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Ex-Gulf Cartel Leader Extradited to U.S. to Stand Trial on Drug Charges

By Steve Neavling

The former leader of the Gulf Cartel in Mexico was extradited to the U.S. to face drug trafficking charges, the Justice Department announced Thursday. 

Mario Cardenas-Guillen, 57, a Mexican national, was indicted by a grand jury on charges of conspiracy with intent to distribute five kilograms or more of cocaine. 

His first court appearance is scheduled for Monday. 

Between 2000 and 2012, Cardenas-Guillen allegedly conspired to possess more than five kilograms of cocaine with the intention of distributing it. 

“International sources of illegal drugs continue to poison our communities,” U.S. Attorney Brit Featherston said in a statement. “We will make every effort to combat this scourge, and that includes going to the origin of the drugs in foreign countries and arresting and prosecuting those who seek to make a profit off this blight that adversely affects so many in our society.”

Caredenas-Guillen faces between 10 years and life in prison if convicted.

The DEA investigated the case.  

“For decades, the Gulf Cartel has used intimidation and extreme violence to maintain control of its territories in northeast Mexico and smuggle deadly drugs into communities across the United States,” DEA Administrator Anne Milgram said. “The extradition of Mario Cardenas Guillen, the former leader of the Gulf Cartel, should send a clear message to the leaders of drug trafficking organizations around the world that no one is beyond the reach of the DEA and our law enforcement partners.”

Retired LAPD Officer Alleges CBP Officers Sexually Assaulted Her at Border

By Steve Neavling

A retired Los Angeles Police Department officer filed a lawsuit against CBP, alleging she was sexually assaulted and harassed by border officers. 

Janine Bouey said she was crossing into the U.S. after a dentist appointment in Tijuana in June 2020 when a CBP officer was “flirtatious and pushy, and he pressed her to give him her home address,” according to the lawsuit, NBC-7 San Diego reports. After Bouey declined, the lawsuit alleges “the officer pulled her out of line and took her to the main building.”

Then a female officer “intentionally groped Bouey” over her clothes, the lawsuit claims, and she was placed in a “holding pen with other people,” even as she repeatedly said she was a U.S. citizen and a retired LAPD officer. 

She was then forced to remove all her clothes except for her bra and underwear while “the police officer who had inappropriately searched me the first two times was behind me with a flashlight,” Bouey said at a news conference Tuesday. She was eventually forced to remove her bra and underwear. 

“After I took off my clothes, I was made to turn around. I had to bend over, I had to squat multiple times at their direction,” Bouey said.

Andrea Guerrero, executive director of the community organization Alliance San Diego, said a lot of people were at fault for what happened. 

“It was not one officer alone who harmed Janine. Everyone who came into contact with her was complicit in her degrading treatment,” Guerrero said. “That includes the officer who racially profiled her and pulled her out of line, the officer who shoved a dog’s nose into her buttocks, the officer who penetrated her genitalia, the officer who forced her to remove all her clothes and had her bend over while others looked, the officer who took her shoelaces, her jewelry and belongings, handcuffed her to a bench, dismissed her pleas and tossed her out the back door.”

CBP declined to comment on the case. 

Sheriff’s Office: Border Patrol Agent Who Fatally Shot Migrant Acted in Self-Defense

By Steve Neavling

A migrant who was fatally shot by a Border Patrol agent in southern Arizona first assaulted the agent with a rock, the Cochise County Sheriff’s Office said. 

The sheriff’s office is investigating the fatal shooting that occurred at about 10 p.m. on Saturday in a rugged area of the Peloncillo Mountains in Douglas, a few miles north of the border. 

In a statement, the sheriff’s office said the agent was acting in self-defense when he shot the migrant multiple times, 12 News-TV reports.

The migrant has been identified as 32-year-old Carmelo Cruz-Marcos of Mexico. 

Moments before the shooting, the agent encountered a group of undocumented migrants, including Cruz-Marcos. The migrants ran, prompting a foot chase. Both Cruz-Marcos and the agent tripped, and a struggle ensued. 

Cruz-Marcos struck the agent in the shoulder and then retrieved a rock, according to the sheriff’s office. As the migrant raised his arm with the rock, the agent told investigators that he had “feared for his life” and pulled the trigger. 

Multiple Gunshot Wounds Killed Migrant in Encounter with Border Patrol

Photo via Border Patrol

By Steve Neavling

A migrant who was fatally shot by a Border Patrol agent over the weekend in southern Arizona had multiple gunshot wounds, according to an autopsy. 

The cause of death was determined by the Pima County Medical Examiner, but the final examination report is not yet complete, the Associated Press reports

The shooting occurred at about 10 p.m. on Saturday in a rugged area of the Peloncillo Mountains in Douglas, a few miles north of the border. 

The sheriff’s office and CBP’s Office of Professional Responsibility are investigating. 

Use-of-force cases have been increasing in recent years. A monthly average of 50 use-of-force incidents were recorded during the final 28 months of President Trump’s time in office. 

Use-of-force cases rose 20% under President Biden. 

In 2021, nearly 60 Border Patrol encounters led to deaths, a three-fold increase over 2019 and four times as many as the annual average over the past decade. 

Authorities Investigate Border Patrol Agent’s Fatal Shooting of Man Near Mexico Border

By Steve Neavling

Federal and local law enforcement officials are investigating a Border Patrol agent’s fatal shooting of a man in a rugged area near the Mexico border in Arizona over the weekend. 

“Early indications are that one male subject, presumed to be an illegal immigrant, was fatally wounded by a Border Patrol agent who was on duty with additional personnel,” the Cochise County Sheriff’s Office said, according to the Associated Press.

CBP is investigating along with the Cochise County Sheriff’s Office.  

The shooting occurred at about 10 p.m. on Saturday in the Skeleton Canyon area of the Peloncillo Mountains in Douglas , a few miles north of the border. 

Officials have not yet released the identity or nationality of the man who was fatally shot. Details of the shooting remained murky as of Monday evening.

Border Patrol Agents Discover Baby Under a Bush, Wrapped in Camouflage in Arizona

Border Patrol agent. Photo: CBP

By Steve Neavling

Border Patrol agents discovered a baby wrapped in camouflage under a bush near the Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument in Arizona last week, KOLD reports.

About 38 minutes before the baby was discovered, agents apprehended a group of migrants who were traveling with the baby. At the time, no one mentioned the baby.

The mother later told agents that the baby was being carried by another member of the group. 

Agents concluded that the mother did not intentionally endanger the child. 

The baby and her mother, who were both in reported good health, were reunited and sent to Mexico through the Lukeville, Arizona Port of Entry. 

Arizona Man Sentenced to Prison for Seriously Injuring 4 Border Patrol Agents with His Car at Checkpoint

By Steve Neavling

An Arizona man smuggling migrants was sentenced to 41 months in federal prison for speeding through a Border Patrol checkpoint in southern California and striking several agents in February 2021. 

Juan Francisco Sanchez-Campos, a Mexican national, intentionally sideswiped and rammed multiple Border Patrol vehicles when he sped through the checkpoint on State Route 94 near Jamul, prosecutors said.

Four Border Patrol agents were seriously injured. 

In June 2021, he pleaded guilty to one count of transportation of certain aliens, one count of highspeed flight from an immigration checkpoint, and one count of assault on a federal agent. 

“This defendant risked many lives during his reckless attempt to blow through a checkpoint,” U.S. Attorney Randy Grossman said in a statement. “He cared nothing about other motorists, Border Patrol agents or even the people in his vehicle. All he wanted was his payday – a day that will never come, thanks to the brave Border Patrol agents who made sure this defendant was stopped.” 

Chief Patrol Agent Aaron Heitke added, “Our current success is the result of the strong resolve and determination of the many men and women of the U.S. Border Patrol and the U.S. Attorney’s Office. Collaboratively, our efforts resulted in the arrest, conviction, and just sentencing of this callous smuggler.”

One of FBI’s Most Wanted Fugitives Is Captured After Being on the Run for 16 Years

Octaviano Juarez-Corro

By Steve Neavling

A man accused of opening fire at a crowded Milwaukee park and killing two people and injuring three others in May 2006 was captured in Mexico, the FBI announced Friday. 

Octaviano Juarez-Corro, who disappeared after the shooting, was placed on the FBI’s Ten Most Wanted Fugitives list in September. 

He was wanted on two counts of first-degree homicide, three counts of attempted intentional homicide, and one count of unlawful flight to avoid prosecution. 

Acting on a tip, the FBI, with the help of Mexican authorities, found Juarez-Corro on Thursday evening in Guadalajara. 

“Octaviano Juarez-Corro spent the last 16 years running from law enforcement, hiding in another country, and believing time and distance was on his side,” Michael Hensle, special agent in charge of the FBI’s Milwaukee Field Office, said in a statement. “The FBI has a long reach and extraordinary law enforcement partnerships across the globe. I commend the tireless efforts of all our partners from Milwaukee to Mexico in closely coordinating with the FBI in capturing this wanted fugitive and helping to bring this violent offender to justice, as well as closure to the victims and their families.” 

According to authorities, hundreds of people were gathered at South Shore Park on the banks of Lake Michigan when Juarez-Corro approached a friend of his estranged wife and struck up a conversation. He and his wife, who shared a daughter, were close to finalizing a divorce at the time. 

Juarez-Corro opened fire at the park, striking his wife with two gunshot wounds in the chest, authorities allege. She survived. 

Milwaukee Police Chief Jeffrey Norman thanked the FBI for capturing Juarez-Corro.  

“The Milwaukee Police Department appreciates all of the efforts by the FBI and assisting law enforcement agencies involved in the apprehension of Octaviano Juarez-Corro,” Norman said. “With his capture, we are one step closer to bringing justice and closure to the victims, the victims’ families and everyone that was impacted by this tragic incident.”