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Tag: Mexico

Border Patrol: Teenager Busted with about $500,000 worth of Meth

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

What is a teenager doing with nearly $500,000 in meth?

That’s what the Border Patrol agents want to know after a service dog sniffed out contraband in his sedan at the Pine Valley-area checkpoint in southern California, San Diego 6 reports.

Agents said they found 23 packages of meth that have an estimated street value of $498,000, San Diego 6 wrote.

The drugs were found under the front fenders of the Mexican citizen’s car.

The teen was behind bars in San Diego as late as Thursday evening.

More Guns Show Up from Botched Gun-Trafficking Operation Fast and Furious

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Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

 Two weapons linked to the botched gun-trafficking Operation Fast and Furious were found at the scene of a deadly drug cartel gunfight last month, the Tribune Washington Bureau reports.

The guns – an AK-47 assault rifle and 5.7 mm pistol – illustrate that some of the 2,000 weapons lost under Operation Fast and Furious remain in the wrong hands and likely will be used in crimed, the Tribune reported.

The pistol was purchased by Supervisory Agent George Gillett, who was helping oversee the botched operation.

Feds are investigating. Gillett declined to comment.

Border Patrol Agents Find $52,000 Hidden in Laundry Detergent Box

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

This was no ordinary laundry detergent.

Agents at a Mexican border crossing near El Paso found $52,000 vacuum-sealed and stuffed into a detergent box, KFOX/CNN reports.

Edgar Lopez Chavez, 36, was arrested while trying to cross into Mexico, where he is a citizen.

U.S. law requires anyone with more than $10,000 to clear the money with U.S. Customs and Border Protection.

Chavez is in the El Paso County Jail facing federal charges.

Former Border Patrol Agent Sentenced to More than Four Years for Gun Smuggling

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A former Border Patrol agent was sentenced in El Paso, Tex.  to 51 months in prison for his role in buying guns to be smuggled into Mexico, the Associated Press reports.

The sentence was part of a plea deal in which Ricardo Montalvo agreed to plead guilty to recruiting others as straw buyers of guns in exchange for having 19 counts dropped, the AP reported.

The 29-year-old former agent was accused of buying nine weapons, more than 20,000 rounds of ammunition and high-capacity magazines for assault rifles.

 

Halloweeen Posed Challenge to Border Authorities As Costumed Trick-Or-Treaters Cross Into U.S.

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Ghosts, zombies, witches and princesses.

The increasing number of wannabe trick-or-treaters who crossed the Mexican border into the U.S. on Halloween posed tricky challenges to custom inspectors, Fox News reports.

Customs and Border Protection has had the painstaking responsiblity of verifying the identify of costumed travelers making their way to El Paso for trick-or-treating. Although Mexican celebrate Halloween, trick-or-treating has not caught on, Fox News wrote.

 

Mexican Accused of Killing U.S. Border Patrol Agent in 2010 to Change Plea

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

A Mexican man accused of killing a U.S. Border Patrol agent during a 2010 exchange of fire near the Arizona-Mexico border is expected to change his plea today in federal court, the Associated Press reports.

Manuel Osorio-Arellanes had pleaded not guilty to murder, assaulting a federal officer and other charges in connection with the death of Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry.

Authorities said the firefight began when Osorio-Arellanes and four other men planned to rob marijuana smugglers.

Three of those men remain fugitives, the AP reported.

Ex-Border Patrol Officer Sentenced to 8 Years in Prison for Sexually Assaulting Mexican Woman

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

 A former U.S. Border Patrol officer was sentenced to eight years in prison Wednesday after admitting he sexually assaulted a Mexican woman traveling in the U.S., the Desert Sun reports.

Luis Edward Hermosillo was sentenced immediately after he pleaded guilty in Riverside County Superior Court to sexual penetration by threatening to use the authority of a public official and kidnapping.

Hermosillo was accused in court of pulling over the tourist and her two children, ages 2 and 5, in Indio, Calif.

Authorities said Hermosillo groped and penetrated the woman with his finger after he ordered her out of the car, the Desert Sun reported.

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Calls for Investigation into Border Patrol Shooting Increase After Latest Death

 Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

 The latest fatal shooting by the U.S. Border Patrol has raised questions about the agency’s use of force over the past two years, the Arizona Republic reports.

The ACLU and other human-rights advocates are questioning the frequency of the shootings, which have left 18 people dead since January 2010, according to the Arizona Republic.

On Oct. 10, Border Patrol caught criticism from numerous sources for shooting 16-year-old Jose Antonio Elena Rodriguez 8 times to defend against rock-throwers at a Mexican border in Arizona.

The shooting has prompted the ACLU and some Congressional members to step up pressure for a comprehensive investigation of Border Patrol.

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