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Mexico Comes Clean: Our Soldiers Were in Standoff with U.S. Border Patrol

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

After blanket denials, Mexican officials are admitting that two Mexican soldiers – not smugglers – were in a standoff with Border Patrol agents in January, the Los Angeles Times reports.

Mexico had denied soldiers were involved but finally came clean about the Jan. 26 confrontation.

The soldiers claimed they were looking for drug smugglers.

But some question whether they were really helping drug cartels.

U.S. Official: Mexico Should Extradite Suspected Drug Kingpin ‘El Chapo’ Guzman

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman, one of the world’s most notorious drug lords, should be charged in the U.S. so he is never released from prison, the chairman of the House Committee on Homeland Security said Sunday.

The Associated Press reports that Rep. Michael McCaul, chairman of the House Committee on Homeland Security, wants Mexico to extradite Joaquin ‘El Chapo’ Guzman, who was arrested Saturday at a beach resort in Mazatlan, Mexico.

But McCaul realizes that is Mexico’s call to make.

Guzman escaped from a Mexican prison in 2001.

McCaul said the U.S. would put Guzman “in a super-max prison.”

 

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BUSTED! Drug Lord Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman Captured in Mexican Resort Town

 
By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

Busted.

It took a while, but Mexican and U.S. authorities on Saturday, as part of a joint effort, captured Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman, the boss of one of Mexico’s most powerful drug trafficking operations in Mexico, CNN reported.

CNN reported that Mexican marines in a joint operation with the DEA captured Guzman at a hotel in the beach resort of of Mazatlán. He was with a female.

CNN reported that Phil Jordan, who spent three decades with the DEA and headed the agency’s El Paso Intelligence Center, said the arrest represents a huge blow to the world’s most powerful drug boss.

“It is a significant arrest provided he gets extradited immediately to the United States,” Jordan told CNN. “If he does not get extradited, then he will be allowed to escape within a period of time.”

He had escaped from a Mexican prison in 2001.

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Mexican Man Gets 30 Years in Murder of Border Agent Brian Terry

Brian Terry

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

Some justice was delivered in a sorry chapter in law enforcement involving the murder of U.S. Border Patrol agent Brian Terry on Dec. 14, 2010.

Manuel Osorio-Arellanes of Mexico was sentenced Monday in U.S. District Court in Tucson to 30 years in prison for the killing of Terry, whose death was linked to ATF’s botched and embarrassing gun-smuggling investigation known as Operation Fast and Furious, according to KGUN8 TV in Arizona. Two guns from the operation were found at the scene of the killing.

The  station reported that  Manuel Osorio-Arellanes — who pleaded guilty in the killing — along with four other Mexican men crossed into the  U.S. to rob marijuana smugglers  and got into a gun fight with Terry and three other agents.

The Associated Press reported that Osorio-Arellanes was wounded in the shootout at the scene and arrested. The wire service reported that the remaining crew escaped to Mexico. Two of the four are in custody in Mexico and two others are still on the run.

 

Secret Services Investigates Potential Link Between Target Breach, Border Arrests

 Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The Secret Service is investigating a potential link between the recent hacking of consumer data from Target and the arrest of two Mexicans over the weekend, Reuters reports.

The Mexicans were found with a cache of fraudulent credit cards.

Target said the breach ended in the theft of 40 million credit and debit card records, Reuters reported.

“The U.S. Secret Service continues to work closely with affected parties and law enforcement to investigate the Target breach. In regards to the arrest announced yesterday, the Secret Service is working with the U.S. Attorney’s Office and McAllen Police Department to determine if there is any connection,” Donovan said in an email.

A Mexican Militia, Battling Michoacan Drug Cartel, Has American Roots

By Joshua Partlow
Washington Post Staff Writer

LA ESTACION, Mexico — Jorge Rios, 11 rifle rounds and a silver cross decorating his black flak jacket, lost his job as a dishwasher in Tucson for driving without a license. Santos Ramos Vargas, at 43 the oldest of this gang, got deported from Menlo Park, Calif., when he was caught carrying a pistol.

Adolfo Silva Ramos might be with his 2-year-old daughter in Orange County rather than wearing a camouflage cap and combat boots if he hadn’t been busted selling marijuana and crystal meth while in high school there. The two dozen men standing guard on a rutted road that cuts through these lime groves and cornfields are just one small part of a citizen militia movement spreading over the lowlands of western Mexico. But as they told their stories, common threads emerged: Los Angeles gang members. Deported Texas construction workers. Dismissed Washington state apple pickers.

Many were U.S. immigrants who came back, some voluntarily but most often not, to the desiccated job market in the state of Michoacan and found life under the Knights Templar drug cartel that controls the area almost unlivable. They took up arms because they were financially abused by the extortion rackets run by the Templars. Because they had family killed or wounded by their enemies. Because carrying a silver-plated handgun and collecting defeated narcos’ designer cellphones as war booty is more invigorating than packing cucumbers. Because they get to feel, for once, the sensation of being in charge.

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Expensive Lifestyle Caught Up with Convicted Former Border Patrol Agent

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The high life is expensive.

Just ask Lorne Leslie “Hammer” Jones, a former Border Patrol agent.

Jones was found guilty Friday of helping smugglers enter California from Mexico to help finance his ritzy lifestyle, UPI reports.

Feds say Jones took as much as a half-million dollars in payoffs in exchange for aiding the smuggling of marijuana and illegal immigrants.

Prosecutors said Jones lavished himself with luxuries like boats and football season tickets.

Border Patrol Agent Finds 2-Year-Old Boy Left Behind in Desert in New Mexico

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Federal authorities are trying to figure out the identity of a 2-year-old boy who was found in the desert, the El Paso Times reports.

A Border Patrol agent spotted the child and a man between Anapra and the Santa Teresa point of entry in New Mexico.

The man fled back to Mexico and left the boy behind.

Authorities said the boy appeared to be in good health, the El Paso Times reported.

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