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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...
  • Smuggling Tunnel Is Found on Arizona-Mexico Border

    06/30/2007 10:48:46 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 14 replies · 1,182+ views
    The New York Times ^ | June 29, 2007 | Greg Clark
    NOGALES, Ariz., June 29 — A smuggling tunnel freshly excavated under the border with Mexico was sealed Friday after a joint raid by United States and Mexican authorities. Two houses formed the ends of a smuggling tunnel that was raided Friday. The house in the foreground is in Nogales, Ariz., and the house on the Mexican side is on the other side of the fence. The cramped and wandering tunnel, which connected two homes on opposite sides of the border had no ventilation, but it was outfitted with lights and at least one drainage pump, officials from Immigration and Customs...
  • Number of kidnappings among human smugglers on the rise

    05/20/2007 7:03:41 AM PDT · by SwinneySwitch · 8 replies · 649+ views
    KENS 5 Border Bureau ^ | 05/19/2007 | Angela Kocherga
    Every day, smugglers guide hundreds of undocumented immigrants across the U.S.-Mexico border. Coyotes are now charging more than ever for the trip. However, it's not just the price that's gone up — so has the risk of losing your life. Freeways and back roads are the battlefields. "They will shoot, attempt to stop a vehicle," said Alonzo Peña, with Immigration and Customs Enforcement. They are armed bandits who stake out these areas, smuggling routes that lead from the border to cities like Tucson, Ariz. "They don't want to take the risk of smuggling the load themselves," Peña said. The load...
  • Group: ‘Where’s the beef?’ in border enforcement

    05/06/2007 10:46:31 AM PDT · by SandRat · 28 replies · 729+ views
    HEREFORD — The local civilian anti-illegal immigration group American Border Patrol has expanded its operations to a 100-acre ranch here that fronts both Mexico and the San Pedro River. The group says it will use the property as a base to continue demonstrating how inexpensive technology can help secure the border. During a Friday night fund-raising barbecue for Republican presidential candidate Tom Tancredo, ABP founder Glenn Spencer showed off the ranch’s six-camera surveillance system to a crowd of approximately 150 people. As Spencer displayed a split screen projection of the views from four of the cameras, Mike King, ABP’s technical...
  • Illegal border activity jumps

    04/08/2007 7:29:19 AM PDT · by SandRat · 24 replies · 802+ views
    BISBEE — After nearly two years of declining numbers, illegal border-crossings took a sudden jump last month in Cochise County, law enforcement officials say. Gustavo Soto, a spokesman for the Border Patrol’s Tucson Sector, said agents at the Naco, Douglas and Willcox stations apprehended just over 13,000 illegal immigrants last month, a 30 percent increase over March 2006. Prior to the spike, Border Patrol apprehensions in the county had been down 13 percent since the current fiscal year began on Oct. 1. That decline followed a 45 percent drop during the previous year. Sgt. Taron Maddux, spokesman for the Bisbee...
  • $206 million in meth money seized in Mexico

    03/16/2007 4:11:02 PM PDT · by LNewman · 20 replies · 2,391+ views
    Los Angeles Times ^ | March 16, 2007 | Héctor Tobar
    In the largest cash seizure in Mexican history, authorities confiscated $206 million in U.S. currency from a band of methamphetamine producers headquartered in a ritzy neighborhood here, officials said today. Two of the seven people arrested at the home were Chinese, and authorities said the bust hinted at the vast scope of an illegal drug trade that links Mexico to Asia. ... Mexican drug trafficking organizations have become increasing important in the wholesale and retail trade in methamphetamines in the United States because American authorities have placed tougher controls on the sale of the chemicals used to produce the highly...
  • Border Patrol under Siege

    02/26/2007 8:57:06 PM PST · by captjanaway · 1 replies · 220+ views
    Family Security Matters ^ | 2/26/07 | Michael Cutler
    Last Friday, in an article titled “Smugglers Raise Stakes in Fight Over Border Rule,” Jerry Seper of The Washington Times reported a phenomenon that has been well known to U.S. citizens who live on the Mexican border. To state it succinctly, towns that are on smuggling routes are under siege by heavily armed drug and human smugglers. These criminals have no respect for our laws and no fear of our police, Border Patrol or National Guard. Recently they confronted National Guard troops who were stationed along the border in accordance with the much ballyhooed field operation known as "Operation Jumpstart."...
  • Smugglers Push Yemen Migrants Into Sea And Leave 107 To Drown

    02/17/2007 11:34:25 AM PST · by blam · 5 replies · 445+ views
    The Guardian (UK) ^ | 2-17-2007 | Xan Rice
    Smugglers push Yemen migrants into sea and leave 107 to drown · Dhow crew forces boatload out to rescue colleagues· Deaths highlight risks of crossing from Somalia Xan Rice, East Africa correspondent Saturday February 17, 2007 The Guardian (UK) To the dozens of African migrants drowning in the Gulf of Aden after their boat capsized, the approaching dhow must have seemed like a lifeline. It was - but not for them. Instead, the crew of the second boat ordered their own human cargo into the shark-infested waters and plucked only their smuggler colleagues out of the sea before heading back...
  • Camp Lejeune Marines search 'Smugglers Town'

    02/14/2007 5:50:02 PM PST · by SandRat · 3 replies · 310+ views
    Marine Corps News ^ | Lance Cpl. Nathaniel Sapp
    CAMP KOREAN VILLAGE, Iraq (Feb. 14, 2007) -- While the rest of the battalion is miles away, Marines from C Company are working a “smugglers town” in western Iraq. As a whole, Marines from the Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune, N.C.-based 2nd Light Armored Reconnaissance Battalion are stretched throughout the Al Anbar Province. Some conduct security operations in cities like Rawah and Anah, 150 miles northwest of Baghdad, while Company C assists the 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit in Rutbah, a city of roughly 30,000 about 50 miles east of the Jordanian border. While most of the area consists of flat...
  • Rock throwers target Guard post on border; No one injured

    01/31/2007 5:42:56 AM PST · by radar101 · 28 replies · 643+ views ^ | 31 JAN 2007 | Not Identified
    TUCSON, Ariz. - Unknown assailants threw rocks at a National Guard border observation post in southern Arizona, breaking two windows on a Guard vehicle, but no one was injured, a Border Patrol spokesman said Tuesday. Border Patrol agents searched for the rock-throwers following Sunday night's incident but only found their tracks, which led into Mexico, said Sean King, a spokesman for the Border Patrol's Tucson sector, which covers most of the Arizona-Mexico border. The Arizona National Guard will assign an officer to investigate what happened as it does with any incident in which its soldiers faced potential danger, said Maj....
  • Border crackdown fuels smugglers' boom

    12/30/2006 2:13:15 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 18 replies · 687+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 12/30/06 | Elliot Spagat - ap
    SAN DIEGO - Toughened U.S. border enforcement has prompted substantially more illegal immigrants to hire smugglers to help them cross over from Mexico — and competition among sophisticated criminal networks for customers has spawned violence and sometimes death. The evidence is abundant in border boomtowns, where human traffickers rustle together flocks of immigrants for the journey north. Further evidence comes from tens of thousands of interviews of illegal border crossers in surveys by a Mexican government-funded research institution, which were analyzed by The Associated Press. "What was once a discretionary expense has now become a necessity," said Jorge Santibanez, who...
  • Border Patrol Remarks and the letter to Attorney General Gonzales

    12/21/2006 5:58:43 AM PST · by Issaquahking · 8 replies · 607+ views ^ | September 6,2006 | Dana Rohrabacher,
    Washington, Sep 6 - Mr. ROHRABACHER. Mr. Speaker, I rise in support of House Resolution 1030.    Let me just note that platitudes are not enough. When it really counts, the Border Patrol does need our support, and that includes building a fence, which some people who perhaps would be happy to sing the praises of the Border Patrol are not willing to help them with something that they consider to be essential to securing their job.    Tonight, we are commending the service of 12,000 men and women of the U.S. Border Patrol. They are, in fact, performing an invaluable...
  • Florida Police Blame Human Smugglers for Kidnapping a 1-Month-Old Baby

    12/10/2006 7:58:10 AM PST · by Millicent_Hornswaggle · 14 replies · 723+ views ^ | December 10, 2006 | AP
    <p>FORT MYERS, Fla. — A missing month-old boy kidnapped at knifepoint was taken as payment because his parents failed to pay human smugglers, police said Saturday.</p> <p>' parents were brought into the United States illegally from Brazil, but failed to pay the smugglers' entire fee, Police Chief Hilton Daniels said.</p>
  • [Texas]Two accused in boat smuggling scheme sentenced to prison

    12/07/2006 1:45:26 PM PST · by SwinneySwitch · 3 replies · 501+ views
    The Brownsville Herald ^ | December 7, 2006 | JOSÉ BORJÓN
    — Two of five men accused of smuggling undocumented immigrants on a luxury boat from Port Isabel to Corpus Christi earlier this year were sentenced to prison Wednesday. U.S. District Judge Hilda Tagle sentenced Mack Daniel Bryant, owner of charter boat company Breakaway Cruises, to 2½ years in federal prison for conspiracy to transport and harbor certain aliens in the United States. Tagle also sentenced Norman Michael Walker, a captain for Breakaway Cruises, to one year in federal prison on the same charge. Tagle said she wanted to send a strong message to anyone attempting to smuggle undocumented immigrants. She...
  • Report: Agents 'out to shoot Mexicans' (DHS officials have yet to provide proof of statements)

    10/26/2006 6:18:47 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 23 replies · 795+ views
    San Bernardino Sun ^ | 10/26/06 | Sara A. Carter
    Department of Homeland Security officials told four House members last month that two Border Patrol agents convicted of shooting a drug smuggler admitted to supervisors that they were "out to shoot Mexicans" the day of the shooting, but have yet to provide proof the agents made such statements. In an effort to convince four concerned congressman that the El Paso, Texas ,trial, conviction and sentencing of Border Patrol agents Ignacio Ramos and Jose Compean were warranted, representatives of the Homeland Security Office of Inspector General met privately with the congressmen to assure them of Ramos' and Compean's guilt. The agents...
  • Flasback: Jurors Say They Were Misled To Convict Agents

    10/24/2006 4:22:06 AM PDT · by mcg2000 · 12 replies · 986+ views
    San Bernadino Sun ^ | El Paso Times | Louie Gilot
    EL PASO, Texas - One man and two women on the jury that convicted two former El Paso area Border Patrol agents of shooting a drug smuggler in the buttocks last year said they were misled into agreeing with a guilty verdict, according to a motion filed Tuesday. Mary Stillinger, the lawyer for one of the agents, Ignacio Ramos, thought the jurors' statements should be grounds for setting the verdict aside and having a new trial for Ramos and fellow agent Jose Alonso Compean. The men are scheduled for sentencing Thursday and face a 10-year mandatory sentence that legal experts...
  • Smugglers seen getting 'sophisticated, organized'

    10/18/2006 11:39:13 AM PDT · by JZelle · 6 replies · 382+ views
    Washington Times ^ | 10-18-06 | Jerry Seper
    Law-enforcement authorities along the U.S.-Mexico border are outgunned and outmanned by drug smugglers armed with automatic weapons, grenade launchers, bazookas, improvised explosive devices and state-of-the-art communications and tracking systems, a congressional report said yesterday. "While the United States has taken positive steps to secure its borders, much more is needed to combat an increasingly powerful, sophisticated, organized and violent criminal network, which seeks to move illegal contraband ... into our country for profit," said the House Homeland Security management, integration and oversight subcommittee report.
  • Mexico promises corrupt-cop roundup

    08/30/2006 2:20:10 PM PDT · by Kitten Festival · 26 replies · 968+ views
    Associated Press ^ | 30 August 2006 | Staff
    MEXICO CITY -- Mexico's attorney general said the arrest a group of corrupt cops along the border with California is imminent. Daniel Cabeza de Vaca told a Mexico City news conference today the cops protected a Tijuana cartel, the Arellano Felix gang, which smuggled tons of pot, cocaine and meth into the United States. Two were already arrested Saturday and charged with taking bribes to protect the gang. The attorney general said they worked at the Rosarito police department just over the border from San Diego border. The two are accused of decapitating three of their fellow officers. The news...
  • Navy Frigate Intercepts Drug Smugglers, Helps Rescue 26

    08/27/2006 12:52:44 PM PDT · by SandRat · 44 replies · 952+ views
    NAPLES, Italy, Aug. 27, 2006 – U.S. Navy frigate USS Boone intercepted a drug-smuggling speedboat Aug. 24 while enroute from Algeria to Spain during a patrol of the Mediterranean Sea south of the Spanish coastline. According to U.S. Navy 6th Fleet officials, the crew abandoned its cargo—five packages of marijuana weighing 90 kilograms--when the USS Boone was sighted and entered Algerian territorial water. The Boone’s crew confiscated the marijuana. A few hours later, near the same location, the USS Boone encountered two small rubber boats in apparent distress, officials said. The ship approached the boats and found 26 people on...
  • South Florida Intifada

    08/22/2006 7:16:34 AM PDT · by SJackson · 15 replies · 1,341+ views ^ | August 22, 2006 | Joe Kaufman
    American universities rank among the best in the world, but they also boast another, more dubious distinction: They are home to some of the world’s most radical academics. Last month, one of these select individuals, UC Berkeley professor Hatem Bazian, brought his hate-filled show to two extremist Islamic Centers in South Florida. Both of these institutions are in the process of building large-scale mosques in their respective cities. And, given that their guest had previously called for attacks on the United States, the question naturally arose: Were these institutions looking to make friends in the community or to start a holy war?Past...
  • Men convicted of killing 3 children

    08/08/2006 10:11:34 AM PDT · by dvan · 10 replies · 347+ views
    Associated Press ^ | august 8, 2006 | BRIAN WITT
    BALTIMORE - Jurors on Tuesday convicted two men of murdering three young relatives whose bodies were nearly decapitated. Policarpio Espinoza, 24, and Adan Canela, 19, were found guilty of slashing the children's throats. Espinoza was the uncle of 9-year-old Ricardo Espinoza Jr., 8-year-old Lucero Espinoza and their 10-year-old male cousin, Alexis Espejo Quezada. Canela was a cousin of the victims. Canela and Espinoza's first trial in 2005 ended in a hung jury. The reading of Canela's verdict initially was interrupted when the jury appeared confused about what they had agreed upon. As the forewoman began reading the verdict, several jurors...
  • [Texas]Cleburne trio pleads guilty in fatal smuggling ring

    07/29/2006 2:47:36 PM PDT · by SwinneySwitch · 2 replies · 256+ views ^ | July 28, 2006
    LUBBOCK, Texas- Three men caught transporting illegal immigrants after one of their vehicles crashed, killing a Mexican national, have pleaded guilty to federal smuggling charges. The men, each from Cleburne, entered their pleas Thursday and face up to 10 years in prison after trying to smuggle as many as 13 immigrants before one of their cars rolled near El Dorado after blowing a tire. Prosecutors say Jorge Luis Castro-Garcia, Jesse Cano and Agustin Anorga organized a smuggling ring that included each immigrant paying Castro-Garcia $1,500 to be transported from Mexico to Cleburne. Each drove separate vehicles but Anorga crashed his...
  • Police Investigate Possible Smuggling Death

    07/24/2006 9:12:17 AM PDT · by CAWats · 6 replies · 275+ views
    SAN DIEGO -- A man was found shot to death in Grant Hill and police said smugglers could be involved in the case. The 21-year-old victim died from a gunshot wound and was found inside a house on the 3200 block of J Street. He was reportedly kidnapped Saturday morning. His mother told police he was smuggled into the United States in exchange for money. She said two men took him away because she didn't have enough money to pay the smugglers. Police questioned, and later released one of the men who took him. They are now looking for the...
  • Kentucky Guard Troops improve access to Smugglers' Gulch

    07/15/2006 12:51:55 PM PDT · by SandRat · 3 replies · 553+ views
    More National Guard troops went to work Friday on the Arizona-Mexico border, all part of Operation: Jumpstart. Right now, there are about 750 troops working in Arizona. About 300 are from Arizona and another 150 are from New York. 200 just went to work Friday from Kentucky. News 4's Lupita Murillo was there, and shows us just how these fresh troops are helping the Border Patrol. -------------- We're just east of an area known as Smugglers Gulch and this is where members of the Kentucky National Guard are building a road. The 206th Engineer Battallion is clearing the way for...
  • Apparent Mexican Winner Attacks Border Wall

    07/08/2006 4:54:15 PM PDT · by Bangupjob · 78 replies · 2,195+ views
    The Washington Post ^ | 8 July 2006 | Manuel Roig-Franzia
    MEXICO CITY, July 7 -- Less than 24 hours after being named president-elect in a disputed official count, Felipe Calderón took a firm stance against building a wall along the United States-Mexico border to stem illegal immigration. Echoing his campaign theme, Calderón said the best solution to the immigration crisis was creating jobs in Mexico, "not walls or troops," a reference to President Bush's decision to send National Guard troops to support the U.S. Border Patrol. Calderón's remarks, delivered during his first post-election briefing for the international news media, angered a leading Capitol Hill proponent of increased border security. Rep....
  • Mexico's migrant-smugglers hike rates

    06/14/2006 1:01:01 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 23 replies · 783+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 6/14/06 | Olga R. Rodriguez - ap
    SAN LUIS RIO COLORADO, Mexico - Smugglers in sunglasses and muscle shirts reclined on withering patches of grass in a tree-covered plaza, blending into clusters of migrants and offering them "safe" trips into the United States. But on this sweltering day, there were no takers. None of the Mexicans hoping to reach the United States could pay the $3,000 the smugglers demanded to hide them in a car and drive them across the border, a trip that just weeks ago cost $2,000. The sharp increase in smugglers' fees is due to the arrival of National Guard troops at the border...
  • Border rapes cause alarm

    06/05/2006 6:06:47 AM PDT · by petkus · 29 replies · 1,248+ views
    The Dallas Morning News ^ | June 5, 2006 | DAVID McLEMORE
    Recent attacks suggest pattern in crimes against immigrants McALLEN – Two attacks occurred shortly after midnight. The third came in bright daylight. The terrible geometry of violence that draws smugglers, robbers and immigrants together at the border is expanding, say federal and local authorities investigating three recent attacks on illegal immigrants just south of here. Border thugs on both sides of the Rio Grande have long preyed on illegal immigrants in crimes of opportunity. But the three incidents in Hidalgo County in May showed signs of a changing pattern for the human smugglers, Border Patrol officials say. Smugglers – who...
  • 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...
  • 13 illegal immigrants OK plea deal (Maricopa County)

    06/01/2006 9:41:17 AM PDT · by STARWISE · 12 replies · 613+ views
    EastValleyTribune ^ | 5-31-06 | Gary Grado
    Nine of 48 illegal immigrants charged with conspiracy to smuggle humans — themselves — pleaded guilty to lesser charges Tuesday and will be deported under an agreement with the Maricopa County Attorney’s Office. They join four other immigrants who recently agreed to the deal, pleading guilty to solicitation to smuggle. In addition to deportation, the border crossers were placed on two years of probation. The 48 immigrants were the first in the county to be charged with conspiracy to smuggle humans — a unique interpretation of a state law aimed at cracking down on coyotes, who are paid by immigrants...
  • <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 ^ | 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...
  • Mexico wants shooting investigated

    05/20/2006 7:29:49 AM PDT · by Dubya · 62 replies · 1,200+ views
    Associated Press ^ | May 19, 2006 | THOMAS WATKINS
    SAN DIEGO - The Mexican government called for an investigation Friday into a shooting by two federal agents that left one person dead at the world's busiest border crossing. A union representing the Border Patrol agent involved in the shooting defended the officer's conduct. The shooting took place Thursday afternoon after U.S. agents surrounded a sport utility vehicle that was under surveillance on suspicion of immigrant smuggling, police said. The driver refused to get out, and when agents smashed the vehicle's window with a baton, he accelerated in the direction of five U.S. agents blocking his path and "nearly pinned...