The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department seized over 520 guns from the home of 60-year-old Manuel Fernandez last week.
Fernandez is a felon who got the attention of the sheriff’s department after a neighbor tipped them off to a large number of guns in his possession.
ABC News reports that deputies found 432 guns at Fernandez’s home the first day they searched. Upon returning a second day they discovered 91 additional firearms and another 30 “at the home of a woman connected to Fernandez.”
The sheriff’s department apprehended Fernandez and released a statement saying he was “arrested for being a felon in possession of firearms and a felon in possession of ammunition.”
Some of the guns seized from the home of 60-year-old Manuel Fernandez (Image via Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department)
They made clear that the size of the cache of firearms necessitated involvement of other law enforcement agencies as well: “Due to the large number of firearms recovered, detectives enlisted the assistance of the Federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms (ATF) for tracing the purchase origination of the weapons. Agents from both the California Department of Justice and ATF will be providing resources as the case continues through the court process.”
Fernandez was “booked at Palmdale Sheriff’s Station on charges of Felon in Possession of Firearms, Possession of an Assault Rifle, Felon in Possession of Ammunition, and Possession of Large Capacity Magazines.” He is out on bond and scheduled for a July 9 court appearance.
CIUDAD VICTORIA, Tamaulipas — The cartel violence taking place in the central part of this border state continues after the executions of nine women in a two-week time span. The victims were killed by different means and apparent motivations.
Some of the female victims were kidnapped, tortured and executed; one of them was pregnant at the time of her death. Some victims were incinerated while others have simply disappeared without a trace.
The six women worked at a roadside restaurant where they tended to truck drivers and passing motorists. The victims were found near the kilometer 10 marker on the highway to Rumbo Nuevo. Authorities later revealed a team of gunmen pulled up to the restaurant, tortured them, and eventually shot them in the head. The case continues to be listed under investigation without a motive or suspected organization.
The second case took place on June 8, in the municipality of Padilla. There, locals reported the execution of two women whose remains were found inside a Toyota minivan set on fire. Tamaulipas authorities were only able to recover two skulls and bone fragments.
The two victims were identified as Marisela Perez Rodriguez and Fernanda Salinas Perez; allegedly part of a drug cartel in Tamaulipas. The women were kidnapped by a rival one week before prior.
The ninth victim was discovered last week in Ciudad Victoria when cartel gunmen left the body of a young woman inside a 2011 Chevrolet compact. The car was parked in a busy area, not far from the city’s downtown. The victim was shot at least twice with a .45 caliber handgun. Her identity remains unknown.
Cartel executions in the central part of Tamaulipas continue to escalate as rival factions of Los Zetas fight for territorial control.
Editor’s Note: Breitbart Texas traveled to the Mexican States of Tamaulipas, Coahuila, and Nuevo León to recruit citizen journalists willing to risk their lives and expose the cartels silencing their communities. The writers would face certain death at the hands of the various cartels that operate in those areas including the Gulf Cartel and Los Zetas if a pseudonym were not used. Breitbart Texas’ Cartel Chronicles are published in both English and in their original Spanish. This article was written by “Francisco Morales” from Tamaulipas.
TEXAS UNDER INVASION:
THE GRUESOME VIOLENCE OF THE MEXICAN… over, under and in our open borders.
Murder victim 'was beaten with aluminum baseball bats, suffocated with a plastic bag over his head, then dismembered and barbecued'
This point is underscored by data cited by the DOJ for Texas’s criminal justice system. According to the DHS and the Texas Department of Public Safety, over 251,000 criminal aliens have been booked into local Texas jails between June 1, 2011, and April 30, 2018. They have been charged for a total of 663,000 offenses including: (THIS IS TX ALONE, NOT THE WHOLE COUNTRY!)
7,156 sexual assaults;
9,938 weapons charges;
79,900 drug charges;
Graphic: Cartel Gunmen Dump Bodies of Six Women into Ravine in Mexican Border State
CIUDAD VICTORIA, Tamaulipas — The ongoing fight for territorial control between rival cells of the Cartel Del Noreste (CDN or Northeast Cartel) and Zetas Vieja Escuela escalated over the weekend in the capital of this border state. Officials found six women — executed at the hands of the cartel and subsequently thrown into a deep ravine. Two of the victims were pregnant.
The women had been kidnapped by a team of gunmen from the restaurant where they worked. The restaurant is located on a road called Rumbo Nuevo in the southeastern part of the Tamaulipas capital of Ciudad Victoria.
Ciudad Victoria is disputed by two main drug cartels — the alliance of Old School or Vieja Escuela Zetas along with the Gulf Cartel versus the CDN. Both used to be part of the cartel once known as Los Zetas.
Due to the depth of the canyon where the bodies were thrown, the removal by authorities took more than a day. Only one of the victims has been identified — 44-year-old Elsa Concepción Turrubiates. Two of the unidentified women were pregnant.
WItnesses sounded the alarm when they saw a team of cartel gunmen pull in to a small roadside restaurant that mainly caters to travelers and took the women by force.
Tamaulipas state police officers and investigators, as well as the Mexican Army, carried out a search operation in an attempt to rescue the women. The search ended when they found the bodies of the women at the bottom of a 300-feet ravine.
Authorities had to wait a day for rescue teams to arrive with the needed equipment to climb down the ravine and remove the corpses one by one.
All six of the victims had been shot in the head in a manner similar to execution style. It is believed by authorities that after they were shot, their bodies were dumped into the ravine where they rolled down to the bottom. Forensic investigators working the scene were able to find six 9mm casings in the area.
The last cartel murder in the region that is similar in nature took place in November of 2017 when a team of cartel hitmen pulled up to another roadside restaurant a shot three employees there. Roadside restaurants appear to be a target for cartels because authorities suspect many are used as drug sale points for truck drivers.
Editor’s Note: Breitbart Texas traveled to the Mexican States of Tamaulipas, Coahuila, and Nuevo León to recruit citizen journalists willing to risk their lives and expose the cartels silencing their communities. The writers would face certain death at the hands of the various cartels that operate in those areas including the Gulf Cartel and Los Zetas if a pseudonym were not used. Breitbart Texas’ Cartel Chronicles are published in both English and in their original Spanish. This article was written by Francisco Morales from Tamaulipas.
Dozens charged with conspiring to launder drug cartel money
SAN DIEGO (AP) — Dozens of people across the U.S. have been charged in connection with an international conspiracy to launder tens of millions of dollars in drug money for Mexican cartels, federal prosecutors said Thursday.
The U.S. Attorney's Office in San Diego unsealed 40 indictments against defendants accused in the scheme dating to 2015. Investigators seized more than $6 million in cash as well as weapons and large quantities of drugs, including methamphetamine, heroin, fentanyl, cocaine and marijuana, officials said.
Mexican-based brokers oversaw a network of "money movers" who transported drug proceeds throughout the U.S. in boxes and duffel bags and deposited the cash into so-called funnel bank accounts, according to prosecutors. From there the funds were wired to accounts for false companies in Mexico controlled by drug suppliers, including members of the Sinaloa cartel, they said.
"By following the money, we have discovered large quantities of fentanyl, heroin and methamphetamine that are no longer destined for the streets of America," U.S. Attorney Adam Braverman said. "That's a one-two punch that takes these organizations completely out of the ring and makes our communities safer."
Undercover agents witnessed cash deliveries that took place in parking lots of retail stores, hotels and restaurants in California, Illinois, Kansas, Kentucky, Massachusetts, Missouri, New York, Ohio and Pennsylvania.
A total of 75 people are charged in the U.S., with some accused of drug distribution, officials said.
33 pounds of fentanyl is seized in Boston - enough to wipe out all of Massachusetts - as drugs ring with direct links to Mexico's Sinaloa cartel is disrupted
·Federal agents and Boston police have seized more than 33 pounds of fentanyl
·It's enough of the deadly synthetic opioid to theoretically kill every man, woman and child in Massachusetts
·The drugs were funneled into the state by Mexico's vicious Sinaloa cartel
·37 suspects including alleged kingpin Robert Contreras, 42, were captured
·77 pounds of drugs were seized, including heroin, cocaine and opiate tablets too
·Authorities said they confiscated $300,000 in drug money
Authorities in Boston have seized more than 33 pounds of fentanyl - enough to kill millions of people - in connection with one of Massachusetts' biggest drug busts ever.
Prosecutors said the synthetic opioid was being sold on the street by a drug gang with links to Mexico's notorious Sinaloa Cartel, the drug organization once led by Joaquín 'El Chapo' Guzmán.
The seize came at the climax of a six-month wiretap probe called 'Operation High Hopes,'
A lengthy wiretap operation by a joint task force including Drug Enforcement Administration agents and Boston police resulted in an early-morning sweep of the drugs and 37 suspects
Edward Soto-Perez, 43, of Boston was the first to be arrested late last year and he allowed wiretaps to be set up for others tot be caught in the drug operation
'I want to be clear about the size and scope here,' District Attorney Daniel Conley said. 'Massachusetts' fentanyl trafficking statute covers quantities greater than 10 grams. That threshold represents less than 1/1000 of the quantity we've taken off the street.'
'Individuals who buy and sell at this level aren't users,' Conley said. 'They're not small-time dealers, either. They're certainly not selling to support a habit. They're trafficking in addictive substances that claim more lives in Massachusetts than all homicides, all suicides, and all car crashes, statewide, combined.'
He said that the number of overdoses the seized fentanyl could have caused 'is truly staggering.'
A traffic stop led Mexican authorities to seize enough fentanyl to kill millions of people as well as almost 1,000 pounds of crystal methamphetamine and other drugs that were headed to the California border.
This week, Mexico’s National Security Commission announced the seizure of 45.5 kilograms of fentanyl that were found as part of a synthetic drug shipment in the Mexican beach resort town of Ensenada, Baja California. The seizure also included more than 914 pounds of crystal meth, 87 pounds of cocaine and 18 pounds of heroin.
Unlike the other synthetic drugs, fentanyl is a medically used opioid that is considered to be 100 times more powerful than morphine and prone to lethal overdoses.
The 45.5 kilograms of fentanyl seized is enough to fuel millions of possible lethal doses.
The seizure was made by federal police forces who spotted an SUV without license plates that had been traveling along the highway that connects Ensenada with the town of Lazaro Cardenas. The beach resort of Ensenada is directly south of the border city of Tijuana and its various ports of entry into California.
After pulling over the vehicle, authorities searched the SUV and discovered 10 bundles, three suitcases, 18 bricks and 18 plastic containers with the various drugs inside. As part of the investigation, Mexican authorities were able to confirm that the SUV is registered in California.
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ILLEGALS CLIMBING CALIFORNIA’S BORDERS FOR JOBS AND WELFARE: SAN DIEGO … Mexicans (registered democrat anchor baby breeders (1,877).
In just the month of October 2017 CBP Border Patrol San Diego border sector reportedapprehension of individuals from Bangladesh (12), Brazil (1), Camaroon (3), Chad (1), China (16), El Salvador (76), Eritrea (7), Gambia (4), Guatemala (178), Honduras (54), India (101), Iran (1), Mexico (1,877), Nepal (31), Nicaragua (1), Pakistan (13), Peru (1), Somalia (1), and “Unknown” (1) — a total of 2,379 individuals. These numbers are similar to volumes seen in this sector for October since 2012. MICHELLE MOONS
GRAPHIC — Mexican Cartel Cuts Out Living Victim’s Heart near Acapulco
A group of cartel gunmen fighting for control of a Mexican coastal state cut out the heart of one of their living victims while another was beheaded. The violence took place not far from the beach resort cities of Acapulco and Ixtapa Zihuatanejo, Guerrero.
The execution was recorded by cartel gunmen who then disseminated the footage through social media. Mexican intelligence sources revealed to Breitbart Texas that the murders took place at a ranch near the boundary between Michoacan and Guerrero states. The location of the murders is not far from the famed resort city of Acapulco. Law enforcement sources also revealed that the ranch once belonged to former Los Zetas ally and founder of La Familia Michoacana, Carlos Rosales Mendoza.
During the execution, a leading figure within Los Viagras Cartel threatened and tortured two villagers whose hands were tied behind their backs.
The victims were killed for allegedly relaying information to their rivals. One of the gunmen used a large stick to beat one of the villagers.
Another gunman then comes up from behind and uses a sharp knife to slash the man’s throat and then sever his head.
While the second victim screams for mercy, the gunmen use knives to slice open his chest to the point where they can see the man’s beating heart. One of the gunmen reached inside the victim’s chest cavity and manually removed the vital organ.
Soon after the executions, the gunmen issued a series of threats toward rivals claiming they would meet a similar fate.
The Mexican states of Guerrero and Michoacan are theaters for a fierce territorial war between the Cartel Jalisco Nueva Generacion (CJNG) and their rivals with Los Viagras, La Nueva Familia Michoacana, and some factions of the Sinaloa Cartel.
Editor’s Note: Breitbart Texas traveled to the Mexican States of Tamaulipas, Coahuila, Nuevo León and other areas to recruit citizen journalists willing to risk their lives and expose the cartels silencing their communities. Breitbart Texas’ Cartel Chronicles are published in both English and in their original Spanish. This article was written by Jose Luis Lara, a former leading member who helped start the Self-Defense Movement in Michoacán.
Tony Aranda from the Cartel Chronicles Project contributed to this report.
WATCH: Mexican Cartel Gunmen Engage Marines, Police near Tourist Hotspot
At least five suspected cartel gunmen were captured in Baja California Sur on January 29 after firing upon and attempting to flee Mexican Marines and local police.
The violent confrontation occurred at approximately 4:30 pm in the popular tourist spot of La Paz after officers attempted to stop a vehicle full of gunmen. The governor of Baja California Sur, Carlos Mendoza Davis, confirmed the circumstances during a press conference with local media outlets.
The governor reported that five suspects were captured after they retreated into a residence and exchanged gunfire with security personnel for approximately 30 minutes before they surrendered. Numerous high-powered rifles, handguns, and ammo were recovered by investigators of the state attorney general’s office with support from the Marines.
The armed confrontation was broadcast live on local television, which captured the arrival of supporting military elements to provide assistance while fully automatic gunfire could be heard in the background. Civilian footage also surfaced on YouTube.
BLOG: NARCOMEX HAS A REAL TIME IN KEEPING THE HEROIN CARTELS IN PRISON. SEEMS LIKE THEY ALL HAVE KEYS TO THE BACK DOOR AND LIMOS WAITING FOR THEIR "ESCAPE"
La Paz State Attorney General Daniel de la Rosa Anaya confirmed that among the detainees is Henry Froylán Rojas Ramirez, aka, “El Zopilote”, who escaped from San Jose del Cabo state prison in September 2017. Rojas Ramirez was serving a sentence for since 2014 and was considered one of the regional leaders of the Caballeros Templarios (Knights Templars Cartel) prior to prison. According to law enforcement sources, Rojas Ramirez is a former member of the Mexican armed forces and is originally from Michoacán.
“Los Guzmanes” is a cell working for the Sinaloa Cartel that is controlled by the relatives of jailed leader Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman. “Los Tegoripeños” appears to be an allied regional unit. The Tegoripeños surfaced in early November when narco-messages appeared in La Paz and Los Cabos, warning the governor and law enforcement agencies to align with them, Mexico’s SDP reported.
Breitbart Texas reported in December that gunmen hung the bodies of six men from three overpasses and left narco-messages in the tourist hotspots of La Paz and Cabo in Baja California Sur.
Robert Arce is a retired Phoenix Police detective with extensive experience working Mexican organized crime and street gangs. Arce has worked in the Balkans, Iraq, Haiti, and recently completed a three-year assignment in Monterrey, Mexico, working out of the Consulate for the United States Department of State, International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Program, where he was the Regional Program Manager for Northeast Mexico (Coahuila, Tamaulipas, Nuevo Leon, Durango, San Luis Potosi, Zacatecas.)
Over the last few years, I've had conversations with Mexican friends who agree that the proposed border fence could actually be very helpful to stop guns and cash going south everyday. It could also have an impact on the human traffic and drugs going north every day. We get drugs and they get billions of dollars in cash. They get guns and we get people coming in anyway imaginable.
Nearly 200 people from Mexico and Central America were stuffed inside large trucks and caught trying to enter the United States illegally during three huge January smuggling busts that occurred in just nine days.
Officials in southern California said 77 people, including five children, were found near the Mexico border Monday packed inside a sweltering truck that had been painted to resemble a UPS truck.
It raises a couple of questions:
1) Who checks what comes out of Mexico? Are there any controls in place on the Mexico side of the U.S.-Mexico border? The answer is complicated. They tell me that there are controls in some populated areas but it's wide open in others.
2) Why isn't Mexico doing a better job controlling the human flow from Central America? Complicated again. The cartels are now moving people through the country. They can buy their way from town to town. They travel on protected routes, or so they tell me.
We feel sorry for the poor people found in these trucks. Nevertheless, it's time to publicly call out Mexico and demand more effort on their side of the border. At least, we should point out the benefits of a border fence to stop this terrible stuff going north and south.
First, a wall exists independent of the waxing and waning of the available cadre of border enforcement agents, something that has always been subject to the vagaries of the legislative and executive branches. Congress may or may not appropriate the money to staff officers and agents up to the required levels; and if they do, a recalcitrant or anti-enforcement president such as Barack Obama may choose to not take advantage of the money and simply let the funds sit idle until year's end when they revert back to the Treasury.
Second, and it is a corollary to the above, it is a mistake to think that "smart" technologies somehow supplant the need for a robust officer corps. To the contrary, they absolutely demand it. Every kind of technological advancement, whether it is drones, military-grade sensors, forward-looking infrared radar (FLIR), tower-mounted high powered cameras, or something else, requires a sufficient number of human beings — of trained agents — to respond to intrusion alerts. Law enforcement always has been a human-resource-intensive occupation, and technological wonders won't change that equation, at least, not until we see walking, talking androids capable of apprehending aliens, putting the cuffs on them, advising them of their rights, and transporting and processing them.
Third, and this is critical, all of the smart technologies that have been mentioned in the context of border technology are reactive in nature. They alert agents to respond after an alien has crossed into the United States, and thus has been imbued with constitutional rights to hearings, to make claims, seek various forms of relief, and to stall in each and every way possible his or her removal, no matter how immediate in time or place he was arrested relative to his illegal entry.
The harsh reality is that due process in the immigration context is breaking down. The immigration courts are thoroughly backlogged into the several hundreds of thousands. This, in turn, forces inappropriate or premature release of aliens from detention as the available space is filled. And that, in turn, leads to the kind of situation we have now, wherein there are more than 900,000 (yes, you read that right, nearly a million) aliens loose in the United States who have either absconded from their hearings or failed to report for removal as required.
EXCLUSIVE: MOMS OF CHILDREN KILLED BY ILLEGAL ALIENS SLAM MEDIA FOR HYPOCRITICAL COVERAGE OF BORDER SEPARATIONS
Justin Caruso | Senior Media Reporter
The “Angel Moms” of two American sons killed by illegal aliens told The Daily Caller how they felt about the media coverage of migrant parents separated from their children at the border.
The mothers told TheDC that there was huge hypocrisy in the mainstream media focusing on migrant parents instead of American parents who were permanently separated from their children after those children were killed by illegal aliens.
“There is hypocrisy in many ways. The total disregard for American families ripped apart because of illegal criminals, the total lack of concern for children in the U.S. being raped in North Carolina by illegals at disgusting numbers (some months over 400 child rapes by illegals), no concern [for] homeless American children or Veterans who would do anything to have what’s provided [to] these children. Yet, our politicians call it inhumane treatment. Would they rather these kids coming across our borders stay with the adults who aren’ttheir biological parents but have kidnapped them to get across the border as a ‘family unit?'” Mary Ann Mendoza told TheDC.
Mendoza’s story is absolutely heartbreaking.
Her son, Sgt. Brandon Mendoza, was killed by an illegal alien who was drunk driving and hit him head-on.
On her website, the Sgt. Brandon Mendoza Memorial Foundation, she writes:
“My name is Mary Ann Mendoza and my life course has been changed forever.
My son, Sgt Brandon Mendoza, was killed on May 12, 2014 in a violent head on collision. He was killed by a 3 times the legal limit drunk and high on meth ILLEGAL CRIMINAL! He had driven 35 MILES the wrong way on four different freeways before slamming head-on into my son’s car. My son had just finished his shift and was heading home after working to keep Mesa citizens safe and his community crime free when his life was taken so tragically.”
“It’s all about sensational headlines,” she also told this reporter. “They have no real concern for these kids. It’s just another way to make this administration look bad.”
“Worse things happened to these kids was Obama was president and [the media] was crickets. In closing, the fact that my son was collateral damage and totally disregarded to support their agenda is hypocrisy at its best. My dead son, a fellow American, is nothing to them! This isn’t worth their time because it would disprove their theory that we need illegal aliens here and we don’t need a border wall,” she added.
Another Angel Mom, Sabine Durden, lost her son Dominic to a motorcycle accident when he was struck by an illegal alien.
The criminal alien who killed Dominic Durden was also reportedly “barely under the legal limit” while driving that day.
Sabine Durden told TheDC, “The hypocrisy is astonishing. The MSM has ignored many of us victims of illegal alien crime for so long. They avoid us like pests. If it weren’t for President Trump, no one would even know much about us. He gave my son a voice that was taken by an illegal. And I’m forever thankful to him for that and for bringing the issue of illegal alien invasion to the forefront. It’s deeply hurtful to see how MSM now ‘cares’ so much for children separated from their parents while continuing to ignore thousands of us separated by death, forever.”
Durden spoke at the 2016 Republican National Convention in Cleveland, as did Mendoza.
“Not one of the Dems has reached out since they heard about my son’s death. Not one spoke publicly about American victims of illegals. Their fake grandstanding for children is for show and absent of compassion because they didn’t do any of this during Obama’s presidency. We have 1.6 million homeless children, inner cities destroyed and American children in need, homeless veterans and mentally ill people all on their own. No word about them from the left,” she continued.
“Yet they stumble over each other to get to a detention center with their camera crews behind them. They yell and show outrage over illegal aliens who placed themselves in this position. They call them immigrants, which is insulting to true immigrants like me,” she also told TheDC.
“They don’t go to jails and prisons where Americans who committed a crime are separated from their children. They didn’t go run and shown outrage when Obama had illegal alien kids in cages. The Dems are losing their voting base and need illegals to fill those spots. They are willing to step over dead Americans to get their amnesty. They continue to put out the welcome mat for more illegals to come by creating Sanctuary cities and states,” she added.
I want 2 wish all of u a very Merry Christmas & thank u from my for the support, kind messages/ words & prayers. I’m resting up 4 a huge fight against illegals
/DACAs in the new year & Dominic will continue 2 give me strength. May God bless u & urs #domhugs.
Durden also added that she has faced backlash for standing against illegal immigration.
“I get called racist, Nazi and my late son was referred to as ‘roadkill’ by an ‘anti-Trumper.’ All this is flamed by the leaders on the left. They are ignoring their own citizens who will never see or touch their child ever again to protect and speak for illegals who broke our laws.”
“What a rude awakening to now have to spend the rest of my life without my only child — my best friend, my heartbeat — because illegal aliens are more important and better protected and get special treatment by the law.”
Comments provided to TheDC were very lightly edited for grammar and spelling.