided by federal agencies monitoring the border.
"I'd like to see the statistics that the federal government is looking at," Alvarez said.


Dannels said the SABRE team consists of six to 10 members from three agencies who specialize in handling smuggling traffic. The group is under the command of the Cochise County Sheriff Department and includes Border Patrol and Arizona Department of Public Safety agents.

He said hikers and people who visit the Huachuca Mountains need to be aware that smugglers may be armed and groups traveling through the area are dangerous.
"Get away, that's the best advice I can offer," Dannels said. "Don't confront these people, but call 911 and let us handle it."

The Sheriff said resources from his agency and the Border Patrol are properly equipped to track and apprehend smugglers, including the use of helicopters in the mountainous areas.

He said his agency is well-aware of the two break-ins and is investigating. At least one Sheriff's deputy lives in the area and State Sen. Gail Griffin is also a nearby resident.

Miller Canyon resident Tom Beatty said he hasn't seen an increase in smugglers this summer, but he has in the past. Beatty operates a guest ranch, providing accommodations to bird watchers and nature lovers. His property is surrounded by U.S. Forest Service land, about four miles south on Highway 92 from the city limits. The guest ranch is located another two miles up the mountain from the highway.

In past encounters, he said, groups of smugglers have left behind travelers who are then reported by Beatty to authorities.

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Note: Corruption at all levels of law enforcement has contributed to the city's violence, he said.
In this case, Cd. Juarez, not Chicago. Photos, etc. at link.
Gracias

Execution-style deaths, shootings return to Juarez
Lorena Figueroa, El Paso Times
2:04 p.m. MDT August 27, 2016

http://www.elpasotimes.com/story/news/2016/08/27/execution-style-deaths-shootings-return-juarez/89436848/


A surge in execution-style deaths and shootings in broad daylight have riddled Juárez the past month after a two-year respite that had made some in the city feel relatively safer.

Experts attribute the increase in slayings to a number of factors, including an upcoming change in government and the break up of major crime organizations after the arrest of Joaquín "El Chapo" Guzmán. The drug lord is being held in a federal prison in Juárez.

Homicides spiked sharply in July with 51 slayings — a number not seen since May 2014 — after an average of 30 each month since the start of 2016.

The trend seems to be continuing in August with at least 36 slayings as of Thursday, according to unofficial numbers from the Chihuahua Attorney General's Office and news reports.

Most murders have been execution-style deaths and drive-by shootings.

The murder of a businessman in front of the Mexican federal court house, another one in the parking lot of the popular Los Arcos restaurant in Américas Avenue, and of a U.S. Citizen near the Paso Del Norte international bridge have been among the most notorious.

Anthropologist Howard Campbell, an expert on national security at the University of Texas at El Paso and author of the book, "Drug War Zone," said it's too early to consider the spike of murders as an emergence of another bloody drug war in Juárez.

The turf war between the Sinaloa and Juárez drug cartels left a toll of more than 10,000 deaths between 2008 and 2012.

"It is too early to say that," he said. "However, it is clear that with the change of government, there also comes a struggle for control among criminal rackets, especially in Juárez and Chihuahua City."

The PRI, Mexico's ruling party, was booted of power in the Juárez and Chihuahua state governments during elections in June. Juárez elected an independent mayor who will take office in October, while Chihuahua state elected PAN-party affiliated governor.

Campbell said organized crime is in many ways linked to political changes in Mexico because of the corruption problem that still plagues the country. Criminals bribe police and officials in exchange for protection. Others use their positions of authority to assist or overlook criminal activities, he said.

"When a new regimen comes, there usually is a 'cleaning of the house' in the criminal world," he said.

And that cleaning is often translated into murders that, in Juárez, are becoming worrisome again.

From January to July, 241 homicides were reported, up from the 189 murders during the same period in 2015 according to statistics from Mesa de Seguridad y Justicia de Juárez, a civic organization that works with authorities on strategies to reduce violence.

May, June and July have been the most violent months in 2016, with 38, 38 and 51 homicides, respectively, the statistics show.

The number of homicides in July had not been as high since May 2014, when there were 52 homicides, data shows.

"This is a red flag that authorities, who up to last year did a good job to reduce the number of murders to 21 in December, need to address immediately," Jorge Contreras Fornelli, the coordinator of Juárez's Mesa de Seguridad, told the Times in a recent interview.

Mexican authorities have attributed the increase in killings to disputes over small-scale drug dealing of crystal methamphetamine and seizures of the drug that also have increased.

This week alone, the Juárez police seized 9.5 kilograms of crystal methamphetamine, valued at $100,000, in the black market. The drug was hidden inside an empty steel cylinder of butane gas in an abandoned house in the Senderos de San Isidro neighborhood in southeast Juárez.

"We cannot pinpoint a specific cause of the rise of killings, but there is a strong link that a vast majority of them had to do with drug trafficking," said Chihuahua state prosecutor in Juárez Enrique Villarreal in an interview late July.

The Juárez police agrees that the increasing murder rate is due to drug disputes.

"The outcome of the loss of a (drug) load is someone being arrested or killed," Juárez police spokesman Adrián Sánchez said.

The fragmentation of major criminal organizations, including the Sinaloa Cartel after the arrest of its leader El Chapo, likely also prompted the drug-related violence, authorities said.

Guzmán is being held at the Ceferso No. 9 federal penitentiary located on the outskirts of Juárez. He was moved there in May from Altiplano prison in Mexico City.

Chihuahua attorney general Jorge González Nicolás said in July that Mexican drug kingpin Rafael Caro Quintero is trying to take control of the Juárez corridor to ship drugs into the United States.

The 63-year-old international fugitive in a videotaped July interview with the political magazine Proceso said that statement was false.

As a way to curb the violence, the Juárez police and the traffic department, in coordination with the Chihuahua state prosecutor's office, began holding random security checkpoints last week.

"We are going to find the most efficient way of not being a burden to law-obeying citizens. We are more the ones that are worrying of not casing more harm to society and their patrimony," Juárez mayor Javier González Mocken said. "The only purpose is protect the lives of the Juarenses, of the citizens."

He said representatives of the Chihuahua state Commission for Human Rights will be stationed at the checkpoints.

Sánchez said that officers will check for guns and drugs, as well as drunk drivers and stolen vehicles, among other things.

Campbell doubts that will work.
Corruption at all levels of law enforcement has contributed to the city's violence, he said.
"It is ominous, because people know what has happened before. It only creates a more dangerous environment," he said.

González Mocken said that until Friday, the response to the security checkpoints from Juarenses had been a positive one.

He said the security checkpoints will be temporary and "will end the instant the rate of murders drop."

Lorena Figueroa may be reached at 546-6129; lfigueroa@elpasotimes.com; @LFigueroaEPT on Twitter.

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Discover underground tunnel that connects Arizona Sonora
The finding was reported by Federal Police; the excavation is 31.5 meters long and according to reports, the tunnel is unfinished

28/08/2016 13:03 AP / PHOTO: Cuartoscuro

Mexican authorities reported on the collaboration of the US Border Patrol in the inspection.
MEXICO CITY.

http://www.excelsior.com.mx/nacional/2016/08/28/1113638

Mexican Federal Police reported on Sunday that found illegal construction of a tunnel passing under the border between Mexico and the United States.

Drug traffickers use tunnels to smuggle drugs into the United States. The Pacific Cartel is known to be particularly adept at constructing tunnels.

The tunnel entrance is on the wall of a manhole on the Mexican side of the border, authorities said in a statement.

The discovery was made in collaboration with the US Border Patrol in Nogales, Sonora and Arizona, police said.

The tunnel is 31.5 meters (103 feet) long and went to a vacant lot on the Arizona side.

The first half of the tunnel was reinforced with beams but the other part was incomplete. It had not yet surfaced on the US side.

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Note: Were headed our way.

Drone found 13 tons of marijuana in the State of Mexico
Details Published on Friday August 26, 2016,
Written by Editorial / El Diario
http://www.eldiariodesonora.com.mx/notas.php?nota=77587

A total of 13 tons of "grass", with the characteristics of marijuana were located in two areas in the municipality of Zumpahuacán by staff of the Commission of Public Safety State of Mexico, with the use of drones.
After conducting overflights in the southern part of the state with UAVs in the mountainous area, at the area known as Coatepec, community San Gaspar, they located the crops, so they sent a team on the ground to confirm the find.
328 million pesos is the value of the herb seized.

END

Thursday, August 25, 2016

AZMEX SPECIAL 21-8-16

AZMEX SPECIAL 21 AUG 2016

Note; should not necessarily be read as an attack on sector chief Padilla, as so many on the border have similar family situations.
But it should be read as yet another indictment of the corrupt Obama regime.
thx


Border Patrol sector chief's brother is a convicted drug trafficker
KRISTIAN HERNANDEZ | STAFF WRITER 20 hrs ago (3)

http://www.themonitor.com/news/local/border-patrol-sector-chief-s-brother-is-a-convicted-drug/article_7da47cf0-6744-11e6-b9be-237c6c233e8e.html

EDINBURG — Border Patrol Chief Manuel Padilla held a mugshot Thursday afternoon of his younger brother, a convicted drug trafficker born in Mexico who has been deported several times.

"Wow that's eerie," Padilla said as he looked at a recent jailhouse photo of his 45-year-old brother Miguel-Angel Padilla. "He looked a lot like me when he was young."

It's been years since Padilla, who heads the Rio Grande Valley Border Patrol Sector, has seen or heard from him, but every five years during Customs and Border Protection's internal affairs review, his brother's past comes back to haunt him.

"It's part of maintaining a security clearance; you have to report these things," Padilla said. "So he is already in my background investigations, and it comes up every five years, so it should be coming up here pretty quick."

But this time his brother's criminal past came up earlier than expected and in public. A letter dated July 26 from Ron Johnson, Wisconsin senator and chairman of Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, asked the Department of Homeland Security and the Inspector General to investigate Padilla and his brother, who was released from prison in 2013 after serving time for drug trafficking charges.

Miguel-Angel's rap sheet dates back to 1990 in Santa Cruz, California, when he was convicted of forgery and spent two years in prison. In 1996, he pleaded guilty to four counts of robbery in Pima County and was sentenced to 18 years in prison.

He was released in April 2013 and deported back to Mexico, according to Padilla, who recalled speaking to him that Thanksgiving. In December, Miguel-Angel was back in the United States attempting to smuggle about 84 pounds of marijuana past the Border Patrol checkpoint near Amado, Arizona. At the time of Miguel-Angel's arrest, Padilla was the sector chief in Tucson.

"While the Committee is not aware of any direct evidence that Chief Patrol Agent Manuel Padilla took any action on behalf of his brother, the fact that his brother allegedly entered the country illegally during the time of Chief Patrol Agent Padilla's leadership of the Tucson Sector raises concerns," reads the letter from Sen. Johnson.

The letter also questions if Padilla had any influence on his brother's immigration status and his brother's whereabouts. Chief Padilla said the incident was thoroughly investigated when it happened and the findings showed he had no involvement or knowledge.

He said his brother, the only one of five born outside the U.S., was deported to Mexico in 2015 after he was released from prison and he never had any involvement with his immigration status. He described their relationship as non-existent.

"He is six years younger than I am," Padilla said. "When I got in the Border Patrol in Sierra Blanca, I brought him with me because he was already 14 or 15, at that age when he was getting in trouble, so I brought him with me, and he convinced my mother to take him back and the rest is history, because you can't change that."

A Delayed Response

Even though his brother's convictions are public record and his superiors in the department knew about it, many people who work close to Padilla in the Rio Grande Valley were not aware of this part of his personal life when the news first broke on Aug. 4.

"When this came out, I settled down a little bit and processed it, and I said if we get any media requests, I want to address it. I don't want to say, 'No comment,'" Padilla said Thursday, more than a week after The Monitor began requesting information from his office.

The day after the story first aired, Padilla granted two interviews to local TV stations KVEO and KGBT, but The Monitor was not allowed past the lobby when a reporter showed up to the sector headquarters the same day. Public information officer Marlene Castro came outside and said Padilla had instructed her not to accept any more interviews and that CBP would be issuing a statement.

An email from Castro dated Aug. 8 reads, "Chief Padilla is no longer doing interviews regarding this matter. CBP will be issuing a statement." The Monitor followed up every day for the next week trying to obtain the promised statement to no avail.

Monday, The Monitor reached out to local CBP spokesman Roderick Kise, who said he had no knowledge of any pending statement by CBP.

"When somebody opened this door, there was no option for anyone to tell me not to address it. Even if I would have been told to stay quiet, I wouldn't have because that was my integrity," Padilla said.

"I said, 'I'll get with ( The Monitor ) when I get back from New Orleans,' and I said, 'There is going to be a statement coming out of headquarters,' so the statement has been drafted now and I've seen the letter," Padilla said. "It's going to be a letter from Chief Morgan to all our partners saying that this was investigated back then, so that statement turned into that letter."

Padilla returned from New Orleans earlier this week and met with The Monitor for an interview on Thursday. He said he was caught off guard by the letter and hopes it doesn't get in the way of the agency's mission in the Rio Grande Valley.

He also questioned the intent and timing of the letter, which was sent days before he met with other department heads in New Orleans for a conference, attended by the newly appointed Chief of the U.S. Border Patrol Mark Morgan, who also visited the Rio Grande Valley sector this week.

"If I had a curious mind, I would ask what the motive was," Padilla said.

Several attempts to reach DHS in regards to the letter or an investigation prompted by its contents went unanswered. Sen. Ron Johnson's staff did not return multiple phone calls seeking comment about the letter.

khernandez@themonitor.com

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Wednesday, August 24, 2016

AZMEX EXTRA 23-8-16

AZMEX EXTRA 23 AUG 2016



Brother-in-law of the former Sonora governor Padrés is a fugitive from justice: PGR

http://www.elregionaldesonora.com.mx/noticia/60084

10 * Jose Dagino Acuña has a warrant for possession of firearms for the exclusive use of the Army; the authorities don't know his whereabouts

By his gathering weapons of the type reserved for the exclusive use of the Mexican Army, a federal judge exercised criminal action against the brother-in-law of PAN former governor Guillermo Padres Elias, identified as Jose Dagnino Acuña, who escaped and is now considered a fugitive from justice, he revealed the Attorney General of the Republic (PGR).

After Excelsior newspaper announced the arrest of Luis Aristides Lopez Moreno, veterinarian for the ranch "El Pozo Nuevo PADRES" a criminal arrested in flagrante delicto while transporting more than 35 million pesos in a cooler; the Attorney General's Office in Sonora (PGJE) conducted several searches, including a luxurious mansion in the exclusive residential Los Lagos de Hermosillo, belonging to Jose Dagnino Acuña, where several weapons and expensive vehicles were seized with the serial number altered .

Dario Figueroa Navarro, Sonora PGR said that all the evidence of that case were handed over to the agency of the Public Prosecutor's Office for further investigation by operation with recourse of illicit origin, while the weapons were delivered to a federal prosecutor in a preliminary investigation for crimes in relation to the General Law on Firearms and Explosives.

Jose Dagnino has warrant, he is a fugitive, so we continue to look, but he is a fugitive from justice, we have no idea where he is, if we knew, we would had captured him already, has a defense but despite that we will detain him," said the delegate of the PGR.

In the raid conducted on December 9 and part of the preliminary investigation for illicit enrichment involving former governor of Sonora and his brother Miguel Padres Elias, authorities found in the house of brother-in-law Jose Dagnino,

a 9mm Luger pistol with a loaded magazine;
a loaded Glock .40 caliber pistol;
high-powered rifle with a telescopic sight, caliber 270;
as well as many rounds of ammunition for the 9mm.

In the luxurious mansion in Los Lagos, at 307 de la calle Ruisenor, personnel of the PGJE and the PGR also found,
a Harley Davidson motorcycle and
a truck Mercedes Benz, with the serial number altered.

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Note: photo at link, Appears to be 10 AR pattern rifles.

Seize assault rifles moved to Southern Sonora
23 / Aug / 2016 - 11:02 a.m.
http://tribuna.com.mx/nota.php?n=21081

Securing the weapons and two people are the result of strategic actions for Public Security and Combating Crime in Sonora
By: Staff

Hermosillo, Official Sonora.- of the National Security Committee of Affiliated Regional Security (CNSASR) arrested 45-year-old Lauro after locating firearms in the vehicle he was driving.

The incident occurred when officers conducted a inspection at kilometer 048 + 000, in the Sonoyta-San Luis Rio Colorado highway after Lauro had violated a section of the Regulation of Traffic Federal Highway, so they asked him to stop and they checked the white Chevrolet, with license plates from Baja California, realized that inside a hidden in the floor, a compartment with several Assault rifles, .223 caliber and magazines of the same caliber which they moved from Mexicali, Baja California bound for Southern Sonora.

Lauro was traveling with Dolores, 73 years old; who resides in Mexicali, Baja California, who also was made available to the Prosecutor of the Federation, affiliated to the Attorney General of the Republic, who will follow up investigations.

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Note: photo at link.

Seize weapons and vehicles after fighting in Michoacan
Details Published on Saturday August 20, 2016,
Written by Editorial / El Diario
http://www.eldiariodesonora.com.mx/notas.php?nota=77189

Elements of Michoacan Police seized two rifles, magazines, and vehicles reported robbed and tactical equipment, after a confrontation with armed men in the municipality of Tuquicheo.

The State Public Security Secretariat reported that elements of Michoacan Police detected on ranchería El Tepehuaje, near the town of El Rodeo, at least 10 men who were located in a camp.

Noticing the police presence, the men opened fire on the soldiers and who responded, so an exchange of fire began, but there were no people injured on either side.
The armed civilians managed to flee so that an operation was implemented with the support of soldiers to find their whereabouts.
On the site, used as a camp, state authorities located and seized two trucks, a Honda CRV, one of them, according to the SSP had been reported stolen. In addition there was a Ford Ranger without license plates.

Also, a AK- 47 rifle, one AR-15, 13 magazines for a AK 47, a magazine for the AR-15, 378 rounds of ammunition for so-called "goat horns" and 8 more for .223 caliber. Among those seized by the authorities were six tactical vests eight military-style uniforms, uniform pixelated similar to the Secretariat of National Defense, (Army) plus four berets, a camouflaged cap, two pixelated shirts, a balaclava, a pair of boots and a camisole.

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Monday, August 22, 2016

AZMEX UPDATE 22-8-16

AZMEX UPDATE 22 AUG 2016

Note: "directly from China" If you haven't yet, take a few minutes and look up the "Opium Wars".
As of Aug. 21, one USD = 18.31 Mex. pesos.
thx



Fentanyl, the new drug that concerns the US, produced in Sinaloa
by: Miguel Angel Vega on August 14, 2016

http://riodoce.mx/noticias/fentanyl-la-nueva-droga-que-espanta-a-eu-se-produce-en-sinaloa


Fentanyl, the new drug 500 times more potent than heroin, more addicts and overdose deaths in the United States

The drug cartels in Mexico has become the second supplier of "Fentanyl" in the United States, and it is the Sinaloa Cartel that controls the market for the opioid substance, which is used to cut heroin and make it ten times more potent, according to a report published by the DEA.

According to investigations, the ingredients to process Fentanyl come directly from China to the Sinaloan coast, later to be taken to laboratories in Culiacan, where it is processed.

According to people who produce and sell heroin, a kilo of Fentanyl has a cost of $2,000 (USD) in the market, while the kilo of white heroin, or "white goatee" as it is known, is $ 19,000. (USD)

"The 'devil' is mixed (Fentanyl) with the 'white goatee', and makes it more powerful," said a producer, during a show that made for a US television channel.

This effect gives a greater pleasure to the addict, which has caused a wave of overdose deaths on the east coast of United States, according to DEA statistics.

The document entitled "Fentanyl, a global threat," published by the DEA in late July, the fever for the Fentanyl began in 2006, when pharmaceutical companies in the United States, developed tablets with an artificial ingredient opioid then known as "Fentanyl" , which would serve to relieve pain in patients with terminal illnesses such as cancer.

In the following months, the Fentanyl was prescribed to other patients suffering from cronic diseases, to muscle aches, causing patients who were not addicted to opiate products were then.

When the Department of Health of the United States noted the high demand that existed for pain pills that contain Fentanyl, it unveiled the degree of addiction that existed in American society, canceling these drugs definitively, but it was too late, as new opium addicts decided to replace the absence of Fentanyl lozenges, which were acquired with prescriptions, with buying heroin on the streets, causing a high demand for the drug in the US.

The golden triangle

Three years after the fever for heroin in 2011, the former producers of marijuana in the Sierras de Sinaloa then faced a crisis, because before they could sell a kilo of marijuana up to 1,500 pesos, ($82 USD) suddenly began to get 500 pesos, ($28 USD) causing losses to the farmer.

By that same time as demand grew for opium, and they migrated from planting marijuana, to poppy seed only.

A poppy farmer who resides between Santiago Los Caballeros and Tameapa, told Ríodoce that they produce opium gum because of the lack of opportunities in the region, and because for every kilo of opium gum they are paid up to 32,000 pesos. ($1,700 USD)

"If you get to produce 10 kilos, you gain 320,000 pesos, and this is how one is going to survive," said the 48 year old.

According to testimonies of heroin producers, 10 kilos of gum is needed to produce a kilo of white heroin, which has a price in Culiacan of $19,000, (USD) while at the US border it is up to $27 000, and once on the other side reaches $35,000. "But that same kilo in New York or Chicago can cost up to $48,000."

Louis J. Milione, DEA spokesman said they were aware of what was happening in Sinaloa, as the number of deaths by overdose and were finding more heroin cut with Fentanyl was alarming.

According to the agency for Disease Control and Prevention (DCP) in the United States, in 2014 there were more than 14,000 overdose deaths in that country, and in 2015 doubled, which has set off alarms.

Asked about the number of deaths caused by the product they produce, producers said they "do not put a gun to the gringos to use drugs."

According to the DEA, Fentanyl is 50 to 500 times more potent than heroin, and one mixture produces an effect that creates a powerful addiction, and often ends in overdose. Among those who have died from Fentanyl overdoses, the singer Prince, and singer and actress Whitney Houston.

In Sinaloa however, there is a not high demand for heroin, nor Fentanyl known as the "little devil" that has so powerful effects on the addicts.

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Some links with interesting perspectives:

http://www.britannica.com/topic/Opium-Wars
http://www.victorianweb.org/history/empire/opiumwars/opiumwars1.html
http://history.cultural-china.com/en/34History6500.html
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Opium_Wars

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Friday, August 19, 2016

AZMEX I3 SPECIAL 19-8-16

AZMEX I3 SPECIAL 19 AUG 2016

Note: See also: http://ktar.com/story/1237579/united-states-private-prisons-arizona/
Still more criminals on your street.
thx


IMMIGRATION
Judges nixed DHS bids to deport illegal immigrants 100,000 times: report
By Malia Zimmerman
Published August 19, 2016
FoxNews.com

http://www.foxnews.com/us/2016/08/19/judges-nixed-dhs-bids-to-deport-illegal-immigrants-100000-times-report.html

Immigration judges around the country are denying the Department of Homeland Security's attempts to deport illegal immigrants in record numbers, according to a new report.

Over the last 10 months, immigration judges opted against the department's efforts to remove some 96,223 illegal immigrants, including criminals, according to the Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse, a Syracuse University-based nonprofit.

At this rate, TRAC estimates the number of illegal immigrants allowed to remain in the U.S. despite DHS attempts to remove them will surpass last year's breaking number of 106,676. With the court's protection, subjects can often remain indefinitely.

"It's concerning to me that the immigration courts are becoming such a frequently used back-door route to green cards," said Jessica Vaughan, director of Policy Studies for the Center for Immigration Studies, a Washington, DC-based research institute, noting these cases will be nearly 10 percent of the green cards approved in 2016.

"Many of them arrived illegally, and are being awarded legal status simply because they managed to stay a long time and have acquired family members here."

One in four of the illegal immigrants allowed to stay in the country despite DHS efforts to remove them this year is from Mexico, TRAC reported.

Another 44 percent were from the three Central American countries — El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras — where vast numbers of unaccompanied minors and women with children have crossed the border to seek asylum.

There are a number of reasons why an individual may be allowed to remain in the country, according to TRAC.

"… the judge can find that the government did not meet its burden to show the individual was deportable," the report stated. "Or, the judge may have found that the individual was entitled to asylum in this country, or may grant relief from removal under other provisions of the law.

"A person also may be allowed to remain because the government requests that the case be administratively closed through the exercise of ICE's prosecutorial discretion, or for some other reason," the report also stated.

The Phoenix federal Immigration Court had the highest percentage of non-citizens allowed to stay in the country over the objections of DHS officials.

"In more than four out of every five, or 82.2 percent of its 3,554 cases closed so far in 2016, the individuals were successful in their quest to remain in the U.S," TRAC reported.

The New York Immigration Court was not far behind at 81.5 percent of the 16,152 non-citizen cases closed to date, followed by the Denver Immigration Court at 78.0 percent of its 831 cases.

Nationwide, there is a backlog of around 500,000 cases pending in the immigration courts, and as it grows, judges become more lenient, said Ira Mehlman, spokesman for the Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR).

"This is by design," Mehlman said. "The longer the attorneys draw out the cases, the better it is for their clients because the likelihood that they will get to stay in the country increases. It is also better for the immigration attorneys because they can charge more fees.

"From the judge's perspective, because the courts are so backlogged, it is easier to let people stay in the country than actually try to remove them," he said. "There are endless layers of appeal and no finality in it."

On the opposite end of the scale, Oakdale, La., Lumpkin, Ga. and Napanoch, N.Y., Immigration Courts only allowed between 11.3 percent and 17.5 percent of the non-citizens slated for removal to remain in the U.S., TRAC reported.

There is a great deal of money spent, and government resources dedicated, to prosecute a removal case for detention, to monitor those who are released, for attorneys to prosecute removal cases and for the court personnel to conduct hearings, said Claude Arnold, a retired U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement special agent in charge of Homeland Security Investigations.

Arnold believes the Obama administration has sent the message to immigration judges to push back when DHS attempts to enforce its rules regarding illegal immigrants. By law, they are subject to deportation when local, state or federal authorities cross paths with them, but several local governments refuse to cooperate in the removal process.

The administration of the immigration courts does not comment on third-party analysis of data, said Kathryn Mattingly, spokesperson for the Department of Justice's Executive Office for Immigration Review. However, she said the year prior to the TRAC report, in Fiscal Year (FY) 2015, immigration judges granted 48 percent of asylum applications, marking the third year in a row that percentage has decreased, falling from 56 percent in 2012.




ALSO:

Note: "non-citizens" means illegal aliens. More media soviet style disinformation.
Another cronkite "news" product?
thx


Report: Phoenix court allows 82 percent of non-citizens to remain in US
BY KTAR.COM | August 19, 2016 @ 3:30 pm
http://ktar.com/story/1238364/report-phoenix-court-allows-82-percent-of-non-citizens-to-remain-in-us/

(AP Photo/ Beatriz Costa-Lima)
PHOENIX — More than 82 percent of non-citizens have reportedly been allowed to remain in the United States by a federal immigration court in Phoenix this year.

Fox News, citing a report from the Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse, a Syracuse University-based nonprofit, said the Phoenix court has allowed 82.2 percent of non-citizens to stay in the country.

"In more than four out of every five, or 82.2 percent of its 3,554 cases closed so far in 2016, the individuals were successful in their quest to remain in the U.S," TRAC reported.

That percentage is the highest in the nation.

The report said that non-citizens are permitted to stay in the country for a number of reasons.

"… the judge can find that the government did not meet its burden to show the individual was deportable," the report stated. "Or, the judge may have found that the individual was entitled to asylum in this country, or may grant relief from removal under other provisions of the law.

"A person also may be allowed to remain because the government requests that the case be administratively closed through the exercise of ICE's prosecutorial discretion, or for some other reason," the report also stated.

Of those allowed to remain in the country by courts nationwide, about one-quarter were from Mexico. Another 44 percent were from either El Salvador, Guatemala or Honduras.

Kathryn Mattingly, a spokesperson for the Department of Justice's Executive Office for Immigration Review, said the immigration court system does not comment on third-party research. However, she said judges granted about 48 percent of asylum applications in fiscal year 2015.


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Thursday, August 18, 2016

AZMEX I3 17-8-16

AZMEX I3 17 AUG 2016

Note: How many of these "unaccompanied minors" are really minors?


DHS Quietly Moving, Releasing Vanloads of Illegal Aliens Away from Border
August 15, 2016 - AZBD News
Judicial Watch, JUNE 03, 2016

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is quietly transporting illegal immigrants from the Mexican border to Phoenix and releasing them without proper processing or issuing court appearance documents, Border Patrol sources tell Judicial Watch. The government classifies them as Other Than Mexican (OTM) and this week around 35 were transferred 116 miles north from Tucson to a Phoenix bus station where they went their separate way. Judicial Watch was present when one of the white vans carrying a group of OTMs arrived at the Phoenix Greyhound station on Buckeye Road.
OTM6-2016

The OTMs are from Honduras, Colombia, El Salvador and Guatemala and Border Patrol officials say this week's batch was in custody for a couple of days and ordered to call family members in the U.S. so they could purchase a bus ticket for their upcoming trip from Phoenix. Authorities didn't bother checking the identity of the U.S. relatives or if they're in the country legally, according to a Border Patrol official directly involved in the matter. American taxpayers pick up the fare for those who claim to have a "credible fear," Border Patrol sources told JW. None of the OTMs were issued official court appearance documents, but were told to "promise" they'd show up for a hearing when notified, said federal agents with firsthand knowledge of the operation.

A security company contracted by the U.S. government is driving the OTMs from the Border Patrol's Tucson Sector where they were in custody to Phoenix, sources said. The firm is called G4S and claims to be the world's leading security solutions group with operations in more than 100 countries and 610,000 employees. G4S has more than 50,000 employees in the U.S. and its domestic headquarters is in Jupiter, Florida. Judicial Watch is filing a number of public records requests to get more information involving the arrangement between G4S and the government, specifically the transport of illegal immigrants from the Mexican border to other parts of the country. The photo accompanying this story shows the uniformed G4S guard that transported the OTMs this week from Tucson to Phoenix.

Outraged Border Patrol agents and supervisors on the front lines say illegal immigrants are being released in droves because there's no room to keep them in detention. "They're telling us to put them on a bus and let them go," said one law enforcement official in Arizona. "Just move those bodies across the country." Officially, DHS denies this is occurring and in fact earlier this year U.S. Customs and Border Protection Commissioner R. Gil Kerlikowske blasted Border Patrol union officials for denouncing this dangerous catch-and-release policy. Kerlikowske's scolding came in response to the congressional testimony of Bandon Judd, chief of the National Border Patrol Council, the labor union that represents line agents. Judd told lawmakers on the House Judiciary Committee that illegal immigrants without serious criminal convictions can be released immediately and disappear into the shadows. Kerlikowske shot back, telling a separate congressional committee: "I would not stand by if the Border Patrol was — releasing people without going through all of the formalities."OTM6-2016-2

Yet, that's exactly what's occurring. This report, part of an ongoing Judicial Watch investigation into the security risks along the southern border, features only a snippet of a much broader crisis in which illegal aliens are being released and vanishing into unsuspecting American communities. The Senate Subcommittee on Immigration and the National Interest addressed this issue just a few weeks ago in a hearing calledDeclining Deportations and Increasing Criminal Alien Releases – The Lawless Immigration Policies of the Obama Administration. Judd, the Border Patrol Union chief, delivered alarming figures at the hearing. He estimated that about 80% of apprehended illegal immigrants are released into the United States. This includes unaccompanied minors who are escorted to their final destination, family units and those who claim to have a credible fear of persecution in their native country. Single males that aren't actually seen crossing into the U.S. by Border Patrol agents are released if they claim to have been in the country since 2014, Judd added.

http://www.judicialwatch.org/blog/2016/06/dhs-quietly-moving-releasing-vanloads-illegal-aliens-away-border/

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AZMEX EXTRA 16-8-16

AZMEX EXTRA 16 AUG 2016

Note: Photo at link.


More than 19,000 firearms and 125,000 cartridges destroyed.
August 16, 2016 by Alejandro Monjardín

http://riodoce.mx/gob-politica/estatal-gob-politica/destruyen-mas-de-19-mil-armas-de-fuego-y-125-mil-cartuchos-decomisados

More than 19,000 firearms and 125,000 rounds of ammunition seized by the army were destroyed in the facilities of the Ninth Military Zone.

The commander of the Zone, Rogelio Seran Contreras informed that the destroyed weapons were secured in the areas comprising the Third Military Region. 19,640 weapons.

Of the weapons, the elements of the Ninth Zone seized, 5,204, of which 3,293 were handguns and 1,911 (long guns?).

The event also destroyed 125,000 cartridges of different calibers.

The general said that throughout the country they are holding events of destruction of firearms secured from organized crime groups.

The weapons were crushed by a steamroller and then cut by a machine.
The remains were buried in a hole located at the barracks and then was covered with a concrete slab.

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AZVEN EXTRA 17-8-16


Date: Aug 17, 2016 22:08
Subject: AZVEN EXTRA 17-AZVEN EXTRA 17 AUG 2016

Note:  No, not AZMEX, AZVEN, for the failed socialist state of Venezuela.
          Gun control once again facilitating corruption and crime.
          Don't forget the Russians gave the socialist government a factory to assemble AK's
           As usual, the bad guys, both in and out of government, have the guns.
Photo at link.
gracias



Venezuela crushes 2,000 guns in public, plans registry of bullets
Venezuelan National Guard destroy a weapon during an exercise to disable seized weapons in Caracas,

Venezuela, August 17, 2016. REUTERS/Marco Bello

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-venezuela-crime-idUSKCN10S2I9

Venezuelan police crushed and chopped up nearly 2,000 shotguns and pistols in a Caracas city square on Wednesday, as the new interior minister relaunched a long-stalled gun control campaign in one of the world's most crime-ridden countries.

Interior Minister Nestor Reverol said the event marked the renewal of efforts to disarm Venezuelans, through a combination of seizures and a voluntary program to swap guns for electrical goods.

Venezuela has the world's second highest murder rate and the street gangs that plague its poor neighborhoods have become increasingly heavily armed in recent years, at a time when a deep recession has reduced resources available to police.


Gangs often get weapons from the police, either by stealing them or buying them from corrupt officers, experts say.


With inflation of 185 percent in 2015 and a currency collapse, police salaries have fallen far behind rising prices creating more incentives for corruption.

President Nicolas Maduro promoted Reverol this month, days after the United States accused the former anti-drugs tsar of taking bribes from cocaine traffickers.

"We are going to bring disarmament and peace," Reverol told reporters, while police officers drilled and sawed at rusty shotguns, home made pistols and some newer weapons.

Other guns were crushed in truck-mounted presses. Some members of the public watched, although more danced to a nearby sound system playing salsa music.

Venezuela has also bought laser technology to mark ammunition, Reverol said, in an attempt to keep a registry of the bullets given out to the South American nation's many state and municipal police forces.

Experts say that much of the ammunition used in crimes in Venezuela is made at the country's government munitions factory and sold on by corrupt police.

(Reporting by Frank Jack Daniel; Editing by David Gregorio)

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Monday, August 15, 2016

AZMEX "SPECIAL" 12-8-16

AZMEX "SPECIAL" 12 AUG 2016

Note: Interesting somewhat, usual PRI corruption.
Former president Calderon said to be hiding out in NE US.
thx


Mexican president's family faces calls for investigation into Miami apartment
Oppositions parties and Mexican media alleged cronyism after Guardian report revealed property arrangement between Peña Nieto's wife and Ricardo Pierdant

Mexican president Enrique Peña Nieto's wife Angelica reportedly used the $2.05m luxury apartment belonging to Ricardo Pierdant, whose company was expected to bid to run Mexico's ports. Photograph: Alamy Stock Photo
Rory Carroll in Los Angeles
Friday 12 August 2016 16.45 EDT

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2016/aug/12/mexico-president-pena-nieto-wife-miami-apartment

Political and civil society leaders in Mexico are calling for an investigation into the first family's use of a luxury apartment in Miami, which has raised the spectre of a fresh conflict-of-interest scandal.

Opposition parties demanded that authorities probe the property arrangement between a Miami-based Mexican businessman and Angelica Rivera, the wife of President Enrique Peña Nieto.

Mexican first lady's Florida home owned by potential government contractor

Mexican newspapers and social media have led an outcry, alleging cronyism, since the Guardian reported the arrangement on Tuesday.

The revelation has prompted fresh scrutiny of the embattled president's ethics following an earlier scandal over his family's purchase of a Mexico City mansion, known as the Casa Blanca, from a government contractor.

Suspicion in the latest case focuses on why the businessman, Ricardo Pierdant, let the first lady use the $2.05m Miami apartment – and also why one of his companies paid close to $30,000 in property taxes on her behalf for a neighbouring apartment which she owns.

The two main opposition parties have asked for an investigation into the Miami apartments, which are in Ocean Tower One in Key Biscayne. Photograph: Handout
Pierdant is a close friend of the first family and his company, Grupo Pierdant, was expected to bid for lucrative contracts to run Mexico's ports.

The first lady cannot receive lucrative favours without authorisation from the federal executive's legal counsel, an oversight agency, wrote Salvador Camerana, a columnist, in El Financeiro. "The president of the republic cannot accept that his friends extend favours worth thousands of dollars to him, his wife, their children, or to their collaborators."

Eduardo Bohorquez, head of the advocacy group Transparency International's Mexico chapter, told the Wall Street Journal that the first couple faced renewed scrutiny. "It reignites the discussion over the links that the president and his wife have with businessmen, particularly the type of relation that they could have with someone who pays your property taxes."

The two main opposition parties, the National Action party (PAN) and Party of the Democratic Revolution (PRD) have asked for an investigation into the Miami apartments, which are in Ocean Tower One, a gated community with a pool, tennis courts and white glove concierge in Key Biscayne, an affluent enclave in Miami-Dade County.

Such a probe would likely be the responsibility of federal auditors and the comptroller's office.

In a statement, Eduardo Sánchez, the president's spokesman, said that the first lady used Pierdant's apartment only on rare occasions and that there was no conflict of interest because the businessman had no federal government contracts and was not participating in current bids.

The spokesman declined to say why Pierdant's company, Biscayne Ocean Holdings, paid taxes in 2014 on the first lady's apartment, unit 404, which is directly beneath his own unit 304.

In a statement the spokesman also questioned the Guardian's veracity and claimed the newspaper had apologised several years before over a separate story about the president. The Guardian has not apologised for its reporting.

Mexico Catholic church accused of bending marriage rules for president

Pierdant, the co-founder of DecoBikes, a bicycle-sharing program in Miami and San Diego, has declined to speak to the Guardian, but a Mexican news website quoted him saying the first lady, a former telenovela star, asked him to handle the property tax and reimbursed him.

At the time Pierdant bought the Key Biscayne apartment in 2009 he was overdue on mortgage payments for another Coral Gables property, according to court documents seen by the Wall Street Journal. Asked by Univision how he could afford to pay one apartment in cash while owing money on another property, Pierdant was quoted: "I had the money available."

The outcry over the first family's property dealings in Miami comes at a delicate time for Peña Nieto, who is battling a sluggish economy and rampant crime. A poll taken before the current row showed his approval ratings dropping to 23%, his worst showing since taking office in 2012. The newspaper Reforma said it was the lowest approval rating for a president since it began publishing similar polls in 1995, just after a massive currency devaluation.

The Miami property arrangements have fuelled unease because they echo aspects of the first lady's purchase of a $7m mansion in Mexico City from another businessman with government contract – the so-called Casa Blanca (White House) scandal.

It landed like a bombshell in 2014, wrecking Peña Nieto's reformist credentials and reviving long-standing concerns about corruption in the ruling Institutional Revolutionary party (PRI).

The first lady later returned the property and last month Peña Nieto apologized, saying the scandal had dented faith in the presidency and government. "For this reason, with all humility I ask your forgiveness."

The president made the apology as he signed into law an anti-corruption system that his PRI party hopes will boost its credibility in the run-up to the 2018 presidential election.

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Also:
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2016/aug/09/mexico-first-lady-florida-property-government-contractor-documents-reveal

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/nov/10/mexico-president-enrique-pena-nieto-mansion-explain

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2016/feb/07/mexico-catholic-church-enrique-pena-nieto-angelica-rivera-marriage-annulment-rules

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Friday, August 12, 2016

AZMEX UPDATE 12-8-16

AZMEX UPDATE 12 AUG 2016


Border agents finding more drugs in body cavities
Posted: Thursday, August 11, 2016 10:36 am | Updated: 10:40 am, Thu Aug 11, 2016.
Staff Reports

http://www.trivalleycentral.com/casa_grande_dispatch/area_news/border-agents-finding-more-drugs-in-body-cavities/article_11ef1bc0-5fea-11e6-a2d2-cb552364ba1d.html

NOGALES, Ariz. -- Border agents here are seeing an uptick in smugglers concealing illegal drugs inside their bodies, authorities say.
Customs and Border Protection officers arrested two people Aug. 8 for their alleged involvement in separate smuggling attempts at the Port of Nogales.
Officers at the Dennis DeConcini crossing referred a 33-year-old Tucson woman for further inspection when she entered the U.S. through a pedestrian lane. After a CBP narcotics-detection canine alerted to the presence of drugs under her clothing, officers found more than a quarter of a pound of cocaine, worth nearly $3,000, hidden in a body cavity.

A few hours later at the Morley pedestrian crossing, officers referred an 18-year-old male Nogales, Arizona resident for further inspection and found more than a pound of heroin, worth a little more than $20,700, shaped as an insole within the subject's shoes.

On July 30, officers arrested four Tucson residents after they attempted to enter the United States on July 30 with nearly two pounds of methamphetamine and heroin within their bodies.
Officers at the Dennis DeConcini crossing selected a 39-year-old man and his four passengers for a secondary inspection of the driver's Jeep SUV. After a CBP narcotics-detection canine alerted to the possible presence of drugs, officers searched all five individuals. Although officers found no drugs on the driver, they discovered a 22-year-old woman was hiding a meth-filled condom in her underwear. Two female passengers, ages 49 and 43, voluntarily removed items containing meth that were concealed within their body cavities.
The fifth subject, a 40-year-old man, had to be medically monitored until he could safely pass a condom filled with heroin…on Aug. 1.

In a more traditional smuggling attempt, officers arrested three Mexican nationals involved in separate weekend attempts to smuggle more than $300,000 in methamphetamine and marijuana through the Port of Nogales.
The first incident occurred early Aug. 6 when officers at the Dennis DeConcini crossing found nearly 58 pounds of meth, worth almost $173,000, concealed inside the back bumper of a Buick SUV driven by a 29-year-old resident of Nogales, Sonora, Mexico.

On Aug. 7, CBP officers working with a narcotics-detection canine at the DeConcini crossing located more than 32 pounds of meth, worth in excess of $96,000, within the cab and dashboard of a Chevy truck driven by a 34-year-old man from Agua Prieta, Sonora, Mexico.

Earlier in another Chevy truck, officers and a canine at the Nogales West Mariposa crossing discovered more than 65 pounds of marijuana, worth almost $33,000, in the vehicle's gas tank. Officers identified the driver as a 30-year-old woman from Santa Ana, Sonora, Mexico.

Officers seized the narcotics and vehicles, and turned the subjects over to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's Homeland Security Investigations.

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Note: In Hermosillo, Son.

Seize more drugs and weapons
But not only more weapons and drugs have been detected, there is also a greater number of arrested.
Photo: Gamaliel González
By: Miguel Angel Urquijo | 11.08.2016 6:43
Hermosillo, Sonora (GH)

http://www.elimparcial.com/EdicionEnLinea/Notas/Policiaca/11082016/1113952-Decomisan-mas-drogas-y-armas-al-Surponiente.html

Southwest Hermosillo has become an area of ​​importance for the state Department of Public Safety , as it is where most "white" weapons (edged weapons, i.e. knives, machetes and pocket knives) and firearms and drugs have been seized in the last five months.

But not only more weapons and drugs have been detected, there is also a greater number of arrested, through actions of the State Program of Social Prevention of Violence and Crime.

On April 25 the Secretary of Public Security, Adolfo Garcia Morales, presented a plan that divided Hermosillo into four quadrants, each in charge of different police forces and even the army would have one, the northwest of the capital.

From that day until August 9 (105 days), statistics reveal that the quadrant southwest outperforms the other three: seized 415 weapons, 406 of them white. (edged weapons, i.e. knives, machetes and pocket knives)
( Leaving 9 firearms? )

In the quadrant they have secured 142 knives, 76 pocket knives, 72 machetes and 106 other weapons.

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Note: Victim disarmament continues in Sonora.

DESPISTOLIZACIÓN CAMPAIGN
A PERMANENT CAMPAIGN BEGINS IN SEVERAL MUNICIPALITIES OF SONORA
11 / Aug / 2016

http://www.nuevodia.com.mx/Nota.aspx?p=16996

Hermosillo, Sonora

With the intention to reduce the presence of guns in Sonora homes and generate greater security for citizens, officials from the three levels of government will participate in the Campaign Despistolización 2016 initiating permanently in the municipalities of Hermosillo, Cajeme and Guaymas.

A gun does not give tranquility, creates insecurity, creates a risk in families , stated Infantry Lieutenant Colonel D.E.M. CristobalCastaneda Camarrillo , Deputy Chief of the 4th Military Zone.

In an inter-agency coordination between the Secretariat of National Defense, State and Municipal Police, the municipalities and the State Public Security Secretariat it reported that only by uniting wills will it be possible to remove many weapons.

To facilitate the process, he recalled that as in previous years, it will not be required any personal information of who is present at the arms exchange modules, facilitating citizens to participate with more confidence.

The State Coordinator of Outreach and Citizen Participation of the SSP, Juan Pablo Acosta Gutierrez explained that the objective of this campaign is to reduce crime rates caused by the use of guns in Sonora homes and eliminate the possibility or risk of fatal accidents family and in society itself, arising from the use of firearms, explosives and cartridges.

The family that keeps a gun at home runs 4 times the risk of being triggered accidentally, hence the importance of strengthening awareness highlighted the danger of having a gun at home.

Hermosillo

The first fixed arms exchange module is located in the 4th Military Zone in Colonia Loma Linda and the second fixed arms exchange module in the Municipal Market; mobile arms exchange module will be available this week at the Diana Laura Riojas Park in the park in the Colonia Nuevo Hermosillo.

Cajeme

In Cajeme the arms exchange module the fixed arms exchange module will be located at Plaza Alvaro Obregon, Calle 5 Febero north between Montero Morales and calle Hidalgo west, the mobile arms exchange module in the square located at Bulevqar Las Torres and Manzano in Col. Beltrones.

Guaymas

In the port the arms exchange module is located in the City Hall and the mobile arms exchange module in calle El Diamante and calle Mar del Norte in Col. San Germán; on a schedule from 9:00 to 14:00 from Monday to Saturday until next November 5.

To provide greater ease to the population, it will have the support of Municipal Police units, available to provide at home arms exchange for those who request it through a free line 066.

Acosta Gutierrez announced that the stimulus of food stamps for the exchange, is up to three thousand pesos per high power weapon, and according to the agreed all weapons of various calibres such as automatic and semiautomatic, calibres be received 7 mm, 7.62 mm, 5.56 mm, 12.27 mm, 0.223 inches and 0.30 inches.

On behalf of the municipal government, it was present at the premises of 24th Infantry Battalion, the City Secretary Jorge Andres Suilo Orozco and the Director General of Citizen Participation and Crime Prevention of the SSP, Roberto Velez Gonzalez.

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Wednesday, August 10, 2016

AZMEX UPDATE 9-8-16

AZMEX UPDATE 9 AUG 2016

Note: For those not familiar, Cronkite News is a "news" training op out of ASU in Tempe, AZ.
"In others, sturdy wire mesh or metal pillars end suddenly."
As usual, "immigrant rights" is all about illegal immigrant rights.


NEW MEXICO
Border Patrol erecting new fence in unwalled New Mexico area
Published August 09, 2016 Associated Press

http://www.foxnews.com/us/2016/08/09/border-patrol-erecting-new-fence-in-unwalled-new-mexico-area.html

SUNLAND PARK, N.M. – Amid a debate over erecting a new border wall along the U.S.-Mexico border, the U.S. Border Patrol said it is finishing an 18-foot-tall steel fence in the last stretch of unwalled, urban borderline in New Mexico.
Officials said the new fencing will run a mile from the bottom of a mesa to the base of tourist attraction of Mount Cristo Rey, the Albuquerque Journal reported.

Currently, a run-down, 10-foot-high chain-link fence sits in the area and border patrol agents say it can be easily climbed and offers little protection in the city of Sunland Park. The city sits just west of El Paso, Texas and Ciudad Juarez, Mexico.

The new fence will be made of rust-colored steel columns and is part of an $11 million project authorized by the Bush Administration, the Secure Fence Act of 2006. It will supplant the chain link fencing erected in the 1980s. The new barrier will be reinforced 5 feet underground with steel panels to prevent smugglers from building underground tunnels. "It's a fence that is replacing another fence," Border Patrol spokesman Ramiro Cordero said. "It doesn't hold anymore."
Construction is expected to finish early in 2017.

But the new project is drawing scrutiny from some immigrant rights advocates. Activists hold rallies here and reunions where undocumented Mexicans in the U.S. can meet. For example, on Mexico's Day of the Dead, Nov. 2, advocates hold a binational Mass to honor the migrants who have died trying to cross in the U.S. illegally through the arid desert. "In our opinion, the fencing has not necessarily been a good deterrence for immigration," said Fernando Garcia, executive director of the El Paso-based immigrant advocacy group Border Network for Human Rights. "But it does represent a symbolic response, a very aggressive response, to immigrants and the border community."


A Cronkite News-Univision News-Dallas Morning News border poll released last month found a majority of urban residents surveyed on both sides of the border are against the building of a wall between the two countries and believe the campaign's tone is damaging relations.

According to the poll, 86 percent of border residents in Mexico and 72 percent of those questioned in the U.S. were against building a wall.
The poll surveyed 1,427 residents in 14 border sister cities to assess attitudes and opinions on the local economy, immigration and border security. It was conducted in April and May.


The issue of the border wall has garnered national attention since GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump has vowed to build a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border.

The U.S.-Mexico border is already lined with intermittent miles of barriers. In some places, a tall fence ascends desert hills. In others, sturdy wire mesh or metal pillars end suddenly.

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Note: "There was no fence back then." Correct, for years just a occasional pile of rocks marked the border.


In NM city, border's getting more visible
By Lauren Villagran / Journal Staff Writer - Las Cruces Bureau
Tuesday, August 9th, 2016 at 12:05am

http://www.abqjournal.com/822676/in-nm-city-borders-getting-more-visible.html

Maria del Refugio Aguilera, who lives in the Anapra neighborhood of Ciudad Juárez, is worried about the new, taller fence being built along the border between Anapra and Sunland Park. A charity group on the U.S. side throws used clothes across the fence for her to sell, and she says that won't be possible anymore. (Roberto E. Rosales/Albuquerque Journal)

The border fence comes to an abrupt end in Sunland Park where the city's edge meets the base of rugged Mount Cristo Rey. On one side, Sunland Park. On the other, the Anapra neighborhood of Ciudad Juárez.
Here, the border isn't a political pinball.

It's a place where people live and work, where once there was no fence, just an informal port of entry, and where 18-foot steel columns are replacing a beat-up stretch of chain-link fence. It's not the Bootheel, where there is little fencing and drug runners have moved their routes into deep desert territory, worrying locals.

This border is a crowded place where residents have grown accustomed to the constant patrols by border agents, the whirr of a Customs and Border Protection helicopter overhead, the night chases down their streets, young migrant men in handcuffs on a desert corner.

Here, the border is where politics become three-dimensional.


This is not a story about border security – whether the border is or isn't secure. It's about living and working within a mile of this one small stretch of borderline in New Mexico, nothing more.


Children's game

Ten-year-old Mariano Perez Sanchez is squatting in the sand on the Mexican side in 100-degree heat. He stares at the big construction equipment moving dirt on the U.S. side and the stack of 18-foot steel columns that will soon replace the dilapidated chain-link fence that separates the U.S. from Mexico.

"We have a game," he says, pointing over the border to the pile of columns, "to see who can race there first."
Then with the skill of someone who has done this many times, he takes off running around the end of the fence and into the U.S., then back into Mexico. His 9-year-old brother, Omar, whistles and then bounds over the dunes to join him.

A digger rumbles into the dirt clearing on the U.S. side; the boys race over to it. The driver hands them each two bottles of water and gives Omar 16 pesos, about $1 in change.

Over the years, border agents have told me they sometimes know the kids who live in neighborhoods near the fence. They give them treats, too, nudging them back if they step over the line.

Mariano and Omar run back to their country elated, counting their treasure and gulping the icy cold water.

Here, the border is an imaginary line in a children's game.


Wall 'not the answer'

In March, the National Border Patrol Council – the union that represents about 18,000 border agents and staff nationwide – formally endorsed Donald Trump, the Republican presidential candidate whose calls for a border wall have been a drumbeat of his campaign.

A group of agents in the El Paso Sector, which includes New Mexico, asked their Local 1929 to vote to stay neutral in the campaign and reject the national union's endorsement. The vote didn't pass.

Border Patrol Agent Giovanni Cisneros patrolled the border at Sunland Park for 10 years before taking a job in the public affairs office. He gave the Journal a tour of the line where the steel fence is replacing the chain-link fence.

From local agents' view, "a solid wall is not the answer," he says. "To us, it's more beneficial to have this mesh fence or the columns, because I want to see through. It's an advantage for officer safety. We can see the other side."

Here, the border is a fence line in the sand daring to be crossed.

U.S. Border Patrol agent Giovanni Cisneros stands near the chain-link fence along the Mexican border in Sunland Park. The fence is being replaced by a taller, sturdier steel fence. (Roberto E. Rosales/Albuquerque Journal)
U.S. Border Patrol agent Giovanni Cisneros stands near the chain-link fence along the Mexican border in Sunland Park. The fence is being replaced by a taller, sturdier steel fence. (Roberto E. Rosales/Albuquerque Journal)


'Angels' blocked

In Anapra, 70-year-old Maria del Refugio Aguilera lives in a ramshackle home steps from the border.

She came to Ciudad Juárez 25 years ago, she says, before the border was fenced up and locked down. She used to walk into the U.S. to work the local harvests – lettuce, chile – and to clean homes. Then she'd walk back. But that was many years ago.

Her mother and sisters stayed on the U.S. side; she doesn't say whether legally or illegally.

Asked about the new, taller fence, she furrows her brow, says she is worried because a group of churchgoers on the U.S. side – she calls them her "angels" – has been tossing bags of used clothes over the chain-link fence to her for years. She sells the clothes to make a living. "This isn't going to be possible anymore," she says.

Here, the border is a backyard fence that separates a woman from her family and good Samaritan neighbors.


Pickup point

In Sunland Park, Ray Limas runs a mill shop, Artistic Entryways & Millwork Co., less than a mile from the border, that makes ornate doors for custom homes. Big garage doors filter light through the sawdust in the mill; framed images of Jesus hang above the entrance between the mill and a bright, clean showroom.

Limas said he didn't know about the steel columns going in at the border. But he had to put up a taller, sharp-pointed fence around his own property a few years back to deter migrants from trying to hide there. They never caused trouble, he said, but about five years ago his business became a pickup point and it got to be too much.

Once, he found seven guys hanging out under a tree outside his storefront.
"I told them, 'Hey, you guys can't be here.' "
He didn't call the police. The Border Patrol is everywhere, he says, so he doesn't worry about theft.

Here, the border doesn't always stand between a man and a job.

'Speed bump'

The Sunland Park Police Department sits across the street from Limas' millshop. Asked what he thinks about the new border fence, Chief Jaime Reyes tells me, "It is a very politically loaded question."

"People are going to find a way to get where they want to go," he tells me. "I have seen people jump over the fence, climb the fence. They make it seem like the fence isn't there. It doesn't stop them from coming over. It's just a speed bump. We are constantly getting calls: 'There are some people in my backyard; I don't know who they are. There is a group under my house.'"

Later, Reyes tells me, "My mom was one of those people that came across. She came across, and I was born. I guess you could call me an anchor baby. There was no fence back then."

Here, a once invisible border is about to become very visible.

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Tuesday, August 9, 2016

AZMEX EXTRA 9-8-16

AZMEX EXTRA 9 AUG 2016

Note: Widely believed to be significantly underreported.



'Lose' 13 thousand police weapons in Mexico
Details Published on Tuesday August 9, 2016,
Written by Special
Cd de Mexico.

http://www.eldiariodesonora.com.mx/notas.php?nota=76371

The Department of Defense shows that each year, on average, 1,274 are reported as stolen.

13,102 weapons; from Glocks, Beretta and Smith & Wesson, to assault rifles and 9mm pistols belonged to the police of Mexico, but the records of the Secretariat of National Defense (Sedena) show that each year, on average, 1,274 thousand are reported as stolen, lost or simply have not been found from 2006 to 2015.

The details of how it is that many weapons were "lost" in the last 10 years is unknown. news stories report the looting by armed commandos. Police speak of oversights. Experts from a business buying-renting indicate that the causes are many and that the authorities do not detail this point.

State, local, federal police, private security, the Attorney General's Office (PGR), the Department of Defense and the Center for Investigation and National Security (Cisen); weapons have been reported lost or stolen between 2006 and 2015. Three out of 10, that is, 3,751, are long guns, from shotguns to assault rifles of German origin.

These losses reflect the instability that tarnishes all police institutions. "You talk about a very crucial presence of illegal [...] its internal and external controls do not have the necessary strength. It shows the opacity with which the police work, "says Maria Eugenia Suarez Garay, an expert in police investigations.
The year soared reports was 2009. There were 2,113 weapons that entered the record as lost or stolen. 1,569 more than in 2008. Since then statistics have stayed above a thousand.

The penalties vary depending on the institution. In the capital, the second entity with the most missing weapons, the police have to pay the cost of the weapon lost. In the State of Mexico, top of the list, neglect can take them to jail, in addition to economic sanctions, if it is found that they acted negligently.

the number of open inquiries or persons indicted by the loss of weapons was requested, but the Department of Defense, responsible for this information agency has not issued a response. The most lost or stolen from the various security bodies country brands are: Beretta 9 mm Italian-made; Smith & Wesson .38 Special, US; Glock, Austria, and .223 caliber rifles of the US company Colt.

Control by the states, Javier, who asked not to be identified by his real name, has been in the state, municipal and transit police for more than 25 years. His initial training covered areas from legal weapon to use. "It is the most sensitive instrument of our equipment. A gun can it change hands in seconds if you do not have the ability to protect, "he said. Between 2006 and 2015 the loss or theft of 13,102 weapons were reported.

Eight out of 10, i.e. 10,359, belonged to the municipal or state police in the country. Of these, 50% were officers of the capital (DF), the States of Mexico, Guerrero, Michoacan, Chihuahua and Tamaulipas.
The press has documented organized crime theft. In late 2014, two municipal forces in the State of Mexico, 39 weapons were stolen in less than 48 hours. In March 2015 the Ministry of Public Security (SSP) of the city had the same story. They stole 34 from the Auxiliary Police.

María Eugenia Suárez for that explanation falls short. "During almost 20 years of working with the police I've heard testimonies from colleagues who have extra income by renting weapons to crime," she said.
During his stint in the streets, Javier knew he could never leave his gun, but witnessed mistakes of his peers. On a day of work, during lunch, they forgot a shotgun. The owner of the place knew them and called to inform them.

"We have also heard from officers who leave their assigned weapon in the trunk of the car or on the seat, and thieves break the glass," Javier told. State and municipal police have 434,221 weapons. On average, they lost 25 thousand, included in the collective licensing, which given by the Department of Defense, between 2006 and 2015.

The State of Mexico has 54,729. In the last 10 years were lost or robbed 1,955. Tamaulipas, Chihuahua, Michoacan and Guerrero have rates higher theft or loss. About 60 out of every thousand disappeared without a trace.

The cost of losing, such incidents occur in all security institutions in the country.
The Army reported as lost 57 weapons; and in 12 cases it was confirmed that it was a robbery.

The weaponry you have the confirmation that was stolen, had cost about two thousand 618 pesos each, and most were rifles caliber 7.62 x 63 mm. (30-06 ???) ( about $142.15 USD ??? at current exchange rate )

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Friday, August 5, 2016

AZMEX I3 31-7-16

AZMEX I3 31 JUL 2016

Note: From Homeland Security Today www.hstoday.us


US Expands Central American Minor Program
By: Amanda Vicinanzo, Online Managing Editor
07/28/2016 (11:00am)

http://www.hstoday.us/single-article/us-expands-central-american-minor-program/b8faf3e0b9c0f70c62fc3f9705d5fb8c.html

The Obama Administration on Tuesday announced plans to expand an initiative providing protection for minors fleeing violence in El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras. The expansion allows thousands of Central American children and their relatives to apply for refugee status.

The Central American Minors program was launched by the Department of State and Department of Homeland Security (DHS) in December 2014 to provide qualified children in Central America with a safe alternative pathway to the dangerous journey that thousands of minors have undertaken to enter the United States. The program has received more than 9,500 applications.

Under the expansion, three additional categories of applicants may be eligible for the program: children of a US-based lawfully-present parent who are over 21 years old; the in-country biological parent of the qualified children; and caregivers of qualified children who are also related to the US-based lawfully present parents.

The United States has reached an agreement with Costa Rica where applicants from the region deemed most in need of immediate protection will be transferred to Costa Rica for safe harbor after undergoing pre-screening by the US government.

The United States is also establishing an in-country referral program to enable applicants to be considered for refugee protection in the United States after being screened and interviewed by DHS officers in their countries of origin.

"Through the Central American Minors program, the US government offers an alternative, safe, and legal path to the United States for children seeking protection from harm or persecution in El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras," said Secretary of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson.

Johnson continued, "Today, we are expanding these resettlement opportunities to additional vulnerable individuals within the region. This will increase the number of individuals to whom we are able to provide humanitarian protection while combating human smuggling operations."

The announcement arrives on the heels of the Supreme Court's decision to block President Obama's plan to grant amnesty to millions of illegal immigrants. The Administration has spent several years grappling with the humanitarian crisis resulting from the surge of men, women, and children fleeing Central America to migrate in the United States.

US officials do not expect the expansion of the program alone to solve the problem, but believe it does represent a step in the right direction.

However, the program has also received sharp criticism. Bob Goodlatte (R-VA), Chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, said the Administration's expansion of the program is "simply a continuation of the government-sanctioned border surge," and it rewards individuals who have no lawful presence in the United States.

"Tens of thousands of unlawful immigrants continue to arrive at the Southwest border to benefit from the President's lax immigration enforcement, and now many more can simply use this government-run program to come here," said Goodlatte."By allowing unlawful immigrants to benefit from this program, the Obama Administration undermines the integrity of our immigration system and the rule of law, and makes the system unfair for those who seek to come to the United States legally."

Goodlatte continued, "Rather than take the steps necessary to end the ongoing crisis at the border, the Obama Administration perpetuates it by abusing a legal tool meant to be used sparingly to bring people to the United States and instead applying it to the masses in Central America."


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AZMEX UPDATE 28-7-16

AZMEX UPDATE 28 JUL 2016

Note: Another sample of a day on the border. As with so many criminals from the south, seeking safety and sanctuary in the US. Only took a couple years. Those familiar with El Salvador might be aware of the lack of compassion and understanding of local law enforcement.
gracias


Murder suspect apprehended near Nogales returned to El Salvador
Nogales International Jul 26, 2016 (0)

http://www.nogalesinternational.com/news/murder-suspect-apprehended-near-nogales-returned-to-el-salvador/article_771385ce-5345-11e6-8bd1-6b7d534d285f.html

Removal
U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement

Salvadoran Edwin Alexander Garcia-Pimentel, aka Huezo, was returned to El Salvador on Wednesday, where he faces murder charges for the killings of three people.
An undocumented immigrant who was detained near Nogales in 2014 was handed over to Salvadoran law enforcement officials last Wednesday to face murder charges.

The Salvadoran national, 41-year-old Edwin Alexander Garcia-Pimentel, known as "Huezo," was arrested near Nogales in 2014, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement said in a news release. He was wanted for three fatal shootings in El Salvador, where a warrant was issued for his arrest in June 2013.

A known member of the Colonia Palos Grandes clique of the 18th Street Gang, according to the Salvadoran warrant, Garcia allegedly took part in the murder of three young gang members after an argument in late 2012, ICE said.

After his arrest near the Nogales border, Garcia was placed in removal proceedings and an immigration judge determined he had no legal basis to remain in the U.S. He will now face legal proceedings in El Salvador for the alleged murders.

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