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Two Dozen High-Ranking Members of Sinaloa Drug Cartel Captured

Agents conducting the raid, via Twitter.

Agents conducting the raid, via Twitter.

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Multiple federal agencies conducted a secretive raid in Arizona, capturing two dozen high-ranking members of the Mexican Sinaloa drug cartel, an ICE spokeswoman said.

The International Business Times reports that the operation took place between the border cities of Lukesville, Ariz., and Sonoyta, Mexico.

The operation was led by Homeland Security with the help of U.S. Customs, FBI and DEA.

“The targeted Sinaloa cell has been responsible for the importation of millions of pounds of illegal drugs, including marijuana, heroin, cocaine and methamphetamine, into the United States from Mexico during its existence,” said spokeswoman Gillian M. Christensen. “The organization is also responsible for the smuggling of millions of dollars in U.S. currency, along with weapons, into Mexico.”

Agents also seized assault weapons and hundreds of pounds of drugs.

“ICE applauds the government of Mexico for their bold action in taking down this criminal organization and for their continued pressure on the Sinaloa Cartel throughout Mexico,” she said.

Border Patrol Agent Shoots Drug-Smuggling Suspect After Confrontation

border patrol 3By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A physical confrontation with a Border Patrol agent didn’t end well for a suspected drug smuggler Monday morning near the Arizona-New Mexico border, the Arizona Daily Star reports.

The agent shot and wounded the suspect at about 10:45 a.m. in New Mexico

Agents were looking for suspects who fled a vehicle containing drugs when the incident began.

The suspect’s condition wasn’t immediately known, but the person was flown to an undisclosed hospital.

Mexican Drug Traffickers Are Hacking Border Patrol Drones to Trick Agents

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Drug traffickers are hacking Border Patrol drones along the U.S.-Mexico border to confuse federal investigators, Hackread.com reports. 

Drones used by law enforcement are not as expensive and hack-proof like the ones flown by the U.S. military.

As Hackread.com explains it, “standard drone modules need to be deleted including the one that ensures the security of the drone in the case of GPS spoofing.”

What happens is, attackers send fake GPS data to receivers on the drone, making it difficult to track would-be traffickers.

Due to fake coordinates, federal agents are tricked into believing the drone is over one area when in fact it’s over an entirely different area.

Agents Not Fooled by SUV Painted to Look Like Border Patrol Vehicle

Fake Border Patrol car spotted by agents.

Fake Border Patrol car spotted by agents.

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Border Patrol agents often come across vehicles disguised to look like delivery or telecommunications trucks to fool law enforcement.

But what they came across last week was very rare. A Chevy Tahoe was painted took like a Border Patrol vehicle, Fox News reports. 

Agents noticed the cloned vehicle and pulled it over, finding 12 people stuffed in the back.

“There’s no fender, there’s no ground effect on any of our vehicles, Omar Zamora, an agent with the Border Patrol Rio Grande Valley sector, told KRGV-TV. “They’re actually pretty bare and about as high as we get the vehicle, because we do go off road.”

Zamora said the clone was an obvious fake.

“In the 18 years that I’ve been in the Border Patrol, we’ve seen UPS, FedEx trucks, Time Warner trucks, any kind of clones. Any business you can think of. The smugglers are trying to clone it to avoid law enforcement detection,” Zamora added.

Some Border Patrol Agents to Begin Using Russian-Designed Pistol with Rubber Bullets

border patrol 3By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Authorities who protect the nation’s border have long used stun guns on smugglers, migrants and human traffickers.

But with so much open space on the Southwest border, the stun guns have posed a problem because they can only reached about eight to 10 feet, the Los Angeles Times reports.

Now Border Patrol agents with the Pinal County Sheriff’s Office will soon begin using the Osa handgun, a Russian-designed break-action pistol that fires rubber bullets.

“Illegal immigrants don’t generally have guns, but they could be throwing rocks,” said Pinal County Sheriff Paul Babeu, who demonstrated the weapon’s accuracy by striking a target 15 feet away. “I’ve seen those incidents end with someone getting shot, someone getting killed.”

The sheriff said fewer people will die as a result.

Border Patrol Struggles to Find Enough Agents to Protect U.S.-Mexico Border

border patrol 3By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Border Patrol is struggling to hire enough agents to protect the U.S.-Mexico border, KTAR News reports. 

The difficulty of hiring entry-level agents means the Border Patrol is short-staffed.

“The process to get very good people is time consuming,” U.S. Customs and Border Protection Commissioner Gil Kerlikowske said.

“If you are a talented Border Patrol officer, you have a college degree (and) you are fluent in Spanish, there are a lot of other opportunities out there for you,” he said.

CBP officials have expanded their recruiting efforts, targeting veterans and speeding up the hiring process.

“With the Border Patrol, we are losing more people than we are actually able to hire,” he said.

Mexican Man Sentenced to 27 Years in Prison for His Role in Border Patrol Agent Terry’s Death

Brian Terry

Brian Terry

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A Mexican man was sentenced to 27 years in prison for his part in killing Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry in 2010, Reuters reports.

Rosario Burboa-Alvarez, who pleaded guilty in August to first-degree murder, hired six men to rob marijuana smugglers and retrieve a cache of weapons near the border.

The men ended up in a gun battle that claimed the life of Terry.

“Agent Terry’s murder was a tragically foreseeable consequence of Defendant’s recruitment of a ‘rip crew’ to engage in armed robberies,” prosecutors said in a sentencing memorandum.

Some of the weapons left behind were traced to the U.S. government’s flawed “Fast and Furious” gun-running probe.

Southwestern Ranchers Say Border Patrol Won’t Protect Them from Smugglers, Others

border patrol 3By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Southwestern ranchers are complaining that Border Patrol isn’t doing enough to protect them from smugglers and others who illegally cross the Mexican border.

The Associated Press reports that ranchers vented their frustrations during a conference of western sheriffs in Arizona.

Ranchers said they won’t even call Border Patrol anymore because they know no one will help.

Border Patrol countered that steps are being taken to improve safety.

“We want to do everything we can to stop it. We have a difference of opinion on how we do that, but this situation is not OK,” Paul Beeson, the commander for the CPB Joint Field Command in Arizona, said.

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