Friday, May 19, 2017



Border Patrol ID's man shot at checkpoint near Tombstone
Arizona Daily Star May 18, 2017 Updated 22 min ago

Officials: Man shot at Tombstone Border Patrol checkpoint was subject of call
Courtesy US Border Patrol
A 76-year-old man was shot Wednesday after agents say his vehicle struck barriers and he fired at agents.
Authorities identified the man shot Wednesday at a Border Patrol checkpoint near Tombstone.

Gary Smith, a 76-year-old resident of Tombstone, shot at agents through the window of his Dodge Dakota after he crashed into barricades at the checkpoint, the Border Patrol said in a news release Thursday.

The two agents working the checkpoint returned fire and Smith was wounded in his left arm, the agency said. Smith was taken by helicopter from the checkpoint at the intersection of State Route 80 and State Route 82 to a Tucson hospital where he was treated for non-life-threatening injuries. No agents were wounded.

The Cochise County Sheriff's Office said a woman called 911 to say her father had driven off, had medical issues and had guns and alcohol with him. A Border Patrol spokeswoman said the woman's father was the man involved in the checkpoint shootout.

The FBI is investigating the incident. FBI officials didn't immediately respond to a request for additional information.


Comment: Tillerson is correct. Jail for dopers. If they are in jail they can't steal your stuff. The gringo / gringa doper has a lot of Mexican blood on their hands. Just as the Obama people behind "Fast & Furious. Mexican Lives didn't Matter.
But not to forget, so many of Mexico's problems are the consequence of years of a Chicago style culture of corruption.

Tillerson: US must deal with demand to stem drug violence
Matthew Lee, Ap Diplomatic Writer
Updated 1:01 pm, Thursday, May 18, 2017

WASHINGTON (AP) — Two top Trump administration officials said Thursday that Americans' demand for illicit narcotics is fueling violence in Mexico and must be reduced if cross-border security issues are to be addressed.

Speaking after talks on combatting transnational crime with their Mexican counterparts, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly both said the United States bears significant responsibility for the problem. They said U.S. demand for opioids and other drugs is the prime driver of not only devastating overdose death tolls in the United States, but also of raging gang violence in Mexico.

"We Americans must own this problem," Tillerson told reporters. "It is ours."
He called for a comprehensive campaign against domestic drug addiction combined with stepped-up intelligence and information sharing with Mexico to disrupt drug traffickers by hitting production sites, transportation networks and their cash flows.
"There is no other market, it is all us," Tillerson said. "But for us, Mexico wouldn't have a transnational organized crime problem."

Kelly echoed those comments, saying that until the consumption of illicit drugs in the United States drops "we are fighting a losing battle on the border." He said construction of President Donald Trump's promised border wall would have to be supplemented with drug demand reduction in the U.S. and greater coordination with Mexico to make a serious dent in the drug flow.

Mexican Foreign Secretary Luis Videgaray and Secretary of Government Miguel Osorio agreed and said their government would take steps to improve cooperation as well as do more to prosecute gang members. "Violence is not being addressed on our side," Osorio said.

In accepting even partial American responsibility for the surge in drug violence and crime, Tillerson and Kelly appeared to take a page from the Obama administration, which had been criticized by some Republicans for blaming the United States for Mexico's problems.


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