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#350 Mar 25, 2010
Death threat deadline on Juárez mayor is today

Times staff reports
Posted: 03/24/2010

›› Previous story: Juárez officer slain; mayor gets threat:'2 weeks left to live'
CBS News video: Juárez mayor on death threats
EL PASO - The death threat deadline made against Juárez Mayor José Reyes Ferriz is today.

On March 10, a pig's head was found next to a sign for the mayor stating in part "you have two weeks left to live," the Internet news Web site arrobajuarez.com reported.

City officials believe the cleansing of the police department could be a motive behind a death threat.

The mayor's security team has been looking into the threat and that security had been increased.

"We know the topic of cleaning up the police to have a trustworthy department is something that has affected a lot of criminal interests and we take very seriously these" threats, Reyes said in a statement when the threat was made. Reyes has been threatened before.

Drug kingpin Joaquin "Chapo" Guzmán's Sinaloa drug cartel uses the term "marranos," or pigs, as a derogatory reference to members of the rival Juárez drug cartel.

Since 2008, both cartels have been fighting for control of a drug-smuggling corridor in a wave of bloodshed that has turned Juárez into Mexico's most violent city.

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#351 Mar 25, 2010
Teenage sisters shot to death in Juárez

Adriana Gómez Licón
El Paso Times
Posted: 03/24/2010

EL PASO -- Two teenage sisters were shot dead today in southeast Juárez, Chihuahua state officials said.
Police found the bodies of Maira Alejandra Cardoza Guajardo, 19, inside an SUV, and her sister Lucero Cardoza Guajardo, 17, in the bathroom of their home near the Zaragoza international bridge.

Also, two men died in separate shootings today.

Salvador Álvarez Chacón, 45, was killed about 7 a.m. in the Juárez suburb El Porvenir, adjacent to Fort Hancock.

Chihuahua state police found him on a street with several bullet wounds to his body.

A man in his 30s, who has not yet been identified by state officials, was killed about 2:30 p.m. in a gray Hyundai Sonata at the kilometer 20 of Mexico Highway 45.

More than 570 killings have occurred in Juárez so far in 2010, and more than 5,100 since Mexico's president began cracking down on drug cartels in December 2006.

On Tuesday, eight people were killed, including a police officer, who was shot in front of his mother.

Four people were killed at a funeral home in west Juárez about Tuesday night.

The victims were Rubén Dávila Ruiz, 35, José Manuel Heredia Heredia, 25, Gustavo Hernández García, 22, and Jorge Javier de la Cruz Heredia, 15.

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#352 Mar 25, 2010
Teen sisters among 5 deaths in Juárez

Adriana Gómez Licón
El Paso Times
Posted: 03/25/2010

EL PASO -- Two teenage sisters were shot dead Wednesday in southeast Juárez, Chihuahua state officials said.

Police found the bodies of Maira Alejandra Cardoza Guajardo, 19, in an SUV, and her sister Lucero Cardoza Guajardo, 17, in the bathroom of their home near the Zara goza international bridge.

In addition, two men died in separate shootings Wednesday.

Salvador Alvarez Chacón, 45, was killed about 7 a.m. in the Juárez suburb El Porvenir, adjacent to Fort Hancock. Chihuahua state police found him on a street with several bullet wounds.

A man in his 30s, who has not yet been identified by state officials, was killed about 2:30 p.m. Wednesday in a gray Hyundai Sonata with Texas license plates at kilometer 20 of Mexico Highway 45.

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#353 Mar 25, 2010
American Exchange Students Return Home From Mexico

Reported by: Camaron Abundes

MCALLEN - College students from America who were studying at Tec De Monterrey were asked to leave after two students were killed near campus.

Allison Hausman says she knew the risks of studying in Mexico, but she never expected the dangers to strike so close to campus.

"It came up the street, then it sounded like it was right outside our apartment," she says.

At first Hausman believed the military had killed two cartel members. It wasn't until later that she found out it was two of her neighbors.

"They were in the library and they didn't get any answers. We were all worried, calling hospitals," she says.

That's when Hausman and nine other exchange students were asked to leave the campus for their own safety.

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#354 Mar 25, 2010
Tijuana police will focus on street crime

Citizens complained that drug trafficking took precedence

By Staff, San Diego 6 CW
Wednesday, March 24, 2010

TIJUANA, Mexico—After several years of battling drug cartels, Tijuana’s police department is switching gears to focus on fighting normal street crime.
Residents complained in recent months that police ignore home burglaries, car thefts and muggings, focusing instead on disrupting drug traffickers, who fight over routes leading through the border city into San Diego, California.
At a news conference Tuesday at a Tijuana shopping mall, state prosecutor Rommel Moreno Manjarrez said officers would change their course to refocus on common crime, while soldiers sent in by the government continue to fight drug traffickers.
Brutal cartel-related crime has declined so far this year, but common crime is up 40 percent.

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#355 Mar 25, 2010
Cargo of Marijuana Seized by Border Patrol

Border Patrol agents confiscated a cargo of 153 kilos of marijuana and arrested 2 men, and one minor.

Thursday, March 25, 2010
By: LAREDO SUN

LAREDO, Tx.- Border Patrol agents confiscated a cargo of 153 kilos of marijuana and arrested 2 men, and one minor.

According to reports, federal agents detected several people carrying strange bundles in a parked vehicle near río Bravo, in south Laredo.

Law officials drew near to investigate and watched as two subjects got in the red vehicle and headed towards the highway. Authorities followed the driver as he tried to escape and managed to detain him.

The passenger was identified as a Mexican adult. He was arrested on federal charges of possession with the intent to deliver the 153.5 kilos of marijuana.

The subjects confessed they would receive a payment of 200 dollars to pick up the narcotics and take it to an unknown place.

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#356 Mar 26, 2010
Ariz. bust nets meth, pot, cocaine,$800K

Mar. 25, 2010
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Arizona authorities say three men have been arrested in a drug bust that netted 15 pounds of methamphetamine, 650 pounds of marijuana, 30 kilograms of cocaine and $800,000 in cash.

Phoenix police and the Arizona Department of Public Safety were involved in the joint drug operation that resulted in the seizure Thursday.

Arrested were 26-year-old Jorge Lopez-Chavira, 35-year-old Carlos Villegas-Zamora and 46-year-old Rafael Baez.

The hometowns of the men were not immediately available, but authorities say Baez was booked into jail in Tucson.

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#357 Mar 26, 2010
Mexico arrests 'King of Heroin,' with ties to US

Posted 3/26/2010
By E. Eduardo Castillo,
Associated Press Writer

MEXICO CITY — Federal police have arrested Mexico's "King of Heroin," a powerful drug trafficker allegedly responsible for running thousands of pounds of heroin into Southern California each year, authorities said Thursday.
Jose Antonio Medina, nicknamed "Don Pepe," was arrested in the western state of Michoacan on Wednesday and is being held for prosecution, said Ramon Pequeno, head of the anti-narcotics division of Mexico's federal police.

Medina, 36, ran a complex smuggling operation that hauled 440 pounds (200 kilograms) of heroin each month across the Mexican border in Tijuana for La Familia drug cartel, Pequeno said.

The White House National Drug Threat Assessment says that while heroin use is stable or decreasing in the U.S., the source of the drug has shifted in recent years from Colombia -- where production and purity are declining -- to Mexico, where powerful drug cartels are gaining a foothold in the lucrative market.

Heroin production in Mexico rose from 17 pure metric tons in 2007 to 38 tons in 2008, with the increase translating to lower heroin prices and more heroin-related overdoses and more overdose deaths, according to U.S. government estimates in a report by the National Drug Intelligence Center.

Border Patrol agents seized 4.8 million pounds of narcotics at border crossings last year, and heroin seizures saw the most significant increase during that time, with a 316 percent jump over 2008.

Mexico and the U.S. are working together to counter a handful of increasingly violent drug cartels that supply most of the illicit drugs sold in the U.S. The arrest came the day after top U.S. Cabinet officials, led by Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, visited Mexico to underscore their shared responsibility for the country's drug-related violence.

Nearly 17,900 people have died in drug-related violence since President Felipe Calderon launched an assault on cartels after taking office in December 2006.

The bloodshed continued Thursday, when Mexican marines on patrol in the small town of Cerralvo, north of the city of Monterrey, came under fire after ordering a convoy of gunmen traveling in 6 vehicles to stop.

Six of the assailants were killed in the ensuing battle, the navy said. The marine patrol, which was supported by two navy helicopters during the firefight, seized 15 rifles, 10 pistols, 2 grenades and ammunition from the vehicles.

A secretary at the Cerralvo town hall said the shootout took place on the outskirts of town on the highway toward the border with Texas. The shooting was heard throughout the town.
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#358 Mar 26, 2010
Rural towns across the border in Chihuahua bloodied by cartel violence

By Adriana Gómez Licón
El Paso Times
Posted: 03/26/2010

FORT HANCOCK -- People seem serene working the cotton and alfalfa fields in the rural community 50 miles southeast of El Paso.

Fort Hancock is a stark contrast to the rural towns across the border in Chihuahua, where residents are victims of brutal daylight attacks at their homes and shops and on their roads.

One of every four killings in and near Juárez has taken place in small rural communities that share a border with Texas towns like Fort Hancock. Because of fear, Mexican residents are fleeing these towns and seeking asylum in the United States through Fort Hancock's international bridge.

These border agricultural towns in Chihuahua are better known as the Valley of Juárez, an area the U.S. State Department has said should be avoided. The violence-plagued towns are also adjacent to Tornillo, Fabens and San Elizario.

On Thursday, two men were killed in the border town of Praxedis Guerrero, close to Tornillo. One was shot more than 40 times at a cell-phone shop.

The U.S. Border Patrol said these are "hot corridors" for drug and human smuggling. Both the Sinaloa and Juárez drug cartels are fighting to control these passages.

In December, a top member of the Juárez cartel, José Rodolfo "El Rikin" Escajeda Escajeda, was arrested in Nuevo Casas Grandes, Chihuahua, by the Mexican army. Escajeda was known for terrorizing the population to control the corridors in the Valley of Juárez.

Earlier this year, the Mexican army arrested 10 members, mostly teenagers, of a cell that worked for the Sinaloa cartel's Joaquín "El Chapo" Guzmán in the agricultural valley. They kidnapped and killed people for about $40 a week, Chihuahua state officials said.

No more than 18,000 people live in these communities east of Juárez. The area has seen 45 murders in March. About 180 people have been killed in Juárez this month.

U.S. law enforcement agencies have noticed an increase in asylum seekers crossing through the Fort Hancock international bridge.
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#359 Mar 26, 2010
Marijuana Confiscated After High Speed Chase

Sheriff's and Border Patrol agents confiscated 528 pounds of marijuana and arrested two people.

Friday, March 26, 2010
By: FRANCISCO DÍAZ

LAREDO, Tx.- After a high-speed chase, Sheriff's and Border Patrol agents confiscated 528 pounds of marijuana and arrested two people.

Sheriff's Department spokeswoman, Maru de la Paz, also mentioned that the case was registered when patrolmen signaled the driver of a red Dodge truck to stop, on highway 83.

The chauffeur decided to speed away until he arrived to Ejido and Southgate, where he got off the truck and ran.

Border Patrol agents arrived on the scene to give Sheriff officials assistance in their search of the subjects in the pick up, a helicopter also helped capture the criminals.

Meanwhile, officials confiscated 11 packages from the truck, with a combined weight of 528 pounds of marijuana, valued at 267,168 dollars.

Minutes later, federal agents arrested José Ramírez, 26, and Israel Villarreal, 36. They both received drug possession charges, as second degree felonies, as well as evading arrest.

The subjects were sent to the County Jail.

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#360 Mar 26, 2010
More Marijuana is Seized in Laredo

The incident took place on highway 83, near Cielito Lindo sub division, in south Laredo.

Friday, March 26, 2010
By: LAREDO SUN

LAREDO, Tx.- Sheriff Deputies seized a cargo of marijuana that was transported in a truck, but the two subjects managed to escape.

The case was registered as agents conducted a routine check on highway 83, near Cielito Lindo sub division, in south Laredo.

Officials detected the occupants of a brown GMC pick up truck and decided to signal it to stop. The subjects decided to escape and evade law enforcements, as they sped off at high speed.

Mile ahead, the truck stopped and the subjects fled on foot towards the fields, abandoning the cargo of marijuana. Sheriff agents confiscated a bundle with a total 15.2 pounds of marijuana, with a street value of 7,590 dollars.

Sheriff Cuellar congratulated his agents recognizging their ability and well training.

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#361 Mar 26, 2010
Cocaine Bust at Weslaco Lowe's

WESLACO - It was a discovery police didn't expect especially at the place where it was found. As shoppers headed into buy hardware supplies at Lowe's in Weslaco, police and Border Patrol Agents checked out a van in the parking lot.

Authorities investigated a black mini-van just before six tonight. It eventually got towed away from the scene. Weslaco police tell us a drug dog made a hit on the vehicle. When officers checked it out, they found 16 pounds of cocaine hidden inside.

The van was abandoned in the Lowe's parking lot. No trace of the driver who left it there. Police are still investigating this case.

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#362 Mar 26, 2010
Spring Break travel alert doesn’t worry Baja tourism destinations

By Tania Navarro, SDNN
Thursday, March 25, 2010

Because of the security situation, the U.S. Department of State and Canada’s Foreign Affairs and International Trade ministry had recently warned their citizens to avoid traveling to Mexico, particularly the northern area and all cities bordering the United States.

On March 14, the abduction and murder of two resident U.S. citizens in Chihuahua spurred the update of the State Department warning. The document highlights some parts of the states of Durango, Coahulia and Chihuahua.

The Canadian report, posted on March 15, recommends an “exercise of high degree of caution” when traveling to Tijuana, and to “avoid non-essential travel” to Ciudad Juarez, where three resident U.S. citizens, including one U.S. Consulate employee, were killed.

In Baja, while Spring Break begins, tourism promoters are hoping to have a good season, at least better than 2009 when hotel occupation fell 80 percent.

“We need to be clear: At this time, the security conditions in Baja are better than in the past years,” said Oscar Escobedo, Baja´s tourism secretary.

Escobedo said that Baja has had big results in the war against violence and drug traffic, and that it is a safe territory for tourism.

But at Rosarito beaches and other Baja vacation destinations, such as Ensenada and San Felipe, there are only empty streets.

“Rosarito is not Ciudad Juarez,” said Hugo Torres, Rosarito´s mayor and owner of Rosarito Beach hotel, who also encouraged So-Cal residents to visit Baja.

Citlalitl Pereda, president of Rosarito Touristic Committee, said that because of the Western Hemisphere Travel Initiative (WHTI), which requires all U.S. citizens to show a valid passport when traveling back from a Mexican border, it is improbable that American students want to pass their spring break on Baja beaches.

“We have arranged many promotions at restaurants, hotels and bars for the people with an American passport; but we cannot force them to have a passport. We know that the economic situation is not very good for many of them, and if they don’t want to, they will not spend their money buying that document,” she said.

Pereda said that Rosarito is hosting many events during the next two weeks, including the “Taco-Fest” and “Playa-Fest,” with promotions packages in hotels, activities at the beach, music, food and sports.

“We would love to receive visitors from all over the world, but the truth is that we are not expecting only Americans,” Pereda said.“Instead, we know that we will have many local tourism, people from our neighbor cities, like Tijuana, Tecate or Mexicali.”

William Shimmer, 44, a Riverside resident, is a frequent visitor to Rosarito. He believes that compared to other years, this is a very calm and safe time at this Mexican beach.

“I love this place. The food, the drinks and the places are very good and cheap,” he said.

For many, even with the passport law and the travel alerts, Rosarito will be an option to spend a sunny weekend.

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#364 Mar 26, 2010
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Fearing drug gang, residents of Mexico town flee to Texas
By Dave Montgomery
The Fort Worth Star-Telegram
Members of a drug cartel apparently intent on controlling a Mexican border town are threatening to kill residents or torch their homes, forcing some of the residents to flee into Texas to seek asylum, according to law enforcement authorities.
Hudspeth County Sheriff Arvin West said the residents have been told "to vacate or they're going to start killing them and burning their houses down."
Residents from El Porvenir have been arriving at the U.S. port of entry at Fort Hancock, along a desolate stretch of the border about 50 miles southeast of El Paso, over the past week and a half, authorities say. West said more than 30 have requested political asylum.
U.S. officials met with their Mexican counterparts Tuesday to discuss the rampaging drug wars that resulted in thousands of deaths and posed a domestic security crisis for the government of Mexican President Felipe Calderon.
Last week, Texas Gov. Rick Perry ramped up a multiagency law enforcement presence on the border to prevent spill-over violence into the United States.
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Thanks Skeeter, they'll use any excuse to run to our country. It's got to be stopped. If they had any self respect at all they would stand and fight to clean up their own country instead of coming here ruining ours,and demanding amnesty.

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#365 Mar 26, 2010
Mexican Groups Pose ‘Greatest’ Drug Smuggling Threat (Update2)

By Justin Blum
March 25 (Bloomberg)

The availability of illicit drugs in the U.S. is increasing and Mexican drug organizations pose the biggest trafficking threat, according to a Justice Department report.

The prevalence of heroin, methamphetamine, marijuana and ecstasy were “widespread” in the U.S. last year, according to the report released today. Cocaine availability decreased.

Mexican smuggling is expanding in the U.S. and represents “the single greatest drug trafficking threat to the United States,” according to the report.

The U.S. is working with Mexican President Felipe Calderon to combat drug traffickers. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and other U.S. officials visited Mexico this week to discuss ways to break up border gangs and tighten border security.

Police in Mexico said today they arrested Jose Antonio Medina, 36, known as the King of Heroin. He allegedly smuggled 200 kilograms (441 pounds) of heroin a month into the U.S.

The urgency of dealing with violence in Mexico was heightened for the U.S. on March 13 when gunmen killed three people connected to the U.S. consulate in Ciudad Juarez across the border from El Paso, Texas. There have been more than 2,200 drug-connected deaths recorded in Mexico since the start of the year, according to El Universal newspaper.

Availability of heroin, methamphetamine and marijuana is forecast to increase, largely because of more production in Mexico, according to the report.

Mexican trafficking organizations increased cooperation with U.S.-based street and prison gangs to distribute illicit drugs, according to the report.

Asian drug trafficking organizations are responsible for the resurgence of ecstasy in the U.S., according to the report. The groups produce the drug in Canada and smuggle it into the U.S.

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#366 Mar 27, 2010
Police chief decapitated in northern Mexico town

Posted 3/27/2010
By Mark Walsh,
Associated Press Writer

MONTERREY, Mexico — The decapitated body of the police chief of a northern Mexico town and the body of his brother were found inside the chief's patrol truck Friday, authorities said. Hours earlier, gunmen killed a deputy police chief and his bodyguard in another part of Mexico's north.
The body of Heriberto Cerda, the police chief in Agualeguas, was found on the bed of a patrol pickup truck, which was left on a dirt road in the nearby town of General Trevino. His head was on his lap, said a spokesman for Nuevo Leon state prosecutors who spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to discuss the case.

The body of the chief's brother, Jesus Cerda, was found inside the truck, the official said. He didn't say how Jesus Cerda was killed.

Nuevo Leon state secretary general Javier Trevino told reporters that Cerda and his brother had been reported missing Thursday.

The windshield and driver's door of the patrol car had "C.D.G.," an acronym for the Gulf drug cartel, written in blood, photos showed.

The border state of Nuevo Leon, where Agualeguas and General Trevino are located, has seen an upsurge in violence that authorities say is the result of a turf battle between the Gulf cartel and the Zetas, the cartel's former hit men.

The slayings came a day after Mexican marines on patrol in the Nuevo Leon town of Cerralvo came under fire after ordering a convoy of gunmen traveling in six vehicles to stop. Six of the assailants were killed.

Nearly 18,000 people have died in drug-related violence since President Felipe Calderon launched an assault on cartels after taking office in December 2006.

In the northern state of Sonora, gunmen in a pickup truck fatally shot the deputy police chief and his bodyguard in the city of Nogales, which sits across the border from the Arizona city of the same name, authorities said Friday.

Sonora state police said gunmen opened fire on the victims with Kalashnikov rifles Thursday night.

Late Friday, gunmen opened fired on a hotel in downtown Ciudad Juarez where federal agents stay, killing one and wounding two, authorities said.

Enrique Torres, a spokesman for Chihuahua state police, said the assailants shot into the hotel's restaurant. Hours earlier, a state investigator was shot to death in a residential area, Torres said.

Ciudad Juarez, which is across the border from El Paso, Texas, is the most violent city in Mexico.

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#367 Mar 27, 2010
Lawman dies in Nogales, Sonora.In Arizona, drug violence to the south is ‘disturbing’

Sat, 03/27/2010

NOGALES, Ariz.— The second-highest-ranking police official in Nogales, Sonora, was murdered along with his guard. A gang of hit men reportedly emptied more than 30 bullets into the victims’ minivan.

According to Sonora media reports, Deputy Police Chief Adalberto Padilla Molina and bodyguard Ivan Sepulveda Espino were pulling out of a shopping mall parking lot at the Periferico Colosio highway and Boulevard Kennedy when a group of men approached in a pickup and opened fire with assault rifles on Thursday.

A 16-year-old boy who was among a group gathered for a service at a nearby funeral parlor was hit by at least four stray bullets and was taken to a local hospital in critical condition, according to the Nuevo Dia newspaper.

Padilla Molina, a major in Mexico’s army, took over as deputy chief on Dec. 3, 2009. Sepulveda Espino joined the force the same day, Nuevo Dia reported.

Santa Cruz County Sheriff Tony Estrada told The Associated Press the killings were “disturbing.” He said it was worrisome the murder was close to Arizona.

“Their turf wars are on the Mexican side right now, and that’s where they’re concentrating all of their violence,” he said,“and we’re hopeful that’s where it will stay.”

The attack was among a wave of violence:

• The decapitated body of the police chief of Agualeguas, Nuevo León, and the body of his brother were found inside a truck Friday.

• Mexican marines in the Nuevo Leon town of Cerralvo came under fire after ordering a convoy of gunmen to stop. Six of the assailants were killed.

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#368 Mar 27, 2010
Rural towns across the border in Chihuahua bloodied by cartel violence

By Adriana Gómez Licón
El Paso Times
Posted: 03/26/2010

FORT HANCOCK -- People seem serene working the cotton and alfalfa fields in the rural community 50 miles southeast of El Paso.

Fort Hancock is a stark contrast to the rural towns across the border in Chihuahua, where residents are victims of brutal daylight attacks at their homes and shops and on their roads.

One of every four killings in and near Juárez has taken place in small rural communities that share a border with Texas towns like Fort Hancock. Because of fear, Mexican residents are fleeing these towns and seeking asylum in the United States through Fort Hancock's international bridge.

These border agricultural towns in Chihuahua are better known as the Valley of Juárez, an area the U.S. State Department has said should be avoided. The violence-plagued towns are also adjacent to Tornillo, Fabens and San Elizario.

On Thursday, two men were killed in the border town of Praxedis Guerrero, close to Tornillo. One was shot more than 40 times at a cell-phone shop.

The U.S. Border Patrol said these are "hot corridors" for drug and human smuggling. Both the Sinaloa and Juárez drug cartels are fighting to control these passages.

In December, a top member of the Juárez cartel, José Rodolfo "El Rikin" Escajeda Escajeda, was arrested in Nuevo Casas Grandes, Chihuahua, by the Mexican army. Escajeda was known for terrorizing the population to control the corridors in the Valley of Juárez.

Earlier this year, the Mexican army arrested 10 members, mostly teenagers, of a cell that worked for the Sinaloa cartel's Joaquín "El Chapo" Guzmán in the agricultural valley. They kidnapped and killed people for about $40 a week, Chihuahua state officials said.

No more than 18,000 people live in these communities east of Juárez. The area has seen 45 murders in March. About 180 people have been killed in Juárez this month.

U.S. law enforcement agencies have noticed an increase in asylum seekers crossing through the Fort Hancock international bridge.

Customs and Border Protection officials did not have data on people seeking asylum, but spokesman Roger Maier said more Mexican residents are fleeing through Fort Hancock. The agency is in charge of those requests.

"It has been busier than normal during March for asylum claims," Maier said.

When people claim asylum in the area, they are placed in detention centers in El Paso while they await interviews with U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services. The cases are then turned over to an immigration judge.
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#369 Mar 27, 2010
2 men arrested after $1.5M marijuana find

By Pink Rivera
El Paso Times
Posted: 03/27/2010

EL PASO -- More than $1.5 million worth of marijuana was found Thursday night, and two men were arrested on drug charges.

Lazaro Camacho, 37, and Gerardo Ramirez-Delgado, 40, were arrested by sheriff's deputies behind a business center in the 11400 block of Rojas Drive, officials said.

The men were arrested after they were seen unloading the marijuana from a white van behind the business, said sheriff's officials. The officials said the business was not involved in the case.

Sheriff's Office spokeswoman Chris Acosta said the discovery of a half-ton of marijuana bundles was big, but not uncommon. Acosta said a similar amount of marijuana was found by law enforcement last month.

Camacho and Ramirez-Delgado were booked into the El Paso County Jail just after 11 p.m. Thursday on charges of possession of more than 50 pounds of marijuana.

The bond for each was set at $150,000.

Camacho posted bond and was released, but Ramirez-Delgado remained jailed Friday evening.

The case is still under investigation.

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#370 Mar 27, 2010
More Than 5 Tons of Marijuana are Seized

The narcotics exceeded the 10 million dollar mark.

Saturday, March 27, 2010
By: LAREDO SUN

LAREDO, Tx.- Customs and Border Protection inspectors seized more than 5 tons of marijuana in two separate cases.

The value of these narcotics exceeded 10 million dollars.

Federal spokeswoman, Mucia Dovalina, stated that the largest cargo was registered on the World Trade bridge, when Customs agents received a 1997 International tractor, that carried a trailer.

The driver was a 36 year old Mexican.

The driver declared the auto parts he carried were headed to the United States. The unit was then sent to secondary and with the x- ray scanner authorities detected abnormalities in the trailer.

As officials inspected closer they located 362 packages with a total of 10,661 pounds of marijuana valued at 10.6 million dollars.

The second case was registered on the Gateway to the Americas international bridge, when a 19 year old in a 1978 Ford pick up with Mexican plates arrived.

Federal agents detected a cargo of 16 packages in the interior of the truck, with a combined weight of 110 pounds and a street value of 110 million dollars.

The youngster was arrested and taken into custody.

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