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  • McAllen kidnapping linked to immigrant smuggling operation

    10/28/2013 2:32:16 PM PDT · by moonshinner_09
    valleycentral.com ^ | oce 28,2013 | Sergio Chapa
    A woman is safe after escaping from a group of illegal immigrant smugglers who had kidnapped her from outside a hotel in McAllen. McAllen police arrested 27-year-old Daniella Marie Hinojosa on an aggravated kidnapping charge on Friday. Investigators told Action 4 News that Hinojosa participated in the October 12th kidnapping of a woman outside a hotel on the 1300 block of South 9th Street. Officers were called to the hotel for a disturbance where they learned a woman had been pulled by the hair and taken by force. Court records show that the woman was bound and gagged with black...
  • Maricopa County halts smuggling prosecutions

    09/30/2013 3:43:47 PM PDT · by moonshinner_09 · 8 replies
    myfoxphoenix.com ^ | Sep 30, 2013 | PAUL DAVENPORT
    PHOENIX (AP) -- Arizona's most populous county halted prosecutions of both smugglers and those being smuggled on Monday.
  • OUTRAGE: Georgia Police Chief Suspended Without Pay Just for Visiting Sheriff Joe Arpaio

    09/12/2013 7:15:57 PM PDT · by montag813 · 45 replies
    Stand With Arizona ^ | 09-13-2013 | John Hill
    Above: Sheriff Joe Arpaio and Chief Doug Jordan meet in Phoenix.- Unbelievable! The Grantville, Georgia Police Chief has been suspended for a week - without pay - merely for visiting Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio during his vacation. Chief Doug Jordan and his wife planned a recent trip to Arizona to celebrate their wedding anniversary. They had honeymooned there 31 years ago. They paid for the trip and its expenses themselves. While there, Jordan thought it would be a great idea to see if he could meet with Arpaio. He was honored when Arpaio agreed to do so.“I meet with...
  • 5 Charged in Human Smuggling Operation ( with video )

    09/11/2013 9:02:29 PM PDT · by moonshinner_09 · 3 replies
    .krgv.com ^ | Sep 11, 2013 7 | KRGV
    EDINBURG - Five Mexican nationals were arrested after authorities raided two houses Monday night in Edinburg. Border Patrol agents arrested 150 illegal immigrants at the houses near Juan and Efrain streets. Officials said the five Mexican nationals were in charge of the smuggling operation. Federal officials said the men would extort money out of the illegal immigrants. They said the men kidnapped one woman at gunpoint and demanded a ransom for her release. The woman was released, but she began helping the smugglers run the stash houses.
  • More than 120 immigrants found crammed into Edinburg home

    09/10/2013 8:27:02 AM PDT · by moonshinner_09 · 13 replies
    Valleycentral.com ^ | Sep 10, 2013 | Elizabeth Espinosa
    An ongoing investigation lead authorities to an Edinburg home with more than 120 undocumented immigrants crammed inside. The Border Patrol’s Fraud, Intelligence, Smuggling and Terrorism (FIST) team approached a home off Efrain Street based on a tip. Investigators received information that the home was being used to harbor undocumented immigrants. Border Patrol regional spokesman Henry Mendiola told Action 4 News that the agents conducted a consensual search of the home. Details on the incident were not immediately released but more than 120 immigrants were found inside. Action 4 News will bring you more on this story as it develops
  • Indonesia eel hot item for smugglers (Japan)

    07/30/2013 1:24:24 AM PDT · by TexGrill · 1 replies
    Japan Times ^ | 07/29/2013 | Christine T. Jandraningsihi
    PALABUHANRATU, INDONESIA – Japan is steeped in century-old rituals where people traditionally eat grilled freshwater eel on “doyo no ushi no hi,” the day customarily dedicated to eating eel. Eel day fell on July 22 this year, but concern over dwindling stocks in Japan is growing, with other countries in the region reporting a similar trend. Continued demand for juvenile eel has led to an increase in the smuggling of glass eel from Indonesia to Japan and China, prompting Jakarta to toughen regulations. In Japan, eel is commonly eaten in the summer but is also the main ingredient in several...
  • Neighbors worried about illegal immigrant camp in Edinburg ...

    06/26/2013 7:21:54 PM PDT · by moonshinner_09 · 9 replies
    valleycentral.com ^ | June 26,2014. | Action 4 News Staff
    Over 60 undocumented immigrants are in federal custody after being caught this afternoon by Border Patrol agents The 63 immigrants were detained just north of Mission. The stash house was found by local and federal authorities working together on Taylor and 6 Mile Line. Border Patrol said an investigation from a previous smuggling case lead them to this bust. San Juan police assisted the agents around noon when they found the immigrants packed inside a house. Two of the people detained are persons of interest, meaning they could be smugglers themselves. Authorities the condition of the stash house was better...
  • Federal agents rescue 3 Washington-bound immigrants from smugglers

    05/16/2013 3:43:57 PM PDT · by moonshinner_09
    SEATTLEPI.COM ^ | May 16, 2013 | LEVI PULKKINEN
    Three accused people smugglers now face federal hostage-taking charges after they were caught holding Washington-bound immigrants for ransom, a Homeland Security Investigations spokesman announced Thursday. Federal investigators contend Espiridion Pablo-Madrigal, 34, Abel Donce de la Torre-Gonzalez, 32, and Luis Bretado-Aragon, 19, are accused of holding three immigrants hostage in a “drop house” in Phoenix, Ariz. A department spokesman said the kidnappers threatened to kill their hostages if the victims’ family didn’t pay. Homeland Security Investigations agents learned of the house on May 13, after a caller contacted HSI Seattle to report the kidnapping. HSI agents in Phoenix then worked around...
  • Deer hunter spots possible border crossers

    12/14/2012 4:44:47 PM PST · by SandRat · 24 replies
    Sierra Vista Herald ^ | Adam Curtis
    SIERRA VISTA— More than two dozen illegal immigrants were picked up by the U.S. Border Patrol after being discovered by a deer hunter on Friday morning. Gary Lium said he was out hunting in the mountains behind Fort Huachuca when he noticed a lot of footprints. Down the road he said he ran into a large group of people in wet clothes and tennis shoes who were obviously freezing. After Lium called them in at about 10 a.m., Tucson Sector Border Patrol agents searched the area and were able to locate about 27 men, women and children, said Brent Cagen,...
  • Woman allegedly paid $1,500 dollars to smuggle children

    11/14/2012 5:58:20 PM PST · by moonshinner_09 · 11 replies
    Valley Central.com ^ | November 14, 2012 | Sergio Chapa
    Four women are facing criminal charges after one of them allegedly received $1,500 dollars to smuggle two children and take them to Houston. U.S. Border Patrol agents arrested Lizeth De Leon, Herlinda Martinez, Janell Martinez and Juanita Martinez on Sunday.
  • Illegal Entry the Only Option for Many Immigrants

    10/19/2012 7:17:26 PM PDT · by moonshinner_09 · 36 replies
    KRGV.com ^ | Oct 19, 2012 | KRGV.com
    WESLACO - Illegal entry into the United States is the only option for many who seek to escape poverty and violence, experts said. Immigrants put their money, trust and ultimately their lives in the hands of human smugglers. Some of those smugglers are not old enough to hold a driver's license. One of those smugglers is accused of crashing a van loaded with 17 illegal immigrants near Palmview. Life ended for nine of those immigrants. "These smugglers are ruthless people," Border Patrol Spokesman Henry Mendiola said. Mendiola is familiar with the carnage left behind by some of the human smugglers....
  • 4 arrested in ransom of illegal immigrants

    09/25/2012 7:22:03 PM PDT · by moonshinner_09 · 5 replies
    The Houston Chronicle ^ | September 25, 2012 | Susan Carroll
    Four smuggling suspects were arrested in connection with the ransom of a 17-year-old Nicaraguan girl and a related raid last week that netted more than 80 suspected illegal immigrants, authorities said. A criminal complaint charges Luis Trejo-Onofre, 30, Jose Santos-Solorzano, 24, Jose Victor Perez-Olivas, 42, and Gumecindo Jaime-Martinez, 37, with harboring, transporting and conspiracy to harbor and transport illegal immigrants, records show. The men, all Mexican citizens, are scheduled to appear in federal court Wednesday
  • Teen immigrant held for more money found safe

    09/20/2012 9:09:21 AM PDT · by moonshinner_09 · 3 replies
    Houston Chronicle ^ | Updated: Thursday, September 20, 2012 | Mike Glenn
    Federal agents recovered a teenage girl from Nicaragua who was being held by smugglers demanding additional money from her family. "She's in our custody now. She'll be interviewed and medically screened," said Greg Palmore with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement.
  • Smugglers want more money for daughter, mother says

    09/19/2012 8:00:28 AM PDT · by moonshinner_09 · 16 replies
    Houston Chronicle ^ | September 18, 2012 | Mike Glenn
    A grocery store parking lot in southwest Houston was to have been the spot where Amparo Centeno would be reunited with her teenage daughter. Centeno had already paid more than $6,000 to have Hidalma, 16, brought from Nicaragua to the United States.
  • Missing 12-Year-Old Girl Last Seen in Brooks County

    08/24/2012 5:30:44 PM PDT · by moonshinner_09 · 16 replies
    KRISTV ^ | Aug 24, 2012 | Rachel Cole
    BROOKS COUNTY -- A search is underway for a 12-year-old El Salvadorian girl has been missing for 17 days. Officials said the girl is an illegal immigrant who was traveling with a group of other immigrants that left her behind in Brooks County. Kimberly Orellana was last seen near the Falfurrias checkpoint on August 8th. Kimberly was traveling with a group of immigrants who were smuggled into the United States and dropped off in Mcallen. Immigrant activist Livio Danna said the group was heading to Houston but left her behind after she couldn't walk anymore. Now, Danna is doing whatever...
  • 3 charged after 22 illegal immigrants found in Mesa drop house .

    06/29/2012 1:30:47 PM PDT · by moonshinner_09 · 7 replies
    AZFamily ^ | June 29, 2012 | Jennifer Thomas
    MESA, Ariz. -- Three Mexican men face federal charges after agents busted an alleged drop house in Mesa on Wednesday. Jesus Castillo-Mejia, 47, and Genaro Guzman-Guzman, 29, appeared in federal court Thursday where they were charged with human smuggling. Marco Guzman-Guzman, 27, was charged with illegally re-entering the United States following a previous deportation order.
  • Authorities searching for relatives of immigrant girl

    06/19/2012 3:48:08 PM PDT · by moonshinner_09 · 2 replies
    CNN ^ | June 19, 2012 | CNN Wire Staff
    (CNN) -- A 6-year-old girl, detained in Arizona on suspicion of entering the United States illegally, is now at a shelter in El Paso, Texas, as authorities try to locate a relative. The girl, who told authorities she is from El Salvador, had to be moved to El Paso because there is no room in Arizona shelters for minors in her situation, said Jose Joaquin Chacon, the consul general for El Salvador in Arizona. The girl was traveling with her mother through Mexico, Chacon said, but for some unknown reason the mother apparently turned her daughter over to smugglers at...
  • Inside Mexico's 'illegal immigrant theme park':

    06/02/2012 2:55:45 PM PDT · by moonshinner_09 · 5 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 2 June 2012 | Helen Pow
    Inside Mexico's 'illegal immigrant theme park': Incredible footage gives taste of potentially deadly trip across the U.S. border-- An incredible new video has revealed a rare glimpse of what it's like for illegal immigrants who make the potentially deadly trip across the Mexican border into the United States. The EcoAlberto theme park in El Alberto, Mexico, offers tourists the chance to experience a simulated illegal U.S. border crossing and for the first time the bizarre tourist attraction has been caught on film. Vice documentary makers took a video camera along to expose just how scary it is for the thousands...
  • Immigrants told 'Welcome to Hell' at Edinburg stash house

    05/04/2012 6:47:55 PM PDT · by moonshinner_09 · 12 replies
    Valley Central ^ | May 4,2012 | Katie Lopez
    More information has been revealed about the 115 immigrants found in an Edinburg Stash House on Wednesday. According to court records, “Welcome to Hell” is the greeting dozens of undocumented immigrants heard when they arrived into the U.S. Those same court records stated that the greeting wasn’t far from the truth. $500 a week is much Marcial Salas claimed he was making to smuggle in and hide dozens of illegal immigrants. Court documents show that Salas admitted to locking the immigrants in a stash house located down a dirt road off of University Drive in Edinburg, despite the rising heat,...
  • Tough times in the U.S.-China iPad smuggling game

    03/27/2012 11:11:14 AM PDT · by bigbob · 2 replies
    ECN via Reuters ^ | 3-26-12 | Gerry Shih, Poornima Gupta and Lee Chyen Yee
    Early on the morning of March 16, Wong Tat joined a line of about 100 people waiting for the launch of the new iPad in a chilly rain outside an Apple store on the outskirts of San Francisco. When the doors opened, he was among the first to buy his quota of two iPads -- the maximum Apple Inc allows per person. Then, sporting a bright red cap for easy identification, Wong began to direct a stream of people toting their new tablets to a silver Mercedes SUV in the parking lot. After about two dozen of the neatly boxed...
  • TEXAS: 3 “Afghan Nationals” Detained in Rio Grande Valley

    02/17/2012 2:09:58 PM PST · by montag813 · 12 replies
    Stand With Arizona ^ | 02-17-2012 | John Hill
    McALLEN — Another reminder of why we need a secure border emerged this week, as U.S. Border Patrol officials confirmed three Afghan nationals were detained in the Rio Grande Valley - an increasing "hot zone" of cartel invasion and violence against American ranchers. Border Patrol confirmed the detentions, but would not say where or when they occurred. Enrique Mendiola, assistant chief Border Patrol agent for the Rio Grande Valley sector, said that human smugglers see moving people besides Mexican nationals as a "business opportunity." "Average smuggling rates for other-than-Mexican nationals far exceed those of Mexicans and Central and South Americans,"...
  • Smuggling ring used black drivers to avoid racial profiling

    02/02/2012 9:04:30 PM PST · by moonshinner_09 · 26 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | February 3, 2012 | Victoria Kim
    Five people are charged in a plot to employ African Americans from Compton to avert suspicion when bringing illegal immigrants across the border. In the calculus of cross-border human smuggling, Maria Lopez-Diaz allegedly concluded that black instead of brown equals green. The 60-year-old Compton woman, prosecutors say, tried to cash in on racial profiling by operating a human smuggling ring that hired mostly African American drivers who didn't speak a word of Spanish to ferry small groups of immigrants from Mexico to Los Angeles. In the end, the venture failed. Authorities announced charges Thursday against Lopez-Diaz and four others, including...
  • Watch a police officer stop this plane with his car

    11/03/2011 3:07:46 AM PDT · by prisoner6 · 8 replies · 1+ views
    jalopnik.com ^ | 11/3/2011 | NA
    Watch a police officer stop this plane with his car John McLane's got nothing on this real Brazilian Federal Police Officer, who use his cop car to take down a plane loaded with smugglers and $150,000 of stolen electronics. Here is THE LINK.
  • HORROR in Iran-

    10/20/2011 3:26:47 AM PDT · by Reaganite Republican · 22 replies
    Reaganite Republican ^ | October 20, 2011 | Reaganite Republican
    Some of them were 15... some 12 years old Does their cruelty know NO limit? Be warned, these repulsive images  are not for the faint-of-heart: ______________________________________________ Sick bas-----s! 'Risky Whiskey' smuggling video/more at Reaganite Republican _____________________________________________ WarNet.ws   h/t Speedunque
  • Drug Smugglers Tunnel Into Arizona Parking Spaces

    10/13/2011 3:13:03 PM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 25 replies
    ABC News ^ | 10-13-11 | Randy Kreider
    Drug smugglers are endlessly creative when it comes to inventing ways to move marijuana, cocaine and other contraband from Mexico into the United States. In the latest innovation uncovered by law enforcement, smugglers in the border town of Nogales, Arizona were bringing drugs into the U.S. for the cost of a quarter. The parking meters on International Street, which hugs the border fence in Nogales, cost 25 cents. Smugglers in Mexico tunneled under the fence and under the metered parking spaces, and then carefully cut neat rectangles out of the pavement. Their confederates on the U.S. side would park false-bottomed...
  • Girl Rescued From Human Smugglers: Cops

    07/01/2011 3:15:31 PM PDT · by moonshinner_09 · 12 replies
    NBC Philadelphia ^ | Friday, Jul 1, 2011 | David Chang
    Two men are in custody after allegedly kidnapping a Guatemalan girl and extorting the girl’s mother. Investigators say that on June 28, a woman contacted the Trenton Police and reported that her 15-year-old daughter had been kidnapped. The woman had paid to have her daughter brought to the U.S. from Guatemala. Once the girl arrived in Texas, police say that two men kidnapped her. They then allegedly demanded large sums of money over several days from the girl’s mother in exchange for the girl’s safe transport to Trenton. The mother told police that she made initial payments to the alleged...
  • Criminal alien arrested; implicated in attempted murder of police officer

    05/14/2011 9:14:39 AM PDT · by moonshinner_09 · 9 replies
    White Mountain Independent ^ | May 14, 2011 | White Mountain Independent
    On May 9, 2011, the Illegal Immigration Prevention Apprehension Co-op Team (IIMPACT) conducted a human smuggling investigation. During surveillance, detectives stopped a suspected smuggling load vehicle on State Route 202 at 40th Street in Phoenix. The vehicle was loaded with nine undocumented immigrants and smuggler or “coyote” who was the driver.It was discovered during further investigation that one of the persons being smuggled was a criminal alien, with a prior arrest in California by the Redwood City Sheriff’s Office in 2005 for attempted murder of a police officer. The charges in California were dismissed and there was no record of...
  • America's Third War: Texas Farmers Under Attack at the Border

    03/03/2011 8:05:33 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 13 replies
    FOX News ^ | March 3, 2011 | Kris Gutierrez
    In Texas, nearly 8,200 farms and ranches back up to the Mexican border. The men and women who live and work on those properties say they’re under attack from the same drug cartels blamed for thousands of murders in Mexico. “It’s a war, make no mistake about it,” Texas Agriculture Commissioner Todd Staples said. “And it’s happening on American soil.” Texas farmers and ranchers produce more cotton and more cattle than any other state, so Staples is concerned this war could eventually impact our food supply, and calls it a threat to our national security. “Farmers and ranchers are being...
  • Winter Texan gets truck back after smugglers' theft, but dog still missing

    02/10/2011 4:00:39 PM PST · by SwinneySwitch · 17 replies
    The Monitor ^ | February 09, 2011 | Jared Taylor
    DONNA — Some might say Ken Mol was fortunate to recover his truck after it was stolen from outside the Walmart in Weslaco two weeks ago. He would give it away if only he could find what was left inside. “I don’t think he’d come out of the truck himself, they’d have to pull him out,” Mol said. Since U.S. Border Patrol agents found his truck Jan. 28, Mol and his wife, Tina, have been looking for Hogan, their Labrador-Shepherd mix dog. Almost 6 years old, the canine was resting in the extended cab of Mol’s 2005 Ford F-250 pickup...
  • Queens Man and Accomplice Charged with Attempting to Provide Material Support to Hizballah

    10/27/2009 1:53:29 PM PDT · by Cindy · 1 replies · 501+ views
    NewYork.FBI.gov - DOJ Press Release ^ | October 27, 2009 | n/a
    Note: The following text is a quote: Queens Man and Accomplice Charged with Attempting to Provide Material Support to Hizballah Preet Bharara, the U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York, and Joseph M. Demarest, Jr., the Assistant Director-in-Charge of the New York Office of the FBI, announced the filing of an indictment yesterday charging Patrick Nayyar and Conrad Stanisclaus Mulholland with attempting to provide material support to Hizballah, a designated foreign terrorist organization. The indictment also charges Nayyar with illegal possession of a firearm and ammunition. On Sept. 24, 2009, Nayyar, a 46-year-old citizen of India who had...
  • ATF Considers Gun-sale Notification for Southern Border States

    01/02/2011 8:58:14 AM PST · by AuntB · 19 replies
    New American ^ | Dec. 29, 2010 | Bruce Walker
    The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (still known as ATF) is considering a pilot program that would require gun dealers in the borders states of Texas, New Mexico, Arizona, and California to report each sale of two or more rifles. Jim Pruett of Jim Pruett’s Guns and Ammo in Houston considers such a move simply a back door to gun registration. “It [would go] on record with the ATF forever,” Pruett says of the reported sales. “There’s no mention of purging the system. So what you basically have is ad-hoc gun registration.” It is hard to argue with...
  • Napolitano to Ariz. after agent is shot

    12/15/2010 11:31:35 AM PST · by ColdOne · 43 replies
    Politico44 ^ | 12/15/10 | MATT NEGRIN
    Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano will go to Arizona on Thursday after a Border Patrol agent was shot and killed in the state. “The fatal shooting of Border Patrol Agent Brian A. Terry last night is an unconscionable act of violence against the men and women of the Border Patrol and all those who serve and defend our country,” Napolitano said in a statement
  • Improvise! Adapt! Overcome! & Chasing Shady Characters Like Viktor Bout, K. Yaroshenko & San Fan Nan

    11/17/2010 8:46:29 AM PST · by Reaganite Republican
    Reaganite Republican ^ | November 17, 2010 | Reaganite Republican
    First, some Tire Repair 101 How to set the bead on a giant off-road tire... with just starter fluid and a lighter! while stuck in the boonies: [video clip here] -MechanicsHubdotCom on Vimeo- _________________________________________________________ NOW- speaking of resourceful types...  Russian arms smuggler Viktor Bout -major supplier to Afghanistan's Northern Alliance in their 2001 war against the Taliban- has been extradited from Thailand to the United States to face terrorism charges: CNN: He's known as the "Merchant of Death" and the "Lord of War," -an alleged international arms dealer straight out of a cloak-and-dagger spy novel who eluded authorities for years and...
  • Extraordinary X-rays show how 150-year-old dolls were used to smuggle drugs during U.S. Civil War

    10/28/2010 10:28:43 AM PDT · by JoeProBono · 24 replies · 1+ views
    dailymail. ^ | 28th October 2010
    Two 150-year-old dolls have been x-rayed in a bid to discover if they were used by Confederate soldiers to smuggle medical supplies past Union blockades during the U.S. Civil War. It is thought the large dolls - Nina and Lucy Ann - had their hollowed out papier-mache heads stuffed with quinine or morphine for wounded and malaria-stricken Confederate troops. The Union blockade lasted from 1861 until 1865 and was intended to thwart the delivery of weapons, soldiers and supplies such as medicine to the South....
  • Assassins In Arizona?

    10/18/2010 6:11:53 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 13 replies
    IBD Editorials ^ | October 18, 2010 | Investors Business Daily staff
    Border: If there's one word we shouldn't want to add to the U.S. lexicon, it's sicario, the Spanish word for contract killer. But with lawmen warning of sicarios now in Arizona, we may soon know that word — and worse. With little to worry about in crossing the unguarded U.S. border, it was only a matter of time before cartel smugglers began fighting over the lucrative spoils themselves. Last May 13, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) warned Arizona authorities that it had intelligence that 15 trained sicarios from Mexico's Sinaloa cartel were heading to Arizona, the Arizona Republic reported....
  • A Governor With Balls

    06/30/2010 8:24:38 PM PDT · by upstanding · 18 replies · 1+ views
    TheDonovan.com ^ | 6/29/2010
    Gov Brewer to Obama: Warning Signs are Not Enough.
  • Brewer Slams Administration Over Smuggler Warning Signs in Arizona Desert

    06/30/2010 2:51:04 AM PDT · by Bad~Rodeo · 40 replies · 1+ views
    FOXNEWS ^ | June 29, 2010
    Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer is slamming the Obama administration over government signs posted in the Arizona desert warning visitors to beware of illegal smugglers, saying the signs are hardly the kind of border security plan her state needs. "This is an outrage," Brewer said in a new reelection campaign ad. The ad shows the governor standing next to one of the warning signs in the middle of the Arizona desert, 80 miles from the border and, according to the ad, 30 miles from Phoenix. The signs have in recent weeks drawn attention from border-state lawmakers who say they demonstrate how...
  • Reduced Overtime Hours Stymies Border Patrol (Arizona)

    06/24/2010 5:46:38 PM PDT · by Qbert · 5 replies · 1+ views
    Washington Times ^ | 6/23/2010 | Jerry Seper
    The U.S. Border Patrol has quietly reduced its current force of available agents along the U.S.-Mexico border by cutting the overtime hours they can work even as the Obama administration is asking Congress for hundreds of millions of dollars to hire 1,000 new agents, and Congress and the public are clamoring for beefed-up border security. Several rank-and-file and senior agents told The Washington Times that a new overtime directive issued at the agency's Washington headquarters will limit their ability to get their jobs done, reduce coverage during peak smuggling periods and allow more criminals to avoid apprehension. "By lowering the...
  • Napolitano: State and local police may deploy to border

    06/23/2010 1:03:06 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 38 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | June 23, 2010 | Stephan Dinan
    Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano said Wednesday the federal government will move to let state and local police in non-border states rotate down to the border to help local authorities go after smugglers along the U.S.-Mexico line. In a major policy speech in which she took aim at what she called "bumper sticker" slogans and said the Obama administration has made huge strides on security, Miss Napolitano said the border can be made still more secure and said administration officials are in the middle of "surging" more boots on the ground. "We are not satisfied. There is more work to...
  • Mexican Gangs Maintain Permanent Lookout Bases in Hills of Arizona

    06/22/2010 8:40:56 AM PDT · by Cheesel · 67 replies · 2+ views
    Foxnews.com ^ | 6/22/2010 | Adam Housley
    Mexican drug cartels have set up shop on American soil, maintaining lookout bases in strategic locations in the hills of southern Arizona from which their scouts can monitor every move made by law enforcement officials, federal agents tell Fox News. The scouts are supplied by drivers who bring them food, water, batteries for radios -- all the items they need to stay in the wilderness for a long time.
  • Mexican drug cartel threatens Nogales police officers

    06/21/2010 1:54:28 PM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 9 replies · 1+ views
    kgun9.com ^ | June 21, 2010 | Claire Doan
    TUCSON (KGUN9-TV) - A Mexican drug cartel is threatening Nogales police officers, telling them to avoid off-duty drug busts or deal with the consequences of being assaulted by armed smugglers or targeted by snipers from across the border. Nogales Police Chief Jeff Kirkham said the threats are serious, credible and a sign that drug cartels have become a much more dangerous enemy. "Some direct threats came against our officers that if they're off duty, they were not to interdict any type of narcotics coming across the border or they would be targeted," Kirkham said. Kirkham tells 9 On Your Side...
  • Arizona's senators tour border, hold town hall

    06/21/2010 6:17:30 AM PDT · by exbrit · 9 replies
    KOLD TUCSON ^ | 6/19/10 | Barbara Grijalva
    At the meeting Senators John McCain and Jon Kyl, both Republicans, got an earful from people who live in southeastern Arizona, along the border with Mexico. Huachuca City Mayor Byron Robertson told the lawmakers, "Last week when my police chief called me in and told me that an SUV-minivan had been stopped on I-10 with a 50-caliber machine gun mounted in the back and a rocket launcher."
  • Our national parks have been surrendered to the Mexican drug cartels (w/shocking video)

    06/18/2010 10:07:19 AM PDT · by AuntB · 47 replies · 1,101+ views
    Examiner ^ | June 17, 2010 | Dave Gibson
    According to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, 3,500 acres in southern Arizona have now been closed to U.S. citizens because of the dangers posed in that area from Mexican drug smugglers. The area includes part of the Buenos Aires National Wildlife Refuge. Refuge manager Mitch Ellis told Fox News: “The situation in this zone has reached a point where continued public use of the area is not prudent.” Pinal County Sheriff Paul Babeu said: “It’s literally out of control. We need support from the federal government. It’s their job to secure the border and they haven’t done it. In...
  • Bureau of Land Management warns motorists who travel along I-8

    06/17/2010 8:28:18 AM PDT · by exbrit · 35 replies · 917+ views
    KVOA TUCSON ^ | 6/16/10 | Lupita Murillo
    TUCSON - Warnings are out in parts of Arizona warning alerting you of possible danger. The Bureau of Land Management is putting up signs, along Interstate 8 between Gila Bend and Stanfield. Kathy Pedrick from the Bureau of Land Management says the signs went up because of recent incidents along the border south of I-8. She says, "there was a Pinal County Sheriff's deputy shot at, there's been some homicides recently with some of the smugglers." The signs warn the public they could encounter smugglers or individuals who may be armed. Gilbert Meehl believes the signs are a good idea...
  • Uptick in Violence Forces Closing of Parkland Along Mexico Border to Americans

    06/16/2010 1:46:17 PM PDT · by Cheesel · 21 replies · 559+ views
    foxnews.com ^ | 06/16/2010 | FoxNews
    About 3,500 acres of southern Arizona have been closed off to U.S. citizens due to increased violence at the U.S.-Mexico border, according to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. The closed off area includes part of the Buenos Aires National Wildlife Refuge that stretches along the U.S.-Mexico border. Pinal County Sheriff Paul Babeu told Fox News that violence against law enforcement officers and U.S. citizens has increased in the past four months, forcing officers on an 80 mile stretch of Arizona land north of the Mexico border off-limits to Americans.
  • Uptick in Violence Forces Closing of Parkland Along Mexico Border to Americans

    06/16/2010 11:10:40 AM PDT · by surroundedbyblue · 41 replies · 899+ views
    FoxNews.com ^ | 06/16/10 | FoxNews.com
    About 3,500 acres of southern Arizona have been closed off to U.S. citizens due to increased violence at the U.S.-Mexico border, according to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. The closed off area includes part of the Buenos Aires National Wildlife Refuge that stretches along the U.S.-Mexico border. Pinal County Sheriff Paul Babeu told Fox News that violence against law enforcement officers and U.S. citizens has increased in the past four months, forcing officers on an 80 mile stretch of Arizona land north of the Mexico border off-limits to Americans
  • Violence prompts strong warning at Ariz. monument

    06/15/2010 4:41:42 PM PDT · by JoeProBono · 33 replies · 777+ views
    hosted ^ | Jun 15 | JACQUES BILLEAUD
    PHOENIX (AP) -- An increase in smuggling violence at the Sonoran Desert National Monument about 80 miles south of Phoenix has prompted a stronger warning to visitors about drug and immigrant traffickers passing through the public lands, officials said Tuesday. The monument and three other federal lands in Arizona already have signs warning visitors that they may encounter smugglers. But 11 new signs have recently been erected...
  • Drug smugglers try to cover tracks by carpeting shoe soles

    06/15/2010 2:27:49 PM PDT · by SandRat · 14 replies · 722+ views
    SIERRA VISTA — Border Patrol agents working in the west desert of southern Arizona encountered drug smugglers trying out a new way to cover their tracks over the weekend: Carpet shoes. Early Saturday morning, agents assigned to the Casa Grande station of the Tucson Sector found signs of about 13 people traveling on foot near Sells, said Agent David Jimarez. Agents tracking the smugglers found signs that they appeared to have secured carpeting to the soles of their shoes in an attempt to hide their footprints, Jimarez said. The plan was poorly thought out, as agents are “not trained to...
  • Pinal Co. Sheriff: Murdered pair most likely ambushed by fellow smugglers

    06/11/2010 1:45:58 PM PDT · by mdittmar · 11 replies · 414+ views
    KVOA ^ | 6/11/2010 | AP
    PHOENIX (AP) - Two men shot and killed in a remote desert area about 50 miles south of Phoenix were probably ambushed by fellow smugglers, Pinal County sheriff's officials said Friday. The men had been at a migrant camp in the desert south of Interstate 8 near Antelope Peak on Sunday night when someone opened fire on them with an AK-47-type weapon, shooting each man once, said sheriff's spokeswoman Lt. Tamatha Villar. One died immediately, but the other managed to get off six shots with an AR-15-type rifle. The wounded man then used a cell phone to call for help....
  • Border Patrol makes 1,500-pound pot bust

    05/12/2010 6:00:34 AM PDT · by exbrit · 21 replies · 513+ views
    The Sierra Vista Herald ^ | 5/12/2010 | Unspecified
    More than 1,500 pounds of marijuana were discovered in a pickup by U.S. Border Patrol agents northwest of Bisbee, authorities said Tuesday. From October 2009 through April 2010, Tucson Sector Border Patrol agents have seized approximately 552,000 pounds of marijuana, estimated to be worth $441 million.