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  • Entire South African Airways crew arrested for drug smuggling - TWICE in one month

    02/16/2009 5:14:52 PM PST · by Stoat · 17 replies · 1,297+ views
    The Daily Mail (U.K.) ^ | February 16, 2009 | Sam Greenhill
    The entire crew of a South African Airways flight have been arrested on suspicion of drug smuggling - for the second time in a month. Fifteen members of the flight crew, including the pilot, were detained today at London's Heathrow after customs officers found five kilos of cocaine in a bag.  They were being held by officers after the class A drug, with an estimated street value of £250,000, was discovered as the crew tried to clear customs following a 12-hour flight from Johannesburg. Bob Gaiger, spokesman for HM Revenue and Customs, said the drugs were discovered after the...
  • BP apprehends another large group of illegal immigrants near Douglas (77 Mexican nationals caught)

    02/10/2009 5:13:13 PM PST · by SandRat · 19 replies · 750+ views
    BISBEE — U.S. Border Patrol agents working west of Douglas arrested 77 Mexican nationals after camera operators identified them crossing the border on Saturday evening. This is the second apprehension of a large group of illegal immigrants in the same area between Douglas and Naco, Ariz., in the past two weeks, Tucson Sector spokesman Mike Scioli told the Herald/Review on Monday. On Jan. 26, 53 illegal immigrants were taken into custody at one time. Again, the effort was the result of a coordination between agents of the Douglas and Naco stations, along with Customs and Border Protection Air and Marine....
  • Coalition Ships Seize 20 Tons of Drugs

    12/29/2008 3:38:59 PM PST · by SandRat · 5 replies · 342+ views
    MANAMA, Bahrain, Dec. 29, 2008 – Coalition warships operating in the North Arabian Sea and Gulf of Aden as part of Combined Task Force 150 have seized more than 20 tons of narcotics since October, with an estimated value of more than $100 million, officials said. CTF 150, also tasked with conducting counter-piracy operations, is part of a continual presence in the region committed to creating and maintaining a lawful maritime order. The task force has seized more than 53 tons of narcotics during 2008, officials said. The drugs, seized by U.S. and Royal Navy forces, otherwise could have been...
  • Border Patrol shot at with automatic weapons while uncovering new smuggling tactic’s

    12/18/2008 12:03:38 PM PST · by Sammy67 · 54 replies · 2,731+ views
    BorderFireReport ^ | 12/18/08 | Michael Webster, Syndicated Investigative Reporter
    By Michael Webster, Syndicated Investigative Reporter Early this month U.S. Border Patrol agents from the Tucson, Ariz. sector and agents of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement were again fired upon with what appeared to be military type automatic weapons by Mexican drug smugglers dressed in military garb. Agents after observing a Flatbed tow truck on the Mexican side of the U.S. Mexican border backed up to the new international border fence. According to witnesses the tow truck backed up on a newly constructed earthen dirt berm which put the truck almost even with the height of the fence. The tow...
  • Agents fired on by traffickers (Incident nets pot but no arrests in failed smuggling)

    12/05/2008 5:19:31 PM PST · by SandRat · 12 replies · 698+ views
    Arizona Daily Star ^ | Brady McCombs
    Drug smugglers opened fire on federal agents late Monday night near Douglas during a drug bust. Agents from the U.S. Border Patrol and Immigration and Customs Enforcement spotted two large trucks, a Chevrolet Avalanche and a Ford F-150, using ramps to drive over an approximately 8-foot border fence about 10:30 p.m. some five miles west of Douglas on James Ranch Road, said Mike Scioli, Border Patrol Tucson Sector spokesman. As agents approached the trucks, the drug smugglers turned around and tried to flee back into Mexico. But, agents threw down tire spikes, stopping both trucks north of the international line....
  • New Details: 12 Gunmen Kill 8 at Restaurant along Texas Border

    12/01/2008 7:34:21 AM PST · by SwinneySwitch · 67 replies · 2,220+ views
    KRGV 5 ^ | December 01, 2008
    Over 40 Murders Reported this Week CIUDAD JUAREZ, Mexico - New details on a deadly discovery across the border from El Paso. This morning police in Ciudad Juarez say at least 12 masked gun men opened fire inside an upscale seafood restaurant and killed at least eight people. The attack comes a day after seven men were found executed in a school soccer field in an upper class neighborhood in Juarez. In all, 40 murders were reported over the holiday week along the border near El Paso. Police say the men were armed with AK-47 and fired off more than...
  • Truckers who smuggle now risk loss of livelihood[“Texas Hold 'Em”]

    06/20/2008 7:36:53 AM PDT · by SwinneySwitch · 9 replies · 251+ views
    San Antonio Express-News ^ | 06/20/2008 | Peggy Fikac
    AUSTIN — Truckers who smuggle drugs or people into the United States are now risking not only prison time but the loss of their commercial drivers' licenses as Texas uses a long-standing law in a new border-crime crackdown. “Up until today, when those lawbreakers had their trucks apprehended, they were convicted in federal court, they typically paid a small fine or served a brief sentence, then it was back to business as usual. Well, starting today, that all changes, ” Gov. Rick Perry said Thursday at the Texas Capitol with U.S. Border Patrol sector chiefs. “If you are a commercial...
  • Another Monster Layup/Rest Area Discovered by CDC AZ SEARCH & RESCUE

    05/14/2008 12:37:40 PM PDT · by Exton1 · 5 replies · 221+ views ^ | 27 June 2007 | Minuteman Civil Defence
    We breathed a sigh of relief the day the Senate defeated the Amnesty Bill, but the USA is still being invaded! We discovered one of the biggest layups we have ever found. This layup is on an 'illegal super - highway' from Mexico to the USA (Tucson) used by human smugglers. This layup area is located in a wash area approximately .5 of a mile long just south of Tucson.
  • Border agents arrest man found on camera tower

    03/27/2008 5:07:48 PM PDT · by SwinneySwitch · 26 replies · 760+ views
    UNION-TRIBUNE ^ | March 27, 2008
    A man who is suspected of trying to disable a border camera east of the San Ysidro port of entry last week was arrested by Border Patrol agents after two accomplices abandoned him as he held tight to a surveillance tower. Video from a camera on a tower next to the one the three had targeted shows two people setting up a ladder and then a third person climbing the ladder to reach the tower's built-in rungs. When Border Patrol agents approached, the two people on the ground fled to Mexico and took the ladder, stranding the man who had...
  • France bans Britain's migrant X-ray scanner... because it might breach health and safety

    01/23/2008 9:07:26 AM PST · by Lorianne · 16 replies · 82+ views
    Daily Mail ^ | 23rd January 2008 | TOM RAWSTONE and PETER ALLEN
    British border guards in Calais have been banned from using X-rays to search for illegal immigrants in lorries - unless they ask for the stowaways' written permission. French authorities have blocked the use of the scanners, claiming they could breach European health and safety laws. They have told British immigration officials that if they want to use the machines they will first have to clear it with those they are looking for. Given that the illegal immigrants do not want to be found, the chances of reaching such an agreement are zero, leaving the British no choice but to stop...
  • Violent Border Smugglers Scare U.S. Scientists

    01/16/2008 9:19:57 PM PST · by BGHater · 17 replies · 169+ views
    AP ^ | 30 Dec 2007 | AP
    PHOENIX —Biologist Karen Krebbs used to study bats in Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument on the Arizona-Mexico border. Then, she got tired of dodging drug smugglers all night. "I use night-vision goggles, and you could see them very clearly" — caravans of men with guns and huge backpacks full of drugs, trudging through the desert, Krebbs said. After her 10th or 11th time hiding in bushes and behind rocks, she abandoned her research. "I'm just not willing to risk my neck anymore," she said. Across the southwestern U.S. border and in northern Mexico, scientists such as Krebbs say their work...
  • Russia Foils Atomic Smugglers

    01/02/2008 7:12:51 PM PST · by blam · 4 replies · 192+ views
    The Telegraph (UK) ^ | 1-3-2007 | Will Stewart
    Russia foils atomic smugglers By Will Stewart in Moscow Last Updated: 11:56pm GMT 02/01/2008 Russia has admitted that customs officials thwarted more than 120 attempts to smuggle "highly radioactive" material out of the country last year. The disclosure is likely to fuel concern about how many illegal exports were not halted. It will also lead to new fears that Moscow has failed to stop material becoming available on the black market that could be used by terrorists to make radioactive "dirty" bombs. A further 722 cases of illegal importing of highly radio-active material into Russia were detected - possible evidence...
  • Violent Border Smugglers Scare U.S. Scientists

    12/30/2007 9:44:07 AM PST · by Carbonsteel · 53 replies · 607+ views
    Foxnews ^ | Sunday, December 30, 2007 | AP
    PHOENIX — Biologist Karen Krebbs used to study bats in Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument on the Arizona-Mexico border. Then, she got tired of dodging drug smugglers all night. "I use night-vision goggles, and you could see them very clearly" — caravans of men with guns and huge backpacks full of drugs, trudging through the desert, Krebbs said. After her 10th or 11th time hiding in bushes and behind rocks, she abandoned her research.
  • $540,000 seized from city motel owners[for harboring illegal aliens]

    12/08/2007 10:33:59 AM PST · by SwinneySwitch · 53 replies · 912+ views
    Operators given probation for conspiracy to harbor illegal immigrants BROWNSVILLE — Federal officials seized $540,000 from four Harlingen motel owners after they were sentenced to probation for conspiracy to harbor illegal immigrants, an official said Friday. Rakeshkumar Bhakta, 40, and wife Alka Bhakta, 35, owners of the Hudson House motel, and Kamleshkumar Bhakta, 32, and wife Falguniben Bhakta, 30, owners of the Country Side Inn motel, forfeited a total of $540,000 in equity from their businesses, said Nina Pruneda, spokeswoman for the U.S. Bureau of Immigration and Customs Enforcement in San Antonio. U.S. District Judge Hilda Tagle ordered the owners...
  • Immigrant smugglers use crooked firms

    11/21/2007 7:54:40 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 16 replies · 160+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 11/21/07 | Jacques Billeaud - ap
    PHOENIX - Smugglers who bring illegal immigrants into the U.S. are getting crucial help from seemingly legitimate businesses that supply them with cars, lodging, plane tickets and other services, knowing full well what's going on. Investigators say the number of these corrupt businesses is small, but they play a significant role in helping illegal immigrants reach the country's interior. The accomplices have included landlords and rental agents who provide homes for smugglers to hide immigrants; taxi drivers near the border who bring immigrants to the closest cities; used-car dealerships that let smugglers register vehicles under false names; and travel agencies...

    11/07/2007 9:14:58 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 40 replies · 256+ views
    Justice for Immigrants ^ | November 2007 | US Conference of Catholic Bishops
    The USCCB Committee on Migration sent a delegation to the U.S./Mexico border region to study the plight of unaccompanied minors and human trafficking victims. The ever-growing problems with these populations are some of the gravest and many times most overlooked symptoms of the broken and out-dated immigration system currently employed by the United States. The delegation met with a broad cross-section of agencies and individuals involved with or knowledgeable of these populations to gain critical insights and to understand their needs. The delegation also met with Church officials, government officials, community-based organization, and other with important perspectives. Programs established to...
  • Informer Tells Of Corrupt Mexico (Smuggling, Kidnapping & Murder By Mexican Police/Military)

    10/25/2007 10:50:18 AM PDT · by DogByte6RER · 16 replies · 785+ views
    The Washington Times ^ | October 25, 2007 | Jerry Seper
    Informer tells of corrupt Mexico October 25, 2007 By Jerry Seper - An informant who worked for U.S. authorities for more than four years says government, police and military authorities in Mexico have been corrupted by drug smugglers, often carrying out kidnappings and killings on the orders of drug cartel bosses. The accusations are outlined in sworn testimony before a U.S. immigration judge by Guillermo Eduardo Ramirez Peyro, a former Mexican police officer who was paid $224,000 for information U.S. anti-drug agents used to convict dozens of high-ranking Mexican drug traffickers. Ramirez told U.S. Immigration Judge Joseph R. Dierkes in...
  • Border Patrol, Mexican officials launch effort against smugglers

    10/18/2007 5:51:12 PM PDT · by SwinneySwitch · 8 replies · 80+ views
    HoustonChronicle/AP ^ | Oct. 18, 2007
    EL PASO, Texas — U.S. Border Patrol officials and their Mexican law enforcement counterparts have launched a new effort to investigate and dismantle human smuggling organizations in the El Paso area. This latest effort will be more proactive, with Mexican authorities using a two-year-old database of suspected human smugglers to help break up smuggling rings on both sides of the border, Border Patrol spokesman Doug Mosier said. "Operation Lifeguard" is an expansion of previous efforts to that focused specifically on extraditing and prosecuting human smugglers, he said. Socorro Cordova, a spokeswoman for the Mexican Consulate in El Paso, said the...
  • After delays, 'virtual fence' nearly ready for acceptance testing

    10/17/2007 6:52:53 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 43 replies · 86+ views
    ap on San Diego Union - Tribune ^ | 10/17/07 | Arthur H. Rotstein - ap
    TUCSON, Ariz. – Defense contractor Boeing Co. has told the government it believes it has solved most of the problems that have delayed use of the first section of a high-tech “virtual fence” along the nation's borders for months. U.S. Customs and Border Protection officials, however, said they'll wait until acceptance testing now set for late October is done before passing judgment. The 28-mile section of fence along the U.S.-Mexico border in southern Arizona is the first of thousands of miles planned on the nation's southern and northern borders. Boeing personnel who briefed federal officials “sounded real optimistic” about the...
  • Expert: Nuke terror better than even bet [AMERICAN HIROSHIMA]

    07/06/2007 4:23:33 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 195 replies · 4,634+ views
    World Net Daily ^ | July 6, 2007
    Attack likely to exploit existing network of cross-border human, drug traffickers. A nuclear terrorist attack on the U.S. is better than an even bet in the next 10 years, says a former assistant secretary of defense and author of a book on the subject. "Based on current trends, a nuclear terrorist attack on the United States is more likely than not in the decade ahead," says Graham Allison, director of the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs at Harvard's Kennedy School of Government and author of "Nuclear Terrorism: The Ultimate Preventable Catastrophe." Allison, who has testified before Congress on...