In what officials caution is now a dangerous and even deadly crime wave, Phoenix, Arizona has become the kidnapping capital of America, with more incidents than any other city in the world outside of Mexico City and over 370 cases last year alone. In fact, kidnappings and other crimes connected to the Mexican drug cartels are quickly spreading across the border, from Texas to California. The majority of the victims are either illegal aliens or connected to the drug trade. ED STRAKER
Wednesday, June 13, 2018
THE TEXAS INVASION BY MEXICO - TX COPS PUT ICE ON ILLEGAL DRIVERS.... But what about Los Angeles which has millions of illegals driving???
U.S. Rep. Joaquin Castro brands it a cog in President Donald Trump’s “deportation machine.” ACLU lawyers call it profiling. Undaunted, the Texas Department of Public Safety is providing names of suspected illegal aliens to federal immigration agents.
We call that public service.
The DPS “citation lists” came to light in the case of Gaspar Rodriguez Garcia, a Mexican national who has repeatedly entered the U.S. illegally.
Detained in a traffic stop by a Texas Highway Patrol officer, Rodriguez could not produce a driver’s license and, instead, presented a Mexican consular ID. The motorist was cited for driving without a license and failing to stop at a stop sign.
Rodriguez’s name was then put on a DPS citation list, which was forwarded to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement. Two and a half months later, ICE agents used the information to track down and arrest Rodriguez at his San Antonio apartment.
With his immigration case pending, Rodriguez’s experience is replicated across Texas as state law-enforcement officers provide crucial leads to ICE agents.
“There is a standing request from ICE to provide them a statewide listing of DPS enforcement of DWI and no-driver-license offenses,” DPS spokesman Tom Vingar told the San Antonio Express-News.
The citation lists have been furnished by DPS since August 2016, providing thousands of leads to ICE. The number of immigration arrests attributable to the lists has not been disclosed.
Naturally, Castro and the ACLU are outraged.
The Texas Democrat disingenuously blasted the program as part of a nefarious “deportation machine that Donald Trump set up to deport people like young Dreamers who may get a traffic ticket.” The ACLU, predictably, raises the specter of racial profiling.
In fact, DPS puts names on the citation list without regard to race, ethnicity or sex. “The information does not include, nor do we have, immigration status on the violators,” Vingar said.
The DPS actions are consistent with Texas’s anti-sanctuary law (Senate Bill 4) that requires local law-enforcement agencies to cooperate with federal authorities on immigration matters.
The Latest: Tough prison term for Mexican drug cartel leader
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FILE - In this Aug. 31, 2010 file photo, Texas-born fugitive Edgar Valdez Villarreal, also known as "La Barbie," center, reacts during his presentation to the media after his arrest in Mexico City. The former Texas high school football player who authorities say rose to the top ranks of a Mexican drug cartel is set for sentencing Monday, June 11, 2018, in Atlanta on drug and money-laundering charges. (AP Photo/Alexandre Meneghini, File)
ATLANTA (AP) — The Latest on the sentencing of Edgar Valdez Villarreal, otherwise known as "La Barbie" (all times local):
A former Texas high school football player who authorities say rose to the top ranks of a Mexican drug cartel has been sentenced to serve nearly 50 years in federal prison on drug and money laundering charges.
Edgar Valdez Villarreal, known as "La Barbie" because of his light eyes and complexion, was sentenced Monday in Atlanta. He was also ordered to forfeit $192 million.
Valdez was accused of bringing trucks full of cocaine from Mexico to the eastern United States and shipping millions of dollars in cash back to Mexico.
He was arrested in Mexico in 2010 and was among 13 people extradited to the U.S. in September 2015 to face charges. He pleaded guilty in January 2016 to conspiring to import and distribute cocaine and conspiring to launder money.
A former Texas high school football player who authorities say rose to the top ranks of a Mexican drug cartel is set to be sentenced on drug and money laundering charges.
Edgar Valdez Villarreal is known as "La Barbie" because of his light eyes and complexion. He's set for sentencing Monday in Atlanta. Prosecutors are asking a judge to send him to prison for 55 years and order him to forfeit $192 million.
Valdez is accused of sending truckloads of cocaine from Mexico to the eastern U.S. and shipping millions in cash back to Mexico.
He was arrested in Mexico in 2010 and was extradited to the U.S. in September 2015. He pleaded guilty in January 2016 to charges of conspiring to import and distribute cocaine and conspiring to launder money.
Illegal Alien Convicted of Killing Border Patrol Officer
An illegal alien convicted of gunning down a Border Patrol officer in Texas could become the 54th Mexican national on America’s Death Row.
A Cameron County jury took barely two hours to find Gustavo Tijerina-Sandoval guilty of capital murder and attempted capital murder. The 34-year-old with a history of illegal border crossings had confessed to shooting Javier Vega Jr. on Aug. 3, 2014.
Tijerina-Sandoval and another illegal alien, Ismael Hernandez-Vallejo, were arrested hours after Vega was killed and his father was shot while the family was fishing near Harlingen. Hernandez-Vallejo will stand trial on the same murder charges in August.
After nearly four years of legal wrangling over the location of the trial, the Brownsville jury quickly delivered its guilty verdict against Tijerina-Sandoval. State District Judge Migdalia Lopez will now determine whether he gets the ultimate punishment. At last count, 53 Mexican citizens have death sentences pending in U.S. prisons.
Tijerina-Sandoval previously was found guilty of repeatedly crossing into the U.S. illegally. Hernandez-Vallejo had been deported twice for doing so.
Vega’s death was classified as occurring in the line of duty after authorities determined the officer pulled his gun trying to protect others. A South Texas immigration checkpoint in Sarita, where Vega was stationed, was renamed in his honor.
Cartels Use Murders, Threats, Attacks to Influence Mexican Elections
CIUDAD VICTORIA, Tamaulipas — Threats, murders, and attacks have been escalating for more than 10 months as numerous criminal organizations throughout Mexico seek to impact the upcoming elections. To date, 114 politicians and candidates have been murdered since the electoral cycle began in September 2017.
Earlier this month, a gunman fired an AR-15 rifle at the headquarters of the National Action Party headquarters in Ciudad Victoria, the capital of Tamaulipas. The gunman fired at the entrance to the building and at a vehicle that had been parked outside. Neighbors claimed to hear a long series of shots followed by the sound of a vehicle speeding off. Ciudad Victoria has been the epicenter of a fierce territorial cartel war between rival factions of Los Zetas cartel who have been fighting for control.
The shooting of the political building came place just days after a team of Gulf Cartel gunmen in the border city of Reynosa shot and killed the brother of the Tamaulipas Governor’s chief of staff. As Breitbart Texas reported, Heriberto Hiram Saenz Martinez was coming out of a local news outlet when he was shot. Saenz was the brother of Victor Saenz the chief of staff for the governor’s office. The murder came just one day after Tamaulipas Governor Francisco Cabeza de Vaca made a public statement claiming his government would be fighting cartels head-on.
At the scene of the crime, authorities found a poster-board where a faction of the Gulf Cartel took credit for the murder. Reynosa, just like Ciudad Victoria, is ground zero for a fierce cartel war where rival factions continue to fight for regional 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.
Drug Smuggler Dies in Crash While Fleeing Border Patrol Agents
A drug smuggler died in a rollover crash near Laredo, Texas, while attempting to flee from Border Patrol agents. Agents found five large bundles of marijuana inside the SUV following the June 14th crash.
Laredo Sector Border Patrol agents observed a Toyota SUV traveling at a high rate of speed toward the border town of Laredo. The agents conducted a U-turn in an attempt to catch up with the fleeing vehicle, according to information obtained by Breitbart Texas from Laredo Sector officials.
The agents were unable to catch up with the SUV because of the speed of the fleeing vehicle. Other units in the area also observed the vehicle but were unable to catch up with it. Information about the vehicle was relayed to Border Patrol communications and eventually, another patrol unit found the vehicle after it crashed.
When the agents arrived on the scene they found that the driver had lost control of the SUV and rolled over. Agents said the driver was ejected from the SUV during the rollover and sustained serious injuries.
The agents immediately began providing emergency medical assistance and CPR. Local EMS officials arrived shortly after and declared the driver to be deceased.
An inspection of the vehicle revealed five large bundles of marijuana.
Officials identified the driver as a male 19-year-old U.S. citizen, KGNS reported. The alleged smuggler’s name is being withheld pending notification of family members.
Border Patrol agents turned the marijuana and the vehicle over to the Laredo Police Department who will continue the investigation.
That same day, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers seized a large quantity of cocaine during a smuggling attempt at the Juarez-Lincoln InternationalBridge that connects Laredo to its neighboring city of Nuevo Laredo, Mexico.
CBP officers observed a 2009 Chevy Aveo approaching the inspection station from Mexico. The officers referred the driver to a secondary inspection station, KGNS reported.
The officers conducted a physical inspection of the vehicle and discovered 19 packages of cocaine. Officials said the cocaine shipment weighed 47 pounds and is worth an estimated $364,140.
Officials arrested the driver, a 28-year-old Mexican national from Monterrey, Nuevo Leon. The officers turned the driver, drugs, and vehicle over to Homeland Security Investigations special agents for further investigation.
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