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FBI: Can We Charge U.S. Couple with Dumping Baby’s Body in Mexico?

Tijuana, Mexico

Tijuana, Mexico

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The FBI is trying to determine whether it can bring charges against a San Diego couple accused of dumping the body of a baby in an empty lot in Tijuana.

Law enforcement officials believe the baby was killed and dumped in Mexico.

NBC7 said the FBI is reviewing a federal statute that makes it a crime in America for a U.S. citizen to kill another U.S. citizen on foreign soil.

The couple’s seven-month-old child was found dead on Sept. 2 in a Mexican neighborhood that is roughly 12 miles south of the San Ysidro Port of Entry.

The couple told authorities that baby Elliot fell and died, so they wrapped him up in blankets and discarded him in an empty lot in Tijuana.

Wanted Felon Dies After Being Shot with Stun Gun by Border Patrol Agents

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

A 40-year-old man is dead after he was shot by a border inspector with a stun gun at the busy border crossing of San Diego and Tijuana, Mexico, the Associated Press reports.

Police said the incident happened after a man leaped over a counter and attacked an inspector while being escorted for questioning at the San Ysidro port of entry.

The man, who was a wanted felon, was trying to enter the U.S. on foot.

Four CPB officers also were injured and treated at a local hospital.

Authorities said they weren’t able to resuscitate the man, who was pronounced dead at the scene.

His identity has not yet been released.

Two ex-Border Patrol Agents Sentenced to At Least 30 Years for Massive Human Smuggling Ring

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

Two former Border Patrol agents were sentenced to at least 30 years in prison for operating a massive human smuggling ring, the Associated Press reports.

Federal District Judge John A. Houston sentenced Raul Villarreal, the ring leader, to 35 years in prison Friday; his brother Fidel Villarreal was sentenced to 30 years in prison for managing the business.

Houston said he issued the stiff penalties to send a message to other federal agents protecting the border.

The men were assisted by a corrupt police officer in Tijuana, Mexico, according to the AP.

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Authorities Detain Daughter of Mexico’s Most Wanted Drug Lord

Joaquin Guzman

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

 Known as Mexico’s most powerful drug lord, Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman has eluded U.S. authorities since he famously broke out of a Mexican jail in a laundry cart in 2001 and rebuilt the notorious Sinaloa cartel.

But authorities may find clues about his whereabouts after border patrol officers detained the kingpin’s daughter Friday trying to cross the border on foot from Tijuana, Mexico, with a counterfeit Visa and false name, Reuters reported Tuesday.

Citing court records, Reuters said Alejandrina Gisselle Guzman-Salazar was trying to enter the U.S. to give birth to her child in Los Angeles.

According to Mexico’s attorney general’s office, Guzman-Salazar, a Mexican citizen, is not wanted for any crimes.

Her father, Guzman, however, is believed to be worth $1 billion and is running the most potent drug cartel in Mexico.

Major Mexican Cartel Player Sentenced to 25 Years

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

The former leader of the Tijuana Cartel/Arellano-Felix Organization was sentenced Monday in San Diego fed court to 25 years in prison, the DEA announced.

Benjamin Arellano-Felix, nearly 60, was also ordered to forfeit $100 million in criminal proceeds.

“The Tijuana Cartel was one of the world’s most brutal drug trafficking networks, but has now met its demise with leader Benjamin Arellano-Felix’s sentencing today,” said DEA Administrator Michele M. Leonhart in a statement. “It is a major victory for DEA and Mexico’s Calderon Administration.”

U.S. Attorney Laura Duffy added: “Today’s prison sentence virtually ensures that Arellano-Felix will spend the remainder of his life in custody. Following this sentence, he will be deported to Mexico to finish a 22-year sentence.”

For U.S. authorities, it was a long road to justice.

Arellano-Felix was taken into custody by Mexican authorities on March 9, 2002.

A final order of extradition to the United States was granted in 2007 and after years of unsuccessful appeals, Arellano-Felix arrived in the U.S. on April 29, 2011, to face drug-related charges in San Diego.

In January, he pleaded guilty.

 

Washington Post Editorial: Mexico’s Massacres- U.S. Needs to Do More

The Washington Post
Editorial Page

WASHINGTON — TIJUANA, one of Mexico’s violence-racked border cities, was supposed to be getting better. A drug kingpin notorious for dissolving his enemies in acid was arrested; a record cache of 134 tons of marijuana was seized and burned.

President Felipe Calderon said the city was a “clear example that the security challenge has a solution.” Then came the massacre. On Oct. 24, gunmen attacked a drug rehabilitation center, slaughtering 13 men. That brought this year’s death toll to 639 in a city of 1.5 million.

The mass slaying was one of three recorded in Mexico in just five days. On Oct. 22, a gang attacked a teenager’s birthday party in Ciudad Juarez, killing 14; the youngest was a 13-year-old girl. On Oct. 27, shooters appeared at a carwash in the Pacific state of Nayarit, where clients of a drug rehabilitation center were working. Some of the workers were wearing T-shirts bearing the words “Faith and Hope.” At least 15 were killed.

The larger message here is that Mexico is still embroiled in a desperate fight to save its liberal democracy.

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