The border separating Mexico from Arizona is a major concern with most law enforcement agencies in the state, however resources and funding inhibit our ability to correct the pitfalls of an unsecured border. Although the jurisdiction and responsibility of border enforcement lies within Homeland Security, it has been an ever increasing burden on local law enforcement agencies who answer to the citizens of their respective counties and feel the urgency of protecting our borders from illegal activity.
Current Border Violence Assessment
Acts of violence continue to occur along the Arizona/Mexico border. Victims of border related violence in Arizona include illegal aliens, law enforcement officers, and United States citizens. Types of violence reported to the Arizona HIDTA Investigative Support Center (ISC) by participating law enforcement agencies and through open sources included: rockings; shots-fired; kidnapping; threats and intimidation; physical assaults; vehicle assaults; shootings; burglaries; thefts, and possession of weapons. Several sources report increased pressure by Mexican law enforcement against Drug Trafficking Organizations (DTOs) has negatively impacted the DTOs’ ability to move drugs through the Arizona corridor. Reports indicate both the number and severity of violent incidents by the Mexican DTOs have increased. The probability is high this is a response to the increased enforcement by Mexican and United States law enforcement and military.
Torture, random acts of violence and gangland style shootings are common in many Mexican cities south of our border. Beheadings of suspected informants or rival drug gangs occur on a daily basis, however, the wave of violence and killings are making their way towards the United States border and have been documented as close as twenty miles from our country.
Attacks on U.S. Border Patrol agents increase: ‘Narcos are not willing to lose.’
Border violence is common all along the border of Mexico and the United States. I have gathered excerpts from various public sources which depict smuggling activity, assaults and other forms of illegal acts occurring near the border of Mexico and Arizona. This report will be presented on a quarterly basis in order to stay abreast of current activity.
U.S. Border Patrol Weekly Blotter
Nogales, Ariz. — Customs and Border Protection officers arrested a 19-year-old Tucson male for allegedly attempting to smuggle $90,000 in unreported U.S. currency into Mexico through the Dennis DeConcini Port.
Nogales, Ariz. — A 30-year-old female Mexican national was arrested Sunday for attempting to smuggle $87,932 in unreported U.S. currency out of the country; while a 29 -year-old U.S. citizen was a arrested for trying to smuggle more than 37 pounds of methamphetamine into the United States.
Douglas, Ariz. — A 40-year-old male resident of Agua Prieta, Sonora, Mexico was arrested Saturday for attempting to smuggle more than 265 pounds of marijuana through the Douglas port of entry.
Yuma, Ariz. — U.S. Border Patrol agents from Yuma Sector arrested a sex offender July 17, when agents assigned to Andrade, Calif., apprehended an El Salvadoran national entering the country illegally.
Temecula, Calif. — U.S. Border Patrol agents arrested a previously convicted sex offender yesterday near Temecula after he failed to yield and a brief high-speed chase ensued.
Border Patrol agents captured a convicted sex offender wanted in Arizona after he led them on a high-speed chase near Temecula. Agents assigned to enforcement duties along the northbound Interstate 15 attempted to stop a 40-year-old male United States citizen driving a blue 1998 Ford F-150 near Highway 76. The driver failed to yield and led agents on a high speed chase with speeds reaching 90 miles per hour. Agents discontinued the pursuit after the suspect drove southbound on the shoulder of the northbound I-15 endangering the motoring public. Agents located the individual’s vehicle minutes later when his vehicle became stuck after he drove off-road. The individual absconded from the vehicle, but was later captured near the area he absconded from. Agents ran record checks and determined that the suspect was a registered sex offender in Pinal County, Ariz., wanted for parole violations.
Tucson, Ariz. – U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Tucson Sector Border Patrol agents and the Tucson Air Branch collaborated on the seizure of an abandoned vehicle loaded with 94 bundles of marijuana exceeding $1.1 million yesterday. During the afternoon, a Tucson Air Branch aircraft reported a vehicle incursion at the international boundary east of Lochiel, Ariz. Sonoita Station agents responded while aircraft personnel maintained a visual of the suspected vehicle. The pilots relayed to ground agents the vehicle had come to a stop near the border where the vehicle’s occupants fled and absconded into Mexico. Border Patrol agents arrived at the location of a Chevrolet Suburban containing the 94 bundles of marijuana. The 2,317 pounds of narcotics, worth an estimated $1,158,500, were seized and will be turned over to the Drug Enforcement Administration. The vehicle will be seized per Border Patrol seizure guidelines.
Nogales, Ariz. — Thousands of rounds of ammunition headed for Mexico were seized Wednesday by Customs and Border Protection officers assigned to the Dennis DeConcini Port.
CBP officers conducting routine outbound inspections referred Erik Raul Enriquez-Leon, 21, of neighboring Nogales, Sonora, Mexico for an additional inspection of his Mitsubishi sedan. During the inspection, officers located 272 boxes of 7.62 x 39mm ammunition, the type often used in assault weapons, concealed in both rear quarter panels of the vehicle.
Nogales, Ariz. — Customs and Border Protection officers assigned to the Tucson Field Office seized nearly $168,000 in unreported U.S. currency yesterday from a man headed for Mexico through the Dennis DeConcini Port. Officers conducting outbound inspections selected a 54-year-old Mexican man for additional questioning and a closer examination of his Chevrolet truck. When officers removed the bed liner, they found 11 packages containing $167,572.
Insanity on the Border Continues…….
5 Mexicans ‘patrolling’ when border agent killed
U.S. officers were hunted, unsealed indictment states
A Mexican national who pleaded guilty in the fatal shooting of a U.S. Border Patrol agent — whose 2010 death led to a congressional probe of the botched “Fast and Furious” gunrunning operation — was part of a group of five Mexicans armed with semiautomatic assault rifles who were “patrolling” north of the U.S.-Mexico border with the intent to “intentionally and forcibly assault” U.S. border agents.
The intent of the five Mexicans is outlined in a previously sealed federal indictment describing the killing of Border Patrol Agent Brian A. Terry, who was gunned down Dec. 14, 2010, in the rugged desert area of Peck Canyon north of Nogales, Ariz.
The indictment said the Mexicans were hunting for border agents near a desert watering hole known as Mesquite Seep just north of the Arizona-Mexico border when a firefight erupted shortly before midnight and Terry was killed. At least two of the Mexicans carried their assault rifles “at the ready position,” one of several details about the attack showing that Mexican smugglers are becoming more aggressive on the U.S. side of the border.
According to the indictment, the Mexicans were “patrolling the area in single-file formation” a dozen miles northwest of the border and opened fire on four Border Patrol agents after the agents had identified themselves in Spanish as police officers.
Rock Throwing is No Joke!!…………….
In the late hours of October 10, 2012, Border Patrol Agents responded to a report of two smugglers attempting to cross the border into Nogales, Arizona. The agents watched as the two dropped the drugs into Arizona and fled back across the border into Mexico. Once across the border, the smugglers began pelting the agents with rocks. The agents warned the smugglers, ordering them to stop throwing rocks, when the assault continued, one of the agents fired, killing one of the smugglers. As a result, outcries from “human rights activists” and the Mexican government have precipitated an investigation from the Inspector General of Homeland Security over the Border Patrol use of force policy.
What seems to get lost in the outcry is that in 2008, out of 1,097 assaults against agents, 769 of them involved rock throwing. In 2009, 756 of 1,073 assaults involved rock throwing and in 2010, there were 793 rock throwing incidents out of 1,061 total assaults. These assault numbers included “rocking”, other physical assaults, shootings and attempted or actual vehicular assaults. According to the Border Patrol, there have been 249 assaults with rocks in the 2012 fiscal year. The “human rights activists” protest that using a bullet to deal with rocks is excessive force, leaving the impression that small, rounded pebbles are what is being thrown. Shawn Moran, a spokesman for the union representing Border Patrol Agents, a 14 year veteran in San Diego, stated that the rocks being thrown are large stones or large chunks of concrete and are no joke.