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  • Canadian smuggler with turtles in pants pleads guilty in US

    12/02/2015 6:06:10 PM PST · by ConservativeStatement · 38 replies
    Associated Press ^ | December 2, 2015
    ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) - A Canadian man caught at a border crossing with 51 turtles taped to his body pleaded guilty Tuesday to smuggling or attempting to smuggle more than 1,000 of the reptiles out of southeastern Michigan. Kai Xu, 27, would order turtles online and travel to the U.S. to pick them up and then ship them to China or return with them to Ontario, Canada. He pleaded guilty to six crimes in federal court in Ann Arbor and faces a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison.
  • US arrests man 'with uranium for Iran in shoes'

    08/24/2013 10:14:21 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 35 replies
    Yahoo! News ^ | 8/24/13 | AFP
    A man was arrested in New York City's international airport with uranium destined for Iran hidden in the soles of his shoes, the US Justice Department said. Patrick Campbell, 33, who was arrested Wednesday as he arrived at the John F Kennedy airport from Paris, is accused of trying to act as an intermediary to sell Iran 1,000 tons of purified uranium, in violation of US law. The Sierra Leone-based Campbell had been under surveillance since May 2012, when he responded to an ad on the site Alibaba.com by someone looking to buy uranium 308, or yellow cake. The buyer...
  • Two children facing deportation after being rescued in kidnapping

    09/23/2013 1:46:09 PM PDT · by moonshinner_09 · 13 replies
    Valleycentral.com ^ | 09.23.2013 | Action 4 News Staff
    Two children are facing deportation after they were kidnapped by their mother's boyfriend and rescued but authorities learned that they were in the United States illegally. Brownsville police arrested 31-year-old Luis Armando Avonce Hernandez at the Gateway International Bridge on Friday. Hernandez allegedly tried to cross into Mexico with four children under the age of 11. Investigators told Action 4 News that Hernandez was not the biological father to one of the children. Hernandez claimed that his live-in girlfriend had had left the children in the care of her brother and he did not agree with that, so he decided...
  • Traffic stop leads to discovery of undocumented aliens

    08/28/2013 6:57:58 AM PDT · by moonshinner_09 · 10 replies
    The Tribune-Star The Tribune Star ^ | August 28, 2013 | The Tribune-Star The Tribune Star
    CLOVERDALE — An Arizona man was jailed in Putnam County on Monday night after being stopped by Indiana State Police and found to be transporting six persons whom police described as illegal aliens. In a press release, ISP identified the driver as Luciano Cax Ortiz, 24, of Phoenix. Ortiz faces charges of transporting illegal aliens for gain, a class-A misdemeanor; harboring illegal aliens for gain, also a class-A misdemeanor; and operating without ever obtaining a license, a class-C misdemeanor.
  • Driver in fatal chase admitted to stealing Jeep

    08/15/2013 12:39:20 PM PDT · by moonshinner_09 · 5 replies
    .brownsvilleherald.com ^ | August 15, 2013 | Jared Taylor The Monitor
    McALLEN — The injured driver who faces six counts of murder when he’s released from the hospital was arrested last week on stolen vehicle and marijuana charges, jail booking records show. Hector Guadalupe Ramirez, 18, is set to face the six counts of murder after the Texas Department of Public Safety obtained a warrant for his arrest on Wednesday, the agency said in a statement. Monday’s chase was the second time in a week that the Roma man found himself behind the wheel of a stolen vehicle, authorities said. Mission police arrested Ramirez on Aug. 5 after he admitted to...
  • The Polonium Diversion

    12/27/2006 12:16:00 AM PST · by GodGunsGuts · 10 replies · 555+ views
    EdwardJayEpstein.com ^ | December 10, 2006 | Edward Jay Epstein
    The Polonium Diversion At least a dozen people have been contaminated by the rare radioactive isotope Polonium 210. The list includes Alexander Litvinenko, the ex-Lieutenant Colonel in the KGB who died from a dose of Polonium 210 in London on November 23rd; Andrei Lugovoi, a former colleague of Litvinenko in the KGB, who met with Litvinenko at the Pine bar of the Millennium Hotel in London the day he became ill, November 1st; Dmitry Lugovoi, Lugovoi’s business associate, who also attended that November 1st meetings; 7 employees of the Millennium Hotel; Mario Scaramella, an Italian security consultant, who dined with...
  • Police stationed along Texas border fight endless battle against drug trafficking

    11/17/2012 9:23:50 PM PST · by moonshinner_09 · 17 replies
    NBC33 TV ^ | November 17, 2012 | Robert Arnold
    Police stationed along Texas border fight endless battle against drug trafficking and human smuggling: NBC NATIONAL NEWS — Brooks County, Texas is a less than five-hour drive from Houston, but the rural community of just over 7,200 people is facing an overwhelming amount of crime. High-speed chases, smugglers and a rising body count has become a fact of life in a county made up largely of ranchers and farmers. "We have a lot to contend with," said Brooks County Chief Deputy Urbino Martinez. "It takes a toll." Houston's connection to this rise in crime can be clearly seen in the...
  • Man caught fitting 21 illegal aliens into van

    05/29/2012 7:06:34 PM PDT · by moonshinner_09 · 18 replies
    ValleyCentral.com ^ | 05.29.2012 | Brianna Vela
    A 22-year old was arrested after Border Patrol agents discovered he was trying to smuggle 21 people. On Sunday evening, Border Patrol received a call about a brown van that had been loading possible illegal aliens in Havana. The caller reported that multiple people were getting into the vehicle in a brushy area near Dehlia Street. Two agents responded to the area and saw the van at a nearby intersection off Expressway 83. As the patrol vehicle approached the van, it made a sudden lane change and darted off in the other direction. The van was weaving in and out...
  • Laredo man guilty of smuggling 100 aliens from numerous countries

    04/13/2012 8:47:36 PM PDT · by moonshinner_09 · 3 replies
    ValleyCentral.com ^ | April 13, 2012 | Brianna Vela
    After a three year investigative case and an arrest made in Spring 2011, a Laredo man was found guilty on smuggling 100 undocumented aliens. On Friday, the jury involved in the case, deemed Jose Rolando Ortiz responsible for transporting and harboring illegal immigrants and possession with the intent to distribute marijuana. Immigration and Customs Enforcement –Homeland Security Investigations (ICE-HSI), Border Patrol agents, a chemist and undocumented alien witnesses all gave testimonies during the trial. Some methods Ortiz utilized methods to transport the illegal aliens from Mexico, China, India and the Dominican Republic that endangered their lives. The 30-year-old did not...
  • Fleeing Illegal Aliens Shoot at Texas Troopers During Traffic Stop

    02/19/2012 11:21:27 AM PST · by montag813 · 11 replies · 2+ views
    Stand With Arizona ^ | 02-19-2012 | John Hill
    by John HillStand With Arizona Illegal aliens are increasingly battling police to avoid capture. Last week in Phoenix, 2 illegals fought with Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio's detectives after a traffic stop, to try and enable 10 additional illegals to escape into the desert. Last night near Premont, TX, one or more of a group of 15 illegal aliens in a van shot at a Texas DPS Trooper when the officer tried to stop their vehicle in a routine traffic stop on Highway 281, according to the Jim Wells County Sheriff's Office. After a short chase, the pursuit ended south...
  • Border Agent Sentenced to 2 Years for Abuse of Immigrant Who Claims he Received No Injuries

    10/27/2011 7:33:19 AM PDT · by Halfmanhalfamazing · 9 replies · 1+ views
    A U.S. Border Patrol agent has been sentenced to two years in prison for improperly handling a teenager he had handcuffed the boy, a smuggling suspect. Prosecutors claimed agent Jesus “Chito” Diaz was responsible for the bruises sustained by a 15-year-old boy during an October 2008 arrest near the Ro Grande in Texas. Diaz, 31, was charged with depriving the teenager of his constitutional right to be free from the use of unreasonable force when he lifted the boy improperly by his arms, and put his knee in his back. Diaz’s attorneys said that no injuries were sustained from a...
  • China Arrests Its Most-Wanted Fugitive After Canada Deports Him (8 co-conspirators already executed)

    07/24/2011 12:40:05 AM PDT · by LibWhacker · 10 replies
    NY Times ^ | 7/23/11 | IAN JOHNSON and MICHAEL WINES
    BEIJING — In a closely watched case that could affect Chinese citizens in other Western countries, state security officials arrested China’s most-wanted fugitive on Saturday after Canadian authorities deported him, ending more than a decade of attempts to escape imprisonment here. The former fugitive, Lai Changxing, 53, is suspected of leading a corruption ring that caused a major government upheaval in the late 1990s, touching the man widely expected to be chosen next year to lead China, Vice President Xi Jinping. Mr. Lai is accused of overseeing a smuggling ring from Xiamen, a coastal city opposite Taiwan, that netted as...
  • Swedes, Norwegians pounce on Chinese garlic smuggler (charged w/illegal import of 28 tons into EU)

    07/07/2010 9:05:28 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 10 replies
    Reuters on Yahoo ^ | 7/7/10 | Reuters
    BRUSSELS (Reuters) – Nordic customs officials have arrested a truck driver after he tried to illegally import 28 tons of Chinese garlic into the European Union. The driver was intercepted last month as he drove the pungent truckload from Norway, which is outside the EU and where garlic is exempt from customs' duties, into Sweden, where garlic is subject to a 9.6 percent EU-wide duty. Smuggling of cheaply produced Chinese garlic into the EU is on the rise, with around 1,200 tons brought into the 27-nation bloc via Norway since 2009, according to the European Anti-Fraud Office, known as OLAF.
  • Pinal Sheriff: Dying smuggler talked of deputy's shooting

    06/11/2010 6:56:48 PM PDT · by SandRat · 15 replies · 617+ views
    Arizona Daily Star ^ | Tim Steller
    During a 911 call Sunday, a wounded smuggler revealed tantalizing familiarity with the shooting of a Pinal County Sheriff’s deputy, the sheriff said Friday. The caller — suspected of being a smuggler because he had strap marks on his shoulders — called 911 Sunday evening after he and a partner were shot while walking up a smuggling trail in southwestern Pinal County. He and the partner died in a remote area before officers could find him. While trying to explain his location to a dispatcher the suspected smuggler said in Spanish he was “Right here where they shot the sheriff.”...
  • Laredo border agents bust fake deputy, find (1000 pounds of) pot in truck

    06/02/2010 1:30:53 PM PDT · by a fool in paradise · 1 replies · 342+ views
    HOUSTON CHRONICLE ^ | June 1, 2010, 9:20PM | DANE SCHILLER
    ...Drug traffickers are getting so much bolder and creative that a man recently was snared in South Texas dressed as a sheriff's deputy and driving a pickup outfitted with emergency lights and painted to look convincingly official. ...The truck caught the attention of border agents last week who noticed the decals were a bit different than those used on the Webb County Sheriff's Office vehicles, said Jason Darling, spokesman for the Border Patrol's Laredo Sector. “There were subtle differences,” Darling said. “They were able to take one look at it and know something was out of place.” Stuffed in the...
  • Iraqi Forces Wound Terror Suspect, Arrest Smuggler

    09/04/2009 4:47:54 PM PDT · by SandRat · 1 replies · 284+ views
    WASHINGTON, Sept. 4, 2009 – Iraqi forces, working with U.S. advisors, wounded and captured a suspected terrorist and arrested an alleged weapons smuggler in recent operations, military officials reported. Elements of the Iraqi special operations forces detained a suspected terrorist who was wanted for engaging in sectarian violence in Baghdad yesterday. He was armed with an AK-47 assault rifle, and when approached the Iraqi soldiers with the intent to fire, they shot and wounded him. The elite counter-terrorism force was operating under the authority of a warrant issued by the Central Investigative Court of Karkh. Iraqi soldiers rendered medical aid...
  • Alleged Drug Dealer "Holds Out" for 17 Days

    08/11/2009 9:08:42 PM PDT · by neverhome · 9 replies · 655+ views
    Western Telegraph ^ | 08.11.09 | Uncredited
    An alleged drugs dealer appeared in court on Friday after "holding out" for more than two weeks before finally going to the toilet. Damien Ankrah, aged 27, was arrested on July 13 on suspicion of transporting heroin by placing the drugs in a condom and swallowing them. But it was almost August before he went to the toilet and police had to use new legislation to get the evidence. The exceptional effort led Dyfed-Powys Police to warn drugs dealers not to try the same thing. Ankrah was arrested in Haverfordwest and detained at Pembroke Dock police station, where officers told...
  • Mexico: Almost 1 ton of cocaine found in sharks

    06/18/2009 3:55:56 PM PDT · by cups · 14 replies · 1,321+ views
    MEXICO CITY — Mexico says it found nearly one ton of cocaine hidden inside frozen shark carcasses. Prosecutors says hundreds of packages stuffed in the bellies of dozens of dead sharks seized in the Gulf port of Progreso contained 1,965 pounds (893 kilograms) of cocaine. The Attorney General's Office says the sharks were found in two containers on Tuesday. The containers had been shipped from Costa Rica. There was no immediate information on its intended destination.
  • PHOTO: Smuggler Caught With 14 Birds in Pants

    05/11/2009 7:51:34 PM PDT · by JoeProBono · 41 replies · 1,264+ views
    nationalgeographic ^ | May 11, 2009
    Given away by bird poop on his socks, fancy pants here was charged Tuesday in California with smuggling exotic Asian songbirds from Vietnam into the United States by strapping them onto his legs. Droppings on Sony Dong's socks and feathers peeking out from under a pant leg tipped off a Los Angeles International Airport inspector in March, who arrested the 46-year-old. Dong wore an elaborate set of leggings with buttoned cloth wrappings, which held more than a dozen birds (pictured), the Associated Press reported. Inspectors had flagged Dong for inspection because he had abandoned a suitcase of 18 birds in...
  • Smuggler's Plot For The Birds

    05/06/2009 11:11:03 AM PDT · by Ben Mugged · 6 replies · 547+ views
    The Smoking Gun ^ | 5 May 2009 | Unattributed
    Two California men were indicted today on federal charges that they illegally smuggled Asian songbirds into the country, most recently last month when one of the defendants, returning from a trip to Vietnam, was found with 14 live birds strapped to his legs. As seen in the below evidence photo, Customs and Border Protection (CBP) agents at Los Angeles International Airport discovered the birds under the pants of Sony Dong. According to a Department of Justice press release, CBP agents inspected Dong and "found bird feathers and droppings on his socks, as well as birds' tail feathers visible under his...
  • U.S. smooths away an illegal border crossing wrinkle[Smuggler's Gulch near San Diego]

    01/05/2009 8:51:05 AM PST · by BGHater · 15 replies · 1,264+ views
    LA Times ^ | 04 Jan 2009 | Richard Marosi
    A massive earth-moving project is transforming Smuggler's Gulch near San Diego from a narrow canyon used by cattle thieves, bandits and illegal immigrants into a plugged breach. Reporting from San Diego -- Smuggler's Gulch lived up to its infamous name. For a century, the narrow canyon leading into California from Mexico provided cover for cattle thieves and opium dealers, bandits and booze runners. More recently, it has hidden thousands of illegal immigrants on their journey north, sealing its place in border lore. Now, it's a fading memory. The canyon has been all but wiped off the landscape, its steep walls...
  • Border watcher says man drove truck at him

    06/07/2008 10:18:12 AM PDT · by SandRat · 4 replies · 120+ views
    BISBEE — An employee of American Border Patrol, a non-governmental organization, was threatened on Thursday by a suspected smuggler near the U.S.-Mexico border near Palominas. At about 2:15 p.m. Thursday, Mike Christie was driving a quad on the group’s ranch toward Border Monument Road on his way to Highway 92. Christie saw a white pickup truck heading north and he suspected the driver was involved in nefarious activity. “As he approached it, the fellow turned around and went back to the border,” said Glenn Spencer, president of American Border Patrol. A short time later, the man revved the engine of...
  • AZ: Migrant smuggler gets life for deadly U.S. crash

    05/08/2008 9:24:50 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 5 replies · 167+ views
    Reuters on Yahoo ^ | 5/8/08 | David Schwartz
    PHOENIX (Reuters) - A Mexican smuggler responsible for an accident that killed 10 illegal immigrants in the Arizona desert two years ago was sentenced on Thursday to life in prison. Adan Pineda-Doval, 22, received the maximum sentence from Judge Stephen McNamee for the deadly incident in which he flipped over a vehicle packed with illegal immigrants while trying to flee Border Patrol agents near Yuma, Arizona. In October, Pineda-Doval was convicted of 10 counts of transporting illegal immigrants resulting in death, one count of placing lives in jeopardy and one count of re-entry after deportation. "This incident speaks to the...
  • CA: Suspected migrant smuggler shot by border agents (his leg wound was deemed not life-threatening)

    02/13/2008 10:37:55 AM PST · by NormsRevenge · 16 replies · 173+ views
    San Diego Union - Tribune ^ | 2/13/08 | Greg Gross
    SAN DIEGO – Border Patrol agents shot a suspected migrant smuggler early Wednesday in a predawn raid on a San Ysidro motel. The injured man was hit in the leg, police said. He was taken to a San Diego hospital where his wound was deemed not life-threatening. The incident began shortly after 3:30 a.m. when several uniformed Border Patrol agents entered Room 252 of the Economy Inn on Via de San Ysidro off Interstate 5, said San Diego police Capt. Cesar Solis. That's where they confronted two Latino men, one of whom was known to have a history of immigrant...
  • Irish woman, daughter stuck in Gaza [Breathtaking Stupidity Alert]

    02/06/2008 11:56:57 AM PST · by Alouette · 70 replies · 273+ views
    AP ^ | Feb. 6, 2008
    GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip - An Irish woman who crossed a breached border into Gaza with her daughter said Wednesday that border guards were preventing them from returning to Egypt. Treasa Ni Cheannabhain said she and her daughter, an Egyptian national, entered Gaza on Saturday, more than a week after Hamas militants knocked down the border wall. As hundreds of thousands of Palestinians flooded into Egypt, Ni Cheannabhain, 56, said she sneaked into Gaza with her 19-year-old daughter, Naisrin el-Safty, to distribute money to needy Gazans. Egyptian guards resealed the border Sunday, ending the 12-day breach. Ni Cheannabhain said she...
  • ‘Operation Varsity March’ Nets al Qaida Weapons Smuggler

    11/27/2007 4:39:54 PM PST · by SandRat · 2 replies · 147+ views
    FORWARD OPERATING BASE HAMMER — Soldiers from Company B, 1st Battalion, 15th Infantry Regiment, captured 13 suspected insurgents during a nighttime air assault mission in Sayafiyah, a small village outside of Salman Pak, Nov. 24. One of the detainees was a high value individual (HVI), who was a member of al-Qaida in Iraq wanted for weapons smuggling and financing attacks on Coalition forces in Salman Pak and Al Ja’ara. “According to our intelligence, the insurgent we apprehended was an expert bomb maker and VBID (vehicle borne improvised explosive device) maker,” said 1st Lt. Matthew Barwick, from Lanham, Md., fire support...
  • Drug smuggler shot by agents makes court appearance

    11/16/2007 11:54:45 PM PST · by Tennessee Nana · 43 replies · 744+ views
    Houston Chronicle ^ | Nov. 16, 2007 | Alicia A Caldwell, AP
    If convicted of the marijuana-related charges, he faces up to 40 years in prison EL PASO — An admitted Mexican drug smuggler shot by a pair of U.S. Border Patrol agents who were convicted in the shooting made his first appearance on marijuana charges Friday in federal court. Handcuffed and wearing a bulletproof vest, Osvaldo Aldrete Davila was escorted to the federal courthouse Friday by two U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration agents. He declined to speak with reporters as he walked the short distance from the jail and did not speak in court except to acknowledge that he understood the charges....
  • Iraq Operations Net Suspected Weapons Smuggler

    07/28/2007 12:47:20 PM PDT · by SandRat · 1 replies · 158+ views
    WASHINGTON, July 27, 2007 – Coalition forces captured four suspected terrorists believed to receive support from within Iran in a pre-dawn raid in a village in Iraq’s Diyala province today. One of the four is a highly sought operative believed to be a senior leader in a weapons-smuggling network, military officials reported. The captured terrorists are suspected of facilitating the transport of weapons and personnel from Iran into Iraq. They are also believed to have facilitated the flow of deadly, armor-piercing explosively formed projectiles to be used against coalition forces. "Coalition troops remain relentless in our pursuit of those terrorists...
  • Mexico denies drug suspect's allegations [Chinese importer]

    07/02/2007 6:46:56 AM PDT · by SwinneySwitch · 10 replies · 1,040+ views
    Houston Chronicle/AP ^ | July 2, 2007 | MARK STEVENSON and MICHAEL RUBINKAM
    MEXICO CITY — It was the largest seizure of cash in the history of drug enforcement: $207 million, mostly in crisp $100 bills, stuffed into walls, closets and suitcases in the Mexico City home of a Chinese-born businessman. Zhenli Ye Gon told The Associated Press that most of the money belonged to Mexico's ruling party. He said party officials delivered it last summer in duffel bags stuffed with $5 million apiece and threatened to kill him unless he guarded their cash. In a statement Sunday night, the Mexican government called his tale "a perverse blackmail attempt" aimed at getting himself...
  • Iraq raid nabs al-Qaida smuggler

    04/21/2007 10:02:42 AM PDT · by do the dhue · 10 replies · 691+ views
    UPI ^ | 4/21/07 | UPI
    Iraq raid nabs al-Qaida smuggler BAGHDAD April 21 (UPI) -- Iraqi forces reportedly captured a reputed al-Qaida commander in a raid in Nineveh Province, the Multi National Forces headquarters announced Saturday. The identity of the high-value prisoner was not released but he was described as a mid-level al-Qaida member involved in smuggling insurgents into Iraq from Syria. The MNF said the capture was made Friday in the village of Fadiliyah by Iraqi forces who swept in by air early in the morning. There was some resistance from a sentry; however, he was wounded and captured. Elsewhere in Iraq, the MNF...
  • Mexican smuggler given 19-year sentence

    12/16/2006 10:16:54 AM PST · by NormsRevenge · 13 replies · 610+ views
    A Mexican man who led authorities on a high-speed chase in an SUV hauling illegal immigrants and nearly 700 pounds of marijuana was sentenced to more than 19 years in state prison. Jovanni Mendoza, 26, of Tijuana, was sentenced Friday in federal court. He was convicted earlier this year of 10 felony counts of smuggling aliens and drugs. More than two dozen U.S. Border Patrol agents showed up in court to urge a stiff sentence for Mendoza, saying he was suspected of making many dangerous, high-speed runs in San Diego County during his decade-long smuggling career. Mendoza had at least...
  • Man gets prison for nuclear hoax

    09/30/2006 7:40:48 AM PDT · by RS · 8 replies · 437+ views
    San Diego Union Tribune ^ | September 30, 2006 | Onell R. Soto
    A Mexican drug addict who smuggled immigrants was sentenced to three years in prison yesterday for triggering a hoax that prompted a national security alert, a coast-to-coast manhunt and fears that terrorists would detonate a nuclear bomb in Boston. José Ernesto Beltran Quiñonez, 34, apologized in San Diego federal court during the sentencing for falsely telling a 911 operator in January 2005 that two Iraqi men and four Chinese chemists were awaiting an atomic bomb.
  • Immigrant smuggler gets 15-year sentence

    08/28/2006 7:54:29 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 6 replies · 387+ views
    SAN DIEGO – The leader of a ring responsible for smuggling more than 100 undocumented immigrants into the United States through San Diego's East County was sentenced Monday to 15 years and eight months in federal prison. Armando Rangel-Rodriguez was convicted March 17 on 10 counts of bringing in illegal aliens for financial gain. He was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Thomas Whelan. According to court documents, Rangel-Rodriguez's arrest was the result of an in-depth investigation by the Border Patrol into alien smuggling in the Jacumba and Boulevard areas of San Diego County. At least nine drivers who smuggled aliens...
  • House committee: Agents' convictions warrant review (BP Agents)

    08/18/2006 10:05:05 AM PDT · by radar101 · 10 replies · 680+ views
    San Bernardino Sun ^ | 18 AUG 2006 | Sara Carter !
    The House Judiciary Committee on Thursday called for congressional hearings and an investigation into the case of two Border Patrol agents convicted of violating an alleged drug smuggler's civil rights. Committee members asked for the investigation during a House field hearing about border security and immigration in El Paso, Texas, after Andy Ramirez, chairman of the Chino-based Friends of the Border Patrol, presented his opening statement, which included the agents' story. Family members of Ignacio Ramos and Jose Alonso Compean, the convicted agents, attended the hearing. The agents, who are free pending their sentencing hearings in September, were not...
  • Woman Blames Border Patrol For Near-Fatal Crash

    06/17/2006 6:59:36 AM PDT · by Millicent_Hornswaggle · 19 replies · 1,123+ views
    www.10news.com ^ | June 17, 2006
    A head-on collision between a Dulzura woman and a suspected migrant smuggler landed the woman in the hospital. But instead of blaming the smuggler for her troubles, the woman said it is the Border Patrol’s fault. Yolanda Jaco was on her way home from work on Tuesday night when the crash happened. As she drove past Jamul eastbound on Highway 94 -- just minutes from her home in Dulzura -- she said saw the headlights coming at her. The next thing Jaco remembered, she said, was being in a lot of pain and Border Patrol agents screaming at a suspected...
  • July 1st Nationwide Rally and Boycott to Stop Illegal Immigration

    06/05/2006 2:35:25 AM PDT · by michellena · 10 replies · 889+ views
    U.S.A. Citizen Day ^ | 6/1/2006 | Citizen Day
    Nationwide Rally to Stop Illegal Immigration on Saturday, July 1st, at noon, at every City HallOn May 1st - Million of Illegal Aliens Marched in our StreetsTwelve million illegal aliens demonstrated their political power, and declared May 1st to be A Day Without Undocumented Workers ( illegal aliens ). They boycotted the USA, all US businesses and institutions. Millions of them marched in our streets, carried Mexican flags, shouted "Si se puede!", and demanded new laws from our Congress. On July 1st - U.S. Citizens Nationwide Rally and BoycottRally to stop the invasion by millions of illegal aliens. 1-Day boycott...
  • <b>USA Citizens Day - July 1st Rally to Stop Illegal Immigration</b>

    05/24/2006 2:27:38 PM PDT · by Angelina211 · 5 replies · 845+ views
    CitizenDay.net ^ | 5/23/2006 | CitizenDay
    USA Citizens Day - July 1st Immigration Control Rally Nationwide Rally on Saturday, July 1st, at noon, at your City HallMay 1st - Million of Illegal Aliens Marched in our StreetsTwelve million illegal aliens demonstrated their political power, and declared May 1st to be A Day Without Undocumented Workers ( illegal aliens ). They boycotted the USA, all US businesses and institutions. Millions of them marched in our streets, carried Mexican flags, shouted "Si se puede!", and demanded new laws from our Congress. July 1st - U.S. Citizens Nationwide Rally for Immigration ControlRally to stop our continuous invasion by...
  • Immigrant smuggler convicted in fatal SoCal car chase(again,re-tried after appeals court reversal)

    04/25/2006 7:49:54 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 6 replies · 550+ views
    An immigrant smuggler was convicted Tuesday of causing the deaths of three passengers in a June 2003 crash while fleeing authorities. A jury deliberated for nearly six hours before finding Antonio Sanchez, 30, guilty on three counts of second-degree murder. Sanchez, a Mexican citizen, was retried for speeding away from the California Highway Patrol on state Route 78 near Borrego Springs, killing a woman and two men he was trying to smuggle into the country. He was originally convicted in March 2004 on similar charges and sentenced to 53 years to life in prison. But a state appellate court reversed...
  • Smugglers welcome tighter borders (barfer)

    04/06/2006 7:11:05 AM PDT · by PissAndVinegar · 6 replies · 253+ views
    CNN ^ | April 5, 2006; | No one owns up to it..
    DOLORES HIDALGO, Mexico (AP) -- Barely 18, Jose belongs to Mexico's new generation of migrant smugglers -- young, savvy and happy to see Uncle Sam further tighten border security. Why? It's good for business, he says. Jose figures more migrants will seek his help if the U.S. Senate approves legislation to double the Border Patrol and put up a virtual wall of unmanned vehicles, cameras and sensors to monitor the 2,000-mile border with Mexico. Cases are coming to light of smugglers making $1 million or more. And Jose reckons the earnings will rise yet higher if new obstacles go up....
  • Judge: Illegal Alien Border Agent a 'Flight Risk'

    08/11/2005 9:57:16 AM PDT · by Types_with_Fist · 17 replies · 445+ views
    San Diego Union Tribune ^ | August, 11, 2005
    A former Border Patrol agent who is accused of being an illegal immigrant and also is accused of helping to smuggle illegal immigrants into the United States from Mexico has been deemed a flight risk and will be held without bail, a federal judge ruled today. Magistrate Judge Anthony Battaglia ruled that Oscar Antonio Ortiz, 28, is an illegal immigrant himself, and no amount of bail could ensure his return to court, reports The San Diego Union-Tribune. Battaglia also said, "the temptation for Ortiz to flee to his Native Mexico is strong."
  • Bad Hair-o-in Day - Smuggler fails to get drugs past customs

    08/08/2005 7:02:23 AM PDT · by Loud Mime · 13 replies · 631+ views
    Channel 5 News San Francisco ^ | 8/5/2005 | CBS 5 News
    CBS 5) It was the ultimate bad hair day for a would-be drug smuggler. Investigators say a bad toupe tipped them off to more than $100,000 worth of heroin hidden underneath -- superglued to the man's head. Customs and border protection officers say the man, arriving on a flight from Columbia, glued 40 packets of heroin to his head. "Because he used superglue, they took him to a medical facility to have it removed," said Officer Jennifer Conners. "Even at that, it pulled out the hair wherever they removed a package, so he ended up looking like a spotted cat."...
  • Ultimate Bad Hair Day For Would-Be Drug Smuggler (drug runner uses head but not for thinking)

    08/06/2005 8:40:14 AM PDT · by Cowman · 8 replies · 354+ views
    CBS 5 ^ | Aug 5, 2005
    It was the ultimate bad hair day for a would-be drug smuggler. Investigators say a bad toupe tipped them off to more than $100,000 worth of heroin hidden underneath -- superglued to the man's head. Customs and border protection officers say the man, arriving on a flight from Columbia, glued 40 packets of heroin to his head. "Because he used superglue, they took him to a medical facility to have it removed," said Officer Jennifer Conners. "Even at that, it pulled out the hair wherever they removed a package, so he ended up looking like a spotted cat." Agents said...
  • CA: Border agent said to also be smuggler

    08/05/2005 8:17:18 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 20 replies · 598+ views
    San Diego Union -Tribune ^ | 8/5/05 | Onell R. Soto and Leslie Berestein
    A Mexican man who used a fake U.S. birth certificate to get into the Border Patrol was helping to smuggle illegal immigrants, authorities said yesterday. Oscar Antonio Ortiz, 28, an El Cajon-based Border Patrol agent on administrative leave, was arrested yesterday and charged in San Diego federal court with falsely claiming to be a U.S. citizen. He also is charged with conspiring with another Border Patrol agent to smuggle immigrants and is scheduled to be arraigned in U.S. District Court this morning. There is no indication in court records that the other agent, who was not identified, has been arrested....
  • Feds bust girl-smuggling ring in Jersey - All were smuggled from South America

    07/23/2005 7:23:05 PM PDT · by Happy2BMe · 40 replies · 1,791+ views
    Feds bust girl-smuggling ring in Jersey By LEO STANDORADAILY NEWS STAFF WRITER An international ring smuggled girls as young as 14 into the U.S. from Honduras and forced them to work as virtual slaves in New Jersey bars - and endure brutal beatings if they protested, authorities said yesterday. Some of the girls were raped by smugglers and those who became pregnant were forced to take abortion drugs so they could stay on the job, prosecutors said. "This was inhumane and sadistic treatment of young women who were kept as virtual slaves," said Newark U.S. Attorney Christopher Christie. "These are...
  • Suspected gang member, kidnapper arrested (Mexico, El Salvador,Central America)

    03/01/2005 9:27:06 AM PST · by SwinneySwitch · 7 replies · 495+ views
    The Brownsville Herald ^ | March 1, 2005 | Sergio Chapa
    MATAMOROS, March 1, 2005 — An El Salvador man remained in federal custody Monday after he allegedly kidnapped his 22-month-old son from Houston and then tried to smuggle three Central American immigrants into the United States last week. Mexican authorities said they arrested Fredy Antonio Fuentes Gutierrez, 29, Thursday after they received information that he was staying in the area. Fuentes allegedly kidnapped his son from his mother Brenda Alvarez in Houston and took him to Mexico last week. Alvarez could not be reached for comment Monday. Houston area law enforcement officials could not confirm the kidnapping report at press...
  • Mexican man indicted on smuggling charges

    02/11/2005 4:34:34 PM PST · by SandRat · 19 replies · 496+ views
    TUCSON - A Mexican national has been indicted by a federal grand jury for allegedly smuggled illegal immigrants into the United States. If convicted, he could spend the rest of his life in prison. Jorge Ayala Guardarrama-Ascuncion, also known as Jorge Ayala-de Ascuncion, was indicted on 15 counts on Wednesday, according to a U.S. Attorney for Arizona press release on Thursday. The 31-year-old man from Estapa del la Sal, Mexico, was allegedly part of an illegal immigrant smuggling operation. He allegedly brought 13 illegal immigrants into the United States, putting them and himself in a truck. According to the government's...
  • No takers for smuggler's tale

    02/04/2005 1:23:43 PM PST · by Red Badger · 6 replies · 285+ views
    Aftenposten - Norway ^ | 03 Feb 2005 | Johnathan Tisdall
    A Pole caught carrying five kilos (11 lbs) of amphetamines at the Norwegian border failed to convince a court that he had been summoned to Norway to donate sperm. The man was stopped at Svinesund on the Swedish-Norwegian border during a spot customs check of a passenger bus last May, NRK (Norwegian Broadcasting) reports. Customs officials found five kilos of amphetamines in his luggage and his fingerprints on the packaging the drugs were in. The man's story was that he had come to Norway to donate sperm to a Norwegian couple that he had met via the Internet. They had...
  • Smugglers getting sneakier. New ways to move contraband become more, more creative

    12/26/2004 7:17:16 AM PST · by SandRat · 18 replies · 1,670+ views
    Arizona Daily Star ^ | 12/26/04 | Michael Marizco
    The arrest this month of two Tucson men on charges of smuggling marijuana inside coffins isn't the first time traffickers have used strange methods to try to get their drug loads into and through the United States - nor will it be the last. Officials have had little to say about their investigation into the recent coffin case. Robert Dean Harper and Timothy Gavin Hynd face charges in connection with the smuggling of 610 pounds of marijuana through Oklahoma, where they were stopped by the state Highway Patrol on Dec. 10. Both men, who told investigators they were working for...
  • Truck-death judge threatens prosecutor over Ashcroft letter

    12/17/2004 3:09:30 PM PST · by Orange1998 · 75 replies · 1,352+ views
    Truck-death judge threatens prosecutor over Ashcroft letter By HARVEY RICE Copyright 2004 Houston Chronicle A federal judge today threatened to hold a prosecutor in contempt if he failed to get a letter from U.S. Attorney General John Ashcroft by the end of the day stating his refusal to explain why the only death penalty ever sought in an immigrant smuggling case is against a black man. U.S. District Judge Vanessa Gilmore made the threat after Assistant U.S. Attorney Tony Roberts told her that Ashcroft was refusing to release information on how the Justice Department determined it would seek the death...
  • Colombian Airport Police Find $47,500 Cash Inside Passenger's Stomach

    07/12/2004 9:44:27 PM PDT · by ijcr · 21 replies · 621+ views
    AP ^ | Jul 12, 2004 | AP
    BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) - A suspect swallowed nearly $50,000 in cash in a failed attempt to smuggle the funds out of Colombia, officials said Monday. Bogota airport police said they X-rayed the suspect because he was acting nervous while preparing to board a flight for Lima, Peru. The photo showed dozens of latex-wrapped packets inside his stomach and police assumed it was drugs, since such a smuggling technique is used by traffickers. But as the suspect passed the packages from his body, police discovered they were filled with cash - $47,500. "We find drugs inside the stomachs of smugglers all...