A TYPICAL WEEK END ON THE ARIZONA BORDER
April 20, 2008
At 11 P.M. Friday, April 11, 2008 near the Sasabe, Arizona and Sasabe, Sonora Mexican border, eight armed narcotics “mules” backpackers when confronted by agents responded with gunfire. Agents took cover as the contrabandistas continued “firing rounds” while retreating across the line into Mexico. The smugglers dropped a load of 253 pounds of marijuana . Agents did not return “fire” according to U.S. Border Patrol, Tucson Sector spokesman, Mike Scioli because they did not know where the “incoming rounds” originated.
On Saturday April 12, 2008 , around 5 P.M. a lone agent on patrol near the Border Fence in Nogales, Arizona confronted a “Pollero” Guia “sitting atop the international barrier. The Guide in Spanish told his Group on the other side to “ throw rocks” over the fence to “hit the officer.”
The agent utilized a pepper ball non-lethal device to resolve the situation and called for assistance from Mexican authorities in Nogales, Sonora. No injuries were reported, nor were arrests made in Mexico.
On Sunday, April 13, 2008, 7:45 A.M, a human trafficker “crashed “ overturned a pickup filled with illegal aliens near Sierra Vista, Arizona. Two people were killed and four injured.
Francisco Javier Morquecho-Valdez was charged Monday , April 14, 2008 with transporting illegal aliens for profit resulting in death, U.S. Attorney's Office spokeswoman Sandy Raynor stated in a news release.
Nine people in the truck were turned over to the U.S. Border Patrol to be held as material witnesses in the case per Vincent Picard, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement spokesman. Four witnesses said Morquecho-Valdez was the driver of the truck that picked the group up near Naco, Arizona after their trek through the desert, Raynor stated. One witness said his destination was New York at a cost of $2,500 for the trip.
In between the lines, rarely presented by media sources are why “ human trafficking organizations “ in violations of 8 USC 1324, a felony statute are of little consequence, importance unless death is involved in the felony act.
These are just a few incidents that caught the attention of the local news medias. Daily and nightly,the U.S. Border Patrol in Tucson Sector as well as nationwide confront and apprehend thousands of people daily, most seeking employment, to organized human traffickers, narcotics smugglers without incident nor attention of the general populace and mainstream media. Many lives have been saved by law enforcement efforts along the line from California east to Texas by agents over a span of decades.
People crossing illegally, abandoned in the desert to die by smugglers to illegal aliens held "captive"in "stash drop houses" until "fees" are paid to "arrangers" should be common knowledge to all. There is no compassion for humanity, nationality or human life.
A person under the control of a "Coyote" or organized cadres have no rights under this criminal regime. Sexual abuse with females is always commonplace, and until " fees are paid by relatives or friends by money grams, "held hostage" is the correct term in "Drop Houses" for illegal aliens in transit state to state by "transporters."
As a retired Anti-Smuggling USBP Special Agent, my unit partners and I have seen man's inhumanity to man in a scale that defies imagination in countless investigations through many years on human trafficking category 1 cases, 8 USC 1324. Death, Rape, Kidnapping, extortion, torture, beatings, armed guards assuring the human contraband fiancial crop does not venture beyond the perimeters of the "stash house". Narcotics organizations import controlled substances that kill many people in the United States which seems to be a commidity market welcomed in this country as well as illegal immigration from all fronts. In a political year of hopeful presidents, attention to the borders is lost to say the least in both parties as pandering never ends for popular votes.
The potential of violence, gunfire to lethal force confrontations along the "line" of this nation have existed since the creation of the U.S. Border Patrol in 1924. Contrabandistas, smugglers have never ceased activities despite many political administrations, conservative to liberals who failed to control the border and address the laws of this nation set in place by Congress long ago.
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When a narcotics load of 500 pounds or less is not considered a prosecutable case by the U.S. Attorney's Office or human trafficking arrests are of little importance unless death is involved, these are very curious times in this nation for anyone with the ability to think or reason.
Smugglers of people or narcotics are dregs of society, parasites, lower than "whale-manure" at the lowest depths recorded in surrounding seas. *personal opinion..
Sources..Arizona Star and official news releases stated.