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300 Pounds of Drugs, Loaded Weapons Seized at Arizona Border Crossings

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Tucson Sector Customs and Border Protection officers seized more than 300 pounds of drugs and eight loaded weapons being smuggled into the U.S. through Arizona ports of entry over the weekend. Officers also seized nearly 2,000 rounds of ammunition with the firearms cache.

Officers assigned to the Lukeville Port of Entry on Friday afternoon observed a Chevy SUV approaching for inspection as the driver attempted to cross from Mexico into the U.S. An officer referred the driver, a 60-year-old man from Fort Mojave, Arizona, to a secondary inspection station, according to information obtained from U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officials.

During a search of the SUV, the officers found a cache of eight loaded weapons including rifles and handguns. The officers also found nearly 2,000 rounds of ammunition. In addition to the weapons, the officers also found a little more than one pound of marijuana. Officials seized the weapons, ammunition, drugs, and the SUV. The CBP officers placed the suspect under arrest and turned him over to ICE Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) agents for further investigation.

Earlier that day, other officers at the Lukeville Port of Entry observed a Dodge sedan approaching from Mexico seeking to enter the U.S. During a secondary inspection, a K-9 officer alerted to an odor it is trained to detect, officials stated.

Officers carried out a physical search of the vehicle and found nearly 50 packages of methamphetamine hidden inside the vehicle’s gas tank. Officials estimated the 65 pounds of meth to be worth more than $58,000. The officers seized the drugs and vehicle and placed the driver and passenger, both residents of Phoenix, under arrest.

Port of Douglas officers observed a Ford truck approaching from Mexico seeking to enter the U.S. through the port on Saturday morning. The officers referred the driver, a 21-year-old man from Agua Prieta, Sonora, to a secondary inspection. Following an alert from a K-9 officer, a physical search of the truck led to the discovery of 90 packages of marijuana. The officers found the drugs under the hood of the truck and in the back wall of the truck’s cab, officials stated. Officials estimated the 124 pounds of marijuana to be worth more than $37,000.

The following evening, officers observed a Nissan SUV approaching the Dennis DeConcini Crossing from Mexico. The officers referred the driver, a 33-year-old Mexican woman from Phoenix, to a secondary inspection station. A search of the SUV led to the discovery of nearly 132 pounds of methamphetamine. Officers estimated the value of the meth to be more than $118,000.

In total, the CBP officers in this sector found 321 pounds of drugs and stopped a smuggler from bringing eight firearms and nearly 2,000 rounds of ammunition into the U.S. Officers turned all suspects and seized property over to HSI agents for further investigation.

Bob Price serves as associate editor and senior political news contributor for the Breitbart Border team. He is an original member of the Breitbart Texas team. Follow him on Twitter @BobPriceBBTX and Facebook.

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Cartel Attacks American Family Near Our 2nd Border Wall – Boy, 13, Killed

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This attack took place about 70 miles northwest of our second border wall in McAllen, Texas that we are constructing. It comes on the heels of a cartel attack last November that saw 9 American women & children from two families gunned down & killed. A Mexican police chief was arrested a week ago & is under investigation for helping the cartel that killed the Americans. It goes to show how much we need the wall to keep these terrorist organizations from operating within our borders.

“A 13-year-old was killed after an American family was attacked just outside Texas on their way home from a vacation in Mexico.

The family was traveling in a Chevrolet SUV with Oklahoma state plates on Saturday night when they came under fire along a highway that is disputed territory between some of Mexico’s most dangerous drug cartels, the Associated Press reported.

Armed gunmen killed the child and injured three others along the road that links the city of Mier with Nueva Ciudad Guerreroin in the state of Tamaulipas, just across the border from Falcon Heights, Texas.

The family had been returning to the U.S. after a visit to see relatives in the state of San Luis Potosi, according to the Associated Press.

The attorney general’s office in Tamaulipas said the child was a U.S. citizen and that the parents were permanent residents of the U.S. They did not release the victims’ names or any further details about the incident.

The Associated Press reported that the highway where the shooting occurred is considered high risk and runs through an area disputed by crime syndicates including the Gulf Cartel and Zetas.

Saturday’s shooting came two months after nine American women and children were killed on a dirt road between the states of Chihuahua and Sonora in Mexico as they traveled to visit relatives.

President Donald Trump said the family were killed after getting caught between “two vicious drug cartels” and he vowed to help Mexico “wipe them off the face of the earth.”

He tweeted: “If Mexico needs or requests help in cleaning out these monsters, the United States stands ready, willing & able to get involved and do the job quickly and effectively.”

Last month, the U.S. State Department issued a travel advisory urging anyone traveling to Mexico to exercise increased caution as violent crime is widespread in the country.

Travelers were advised to avoid some Mexican states entirely, including Tamaulipas. The Level 4 advisory said: “Organized crime activity—including gun battles, murder, armed robbery, carjacking, kidnapping, forced disappearances, extortion, and sexual assault—is common along the northern border and in Ciudad Victoria.”

The advisory warned that criminal groups target public and private buses as well as cars traveling through the state, often taking passengers hostage to demand ransom payments. It added that “heavily armed” members of crime groups “operate with impunity particularly along the border region” and local law enforcement have “limited capability” in dealing with incidents.”

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Mexican Police Chief Arrested In Connection With Cartel Killing Of 9 Americans

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We all know Mexico is a failed narco-state & that many Mexican officials and law enforcement agents are on cartel payrolls. If this police chief is guilty of working with the cartel that killed 9 American family members, he and all involved should face American justice.

“JUAREZ, Mexico (Border Report) — The police chief of a northwestern Chihuahua town has been placed under federal custody, and Mexican media are linking his arrest to the murder of nine American citizens on Nov. 4.

Fidel Alejandro Villegas was taken into custody in Juarez on Christmas Eve by federal police and flown to Mexico City shortly after, the Mayor of Janos told Mexican media on Thursday. Villegas is the police chief of the town of Janos, some 30 miles southeast of Antelope Wells, New Mexico and 70 miles west of Juarez.

According to Milenio, a major Mexico City news portal, Villegas is being questioned in connection to the drug trafficking groups that operate in the region.

Both the Sinaloa cartel and La Linea, the remnants of the old Juarez cartel operate in the area and were engaged in a series of skirmishes in the days prior to the killing of nine members of the LeBaron clan of northwest Chihuahua. Three adult women and six children were killed when the three vehicles they were driving just west of the Chihuahua-Sonora border were shot at multiple times. A Mexico City police official days later named La Linea as the authors of the massacre.

So far, two brothers, Hector Mario and Luis Manuel Hernandez, also from Janos, have been arrested in connection with the shooting, the federal Attorney General’s Office said earlier. Members of the Hernandez family deny their relatives’ involvement in the killing.

Sebastian Pineda, the mayor of Janos, on Thursday told Mexico City radio news show MVS that “everyone has been taken by surprise” by Villegas’ arrest.

“It is a grave accusation. They are saying he’s involved in drug trafficking, with the massacre of LeBaron,” Pineda told the station, according to a recording of the interview.”

Vice is reporting:

“Villegas, the fourth person arrested in the case, was arrested on suspicion of colluding in the killing and working with cartels, and is awaiting trial in Mexico City. It’s likely authorities will now trawl through Villegas’ life to see if they can find cartel connections.

“They’re going to investigate his bank accounts and his financial history for evidence of bribes and paybacks and where they might have come from,” Emmanuel Gallardo, a Mexican journalist who covers organized crime, told the Daily Beast.

Police in the area are notoriously corrupt, and cartels exercise control over much of the region. Prosecutors have alleged Villegas is connected with La Línea, the enforcement wing of the Juárez Cartel, the Daily Beast reported.

The families were ambushed while driving between La Mora and Colonia LeBarón. The families were gunned down, and one car caught fire and burned the five people inside beyond recognition. Countless theories about what, exactly, happened have emerged in the weeks since. Mexican authorities have hypothesized they were accidentally caught up in a turf war between rival cartels, but the families disagree.

“We were deliberately targeted, used as bait to lure one cartel against another,” Life Langford, a cousin of some of the victims, told Reuters not long after the killings. “They shot us up, burned our vehicles to send a smoke signal into the sky.”

Very few details about Villegas’ arrest and the allegations against him have been made public. But a member of the LeBaron family said he was not surprised a high-level police officer was tied up in the case.

Julián LeBaron told the New York Times it was “common knowledge down here that the police work with the criminals.”

“They have a monopoly on security and they get paid a wage for protection, and later we find out that they participate in the murder of women and children,” he said. “These people take resources to protect us and they are murderers themselves.””

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