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$4 million in cocaine found in car trunk

May 19, 2011 Leave a comment

By Pauline Repard
Thursday, May 19, 2011 at 2:10 p.m.
EAST COUNTY — The driver of a Ford Mustang was arrested with more than $4 million worth of cocaine in the trunk at the Pine Valley Border Patrol checkpoint Wednesday, authorities said.
The driver came to the checkpoint on Interstate 8 about 3:20 p.m. and appeared nervous when agents contacted him, said Agent Scott Simon.
A drug-sniffing dog reacted to the trunk of the 1998 Mustang. Simon said agents found 62 bundles of cocaine weighing a total of 436 pounds, with an estimated street value of $4.3 million.
The driver, a 19-year-old United States citizen, was arrested and turned over to the Drug Enforcement Administration.
pauline.repard@uniontrib.com • (619) 293-1865

http://www.signonsandiego.com/news/2011/may/19/4-million-cocaine-found-car-trunk/

Drugs in CAMPO, CA

May 19, 2011 Leave a comment

Campo, Calif. — U.S. Border Patrol agents arrested seven men in two separate incidents in Campo and seized nearly 600 pounds of marijuana with an estimated street value of $349,000.

The most recent incident occurred yesterday morning when Border Patrol agents detected several individuals with backpacks walking north from the U.S./ Mexico border through the brush. Agents responded, intercepting six individuals and discovered six backpacks hidden in the surrounding areas. The backpacks contained 27 bundles of marijuana weighing more than 337 pounds with an estimated street value of $202,000. The men, later identified as Mexican nationals illegally in the country, were taken into Border Patrol custody.

An earlier incident occurred Friday morning when Border Patrol agents working near the international border in Campo observed four individuals carrying large backpacks. Agents observed the subjects attempting to conceal the backpacks in the surrounding brush. Agents arrived in the area and conducted a search and encountered one male Mexican national and found four large backpacks. The three additional suspects absconded from the area and returned to Mexico. The backpacks contained 20 bundles of marijuana weighing more than 245 pounds with an estimated street value of $147,000.

The seven suspected smugglers and the marijuana were taken into custody and were turned over to a multi-agency drug task force.

Mexico deputy prison governor decapitated in Durango

May 13, 2011 Leave a comment

 

The headless bodies were found on the same day as more corpses were discovered at a junkyard Continue reading the main story
Police in Mexico have found eight decapitated bodies in the northern state of Durango.
Among the dead was the deputy governor of Durango’s prison, who had been abducted on Monday.
Gerardo Galindo’s head was found next to a wall bearing a threatening message by a local drug gang.
Prison officials are increasingly being targeted by drug gangs, whose jailed members often continue to run their businesses from behind bars.
In February, the security chief of a prison in the northern city of Monterrey was murdered.
His dismembered body was found in a plastic box inside a car abandoned near the prison he worked at.
Officials have not yet identified the remaining seven bodies found in Durango.
Forensic experts also uncovered another eight bodies in mass graves in Durango city, the state’s capital, bringing the total discovered over the past month to 196.
Durango state governor Jorge Herrera Calderas said on Wednesday that he thought most of those buried in the mass graves had fallen victim to a "settling of scores" between drug gangs.
The state’s murder rate has risen steeply in recent years as rival gangs battle for control of the drugs trade in the area.
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-latin-america-13383662

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Close to 300 Arrested During Operation Desert Sky

May 12, 2011 Leave a comment

More than 7,000 pounds of drugs discovered
Updated: Thursday, 12 May 2011, 5:15 PM MST
Published : Thursday, 12 May 2011, 5:15 PM MST
PHOENIX – Maricopa County Sheriff Arpaio calls this month long operation a major success. Deputies seized drugs, guns and arrested hundreds of illegal immigrants.
On Thursday afternoon, Arpaio’s office showed off some of what they found during Operation Desert Sky.
Deputies displayed huge bails of marijuana wrapped in plastic. They discovered more than 7,000 pounds worth of drugs.
Deputies arrested close to 300 people, most suspected of being in the country illegally.
The operation featured Sheriff’s posse members flying in small planes searching for smugglers in rural Maricopa County.
The air support helped deputies make some significant busts.
"You have so many people carrying marijuana on their back..so it’s good for the air posse to fly over and report any suspicious activity to our ground deputies," said Arpaio.
While the operation targeting smugglers has wrapped up, Arpaio said he’s planning a new illegal immigration sweep for next week. One that will focus on a west Phoenix market where an off-duty Buckeye police officer was shot and killed recently.

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8 beheaded bodies found on Mexico roads

May 12, 2011 Leave a comment

May. 12, 2011 12:02 PM
Associated Press
MEXICO CITY – The bodies of eight decapitated men were dumped Thursday along roads in Durango, a drug-gang-plagued northern Mexican state already grappling with the horror of discovering mass graves where 196 corpses have been unearthed so far.
Six of the naked bodies were found along a highway leading out of the state capital of Durango city, their heads lying nearby, according to a statement from the state attorney general’s office.
The two other bodies were found in another city street. One was identified as the remains of Gerardo Galindo Meza, the deputy director of a city prison who had been kidnapped Monday. Galindo’s head was on a different street corner, accompanied by a threatening message signed by a drug gang, the statement said.
It was the second time this week that beheaded bodies have been found in Durango state. Eleven corpses were found Monday, including six left across from a middle school in the capital. Investigators have announced no arrests or possible motives.
Durango is one of Mexico’s most dangerous states, a drug cartel cradle where some of the most notorious kingpins are believed to be hiding. Homicides have more than doubled in the vast, mountainous state over the last two years amid a turf war between the Sinaloa and Zetas gangs.
Soldiers continue digging at mass graves discovered April 11 in five places around Durango city. The bodies of seven men and one woman were recovered Wednesday, bringing the toll to 196, the Durango Public Safety Department said in a statement.
Investigators say some of the victims have been dead as long as four years, while others were killed as recently as three months ago.
Dozens of relatives of people who have disappeared in Durango have come to determine if their loved ones were buried in the graves.
Durango’s secretary for government, Hector Vela, told local reporters that many of the victims are likely gang members killed by rivals. But some may be missing police officers, and others may be victims of kidnapping and extortion attempts.
Only one body has so far been identified: a 31-year-old man who had been reported missing several months ago. His brother claimed the body.
Such mass graves have become a hallmark of Mexico’s relentless drug conflict, which has claimed at least 35,000 lives nationwide since President Felipe Calderon sent thousands of troops and federal police into the strongholds of drug cartels in late 2006. The crackdown has led to major arrests, but violence has surged as splintered cartels fight increasingly gruesome turf battles.
Last month, security forces unearthed 183 bodies from 40 pits in the northeastern state of Tamaulipas, many of them believed to be people kidnapped from passenger buses by the Zetas drug gang, which has been trying to forcibly recruit Mexicans and foreign migrants.
Just six of the 183 bodies have been identified so far, five Mexicans and one Guatemalan.
In the northern state of Sinaloa, which borders Durango, gunmen wielding Kalashnikov rifles attacked a car along a rural road outside the town of Choix on Wednesday, killing five people and injuring one, according to an official from the state attorney general’s office, who spoke on condition of anonymity because of security concerns.
The victims included a 19-year-old woman, her husband and their 9-month old daughter.
Police had no suspects and the motive was unclear.
In a separate attack, gunmen traveling in seven cars ambushed police officers leaving their base Wednesday night in the Sinaloa city of Los Mochis, the official said.
One officer was killed and two were injured in a gunbattle. Three cars stained with blood were abandoned at the scene, an indication that the attackers may have fled with injured or slain companions, the officials said.
The officers belong to a special state police unit, known as the Elite Group, created by Sinaloa Gov. Mario Lopez Valdez after he took office in January. The unit of 140 officers underwent training in investigative techniques at a federal police academy and has been deployed to hot spots around the state. The government hopes to have 850 officers join the force before the end of the year.
Asked about the ambush, Sinaloa Secretary for Government Gerardo Vargas said it may have been revenge for recent arrests by the elite unit.
Shortly after the ambush, banners were hung from bridges in Los Mochis and the state capital of Culiacan, accusing the Elite Group of being allied with Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman, the fugitive leader of the Sinaloa cartel. There was no way to verify who put up the banners.
Lopez Valdez has come under fire after he rehired a former state police chief who had been charged several years ago with protecting the Sinaloa cartel. The government, which denies any ties to drug gangs, has defended the appointment of Jesus Antonio Aguilar Iniguez as a special police adviser, saying he was exonerated of the charges and has needed expertise.
http://www.azcentral.com/news/articles/2011/05/12/20110512mexico-8-beheaded-bodies.html

When will this great country secure its borders?

May 8, 2011 Leave a comment

 

Ten years after September 11, 2001 we still have not secured our borders and protected our citizens yet every elected official and appointed one thinks we have! Americans must be living in some alternate make believe world to think our local, state and federal government has the slight inclination to ever secure our borders and protect its citizens. Every year or a few Americans fight battles against the people in our country who want to grant legal citizenship to people who are here illegally and every time those few Americans stand virtually alone in the fight while the rest of America goes to the Mall, The next game, kids activities, the movies and in general just doesn’t give a Damn about anything outside their own little world!

How on earth do we as Americans sleep at night knowing that we elected these Horses-asses to represent us when they can’t even protect our borders by sending in troops to get the job done? I know that the Immigration issues are complex, that is not up for discussion, what is needed is strong enforcement of our local, state and federal laws and the protection of every foot of our borders until this neighbor next to us either gives up and we take over Mexico or gets his act together and fights like they want to win.

To say that I am a little upset now over another fine BP agent being killed after last year’s agent here in California or BP agents being put in prison for twisting the handcuffs of drug smugglers in custody would be putting it mildly. Americans (Who are paying attention) want and demand our borders secured from our nasty neighbor Mexico. We don’t really care what it takes to get it done; you can close down all the ports of entry and pull back 200,000 troops from South Korea if that is what it takes!

Our Federal government has been playing patty cake with our southern neighbor’s way to long in hopes they would fix the problem! Well guess what? They have not, not in the last 30 years and not in the next 30 years! Why should Mexico fix the program that allows them to discard the poorest of the poor, the least educated to come here to America and then send earnings back to Mexico in remittances! It would tear down the Mexican economy.

Over the years we have heard every agency, every president, every senator, every law enforcement agency tell us “We are working to secure the borders! Well, I think your time to “Secure our borders is UP”, YOU ARE FIRED for Failure to perform your duties.

Americans of all races, colors, religions need to wake up and make your voice heard! If they cannot hear you then you are not loud enough! This message has to hit these lackeys so hard they spin around. Our president (And I use OUR only in respect for the office) Must call in the troops and lots of them immediately! If the country thinks that the war in the Middle East is bad, how about the one going on right next door to us?

Mr. President, Mr. & Mrs. Senator, Mr. & Mrs. House of Rep. Governors, Mayors and all elected officials, WE ARE PLACEING YOU ON FORMAL NOTICE AS OF TODAY! PROTECT OUR COUNTRY OR YOU WILL END UP IN THE UNEMPLOYMENT LINE BEHIND US!

Signed: Mad as hell and not taking it anymore!

Another BP Agent Held in Prison!

May 8, 2011 Leave a comment

Agent Jesus Diaz facing 10+ years in prison for “pulling handcuffs” during arrest in Texas.
In what appears to be yet another case of the Mexican Government orchestrating a fake crime against one of their drug smuggling criminals hauling dope into the U.S., Border Patrol Agent Jesus Diaz, a 7-year Border Patrol veteran, was convicted in Federal Court on February 24 of one count of excessive force (under color of law) and 5 counts of lying to Internal Affairs. He is facing a maximum of 35 years in prison when he is sentenced in November. Meanwhile, he’s been in jail since the verdict nearly two months ago. He’s in solitary confinement 23 hours per day for his safety. So far, the judge has refused to allow bond while Diaz awaits sentencing.
This latest prosecution against a U.S. border agent stems from an October 2008 incident near the Rio Grande River in Eagle Pass, TX where Diaz and several other agents responded to illegal aliens who had crossed the river into Texas with bundles of drugs.
Agents apprehended the aliens and as Diaz was getting ready to put one of the aliens in the truck for transport, he allegedly pulled on his handcuffs, a common law enforcement technique to get suspects to cooperate. It was 1:30 in the morning and Diaz and the other agents were trying to find the drugs brought over by the suspects and determine if any other cartel smugglers were hiding in the bushes nearby. The suspect refused to answer their questions. They eventually found the drugs and all were taken to the station for processing.
Agent Diaz’ wife is also an agent, Field Operations Supervisor (FOS) Diana Diaz, and she is now speaking out about what she calls a travesty of justice. This case was brought by the infamous U.S. Attorney in West Texas, Johnny Sutton, known for his extremely aggressive and controversial prosecution of Ignacio Ramos and Jose Compean back in 2006. Sutton left office in 2009, but his chief deputy took over and prosecuted this case, once again at the demands of the Mexican Government.
Diaz was tried in September 2010, but the case ended in a mistrial. The DOJ tried the case again in February 2011 and this time they got their conviction, even though federal agent witnesses admitted they had lied to a grand jury. The judge did not allow the fact that they had committed perjury into the second trial.
Sources close to the case say there were numerous holes in the claims made by the illegal alien drug smuggler from the start. Photos taken at the Border Patrol station just after the incident show no bruising or injuries to the alleged “victim”, who was 16 at the time of the arrest.
Also, Agent Diaz was allowed to remain on duty with his weapon for over a year before the U.S. Attorney finally decided to bring charges.
The Mexican drug smuggler, who is now an adult, was given full immunity from all his crimes to testify against Diaz at trial. He is also now eligible for a free visa to come and go within the U.S. if he wants to.
“This case stinks in so many ways”, said Andy Ramirez, President of the Law Enforcement Officers Advocates Council. "We take very few border agent cases involving prosecution, but this one stuck out. We investigated it and found it to be one of the most egregious cases of prosecutorial abuse we’ve ever seen. 10 years in prison for lifting cuffs is outrageous and established a dangerous case law precedent that can be used against all law enforcement officers”, he said.
Ramirez recently interviewed Diana Diaz about her husband’s case and the injustice she has witnessed the past 2 1/2 years. The video of the interview is on the left.
Diana Diaz gave birth last month to a baby daughter and is now raising their four young children by herself, in addition to her continued duties with the Del Rio Border Patrol Sector. Jesus Diaz has yet to meet his now 6 week old daughter. Diana is hoping Congress will investigate this case and intervene, the way they did for Ramos & Compean. Diaz is seeking immediate bond for Jesus while he awaits sentencing, and a new, fair trial, in a district away from the Del Rio border region.
Mr. Ramirez is asking the public to contact their Members of Congress and ask them to look into this latest witch hunt by the Department of Justice.
http://www.examiner.com/immigration-policy-in-san-diego/another-border-agent-convicted-for-stopping-a-mexican-drug-smuggler

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