Wednesday, December 13, 2017



Note: Very long article. A lot of questions with this one. Video, photos at links.
If links should fail, I have the complete article.

Borderland Handyman Faces Prison Term For Removing Illegal Aliens From Neighbor's Property

Billy Grossman (left) greets Derrick McCoy outside Grossman's house after McCoy was arrested for removing illegal aliens from his property. [Photo by Huey Freeman]

PORTAL — Derrick McCoy, a 20-year-old handyman who moved to the southeast corner of Arizona in July, was planning to spend his Saturday hiking and cutting firewood with his girlfriend.

But when his neighbor sent him a text message at about 8:30 a.m. on Nov. 11, asking him to respond to a call from a local woman who spotted four illegal aliens dressed in camouflage gear near her home, McCoy put on his boots and drove to the scene.

The four men had been spotted in front of the home of Billy and Anna Grossman, his nearby neighbors who had asked McCoy to watch their property while they were out of town.

A short time after McCoy had a brief encounter with the four men, he loaded them up in his medium-sized SUV to turn them over to Border Patrol. As he tried to complete this action, he was taken into custody by Border Patrol agents, interviewed at the Douglas station, thrown into solitary confinement for two days, then held in federal custody for three days in crowded, inhumane conditions in Tucson and Florence.

McCoy is facing federal charges of Transportation of Illegal Aliens for Profit. An assistant federal public defender told him shortly after his arrest that he will likely receive three to five years in prison if convicted of the felony charges.

The heart of the case against McCoy is that two of the illegals allegedly told Border Patrol that they offered him "$200 to transport them to a town where they could get food, and he agreed" and he told them "to get down" when they "passed Border Patrol."

These allegations are stated in a criminal complaint filed by the Border Patrol Monday, Nov. 13, in U.S. District Court, Tucson.

McCoy denies that he ever told the illegal aliens to "get down." He said his only intentions in putting them in his vehicle was to remove them from his neighborhood and turn them over to Border Patrol as quickly as possible.

Although he also denies that he specifically agreed to accept $200 from them, he admits that he pretended to be driving them to Tucson, in order to keep them calm and protect himself as he drove them to the Border Patrol.

The complaint relies on the testimony of two of the illegal aliens for the majority of its evidence.

They were in his vehicle for a total of about two minutes. During that time the illegals — which apparently included only one English speaker — told Border Patrol agents they heard several things that McCoy said. Most of their allegations defy the common sense of anyone who heard McCoy's side of the story.

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David Robinson texted McCoy, sending him to the scene where illegal aliens were spotted by a female neighbor. [Video by Huey Freeman]

When McCoy asked the illegals where they were going, while holding them at gunpoint, the man who spoke English responded.

"They said they were going to Tucson," McCoy recalled. They were about 100 yards away from McCoy's house at that time. "I told them to get into the vehicle. I was going to take them to Border Patrol in Rodeo. They got in the very back of the vehicle and laid down. They kept asking me if I was going to take them to Tucson. I kept telling them, 'yeah, yeah, whatever.'"

After he drove about a half mile, turning westbound onto Many Wells Road leading to State Highway 80, a contingent of Border Patrol agents sped toward him on the dirt road. McCoy said he stopped as soon as possible, exited from his car, and told a female agent that illegals were in his vehicle.

Border Patrol agents reported a different story, in which McCoy tried to conceal the fact that four grown men were sitting in his cramped vehicle. This allegedly occurred in broad daylight, in the presence of many agents.

Although McCoy insisted that he was innocent of the felony charges, his Tucson-based lawyer, an assistant federal public defender, sent McCoy a plea deal from the U.S. Attorney's Office one week after he was released on bond. The plea offer states that he would receive four points out of 12 for pleading guilty and accepting responsibility for his crime.

There is no mention in the eight-page plea agreement as to what the four-point offer means in terms of an actual sentence.

However, it clearly states that he is facing up to 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine if convicted.

On Thursday, Dec. 7, the assistant public defender came to McCoy's house to try to persuade him to plead guilty, in exchange for a possible sentence of a three-year probation term and a felony conviction. McCoy insisted that he is innocent and rejected the offer. He is in the process of seeking another attorney to represent him.

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Monday, December 11, 2017



Comment: What they really want is naturalization of illegal immigrants. Legal immigrants have the choice if they should want to become citizens of the USA. Legal immigrants with residency status, i.e. "Green Cards", have most rights as citizens, except for voting.

Arizona mayors endorse campaign for immigrant naturalization
The National Conference on Immigration Integration (NIIC) began this Sunday at the Phoenix Convention Center and brings together hundreds of activists from across the country. The mayors of Phoenix and Tucson highlighted that the naturalization process contributes to the local economy.

By: Univision and EFE
Posted: Dec 11, 2017 | 10:55 AM EST

They look for solutions in the National Conference of Integration for Immigrants held at Arizona Univision
The mayors of Phoenix, Greg Stanton, and of Tucson, Jonathan Rothschild, expressed their support for an initiative to promote naturalization among immigrants with permanent residency and eligible for US citizenship.

During the tenth edition of the National Conference on Immigration Integration (NIIC), which began this Sunday at the Phoenix Convention Center in Arizona, the mayors highlighted that the process of naturalization contributes to the local economy.

Currently 708,638 applications are in process of residents seeking naturalization, an increase of 35.23% over last year and 77% in taking into account the last two years, according to data from the campaign.

"Cities for Citizenship" is an initiative chaired by the mayor of New York, Bill de Blasio, the mayor of Chicago, Rahm Emanuel, and the mayor of Los Angeles, Eric Garcetti. Currently there are 8.8 million legal permanent residents eligible for citizenship, 52% of whom remain low income.

The campaign highlights that immigrants who achieve their naturalization have access to better paid jobs (up to an 11% increase in personal earnings), academic scholarships and other benefits.

Stanton, who will be part of the opening plenary of this conference, said that citizens and local governments should "show respect" and "see with dignity the contribution of immigrants and refugees who come to this country."

For his part, Rothschild stressed the importance of the commercial relationship that should be kept with Mexico and recalled that when Law SB1070 was approved, at the time the strictest anti-immigrant law in the country, the income from local taxes fell by a third.

"There were many losses, there are currently 33,000 people with [permanent] residency in Tucson who for some reason have not become citizens," he added.

Although in the last year the refugees have suffered the effects of laws that drastically reduce their entry into the US, Rothschild said that since 1970 Tucson has been a city that has received refugees from various places and will continue to do so.

During three days, some 1,000 activists, experts, authorities and spokespersons of pro-immigrant groups participate in the National Conference on Immigration Integration (NIIC), which under the slogan "And justice for all" wants to develop strategies to strengthen and integrate immigrants and refugees in the country.


Friday, December 8, 2017



Note: As usual, all about illegal immigration.

Nation's largest immigration conference coming to Phoenix
DECEMBER 8, 2017 AT 4:30 AM

(National Immigration Integration Conference Photo)

PHOENIX – The National Immigrant Integration Conference is set to arrive at the Phoenix Convention Center Dec. 10-12.

Co-hosted by Promise Arizona and the National Partnership for New Americans, the conference focuses on the rights of immigrants and the empowerment with others to address the issues faced regarding immigration in the U.S.

The theme for this year's National Immigration Integration Conference (NIIC) is "Justice for all," a powerful statement meant to symbolize the need for equal rights among all immigrants.

Many nationally recognized civil rights leaders will be in attendance, including Dolores Huerta, Bob Moses, Heather Boon, and Rep. Luis Gutierrez (D-IL.).

Highlighting the event will be the "Arizona story," a look into the strategies the state has taken to resist immigration reforms including the notorious Senate Bill 1070. A panel of speakers will highlight the actions taken by those defending the rights of immigrants at the conference, and will be moderated by the Petra Falcon, the executive director of Promise Arizona Petra Falcon.

The conference expects over 1,000 people to be in attendance of the event, and is encouraging others to register. One-day passes can be purchased, but three-day passes must be purchased if you are planning on attending more than one day.

Each registration includes full access to the conference and a meal.

To register and get more information about the event, visit the conference website.


Tuesday, December 5, 2017

AZMEX I3 5-12-17

AZMEX I3 5 DEC 2017

How Trump turned tide of illegal immigration in first year: Border crossing hits 45-year low
By S.A. Miller - The Washington Times - Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Illegal border crossing plunged to a 45-year low and arrests of illegal immigrants inside the U.S. surged in the first year of the Trump administration, according to year-end enforcement numbers that the Department of Homeland Security released Tuesday.

The figures reflected a stunning turnaround in immigration enforcement under President Trump, who made combating illegal immigration a cornerstone of his campaign for the White House.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection reported 310,531 apprehensions nationwide in fiscal 2017 that ended Sept. 30, a decline of 25 percent from a year earlier and the lowest level since 1971.
A total of 303,916 of Border Patrol arrests were along the Southwest border, which the agency said underscored the need for a border wall that Mr. Trump wants to build.

At the same time, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents arrested 143,470 illegal immigrants living in America, a 25 percent increase from the previous year.
Acting Homeland Security Secretary Elaine Duke credits Mr. Trump with reversing the policies of the Obama administration to unleash enforcement of immigration laws.

"We have clearly seen the successful results of the President's commitment to supporting the front line officers and agents of DHS as they enforce the law and secure our borders," she said. "We have an obligation to uphold the integrity of our immigration system, but we must do more to step up and close loopholes to protect the American worker, our economy and our communities."

Jessica M. Vaughan, the director of policy studies at the Center for Immigration Studies, a Washington think tank, agreed. "It is that simple," she said. "The Obama administration had a deliberate policies to restrict immigration enforcement to only the most egregious cases. We saw a decades-long low particularly in interior enforcement."

The lack of enforcement enticed more people to illegally cross the border, but the Trump administration early on changed that calculation, Ms. Vaughn said.

"I'm very encouraged by these statistics," she said. "They really picked up the pace of criminal removals and they are going after gang members, because that is such a big problem in certain communities, because of the lack of border security. They also are going after fugitives, people who have had their day in court, ignored removal orders and have stayed here. That was a big group of people that the Obama administration ignored. And the same is true of people who have been deported multiple times before."


Note: From AP

Border arrests drop, deportations soar in Trump's first year
Elliott Spagat , Jill Colvin , Associated Press
11:08 AM, Dec 5, 2017

Reasons for the precipitous drop in border arrests are unclear, but Trump's election may have deterred people from trying. Trump has yet to get funding for the first installment of his proposed border wall with Mexico, and the number of Border Patrol agents has declined as the government struggle to fill vacancies continues during his presidency.

The numbers released Tuesday provide a complete statistical snapshot of immigration enforcement under Trump. And they show that deportation officers are taking his call for an immigration crackdown to heart, even without the funding increase that the president has sought from Congress for more hiring.

Trump campaigned as an immigration hard-liner, accusing Mexico of sending rapists and other criminals to the U.S. and promising to build "a great wall on our southern border." As president, he has signed a series of travel bans aimed at curtailing who can enter the country, pushed to overhaul the legal immigration system and tried to crack down on so-called sanctuary cities that refuse to share information about illegal immigrants with federal authorities.

"We have clearly seen the successful results of the president's commitment to supporting the front-line officers and agents of (the Department of Homeland Security) as they enforce the law and secure our borders," acting secretary Elaine Duke said in a statement. "We have an obligation to uphold the integrity of our immigration system, but we must do more to step up and close loopholes to protect the American worker, our economy, and our communities."

Officials stressed they believe a border wall is still necessary.
Homan said that, every time a wall barrier has been built, illegal crossings had decreased significantly.
"Why would we not want to build a wall?" he asked. "What is the cost of national security and public safety?"

Despite the overall decline in border arrests, the numbers have increased every month since May - largely families and unaccompanied children.

About 58 percent of Border Patrol arrests were people from countries other than Mexico - up from 54 percent from a year earlier - largely from Central America. Starting around 2011, large numbers from El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras began entering the country in South Texas, which replaced Arizona as the busiest corridor for illegal crossings.

Ronald Vitiello, Customs, and Border Protection's acting deputy commissioner, said he was "very concerned" about increases in families and children crossing in recent months. During the fiscal year, which included the Obama administration's final months, border authorities stopped people traveling as families 104,997 times on the Mexican border and unaccompanied children 48,681 times.

CBP also said inspectors at land crossings, airports and seaports denied entry 216,370 times during the fiscal year, a decline of 24 percent from 2016. Border Patrol arrests occur outside of those official points of entry.

CBP, which has faced allegations of excessive use of force, said its employees used firearms 17 times during the fiscal year, down from 27 the previous year and 58 in 2012. It said its employees were assaulted 847 times, compared to less than 600 each year going back to 2012.


Note: See also:



Man accused of assaulting Border Patrol agent near Nogales
Posted: Dec 04, 2017 5:10 PM MST
Updated: Dec 04, 2017 5:10 PM MST
NOGALES, Ariz. (AP) -

A Mexican man has been arrested for allegedly assaulting a Border Patrol agent in southern Arizona.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection officials say the agent was kicked multiple times in the head, but was able to arrest his attacker before going to a hospital for an evaluation of his injuries.

They say the 25-year-old suspect was attempting to cross the U.S.-Mexico border Sunday east of Nogales, Arizona, and resisted arrest before assaulting the agent.
The man was seen climbing a fence east of Nogales and the agent pulled him off it.

Federal authorities say the man will be charged with assault and processed for violating immigration law.
His name and the agent's identity weren't immediately released Monday.


48 pounds of methamphetamine found in car at Arizona border
Posted: Dec 04, 2017 5:26 PM MST
Updated: Dec 04, 2017 5:26 PM MST

SAN LUIS, Ariz. (AP) - Authorities at the Port of San Luis have arrested a 25-year-old woman attempting to cross the Arizona border with 48 pounds of methamphetamine.

The unidentified woman was travelling with four young children Monday when U.S. Customs and Border Protection officials referred her vehicle for a secondary inspection.

A drug-sniffing dog alerted officers to multiple packages of suspected narcotics in the vehicle's rocker panels. The drugs turned out to be about $144,000 worth of methamphetamine.

Officers arrested the woman for narcotics smuggling and turned her over to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's Homeland Security Investigations.

Authorities also seized the drugs and vehicle while the four children were turned over to a family member.


Note: Time to give these guys a surgical "rehab" or "fixed" while in prison?

Border Patrol agents arrest convicted sex offender near Calexico
Crystal Bedoya
Posted: Dec 04, 2017 04:30 PM MST
Updated: Dec 04, 2017 04:30 PM MST

U.S. Customs and Border Protection
CALEXICO, Calif. - El Centro Sector Border Patrol agents arrested a previously deported sex offender, who illegally entered the United States Sunday night.

Agents patrolling approximately three miles west of the Calexico Port of Entry around 11:15 p.m. encountered a man who was illegally present in the United States.

The man was arrested and transported to the El Centro Station for processing where record checks identified the man as Jose Luis Vargas-Hernandez.

The man had been previously convicted of a misdemeanor sex offense for unlawful sexual conduct with a 16 or 17-year-old and was sentenced to 18 months probation and time served in jail. The record checks also revealed Vargas subsequently was ordered removed by an Immigration Judge on Aug. 30th, 2016.

"Our job as Border Patrol agents, is not only to enforce immigration laws but to ensure the safety and well-being of our community," said Supervisory Border Patrol Agent Joyce C. Golosino.

Vargas, a 27-year-old Mexican citizen, will be prosecuted for re-entry after removal.


FBI doubles reward in Texas border patrol agent's death
Posted: Dec 04, 2017 06:08 PM MST
Updated: Dec 04, 2017 06:08 PM MST

EL PASO, TX - The FBI has doubled its reward for information in the death of a border patrol agent that could lead to resolving the case.

Agent Rogelio Martinez died after he was found Nov. 18 with severe head injuries and broken bones. The reward for information increased from $25,000 to $50,000 Monday.

Investigators have said Martinez's partner, who radioed for help and who has not been named, is recovering from similar injuries but does not remember what happened.

Several elected officials called the incident an attack in the hours after it was reported. FBI officials said they are investigating the incident as a potential assault, but have not ruled out the possibility that the agents were injured in an accident.

Texas is also offering a $20,000 reward for information.


Monday, December 4, 2017



US pulls out of UN's Global Compact on Migration

In September 2016 the UN General Assembly unanimously adopted a non-binding political declaration pledging to uphold the rights of refugees, help them resettle and ensure access to education and jobs
The administration of President Donald Trump has withdrawn the United States from a United Nations pact to improve the handling of migrant and refugee situations, deeming it "inconsistent" with its policies, the US mission to the global body announced Saturday.

"Today, the US Mission to the United Nations informed the UN Secretary-General that the United States is ending its participation in the Global Compact on Migration," the Americans said in a statement.

In September 2016, the 193 members of the UN General Assembly unanimously adopted a non-binding political declaration, the New York Declaration for Refugees and Migrants, pledging to uphold the rights of refugees, help them resettle and ensure they have access to education and jobs.

"The New York Declaration contains numerous provisions that are inconsistent with US immigration and refugee policies and the Trump Administration's immigration principles. As a result, President Trump determined that the United States would end its participation in the Compact process that aims to reach international consensus at the UN in 2018," the US statement said.

US Ambassador Nikki Haley said the country would continue its "generosity" in supporting migrants and refugees around the world, but that "our decisions on immigration policies must always be made by Americans and Americans alone."

"We will decide how best to control our borders and who will be allowed to enter our country. The global approach in the New York Declaration is simply not compatible with US sovereignty."

Under Trump and his "America First" policies, the United States has withdrawn from several global commitments made under the administration of president Barack Obama, including the Paris climate deal.

More recently, American pulled out of the Paris-based culture and education body, UNESCO, accusing it of "anti-Israel bias."


But don't forget:

Mexico decides who enters our country
"the decisions of who enters Mexico, are made by Mexico and only Mexico"
Luis Videgaray Caso, Mexican Foreign Minister
10 March, 2017


Mexican congress approves law allowing army to act as police
Mark Stevenson, Associated Press
Updated 4:32 pm, Thursday, November 30, 2017

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexico's ruling party rammed a bill through Congress' lower house Thursday giving the military legal justification to act as police, stream-rolling objections by rights groups and opposition legislators who said it would effectively militarize the country.
Supporters of the bill said Mexico's armed forces have to stay in the streets to fight gangs, given the incapacity or corruption of local police forces. But critics said there should still be a calm, detailed debate about whether the law should allow the army to perform law enforcement duties indefinitely, and with what limits.
The hurried approval process, in which members of the Chamber of Deputies debated and voted on a bill that most apparently had not had time to read, meant a thorough, reasoned debate did not happen.
"Blah, blah, blah. The truth is you always vote against everything," said Arturo Alvarez, a congressman from the Green Party, an ally of the ruling Institutional Revolutionary Party. "The fact is we still need the army in the streets."
It remains to be seen whether there will be more debate in the Senate, which will now take up the legislation.
The bill was voted through a lower house committee an hour or two before it was approved by the full body on a 248-115 vote.
"Today this congress is about to write ... one of the most embarrassing and shameful pages in the history of Mexico," said Jorge Alvarez, a congressman from the small Citizens Movement party. "The majority of congressmen and congresswomen here to vote today aren't even familiar with the bill."
The bill would allow soldiers to do legally what they have been doing ad-hoc for at least a decade: conduct raids and man highway checkpoints, pursue and detain suspects.
Supporters said the measure would permit troops to act only for renewable one-year periods in states where the president issued a finding that local police forces weren't up to the task. Opponents said that could make the deployments endlessly renewable.
Critics also questioned a provision that would classify as "secret" any information about deployments.
They also said the bill would make it too easy for a president to declare a state of emergency and send the army into the streets, and warned that it opened the possibility of using troops to crack down not only on cartel gunfights but also on protest movements and other demonstrations if they were not "peaceful."
"We are doing a very rushed and not very professional job," said opposition congressman Jorge Triana of the conservative National Action Party. "What this bill seeks to do is convert something that should be the exception into the norm."
The Washington Office on Latin America think tank wrote that "formalizing the militarization of public security in Mexico would set a fundamentally negative precedent in Latin America," where such arrangements are becoming more common.
President Enrique Pena Nieto's administration has been facing violence that is now worse than during the darkest days of Mexico's drug war. His Institutional Revolutionary Party, known as the PRI, used old-style tactics to limit debate and rush the bill through, including enlisting allies to resort to nationalist rhetoric to attack the international rights groups critical of the bill.
"We shouldn't listen to foreign groups that want to violate our sovereignty, by attempting to define what kind of laws we should have," Norma Martinez Guzman, a congresswoman for the tiny PRI-allied Social Encounter party. "Watch out, this is an effort we have seen from several organizations, and it deeply violates our national sovereignty."
Mexican state governors and the PRI tend to like the law authorizing the army's presence under loose and indefinite rules because it takes the pressure off them to engage in the long, costly and difficult process of training, equipping and paying reliable police officers who can be trusted not to go work for the drug cartels.
Dozens of human rights groups issued a statement on the eve of discussion of the new law calling for strengthening law enforcement institutions instead.
"If today, the federal and state governments haven't lived up to their responsibility to build effective police forces, they're even less likely to do so if they have a legal justification to fill that void with the request for military intervention," it said.
Supporters said the bill includes requirements that the army, which has often been accused of illegal searches and arrests, and in some cases executing suspects, respect human rights.
"The issue of human rights is covered, and covered well" in the law, PRI congressman Cesar Dominguez said. "But we cannot guarantee liberties and the full exercise of rights if there isn't a climate of public safety and peace."
Mexico's army and navy are some of the few remaining respected public institutions. Some regions of the country, such as the violent border state of Tamaulipas, depend entirely on the armed forces to keep some semblance of order after all city and town police forces were disbanded because officers were on the payroll of warring drug cartels.
At present, the military operates under a vague clause that allows troops to "aid" civilian law enforcement agencies when called upon to do so.
Few on either side blame the army and navy, whose leaders have made clear they would rather return troops to their barracks and concentrate on tasks the soldiers were trained for.
"They didn't get themselves involved in this. They were made to get involved in this," said congresswoman Norma Nahle of the leftist Morena party.
But Nahle noted that rights complaints involving the armed forces rose from about 190 cases a year before the army was called out in 2006 to about 1,075 complaints annually in recent years.
Rules already in place specify that soldiers accused of violating civilians' rights must be tried in civilian, not military courts.


Friday, December 1, 2017



Note: busy down south.

They seize a ton of marijuana and magazines in Álamos (Son)
Details Published on Thursday November 30, 2017,
El Diario

Hermosillo, Son

The Attorney General's Office (PGR), in its Sonora Delegation, during search, secured more than one ton of marijuana and six magazines, in Álamos, Sonora.

Elements of SEDENA, (Army) in coordination with personnel from the Criminal Investigation Agency (AIC), ensured the following: 89 plastic bags, 38 packages, four cardboard boxes; 19 sacks, all containing marijuana, shedding a gross weight of one ton 292 kilos;
five magazines for long weapon; a magazine for a short weapon.

The search was carried out in compliance with a search warrant, in Colonia Macorahui, in Álamos, Sonora; no one was arrested.

The items remain at the disposal of the Public Ministry of the Federation, attached to the Deputy Attorney's Office for Regional Control, Criminal Procedures and Amparo (SCRPPA), in its Delegation in Sonora, who continues to integrate the corresponding investigation folder.
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Seize a ton of cocaine
Details Published on Thursday November 30, 2017,
El Diario


Mexican Army personnel carried out the seizure of more than one ton of cocaine hidden in a load of lemons, as well as several kilos of heroin and methamphetamine, in the strategic check point of Cucupáh in the municipality of San Luis Río Colorado.

The Secretariat of National Defense (Sedena) through the 45th Military Zone announced that this was made on November 29. The agency reports indicate that the seizure was carried out in coordination with federal and state authorities. The report states that a cargo vehicle from the center of the country was inspected at the checkpoint, which was transporting lemons, and among boxes found dozens of packages containing different types of prohibited substances.

A total of 964 packages of cocaine were seized, which yielded a weight of 1,130.3 kilograms, as well as seven packets of beige heroin, weighing 18.8 kilograms.
They also detected another five packages that contained white heroin weighing 5.4 kilograms and 16 packets of methamphetamine weighing 12.6 kilograms.

The driver, the vehicle and the cargo were placed at the disposal of the federal authorities in San Luis Río Colorado, with the drugs being safeguarded.

With actions as it is, the personnel of the Mexican Army and Air Force ratify their commitment to Mexican society.



BP agent killsGuatemalan in Arizona
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Omar Chiquete
New Day / Nogales, Arizona

Border Patrol agents revealed information about a recent incident in which an undocumented immigrant died after being shot by a federal agent who was shot after struggling and trying to snatch the gun from another agent. A US Border Patrol agent reportedly fired his firearm and hit the aggressive individual around 11:30 am on Wednesday, November 29, in an area of ​​the Baboquivari Range, west of Three. Points, Arizona.

Two agents followed a group of undocumented migrants through a rugged mountainous area in response to the activation of a sensor. Both agents found the group about 21 miles north of the United States-Mexico border. One of the subjects attacked an agent who was trying to arrest him and tried to take the firearm, so the agent's partner shot him for the aggressiveness and endangering the life of the Border Patrol element.
An agent suffered injuries that did not endanger his life during the assault, so he was transported to a hospital in Tucson for treatment.

The agents arrested three members of the group, all adults, of Guatemalan origin, for immigration violations.

"The incident evidences the threat and dangers that our agents face on a daily basis to protect our borders and communities. I am proud of these men and women who keep us safe, "said Chief of Border Patrol of the Tucson Sector, Rodolfo Karisch.

The lead investigative agency is the Tohono O> odham Nation Police Department, jointly supported by the FBI and the CBP Office of Professional Responsibility.


Thursday, November 30, 2017

AZMEX UPDATE2 30-11-17


UPDATE: Border Patrol agent involved in fatal shooting 'saved partner's life'
Posted: Nov 29, 2017 5:40 PM MST
Updated: Nov 30, 2017 9:15 AM MST
Written By Associated Press
Written By Steve Nunez

U.S. Border Patrol Chief Tucson Sector Rodolfo Karisch
UPDATE: The Chief of the U.S. Border Patrol's Tucson sector says he believes the action of one of his agents who shot and killed a suspected illegal immigrant Wednesday morning, "saved his partner's life."

During a media-only press briefing, Chief Rodolfo Karisch said a team of two agents confronted a group of illegal immigrants and were in the process of arresting them when one of them attacked an agent.

Karisch said during the struggle the illegal immigrant was able to get on top of the agent and pull his weapon from his holster. That's when the second agent shot the illegal immigrant.

The agents detained three other illegal immigrants in the group, according to Karisch. All three are Guatemalan nationals.

The agent who was assaulted suffered minor injuries.

The fatal shooting is being investigated by the FBI, Tohono O'odham Nation Police and the U.S. Customs and Border Protection.

No other details were provided.

Watch Thursday's full new conference below.

Note: earlier

TUCSON - Border Patrol officials say an agent has fatally shot a man in a remote area of Arizona.

They say the agent was being assaulted Wednesday by a man in a group of people believed to be in the country illegally.

Further details on the assault weren't immediately available.

Border Patrol officials say the Tucson Sector agent shot the man in the Baboquivari Mountain Range and he later died of his wounds.

Three members of the group have been taken into custody and agents are searching the area for others.

The name of the agent and the man killed haven't been released.

Authorities say the shooting is being investigated by the FBI, Tohono O'odham Nation police and the U.S. Customs and Border Protection.


Border agents seize 140 pounds of fentanyl at Arizona border in 2017
NOVEMBER 30, 2017 AT 9:57 AM

FILE - In this Aug. 9, 2016, file photo, a bag of 4-fluoro isobutyryl fentanyl which was seized in a drug raid is displayed at the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) Special Testing and Research Laboratory in Sterling, Va. Acting United States DEA administrator Chuck Rosenberg will visit China next week amid efforts to cut off the Chinese supply of deadly synthetic drugs, like fentanyl. China disputes U.S. claims that it's the top source of opioids. Still, Beijing has already banned fentanyl, an opioid some 50 times stronger than heroin, and 18 related compounds. (AP Photo/Cliff Owen, File)

PHOENIX – Agents have seized 140 pounds of fentanyl at Arizona's ports of entry in 2017, a 600 percent increase from 2016, according to a report from United States Customs and Border Protection.

The report stated 140 pounds is enough to kill 21 million people.

Fentanyl, a synthetic opioid, is 50 times stronger than heroin and 100 times stronger than morphine, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Shannon Scheel, Director for Drug Prevention and Education for the Maricopa County Sheriff's Office, said one of the biggest components of the increase is because Fentanyl can simply be purchased from the black market on the internet.

"All of these items are manufactured – that's why they're called synthetic opioids," Scheel said. "They're not grown from a heroin plant or opium poppies these are synthetic and manufactured. So, it can be easily obtained."

Beth Brady, Crime Lab Director for the Department of Public Safety, said another contribution to the increase of illegal fentanyl is the low price.

"People have switched to heroin, which is cheaper," Brady said. "So now we're just seeing the next step in that process, now people unknowingly are being given fentanyl mixed in with heroin."

Scheel said the reason they lace heroin with fentanyl is to increase the high of the person taking the drug, but the smallest amount of fentanyl can be deadly.

"It takes an amount of just a couple grains of salt to be potentially catastrophic for somebody," Brady said.

Fentanyl is sold in pharmacies in the form of a patch, spray or injection, and is prescribed to people with large amounts of pain like cancer patients.

It's in a much lower dose, and is slowly released into the patient's system throughout a 72-hour period.


Note: Compared to sentences in parts of the US?

Five people sentenced for transporting drugs and weapons
Details Published on Wednesday, November 29, 2017,
El Diario

Hermosillo, Son

The Attorney General of the Republic (PGR) in its Delegation in Sonora, obtained from a Judge of Prosecution of the Federal Criminal Justice Center, conviction for five people, for transporting marijuana and weapons, in Santa Ana, Sonora.

The Deputy Attorney General for Regional Control, Criminal Procedures and Amparo (SCRPPA), reported that the accused must serve a sentence of 22 years in prison, six months and pay a fine of 120 days minimum wage, for being criminally responsible for the crime against health, in the form of transportation of marijuana, transportation of firearms for exclusive use of the Army, with the aggravation of gang affiliation.

According to the criminal case, elements of the Federal Police arrested, in the vicinity of the Federal Highway, stretch Santa Ana - El Ocuca,
José Raúl "N",
Luis Ángel "N",
José Leonardo "N",
Marco Alejandro "N" and a
Gibran Alexis "N",

on board a vehicle with 22 packages containing 200 kilos of marijuana, four long weapons and a short weapon.

The sentenced are in the Federal Center for Social Readaptation Number 11, based in Hermosillo, Sonora, where they serve their sentence.




Man fatally shot following assault on Border Patrol agent, several agencies investigating
KGUN 9 Digital Staff
4:25 PM, Nov 29, 2017
39 mins ago


THREE POINTS, Ariz. (KGUN9-TV) - A man has been fatally shot after he assaulted a Border Patrol agent.

The shooting happened just before noon today in a remote area of the Baboquivari Mountain Range west of Three Points.

The agent discharged his service issued sidearm, hitting a man who has assaulted him. The man has since succumbed to his injuries.

The man fatally shot was one of several in a group of suspected illegal aliens, according to a media release.
Three members of the group are currently in custody, and agents are searching the area for others.

This incident is under investigation by the FBI, CBP's Office of Professional Responsibility, and Tohono O'odham Nation Police Department.


Zip line used in attempt to smuggle drugs across border
Wednesday, November 29th 2017, 7:01 pm MST
Thursday, November 30th 2017, 5:10 am MST
By Elizabeth Walton, Digital Content Producer

Drug bundles discovered near international border in Douglas, AZ. (Source: U.S. Customs and Border Protection)

DOUGLAS, AZ (Tucson News Now) -
Border Patrol agents with the Douglas Station seized 10 bundles of marijuana and arrested a person after they attempted to smuggle drugs across the border using a zip line on Wednesday, Nov. 29.

Agents using surveillance technology detected the suspect who was only a few feet from the border. According to a CBP release, the suspect was attempting to hide in a vacant lot on the east side of Douglas. When agents arrived at the scene they found the drug bundles and an 18-year-old suspect identified as a resident of Douglas.

After a search of the area, BP agents reported finding a zip line attached to a tall building south of the border in Agua Prieta, Sonora, Mexico. BP agents notified law enforcement in Mexico, who then searched the area at the zip line's point of origin. They reported finding no other suspects.

The bundles of marijuana, weighing more than 240 pounds with an estimated value of $120,000, were seized and brought to the Douglas Station for processing. The suspect was arrested and is facing federal smuggling charges and will remain in custody pending further disposition, according to the CBP release.


Wednesday, November 29, 2017



Note: Another update on Rancho Negro in Chih.
From the good folks at Borderland Beat and Proceso.
Much bigger story in Mexico than here.
Several photos.

Sunday, November 26, 2017
El Rancho Negro, Chihuahua: Meth, Death, and Porn Cult
Translated by Yaqui from Proceso

Cult Leader Orson William Black Jr.
Extra Material from Various Sources
Nov 25, 2017 Cuauhtemoc, Chih.

In the quiet Mennonite plains of the outskirts of this city, a US citizen, Orson William Black Jr, former member of a polygamous sect founded in the nineteenth century, decided to found his own sect with another twenty plus of his countrymen and women. Until the day of his arrest, on Saturday Nov 4, no one imagined what was allegedly happening within his commune: rituals that included pedophilia and a secret link with narcos and organized crime. Besides being on the lam for 15 years from US Authorities for sexual abuse of minors; it is now suspected that he was engaged in cooking meth, animal and human trafficking, and transmitting child pornography over the internet.

Black, 56, is a member of the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, a sect that began after the mainstream Mormon church disavowed polygamy.The sect advocates plural marriage, and its members commonly have legal marriages with their first wife and "spiritual marriages" with other wives.

The group is mainly based in the twin towns of Colorado City, Arizona, and Hildale, Utah. Its leader, Warren Jeffs, is serving a life sentence in Texas after being convicted of sexually assaulting girls he considered brides.

Black's Arrest and the raid on his compound included 100 US FBI agents and the DEA
Despite the fact that since the arrest, the state government of Chihuahua has denied the collusion of Orson William Black Jr. with the organized crime that operates in the Cuauhtémoc area, US federal agents and relatives of some members of Black's sect assure this weekly that Orson actively collaborated with drug trafficking and that, in fact, that was the reason why they murdered two of his sons and a stepson.

Investigations of those killings led to the arrest of the cult leader.

Orson William Black Jr. was part of the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, whose ex-leader Warren Jeffs was sentenced to life imprisonment for sexual abuse of two of his followers who were minors.

Similarly, after being accused in his country of committing sexual abuse against two teenagers, Orson decided to cross the border with Mexico and hide in Chihuahua, where he has been for more than 15 years. But the murder of his children, on September 10 at his ranch El Negro, attracted the attention of the authorities. Black's three sons; Michael B 15 years old, Robert B 19 yrs, and stepson Jesse 23,were killed execution style outside of one of the trailer homes.

In an operation that had the support of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the US DEA and the US consulate, agents of the General Prosecutor's Office of the State of Chihuahua detained Black on Saturday, Nov 4 and he was deported four days later. In fact, over 100 FBI agents were involved in the raid on Rancho Negro's heavily fortified compound.

Pennie Petersen, an American resident of Arizona and the sister of two of Black's wives, was the first to hear about the murders of the three teenagers. Two of them were her nephews: "They called me from the office of the Alguaciles Corps to tell me that there was bad news: two of my nephews had been murdered in Mexico," she says.

The Trailer Outside of which Orson Black Jr's Sons were found riddled with bullets
Pennie Peterson uses her married name. She is the sister of Roberta and Beth Stubbs, the fourth and fifth wives of the cult leader. Black married Roberta in 1998, when she was just 15 years old, and Beth in 2002, when she was 17.

"Orson almost killed my sister Roberta. Before he married her, he got her pregnant at 12, and I decided I had to do something. I reported it to the authorities, "says Pennie. Black denied ever touching either of them and the sisters claim that they inseminated themselves with Black's semen. The Stubbs sisters refused to testify and fled with Black to Mexico.

Orson had a son with each of them: Michael and Robert. Both, along with his stepson Jesse Barlow, nephew of Dan Barlow, former mayor of Colorado City, Arizona. The young men were killed by more than 100 bullets, according to the report of the Chihuahua District Attorney's Office.

When an officer of the Arizona Sheriff's Department notified Pennie of the death of her two nephews, he provided another piece of information: "Orson had links with the mafia, he was cooking methamphetamines for the Sinaloa Cartel" in Cuauhtémoc.

"I was not surprised by the data, to be honest. Orson was cooking methamphetamine since he lived in Arizona. He dedicated himself to that. He was a chemist. He ended up entangled with the mafia in Mexico and when they could not grab him, they went after his children, " says Petersen.

Pennie Petersen, who is estranged from her sisters, said the men who were killed were two of Black's sons and his stepson. She said she was told by members of her extended family that the deaths were a drug cartel hit, possibly because Black either stole money or drugs. He wasn't home and the cartel killed the others instead, she said.

"They told the family when they killed those boys, if William doesn't turn himself into us, we're going to come back, kill everybody over the age of 6 and we're going to take everyone under the age of 6," Petersen said.

Their statements coincide with the version of an American federal agent assigned in Texas, who works in the investigation:

"The murderers watched the El Negro ranch for about three days, waiting for Black, ie, to kill him. As they did not find him, they went after the young men and left the threat that they would go for other members of their family, they threatened to kill everyone, and TAKE, ie kidnap those under the age of six" confides the agent, who asks that his identity remained anonymous.

However, Carlos Huerta, a spokesman for the Chihuahua Public Prosecutor's Office, says that the investigations in Mexico have not reported any link between Black and the drug traffickers.

Wild animals:

Orson Black Jr, along with 26 other Americans illegally residing in Mexico, had five properties: four houses and a ranch of more than five hectares. He also owned a dozen mobile homes distributed throughout the properties. All 27 persons, including 4 wives , one "concubine" and minors, had illegal residency status in Mexico and all were deported.

El Rancho Negro is on the Mennonite field number 12 and is the last property on a rural road that ends at the foot of a mountain. Here is where they murdered the three young men and it is also where, according to the neighbors, the cult practiced the rituals of worship to Black himself.

"We did not really know what was happening there at the ranch, but they had several bears and other animals that fed on the viscera of the cows they sacrificed for some kind of ritual," says Juanito Peters, one of Black's few neighbors.

Proceso had access to the ranch, inside there are three huge cages with skin remains of different animals. Presumably they were the bears that the neighbor had mentioned.

There were over 50 exotic animals found; exotic birds from Asia, stuffed birds, buffalo, elephant feet and legs, butchered zebras and a lion, stuffed and mounted heads, in addition to freezers with dozens of frozen animals.

Luckily for everyone, I failed at adding photos the of the Dead, Frozen, Mounted and Stuffed animals and heads
not to mention the elephant feet and even exotic chicken, fox and goat breeds from Peru
20 horses still walk around, grazing on the property. After the operations, Mexican agents confiscated a total of 65 animals and parts of stuffed animals: the pair of elephant legs, a lion skin, a buffalo head and several exotic birds. Black has also been charged with animal cruelty.

Area with Large Animal Cages and Dog Kennels
At the entrance of the property there is a document with the stamp of the Attorney General of the Republic in which it is noted that the ranch is under the protection of the federal authorities.

There are five mobile homes in the boundaries of the area. Inside at least these three of these trailers there are electronic items such as screens, laptops, remote controls, cameras, cell phones, radios and antennas.

One of the lines of investigation points to the possible transmission of child pornography from this ranch, says an agent that protects the property. "We commandeered seven hard drives and in all the properties we found encrypted antennas and equipment to transmit live over the internet," he explained.

At the back of the ranch there is also a pile of burnt bones, the authorities are currently carrying out the investigations to find out if they are human.

The rest of Black's properties are in the Mennonite camp number 8C with the numbers 19, 26 and 37. In the first, the number 19, was where the authorities found Orson with one of his wives. Property 26 was used as a kind of warehouse and for dog breeding; there were also three storage trailers with different types of goods.

On the wall of one of the kitchens, Black had pictures of members of his sect and images of characters/ prophets like Kennedy, Gandhi and Einstein.

While Black was in control of the entire place, the properties are in the name of Leroy Reynolds, a Mennonite with ties in Arizona. According to the authorities, Reynolds rented the properties to Black, the leader of the sect. The primarily German Canadian Mennonite community that emigrated to the area years ago in the 1920's practice an agrarian pacifist Christian monogamist lifestyle.

Revolving door:

On Wednesday Nov 8, Chihuahua authorities deported Orson William Black Jr. to the United States through the Santa Fe International Bridge, between Ciudad Juarez and El Paso, Texas, along with 26
of his "followers" due to US demands. All 27 were considered illegal residents of Mexico.

US Authorities demanded of him to face five charges of "criminal conduct" against two teenagers. After being accused by Pennie Petersen of having sex and procreating two children with her sisters while they were still minors, Black's defense argued that he never touched them and that he only inseminated them artificially.

Black was imprisoned only one day. He was released on Thursday, 9, because the Arizona Attorney's Office dropped the charges, the El Paso County jail confirmed that to this weekly.

Records from the 2003 case show Black had been estranged from the polygamous community since the 1980s but still followed its teachings. The case was the first in a series of efforts to crack down on men in the sect and the community's police, which refused to arrest Black, said former Arizona Attorney General Terry Goddard, who brought the charges. Goddard lamented that Black is apparently not going to face consequences. "If somebody can just skip the country and then avoid what I believe was a very legitimate child molestation rap, that's a very sad development," he said Tuesday.

Mexican Prosecutors have not ruled out that Black could be a suspect in his son's deaths, and a Mexican official said Tuesday that the case remains under investigation.

Black's whereabouts are not known. He is not in federal custody, the U.S. Marshals Service said.

Meanwhile Pennie Petersen has started a petition to try to persuade Arizona prosecutors to file charges once more against Orson Black Jr. in defense of her sisters.

In a statement, the General Prosecutor of the State of Chihuahua demanded Black be returned to Mexico to be charged for his crimes in Chihuahua and requested an explanation of the case from the US authorities.


Monday, November 27, 2017



Note: A busy AZMEX Monday.

Mexico Treasury Secretary announces presidential bid
Mark Stevenson, Associated Press
Updated 5:14 pm, Monday, November 27, 2017

Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto, right, embraces outgoing Treasury Secretary Jose Antonio Meade at a press conference to announce changes to the president's cabinet at Los Pinos presidential residence in Mexico City, Monday, Nov. 27, 2017. Mexico's president has accepted Meade's resignation, a move that opens up a path for the former secretary to become the presidential candidate for the ruling Institutional Revolutionary Party in July 1 elections. Photo: Rebecca Blackwell, AP /

IMAGE 1 OF 4 Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto, right, embraces outgoing Treasury Secretary Jose Antonio Meade at a press conference to announce changes to the president's cabinet at Los Pinos presidential residence in ... more

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Treasury Secretary Jose Antonio Meade declared Monday his intention to be the presidential candidate of Mexico's ruling Institutional Revolutionary Party, the first time a non-PRI member has sought to run on the party's ticket.
Meade resigned from his Cabinet post earlier in the day, saying he was running as a PRI candidate in hopes of achieving "a country where families always have food on the table."
Supporters of the long-ruling party quickly rushed to back Meade's bid despite his outsider status in what appeared a carefully organized effort to quash any internal discontent over his candidacy before party leaders formally name PRI's candidate for the July 1 election.
"We want you to be our candidate," said Carlos Aceves of the Mexican Workers Confederation, which functions more as a wing of the PRI than as an independent union group.
Meade told cheering union officials, "I want you to accompany me in my wish to make Mexico a great power, and for Mexicans that means food, sustenance, housing and better opportunities."
He also quickly picked up the support of the party's farm sector amid drum beating and chants of "We are going to win!"
The exuberant endorsements came even though as a technocratic, Yale-educated economist, Meade has been fairly distant from farm and labor groups. Critics said the carefully staged shows of support recalled the "dedazo" — literally the hand-picking of candidates by the outgoing president that has been a tradition in the PRI for decades.
"The return of the 'dedazo' in all its splendor," tweeted Margarita Zavala, a former first lady who is running as an independent in 2018. "This ritual ... takes us back in time 25 years. In the 21st century, this is shameful."
President Enrique Pena Nieto did not mention Meade's candidacy at a ceremony in which Jose Antonio Gonzalez, the current head of the national oil company Pemex, was tapped to replace Meade at the Treasury Department. Current Pemex financial chief Carlos Trevino will take over the top spot at Pemex.
But Pena Nieto did say of Meade, "I wish him luck in the project he has chosen to undertake."
If Meade is selected as a PRI candidate by a party congress before the Feb. 18 deadline, it would be the first time the party has ever backed a presidential run by someone who was not a party member.
But the PRI has seen its standing in opinion polls slide, battered by a falling peso and U.S. President Donald Trump's jibes at Mexico. That likely prompted the party's turn to an outsider, knowing most Mexicans now say they wouldn't vote for the PRI.
Meade, 48, who has no formal membership with any political party, has crossed lines as a non-partisan technocrat before. He served as foreign relations secretary and head of the social development department under Pena Nieto, and he was energy secretary under former President Felipe Calderon of the conservative National Action Party.
Foreign Secretary Luis Videgaray showered praise on Meade last week, saying that "under the leadership of Jose Antonio Meade, Mexico today has stability, a defined course and clarity in economic policy decisions."
Meade helped rein in the government's troubling budget deficits, but he has also presided over high inflation that runs at about 6.4 percent a year and weak economic growth, including a drop in GDP of 0.2 percent in the most recent quarter.
As a former foreign secretary, Meade would have inside knowledge on dealing with the Trump administration, especially U.S. threats to withdraw from the North American Free Trade Agreement, which is vital to Mexico's economy.
But if Mexico has to cede ground on things like greater U.S. content in autos, the Pena Nieto administration and Meade could suffer.
"We will be hurt regardless of the deal struck, and we will be hurt if no deal is struck," said Federico Estevez, a political science professor at the Autonomous Technological Institute of Mexico. "They'll get blamed for this whatever way it plays."
The PRI is so weak in the polls that it recently changed its internal rules precisely to allow non-party members to run for public office. In the past, being a candidate meant climbing through PRI ranks and proving one had support from its various wings, like farm and labor groups. Party members will still have to submit proof of such support, but under rules apparently tailor-made for Meade, "sympathizers" won't have to meet those standards.
The PRI, which ruled Mexico for seven decades through 2000 and regained the presidency in 2012, won't formally register candidates until Dec.3, and won't formally name the presidential nominee until Feb. 18.
It is possible Meade could run unopposed for the PRI's nomination. But it is also possible that support for his candidacy from PRI's elite could cause dissent and even desertions among PRI members who feel passed over.
"You can be assured that Meade won't be out there saying anything that's too dramatic, just to be a steady hand on the tiller," Estevez said. "There's a storm coming. You want a technocrat to steer you to safe harbor as quickly as possible. That's all he's offering.
"That's a hard one to sell, you know, because he's the one responsible for leading us into the storm, as far as his opponents see it, and that's the way they'll play it."


AZMEX EXTRA 27-11-17


Army seizes drugs, ammunition, money and weapon magazines in Navojoa (Son)
Details Published on Saturday November 25, 2017,
Written by El Universal

Navojoa, Son

Elements of the Mexican Army during a search in a house in Navojoa, Sonora, found more than 3.4 million pesos; ($ 183,113.50 USD) 1,190 grams of marijuana and 880 grams of cocaine, as well as 1,653 cartridges and 6 mags for weapons of different calibers.

The II Military Region of Navojoa and the 4 / a. Military Zone of Hermosillo, reported that the events occurred at 17.30 hours on Friday, November 24, when they were on a ground surveillance patrol between Hidalgo and Obregón avenues, in the Reforma neighborhood.

In the number 100 house of the aforementioned address, they observed a person wearing clothes similar to the one used by personnel of the police forces, who upon noticing the presence of military personnel, immediately fled to the building.

Military personnel established a security perimeter and noticed through a window without curtain that in the place there were various bills, magazines and cartridges and what looked like drugs,
A District judge specialized in the Accusatory Penal System of Hermosillo, Sonora granted a search warrant which was completed by the ministerial authorities.

In the place they secured 3 million 492 thousand 500 pesos national currency;
47 doses of cocaine (45 grams);
a bag with marijuana (270 grams);
a container with marijuana (70 grams);
a glass jar with marijuana (795 grams)
and 25 cocaine wrappers (880 grams).

In addition, there were
98 cartridges caliber .45;
91 cartridges of caliber 5.56 mm;
873 9 mm cartridges;
21 cartridges 7.62 x 39 mm;
499 cartridges caliber 40 mm; (.40 S&W?)
30 cartridges caliber 38 super;
2 cartridges caliber 7.62x 51 mm;
38 22 mm caliber cartridges; (.22LR)
1 cartridge 5.7x28 mm;
4 caliber .223 magazines;
1 magazine caliber 45
and a magazine caliber 22.
Photo gallery


AZMEX I3 27-11-17

AZMEX I3 27 NOV 2017

Note: Keep in mind this one is from AP.

Men cleared of terrorism ties in high-profile border case

FILE - This March 9, 2016, file photo, shows a stop sign in front of the international border fence in Nogales, Ariz. Reports that a group of Middle Eastern men had been caught crossing the border illegally from Mexico into Arizona two years ago set off alarms among right-wing blogs and for Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey. Now, documents obtained by The Associated Press through a public records request reveal that not only were the men cleared of any ties to terrorism, but they were badly mistreated by two Mexican smugglers with a history of crossing the border illegally. (AP Photo/Astrid Galvan, File)

PHOENIX (AP) — The arrests of six Middle Eastern men caught entering the United States illegally from Mexico two years ago set off alarm in border states and in some right-wing blogs and other media outlets.

Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey called it a matter of national security and invoked the Islamic State group in a statement calling for stepped-up border security in response to the arrests. Conservative publications like the Washington Examiner reported on the men from "Middle East terror hotbeds," while Fox News questioned whether "Islamic State militants could be probing security."

Now, documents obtained by The Associated Press through a public records request reveal the men were fleeing violence and persecution in their homelands and were cleared of any terrorism ties. They also were physically and verbally abused by two Mexican smugglers with a history of crossing the border illegally and went days without food and water, the records show.

The case highlights the highly politicized nature of the U.S.-Mexico border as hysteria sometimes overtakes facts in an era where President Donald Trump, during his campaign, labeled Mexican immigrants rapists and criminals. Some blogs incorrectly reported the men were released. Others tied them to the Islamic State.

In fact, the men cooperated with the government, and four have been deported. The remaining two are in removal proceedings, according to Immigration and Customs Enforcement spokeswoman Yasmeen Pitts O'Keefe.

The five men from Pakistan and one from Afghanistan were arrested at a time when the Islamic State group was committing some of its bloodiest acts, just days after coordinated bombings and shootings in Paris heightened fears about attacks in the U.S.

The arrests also came around the same time as two Syrian families with children presented themselves at the border seeking asylum. The families were Christian and fleeing persecution. Still, the incident prompted a tweet from Trump that said, "Eight Syrians were just caught on the southern border trying to get into the U.S. ISIS maybe? I told you so. WE NEED A BIG & BEAUTIFUL WALL!"

But none of the cases had any ties to terrorism.

Government officials have long denied there have been any arrests of migrants at the U.S.-Mexico border with ties to the Islamic State, and private security analysts agree.

Scott Stewart, vice president of tactical analysis for Texas-based intelligence firm Stratfor, said he knows of no instances of terrorists sneaking into the U.S. through the southern border.

He says it's much more likely a terrorist would use the Canadian border to sneak into the country, as Ahmed Ressam did in 1999. Ressam planned to bomb the Los Angeles airport and used false documents to enter the U.S. from Canada. Border authorities caught him with a car full of explosives.

Stewart added it's highly unlikely the Mexican cartels, which control smuggling corridors, would help a terrorist enter the United States.

"The last thing they want is to be labeled as narco-terrorists. That's just terrible for business," Stewart said. "I'm honestly much more concerned about meth, fentanyl and heroin than I am of Al-Qaeda or the Islamic State coming across."

Despite most border crossers being from Latin America, a small number come from far-away places like China, India, Pakistan and Afghanistan.

Investigative files obtained by the AP show the Middle Eastern men completed a long and costly journey to America.

The Afghan man told Border Patrol agents he left his home seven months earlier and traveled through at least 10 countries before making it to the U.S. He was detained for weeks in Honduras, Costa Rica, Panama and Mexico and paid nearly $15,000 in smuggling fees along the way.

Once the men reached the U.S. border, the smugglers told them crossing illegally into Arizona would be a matter of a few easy hours.

But their trip took several days in treacherous conditions.

The men spent three or four days walking through the desert. They ran out of water on the first night and food on the second, and then trekked through mountains near the border in snow and rain. The men said they had no jackets.

They said the smugglers verbally accosted them and threw rocks at them if they walked too slowly. The Afghan man said one of the smugglers punched him in the chest. When one man injured his ankle, a smuggler said "Bye-bye" and kept walking. Another man who couldn't keep up said he paid the smugglers more to slow down.

The men were arrested in November 2015 after triggering a Border Patrol sensor about 15 miles (24 kilometers) north of the border.

The arrests were first reported by right-wing blogs, then other news organizations. Three days after the Middle Eastern men were taken into custody, Ducey issued a statement saying their arrests were troubling, "especially in light of new threats on the United States from ISIS in a video released in just the last 24 hours."

But the FBI had already cleared the men, finding they had no ties to terrorism, according to the documents.

When asked about the governor's tweet, Ducey's spokesman issued a statement that touted the Republican's border efforts but did not address the issue of invoking the Islamic State when the men had no terrorism ties.

"The governor continues to put public safety at the forefront," spokesman Daniel Scarpinato said.

The men were interviewed separately, and all told authorities about abuses at the hands of the two Mexican smugglers. They became witnesses in the case against Ernesto Dorame-Gonzalez and Martin Lopez-Alvarado, who had committed prior immigration offenses and pleaded guilty to smuggling charges.

"We find smugglers are more interested in treating people as a commodity instead of human beings," said Stephanie Dixon, a spokeswoman with the Border Patrol's Tucson sector. "Many people are being lied to by smugglers, which leads to deaths and illnesses, for the sole purpose of criminal profiting."

Friday, November 24, 2017



Malkin: Dumb Sensors, Deadly Consequences
"They don't want to secure the border; they want to make it LOOK like they are."
11.22.2017 Commentary Michelle Malkin

The circumstances of U.S. Border Patrol agent Rogelio Martinez's death this week remain murkier than the Rio Grande River.

Agent Martinez succumbed to critical head injuries early Sunday morning. An unnamed partner, who came to Martinez's aid after he radioed for help from a remote area of the Big Bend sector in Texas, also suffered serious wounds. Whether by deliberate ambush or accident, one of our border enforcers is dead and the other hospitalized.

This much is clear: Dumb sensors + depleted forces = deadly border disorder.

Agent Martinez had ventured out alone to check on a ground sensor to determine who or what had set it off. He confirmed to his colleagues that human activity had activated the alarm before he died.

Here's the scandal: Our federal government has been squandering billions of dollars on inferior border technology for years. It's a monumental waste of taxpayer funds and a dangerous redistribution of wealth to crony contractors, whose ineffective pet projects are putting our men and women on the front lines at risk.

Nearly 14,000 ground sensors have been littered along the southern border over the past several decades -- some dating back to the Vietnam War era. Untold numbers have simply been buried and lost by federal workers who failed to record where they put them. Twelve years ago, a Department of Homeland Security inspector general's report found that agents couldn't determine the cause of 62 percent of the sensor alerts because they were "unable to respond to the dispatch, or it took the agent too long to get to the sensor location."

Compounding staff shortages are outdated sensors unable to distinguish between humans, vehicles and animals. They can't tell cows from criminals or wild boars from dirty bombers. Thirty-four percent of alerts were confirmed false alarms in the 2005 review. Only 2 percent resulted in apprehensions of immigrants in this country illegally, the feds admitted.

The Arizona Republic reported that "a possible false alarm from a ground sensor, and faulty radio communications, may have contributed to the death of Border Patrol Agent Nicholas Ivie in a friendly-fire incident" in 2012. "(A)gents didn't detect anyone but each other when they arrived. Ivie, responding separately, apparently mistook the other agents for smugglers and opened fire. One of the agents shot and killed him."

A $1 billion integrated fixed tower project, fronted by Boeing, was supposed to remedy the flaws of the ground sensor system. A surveillance program along the southwest border in Arizona, the IFT systems "are fixed surveillance assets that provide long-range persistent surveillance" using radars that send pictures back to a central hub to monitor illegal crossings and criminal activity.

But the Department of Homeland Security's inspector general reported this summer that the towers had never been properly tested for suitability and operational effectiveness. Its successors haven't fared much better.

On a trip to the Sierra Vista, Arizona, region earlier this summer for my show, "Michelle Malkin Investigates," I talked to ranchers who pointed out fancy new towers with fatal blind spots, out of reach of deep washes and heavy forests where illegal immigrants and drug smugglers travel.

"We have $50 million of infrastructure on this ranch now," fourth-generation Arizona rancher John Ladd told me during a tour of his property, "and none of it has worked. Camera towers, radar, fence, roads, street lights." All the technology in the world is useless, he has long pointed out to politicians and bureaucrats, without boots on the ground. And Border Patrol agents parked in air-conditioned cubicles hours from the border don't count.

"You got 600 (agents) in Tucson" who "take 6 hours to get to the border. Move them down! You got Nogales ... and Naco and Douglas that are within a mile of the border," Ladd points out. "All the rest of them are more than 50 miles north. Why do we have that? What good is that?"

Longtime illegal immigration activist and systems engineer Glenn Spencer, who I first met in California in the 1990s, has lived and worked on the Arizona border for more than decade. He patented and tested a pilot system of seismic detection and ranging on 1.5 miles of his friend John Ladd's property called Seidarm and paired it with a drone, dubbed Hermes, which automatically launches when border activity is detected within 500 feet of the smart sensors. It can be manufactured and built at a fraction of the cost of the big defense contractors' systems. Unlike much of the government's gold-plated technology, Ladd said: "It worked."

"If they had SEIDARM/HERMES installed, they could have checked out the ground sensor without putting the agent in jeopardy," Spencer told me after Agent Martinez's death hit the news this week.

But politicians in both parties have spurned Ladd's pleas and Spencer's proposals. Special interests have raided public coffers to fund border security Kabuki theater and stave off meaningful assessments. Spencer doesn't mince words:

"They don't want to measure it; they don't want to secure the border; they want to make it LOOK like they are."

Beltway business as usual. Another agent's life sacrificed. President Trump, the clock is ticking.


Tuesday, November 21, 2017



Note: Photos at link.

BP arrests deported child molesters who snuck back into country
Phil Villarreal
12:19 PM, Nov 21, 2017
5 hours ago


TUCSON (KGUN9-TV) - U.S. Border Patrol agents arrested two Mexican men who had been convicted of sex crimes against children before they were deported and snuck back into the country.

They arrested the men in separate incidents.

On Saturday, agents arrested 34-year-old Abigael Calvo-Calvo after he illegally crossed the border near Naco. He was convicted of lewd and lascivious acts with a child under age 14 in 2012 in California.

On Sunday, agents arrested 33-year-old Juan Herrera-Gameros after he illegally entered the country west of Douglas.He had been convicted of sexual conduct with a child in 2005 in Bisbee.

Both men are in federal custody and will face immigration charges.


Border agent assaulted near Sasabe
Posted: Nov 21, 2017 2:06 PM MST
Updated: Nov 21, 2017 2:06 PM MST
Posted By Faye DeHoff

Anyone can report suspicious activity toll-free and anonymously at 1-877-872-7435/ U.S. Border Patrol

Sasabe -
A Tucson Station Border Patrol agent was assaulted by a 22-year-old Mexican man Friday morning near Highway 286, north of Sasabe, Arizona.

When the agent responded to a group of suspected undocumented immigrants north of the international boundary and attempted to arrest one of the suspects, the Mexican national violently resisted by throwing dirt in the agents face and assaulting him. The agent managed to subdue the suspect after a brief struggle.

The agent was later evaluated at a local hospital and released. The Mexican national was uninjured and declined medical attention. He will be processed for immigration violations, per Tucson Sector guidelines, and charged for assault on a federal agent.

Federal law allows agents to charge individuals by complaint, a method that allows the filing of charges for criminal activity without inferring guilt. An individual is presumed innocent unless and until competent evidence is presented to a jury that establishes guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.


Solis out as CBP's port chief in Nogales
Nov 14, 2017
Nogales International

Less than eight months after taking command of Arizona's busiest land port of entry, Efrain Solis is out as Nogales port director for U.S. Customs and Border Protection.

"U.S. Customs and Border Protection does make management changes, as needed," a spokeswoman said in response to an email from the NI asking for confirmation of rumors that Solis had been relieved, as well as an explanation as to why the change was made.

Michael Humphries is serving as the interim port director in Nogales "until further notice," the spokeswoman said. Humphries has previously served as area port director for the Douglas/Naco ports of entry.

The change at the top of the local CBP hierarchy coincides with the retirement of Assistant Port Director Joe Agosttini, who stepped down on Friday, Oct. 27 after more than 30 years of service.

Solis, who began his career with the former U.S. Customs Service in Brownsville, Texas, more than 25 years ago, assumed leadership of the Dennis DeConcini and Mariposa ports, as well as the Morley pedestrian gate, the Nogales International Airport and the Rio Rico railyard, during a change-of-command ceremony on March 30.

"It's an honor and a privilege to accept this position," he said at the time. "I don't know of any other place I wanted to be. When they asked, I said I would take Nogales."

Solis took over for Guadalupe Ramirez, Jr., who left to become assistant director of field operations for CBP's Tucson Sector.


Monday, November 20, 2017



Texas Gov. Greg Abbott offers $20,000 for information on those who killed Border Patrol agent
Posted: Nov 20, 2017 11:41 AM MST
Updated: Nov 20, 2017 11:42 AM MST

EL PASO, Texas - Texas Governor Greg Abbott has authorized Texas Crime Stoppers to offer a $20,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible for the killing of a U.S. Border Patrol agent Sunday.

36-year-old agent Rogelio Martinez, of El Paso, died Sunday as a result of injuries sustained while on patrol in the Big Bend area. His partner, also injured during the attack, remains in the hospital in serious condition.

"We owe a great deal of gratitude to the brave men and women of the United States Border Patrol who serve every day to protect our homeland," said Governor Abbott. "Cecilia and I offer our deepest condolences to the families of the agents killed and seriously injured in this attack. As authorities continue their investigation, it is important that they receive any and all information to help apprehend and deliver swift justice to those responsible."

The Border Patrol hasn't released many details about what happened. It said in a statement that the agents "were responding to activity" while on patrol near Interstate 10. The FBI has taken over the investigation.

Border Patrol records show Big Bend accounted for about 1 percent of the more than 61,000 apprehensions its agents made along the Southwest border between October 2016 and May 2017. The region's mountains and the Rio Grande make it a difficult area for people to cross illegally into the U.S. from Mexico.

To be eligible for the cash rewards, anyone with information on fugitives can provide anonymous tips in three different ways:

Call the Crime Stoppers hotline at 1-800-252-TIPS (8477)
Text the letters 'DPS' - followed by your tip - to 274637 (CRIMES) from your cell phone

CLICK HERE to submit a web tip


AZMEX EXTRA 19-11-17


Five men receive sentences for smuggling firearms into Mexico
Laredo Morning Times
Published 12:36 am, Sunday, November 19, 2017

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Five Laredoans have been ordered to prison following their convictions for their roles in smuggling firearms into Mexico.

Juan Diego Madrid, 27,
Rolando Armando Madrid, 21,
Erik Villasana, 20,
Edward Alexander Duenas, 20, and
Francisco Xavier Martinez, 25,
participated in a scheme to purchase civilian variants of firearms issued to military forces from various local firearms dealers.

Between March 2016 and November 2016, Juan Madrid directed several individuals,
including Rolando Madrid, Duenas and Martinez, to purchase the firearms.
The firearms were then transferred to Villasana, who arranged for the firearms to be smuggled into Mexico.

U.S. District Judge Diana Saldaña sentenced Juan Madrid to a term of 65 months in federal prison,
while his brother Rolando Madrid, Villasana, Duenas and Martinez received respective sentences
of 51, 63, 27 and 41 months in prison.

The straw purchasers bought AR-15 and
AK-47-type semiautomatic rifles,
Beretta 92FS (Pistols) and
DPMS AR-type rifles
from Academy and Kirkpatrick Guns & Ammo stores in Laredo and San Antonio.
Juan Madrid would then purchase the firearms from the straw purchasers and then re-sell them at a profit to Villasana.

Villasana told federal agents that he had established contact with Rolando Madrid through Facebook.
Madrid sold Villasana a rifle for $1,100 and told him he could get more firearms.
Villasana said that he told one of his friends in Mexico, who works for a cartel, about the firearms.

That friend asked Villasana to buy more firearms for Madrid.
"Rolando Madrid's brother, Juan 'El Padrino' Madrid, called Villasana back and said he could get Villasana anything he wanted, including firearms and grenades," court records states.

Villasana would sell the firearms to his friend and contact in Mexico for $1,300 to $1,400.
The contact would send different people from Nuevo Laredo, Mexico to pick up the firearms from Villasana
in Laredo and then smuggle them to Mexico.
Villasana would meet the smugglers at a downtown McDonald's parking lot in Laredo.

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Juan Madrid was already a convicted felon and prohibited from purchasing, owning or possessing firearms.
His brother, Ruben Madrid, was also involved in the scheme as a straw purchaser.
He will be sentenced at a later date.

The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and Immigration and Customs Enforcement's Homeland Security Investigations conducted the investigation.
Assistant U.S. attorney Homero Ramirez and special assistant U.S. attorney Lisa Ezra are prosecuting the case.


Thursday, November 16, 2017

AZMEX EXTRA 15-11-17


Man smuggling guns, ammo to Mexico stopped at port
Release Date: November 15, 2017

TUCSON, Ariz. – Customs and Border Protection officers at Arizona's Port of Nogales apprehended an 18-year-old male U.S. citizen Tuesday evening after finding weapons and ammunition under the front and rear seats of the Chevy sedan he was driving.
Officers working outbound operations at the Mariposa crossing selected the man for an outbound inspection as he was leaving the United States. Subsequently, officers located five assault rifles, two handguns, and more than 800 rounds of ammunition.

Weapons found in sedan

Officers arrested the man for weapons trafficking and turned him over to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's Homeland Security Investigations. Officers also seized the vehicle, ammunition and weapons.

Federal law allows officers to charge individuals by complaint, a method that allows the filing of charges for criminal activity without inferring guilt. An individual is presumed innocent unless and until competent evidence is presented to a jury that establishes guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.
CBP's Office of Field Operations is the primary organization within Homeland Security tasked with an anti-terrorism mission at our nation's ports. CBP officers screen all people, vehicles and goods entering the United States while facilitating the flow of legitimate trade and travel. Their mission also includes carrying out border-related duties, including narcotics interdiction, enforcing immigration and trade laws, and protecting the nation's food supply and agriculture industry from pests and diseases.


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Decomisan arsenal and methamphetamines in Mariposa
Details Published on Wednesday, November 15, 2017,
Written by Marco A. Flores

Nogales, Az

A young man just of age was arrested with an arsenal, while a woman was assured a shipment of methamphetamine, when both intended to cross through the local posts, in separate cases.

According to the official report of Customs and Border Protection (CBP, for its acronym in English), in the first case, the subject of 18 years and American nationality, was apprehended with several assault rifles and municipalities, under and behind the seats of a Chevy seden he was driving.

He was intercepted by federal agents at the Mariposa exit, when he was looking to cross to the Mexican side, with five long guns, two pistols and more than 800 useful cartridges.

In the other case, a 42-year-old woman, also a legal resident of Arizona, was detained in Mariposa when she tried to cross with thirty packs of methamphetamine, which were valued at $ 101,000.

They were hidden in the box of a Ford F-150 double-cab pick-up, and were stopped and turned over to Immigration and Customs Control for processing, along with the drug and the unit.




Wanted polygamist free after 15 years on the lam in Mexico
Posted: Nov 15, 2017 1:42 PM MST
Updated: Nov 15, 2017 1:42 PM MST
Associated Press

PHOENIX (AP) - A polygamist who fled to Mexico about 15 years ago with this wives and kids while facing child molestation charges in Arizona is now free after the charges were dropped.

Orson William Black Jr. was arrested by Mexican authorities in the northern state of Chihuahua and handed over to U.S. officials in El Paso, Texas, last week. He was briefly held on an Arizona fugitive warrant before being released because no agency would extradite him.

The Arizona attorney general's office charged Black in 2003 with molestation over allegations he persuaded two teenagers to impregnate themselves with his sperm. The charges were dropped in May after a review.

Former state Attorney General Terry Goddard, who charged Black, called it a "sad development" that Black successfully dodged them by fleeing to Mexico.