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  • C-4 seized in Colorado in Navy SEAL smuggling case

    11/05/2010 5:42:13 AM PDT · by Pan_Yan · 25 replies · 2+ views
    AP via Google ^ | November 4, 2010
    LAS VEGAS (AP) — Federal agents seized five pounds of C-4 military explosives from the Colorado home of a man accused with a Navy SEAL and a Las Vegas associate of smuggling machine guns from Iraq into the U.S. for sale and shipment to Mexico, authorities said Thursday. Grenades and night-vision goggles also were found in the Durango, Colo., home of 34-year-old Richard Paul, according to federal prosecutors and federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives agents in Las Vegas and Colorado. Paul and Andrew Kaufman, 36, of Las Vegas, were arrested Wednesday and appeared Thursday before federal magistrate...
  • Sri Lankan caught smuggling over 2,000 diamonds in swallowed condoms

    10/28/2010 11:31:48 AM PDT · by library user · 20 replies
    Thaindian News ^ | 10/28/2010
    ~ EXCERPT ~ CHENNAI, INDIA (BNO NEWS) – A Sri Lankan Man, who had swallowed 2,060 diamonds worth up to Rs. 3 crore ($674,715 dollars) packed in several condoms, was arrested at an airport on Tuesday, local media reported Thursday. Mohammed Shakif, 43, of Galle, Sri Lanka, was smuggling the precious stones in 42 condoms and had just arrived in Chennai, located in the southern region of India, when a team of suburban police acting on a tip off inquired him. According to the police the precious stones were worth between Rs. 1.5 crore ($337,357 dollars) and Rs. 3 crore...
  • 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....
  • South Florida becoming gateway for arms smuggling

    09/19/2010 12:02:59 PM PDT · by ruralvoter · 8 replies
    Miami Herald ^ | 9/18/10 | Jay Weaver
    Miami seems more and more like the Casablanca of movie legend. This month, a Palestinian man and a Cuban migrant were charged in an FBI counter-terrorism probe with plotting to buy hundreds of stolen assault rifles, high-tech bombs and remote-control detonators to ship to the West Bank. Shortly before that, Miami Beach arms wunderkind Efraim Diveroli -- already convicted of selling banned Chinese-made munitions to the Pentagon -- was arrested on new firearms charges in Brevard County after he allegedly tried to import rounds of ammunition from South Korea. And two years ago, a ring of foreigners and businesses was...
  • Report: IDF Attacks Targets in South, Central Gaza Strip

    08/17/2010 2:47:35 PM PDT · by Cindy · 34 replies
    YNET ^ | 08.17.10, 23:45 / Israel News | Ali Waked
    NOTE: THIS IS THE NEW ISRAEL-RELATED THREAD Note The following news brief is a quote: Report: IDF attacks targets in south, central Gaza Strip Published: 08.17.10, 23:45 / Israel News Palestinians reported that the IDF had fired towards open ground in Khan Younis and attacked the smuggling tunnels in the south of the Gaza Strip. No injuries were reported. Two IDF soldiers were lightly wounded Tuesday morning from shells fired into the western Negev. (Ali Waked)
  • $1 million in cash found on routine big rig stop

    09/04/2010 9:09:34 AM PDT · by One_Upmanship · 62 replies
    SunJournal ^ | Sep 03, 2010 | Mark LaFlamme
    YORK – At least $1 million in cash was discovered inside a tractor-trailer Friday afternoon during a routine inspection along the turnpike. Maine State Police said they found the stash of cash after detaining the driver and a passenger while they examined driver logs. The driver, 35-year-old Jhon Rivera-Ramirez, was ultimately arrested for falsifying logs. He was later released on bail. State police said Ramirez was traveling with a passenger, Jose Javier Perez, 46, who was not charged in the stop. Police did not say where the men were coming from or where they were going. State Police Lt. Thomas...
  • Mexican mayor killed near migrant massacre site (WHERE'S THE FENCE?)

    08/30/2010 3:38:12 PM PDT · by tobyhill · 7 replies
    MSNBC ^ | 8/30/2010 | msnbc
    Suspected drug hitmen killed the mayor of a small town in northern Mexico on Sunday in a region where two car bombs exploded last week and the bodies of 72 murdered migrant workers were found. Gunmen in SUVs shot and killed Mayor Marco Antonio Leal as he drove through his rural municipality of Hidalgo near the Gulf of Mexico in Tamaulipas state, the local attorney general's office said. Leal's 4-year-old daughter was slightly wounded in the attack, a spokesman said. Some cartels have been known to carry out targeted shootings that kill the intended victim, but not children riding in...
  • At Naco port of entry, officer takes kick to face

    08/27/2010 11:09:37 AM PDT · by SandRat · 14 replies
    SIERRA VISTA — A man attempting to illegally enter the United States at the Naco port of entry has been charged with assault after he kicked a U.S. Customs and Border Protection officer in the face. The incident occurred Monday at about 8 p.m. when officers at the port of entry noticed a man trying to walk into the U.S. through the outbound pedestrian lane leading into Mexico, according to a release from the federal agency. When officers made their way towards the man, he began climbing a security fence to avoid capture. As they attempted to apprehend him, the...
  • Phoenix Bars Provide Recruiting Ground for Cartels, Authorities Say

    08/27/2010 5:46:25 AM PDT · by exbrit · 4 replies
    Fox News ^ | 8/29/10 | Unspecified
    Arizona's drug and human smuggling cartels are finding their newest hires in Phoenix bars, law enforcement officials say. The state's high unemployment rate and proximity to the Mexican border is making for fertile recruiting ground, as investigators say cartel members are singling out individuals desperate for money and employment. Capt. Kevin Zumbo, of the Illegal Immigration Prevention & Apprehension Co-op Team (IIMPACT), a multi-agency unit in the Phoenix metropolitan area focused on illegal immigration-associated crime, told that the cartels are looking for U.S. citizen who can easily blend in with society and not alert authorities.
  • Feds Charge New Russian Bombshell

    07/28/2010 8:36:17 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 29 replies · 1+ views
    cbs ^ | Wednesday, 28 July 2010 6:54AM | Naimah Jabali-Nash
    Fermanova, 24, is the newest bombshell targeted by federal authorities. She is accused of attempting to smuggle high-tech night vision scopes from the United States to Russia. An arrest affidavit obtained by Crimesider states that Fermanova, along with others, tried to "intentionally attempt to export" defense articles listed on the United States Munitions List without having the required license to do so. The document says that when Fermanova attempted to board a plane at New York's John F. Kennedy International Airport bound for Moscow on March 1, Customs & Border Protection seized her luggage, finding three night vision devices. When...
  • Man Swallows 85 Condoms of Cocaine to Smuggle to France

    07/27/2010 6:55:53 AM PDT · by BnBlFlag · 24 replies · 2+ views
    The Beaumont Enterprise ^ | 7/27/10 | Unknown
    By HOUSTON CHRONICLE Posted: July 27, 2010, 6:53 AM CDT July 27, 2010 HOUSTON — It took five hours and four minutes, but a suspected drug trafficker finally surrendered the spoils: 85 condoms of cocaine he allegedly swallowed and intended to smuggle from Houston to France. Housrou Kedji is scheduled to be arraigned in federal court Friday after being caught as he tried to board an Air France flight leaving Bush International Airport. He is charged with two counts of drug-trafficking. The 42-year-old citizen of the African nation of Togo gave up 2.2 pounds of his illicit cargo while sitting...
  • 21 killed in Mexican gang shootout near US border

    07/02/2010 5:02:33 AM PDT · by exbrit · 31 replies · 1+ views
    The Sierra Vista Herald ^ | 7/2/10 | FELIPE LARIOS GAXIOLA (AP)
    HERMOSILLO, Mexico — A massive gun battle between rival drug and migrant trafficking gangs near the U.S. border Thursday left 21 people dead and at least six others wounded, prosecutors said. The fire fight occurred in a sparsely populated area about 12 miles (20 kilometers) from the Arizona border, near the city of Nogales, that is considered a prime corridor for immigrant and drug smuggling. The Sonora state Attorney General’s Office said in a statement that nine people were captured by police at the scene of the shootings, six of whom had been wounded in the confrontation. Eight vehicles and...
  • McCain disagrees with AZ gov's drug 'mule' comment

    06/27/2010 11:51:01 AM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 99 replies
    Associated Press ^ | June 27, 2010
    PHOENIX (AP) -- U.S. Sen. John McCain says he disagrees with Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer's statements that most people crossing the U.S. southern border illegally are smuggling drugs, but he thinks she is doing a good job of standing up for her state. Brewer has said the motivation of "a lot" of the illegal immigrants is to enter the United States to look for work, but that drug rings press them into duty as drug "mules."
  • N. Korean Security Kidnaps 5 Chinese… 2 Tortured to Death (another one)

    06/26/2010 7:56:17 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 25 replies · 1+ views
    Chosun Ilbo ^ | 06/26/10 | Kim Dong-hyun
    /begin my translation N. Korean Security Kidnaps 5 Chinese… 2 Tortured to Death Kim Dong-hyun 2010.06.26 Recently, there have been repeated incidents of kidnapping and killing of Chinese by the N. Korean authorities in the border region. In the latest incident, N. Korean security agents kidnapped five Chinese inside China and took them back to N. Korea. N. Korean Intellectuals' Alliance , an academic organization made up of N. Korean defectors, said on June 26 that N. Korea’s State Security Department arrested six Chinese in Manpo, Jagang-do, on June 20, on suspicion of condoning the escape of N. Koreans and...
  • Ariz. gov: Most illegal immigrants smuggling drugs

    06/25/2010 1:24:37 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 41 replies · 1+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 6/25/10 | Paul Davenport - ap
    PHOENIX – Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer said Friday most illegal immigrants entering Arizona are being used to transport drugs across the border. Brewer said the motivation of "a lot" of the illegal immigrants is to enter the United States to look for work, but that drug rings press them into duty as drug "mules." "I believe today, under the circumstances that we're facing, that the majority of the illegal trespassers that are coming into the state of Arizona are under the direction and control of organized drug cartels and they are bringing drugs in," Brewer said. "There's strong information to...
  • Brewer: Most illegal immigrants smuggling drugs

    06/25/2010 1:09:30 PM PDT · by SandRat · 25 replies
    Arizona Daily Star ^ | Paul Davenport The Associated Press
    Gov Brewer says most of the illegals are hualing Drugs and doing other crimes.
  • IDF Strikes in Gaza In Response to Rocket

    06/24/2010 11:17:46 PM PDT · by Cindy · 24 replies
    YNET ^ | 06.25.10, 07:57 / Israel News | Hanan Greenberg
    IDF strikes in Gaza in response to rocket Air Force planes target weapons warehouse, two smuggling tunnels in Strip; no injuries reported Hanan Greenberg Published: 06.25.10, 07:57 / Israel News Israel Air Force aircraft bombed a weapons warehouse in northern Gaza and two smuggling tunnels in the southern Strip on Thursday night. The Israel Defense Forces said the targets were hit and that all planes returned safely to their base. There were no reports of injuries. The attack was a response to the firing of a rocket and mortar shells at western Negev communities on Thursday. The IDF stressed that...
  • Armed Mexican Drug Cartels Control Parts Of Arizona

    06/24/2010 5:39:51 AM PDT · by AtlasStalled · 14 replies · 1+ views
    A Mexican drug cartel has issued an ominous death threat against police officers in Nogales, AZ who seize their illicit product as reported by Sean Alfano for the Daily News: Police Chief Jeffrey Kirkham said his officers received threats a couple weeks ago after off-duty police busted a pot smuggling ring. * * * Just which cartel made the threat remains unclear. Violent warnings toward American police are not new, but the Nogales incident marked the first time U.S. officials confirmed a threat. The Sinaloa cartel controls the smuggling routes along the Arizona-Sonora border, and in early 2009 its boss...
  • Update on Murder of Arizona Rancher Robert Krentz (Video Report)

    06/23/2010 3:30:43 PM PDT · by Tom Hawks · 7 replies
    ChicoER Gate ^ | 6/23/10 | Chuck Wolk
    Last week the Cochise County Sheriff's Department released some formerly undisclosed information about the murder of Arizona rancher Robert Krentz, In the heavily redacted police report, we learn that shortly before he was shot to death, Krentz radioed his brother Phil, that he came across some illegal aliens and someone was hurt on his 35,000 acre ranch. He asked his brother to contact Border Patrol and to get some medical attention for whomever was hurt. That was the last time anyone heard from Robert. The report stated that another rancher, who's name was blacked out from the report had...
  • N. Korea: Shooting of 3 Chinese Smugglers Explained (Chinese ripped off NK guards, who got even)

    06/19/2010 8:06:48 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 7 replies · 325+ views
    The Daily NK ^ | 06/17/10 | Lee Sung Jin
    Shooting of 3 Chinese Smugglers Explained By Lee Sung Jin [2010-06-17 16:29 ] Changchun, China -- The recent shooting of four Chinese smugglers on the border between North Korea and China by a North Korean border guard was due to a quarrel between the Chinese smugglers and North Korean border guards about an antiques smuggling ring, according to a local trader. The North Korean border guard shot the four smugglers on June 4th; three were killed and one was wounded. Afterwards, the North Korean authorities apparently issued an apology for the accident to the Dandong municipal government and paid compensation...
  • Feds recover $3 million worth of cocaine

    06/18/2010 12:20:27 PM PDT · by SandRat · 13 replies · 339+ views
    Border Patrol agents arrested a U.S. citizen after intercepting $3 million worth of cocaine at the San Luis Port of Entry near Yuma. During an inspection, a narcotics sniffing dog alerted authorities to something suspicious in the front end of a truck driven by the alleged smuggler. Agents took a closer look and discovered wrapped packages containing 60 pounds worth of cocaine. Border agents arrested the 34-year-old man Wednesday. He faces charges of attempting to smuggle cocaine into the U.S. Authorities did not release the man's name, where he's from or where he was coming from
  • Report: Iran Smuggling German-Made Nuclear Equipment Via Dubai

    06/06/2010 6:46:00 AM PDT · by edpc · 9 replies · 397+ views
    Haaretz ^ | 6 June 2010 | Haaretz Service
    Iran has been able to smuggle advanced technological equipment to its uranium enrichment plant in Natanz via a complex smuggling route based in Dubai, the Sunday Telegraph reported on Sunday. According to the report, an Iranian company has purchased control systems from one of Germany's leading electronic manufacturers. The deal was negotiated with a Dubai trading company, which in turn sold Iran a range of electronic equipment for use at its enrichment facility, the British website reported. The report comes amid growing concerns that though Iran claims its nuclear program has only peaceful aims, Tehran is in fact working toward...
  • Crystal meth seized in Douglas (AZ)

    06/12/2010 8:31:47 AM PDT · by exbrit · 12 replies · 341+ views
    Sierra Vista Herald ^ | 6/12/10 | Unspecified
    DOUGLAS —U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers stopped a drug smuggling try, seizing 39 pounds of crystal meth from a vehicle. On June 11 at about 9 a.m., CBP officers were screening traffic coming from Mexico. Officers selected a 2003 Ford Escape for inspection. The vehicle was being driven by a 32-year-old man from Agua Prieta, Sonora, Mexico. With the assistance of a K-9 team the CBP officers discovered that the fire wall inside the engine compartment had been altered and was being used to smuggle packages of crystal meth. The total weight of crystal meth was nearly 39 pounds...
  • Is Cuba Smuggling Terrorists into the U.S. through Mexico and Arizona?

    06/11/2010 7:01:22 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 12 replies · 383+ views
    American Thinker ^ | 06/11/2010 | Humberto Fontova
    When Fidel Castro (whose regime jailed  political prisoners at a higher rate than Stalin's and murdered them at a higher rate than pre-war Hitler's) recently slammed Arizona's SB 1070 as "a brutal violation of human rights," few Cuba-watchers took notice. Alas, cues from the Democratic/MSM teleprompter probably didn't prompt Castro's recent snipes against Arizona's SB 1070. Instead, Governor Brewer's law probably stung him hard -- and right where it hurts most. Don't look for this anywhere in the U.S. media, but last week Cancun's former mayor, Gregorio Sánchez, who was also running for governor of Mexico's state of Quintana Roo...
  • China complains to North Korea over border shooting(three dead smugglers update)

    06/08/2010 6:51:58 PM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 6 replies · 32+ views
    Global Times ^ | 06/09/10
    China complains to North Korea over border shooting * Source: Global Times * [02:07 June 09 2010] China said Tuesday that North Korean border guards shot dead three Chinese citizens last week and that Beijing had complained to Pyongyang. The incident Friday also left one person injured, China's Ministry of Foreign Affairs spokesman Qin Gang said at a regular media briefing. "On the morning of June 4, some residents of Dandong, Liaoning Province, were shot by North Korean border guards on suspicion of crossing the border for trade activities, leaving three dead and one injured," the spokesman said. "After the...
  • Investigation begins into Border Patrol altercation

    06/08/2010 9:48:44 AM PDT · by exbrit · 20 replies · 90+ views
    KOLD TUCSON ^ | 6/8/10 | Unspecified
    TOHONO O'ODHAM RESERVATION - The Federal Bureau of Investigation has opened an investigation after two Border Patrol agents shot and wounded two suspected drug smugglers after, agents say, the pair threw rocks at them. The FBI's Manuel Johnson says the violence occurred Saturday afternoon on the Tohono O'odham Indian Reservation about 40 miles west of Nogales. Johnson says border agents intercepted two men hauling backpacks containing drugs. The agents opened fire after the suspects hurled rocks at them.
  • N.Korean Official Held in China for Drug Trafficking

    06/07/2010 7:48:39 PM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 18 replies · 64+ views
    Chosun Ilbo ^ | 06/08/10
    N.Korean Official Held in China for Drug Trafficking A North Korean provincial government official has been arrested by Chinese police on charges of drug trafficking, supporting claims that the North Korean regime has a direct hand in the trade. South Korean activist Do Hee-yoon quoting a source in China on Monday said that a 33-year-old official surnamed Rim from the Sinuiju city government's trade bureau was arrested by Chinese police on charges of drug trafficking in Dandong on the evening of March 2. "North Korean agents targeting South Korea have been arrested before for their involvement in drug trafficking, but...
  • Three Chinese Shot Dead by N. Korean Soldiers in Shinuiju

    06/05/2010 6:14:29 PM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 32 replies · 1,104+ views
    Chosunn Ilbo ^ | 06/06/10
    /begin my excerpts Three Chinese Shot Dead by N. Korean Soldiers in Shinuiju Amid the rising inter-Korean tension due to Cheonan's sinking, three Chinese were shot dead by N. Korean soldiers in Shinuiju, a city bordering on China, according to N. Korean Intellectual Alliance on June 4. According to its source, three Chinese who boarded a ship at Dandong, China, and went over to Shinuiju for smuggling copper, were shot dead by N. Korean border guards around 11pm, June 3. The dead Chinese approached Shinuiju to contact N. Korean smugglers at the prearranged time, but were killed because of the...
  • 7 years for Mexican doctor in heroin trafficking

    06/05/2010 11:26:45 AM PDT · by SandRat · 7 replies · 302+ views
    A physician from Mexico who was among a group who each transported more than a kilogram of heroin from Arizona to New York City has been sentenced to more than seven years in federal prison. The U.S. attorney's office in Phoenix says another man from San Luis, Mexico, who also was involved in the smuggling ring got a slightly lower sentence. U.S. District Judge G. Murray Snow sentenced 39-year-old Dr. Jose David Portillo Lopez this week. A co-defendant, 38-year-old Juan Bautista Beltran Lopez, was sentenced last month. Both had pleaded guilty to heroin trafficking charges. Court records show Portillo and...
  • A Line in the Sand: Confronting the Threat at the Southwest Border

    05/30/2010 6:09:47 PM PDT · by Bad~Rodeo · 14 replies · 550+ views
    Increasing Coordination Between Mexican Drug Cartels, Human Smuggling Networks, and U.S.-Based Gangs Federal, State, and local law enforcement officials are witnessing a growing nexus between the Mexican drug cartels, illegal alien smuggling rings, and U.S. based gangs.The human smuggling networks that operate along the Southwest border cannot move their human cargo through drug cartel controlled corridors without paying a fee. The typical Mexican illegal alien now pays approximately $1,200 to $2,500. For aliens from countries other than Mexico this price is often considerably higher, and may even be more alluring for the cartels. Foreign nationals are often charged an exorbitantly...
  • Feds Sentence Two Illegal Immigrants for Carrying Nearly 150 Assault Rifles Into U.S.

    06/03/2010 8:23:47 PM PDT · by Route797 · 80 replies · 1,832+ views
    Fox News ^ | June 03, 2010 | Associated Press
    McALLEN, Texas -- Two Mexican nationals caught in Texas with 147 assault rifles, 10,000 rounds of ammunition, high-capacity magazines and bayonets have started serving short federal sentences after pleading guilty to entering the U.S. illegally. Federal prosecutors released the names of Damaso Alberto Rueda Cabrera and Arnulfo de la Cruz Sanchez on Thursday along with the unusual announcement that the men made their initial appearances in federal court, pleaded guilty and were sentenced to terms of 10 days and 45 days, respectively, all on Tuesday. In a prepared statement, U.S. Attorney Jose Angel Moreno said the investigation continued and no...
  • Forbidden Aircraft Flock To Iran

    05/31/2010 7:54:38 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 3 replies · 632+ views
    The Strategy Page ^ | 5/31/2010 | The Strategy Page
    A British aircraft broker (Balli Aviation Ltd.) was recently fined $17 million dollars, and put on probation for five years, for illegally exporting three Boeing 747s to Iran two years ago. The broker pled guilty and cooperated with the investigation. Iran has eight Boeing 747s, and they cannot be exported to Iran without a U.S. government permit. The U.S. refuses to provide these permits, so Iran obtains these aircraft via fraud and companies that are willing to risk prosecution. The Boeing and AirBus aircraft obtained this way have to be maintained by Iran, using smuggled parts. As a result, some...
  • Los Angeles Contradicts Its Own Official Policy; Mayor Villaraigosa Supports Human Trafficking

    05/15/2010 5:45:37 AM PDT · by AmericanInTokyo · 39 replies · 899+ views
    Washington ( – Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa told Thursday that illegal immigration has not contributed to his city’s budget problems, but, on the contrary, that illegal immigration adds to the "economic might" of California. "In California, I think there’s a real sense that these immigrants provide a great deal to the economic might of the state," said Villaraigosa. (Snip).........Daniel Nasaw, BBC News, Washington: The Los Angeles city council has voted to boycott Arizona businesses in one of the strongest moves yet against the state's new immigration law. Council members agreed to bar official travel to Arizona and avoid...
  • More than $1 Million worth of pot seized in 24 hours

    05/07/2010 7:57:28 PM PDT · by exbrit · 25 replies · 647+ views
    KVOA TUCSON ^ | 5/7/10 | Unspecified
    TUCSON - Within the past 24 hours U.S. Border Patrol agents have seized more than 1,300 lbs. of marijuana during four separate incidents.
  • 21 people arrested in federal drug bust. Smuggling incidents uncovered

    05/01/2010 12:52:08 PM PDT · by SandRat · 3 replies · 654+ views
    For the Nogales International PATAGONIA — Federal agents arrested 21 people, most from the Sonoita and Patagonia area, this week as part of a drug smuggling investigation, officials said. Indictments were filed against 23 people, including five members of the Patagonia-based Monge family, federal court records show. Isaac Monge, David Strickrath, Travis Frankling Thurmond, Scot Alan Hayes, Lauri Ann Wilson-Taylor, Candice Michelle Graham, Thomas Joseph Griffin, Colin Darryl Cojanis, Allan Dwight Stevens, Shawna Kay Pate, Christopher Lee Dixon, and William Eugene Wilkerson were all charged on various marijuana smuggling counts in an indictment filed Thursday in U.S. District Court. Most...
  • Border Patrol nabs trucks hauling marijuana

    04/27/2010 6:45:18 PM PDT · by SandRat · 13 replies · 685+ views
    Shown is $729,000 worth of marijuana, which Border Patrol agents found hidden inside a mattress when they pulled over a Chevy pickup at the Naco border crossing. (photo courtesy of border patrol) Printer-friendly versionSend to friend U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers stopped a drug-smuggling attempt when they seized 112 pounds of marijuana concealed inside the boards of the floor of a flatbed trailer. On Saturday at a little past 11 a.m., CBP officers were screening traffic coming from Mexico. The officers selected a 1993 Chevy pickup pulling a flatbed trailer for inspection. The vehicle was being driven by an...
  • U-Haul truck crammed with illegal immigrants near Elfrida

    04/23/2010 4:20:22 PM PDT · by VU4G10 · 21 replies · 793+ views ^ | 4/23/2010 |
    ELFRIDA - A U-Haul truck packed with illegal immigrants was pulled over near Elfrida Thursday by Cochise County deputies. Around 5:30 p.m. Thursday deputies pulled over the 26-foot truck after they noticed it was driving erractically on Davis Road. After stopping, the driver and passenger bailed from the truck. When deputies opened the back, they found 67 illegal immigrants inside. The immigrants and the truck were turned over to the U.S. Border Patrol.
  • Arizona van companies accused of immigrant-smuggling

    04/17/2010 2:11:28 PM PDT · by Berlin_Freeper · 7 replies · 353+ views ^ | April 17, 2010 | The Associated Press
    PHOENIX (AP) — The illegal immigrants being sneaked into the country were allegedly given phony $30 tickets and receipts for a van ride. And they were warned that if the van got pulled over by police, they should show the receipt. Federal investigators Thursday raided five shuttle-van services in Tucson and Phoenix and accused them of knowingly helping to smuggle tens of thousands of illegal immigrants into the U.S. over four years.
  • Immigration agents raid AZ van shuttle businesses

    04/15/2010 5:02:45 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 24 replies · 755+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 4/15/10 | Bob Christie and Jacques Billaud - ap
    PHOENIX – Federal agents arrested nearly 50 shuttle operators and smugglers Thursday accused of using vans to transport thousands of illegal immigrants from the Mexican border to Phoenix in what was billed as one of the government's largest-ever human smuggling busts. Investigators said the operators of four shuttle services in Tucson and a fifth in Phoenix created their businesses solely to help immigrant smugglers move their customers to Phoenix under a veil of legitimacy. The shuttle operators are accused of giving illegal immigrants fraudulent receipts to make the trips look legitimate and coaching them on what to say if the...
  • AZ-Sen. 2010: McCain suggests using military tech on Mexico border (McCain finally awake)

    04/15/2010 1:47:22 PM PDT · by rabscuttle385 · 44 replies · 907+ views
    Nextgov ^ | 2010-04-15 | Bob Brewin
    Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., said on Thursday the operations of drug cartels along the U.S.-Mexico border are tantamount to war and urged a top military commander to deploy high-tech military systems to monitor activities in the area. "I can make an argument that we are [engaged] in combat on the border," McCain said during a hearing of the Senate Armed Services Committee, which was considering the nomination of Vice Adm. James "Sandy" Winnefeld Jr. to head U.S. Northern Command. He called the $65 billion-per-year drug trade in that region, which has resulted in murders on both sides of the border,...
  • Mexico and the Failed State Revisited

    04/06/2010 6:43:29 PM PDT · by arthurus · 13 replies · 545+ views
    Stratfor ^ | March 13, 2008 | By George Friedman
    STRATFOR argued March 13, 2008, that Mexico was nearing the status of a failed state. A failed state is one in which the central government has lost control over significant areas of the country and the state is unable to function. In revisiting this issue, it seems to us that the Mexican government has lost control of the northern tier of Mexico to drug-smuggling organizations, which have significantly greater power in that region than government forces. Moreover, the ability of the central government to assert its will against these organizations has weakened to the point that decisions made by the...
  • N. Korea: The Great Confiscation Backfires, Badly

    01/28/2010 10:27:05 AM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 10 replies · 596+ views
    One Free Korea ^ | 01/28/10 | Joshua Stanton
    The Great Confiscation Backfires, Badly Posted by Joshua Stanton on January 28, 2010 at 8:34 am · Filed under NK Economics, Famine & Food Aid, Subversion How can we tell that North Korea is in a state of self-inflicted economic chaos? When the regime can’t even conceal it from the barbarians. AFP, quoting an unidentified Western diplomat via Yonhap, reports that “[a]t the Koryo Hotel where many foreigners stay, the [North Korean won exchange] rate swung from 51 won to 120 in the space of a few hours on January 22.” Another report says that currently, prices in North Korea...
  • Open and shut case: Amazed Italian border guards...

    01/19/2010 4:50:47 AM PST · by myknowledge · 4 replies · 451+ views
    Daily Mail ^ | January 19, 2010 | Nick Pisa
    This was the amazing sight that greeted Italian immigration police during routine spot check - a teenage boy hidden in a suitcase as he tried to illegally enter the country. The 15-year-old Afghan boy was discovered curled into foetal position inside the case while his 17-year-old brother was hidden in the foot well covered with blankets. Officers immediately arrested the Greek driver of the car, Alexandros Lepesiotis, 42, and charged him with illegally smuggling people into the country. The discovery was made at the Adriatic port of Bari, a well known entry point for people smugglers, on a ferry which...
  • Backpackers abandon 567 pounds of marijuana valued at more than $450,000

    01/09/2010 8:43:28 AM PST · by SandRat · 13 replies · 895+ views
    AJO — U.S. Border Patrol agents assigned to the Ajo station horse patrol unit seized 567 pounds of marijuana early Friday valued at more than $450,000. Agents using a thermal imaging camera spotted a group of individuals walking near State Route 85, and carrying large backpacks. Agents from Ajo’s horse patrol unit responded to the area and discovered 12 burlap sacks abandoned in an apparent attempt to avoid apprehension. Agents took the marijuana to the Ajo station for processing. The increased use of technology, such as thermal imaging cameras, has greatly improved the Border Patrol’s situational awareness, the patrol said,...
  • Sinkhole reveals smuggling tunnel under Nogales

    12/30/2009 4:27:32 PM PST · by SandRat · 9 replies · 960+ views
    SIERRA VISTA Herald/Review ^ | Manuel C. Coppola - Nogales International
    NOGALES — A sinkhole found two days before Christmas revealed a tunnel beneath International Street just west of the Dennis DeConcini Port of Entry. The discovery of the sinkhole prompted city of Nogales officials to contact the Border Patrol Station to investigate. Meantime, city crews placed a steel plate over the hole as a temporary fix to facilitate street traffic during the pending holiday. Agents discovered the street had caved in over a portion of a “sophisticated tunnel,” still under construction with two-by-four wood shoring and plywood floors, walls and ceilings, according to a Border Patrol news release. It measured...
  • [Breaking News: Man Executed] Condemned Briton's 'Heartbroken' Family Beg For Compassion from China

    12/28/2009 8:26:07 PM PST · by Steelfish · 111 replies · 5,996+ views
    Telegraph(UK) ^ | December 28th 2009
    Condemned Briton's 'Heartbroken' Family Beg For Compassion from China The family of Akmal Shaikh, the British man condemned to death in China, have made a last-minute appeal to the Chinese authorities to show mercy. By David Eimer in Beijing 28 Dec 2009 Akmal Shaikh, a British national who is facing the death penalty in China for possession of heroin Photo: AFP/GETTY Mr Shaikh is due to be executed in Urumqi at 10.30am Tuesday morning local time for heroin smuggling. "We're here to plead for clemency and we hope the Chinese government shows compassion. His life is in their hands now,"...
  • Officials Probe Auckland Firm's Role in Seized Arms Cache[N. Korean smuggling]

    12/18/2009 6:43:51 AM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 4 replies · 296+ views
    DECEMBER 17, 2009 Officials Probe Auckland Firm's Role in Seized Arms Cache By PATRICK BARTA, DANIEL MICHAELS and SIMON LOUISSON New Zealand officials are investigating whether an Auckland-based company has links to a weapons-filled plane from North Korea that was detained in Bangkok last week. Investigators are still unsure where the plane -- carrying 35 tons of missiles, explosives and other armaments -- was heading or who coordinated the flight plan. Its five-member crew, from Kazakhstan and Belarus, remains in detention in Bangkok and all five have denied knowledge that there were weapons onboard. Officials in Kazakhstan and the Republic...
  • Thai Jet Fighters Forced down the Plane Carrying N. Korean Arms [Breaking]

    12/17/2009 7:17:49 PM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 48 replies · 2,749+ views
    Chosun Ilbo ^ | 12/18/09 | Kwon Kyung-bok
    /begin my excerpts Thai Jet Fighters Forced down the Plane Carrying N. Korean Arms Kwon Kyung-bok 2009.12.18 04:19 A Russian daily reports. The IL-76 freighter plane of Georgian registry which got caught while transporting N. Korean arms did not land on Thailand for refueling, but was forced down to land by Thai fighter planes after entering Thai airspace, according to Dec. 17 report by Russian daily Kommersant. The paper reported that, as soon as the IL-76 plane which left Pyongyang entered Thai airspace, two Thai jet fighters intercepted the plane and order it to land on Don Muang Airport in...
  • Gotta See This! Footage Of Seized N. Korean Cargo Headed for Iran (Japanese TV Filmed in Thailand)

    12/17/2009 3:52:27 AM PST · by AmericanInTokyo · 36 replies · 2,149+ views
    NNN (Nihon Television) Network, Japan (Evening News) ^ | 17 December 2009 | AmericanInTokyo
    Caveats:1) The streaming video, located on THIS Japanese news web page, may only be up for a half day or so. The link could go dead, or could link to another, new story.2) Not all computer systems might be able to play the video. You might need Microsoft Silverlight installed, but probably most can see the short stream.3) Go to the link and hit the photo with the white triangle and stream. Now for the explanation of this important video taken today of photos of the cargo of an aircraft seized in Bangkok which was heading from North Korea...
  • Japanese TV SCOOP (NNN-Network) On N. Korean Cargo Filled With Weaponry Stopped in Thailand

    12/15/2009 9:54:27 PM PST · by AmericanInTokyo · 67 replies · 3,615+ views
    NNN (Nihon Television) Network, Japan (Evening News) ^ | 16 December 2009 | AmericanInTokyo
    God Bless those enterprising, digging Japanese journalists and their film crews.A hot one in North Korean black weapons smuggling case was captured for all of Japan to see last night at the 11 p.m. TV news on NNN Network.The pushy and curious Japanese journalists and cameramen with their long lenses (and fluent Farsi and Korean speaking investing staff in Tokyo), discovered some VERY interesting things about the North Korean aircraft stopped this week in Thailand with Ukranian crew flying weapons in violation of US sanctions. The flight crew has been very tight lipped, but the Japanese journalists nevertheless caught some...