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Seventeen people, all Hispanic, were arrested today accused of Drug Trafficking

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Captured 17 people in Los Angeles to introduce drugs in Mexico

As reported by the prosecution, the federal authorities rushed a dozen raids in different parts of Southern California

Seventeen people, all Hispanic, were arrested today accused of involvement in a drug trafficking ring in the country to introduce large quantities of cocaine, heroin and methamphetamine from Mexico.

As reported by the prosecution, the federal authorities rushed a dozen raids in different parts of Southern California in an operation against a network that illegally imported drugs into Los Angeles.

Those mentioned as network leaders were arrested today as a result of research over the past three weeks achieved the seizure of 60 kilos of methamphetamine, cocaine and 15 $ 100,000 cash.

“This research has dealt a blow to a trafficking network that we have introduced significant quantities of cocaine, heroin and methamphetamine high quality to the Los Angeles area,” he said in a statement Claude Arnold, special agent in charge of Safety Research National (HSI, in English).

The indictment points to the existence of four drug distribution cells, one of which was directed by Gerardo Gaytan Celis, 41, who operated the service Campos Auto Repair in North Hollywood.

Investigators intercepted and recorded telephone calls that discussed on shipments of heroin and other drugs, brought illegally from Mexico in vehicles that had been fitted with secret compartments in this workshop.

In another conversation, according to the prosecution, agreed with Jose Gaytan Celis Daniel López-36 U.S. citizen living in Mexico-a shipment of heroin hidden in silicone tubes.

Lopez, who operates a business in Chula Vista masonry is accused of being one of the suppliers of Celis Gaytan and help launder money from the drug sales operations.

Another place where raids were conducted today was The House of Tacos, in Van Nuys, a restaurant operated by Gregorio Martinez Rios, 42, who is accused of drug use as a reservoir to supply cocaine and Gaytan.

Murillo was also detained Roberto Sanchez, 50, who is accused of producing methamphetamine at his home in Palmdale and supplying drugs to various members of the network.

Of the 43 defendants in this operation (including the 17 arrested today), four are being held in San Diego and authorities continue to search for 22, it is believed that most are in Mexico.

The operation was the result of a 10-month investigation that also participated in the Immigration and Customs Enforcement, the Torrance Police Department and the Internal Revenue Service.

 
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Posted by on 08/30/2012 in Crime!

 

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El Paso Couple arrested for selling ammunition and guns to Mexican Criminals

EL PASO, Federal authorities arrested a couple who owns a gun business in Laredo, Texas,

for allegedly selling ammunition in bulk and weapons that were destined to end Mexico‘s criminal cartels.

Selling guns to criminals in Texas

Special Agent of Immigration and Customs Enforcement arm of the Department of Homeland Security (HSI) in San Antonio, Texas, Jerry Robinette said that this arrest is part of the commitment of the U.S. authorities to stop the illegal flow of arms and ammunition destined for organized crime in Mexico.

The couple is accused of selling ammunition to illegal immigrants, among others, and his first statement in court is scheduled for Tuesday morning. Each offense he is charged could lead to fines of up to $ 250,000.

Both detainees Jacaman Robert Sr. and his wife Veronica Jacaman, eleven face federal charges for crimes related to trafficking in arms and ammunition, explained Robinette, who noted that the prosecutor asked to be denied bail.

The indictment also are accused of having conspired to provide ammunition and chargers to illegal immigrants, as well as ammunition and an assault rifle to convicted criminals.

The detailed indictment that from January to July 2012 detainees conspired to sell large quantities of .223 caliber ammunition and a thousand rounds of 7.62 x 39 mm to an undocumented immigrant who was in the country, and had entered the United States on a nonimmigrant visa.

Also facing charges for selling a CMMG, Model 4SA semiautomatic a person with criminal charges and ammunition illegally exporting assault weapons to Mexico.

Cartridges, weapons and ammunition were intercepted by authorities before reaching Mexico.

The investigation was conducted by the HSI and the Office for the Control of Alcohol, Snuff, Firearms and Explosives (ATF).

 
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Posted by on 08/21/2012 in Crime!, Fast and Furious Weapons, Mexican Drug Cartels

 

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US DEA- dismantles crime network operating Mexican methamphetamine trafficking

US dismantles crime network operating Mexican methamphetamine trafficking

The crime cell operating in Oklahoma, 17 suspects were arrested and arrest warrants for 21 people are pending

DEA dismantles crime network operating Mexican methamphetamine trafficking
DEA dismantles crime network operating Mexican methamphetamine trafficking

Narcotics agents today dismantled a large network of Mexican methamphetamine traffickers operating in Oklahoma, by arresting 17 suspects and obtain arrest warrants for 21 more.

Dozens of federal and state agents conducted searches on Monday morning in several communities in central Oklahoma, at the conclusion of an undercover investigation of a year, conducted by the Oklahoma Bureau of Narcotics, the Bureau of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and the National Security Investigations (HSI).

“Today we have disabled a methamphetamine smuggling operation that began in Mexico and spread to other parts of Oklahoma and U.S.,” said Marlon Miller, director of the Office of Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) in Dallas.

“Last summer we identified a large group of people brought large quantities of methamphetamine produced in Mexico to central Oklahoma for distribution,” said Mark Woodward, spokesman for the Oklahoma Bureau of Narcotics.

“These shipments were up to five kilograms each week. Therefore, this network is considered a major supplier of methamphetamines across central Oklahoma, “said Woodward.

During the investigation, agents were focused on identifying all the suspects in the distribution network, which entailed the drug shipments were divided into Oklahoma and then placed in small amounts in the communities of Norman, Edmond, Anadarko and Watonga Oklahoma City.

 
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Posted by on 07/17/2012 in Crime!, Drugs

 

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U.S. captures La Bonita , Mexico offered five million pesos

Annel Violeta Noriega Ríos, a fugitive member of ‘The Family’, was arrested last June 27 at his home in El Monte

Annel Violeta Noriega Ríos

Annel Violeta Noriega Ríos La Bonito captured

Violeta Noriega Ríos, a fugitive member of the Mexican drug cartel La Familia Michoacana and Mexico who offered a reward of five million pesos, is in custody in USA after he was captured in Los Angeles the week past, reported the Bureau of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE).

Noriega, 27, also known as “La Bonita” was arrested for immigration offenses without incident last June 27 at his home in El Monte by members of ICE, and two days later was moved across the border in San Ysidro, California, and Mexican authorities delivered him under tight security.

“La Bonita” was accused of involvement in organized crime links to drug trafficking since 2010.

Mexican authorities say Noriega is one of the leading members of La Familia, and helped oversee the operations of distribution of methamphetamine in California and Washington.

Based on the Mexican state of Michoacan, La Familia cartel “is characterized by extremely violent” and involved in “drug trafficking, kidnapping, extortion and other criminal activities,” officials said.

Mexican authorities consider “La Bonita” contact with the group Michoacan Sinaloa cartel.

In addition to distribution of cocaine and marijuana, U.S. officials believe the cartel is also involved in methamphetamine production for export to the United States.

“The arrest last week should be a reminder to the fugitives in Mexico and the rest of the world that we will not allow our borders obstacles to bringing dangerous criminals to justice,” said David Marin, acting director of the ICE in Los Angeles.

“ICE will continue to work closely with their counterparts in the Mexican law enforcement to ensure the safety of law-abiding citizens in both nations,” he added.

The database of the Department of Homeland Security indicates that Noriega was arrested and repatriated to Mexico five times by the ICE between 2004 and 2005, but had no history in America.

 
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Posted by on 07/04/2012 in Crime Watch, Crime!

 

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Tijuana, Crime ranks swelled with children addicted

Experts warn that young people are increasingly used as “mules” or dealers, from 2008 to 2011 increased the phenomenon in the north

Children and crime in Tijuana
Children and crime in Tijuana

TIJUANA, March 10. – At age 14, Luis Alberto transmits security and has a piercing gaze of an adult. He says this

is because since very little known “life”. He had no father, worked from small, hooked on drugs and was used by a criminal cell to distribute narcotics.

Last October he was admitted to CIRAD, a rehabilitation center located west of the city and caters to 500 drug addicts, a hundred of them under 17, which began a six months program.

“I was brought here because selling and consuming ‘criloco’” said Luis Alberto, referring to his addiction to methamphetamine, the powerful drug white crystalline consuming 90% of adolescents in recovery, its low cost and high availability the street.

In a relatively new phenomenon, young people are increasingly being used as “mules” or distributors, whether to cross drugs into the U.S. or to sell in the cities, especially the border, said Victor Clark, a social anthropologist and specialist in the issue of drug trafficking in this region.

“Minors are cheap labor and disposable for organized crime in an environment where there are not many opportunities for employment and recreation for them, and where the business of drug distribution and consumption has grown rapidly,” he said.

The authorities say they are aware of this phenomenon, but say there is no statistics on the number of teenagers arrested for selling or distributing drugs that existing legislation does not allow for criminal records of minors.

The office of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) in San Diego said that between 2008 and 2011 increased ten times the arrest of young people between 14 and 18 who tried to cross drugs, mainly methamphetamine, in the Tijuana-San Diego. Lauren Mack, ICE spokeswoman in San Diego, said that in 2008 there were 19 juvenile arrests, while in 2009 there were 165 in 2010 were 190 and 190 were reported in 2011.

Most were high school students who took the drugs hidden in their bodies or in vehicles they were driving. They tried to smuggle drugs especially strong as methamphetamine and cocaine, said Mack.

“It’s a problem that is occurring in cities (Mexico) border such as Tijuana, Ciudad Juarez, Nogales, Reynosa, and we have seen that is increasing at an alarming rate,” says anthropologist Clark.

Directors of rehabilitation centers in Tijuana estimated that there are around 50 adolescents as Luis Alberto, 500 who are in recovery, in addition to being addicted to any drugs were used by organized crime for drug dealing.

Luis Alberto, whose name cannot be spread by a minor, said that for two years selling and distributing methamphetamine in a neighborhood of this city with a group of children who were led by “a pattern”. The day got 200 pesos (about $ 16) that spent on food and drugs to consume.

“Among my friends and I were selling forty packs a day. My employer took him to each packet thousand 100 pesos (about $ 88) and all that was left was for us. Sometimes three or four packs left over and gave out to us, “he said.

Usually the drug cartels employing teens as “flags”, a sort of stray spies warned about military operations or police, so far not been centerpieces in drug dealing, said Clark.

This phenomenon began to be felt in homes for the drug in late 2008 and was increased in subsequent years, said Jose Luis Serrano, director of the rehabilitation center Meson.

Academic calls for stronger liberal education to combat violence

Among the courses offered higher education urgently implement a humanistic education in the students, it will be a measure to destroy the violence facing our country and warned Beuchot Mauricio Puente, one of the most important philosophers in Latin America.

The UNAM’s academic and creator of hermeneutics analog felt that college students must learn the skills required by their race, but the division has been between sciences and humanities for decades has led to unethical professionals away from the responsibility social.

“Many professionals do not receive ethics training and that is reflected in how they perform, to the extent that no human rights are respected,” said the philosopher.

It was, found that different races should provide materials aimed at a comprehensive education in order to mitigate the gap that for years have kept the exact sciences and the humanities, in order that students come out better prepared and can expand their employment opportunities in a labor market increasingly demanding professionals.

The specialist will participate in the third conference Rethinking University Teaching will be held from 14 to 16 March in South Anahuac University, in order to find the weaknesses in the teaching of higher education in Mexico and provide alternatives for students that level graduate with a comprehensive training either to the degree that they have studied.

The symposium will analyze the needs of today’s young, in order that classes are designed to receive in your environment, as part of the digital age.

Statistics

The authorities say they are aware of this phenomenon but say there is no reliable figures.

The perception is that the state police in the past two years have increased the number of arrests of adolescents, according to the Ministry of Public Security of Baja California (SSPE).

For the first time, this dependence is recorded in the Guardian Council from Tijuana to ten adolescents who are locked up for drug distribution.

The use of minors in drug sales was not common, said Jose Ramon Arreola, director of child and adolescent Cirad center. He added that from 2009 began to attend a month four or five children of addicts also engaged in selling narcotics, other than 25 or 30 cases per month of children who only consume.

The State Attorney reported in Tijuana from 2008 to 2010 two thousand 327 murders, nearly a hundred missing and more than one hundred kidnappings.

 
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Posted by on 03/10/2012 in Crime Watch, Crime!, Drugs

 

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ICE agent killed in Federal Building!

ICE Agent killed in Federal Building
ICE Agent killed in Federal Building

An agent with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, or ICE, shot two colleagues Thursday evening, killing one, at a federal building in Southern California, local news outlets report.

Police officers responded to the federal building in downtown Long Beach around 5:50 p.m. local time, the local CBS affiliate reported, after a report of shots fired on the seventh floor.

One of the victims possibly was shot in the stomach, though the extent of injuries have yet to be confirmed.

The nature of the shooting couldn’t be immediately confirmed, but KABC and the CBS affiliate both said an ICE agent is suspected. KABC-TV reports that the shooter is in custody, while KTLA reports the shooter is dead.

 
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Posted by on 02/17/2012 in Crime!

 

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trial of Julian Zapata Espinosa “The Tweety”, alleged murderer of U.S. agent, Jaime Zapata

Julian Zapata Espinosa The Tweety, alleged murderer of U.S. agent, Jaime Zapata.

Julian Zapata Espinosa The Tweety, alleged murderer of U.S. agent, Jaime Zapata.

WASHINGTON, UNITED STATES - The federal judge in charge of presiding at the trial of Julian Zapata Espinosa “The Tweety”, alleged murderer of U.S. agent, Jaime Zapata, warned the U.S. government will need to ensure close collaboration of the Mexican government to expedite the delivery of evidence, and testimony, or else return the alleged murderer to Mexico.

With the presence in the room of Julian Zapata, alias “El Piolín”, who appeared with the aim off and downcast, the judge turned to hear the parties and set position. With a hair cut military style, a goatee and wearing the usual uniform orange, “The Tweety” just listened to the simultaneous translation of the judge’s arguments, the prosecution and the defense barely looking up or a word. “

If Mexico wants to be a partner (in this case), this implies that they give us what we ask. If you do not want to cooperate, we can send the accused back to their sovereignty,” said Judge Royce Lambert. For me to anticipate and to alleviate any concerns or bureaucratic delay in the delivery and translation of thousands of tests and testimonials that have been collected by the federal authorities in Mexico and the United States, to clarify responsibilities in the murder of agent Jaime Zapata.

In determining the position in the first hearing dedicated to presenting the accused and hearing the first arguments of the prosecution and defense. Judge Lambert also recognized that the case is complex – but still must decide formally on the matter – before the body of evidence to be vented, but insisted that above all the U.S. government will need to ensure close cooperation of Mexico.

Judge Lambert is one of the toughest and the most experienced judges in the courts of the United States, forced the prosecution to ensure that the government of Mexico will cooperate at all times: “We are working very closely with Mexico and fully respect their sovereignty,” said Michael DiLorenzo, the prosecutor who presented a formal request for the judge Lambert to declare ” the complexity “of the trial, an event that would allow the U.S. government to have enough time to make and substantiate each and every one of the tests and evidence that federal agencies have collected in Mexico and the United States along nearly year.

In this sense, the government of Mexico has begun to provide evidence and witnesses under the Mutual Legal Assistance Treaty, a process that has consumed nearly a year. Indeed, the fact that both the government of Mexico and the United States have enjoyed enough time to gather evidence and submit to the federal courts, was the argument used yesterday counsel for the defendant to request the initiation of the process as soon .

Similarly, the defense of Julian Zapata Espinoza, asked the judge to rule on the “complexity” of the case that his client has enough time to access the tests or refute: “It is almost certain that the court rules for the complexity of the case.

 Among other things it is a judge who is very familiar with the rules and you do not have any fear of the government. And also because the judge wants to prove that the accused have all the guarantees that this country provides, “said Ron Earnest, the lawyer who has been in charge of defending the case of Julian Zapata Espinoza.

“We hope that by April 25, we have a better idea of what evidence the U.S. government already has. And if not, we could postpone it until the month of May, “Earnest forward to confirm the deadlines and the judge set for the process to begin its work and that the U.S. government to become collaboration in ensuring the long and complex requiring help Mexico in a process that could consume nearly a year.

As recently as December 21, Julian Zapata Espinoza pleaded not guilty and remains in jail ever since. The charges against “The Tweety” include murder and attempted murder for the attack on February 15 at noon on a highway that killed the agent Jaime Zapata and injured his colleague Victor Avila, both of the Bureau of Immigration and Customs Enforcement ( ICE, for its acronym in English), while traveling to Mexico City after meeting with other U.S. personnel.

 
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Posted by on 01/26/2012 in Crime!

 

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