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  1. #1
    2 men arrested after police find 3,100 lbs. of pot
    By Jannise Johnson, Staff Writer
    Article Created: 01/17/2008 09:27:06 PM PST

    FONTANA - Two people were arrested Tuesday night after, authorities say, they were caught with a ton and a half of marijuana in a truck.
    The bust was the result of an effort between Immigration and Customs Enforcement and the Fontana Police Department, police said.

    Medardo Lopez, 38, and Esteban Pinzon, 33, were arrested in a truck yard in the area of Live Oak and Slover avenues, said Fontana Sgt. Jeff Decker.

    The arrests were made around 7:30 p.m., he said.

    The marijuana was, "in a truck that came across the border to us," Decker said.

    One of the men arrested is in the country illegally, Decker said. He did not specify which man that is.

    The marijuana was found in a truck that had compartments inside to hide the drugs, Decker said.

    Immigration agents and Fontana officers arrested both men on suspicion of being in possession of 3,100 pounds of marijuana, said Virginia Kice, spokeswoman for Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

    Pinzon and Lopez, "are being brought up on state charges," she said. "We believe they are both potentially deportable."

    If the men are convicted of a crime, they will have to serve their sentences in the United States first before they are turned over to immigration officials for deportation, Kice said.

    "This is another example of the extraordinary importance of federal and local law enforcement cooperation," Kice said.

    The investigation is ongoing, she said.
    Law enforcement officials made a similar discovery over the summer.

    In August, a CHP officer discovered an abandoned trailer at 12:10 a.m. in a parking lot on Milliken Avenue near the 210 Freeway.

    In the August bust, when an officer approached a white Ford F-250 hauling a white 20-foot trailer, he smelled a strong odor of marijuana. He notified the Sheriff's Department.

    Investigators discovered more than 800 pounds of pot. No arrests were made.

    Lopez and Pinzon were booked into West Valley Detention Center in Rancho Cucamonga. Lopez was booked on suspicion of unlawful transportation or importation of marijuana. Pinzon was booked on suspicion of possession of marijuana for sale.

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  2. #2
    Published: 01.18.2008

    Burglars strike home of Sierra Vista mayor, cars found in Mexico
    SIERRA VISTA – Burglars broke into the home of the mayor of Sierra Vista, stealing valuables and two cars from the garage.
    The cars were recovered in a ditch near Naco, Mexico on Thursday and returned to the U.S.
    "Probably waiting to be loaded up and driven back north, but they didn't get that far," Mayor Bob Strain said of the cars.
    Strain said he returned home from vacation on Sunday and found his home had been searched and a GMC Envoy sports utility vehicle and a Honda Element were missing from the garage.
    He said the thieves were thorough and "had gone through everything, hunting for, principally, money, and they were somewhat careful not to destroy things like pictures in frames."
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    A Hawarden, Iowa, man was sentenced to jail and one year of probation Monday for falsifying his identity to get work.

    Marciano Montes-Acuna, 52, received a suspended five-year prison sentence for two counts of felony identity theft from District Judge James Scott and a 77-day jail sentence for three misdemeanor forgery charges, Sioux County Attorney Coleman McAllister said.

    Montes-Acuna was arrested Oct. 29 by Hawarden Police for not having a valid driver's license or vehicle insurance. Police found he had falsified Resident Alien and Social Security cards. He used the documents to work at Premium Iowa Pork in Hospers and Advance Services in Sioux Center.

    Because he served his jail term, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement will start the deportation process.
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  4. #4
    San Francisco Chronicle
    Daly City police seeking suspect in pry-bar beating of elderly woman

    John Coté, Chronicle Staff Writer

    Friday, January 18, 2008

    (01-17) 18:29 PST DALY CITY - Police are searching for a 28-year-old South San Francisco man suspected of savagely beating a 78-year-old widow inside her Daly City home and leaving her for dead after she surprised him during a robbery attempt.

    The woman was upgraded today to critical condition at a local hospital after she suffered life-threatening injuries from being beaten in the face and head with a metal pry bar Saturday, Daly City police said.

    They identified the suspect in the attack as Jose Perez-Gonza***, 28, an illegal alien originally from Guadalajara, Mexico, who has been living in South San Francisco.

    Perez-Gonza*** may be employed as a house painter in the San Jose area and may frequent exercise gyms in San Francisco during the early evenings, police said.

    He has tattoos of a black-and-red Harley Davidson motorcycle emblem and a black dragon band on his right arm. He may also have "Mexico" tattooed in large letters running up his inner right forearm, police said.

    Perez-Gonza*** - who has used the names Antonio Perez, Moses Omar Lopez-Padilla, Jose De Jesus Perez-Gonza*** and Juan Arellano - is also a suspect in the Dec. 21 burglary of a Pacifica home, Daly City police Lt. Jay Morena said.

    Police did not say how they had focused Perez-Gonza*** as a suspect.

    The Daly City attack came after the burglar had apparently telephoned the victim earlier in the day and posed as a package deliveryman in an effort to determine when the woman was going to be home, police said.

    "This was not a random burglary," Morena said. But he added that police suspect the burglar tried to strike when no one was home.

    "It was not a home invasion-type of burglary," Morena said. "The phone call was to find when she wouldn't be there."

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  5. #5
    $863,000 in Cocaine Seized by CBP Officers at Nogales Port of Entry
    SENTRI Participant Arrested

    Nogales, Az. Wednesday, January 16, 2008 – U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers arrested a SENTRI participant yesterday morning after discovering almost 52 pounds of cocaine hidden inside his vehicle.

    "This program is designed for low-risk border crossers, and we have a zero-tolerance policy toward smugglers,"ť said Port Director James Tong, "If someone attempts to use this program to smuggle contraband, we will take every step possible, working with the US Attorney's Office to have that person prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law."ť

    At a little past 9:00 yesterday morning, a 45-year-old U.S. citizen from Nogales, Arizona attempted to enter the country through the SENTRI (Secure Electronic Network for Travelers Rapid Inspection) lane at the Dennis DeConcini port of entry. A CBP officer screening travelers became suspicious after noticing discrepancies with the vehicle, a 2001 Ford F-150, and referred the driver in for a thorough inspection. ( SENTRI )

    During the inspection, officers discovered 19 packages of cocaine, weighing almost 52 pounds, hidden inside a compartment built into the vehicle.

    The man was immediately arrested and turned over to Immigration and Customs Enforcement for further investigation and prosecution.

    Estimated street value of the cocaine is in excess of $863,000.
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  6. #6

    Feds Bust Major Check-Cashing Stores In So. Fla.

    The U.S. Attorney's office said on Friday it cracked a major operation, involving construction companies and check-cashing stores that defrauded the government of close to $50-million.

    The investigation lasted at least nine months, and involved at least twelve people and a well-known check-cashing company known as La Bamba, which federal agents raided today.

    "The charges," according to U.S. Attorney Alexander Acosta, "range from conspiracy and cause or attempted cause to filing of materially false currency transaction reports" totaling about $50-million.

    Acosta explained that it worked in which a large number of construction companies in South Florida and a number of contractors and subcontractors wanted to do their transactions in cash.

    Officials said those construction companies would write checks to a shell company which did not exist.

    According to the investigation, the company would then present the checks to a check-cashing store called Cash Flow which would then take the checks to La Bamba, a much larger check-cashing store which would exchange the checks for cash and give it back to the construction companies.

    "At each stage, Cash Flow, La Bamba and others associated with these types of transactions would collect the fee," added Acosta.

    "Importantly, when La Bamba would file the currency transaction reports, La Bamba would in essence hide the true source and true destination of the cash," he added.
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  7. #7
    ICE arrests former Juarez, Mexico, public safety director on drug, bribery charges
    Mexican entrepreneur had made arrangements to continue smuggling drugs to El Paso

    EL PASO, Texas - U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) special agents Wednesday arrested the former Ciudad Juarez public safety director on drug and bribery charges here.

    Saulo Reyes-Gamboa, 36, was arrested about 8 p.m. in a parking lot in Central El Paso after he allegedly paid a person who he believed to be a corrupt federal officer to facilitate the smuggling of drug loads through the international ports of entry.

    Reyes-Gamboa was appointed by the past city mayor in January 2007 to supervise operations for the municipal police department. Reyes-Gamboa is an entrepreneur who owns several businesses in Ciudad Juarez, including some U.S. restaurant chain stores and a radio station.

    After taking Reyes-Gamboa into custody, special agents conducted a search of a house located in the 12100 block of Sunbridge Place in Horizon City, Texas, where agents discovered 985 lbs. of marijuana in the garage. At that location, special agents also arrested Karina Tarango, 27, who was storing marijuana that Reyes-Gamboa had allegedly arranged to be smuggled into the country earlier in the day.

    Reyes-Gamboa and Tarango are charged with possession with intent to distribute, and conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute. Reyes-Gamboa is also charged with bribery of a public official..

    "It is most troubling and disheartening to discover that individuals who are charged with enforcing the law and protecting the public may themselves be involved in criminal activity," said Roberto Medina, special agent in charge of the ICE Office of Investigations in El Paso. "Importing illegal drugs into the United States is a serious crime. ICE is committed to enforcing the law without prejudice or preference, which includes pursuing individuals and drug organizations that operate in our area of responsibility."

    -- ICE --
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  8. #8
    Las Vegas does not check immigration status.

    Girl Fatally Shot; Police Accuse Ex-Boyfriend
    Police Arrest Ex-Boyfriend, 20, In Connection With Killing

    POSTED: 5:19 pm PST January 17, 2008
    UPDATED: 5:39 pm PST January 17, 2008

    LAS VEGAS -- A 17-year-old girl was shot to death at about 9:33 a.m. Wednesday, and Metro police have arrested an ex-boyfriend of hers in connection with the killing.

    Paramedics found the girl bleeding from her head. Witnesses said they saw the victim's ex-boyfriend, Omar Rodriguez, 20, near her apartment just prior to hearing shots.

    Metro police located Rodriguez at around 4 p.m. in the northeast area of Las Vegas, and he was taken into custody without incident.

    Police said Rodriguez was booked into Clark County Jail on charges of murder with the use of a deadly weapon.

    He also had two outstanding arrest warrants for attempted murder with the use of a deadly weapon and battery with the use of a deadly weapon, in connection with the stabbing of the victim's new boyfriend in November 2007.

    Anyone with information is asked to call Metro's Homicide section at 702-828-3521, or call Crime Stoppers at 702-385-5555 to remain anonymous.
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  9. #9

    Six members of a Hispanic family of Immokalee (Florida) were accused of enslaving Mexican and Guatemalan immigrants, forcing them to work in agricultural labor, reported American authorities.

    Cesar, Geovanni, Jose, Villhina, Ismael and Michael Navarrete and Antonia Zuniga Vargas are accused of harvoring undocumented immigrants for commercial benefit, document fraud and robbery of identity.

    The announcement was made by the assistant attorney general of the division of civil rights Grace Chung Becker along side the director of the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), Julie L. Myers, and the federal public prosecutor for the medium district of Florida Robert E. O'Neill, according to a communiqué from ICE.

    Cesar Navarrete and Geovanni Navarrete -according to the authorities- struck, threatened and locked in the workers in trucks in order to force them to work in the fields.

    The authorities did not specify the nationality of the defendants. Nevertheless, they are accused of paying low salaries to the workers, to impose them debts and to mistreat them physically if they left their work before canceling the debts contracted.

    Cesar Navarrete was also accused of re-entering the U.S. after being found guilty of a serious crime and then deported.

    José Navarrete and Ismael Michael Navarrete also face charges for re-entering the country after being deported.

    If they are found guilty, Geovanni and Cesar Navarrete face prison sentences of more than 200 years of prison each one.

    Antonia Zuniga Vargas and Villhina Navarette face sentences of 40 years, while José and Michael Navarette could spend 42 years in jail.

    The human traffic has become a priority of the Department of Justice and in the last seven years the division of civil law along with the U.S. prosecutor, have increased the number of human traffic cases processed judicially.
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  10. #10

    Speaking of thieves . . .the criminal mentality of these losers is totally mind boggling. Can you imagine what we would inherit as a result of "a path to citizenship"? *shudders at the thought*

    Fake FedEx Trucks; When the Drugs Absolutely Have to Get There
    Fake Trucks Used to Smuggle Drugs, Money and Illegal Aliens Across the Border

    More Photos By BRIAN ROSS
    Jan. 18, 2008

    Savvy criminals are using some of the country's most credible logos, including FedEx, Wal-Mart, DirecTV and the U.S. Border Patrol, to create fake trucks to smuggle drugs, money and illegal aliens across the border, according to a report by the Florida Department of Law Enforcement.

    'Fake' Vehicle -- M.O. for Transporting Contraband?Termed "cloned" vehicles, the report also warns that terrorists could use the same fake trucks to gain access to secure areas with hidden weapons.

    The report says criminals have been able to easily obtain the necessary vinyl logo markings and signs for $6,000 or less. Authorities say "cosmetically cloned commercial vehicles are not illegal."

    In August 2006, the Texas Department of Public Safety, on a routine traffic stop, found 3,058 pounds of marijuana and 204 kilograms of cocaine in a "cloned" Wal-Mart semi-trailer, driven by a man wearing a Wal-Mart uniform.

    In another case, a truck painted with DirecTV and other markings was pulled over in a routine traffic stop in Mississippi and discovered to be carrying 786 pounds of cocaine.

    Police said they became suspicious because the truck carried the markings or DirecTV and several of its rivals. An 800 number on the truck's rear to report bad driving referred callers to an adult *** chat line.

    Trucks and vans marked as ambulances or law enforcement vehicles create the greatest concern, according to the report.

    Fake FedEx Trucks; When the Drugs Absolutely Have to Get There

    A fake U.S. Border Patrol van was found to be carrying 31 illegal aliens in Casa Grande, Ariz.

    An alert agent recognized that the "H" in the van's serial number is a letter used only on U.S. Border Patrol Jeep Wranglers. It should have been a "P."

    "Neither emergency service vehicles nor any government vehicles are exempt from terrorist or other criminal use," the report warns its law enforcement readers.
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