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PINAL COUNTY, Ariz. -- A second network of mountain caves south of Phoenix believed to be used by Mexican drug cartels has been discovered by Pinal
County Sheriff's deputies.
This time, CBS 5 News investigators were there for the discovery.
Illuminated by the light of a new moon on the morning of Sept. 22, law enforcement officers spotted a small fire on the northwest side of the Sawtooth
At first light, Pinal County deputies and U.S. Border Patrol agents cautiously hiked into the mountains. CBS 5 News Investigates was the only media
allowed on the hunt.
The group had hiked more than a mile up and over several ridges when a Pinal deputy spotted a man running away on a nearby ridge.
A Border Patrol agent on an off-road motorcycle tracked the man down and agents took him into custody. It turned out he was only a teenager.
Deputies and the CBS 5 Investigates crew soon discovered the suspect's hideout, a network of caves wrapped around the mountain top.
Each cave appeared to have a different purpose. One contained religious candles and rosaries, items often used for a makeshift shrine.
Another cave might have served as the a vantage point for a lookout. The view stretched for miles, greater than 180 degrees.
Deputies believed the spotter would sit in that cave and guide smugglers with loads of people and drugs through the desert.
The discovery came just weeks after deputies found a similar network of caves and bunkers on the opposite side of the Sawtooth Mountain that were
clearly visible from a Pinal County ranch house.
One person was taken into custody during that raid.
These people live in the twilight zone
Drug Smugglers Burrow Under Border
Arizona town stands over network of tunnels to Mexico
Drug smugglers have found a new way to sneak their merchandise across the US-Mexico border: Under it. The heart of the burrowing business are the
Nogales—two towns bearing the same name on either side of the border, notes the New York Times. There, in an old network of drainage pipes, people
haul bales of pot and other contraband. “They crawl on their bellies,” says one Border Patrol agent. “They’re like a snake.”
Officials have found 51 tunnels in the past four years, some cramped and dark while others have phone lines and air conditioning. A former Nogales
official jokes that the tunnels are so prevalent that his entire town may someday collapse into a sinkhole, the Times notes. Click here for more on
Mexico's drug wars.
AUSTIN – The shooting of a U.S. citizen on Falcon Lake is definitely considered spillover violence.
That's the word from the Texas governor's office in Austin. They are calling on Washington leaders to send back up for south Texas Border Patrol
Here's the governor's statement:
"Every day drug and human traffickers exploit the southwest border...they are increasingly confrontational... which is illustrated by incidents of
spillover violence...the governor has continued to urge this administration to...immediately deploy additional resources to the Texas-Mexico border,
including 1,000 title 32 national guardsmen and predator drones."
PINAL COUNTY, Ariz. -- The Pinal County Sheriff's Office seized more than 1,000 pounds of marijuana but couldn't apprehend the driver of a pickup
truck deputies stopped last week.
On Friday, a Pinal County Sheriff's deputy spotted a Ford F150 truck running a red light and driving erratically, the Sheriff's Office said.
When the deputy attempted to stop the truck, the driver drove across the median of Highway 347 and then head-on into oncoming traffic before coming to
While the driver of the truck got away, deputies caught the passenger, who claimed he didn't know there was marijuana in the truck.
He told deputies he was in the country illegally and was turned over to the U.S. Border Patrol, deputies said.
The 2001 Ford F150 was loaded with 1,036 pounds of marijuana.
Agents in Nogales in southeastern Arizona made two big cash seizures from people crossing the border with Mexico.
U.S. Customs and Border Protection agents said Monday that the first seizure occurred around noon Friday when officers noticed abnormalities with the
clothing of a 54-year-old man from Nogales, Mexico.
After a pat-down, officers found 10 bundles of currency around his waistline. He was carrying $20,000.
About eight hours later, officers boarded a southbound bus and a service dog altered them to a piece of luggage. Inside was $43,500 in cash.
The 22-year-old Mexican man who brought the luggage on board and the man from the earlier seizure were both turned over to U.S.
Immigration and Customs Enforcement.
Grenade attack in Monterrey
October 5, 2010 by m3report
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La Prensa (Mexico City) 10-3-10
Mexico – (OEM-AFP) A grenade attack leaves 12 civilians wounded last Saturday night in Monterrey while police search for commandos who kidnapped 22
tourists in Acapulco. It was a violent weekend in Mexico that left at least 47 dead.
A grenade exploded in a public area in the City of Monterrey where hundreds of people were passing through. Six adults and six minors were wounded.
The majority of the wounds inflicted were non life threatening.
Meanwhile in Acapulco, military units continue the search for 22 tourists who were kidnapped by armed men. Another 7 people disappeared on a Michoacan
highway on their way to Manzanillo.
The vehicle in which the tourists were riding was found Saturday afternoon with no signs of violence.
The Cartel “La Familia” operates in Guerrero and Michoacan and of the seven criminal organizations operating in Mexico it is considered the most
bloody. “La Familia” is described by the United States as “a sophisticated criminal organization” specializing in the production and
trafficking in methamphetamines.
Cambio de Michoacan (Morelia) 10-4-10
One woman, two federal agents killed in confrontation leaving 15 more agents wounded
Apatzingan – An ambush launched against policemen last night in this city left one civilian woman and two agents dead. Fifteen agents were wounded
in the attack.
Police were conducting an investigation into narcotics trafficking when they were ambushed by suspects using assault weapons and grenades. The wounded
agents, some seriously, were transported to various hospitals for treatment while more agents moved in to continue the investigation and pursue the
El Debate (Culiacan, Sinaloa) 10-4-10
Three “bagged” bodies found on canal bank
Culiacan – Three individuals, who had been killed by gunshots, were found bagged in black plastic on the bank of Canal #7 in Culiacan.
Police found 22 AK-47 cases at the scene. The bodies were transported to forensics facilities for autopsy and identification.
Police are investigating.
El Imparcial (Hermosillo, Sonora) 10-4-10
Agent of investigative police found dead
Hermosillo – The lifeless body of an agent with the State Investigative Police (PEI) was found yesterday morning thrown onto the side of a road.
The victim was identified as Norma Elizabeth Flores Reyes, 37 years old. She had been kidnapped on the 26th of September. She was wrapped in a dark
According to the State Attorney General’s Office, the body had no gunshot wounds and she had died of suffocation.
Flores Reyes was an agent with PEI but her job was that of a radio operator.
A spokesperson of the Attorney’s General’s Office said that Flores had been a radio operator for the last six years for the PEI, and did not
conduct any investigations, although she was an agent.