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#576 Apr 18, 2010
Police Bust Yields Over 100 Pounds Of Pot

Jessica Molinar/KFOX Weekend Assignments Editor/Associate Producer
April 17, 2010

EL PASO, Texas -- El Paso police find more than 100 pounds of pot in a bust.

The bust happened Wednesday at a home on the 1500 block of Sioux Drive in East El Paso.

Police say they found 99 bundles of marijuana in the back seat of a Jeep Grand Cherokee that had Chihuahua license plates that was parked in the driveway.

Police arrested Jesus Miguel Carbajal, 42, of Juarez, Mexico, with possession of marijuana and booked him into the El Paso County Jail.

The marijuana is valued at more than $90,000.

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#577 Apr 19, 2010
Weekend Shootings across the Border

MIER & MIGUEL ALEMAN, MEXICO - Across the border, gunshots rang out as more deadly clashes took place over the weekend.

In Mier, a confrontation between armed civilians left three people injured.

In Miguel Aleman last night, a shootout broke out between the Mexican military and cartel members. Three people were killed in that shootout.

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#578 Apr 19, 2010
8 Juarez Kidnappers Arrested

Jessica Molinar
KFOX Weekend Assignments Editor
April 18, 2010

CIUDAD JUAREZ, Mexico -- The Chihuahua State Attorney announced that eight people are behind bars after being tied to several kidnappings along the border.

Investigators said all eight men were identified as people who went and took the victims during the kidnappings. They also have been tied to at least one murder, they said.

The men have been identified as Esteban Lopez, Cesar Nevares, Ricardo Garcia, Abraham Lopez, Edgar Alfonso, Raul Sanchez, Ismael Amador and Jaime Guadalupe.

Police found the men with high-powered rifles, cell phones and cash.

http://www.kfoxtv.com/news/23188987/detail.ht...
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#579 Apr 19, 2010
America's Most Wanted Features Slaying Of El Paso Couple

Derek Shore
KFOX News Reporter
April 17, 2010

EL PASO, Texas -- The hit FOX crime show "America’s Most Wanted" profiled the shooting deaths of two El Pasoans Saturday.

The show was seeking leads into the whereabouts of suspected Barrio Azteca gang leader and FBI most wanted fugitive Eduardo “Tablas” Ravelo. The gang has been implicated in the killings of the married couple.

According to the show, Ravelo is likely the leader that ordered the killings.

“Eduardo Ravelo would be responsible for issuing orders and directives with anything the Barrio Azteca's are involved in. I think about apprehending Eduardo Ravelo pretty much 24 hours 7 days a week. He needs to be taken off the street,” said Samantha Mikeska, an FBI special agent on the show.

A $100,000 reward is being offered for the capture of Ravelo, who is wanted in the U.S. on racketeering charges.

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#580 Apr 19, 2010
Suspected hit-squad leader on video of gunmen

By Daniel Borunda
El Paso Times
Posted: 04/19/2010

Mexican federal authorities identified the suspected leader of a hit squad in a highly-publicized video from a police camera in the village of Creel, Chihuahua.

The video by state police cameras zoomed in on faces of several heavily-armed men suspected in eight murders March 15 in the villages of Creel and San Juanito in the Sierra Tarahumara, about 105 miles southwest of Chihuahua City.

Officials with Coordinated Operation Chihuahua said recently that one of the close-ups in the video is a man they have identified as Enrique Lopez Acosta, alias "El Cumbias." He remains at large.

The video showed men with AK-47s traveling in several sport utility vehicles. The group attacked homes.

Federal officials said gunmen attacked a two-story building because the attackers believed it had been used as a hideout by German Loya, alias "La Gaviota" (the sea gull), a suspected member of La Linea or Juárez drug cartel.

Earlier this month, the 90-minute video gained attention in Mexico and then internationally after being aired on a Televisa news show. The video showed men with AK-47s in several sport utility vehicles blocking roads and stopping drivers at gunpoint before attacking the homes.

Some of their faces are clearly seen. Federal authorities said they have found several of the SUVs seen in the video.

Creel is a tourist destination in Chihuahua state, and a railroad stop for tourists headed to the Copper Canyon.

Elsewhere in the state, a former television anchorwoman and another woman were killed and a man wounded when gunmen fired at their car Friday night in Chihuahua City.
El Heraldo de Chihuahua newspaper reported that Maria Isabella Cordero Martinez was a spokeswoman for the local chamber of commerce and a former anchorwoman for the local Televisa news.

In other news, Mexican army soldiers earlier this month arrested four alleged smugglers with the Sinaloa drug cartel who are suspected of burning homes in the Valley of Juárez.

On April 10, a military patrol detained the men while they were traveling in a pickup on a dirt road in the village of Caseta, across the border from Fabens, military officials said. An AK-47 and a .38-caliber revolver were seized.

Those arrested were identified as Fabian "La Fiona" Camacho Gonzalez, 25; Marcelino Lozoya Rodriguez, 18; German Villezcas Alvarado, 21; and Eduardo Camacho Gonzalez, 18.

Federal police and soldiers recently poured into the valley east of Juárez after residents reported they were being threatened with death as the Juárez and Sinaloa drug cartels fight for smuggling routes.

http://www.elpasotimes.com/juarez/ci_14911517
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#581 Apr 19, 2010
Video: Mexican drug cartels overrunning American cities.

posted by : Left Coast Conservative on April 19, 2010

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#582 Apr 19, 2010
Fleeing drug violence, Mexicans pour Into U.S.

By James C. McKinley Jr.
New York Times
Posted: 04/19/2010

FORT HANCOCK - The giant rusty fence of metal bars along the border here, built in recent years to keep illegal immigrants from crossing into the United States, has a new nickname among local residents: Jurassic Park Gate, a nod to the barrier in a 1993 movie that kept dangerous dinosaurs at bay in a theme park.
On the other side, a brutal war between drug gangs has forced dozens of fearful families from the Mexican town of El Porvenir to come to the border seeking political asylum, and scores of other Mexicans have used special visas known as border-crossing cards to flee into the United States. They say drug gangs have laid waste to their town, burning down houses and killing people in the street.

Americans are taking in their Mexican relatives, and the local schools have swelled with traumatized children, many of whom have witnessed gangland violence, school officials say.

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#583 Apr 20, 2010
Federal authorities in Arizona are filing more drug-trafficking cases

by Dennis Wagner
Apr. 20, 2010
The Arizona Republic

Federal authorities in Arizona are on a pace this year to double the number of drug cases filed in 2008, but the increase reflects a change in funding and policies more than a rise in narcotics trafficking, according to U.S. prosecutors.

The Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse, or TRAC, which monitors federal law-enforcement programs, says narcotics cases in Arizona have surged by an estimated 202 percent so far this year compared with a similar period 16 months earlier. The steep rise contrasts with a 17 percent projected decline in drug prosecutions nationwide during that same span.

Wyn Hornbuckle, a spokesman for the U.S. Attorney's Office, said the increase began last year as a result of increased funds and staffing at offices in Tucson and Phoenix, which had been so overwhelmed that they foisted modest trafficking cases onto local prosecutors.

Until January 2009, Hornbuckle said, federal lawyers in Arizona generally declined to press charges against marijuana smugglers caught with less than 500 pounds of contraband. That threshold became common knowledge, prompting some drug runners to carry loads under the limit.

Over the past three years, Hornbuckle said, increased funding allowed the U.S. Attorney's Office in Tucson to nearly double its staff of prosecutors. With that manpower increase, the 500-pound threshold was dropped and pot-smuggling prosecutions at the U.S. District Court in southern Arizona skyrocketed from 521 in 2008 to 1,298 last year.

According to TRAC, based at Syracuse University in New York, nearly one out of five federal drug prosecutions in the United States occurred in Arizona during 2010.

"Arizona serves as a drug-trafficking route for the rest of the nation," said Dennis Burke, U.S. attorney for Arizona. "Closing that route requires resources. Now we have the resources to do this more effectively and more aggressively than ever."

As federal cases increased, referrals to local prosecutors have plummeted. As of the end of March, Pima County Attorney Barbara LaWall said her office has pressed charges against only three defendants arrested by federal agents. By contrast, she prosecuted 245 federal drug suspects last year.

LaWall said county taxpayers throughout southern Arizona have for years paid the tab for criminal trials, public defenders and incarceration of federal suspects that the U.S. government refused to prosecute. Now, she added, her staff can focus on enforcing state laws
while local tax funds go to local services.

"There's been a tremendous financial impact on each county," LaWall added.

TRAC's analysis says federal prosecutors in Arizona still turn down prosecutions more than any other venue in the nation. Although the U.S. attorney's staff has risen from 110 in 2008 to 145 today, prosecutions were denied last year against 1,368 suspects.

According to the TRAC report, most of those cases were dropped because of insufficient resources (43 percent) or insufficient evidence (34 percent).

Despite funding increases, TRAC reported, the Tucson office is on a pace to refuse 1,080 prosecutions this year, a 12 percent decrease. The 1,080 turndowns in the Tucson office represent one-third of the total turndowns projected in 22 Southwest border-enforcement districts.

http://www.azcentral.com/news/articles/2010/0...
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#584 Apr 20, 2010
Mutilated body found outside Mexico police station.
News from Mexico

CUERNAVACA, Mexico (AP)— Authorities in central Mexico say a hacked-up body was dumped outside the anti-drug police offices in the city of Cuernavaca.

A police statement says witnesses told investigators several bags stuffed with the mutilated body were thrown from a moving car Monday.

Cuernavaca, a city near Mexico’s capital, has seen a spike in violence since Mexican marines killed drug kingpin Arturo Beltran Leyva during a December shootout at an upscale apartment complex in the city.

Authorities say Beltran Leyva’s death triggered a battle for control of his cartel.

http://www.svherald.com/content/news-mexico/2...
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#585 Apr 20, 2010
Learning under fire: Tension mounts as extortion threats escalate

By Maggie Ybarra
El Paso Times
Posted: 04/20/2010

JUAREZ -- Trinidad Vazquez says he spends each day waiting for a death threat. His job is innocent enough, as he teaches English at a small school he owns on the south side of Juárez. But for the past year, Vazquez, 40, said he has expected a phone call from drug cartel members demanding protection money and threatening to kill him if he cannot pay.

He said such threats are the trend on the impoverished east side, where he lives. More than 4,900 people have been murdered in Juárez since 2008, and most of the stores in his neighborhood have been targets of extortion, Vazquez said.

Some have paid the money. Those who didn't either abandoned their businesses or continued operations until their stores were riddled with bullets or burned down, he said.

So Vazquez keeps his school, A.E.S. Language Specialists, hidden in a house in South Juárez.

"At the school, every day I wonder if the next call is going to be something like that," he said. "So I let the answering machine pick it up."

Vazquez said his young students have kept him in Juárez, the most violent city in North America.

"Just by being bilingual in Juárez you have 1,000 more opportunities," he said.

He is not numb to the shootings, murders and mutilated bodies, but he is becoming accustomed to daily violence.

"Everybody's scared out there. We say we get used to it, but I don't think anybody gets used to murder," he said.

Vazquez said he used to watch street gangs in Fresno, Calif., battle for drug-distribution
territory when he was a teenager. Now the cartels or their couriers do the same in Juárez.
A Mexican citizen, he returned to Juárez 10 years ago to start over after divorcing his American wife, he said. He has three children who live in the United States, and his parents and siblings are naturalized U.S. citizens, he said.

Vazquez lives in a neighborhood where the dirt streets are covered in trash. One-room houses cost $4,000. They have cement floors and are made of concrete blocks.

The neighborhood is near assembly plants on Boulevard Independencia, where he also teaches English to the managers of Masa, a factory that makes televisions. Vazquez said he moved to the neighborhood to be close to the plant. Truth is, he said, it is not a safe place to live or run a business.

http://www.elpasotimes.com/ci_14917881
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#586 Apr 20, 2010
With their Power Intact, Mexico's 'Los Zetas' Spread South

By Jerry Brewer
April 19,2010

Mexican drug trafficking organizations (DTOs) appear to be in agreement that Los Zetas have become a common threat to their operational venues. However, the common belief among the narcoterrorists is that the Zetas are much too powerful to be challenged without help from those with similar massive narco-dollar pursuits.

These interesting alliances of convenience are actually an act of desperation for each DTO to slow down or stop a rival opponent from monopolizing the drug trafficking trade. There are no real loyalties in these alliances and the chess-like movements of all the major DTOs is a recipe for disaster.

The Zetas (their moniker "zeta" is the name of the letter z in Spanish) rise to power and influence has been through ruthless murdering modus operandi and superior firepower. A violent behavioral identifier, the result of these bad apples upbringing as former paramilitary commandos — trained killers and weapons experts.

The growth of the Zetas from humble beginnings as recruited enforcers for the Gulf Cartel in the 1990s, led them opportunistically into a realm of extended organized crime as kidnappers, extortionists, and agents of human smuggling. They were quick to expand their power and influence stature by beheading rivals and others that stood in their way.

And now it appears that the not so clever decision of three rival DTOs (Sinaloa, La Familia, and Gulf), to merge into a mutual agreement to target the Zetas for extinction, was an unwise act of believing there is strength in numbers.

In what one might see as somewhat morbid humor, the united cartel’s bold placing of banners around cities announcing the stand against the Zetas as if they were saviors of the streets. Too, a banner was reported to urge President Felipe Calderon to remove the Army and allow “them” to eradicate the plague known as the Zetas. This, their version and a convenient way of toning down the violence so business as usual can prevail and murder more cleverly concealed as a rite of passage.

The rival DTOs and some recent media accounts of the Zetas portray a Zeta organization heading south into El Salvador and Guatemala, as if in fear or retreat of this unholy alliance in pursuit of their heads.

The facts add up to the Zeta movement being a proactive movement and not a reactive strategy of retreat. This is a fluid organization that trains professionally as a force of power and instruments of death as their guiding mandate. Their “reach” into Central America corrupts police, recruits talent, and trains willing agents in Guatemalan camps.

The Zeta area of influence is a clear indicator of turf superiority, for that territory range extends from Central America, along the Caribbean and Atlantic coastal states, and into the lower Texas border. This transnational influence is responsible for the long distance cocaine shipping from South America, and through the risky Central America drug pipeline into the lucrative North American drug markets. This awesome endeavor requires a power that must prevail against all obstacles designed to interdict.

Do the Zetas have a real concern of the rival DTOs alliance against them? They would be foolish not to. However, they have not come this far to turn tail and run from violence directed at them. In fact, they appear to be in the right geographical location to expand and strengthen not only in power, but also in massive numbers.

In El Salvador alone, the strong and violent Mara Salvatrucha (MS 13) gang is a ripe recruiting ground for the Zetas. There are law enforcement and government concerns, and fear that power alliances by the Zetas could lead to jail breaks to free previously captured members. Some captured Zetas are in custody in Guatemala.
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#587 Apr 20, 2010
Border Patrol Confiscates Marijuana in Laredo

Border Patrol officials confiscated a cargo of almost 30 kilos of marijuana and arrested a man.

Tuesday, April 20, 2010
By: LAREDO SUN

LAREDO, Tx.- Border Patrol officials confiscated a cargo of almost 30 kilos of marijuana and arrested a man. According to reports, the incident occurred at the check point on highway 59 east of Laredo.

Federal agents received the occupant of a 1996 Chevrolet pick up with Texas plates. The driver was identified as David Pérez.

A trained canine gave alert towards the spare tire. After authorities found the narcotics, the subject stated that he would receive a payment of 2,000 dollars to transport the drug.

The subject received federal charges of drug possession with the intent to distribute 29.8 kilos of marijuana valued at 50,000 dollars and was sent to the County jail.

http://www.laredosun.us/notas.asp...
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#588 Apr 20, 2010
Border Boletín: Drug prosecutions soar along U.S.-Mexico border

Brady McCombs
Tuesday, April 20, 2010

As I reported in a March 28 story listed in the related box to the left, the number of drug prosecutions by the U.S. Attorney's Office in Arizona have skyrocketed as a result of an influx of resources that allowed the office to eliminate the old 500-pound threshold for marijuana cases.

A new report issued this week from the Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse shows that drug prosecutions are surging across the Southwest border: Federal Prosecutors Along Southwest Border Overwhelmed by Soaring Arizona Drug Cases

Here's an Associated Press story on the report: More federal drug cases being filed in Arizona

Here's an excerpt from my story explaining what happened in Arizona:

"The threshold is history.

Thanks to an influx of funds from the Justice Department's initiative to fight border-related crime, the U.S. Attorney's Office in Tucson has nearly double the prosecutors it had three years ago. The office is prosecuting drug cases at a record clip - and going after people with smaller loads of pot in Southeastern Arizona, the busiest stretch along the U.S.-Mexico border for marijuana seizures.

The move has drastically reduced caseloads for county attorney's offices in Southern Arizona and has saved Arizona taxpayers thousand of dollars that used to go to prosecute, defend and jail defendants, and to pick up, store and burn marijuana.

"There is a benefit that occurs throughout the criminal-justice system," said Pima County Attorney Barbara LaWall. "It's an incredible cost savings."

Perhaps more important, more drug smugglers are being prosecuted. The U.S. Attorney's Office in Tucson prosecuted 1,298 felony drug cases in 2009 - more than double the 521 prosecuted in 2008. That includes not only marijuana, but other drugs."

http://azstarnet.com/news/blogs/border-boleti...
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#589 Apr 20, 2010
More federal drug cases being filed in Arizona

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

The number of federal drug cases filed in Arizona this year are on pace to double the number of cases filed in 2008, and U.S. prosecutors say the increase reflects a change in funding and policies rather than a rise in drug trafficking.

Narcotics cases in Arizona have surged by an estimated 202 percent so far this year compared with a similar period 16 months earlier, according to the New York-based Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse, which monitors federal law-enforcement programs.

The increase contrasts with a projected 17 percent decline in drug prosecutions nationwide during that same span.

Wyn Hornbuckle, a spokesman for the U.S. Attorney's Office in Phoenix, said the increase began last year because more funding allowed the U.S. Attorney's Office in Tucson to nearly double its staff of prosecutors.

Before, the office was so overwhelmed it handed over modest trafficking cases to local prosecutors.

Hornbuckle said until January 2009, federal lawyers in Arizona generally declined to press charges against marijuana smugglers caught with less than 500 pounds of contraband. That threshold became common knowledge, prompting some drug runners to carry loads under the limit.

The 500-pound threshold was dropped with the increased manpower, and pot-smuggling prosecutions at the U.S. District Court in southern Arizona skyrocketed from 521 in 2008 to 1,298 last year.

The Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse reports that nearly one out of five federal drug prosecutions in the United States occurred in Arizona during 2010.

"Arizona serves as a drug-trafficking route for the rest of the nation," said Dennis Burke, U.S. attorney for Arizona. "Closing that route requires resources. Now we have the resources to do this more effectively and more aggressively than ever."

Federal prosecutors in Arizona still turn down prosecutions more than any other venue in the nation, according to the Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse.

The Tucson office is on a pace to refuse 1,080 prosecutions this year. That's a 12 percent decrease but also represents one-third of the total turndowns projected in 22 Southwest border-enforcement districts.

http://azstarnet.com/news/state-and-regional/...
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#590 Apr 21, 2010
Mexican police officers charged with migrant abuse.
News from Mexico

TUXTLA GUTIERREZ, Mexico (AP)— Mexican authorities say they have charged six people, including police officers, with robbing and raping Central American migrants making their way to the United States.

Prosecutors in southern Chiapas state say those arrested are an immigration official, a police commander, two police officers, a former police chief and a drug cartel gunman.
They say the immigration official alerted a police commander in the town of Huixtla to the presence of migrants and the officer would then send the rest of the gang to rob them.

In a statement Monday, prosecutors also allege the gang raped male and female migrants and killed at least one Salvadoran youth in January.

http://www.svherald.com/content/news-mexico/2...
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#591 Apr 21, 2010
Narcotics are Seized and Two Men are Arrested

Authorites seized 2,978 pounds of marijuana with a street value of 1.6 million dollars.

Wednesday, April 21, 2010
By: LAREDO SUN

LAREDO, Tx.- Thanks to an anonymous call, Sheriff Department officers confiscated nearly 3,000 pounds of marijuana and arrested two men.

Spokeswoman Maru de la Paz, also stated that officials received confidential information from the Crime Stoppers program, about some illegal activities at a warehouse located on 1400 Business Lane.

Law officials began a surveillance operation over the warehouse and detected several people unloading some packages from a tractor trailer and then they would load strange products on pallets.

The two subjects were identified as José Juan González, 25, and Juan Ponce, 21, who were sent to the County jail on drug possession charges.

Authorites seized 2,978 pounds of marijuana with a street value of 1.6 million dollars.

http://www.laredosun.us/notas.asp...
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#592 Apr 21, 2010
Two Arrested with False Documents

Customs agents detected two people that tried to cross with fraudulent documents into the United States.

Wednesday, April 21, 2010
By: LAREDO SUN

LAREDO, Tx.- In two separate cases, Customs agents detected two people that tried to cross with fraudulent documents into the United States.

In the first case, Juan Espinoza Contreras, 41, from San Luis Potosí, México arrived on the Juárez-Lincoln international bridge and tried to cross to the American side with an expired residence card.

Inspectors decided to send him to secondary and detected that the document was no longer valid because Espinoza had been deported to Mexico in September 2009.

The information was verified through the IDENT system. The subject was placed under arrest and taken to the County jail.

In the second case, Héctor Rodríguez, 46, originally from Jalpa, Zacatecas was arrested. The subject arrived on the Juárez-Lincoln international bridge in a Busline.

When his immigration documents were required, he showed Customs and Border Protection inspectors a legal residence card but it was no longer valid because he had been deported.

Authorities verified that in January of 2008 this individual was deported to Mexico through Brownsville, Tx.

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#594 Apr 21, 2010
Willcox Border Patrol makes three drug seizures over weekend

April 19, 2010
Carol Broeder
Arizona Range News

The Willcox Border Patrol Station made three drug seizures this weekend.

Agents from the local station seized nearly 970 pounds of marijuana over the weekend at the checkpoints on State Routes 80 and 90, said Public Information Officer Colleen Agle with the Tucson Sector.

Canine teams assisted in three separate incidents that resulted in the discovery of nearly 970 pounds of marijuana, she said.

"By utilizing canine teams at checkpoints the Border Patrol is able to curb the flow of illegal drugs into the interior of the United States and enhance the quality of life in our communities nationwide," said Agle.

Over the past six months agents from the Tucson Sector have seized more than half a million pounds of marijuana valued at more than $441 million, she added.

On Saturday, agents from the Willcox Station rescued an illegal immigrant who was lost after being abandoned by a smuggler.

The subject was taken to the Willcox Station for processing, said a statement issued to the press on Monday morning.

Willcox agents trained as EMT's (Emergency Medical Technicians) evaluated an illegal immigrant who had approached the Highway 80 checkpoint on Saturday.

After determining the subject was severely dehydrated, agents contacted Emergency Medical Services for assistance.

On Friday, Willcox agents responded to a call from the Benson Police Department, a Stonegarden partner, who spotted suspected illegal immigrants absconding the area.

Agents responded and were able to track and locate two juveniles, both U.S. citizens, who had been reported as missing/runaways four days earlier.

Benson police took custody of the juveniles.

http://www.willcoxrangenews.com/articles/2010...
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#595 Apr 21, 2010
Officers Find Meth Hidden In Truck

PHARR - Customs officers seized nearly $470,000 worth of methamphetamine at the Pharr International Bridge.

They say a 48-year-old man from Mexico was trying to cross the drugs into the U.S. in a 2000 Chevy Silverado. It happened over the weekend.

Officers discovered 17 methamphetamine packages hidden in the truck.

The truck and the drugs were seized.

http://www.krgv.com/news/local/story/Officers...
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#596 Apr 21, 2010
Convicted Kidnappers to be Sentenced

MCALLEN - Two suspected members of a drug cartel kidnapping ring are expected to be sentenced today.

Jose Alfredo Rodriguez and Daniel Cavazos Reyes both pleaded guilty to kidnapping Daniel Ramirez Jr. The Weslaco man was abducted in 2008 from the Country Village Store, where he worked.

Luis Avila Hernandez was also convicted in the case. He was sentenced yesterday to life in prison.

http://www.krgv.com/news/local/story/Convicte...

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