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Sophisticated Drug Tunnel Found at Mexico-Az Border

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

Drug tunnels continue to pop up along the U.S.-Mexican border.

The latest: The Associated Press reports that authorities discovered in Nogales, Az., a fairly sophisticated 250-foot-long unfinished tunnel underneath the U.S.-Mexico border that had electricity, water pumps and ventilation.

AP reported that Chief Border Patrol Agent Randy Hill says the tunnel was more sophisticated than others recently unearthed and that the builders had to chisel through solid rock.

AP reported that the tunnel was 15 feet beneath the ground. It started in an abandoned building in Nogales on the Mexican side and was still undergoing construction on the American side.

Gun Dealer Was Concerned About ATF’s Gun-Walking Program


By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

WASHINGTON — A controversial ATF gun-walking program apparently concerned an Arizona gun dealer, who like many others, had been encouraged by ATF to keep selling weapons to straw purchasers, all with the hopes agents would trace them to the higher levels of the Mexican drug cartels.

Problem was some of those guns sold by gun dealers got into the hands of criminals and may have been used in the fatal shooting of at least one federal agent.

Sen. Charles Grassley, who has been on the war path, attacking ATF for its programs — Project Gunrunner and its offshoot Operation Fast and Furious — released emails on Thursday from a concerned Arizona gun dealer. The emails were forwarded along with a letter to Atty. Eric Holder Jr. in which Grassley pointedly complained that the Justice Department had not released to him documents on the programs.

In one email, Grassley notes that the gun dealer — whose name was blacked out — raised concerns to ATF supervisor David Voth:

“I shared my concerns with you guys that I wanted to make sure that none of the firearms that were sold per our conversation with you and various ATF agents could or would ever end up south of the border and in the hands of the bad guys…I want to help ATF with its investigation, but not at the risk of agents’ safety because I have some very close friends that are U.S. border patrol agents in southern Arizona.”

Agent Voth replied on April 13, 2010:
“I understand that the frequency with which some individuals under investigation by our office have been purchasing firearms from your business has caused concerns for you. I totally understand and am not in a position to tell you how to run your business.

“However, if it helps put you at ease we (ATF) are continually monitoring these suspects using a variety of investigative techniques which I cannot go into detail. … Just know that we cannot instruct you on how to run your business, but your continued cooperation with our office has greatly aided the investigation thus far.”

Grassley said the gun dealers were put in a bad spot.

“On the one hand, these gun dealers rely upon the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms for their license to even be able to be in business,” he said in a statement.

“So, of course, these agents (Federal Firearms Licensees) want to cooperate with the government. When you have got this big club hanging over your head, will you be licensed or not licensed. On the other hand, the government asks these gun dealers to keep selling to the bad guys even after the dealers warned that it might end in tragedy.”

Grassley has indicated that some of the guns sold to straw purchases may have been used in the fatal shooting of Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry in Arizona last December. He is also trying to determine if any of the guns were used in the February fatal shooting in Mexico of ICE agent Jaime Zapata and the wounding of another agent.

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FBI Dir. Robert Mueller Says U.S. On Guard From Attacks That Might Emanate from Libya

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By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

WASHINGTON — FBI Director Robert S. Mueller III assured a Congressional committee Wednesday that the FBI is working to make sure the homeland is safe from attacks emanating from Libya, Fox News reported.

Mueller, testifying before the House Committee on Appropriations, Subcommittee on Commerce, Justice, Science, and Related Agencies, said the U.S. is “on guard” for Libyan operatives who “may well” be in the United States a result of crossing the Mexico or Canada border, Fox reported.

“We also want to make certain that we are on guard [for] the possibility of terrorist attacks emanating somewhere out of Libya, whether it be Qaddafi’s forces or, in eastern Libya, the opposition forces who may have amongst them persons who in the past have had associations with terrorist groups,” Mueller said.

He also noted that “there may be intelligence officers that are operating with different types of cover in the United States.”

“We want to make certain that we’ve identified these individuals to ensure no harm comes from them, knowing they may well have been associated with the Qaddafi regime,” he added.

His testimony came just days after word surfaced in the media that the FBI was interviewing Libyans in the U.S. in response to the Libyan conflict.

Lawlessness Along the Mexican Border: 2 Americans Murdered and Border Agent Busted For Drugs

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

There’s no shortage of lawlessness along the Mexican border. Two Americans were murdered and a Border Patrol agent was busted for drugs in two separate incidents.

On Monday, two Americans who work for the San Diego-based West Coast Beverage Maintenance were shot and killed inside their company pickup truck as they waited to cross the border back into the U.S. at the San Ysidro, Calif. border, the Associated Press reported.

AP reported that witnesses told authorities that a gun approached the line of vehicles and started firing into the vehicle. The men were identified as Kevin Romero, 28, and Sergio Salcido, 25, who was a professional martial arts fighter.

And on Tuesday, in Yuma, Az., Border Patrol agents busted one of their own agents, who was found with bundles of marijuana in his marked Border Patrol vehicle, station KRGV reported.

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Az. Border Agent Shot Fleeing Mexican 3 Times in the Back, Sheriff’s Dept. Says

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

The deadly drama at the Mexican border continues to play out in so many different way.

The latest: The Associated Press reports that the Cochise County Sheriff’s Department on Monday said that a Border Patrol agent fatally shot a Mexican man three times in the back as he tried climbing a ladder at the wall of the Arizona-Mexican border.

Sheriff’s spokesman Carol Capas said there was no indication the man, Carlos La Madrid, 19, tried to assault the agent before the shooting on March 21, AP reported. The agent’s name was not released. He was placed on administrative leave after the incident.

Authorities said La Madrid fled police in a truck in the border town of Douglas and was climbing the wall when another man started throwing rocks at the agent, AP reported. La Madrid’s truck contained 48 pounds of marijuana, AP reported.

The Border Patrol referred questions about the case to the FBI, which declined to comment because of the ongoing investigation, AP reported.

ATF’s Mess: Operation Fast and Furious

Obama Pleads Ignorance: Says He Never Knew About Controversial ATF Gun Program

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

WASHINGTON — President Obama is pleading ignorance about a controversial ATF operation that let gun traffickers pass on the goods so agents could track them to the higher levels of the Mexican cartels.

The President, in an interview with Univision that he and Attorney Gen. Eric Holder Jr. ever authorized the program, and he was never informed about it, according to the San Antonio Express News.

Weapons from the program have been linked to the death in Mexico in February of Jamie Zapata and of U.S. Border Patrol agent Brian Terry in December. The Mexican government complained that it was never notified about the program.

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2 Suspects Caught With Drugs in Tunnel at Arizona-Mexico Border


By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

There are endless reminders of the cat-and-mouse game that goes on along the Southwest border of the U.S.

The latest: Border Patrol agents and the Nogales Police Department arrested two people last week trying to smuggle more than 1,000 pounds of marijuana through a drainage tunnel at the Mexico-Arizona border, KVOA TV reported.

Authorities conducted a sweep of the tunnel after hearing voices in the drainage tunnel and caught the suspects as they tried heading back to Mexico, the station reported.