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Tag: Arizona

Border Patrol Agent Narrowly Escapes Serious Injury from Runaway Truck

Casa Grande, Ariz.

Casa Grande, Ariz.

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A Border Patrol agent was nearly struck by a car driven by a suspected smuggler at a checkpoint, narrowly escaping serious injury at a checkpoint near Casa Grande, Ariz.

Cass Grande Dispatch reports that a Dodge pickup truck refused to pull over and accelerated at the agent. 

The agent deployed a strike strip and narrowly evaded the oncoming truck. With flat tires, the truck continued for about 30 minutes until a second spike strip was deployed and successfully stopped the vehicle.

The suspect is in custody.

“The agent showed incredible fortitude, maintaining the presence of mind to deploy spike strips in an attempt to prevent the driver from inflicting harm to others,” said Tucson Sector Chief Paul Beeson. “The agent’s quick thinking and composure reinforces the importance of utilizing safe tactics and the necessity for our agents to remain vigilant at all times.”

FBI Investigates Border Patrol-Involved Shooting in South Central Arizona

border patrol 3By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The FBI is investigating a shooting involving Border Patrol agents in south central Arizona.

The incident happened while agents were tracking suspected marijuana smugglers, KPBS reports. 

One agent fired a weapon after being assaulted with rocks.

Border Patrol’s Office of Professional Responsibility also is investigating.

The Border Patrol has been criticized for its use of force in recent years.

So far this fiscal year, Border Patrol agents used their weapons six times.

Records indicate that agents were assaulted nearly 180 times.

Other Stories of Interest

Border Patrol Agent Recovering After Being Struck by Football-Sized Rock

border patrol 3By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

In the latest attack against the Border Patrol, an agent was injured when he was struck by a football-sized rock near Nogales, Ariz., the Tucson News Now reports. 

The attack last week happened as agents were investigating a report of five people smuggling drugs across the border.

The group broke up in different directions as the agents converged.

The agent was attacked when he was just 10 feet from one of the suspects.

Despite bring injured, the agent still was able to arrest the suspect.

An estimated 150 pounds of marijuana was seized.

Arizona Rancher Who Assaulted Border Patrol Agent Sentenced to Jail

courtroomBy Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

An Arizona rancher who was convicted of assaulting a Border Patrol agent has been sentenced to eight months in prison, The Associated Press reports. 

Derek Garland, 48, was pulled over in April 2014 after triggering a sensor in an area known for smuggling near the U.S.-Mexico border.

Garland pulled out an unholstered pistol and was acting belligerently, yelling racial slurs and profanity at the agent.

The incident was captured on video.

Complaints Paint Disquieting Portrait of Border Patrol Misconduct

Border Patrol agents reads the Miranda rights to a Mexican national arrested for transporting drugs.Drivers routinely complain about misconduct at Border Patrol checkpoints near the Mexican border, according to newly released information, the New York Times reports. 

Among the complaints are verbal abuse, racial profiling and improper use of guns.

The American Civil Liberties Union of Arizona has accumulated 6,000 pages of complaints, statistics and other records related to alleged misconduct.

The New York Times reported:

Collectively, the documents, detailing encounters between motorists and border agents from January 2011 to August 2014, portray an agency whose fractured oversight system has enabled at least some agents working along the southern border to stretch the limits of law and professional courtesy while rarely facing meaningful consequences.

Among the 142 complaints obtained by the A.C.L.U., only one seems to have resulted in disciplinary action: An agent received a one-day suspension for unjustifiably stopping a vehicle, apparently driven by the son of a retired Border Patrol agent.

James Lyall, an A.C.L.U. lawyer dedicated to the border, said the records not only confirmed the types of stories his office regularly heard from border residents, but also suggested that Customs and Border Protection had underreported the number of civil rights complaints it had received.

Deliberations Begin in Trial of 2 Charged in Killing Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry

Brian Terry

Brian Terry

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A jury began deliberations in the trial of two men accused of killing a Border Patrol agent during a shootout in the Arizona desert in 2010, The Star Tribune reports. 

The case wrapped up Wednesday in a federal court in Tucson.

Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry encountered the robbers of drug dealers and was killed in a shootout.

Prosecutors charged Jesus Leonel Sanchez-Meza, also known as Lionel Portillo-Meza, and Ivan Soto-Barraza in the killing.

Prosecutor Todd Wallace Robinson told jurors that evidence, which includes DNA, fingerprints and confessions, proves the defendants are guilty of all nine counts, which includes first-degree murder.

“It doesn’t prove beyond a reasonable doubt. It proves it beyond any doubt whatsoever,” Robinson said in a closing statement.

Southwestern Ranchers Say Border Patrol Won’t Protect Them from Smugglers, Others

border patrol 3By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Southwestern ranchers are complaining that Border Patrol isn’t doing enough to protect them from smugglers and others who illegally cross the Mexican border.

The Associated Press reports that ranchers vented their frustrations during a conference of western sheriffs in Arizona.

Ranchers said they won’t even call Border Patrol anymore because they know no one will help.

Border Patrol countered that steps are being taken to improve safety.

“We want to do everything we can to stop it. We have a difference of opinion on how we do that, but this situation is not OK,” Paul Beeson, the commander for the CPB Joint Field Command in Arizona, said.

Over-the-Top Flirting Raises Suspicions, Leads Border Patrol to $134K Worth of Cocaine

cocaine mercedes

Cocaine found in Mercedes, via Border Patrol

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A jet-setting model thought she’d distract Border Patrol officers by flirting with them, but her actions were so over-the-top that they raised suspicions and ultimately led to her arrest.

Fox News Latino reports that they found $134,000 worth of cocaine insider the 39-year-old woman’s Mercedes at an Arizona border crossing.

Anett Pikula, 39, made officers suspicious because she was “overly talkative” during a preliminary inspection.

“Flirtation was what was going on” said Customs and Border Protection spokesman Garrett Reinhart.

A drug-sniffing dog led investigators to a secret compartment in the engine of her car, where 13 pounds of cocaine was bricked and shrink-wrapped.

“My whole life.. romance, suspense, drama, action, cartoons. Are true stories;) real life!!” she wrote on the top of her Instagram account.