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#108 Feb 22, 2010
Times Q&A: Calderón's stops in Juárez mean drug war can't be ignored

By Ramon Bracamontes
El Paso Times
Posted: 02/22/2010

EL PASO -- Fixing Juárez is now personal for President Felipe Calderón.

Within the past two weeks, the president of Mexico has set aside his national agenda to visit the border town, which has been plagued by a grueling drug cartel war for the past two years. Each time he has tried to reassure residents that relief is on the way and that they have not been forgotten.

During his visit last week, he vowed to come back within 100 days.

Lourdes Cardenas, an international journalist who writes the Mexico in Focus blog for the El Paso Times Web site, has been covering Mexico for the past 20 years. She says Calderon's visits have a clear purpose.

Q What is behind the President's visits?

A President Calderón wants to make it clear that he's paying attention to the situation in Ciudad Juárez. Unfortunately, it was the January massacre of the 15 young people that made the government react in that way. The massacre showed that the militarized-law enforcement approach of the anti-crime strategy has not been enough to stop the violence in the city.
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#109 Feb 22, 2010
Mexican army captures Juárez cartel leader's brother Roberto Sanchez Arras

By Daniel Borunda
El Paso Times
Posted: 02/22/2010

The brother of the third-highest ranking member of the Juárez drug cartel has been arrested by the Mexican army even while the bloodshed continued in Juárez with more than 20 murders since Friday.

Soldiers arrested Roberto Sanchez Arras on federal weapons charges on Thursday in the town of Villa Ahumada, located about 90 miles south of Juárez.

Roberto Sanchez Arras is the brother of reputed cartel lieutenant Pedro "El Tigre" Sanchez Arras, who was captured by the army in May 2008, officials with Coordinated Operation Chihuahua said during the weekend. The cartel is allegedly led by Vicente Carrillo Fuentes.

On Thursday morning, Roberto Sanchez Arras was arrested by a patrol of the 20th Motorized Calvary Regiment responding to a tip about armed men riding in a sport utility vehicle with tinted windows, officials said. Soldiers stopped Roberto Sanchez Arras, who allegedly had a firearm in his hand, when he tried to enter a house.

In the vehicle, soldiers allegedly found a grenade, three rifles, four handguns, ammunition, bulletproof vests, military style clothing and shirts stating "AFI," like the Mexican Federal Investigations Agency.

Villa Ahumada, best known for its asadero cheese, in the past two years has been a hot spot in the turf war between the Sinaloa and Juárez drug cartels. The town, located on the Pan-American highway, is reputed to be an important regional drug trafficking corridor link.
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#110 Feb 22, 2010
One Person Killed During Shooting in Matamoros

MATAMOROS, MEXICO - Mexican authorities are investigating a deadly weekend shooting in Matamoros.

It happened Sunday night in front of the McDonald's restaurant on Manuel Cavazos Lerma and Pedro Cárdenas Boulevard.

The Mexican media says the military exchanged gun fire with civilians. A 19-year-old student was driving through the fighting when he was shot twice in the head and killed. A 15-year-old teen was also shot in the leg and a 31-year-old man was hit twice in the back. Both of the victims were sent to the hospital and are expected to recover. An ambulance that was trying to reach the victims was caught in the crossfire and shot at 20 times.

Mexican authorities have not arrested anyone in connection with the shooting.

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#111 Feb 23, 2010
2 dead after grocery store shooting in Juárez

Daniel Borunda
El Paso Times Staff
Posted: 02/23/2010

Two men were killed in a shooting Monday afternoon at a neighborhood grocery store in east Juárez, a Chihuahua state attorney general's office spokesman said.

Shortly after noon, Alejandro Menchaca Reyes, 32, was killed inside El Caporal No. 1 grocery while Jorge Alberto Terrazas Rodriguez, 28, died on a sidewalk outside the store in the Tecnologico area of the city, officials said.

Officials said investigators counted 13 (40 mm) bullet casings at the scene. Some news media reported the store-owner may have been killed for refusing to pay an extortion "quota," but authorities would not confirm a motive.

Also on Monday, Carlos Raul Gonzalez Gomez, 21, died at a Juárez hospital from gunshot wounds, officials said.

In the village of Guadalupe, Rodolfo Hernandez Garay, 28, was slain in a shooting where 30 rounds were fired from an AK-47, officials said.

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#112 Feb 23, 2010
420,000 residents along with slew of businesses seek refuge from gunfire

By Adriana Gómez Licón
El Paso Times
Posted: 02/23/2010

EL PASO -- Hundreds of thousands of people from violence-torn Juárez are abandoning their homes, closing their businesses and moving elsewhere.

Although reliable numbers are hard to come by, El Paso police and real estate agents, and Juárez demographers, detect an increase in refugees from Mexico living in El Paso.

The city of Juárez's planning department said 110,000 houses have been abandoned from 2005 to the beginning of 2009. Which means that, based on average family size, about 420,000 people, or 30 percent of the city's residents, have moved out of Juárez, either to other parts of Mexico or to the United States.

In addition to the violence, more than 75,000 people have lost their jobs since December of 2007 in Juárez, according to numbers from the Instituto Mexicano Seguro Social. Most of the jobs have been lost in the maquiladora industry.

Restaurants, hairdressing salons, clinics and bakeries have closed. About 40 percent, or 10,678 businesses, were forced to close in Juárez because of the fear of extortions and assaults for not paying fees, or "cuotas," to criminal organizations, according to the Mexican chamber of commerce.

"Let people here tell how scared we are of even answering the phone," said Julia Monarrez Fragoso, professor at the Colegio de la Frontera in Juárez,
to Mexican President Felipe Calderón during his first visit to the city Feb. 11.
Many people in Juárez want to leave the city, where more than 4,600 people have been killed since 2008. María del Socorro Velázquez Vargas, a professor at the Autonomous University of Ciudad Juárez, UACJ, said the results of a survey conducted with 1,800 people last December showed that about 47 percent of Juárenses want to move to the United States because of the violence.
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#113 Feb 23, 2010
Juárez: Suspected hit man accused in strip club shooting where U.S. airman was killed

By Daniel Borunda
El Paso Times
Posted: 02/23/2010

One of two suspected cartel hit men captured during the weekend was allegedly involved in the mass shooting at a Juárez strip club where a U.S. airman was killed.

Mexican army soldiers, acting on a tip, arrested Jesus Armando Acosta Guerrero and Victor Manuel Avila Vázquez early Saturday outside the Mirage nightclub on Avenida 16 de Septiembre in north Juárez, said officials with Coordinated Operation Chihuahua.

Hours earlier, the pair had tried to kill a woman with a child leaving the Alcatraz gym, officials said.

The pair allegedly belong to a hit cell of the Juárez drug cartel working for a boss identified only as "El 11." Acosta was known as "El 35" and Avila as "El 38" in keeping with the cartel's use of number identification.

Authorities said Acosta, 35, admitted to taking part in the Nov. 4 shooting at the Amadeus strip club where six men were killed, including U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. David Booher of Holloman Air Force Base. Two other suspects in the shooting had been previously arrested.

Acosta allegedly told investigators he was paid 2,000 pesos a week (about $155). He is suspected in eight other slayings.

Avila, 37, who is accused in five homicides, told investigators that he followed orders from Acosta and claimed to have been a lookout during the hit attempt on the woman leaving the gym, officials said.

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#114 Feb 23, 2010
Single mom saw 2 killings, moved family

By Stephanie Sanchez
El Paso Times
Posted: 02/23/2010

EL PASO -- Silvia's self-imposed exile in El Paso has not been easy.

She and her two children fled Juárez to avoid the violence that has ravaged the city. She relied on family members for help, but they had their own problems to deal with.

Now in a shelter for women, she and her children wait for their next move.

Silvia saves the little cash she earns working odd jobs. Her daughter, Julia, 10, and son, Manuel, 9, attend school and make good grades.

"I want my children to be better than me. I don't want them to struggle like I have struggled," said Silvia, 27.

Silvia, who asked that her family's last name not be published for fear of retaliation, came to the United States with $300 in June 2008. She brought only a change of clothes for herself and the children. The violence was touching too close to home, she said.

Silvia, who wears her dark brown hair long, sat on a chair on the shelter's porch. Julia and a friend, wearing their school uniforms, rested on the ground in front of Silvia. They chatted and giggled. Manuel, sweaty with messy hair, played ball with a friend in the shelter's gated playground.

It's hard to imagine a little more than a year ago, Julia and Manual saw a bloody body dumped behind their school in Juárez.
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#115 Feb 23, 2010
Mexico captures Sinaloa cartel cocaine trafficker

By ALEXANDRA OLSON
Associated Press Writer
Posted: 02/22/2010

MEXICO CITY -- Federal police have captured a man described as a key operator of the powerful Sinaloa cartel who served briefly in the U.S. army before taking on the trafficking of 2 tons of cocaine a month into the United States.

Jose Vasquez Villagrana, 40, was arrested Sunday in his home town of Santa Ana, Sonora, which borders Arizona, authorities said Monday.

He joined the U.S. military in Arizona in 1990 and deserted a year after getting his U.S. citizenship, according to Mexico's federal Public Safety Department. He is believed to have returned to Mexico, where he began trafficking.

Vasquez is accused of smuggling Colombian cocaine through Panama and other countries to the northern Mexican state of Sonora. The drugs were stored at his ranch and then sent to the United States.

U.S. officials could not immediately confirm Vasquez's citizenship nor his role in the U.S. military.

Police described Vasquez as a key player in the Sinaloa cartel, although he does not appear on a list of Mexico's most-wanted traffickers.

Vasquez slowly built up his operation in Sonora, eventually buying planes that he put at the service of Sinaloa kingpin Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman, police said.

He initially worked with the Beltran Leyva gang but sided with Guzman when the two organizations split, the police statement said.

Vasquez's capture comes amid accusations dogging President Felipe Calderon that his government has not pursued the Sinaloa cartel as aggressively as other gangs.
Sinaloa-a west-coast state where 14 people were killed Sunday-has not seen the benefits of Calderon's frontal assault on cartels, said Manuel Clouthier, a Sinaloa lawmaker from Calderon's National Action Party.

"The government of Felipe Calderon is 3 years old and in Sinaloa, we have not seen decisive action against the narcos," Clouthier said. "Nothing serious is being done."

The government has denied the allegations, and party leaders demanded that Clouthier retract his remarks. He has refused.

Sunday was a particularly bloody day in Sinaloa, said the state's Attorney General Martin Gastelum.

In the worst incident, six people-including two women and a minor-were found shot to death in a cemetery in the Juan Jose Rios. In the same town, two men were found strangled in a house, one with the cable of an iron and another with a wire hanger.

Investigators have not determined whether the 14 deaths were related.

Since taking office, Calderon has sent tens of thousands of troops to trafficking hotspots across Mexico, vowing to wrest back territory from brutal cartels, which have responded with record violence.

More than 15,000 people have been killed by drug violence since 2006, including the Sinaloa cartel's chief rival, Arturo Beltran Leyva, who died in a shootout with marines in December. Weeks later, troops captured Teodoro Garcia Simental, the alleged leader of a gang that broke with the Tijuana cartel and aligned itself with the Sinaloa organization.

Dozens of banners have appeared in the past week in seven Mexican states accusing government officials and police-some by name-of protecting the Sinaloa cartel. The banners were purportedly signed by the Zetas, a group of hit men tied to the Gulf cartel.

Such banners and speculation have been common since Sinaloa leader Guzman bribed his way out of a Mexican prison in 2001.

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#116 Feb 23, 2010
Mexican army captures Juárez cartel leader's brother Roberto Sanchez Arras

By Daniel Borunda
El Paso Times
Posted: 02/22/2010

The brother of the third-highest ranking member of the Juárez drug cartel has been arrested by the Mexican army even while the bloodshed continued in Juárez with more than 20 murders since Friday.

Soldiers arrested Roberto Sanchez Arras on federal weapons charges on Thursday in the town of Villa Ahumada, located about 90 miles south of Juárez.

Roberto Sanchez Arras is the brother of reputed cartel lieutenant Pedro "El Tigre" Sanchez Arras, who was captured by the army in May 2008, officials with Coordinated Operation Chihuahua said during the weekend. The cartel is allegedly led by Vicente Carrillo Fuentes.

On Thursday morning, Roberto Sanchez Arras was arrested by a patrol of the 20th Motorized Calvary Regiment responding to a tip about armed men riding in a sport utility vehicle with tinted windows, officials said. Soldiers stopped Roberto Sanchez Arras, who allegedly had a firearm in his hand, when he tried to enter a house.

In the vehicle, soldiers allegedly found a grenade, three rifles, four handguns, ammunition, bulletproof vests, military style clothing and shirts stating "AFI," like the Mexican Federal Investigations Agency.

Villa Ahumada, best known for its asadero cheese, in the past two years has been a hot spot in the turf war between the Sinaloa and Juárez drug cartels. The town, located on the Pan-American highway, is reputed to be an important regional drug trafficking corridor link.

A year ago, the Mexican army and gunmen near the town got into one of the largest firefights of the drug war, leaving a soldier and 14 gunmen dead.
Despite recent visits by Mexican President Felipe Calderón, the rampant violence continued in Juárez. Murders did not stop during the presidential visit and appeared to have picked up again. There were nine homicides Friday, including the fatal shooting of 52-year-old state homicide investigator Enrique Castañeda Ogaz. There were 10 slayings on Saturday, including a pair of triple-homicides. There had been at least three homicides as of early Sunday evening.

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#117 Feb 23, 2010
Top Zeta May Have Escaped Capture

REYNOSA - A new report by a private intelligence group says the man known as Zeta 40 may have escaped the Mexican Military in Reynosa.

The report put out by STRATFOR claims Miguel Angel Trevino Morales had been surrounded by authorities in Reynosa last week.

Morales was somehow tipped off about the operation meant to take him down and fled the city.

He is one of the most wanted drug traffickers by the U.S. Government and has been charged in a 2008 federal indictment.

There is a $5,000,000 reward for information leading to his capture.

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#118 Feb 23, 2010
Gunfire In Nuevo Laredo Has U.S. Authorities On Alert

LAREDO - It had seemed like the drug violence had been quieting down in Nuevo Laredo, but new reports of gunbattles began coming into Laredo's Police Department on Friday.

Witnesses across the border report seeing an increased Mexican Military presence.

There have been no official reports of what happened in Nuevo Laredo.

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#119 Feb 23, 2010
'Significant' Mexican drug lord in U.S. court
Bloody cartel smuggles tons of cocaine, heroin

February 23, 2010
By Jerry Seper

A top Sinaloa Cartel lieutenant, accused of directing the assassinations of rivals as well as Mexican and U.S. government officials as part of a raging drug war that has claimed more than 8,000 lives, will be arraigned Tuesday in federal court in Chicago on charges of smuggling multiple tons of cocaine and heroin into this country.

Jesus Vicente Zambada-Niebla, whose father has been identified as a Sinaloa Cartel boss and has been named as being among Mexicos most powerful drug kingpins, was brought to Chicago on Friday and described by U.S. authorities as "one of the most significant Mexican drug defendants" ever extradited to the United States.

Zambada-Niebla is accused of being part of a drug operation that smuggled more than 200 metric tons of cocaine, along with large quantities of heroin, into the United States between 1990 and December 2008, some of which was exchanged for weapons to use against government targets in the U.S. and Mexico. The indictment said the illicit drugs netted more than $5.8 billion in cash proceeds.

"We praise Mexico for continuing to extradite Mexican cartel leaders to the United States," said Michele M. Leonhart, acting administrator of the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA). "The Sinaloa Cartel has smuggled multi-ton quantities of cocaine and heroin into our country for decades, using intimidation and murder to build and protect their criminal empire."
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#120 Feb 24, 2010
State attorney general hails reforms in Mexico.Border: Legal System Changes Might Help Improve Cooperation Between Countries

Tue, 02/23/2010
By MELANIE KISER
Cronkite News Service

PHOENIX — Dramatic changes to Mexico’s criminal justice system will make its prosecutions more like those in the United States, opening proceedings and paving the way for more transborder collaboration, Arizona Attorney General Terry Goddard said Monday.

“It is far more obvious to the public what is going on, so there is less chance for corruption, less chance for somebody involved in the system to take advantage of it and allow a guilty defendant to go free,” Goddard said after kicking off a week-long training conference for 60 Mexican prosecutors and investigators.

Currently, Mexico’s judicial process takes place entirely on paper and largely out of the public eye. The overhaul of the system, approved in 2008 and mandated for all states by 2016, brings prosecutions to open courtrooms, where defendants will be presumed innocent, panels of judges will hear oral arguments and attorneys will cross-examine live witnesses, Goddard said.

The conference will teach the prosecutors how to operate within this confrontational courtroom setting.

Goddard said he expects the shift towards a more American-style judiciary will make working with Mexican prosecutors and investigators easier.

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#121 Feb 24, 2010
Security Expert Analyzes Recent Outbreak of Violence in Mexico

WESLACO - The private security firm, Stratfor Intelligence Agency in Austin, is analyzing the causes of the recent wave of violence along the Valley's Mexican border.

CHANNEL 5 NEWS spoke to Fred Burton. He says there are two distinct reasons why violence may be stirring up on the Mexican side of the border. "One, you have aggressive military taking action. The Mexican Military closing in, or attempting to close in, on some very senior high value targets within the Zeta organization. Or two, you have a fight over that local geography. Let's remember that his all about geography. Those who control the geography, is going to control that very lucrative gateway, that lucrative plaza Into the United States."

Burton says January was the deadliest month to date in Mexico with more than 1,000 deaths related to cartel violence.

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#122 Feb 24, 2010
Cartels Using Farms As Cover For Business

Reported by: Farrah Fazal

MCALLEN - Farms in Mexico could be a way for the cartels to hide their illegal drug crops.

Intelligence officials say the cartels are buying up farms in Mexico.

"If I'm looking to launder tremendous amounts of cash, this is exactly the kind of business I want to be in," says Intelligence Expert Fred Burton.

Burton is one of the most knowledgeable terrorism experts in the world.

He says the drug lords are using legal farms to launder illegal money.

Because the cartels can charge premium prices for the crops, the poorest people end up paying the price.

Missionaries say the poor can't afford fresh food because the price has gotten so high.

"It's kind of fall out that is coming from that, it's important stories like this get out so we can see the big picture," says Sister Denise Sausville.

The trickle down effect could impact you as well. With cartels charging more for their crops you could see an increase in what you pay at the grocery store all to help finance drug smuggling.

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#123 Feb 24, 2010
CHANNEL 5 NEWS Receiving Desperate E-mails from Mexico

Last Update: 2/23 7:24 pm

WESLACO - CHANNEL 5 NEWS is getting e-mails from across the border from people pleading for help. One e-mail conveys fear and uncertainty.

The e-mailer from Reynosa tells us, "We need your help. We are in danger. We can see men with guns on the street above 30 or 40 persons. No newspapers or local TV are allowed to give us info. This is real.(It) is not a joke. We can't go to the school, to our jobs. We can't go out of our homes. I hope you can hear us. We have children. They listen (to) the gunshots all night, and now we can hear even in the day. There is a war out here. Someone is trying to take out one cartel of drugs to put another. Our police can't help us, because they are with the mafia. We need help because our Governors say that nothing happens in our land,(that) everything is right. But they have guards and armored cars, so they really think is alright and nothing happens. Please, this is serious. And I hope you can see this message and help us to bring the peace again. This is not life if you have family here."

CHANNEL 5 is reporting numerous reports of gunfire and gun battles in several cities in Mexico along the border.

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#124 Feb 24, 2010
Mexican army: Armored truck, grenades, guns and drugs seized in weekend firefight

February 23, 2010 6:27 PM
The Brownsville Herald

MATAMOROS — Two weekend firefights between the Mexican military and alleged cartel members in this city led to the seizure of drugs, an armored SUV, grenades and other weapons, officials said.

The shootings left one civilian and two purported cartel members dead, according to the Mexican Defense Ministry, which is known by its Spanish acronym SEDENA. Mexican officials declined to say if any military personnel were killed or wounded.

The first shooting took place about 7 p.m. Saturday at the intersection of Pedro Cardenas Boulevard (also known as Sixth Street) and Manuel Cavazos Lerma Boulevard, outside the Plaza Fiesta shopping center, the Defense Ministry said. A military patrol was fired upon by cartel members and began to fight back.

Details of the firefight were not available, but the military reported that it seized 11 bundles of marijuana weighing a total of about 255 pounds, as well as a 2006 Chevrolet Silverado, a 2002 Cadillac Escalade, two fragmentation grenades, three assault rifles, 550 rounds of ammunition, 24 ammunition clips and one metallic ammunition box.

The Defense Ministry reported that two “attackers” were killed as a result of the shooting. Their identities were not available.

The second shooting took place about 1 a.m. Sunday along Manuel Cavazos Lerma Boulevard, near the Walmart shopping center, when a military patrol was returning to its headquarters after documenting the scene of the first firefight.

In connection with the second shootout, the military reported the seizure of one armored 2008 GMC and a 2008 Chevrolet Silverado, one assault rifle, one handgun, 266 rounds of ammunition, eight ammunition clips, three radios, one long-range scope and 1 pound of marijuana.

The Defense Ministry also reported one civilian death in connection with the second firefight. The deceased was not identified.

“With actions like this, we affirm the federal government’s commitment to restoring the safety of the state by preventing any incidents of organized crime from going unpunished,” the Defense Ministry stated in Spanish.

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#125 Feb 24, 2010
Mexico marijuana bust: Millions of dollars worth of pot seized

By Tania Navarro, SDNN
Tuesday, February 23, 2010

TIJUANA — A trailer that presumably transported cookies was apprehended with more than 34,000 pounds of marijuana at a Mexicali checkpoint, the Mexican Army said Tuesday.

“With this seizure we prevented the illicit marketing of more than 7 million of marihuana doses,” Alfonso Duarte-Mujica, commander of Baja’s Military Zone, said of the seizure that took place Sunday night.

The Army estimated the street value of the pot to organized crime at about 231 million pesos (U.S.$18 million).

The Mexican Army also confiscated the trailer and arrested the driver. He was identified as Mario Lopez Castro, 34. Lopez told Mexican authorities he was going to collect 50,000 pesos (U.S.$4,000) by delivering the truck from Mexicali to Ensenada.

The trailer, with no commercial signs, was detected at the El Chinerito checkpoint located on Federal Highway 3, between San Felipe and Ensenada. Inside the trailer, the weed was found in 1,435 brown packages behind cookie boxes.

Duarte-Mujica said that the pot was supposed to be delivered in Ensenada, but it is uncertain if the final destination was Tijuana by road or San Diego over seas.

Tania Navarro is SDNN’s Tijuana correspondent.

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#126 Feb 24, 2010
Man pleads guilty in Mexico border tunnel case

By Staff, City News Service
Tuesday, February 23, 2010

An Imperial County man pleaded guilty in San Diego on Tuesday to renting homes on either side of the U.S.-Mexico border to serve as access points for a narcotics-smuggling tunnel.

Eduardo Araza-Leon, who has been in custody for more than 3 1/2 years, admitted taking part in the drug-trafficking scheme at the direction of Mexican national Saul Ontiveros-Zamora, who pleaded guilty Monday to conspiracy and money-laundering charges in the case, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office in San Diego.

In his plea, Araza-Leon conceded that he rented houses in his hometown of Calexico and in nearby Mexicali in early 2006 for the purpose of concealing illicit drug shipments through the planned underground passageway.

He also admitted that he used illegal drug proceeds to pay rent on the U.S. residence at the behest of Ontiveros-Zamora, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office. Federal agents discovered the tunnel on Sept. 15, 2006.

Ontiveros-Zamora was arrested two years later and charged with conspiring to import about 2,000 pounds of marijuana into the United States through the subterranean channel.

Araza-Leon and Ontiveros-Zamora are scheduled to be sentenced on May 10 and May 24, respectively, both by U.S. District Court Judge L. James Lorenz. Two other co-conspirators have already been convicted and sentenced to prison in the case.

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#127 Feb 24, 2010
Imagine if we keep fighting foreign wars and deficit spending a trillion each year. Eventually we'd be so broke we wouldn't be able to afford a real army or border patrol. When we become that weakened you can be sure the drug cartels and their shootings will be taking place on our side of the border.

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