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#662 May 1, 2010
Mexican villagers kill 3 suspected kidnappers

ACAPULCO, Mexico (AP)— Police in southern Mexico say a crowd of villagers chased down a group of alleged kidnappers, freed their victims and shot the three men to death.

Guerrero state police say the men apparently entered the hamlet of La Union, near the coastal resort of Zihuatanejo, and abducted a man and two boys. They allegedly also shot another man to death.

A statement says residents pursued the kidnappers as they fled in a truck Thursday, and freed the kidnap victims.

The three alleged abductors were apparently related.

The Pacific coast region where the confrontation took place is plagued by violent crime, illegal logging and drug trafficking.

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#661 May 1, 2010
Mexico charges 25 Acapulco police for drugs, arms

ACAPULCO, Mexico (AP)— Drug, weapons and organized crime charges have been filed against 25 police officers caught with unregistered weapons in the resort city of Acapulco, prosecutors said Thursday.

The federal Attorney General’s Office said that in all, 29 officers in four patrol vehicles were detained after being stopped and searched by navy personnel Tuesday. Four face only illegal weapons charges.

Searchers found a 33-pound (15-kilogram) bag of marijuana in one of the vehicles and 36 non-regulation firearms overall, mostly machine pistols and assault rifles, authorities say.

Corrupt officers in Mexico have been known to carry unregistered firearms for use in illegal activities, since their official weapons are tracked and tested by police departments.

Farther to the west in the Pacific coast state of Guerrero, police reported Thursday that a crowd of villagers chased down a group of alleged kidnappers, freed their victims and shot the three men to death.

Guerrero state police said the men apparently entered the hamlet of La Union, near the coastal resort of Zihuatanejo, and abducted a man and two boys. They allegedly also shot another man to death.

Residents pursued the kidnappers as they fled in a truck and freed the kidnap victims, according to a police statement.

The three alleged abductors were apparently related.

Guerrero state is a hotspot violent crime, illegal logging and drug trafficking.

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#663 May 1, 2010
We don't have to just hear about it. It's seeping into this country day by day in what way they can do it. Terrorism at it's finests. We have our own homegrown terrorists, we don't need other countries' coming here to increase that.

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#664 May 1, 2010
Neighborhood Watch Helps Arrest Drug Smugglers

by: Eddie Flores

SAN JUAN - Alert neighbors noticed some suspicious activity today and called police.

The people live in the Miranda Estates Subdivision. They say they're serious about stopping crime in their area.

"I think they're doing a really good job. We have a lot of good neighbors, good people that watch out for one another," says Sylvia Palacios.

Those neighbors called police when they noticed a man walking up and down the neighborhood.

When police arrived, they found an abandoned van with a total of 857 pounds of marijuana inside.

Police credit the neighborhood watch with the bust.

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#665 May 2, 2010
Violence is not up on Arizona border despite Mexican drug war

Mexico crime flares, but here, only flickers

by Dennis Wagner
May. 2, 2010
The Arizona Republic

NOGALES, Ariz.- Assistant Police Chief Roy Bermudez shakes his head and smiles when he hears politicians and pundits declaring that Mexican cartel violence is overrunning his Arizona border town.

"We have not, thank God, witnessed any spillover violence from Mexico," Bermudez says emphatically. "You can look at the crime stats. I think Nogales, Arizona, is one of the safest places to live in all of America."

FBI Uniform Crime Reports and statistics provided by police agencies, in fact, show that the crime rates in Nogales, Douglas, Yuma and other Arizona border towns have remained essentially flat for the past decade, even as drug-related violence has spiraled out of control on the other side of the international line. Statewide, rates of violent crime also are down.

While smugglers have become more aggressive in their encounters with authorities, as evidenced by the shooting of a Pinal County deputy on Friday, allegedly by illegal-immigrant drug runners, they do not routinely target residents of border towns.

In 2000, there were 23 rapes, robberies and murders in Nogales, Ariz. Last year, despite nearly a decade of population growth, there were 19 such crimes. Aggravated assaults dropped by one-third. No one has been murdered in two years.

Bermudez said people unfamiliar with the border may be confused because Nogales, Sonora, has become notorious for kidnappings, shootouts and beheadings. With 500 Border Patrol agents and countless other law officers swarming the Arizona side, he said, smugglers pass through as quickly and furtively as possible.

"Everywhere you turn, there's some kind of law enforcement looking at you," Bermudez said. "Per capita, we probably have the highest amount of any city in the United States."

In Yuma, police spokesman Sgt. Clint Norred said he cannot recall any significant cartel violence in the past several years. Departmental crime records show the amount of bloodshed has remained stable despite a substantial population increase.

"It almost seems like Yuma is more of an entryway" for smugglers rather than a combat zone, he said.

Perceptions vs. reality

Since the murder of Cochise County rancher Robert Krentz by a suspected illegal immigrant in March, politicians and the national press have fanned a perception that the border is inundated with bloodshed and that it's escalating.

In a speech on the Senate floor last week, Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., declared that the failure to secure that border between Arizona and Mexico "has led to violence - the worst I have ever seen."

He reiterated that Saturday after speaking at the West Valley Military Family Day event in Glendale, saying the concern that drug violence could spill across the border remains intense because Mexico's political situation is volatile.
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#666 May 2, 2010
Teens die in Friday, Saturday shootings in Juárez

Aileen B. Flores
El Paso Times
05/02/2010

Two teenagers were killed in shootings in Juárez on Friday and Saturday.

Leobardo Azael Andrade Herrera,17, died just after 11 p.m. Friday on his way to a hospital after being shot multiple times in the neck and stomach in the Villas del Granjero neighborhood, Chihuahua police said.

Police officials said Irvin Omar Rentería Domínguez, 15, was killed at 12:50 a.m. Saturday in a house in the Lucio Blanco II neighborhood. Rentería Domínguez was shot multiple times. Police seized a Chevrolet Suburban with Florida plates.

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#667 May 2, 2010
El Pasoans, Juárenses pray for safety and peace

By Adriana Gómez Licón
El Paso Times
05/02/2010

JUAREZ -- Faith in God is all that's left for many facing death, extortions and kidnappings every day in North America's most dangerous city.

In Juárez, where more than 5,050 people have been murdered since 2008, people are turning to religion and hoping their prayers can help stop the carnage.

Lizeth Hernández promised God in January that she would attend church more often if her father's Juárez restaurant would be protected.

The young woman said her father had received extortion threats, and she has been assaulted and raped.

"I made a promise to God to keep bad things from happening to my dad," she said.

Since then, she visits any Catholic church she can, kneeling and praying for safety.

"Now is when people are feeling more the need to approach God," said Bishop Renato Ascencio León of the Diocese of Ciudad Juárez.

More than 60 people were killed throughout the city last week, including attacks outside a nightclub, supermarket and elementary school. Wednesday was the deadliest day so far this year with 22 murders.

A climate of fear and violence reigns in the border city of 1.3 million. Common sights are groups of federal police officers with rifles, and properties for sale or rent.

"In one way or another, we have all been affected," Ascencio León said. "There is no calm."

In response to the distress, the Catholic church is assuming a fatherly role by reaching out to the violence-plagued city.

The Diocese of Ciudad Juárez covers all of Juárez, its outskirts -- better known as the valley of Juárez -- and the northern Chihuahua town of Villa Ahumada. About 2.1 million Catholics live in the diocese.

Evidence of the area's Catholic faith can be seen from miles away. Giant white letters on the west Juárez mountains read "La Biblia es la verdad. Léela," or "The Bible is the truth. Read it."

During the recent Holy Week, churches were more crowded than in previous years, Ascencio León said.
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#668 May 2, 2010
Two Women Arrested with Marijuana in Laredo

A woman from Laredo and another from San Antonio fell into the hands of federal authorities after being arrested with a cargo of marijuana.

May 01, 2010
By: LAREDO SUN

LAREDO, Tx.- A woman from Laredo and another from San Antonio fell into the hands of federal authorities after being arrested with a cargo of marijuana.

The Border Patrol report said the two females were passengers in a bus headed to San Antonio.

Upon reaching the checkpoint on Interstate 35, immigration officials decided to conduct a routine on the two women who were carrying backpacks.

Upon opening the backpacks, they found seven 7 kilos, 500 grams of marijuana, a drug that has a street value of nearly $14,000. They admitted to federal agents that they expected to receive a cash payment for carrying the drugs from Laredo to San Antonio, but the two are now in the county jail.

The two women and the drugs were handed over to agents of the DEA to continue investigations into the case

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#669 May 2, 2010
Prostitutes Arrested in Laredo

Agents of the narcotics division of the local Police Department, supported by the patrol division, conducted a crackdown on prostitution, with the arrest of eight women and one man.

May 01, 2010
By: LAREDO SUN

LAREDO, Tx.- Agents of the narcotics division of the local Police Department, supported by the patrol division, conducted a crackdown on prostitution, with the arrest of eight women and one man.

Joe Baeza, a police spokesman, said the operation focused in particular on San Bernardo Avenue, as this artery has become a hotbed of prostitution and crime.

"The goal was to locate, identify and arrest those engaged in selling sex," he stated. The law enforcement agents, posing undercover as customers, proceeded to arrest eight women and a man who were willing to sell their bodies to the highest bidder.

Two of the women arrested had outstanding arrest warrants for prostitution.

The arrested were identified as Belinda Mata 32, Gloria Villarreal 34, Kimberly Ann Albarran 45, Margarita Herrera 44, Maria Luna 29, and Matt Hernandez 20.

Police also arrested Melissa Ann Contreras 36, Trisha Lopez 31 and Vanessa Velasquez 25. All ended up in the cells of the Webb County Jail on misdemeanor charges of prostitution.

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#670 May 3, 2010
Gunshot spurs stampede at Mexico fair; 5 killed

by Mark Walsh
May. 3, 2010
Associated Press

MONTERREY, Mexico - Five people were trampled to death early Sunday when a gunshot fired at a cattle fair sent a panic-stricken crowd rushing for the exits in a northern Mexico town already on edge from rampant drug violence.

At least 17 other people were injured at the fair in Guadalupe, outside the industrial city of Monterrey, said Adrian de la Garza, head of the Nuevo Leon State Investigative Agency.

The dead, two women and three men, lay outside the building surrounded by crumpled beer cans and other litter dropped in the rush.

Police found a bullet casing from the shot that likely caused the 1 a.m. stampede, de la Garza said at a news conference.

At least 12 people at the scene were detained for questioning, according to an agency official who spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to talk publicly about the case. He said Guadalupe officials were investigating possible negligence by organizers of the fair, which featured live music and games.

Guadalupe Mayor Ivonne Alvarez said the rest of the event has been canceled.

A surge in shootouts has shaken the Monterrey area and other parts of northeastern Mexico, where the Gulf cartel is battling for territory with its former ally, the Zetas gang of hit men.

Five people were killed Saturday night in a gunbattle between gang members and soldiers in Camargo, a small town in Tamaulipas state, which borders Nuevo Leon, according to a brief statement from the Tamaulipas government. The statement said the five killed were civilians but did not say whether any were bystanders.

Innocent bystanders have increasingly been caught in the crossfire.

Sunday's stampede was the second time in a month that fears of shootings sent crowds fleeing from a fair in northeastern Mexico.

On April 2, rumors of gunfire sent thousands fleeing a street fair in the Gulf coast city of Tampico where singer Jenni Rivera was about to perform. Rivera's security team rushed her from the stage.

Nobody was seriously hurt in that incident, and it was unclear if shots were actually fired.

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#671 May 3, 2010
Mexican traffickers get help from US prison gangs
By Christopher Sherman

Associated Press

Posted: 05/02/2010 08:07:53 PM MDT

EL PASO, Texas — When Mexican drug traffickers need someone killed or kidnapped, or drugs distributed in the United States, they increasingly call on American subcontractors — U.S.-based prison gangs that run criminal enterprises from behind bars, sometimes even from solitary confinement.

Prison gangs have long controlled armies of street toughs on the outside. But in interviews with The Associated Press, authorities say the gangs' activity has expanded beyond street-level drug sales to establish a business alliance with Mexican cartels. "They'll do the dirty work that, say, the cartels, they don't want to do" in the United States, said a former member of Barrio Azteca, a U.S. prison gang tied to Mexico's Juarez cartel.

The partnership benefits both sides: The gangs give drug traffickers a large pool of experienced criminals and established distribution networks in the U.S. And the cartels provide the prison gangs with discounted drugs and the logistical support of top criminal organizations.

To carry on their gang activity, imprisoned gang members resort to elaborate subterfuge: using sign language, sending letters through third parties, enlisting corrupt prison officials, holding conference calls using contraband cell phones. Some even conduct business in an ancient Aztec language to foil censors.

Federal authorities have documented numerous links between most of the major U.S. prison gangs and Mexican drug trafficking organizations.

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#672 May 3, 2010
Woman Arrested for Transporting Illegal Immigrants

Leticia Baquera was arrested and sent to Webb County Jail on charges of human smuggling.

Monday, May 03, 2010
By: LAREDO SUN

LAREDO, Tx.- A woman from Poteet, Texas was arrested by federal police on eight counts of transporting illegal immigrants from Mexico into the United States.

Leticia Baquera was arrested and sent to Webb County Jail on charges of human smuggling. According to the case report, Border Patrol agents responded to a call from officials of the Zapata County Sheriff's Department, who had stopped a vehicle loaded with illegal immigrants.

Authorities found a 2002 Chevrolet Tahoe six miles west of Highway 16 in Zapata. Sheriff's Deputies fined Baquera for driving without a license and insurance, and then they realized that she was carrying several people who appeared to be undocumented.

When Border Patrol officers arrived on the scene it was then confirmed that she had been transporting eight people from Mexico, who had no documents for legal residence in the United States.

They stated that the woman took them to San Antonio, Texas in exchange for payment. The woman said she traveled from Poteet to the city of Roma, Texas to pick up illegal immigrants.

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#673 May 3, 2010
Weekend Violence Across the Border

Update: 5/02 11:53 pm

MEXICO - This morning, authorities discovered the body of a person inside a vehicle in a colonia in Altamira, Mexico. The victim had been shot.

In Camargo yesterday, five people were killed in a shootout between cartel members and the Mexican military.

In Reynosa yesterday, five people were injured after an explosive device was thrown at a home.

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#675 May 3, 2010
Border Patrol Confiscates Marijuana in Laredo

Unos agentes de la Patrulla Fronteriza que revisaron de rutina una camioneta en una gasolinera, descubrieron paquetes de mariguana en la parte trasera y arrestaron al conductor

Tuesday, May 04, 2010
By: LAREDO SUN

LAREDO, Tx.- Unos agentes de la Patrulla Fronteriza que revisaron de rutina una camioneta en una gasolinera, descubrieron paquetes de mariguana en la parte trasera y arrestaron al conductor.

El reporte de los hechos indicó que los oficiales federales recibieron información sonre actividad sospechosa del ocupante de una camioneta Lincoln Navigator de color blanco, con placas de Texas.

La unidad motriz fue vista cerca del poblado de Encinal y cuando las autoridades la ubicaron, vieron que el conductor estaba cargando combustible en la gasolinera Love´s Truck Stop por la carretera 35.

Los oficiales echaron un "vistazo" de rutina en la camioneta y descubrieron varios paquetes en la parte de atrás. El chofer de la Lincoln Navigator, un joven de apenas 22 años de edad, transportaba unos paquetes de plástico con 14.5 kilos de mariguana y señaló que le iban a pagar 200 dólares para llevarla a San Antonio.

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#676 May 4, 2010
5 killed while playing soccer in southern Mexico

Posted 5/4/2010
By Mark Stevenson,
Associated Press Writer

MEXICO CITY — Gunmen drove up to a soccer field and shot five men to death as they played early Monday near the Pacific coast resort of Acapulco, police in southern Mexico said.
It was unclear why the five men were playing so late, but the region of Guerrero state is often so hot and humid by day by day that athletes wait until night to compete. Many people also work unusual hours in the local tourist industry.

The men were playing in the hamlet of Xaltianguis, on the northern outskirts of Acapulco, when gunmen in three vehicles pulled up beside the field and opened fire.

Two of the dead were identified as local men aged 25 and 34; the other three victims had not been identified because relatives quickly took the bodies away.

Nor was there any immediate information on a possible motive for the attack. However, the area around Acapulco has been plagued in recent months by a bloody turf war between rival factions of the Beltran Leyva drug cartel.

Disabled people, women, children and students have all figured among recent victims of violence in the drug war, which has killed more than 22,700 people since President Felipe Calderon launched an offensive against cartels in December 2006.
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#677 May 5, 2010
Mexico finds $3.3M hidden in pads, TV consoles

Associated Press
05/05/2010

MEXICO CITY (AP)- Mexican customs inspectors found more than $3.3 million in cash stuffed into mattress pads and television cabinets bound for Venezuela, authorities said Tuesday.
The Tax Authority said the cash was found Monday after gamma-ray scans showed unusual shapes inside a shipment of home furnishings at Mexico City's international airport. A sniffer dog confirmed something was odd about the shipment, it said.

Inspectors found layers of U.S. bills in denominations as low as $20 wrapped in plastic and coated with a powder that smelled of sulfur, and then covered by foam and the backing of the mattress pads. There were also layers of bills in the walls of the cabinets.

There was no immediate information on the owner of the shipment. Drug cartels frequently ship large amounts of cash back to South America to pay for drugs.

The Tax Authority, which is responsible for customs, says inspections have been beefed up to protect national security.

Also Tuesday, police in the central city of Cuernavaca said a female bodyguard for a top city police official was killed in an attack by gunmen late Monday. Assistant police director Jose Luis Aragon was unharmed.

No arrests had been made in the case.

The navy reported its forces freed 17 kidnapped people in a raid on two houses in the border city of Matamoros, in northern Tamaulipas state.

The navy said the kidnappers had called the victims' relatives - almost all in the United States - and demanded money.
Acting on intelligence indicating people were being held at one of the homes, navy personnel raided the site and found a man who was apparently guarding the kidnap victims.

That raid led them to a second home, which was also apparently being used as a safe-house by the kidnapping gang.

A total of 17 people - 14 Mexicans, two Guatemalans and a Honduran - were freed. Drug gangs in northern Mexico frequently prey on migrants, kidnapping them to make their relatives pay ransom.

In the Pacific coast state of Guerrero, police reported Tuesday that the decapitated bodies of three men - one a local policeman - were found on a dirt road near the border with Oaxaca state. The other two victims were identified as a local mason and a barber.

There was no immediate information on the motive in the crime.

Federal prosecutors in Guerrero said that they had brought drug, organized crime and weapons charges against Rogaciano Alba, a rural strongman who allegedly worked with both the Sinaloa and La Familia drug cartels.

The Attorney General's Office said Alba was caught with methamphetamine and an assault rifle in a car near the western city of Guadalajara in February. He has been held pending charges.

Alba had been in hiding since gunmen killed 17 of his relatives and associates in two attacks in Guerrero state in 2008.

Until recently, Alba was the most powerful man in Petatlan, a mountain town near the resorts of Ixtapa and Zihuatanejo, known for drug trafficking and illegal logging.

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#678 May 5, 2010
Tons of Marijuana Seized within Two months

Customs and Border Protection agents have seized 18 tons of marijuana within two months.

Wednesday, May 05, 2010
By: LAREDO SUN

LAREDO, Tx.- Customs and Border Protection agents have seized 18 tons of marijuana within two months.

"This is an example of the security that our agency offers the nation, this also demonstrates the hard work and dedication of our agents," Customs director, Gene Garza stated.

The biggest bust in the last two months occurred on April 22nd when Customs officials seized 6,486 pounds marijuana that was hidden in a trailer box, among pallets with Mexican candy.

A Nuevo Laredo resident was driving a 1999 Freightliner with a 1990 trailer, as he transported 27 pallets of candy and possessed 184 bundles of marijuana with a street value of 6.4 million dollars.

The World Trade Bridge has the most major movement of cargos between the Mexico and United States borders, with a nearly 5,000 daily crossings towards the American side.

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#679 May 5, 2010
Cargo of Cocaine and Marijuana is Seized

Customs and Border Protection agents continue fighting against narcotic traffickers.

Wednesday, May 05, 2010
By: LAREDO SUN

LAREDO, Tx.- Customs and Border Protection agents continue fighting against narcotic traffickers that try to cross among tourists. Now officials seized 19 pounds of cocaine and 296 pounds of marijuana in 3 separate cases.

Spokeswoman Mucia Dovalina, informed that in the first case a man from Ridgeland, Mississipi, was busted with 19 lbs. of cocaine as he tried to cross into the United States.

The 23 year old subject arrived on the Juárez-Lincoln international bridge in a 2000 Ford Expedition.

The unit was sent to secondary where inspectors found a package near the transmission area, the narcotics are valued at 608,000 dollars.

In the second case, a resident from Garland, Texas possessed 206 lbs of marijuana on the Gateway to the Americas international bridge.

The 21 year old male arrived in a 1996 Bonneville where the narcotics were hidden in the panels.

In the third case, 99 pounds of marijuana were also seized on the Gateway to the Americas international bridge, the drug was hidden in a 1992 Dodge Ram with Texas plates.

The vehicle was driven by a 20 year old Laredoan, that was arrested for drug possession that was valued at 90,000 dollars.

All these cases are under investigation by Immigration and Customs Enforcements(ICE).

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#680 May 5, 2010
Senator Cornyn hears from federal officials on drug trafficking violence in Mexico

05/05/2010

WASHINGTON — U.S. Senator John Cornyn (R-TX), Ranking Member of the Senate Judiciary Committee’s Immigration, Refugees, and Border Subcommittee, today questioned top officials from the U.S. Department of State, Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Federal Bureau of Investigation, and Drug Enforcement Administration on border violence during a Senate “Drug” Caucus on International Narcotics Control hearing.

During the Senate Drug Caucus hearing, which was co-chaired by Senators Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) and Chuck Grassley (R-IA), Senator Cornyn heard from federal officials on drug trafficking violence in Mexico and its implications for the United States. In addition to these federal agencies present at the hearing, Cornyn also heard from Leonard Miranda, Captain of the Chula Vista Police Department in California and Don Reay, Executive Director of the Texas Border Sheriffs Coalition. Following his opening statement, Sen. Cornyn released the following remarks as prepared for delivery:

Sen. John Cornyn Senate Drug Caucus Opening Statement
Wednesday, May 5, 2010
As Prepared For Delivery

“Madame Chair, thank you for hosting this caucus hearing to discuss border violence and drug trafficking. As a border Senator, I know you appreciate the importance of the southwest border and our relationship with Mexico.

Border Violence

“Border violence is not new. But the recent increase in border violence is. Most Americans are not aware of the level drug cartel violence in Mexico. It was not until the recent murders of consulate employees in Ciudad Juarez and Arizona rancher Robert Krentz that border violence even became front page news.
“In the last year alone, 22,000 Mexican nationals have been killed as a result of the President Calderon’s crack down on the drug cartels. Drug traffickers have become more creative in moving their cargo and emboldened to take any measures to protect their supplies.

“With their criminal enterprises under attack, cartel leaders are turning to kidnapping, extortions, gun battles, and assassinations to protect their trade. As a result, drug trafficking and gang warfare has become a major challenge for the law enforcement community in the U.S. as well as Mexico.

Impact on Local Communities

“Border violence also has had an effect on communities all along our southern border. Violence has claimed innocent lives on both sides of the border. Many people fear for their safety. And lawful trade and travel across the border has been affected.

Federal, State, & Local Law Enforcement

“State and local law enforcement are meeting the challenge with professionalism and determination. Yet border security is a federal responsibility.

“Recently, I went to the El Paso Intelligence Center (EPIC) for a briefing on what more federal agencies can do to help. I asked agency representatives about their assessment of cartel activity – including trafficking in drugs and weapons across the border, their procedures to share timely intelligence with each other and their state and local partners, and their strategy for defending our border and keeping our communities safe.

“What I found out is that there are some good programs in place and interagency taskforces working to address the issue. But Washington must do a lot more to help stem the tide of border violence.
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#681 May 5, 2010
11 Tons of Drugs Seized in a Week

MCALLEN - Border Patrol agents seized 11 tons of drugs in just seven days.

The busts happened across the Valley with several in Brownsville. Agents made more seizures at the Kingsville and Falfurrias checkpoints.

The drugs have an estimated street value of more than $17 million.

Border Patrol officials say drug seizures are up about 11 percent in the Rio Grande Valley sector, compared to this same time last year.

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