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Record Drug Bust In DC: Illegal Alien Drug Cartel Members

By Greg L | 15 December 2010 | National Politics, Illegal Aliens, Crime | 40 Comments

[Ed note: graphic photos below the fold]

When you don’t secure the borders, have municipalities act as sanctuaries for illegal aliens, and do precious little to remove illegal aliens who are here, is it any wonder we end up with illegal alien members of Mexican drug cartels found with whopping record amounts of illegal drugs?  It shouldn’t be.

From AP:

Prosecutors in Washington have indicted nine illegal immigrants for conspiring to sell more than 50 pounds of crystal meth.

At a news conference Wednesday, D.C. Police Chief Cathy Lanier said the amount of crystal meth seized was larger than any other seizure in Washington or Virginia. The largest previous seizure was about two pounds.

Despite the hyperbole from the current administration that they’re deporting more illegal aliens than ever before (they’ve actually been cooking the books to arrive at those numbers and deliberately lying to the public in the process) this administration and Congress has only encouraged more illegal aliens to unlawfully reside here by promising fellow tribalists that they’re going to get some form of amnesty passed.  The most recent incarnation of that public malfeasance offers illegal aliens benefits that legal immigrants do not legally qualify for and essentially gives a ten year free pass to anyone under thirty-five simply for applying for amnesty, whether they qualify for it or not.

These horribly ill-advised policies have tangible impacts, impacts that increase the activity of transnational drug cartels in the United States, make our roads more dangerous, cause more Americans to be murdered, and increase the incidence of sexual predation of children.  These impacts significantly increase the costs of our schools, hospitals, and social services.  Not all illegal aliens are going to commit felonies, participate in gangs, or become members of drug cartels, but enough of them will such that we Americans will bear unconscionable burdens and suffer unspeakable tragedies as penance to the global religion of Multikulti.

Others may try to argue that native-born Americans have been members of drug organizations that trafficked in crystal meth.  True enough.  We have plenty of native-born criminals though, and we don’t quite need to import illegal alien members of the Zetas to traffic in unprecedented quantities of illegal drugs while engaging in what only can be described as combat operations against police and other cartels in an effort to protect their drug turf.

Example of Zeta violence in Mexico.

Ms. Pelosi, Mr. Reid, and Mr. Obama, is this really where you want the United States to be headed?

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  1. citizenofmanassas said on 15 Dec 2010 at 7:58 pm:
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    Ya, but first need to take a few years to come up with the right policy to take care of the issue of illegal immigration. I also think having these types of illegals in the Country add to the fabric of diversity that we should all take pride in. Afterall, it’s not their fault they were not born in America. We should welcome them with open arms to our Country and respect their hard work and dedication to getting into the Country.

  2. Anonymous said on 15 Dec 2010 at 8:13 pm:
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    The DREAM Act does not protect America from terrorists and criminals. Illegal aliens are not required to submit fingerprints or undergo background security checks at any point in the DREAM Act process. Therefore, DHS has no way of knowing whether or not an alien seeking DREAM Act amnesty is a terrorist or criminal.

    To cap it all, DHS is prohibited from removing from the United States all aliens, including criminals, terrorists, fraudsters, and other ineligible aliens while they have a DREAM Act application pending, even if that application is based upon fraud or the alien is ineligible.

    With 22 million Americans jobless and 8 million illegal aliens holding American jobs, the Congress should not consider passing any amnesty that would only encourage more illegal immigration. The DREAM Act will harm these jobless Americans and will only help those who have knowingly broken America’s laws.


  3. Anonymous said on 15 Dec 2010 at 10:44 pm:
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    “Ms. Pelosi, Mr. Reid, and Mr. Obama, is this really where you want the United States to be headed?”

    Of course. Social dysfunction and breakdown breeds liberalism. They know how to stay employed.

  4. Anonymous said on 16 Dec 2010 at 6:10 am:
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    Accidents DO happen in knife factories you know!

  5. USA said on 16 Dec 2010 at 6:36 am:
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    The only reason this bust happened was because of pressure from Marion Barry. He feels rightfully threatened that south of the border “visitors” could threaten his empire by doing the job his people are too lazy to do.

  6. Anonymous said on 16 Dec 2010 at 7:05 am:
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    There was another heartbreaking delay in court Wednesday for the family of a 16-year-old girl who police say was raped and murdered nearly six years ago by an illegal immigrant who is also deaf and mute.
    Unless Oswaldo Martinez, who prosecutors say is a perfect DNA match to the killer, learns enough sign language to communicate with his attorney, he might never stand trial.

    The body of Brittany Binger was discovered in January 2005 on a patch of grassy land right in front of the mobile home park where she lived in James City County.

    In court Wednesday the judge ruled that Martinez, in the country illegally from El Salvador, is still not yet competent to stand trail because he has not yet learned enough sigh language, even though experts at Central State Hospital have been teaching him sign language for nearly six years now. Prosecutor Nathan Green said hospital officials indicate Martinez is making progress in his ability to communicate.

    Brittany’s father, James Binger, stood outside the courthouse after the hearing with tears in his eyes and said, “This was supposed to come to an end today and it did not. I do believe this man is playing stupid because he knows what his fate is.”


    ….. Police say Binger was so badly beaten they sent dental records to Richmond to help with her identification. Officials say a positive DNA test result led them to 34-year old Oswaldo Elias Martinez. Martinez was arrested Thursday afternoon. He is charged with capitol murder, rape and sodomy.

    Martinez’s DNA was found under the teenager’s fingernails, apparently from fending off an attack, police have said. James City Police Maj. Stan Stout said evidence shows Martinez grabbed Brittany from behind, covering her mouth with one hand while cutting off her air supply with the other. Then he sexually assaulted her, left her for dead and walked off with some of her valuables, Stout said. Beau Webb, one of Martinez’s defense attorneys, said he thinks a trial is out of the question for at least a few years because of his client’s inability to communicate and assist in his defense, as required by law. “We’re dealing with a guy who doesn’t have any base of linguistics. He doesn’t have a grammar system — it’s like teaching a baby,” Webb told the Daily Press of Newport News. University of Virginia School of Law professor Anne Coughlin said a judge presiding over a capital murder trial for Martinez would have a difficult job balancing the community’s right to have justice served with Martinez’s right to due process.

    Martinez, who lacks formal sign language skills, is being held at Central State Hospital. Webb said he is hopeful Martinez will be sent to Western State Hospital, where he can get intensive daily sign language instruction. Under state law, capital murder defendants who are judged incompetent to stand trial remain institutionalized undergoing treatment for their condition. If it appears competency can’t be restored soon, hearings continue every six months to assess the defendant’s competency level and whether the treatment they’re receiving is adequate.

    Thirty-five-year-old Oswaldo Martinez, an illegal immigrant from El Salvador, is undergoing treatment in Western State Hospital to help him understand the charges. Part of his treatment involves watching the television show “Law and Order,” which is interpreted through sign language. Psychologist Barbara Haskins said yesterday in Williamsburg-James City County Circuit Court that hospital staffers are working on having Martinez “form an opinion about a given character on the show,” to help him understand guilt and innocence. Haskins says Martinez is making progress. Haskins said Martinez still doesn’t know he could face execution if convicted in the January 2005 slaying of 16-year-old Brittany Binger.




    He was smart enough to travel all the way from El Salvador to Virginia, had a job at the time of the rape/murder, smart enough to kill the only witness to his crime, and we are expected to believe that he is unable to comprehend the charges against him.


  7. citizenofmanassas said on 16 Dec 2010 at 7:52 am:
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    Ms. Pelosi, Mr. Reid, and Mr. Obama, is this really where you want the United States to be headed?”

    Of course. Social dysfunction and breakdown breeds liberalism. They know how to stay employed.

    There is a reason most if not all of the Countries in Central and South America are poorly run and have histories of horrible Governments and human rights violations.

    And the few republicans who believe hispanics are a “natural” fit for the GOP are just as brain dead as the libs. hispanics have a high drop out rate, abortion rate, relationship rate with much younger girls, etc. Oh, and most support illegals, which is to say law breakers. I’m not sure how supporter law breakers is a conservative value.

  8. Greg L said on 16 Dec 2010 at 8:37 am:
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    COM, I’d disagree with your last statement. Latinos often have very conservative social values and a love for the free market, so the Republican Party is a natural fit in many cases, at least as much as it is possible to generalize here.

    Having said that, there are a lot of race hustlers out there who feel that Latinos have to give their allegiance to illegal aliens out of racial or ethnic solidarity, and quite a few have bought into that terrible argument. Many have not, but we shouldn’t push them to do so with comments like “brain dead Hispanics.”

    Let’s make sure those who haven’t been lead astray by tribalist calls don’t think the only alternative is to align themselves with people who assume all Hispanics are illegal alien thugs. It kind of gives them no place to go — either be thought of as thugs, or politically align with race hustlers.

  9. VA_Magoo said on 16 Dec 2010 at 9:15 am:
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    Under Title 8 Section 1325 of the U.S. Code, “Improper Entry by Alien,” any citizen of any country other than the United States who:

    * Enters or attempts to enter the United States at any time or place other than as designated by immigration officers; or
    * Eludes examination or inspection by immigration officers; or
    * Attempts to enter or obtains entry to the United States by a willfully false or misleading representation or the willful concealment of a material fact;

    has committed a federal crime.

    Violations are punishable by criminal fines and imprisonment for up to six months. Repeat offenses can bring up to two years in prison. Additional civil fines may be imposed at the discretion of immigration judges, but civil fines do not negate the criminal sanctions or nature of the offense.
    Furthermore, the Federal Immigration and Nationality Act Section 8 USC 1324(a)(1)(A)(iv)(b)(iii) goes on to state, “Encouraging and Harboring Illegal Aliens - It is a violation of law for any person to conceal, harbor, or shield from detection in any place, including any building or means of transportation, any alien who is in the United States in violation of law. HARBORING MEANS ANY CONDUCT THAT TENDS TO SUBSTANTIALLY FACILITATE AN ALIEN TO REMAIN IN THE U.S. ILLEGALLY. The sheltering need not be clandestine, and harboring covers aliens arrested outdoors, as well as in a building. This provision includes harboring an alien who entered the U.S. legally but has since lost his legal status.

    Why not let the police enforce the laws we already have?

    Thomas Sowell: “It is hard to imagine a more stupid or more dangerous way of making decisions than by putting those decisions in the hands of people who pay no price for being wrong.”

  10. NoVA Scout said on 16 Dec 2010 at 9:18 am:
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    “There is a reason most if not all of the Countries in Central and South America are poorly fun and have histories of horrible Governments and human rights abuses” CoM at 0752.

    CoM, perhaps I’ve underestimated you. You may be on the verge of a Nobel Prize if you have studied the social, political and economic dynamics of Latin America can reduced their issues to a single explanation. But don’t leave us all hanging, man. The suspense is unbearable. What’s the reason? Congratulations on your work, however. I’ll watch for the awards.

  11. Doug Brown said on 16 Dec 2010 at 9:30 am:
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    Greg L,

    COM didn’t say: “brain dead Hispanics.”

    COM said: “the few republicans who believe hispanics are a ‘natural’ fit for the GOP are just as brain dead as the libs.”


    I think you give voice to many of the core issues and problems that most American citizens have with the negative impact of illegal immigration. Why discredit yourself and your position by engaging in the same racist thinking that underlies the the supporters of illegal immigration?

    Besides from an historical perspective, I think you’re dead wrong. Hispanic culture is suffering from the same symptoms that other subsets of Western culture are reeling from a loss of Faith and morality and a perverse absorbtion with one’s worldly standing and material possessions.

  12. Doug Brown said on 16 Dec 2010 at 10:01 am:
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    Correction to my last post:

    I should have said: ‘the same racist thinking that underlies MOST supporters of illegal immigration’

    I understand that many supporters of illegal immigration also have moral reasons for their position, they’re not very persuasive moral reasons, and in the end they are more a testament to modern man’s preoccupation with materialism rather than morality and faith. Any comments, Father Bob?

  13. Tyler Durden said on 16 Dec 2010 at 10:56 am:
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    If you look closely at the knives in the body, it appears that many are from the same set of kitchen knives, indicating that fewer people took part in this murder than it would seem at first glance. Don’t fall for this scare tactic of the narco-traffickers. They’re not as numerous and bad as their propaganda wants you to believe. Fear not. Be safe in your homes, behind your Kwikset locks. Our police will protect us from them.

  14. Doug Brown said on 16 Dec 2010 at 2:20 pm:
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    @Tyler D,

    It’s a great relief to know that the narco-trafficers have access to only one kitchen.

  15. The Patriot (Got E-Verify???) said on 16 Dec 2010 at 3:38 pm:
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    “Revising food-stamp rules affecting undocumented immigrants in Utah may have saved the federal government more than $2 million, an analysis by the state Department of Workforce Services (DWS) shows.”


    Let’s get this done! We need to revise our local policies…

  16. eastsidevoter said on 16 Dec 2010 at 5:00 pm:
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    Another new record. What was the old one?

    Are the Mexican cartels moving into the meth business that has been traditionally reserved for the right wing scooter boys?

  17. Tillie said on 16 Dec 2010 at 5:50 pm:
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    We’re talking about drug trafficking, right?

    What can we do to stop the infernal demand for drugs by American drug users?
    If there weren’t a market, there wouldn’t be any smuggling.
    The demand has been going up. THAT certainly isn’t the fault of the poor countries that supply to goods, is it?

    Drugs are numbing the brains of hundreds of thousands of American youth who
    should be educated and involved in making a living, earning money and paying taxes. But we don’t have money or facilities for rehabilitation.

    I don’t know whether the illegal aliens use more drugs than US citizens, on the whole. What do you believe?

  18. citizenofmanassas said on 16 Dec 2010 at 6:13 pm:
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    Well, i suppose you are right if you believe the GOP should be the party of abortion, criminal supporters, etc. Look I’m all for the GOP having as many members as possible and winning as many elections as possible, just as long as those people are true republicans rather than rino’s and race hustlers. Why do most hispanics vote for libs if they enjoy freedoms, and a smaller Government? Voting data, life styles etc(high abortion rates, drop out rates, etc), are hard to match up with your statement.


    Why do dictators, socialist, etc get elected? Because the populations of said Nations either embrace an overbearing Government, or simply believe they can’t do anything about it. And, that’s not just the case in South America and Central America, but because that’s where most of our illegals come from I’m focused on that. So, it makes since that if one has grown accustomed to having a strong and overbearing Central or Federal Government people overtime expect to be taken care of said Government. Why do most on the left believe more Government is better than less Government?

  19. Cynic said on 16 Dec 2010 at 9:44 pm:
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    With the help of our beloved political leaders, not only do they come here to work; they come here to take our jobs.


  20. Anonymous said on 16 Dec 2010 at 10:55 pm:
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    Immigration agents rounded up 20 foreign nationals who are either facing orders of deportation or have been previously deported but returned here illegally.

    U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement announced the results of the five-day effort in Hampton Roads, part of a broader national effort to deport illegal immigrants.

    The individuals detained were found in Norfolk, Chesapeake, Virginia Beach, Williamsburg and Accomack County. Two were previously deported but returned and 18 were under orders of deportation but had not left.

    All had criminal records, including convictions for drug or weapon possession, assault or theft, ICE said in a news release. Their names were not released. Some, including a 25-year-old Guatemalan man who had a gun when he was arrested on the Eastern Shore, may face federal criminal prosecution. The others will be handled administratively through the immigration court.

    The 20, now being held in jail, come from Mexico, Central America, China and Ghana.

    ICE said that in fiscal year 2010 the agency set a record for the number of illegal immigrants removed nationwide with 392,000 deportations.


    They deport these guys and they just keep coming back, illegally.

  21. PWConservative said on 17 Dec 2010 at 2:00 am:
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    If one were really concerned with cartels, they would simply support ending drug prohibition in the US.

  22. Anonymous said on 17 Dec 2010 at 2:03 am:
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    More than 12,000 killed in Mexican drug war this year, officials say


    - still nothing standing between the American homeland and paramilitary cartel violence.

  23. Anonymous said on 17 Dec 2010 at 3:04 am:
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    I trust you all recall the antics of these two “Virginians”…. given the broad news coverage by the MSM…


    Washington Subway Police to Begin Random Bag Checks

    Officers will start random bag inspections on the sprawling Washington subway system, the Washington Metro Transit Police said on Thursday, a week after a man was arrested for making bomb threats to the rail system. Metrorail police officers plan to randomly select bags before passengers enter subway stations and they will swab them or have an explosives-sniffing dog check the bags, according to the Metro police.


    Ain’t that grand? Two imported asshats have managed to prompt more random dismissals of your liberty.

    Anarcho-tyranny is alive and well.

  24. citizenofmanassas said on 17 Dec 2010 at 8:30 am:
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    Are you talking about every drug?

    Why is alcohol still sold on the black market? Why are cigarettes still sold on the black market?

  25. somadmom said on 17 Dec 2010 at 10:18 am:
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    A 35 year old man, capable of manuvering himself over the border without detection, lands a job in the USA, and noone can communicate with this guy? PA-LEEEEZZEE!
    I’m sure he knew something was up when the girl he attacked fought back. He will probably be on our dime the rest of his low-life, scum-sucking life. He should rot in hell.

  26. Tillie said on 17 Dec 2010 at 1:19 pm:
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    This is the direction I was trying to get this into, but to no avail.
    US citizens, many of them, demand illigal drugs. The poor countries are doing what any clever business is doing:


  27. Doug Brown said on 17 Dec 2010 at 2:20 pm:
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    ‘Clever business’ nice euphemism for contributing to the moral corruption, phtsical harm and sometimes death of our children. ‘Poor Countries,’ I prefer foreign criminal elements who conspire with our domestic criminal elements to commit CRIMES.

  28. citizenofmanassas said on 17 Dec 2010 at 6:32 pm:
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    So, what you are saying is if there is a demand for crime that it should be filled by someone else who is willing to do the job? Does that extend to murder too?

  29. citizenofmanassas said on 17 Dec 2010 at 6:33 pm:
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    Here is a timely article on people voting for oppressive Government. And it happens to involve a South American Nation run by a lefty.


  30. Cynic said on 17 Dec 2010 at 7:29 pm:
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    Does anything think that after 18 months that Hugo Chavez will allow this decree to end? Heck, he will issue a decree extending his decree.

    When there are emergencies, beware! For example:

    “Why of course the people don’t want war. Why should some poor slob on a farm want to risk his life in a war when the best he can get out of it is to come back to his farm in one piece? Naturally the common people don’t want war: neither in Russia, nor in England, nor for that matter in Germany. That is understood. But, after all, it is the leaders of the country who determine the policy and it is always a simple matter to drag the people along, whether it is a democracy, or a fascist dictatorship, or a parliament, or a communist dictatorship. Voice or no voice, the people can always be brought to the bidding of the leaders. That is easy. All you have to do is tell them they are being attacked, and denounce the peacemakers for lack of patriotism and exposing the country to danger. It works the same in any country.”

    Hermann Goering

  31. Doug Brown said on 17 Dec 2010 at 7:53 pm:
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    Emergency? Terror in the skies?

    Call in the TSA singers:


  32. citizenofmanassas said on 17 Dec 2010 at 9:20 pm:
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    It’s amazing what people will vote for, all in the name of being “taken” care of.

  33. Cynic said on 17 Dec 2010 at 11:26 pm:
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    Yes, you got that right!

  34. Anonymous said on 18 Dec 2010 at 11:49 am:
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    Napolitano Says DHS to Begin Battling Climate Change as Homeland Security Issue

    At an all-day White House conference on “environmental justice,” Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano announced that her department is creating a new task force to battle the effects of climate change on domestic security operations.
    Speaking at the first White House Forum on Environmental Justice on Thursday, Napolitano discussed the initial findings of the department’s recently created “Climate Change and Adaptation Task Force.”

    Napolitano explained that the task force was charged with “identifying and assessing the impact that climate change could have on the missions and operations of the Department of Homeland Security.”


  35. Citizen12 said on 20 Dec 2010 at 11:39 am:
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    Truly mind numbing. Nowhere in the 3.5 Billion dollar slice of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act pie Homeland Security got is there anything about “environmental justice”.


    One might be led to believe when it was decided to locate Homeland Security headquarters at St. Elizabeths a number of their more colorful patients were retained to help run the place.

    “climate change has the potential to accelerate and intensify extreme weather events which threaten the nation’s sustainability and security.”

    Perhaps they can find the answer from the U.N. Agenda 21. It deals with all kinds of “sustainability” issues.


  36. weneedto actfast said on 25 Dec 2010 at 10:42 pm:
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    I the past years i have gone to mexico it was all but a calm place the violence was low. Why do they do this i mean its stupid . Now i ccan’t go im 14 and i miss my grandma what if she dies without me saying goodbye to her. The Mexican president is not acting on this issuse he i just not doing enough. If he waits things might get even more worse next thing you know they taking over the entire population!!!!!!!!!!

  37. Anonymous said on 27 Dec 2010 at 11:26 pm:
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    In Mexico’s Drug War, She is One Town’s Lone Ranger
    By Jesus Alcazar (AFP) – Nov 21, 2010

    CIUDAD JUAREZ, Mexico — In the bloodstained chaos that is Mexico’s drug war raging on the doorstep of the United States, Erika Gandara, 28, is standing tall, and alone. As her town’s only police officer “I am the law,” she says.

    Gandara’s town of Guadalupe, population 9,000, is near Ciudad Juarez, Ground Zero in Mexico’s endless bloodletting between rival drug cartels battling for control of distribution routes to the lucrative US markets. Juarez sits across the border from the US city of El Paso, Texas.

    And the toll the sustained violence has taken even on little Guadalupe is big: all of her fellow cops either have fled or been killed.

    “Yes, I am a police officer,” the fresh-faced Gandara, who might be mistaken for a high (secondary) school student in her purple hoodie if she were not packing an R-15 rifle, told AFP in an interview in her sparsely furnished office.

    “I am this town’s only cop. I am the law,” she said.

    And she meant it.

    It has been months that Gandara has been going it alone on her quixotic drive to keep her town safe.

    Some have compared her to another woman in the region who ended up her town’s police chief by default. But Gandara is having none of it.

    It was a month ago, not far from here in a town called Praxedis Guadalupe Guerrero, that university student and young mother, Marisol Valles, 20, was named that town’s police chief in a twist that made international headlines.

    But Valles also said given her inability to confront organized crime, she would try to focus on social work.

    “I am not here for humanitarian stuff, I am not here to do social work,” underscored Gandara, a law enforcement professional with under two years on the job, who is single and does not have children.

    Gandara sees it as her job to enforce the law, now matter how tough the battle.

    And this is a tough one.

    Her town is 60 kilometers outside Ciudad Juarez, and the valley in which her town lies has seen more than 2,700 murders this year alone in presumed drug-related violence.

    She started out as a dispatcher in her office in 2009, when there were 12 agents on the force with her.

    As the drug raw violence began to spiral, she began to lose her colleagues, one after the next.

    “Of my 10 coworkers, a few just resigned and the rest were all killed. Nobody wants to go into policing here, and the budget just isn’t there anyway,” she shrugged.

    In addition to drug violence, her small town sees houses torched, shootouts, and kidnappings.

    An armed commando rolled into town in October and shot up a home, killing four local people who work at a car parts plant.

    Guadalupe is not unique: in thousands of Mexican towns, police forces are outgunned and underpaid, insufficiently staffed, and desperately low on hope.

    Many not surprisingly end up in the pay of drug lords.

    “Lots of people here believe the police are corrupt and on the take. I do not believe in that because, I think where the money is easy, death is going to get you in a hurry,” Gandara says, admitting she does get frightened.

    “Just like everyone else here,” she said.

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    Erika Gandara was the only police officer in the town of Guadalupe in northern Mexico. She was kidnapped by gunmen on Monday.

    Read more: http://www.nydailynews.com/news/world/2010/12/27/2010-12-27_mexican_gang_kidnaps_last_police_officer_left_in_town_.html#ixzz19NPAGDwI

    The town of Guadalupe is just south of the U.S. border and the State of New Mexico.

    Pray for this brave young woman.

  38. Anonymous said on 27 Dec 2010 at 11:39 pm:
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    Meet the only police office in the Juárez Valley’s Guadalupe
    Erika Gándara
    Age: 28
    Weaponry:”Armed with an AR-15 and a revolver.
    Education: She finished 9th grade.
    Family: Single, no children.
    Background: Born and raised in Guadalupe, Mexico.
    GUADALUPE, Mexico — The only police officer in a long and deadly stretch of border towns in the Juárez Valley is 28-year-old Erika Gándara.

    She works in plainclothes but keeps a semi-automatic rifle, an AR-15, hidden between cushions in her stark office. A bulletproof vest hangs near the door. A portrait of Our Lady of Guadalupe, the Mexican version of the Virgin Mary, adorns one wall. These items are all Gándara has for company at the station.

    Eight officers constituted the police force of Guadalupe. One was shot dead the week Gándara joined the department as a dispatcher in June 2009. The other seven resigned within a year, driven out by fear, Gándara said. The last one quit in June, and no potential replacements have applied, Gándara said.

    “I am here out of necessity,” she said.

    Women have increasingly become the face of police forces in rural areas outside Juárez. The territory borders a string of small Texas towns, including San Elizario, Tornillo and Fabens, and stretches all the way to Presidio.

    In the Mexican town of Praxedis Guerrero, also in the Juárez Valley, the police chief is a 20-year-old college student with a department staffed by 12 women and two men. Most of them, including the chief, are unarmed.

    The appointment of this young police chief created an international media frenzy. In contrast, Gándara has received little notice, even though her town of 9,000 is larger than Praxedis.

    It is chilling that inexperienced policewomen are left to safeguard violent towns, said Maki Haberfeld, a professor at New York’s John Jay College of Criminal Justice. She said cultural perceptions account for females running these police departments.

    “They are operating under the assumption that the killers would be more likely to kill men than to kill women because of the machismo culture,” Haberfeld said.

    Speaking specifically of Gándara’s situation, Haberfeld said, “It is jeopardizing her life.”

    Gándara did not go through any type of police academy or formal training. Still, she said, given the corruption in Mexican police forces, she may not be in the worst position.

    “I am better off alone than in bad company,” she said.

    Police forces that help drug cartels are rampant in her country. Even though her salary is only about $7,000 a year, Gándara said, she is not susceptible to bribes.

    “If they want to kill me, they can go ahead and do it. I don’t want to be involved in those dirty businesses,” she said.

    U.S. Border Patrol officials said the Juárez Valley is an attractive drug corridor for two organized crime operations — the Juárez and Sinaloa drug cartels. They are presumably responsible for an epidemic of arsons, kidnappings and killings.

    The turf war in the valley reached a fever pitch in March. Arsonists destroyed homes and businesses. Cartel members told townspeople to leave or face death.

    Residents said many fled to West Texas towns. Others moved to Juárez, a city also torn by violence.

    The exodus did not bring peace did to the Juárez Valley or even to some who left it.

    Gunmen arrived in June at the Juárez home of the former mayor of Guadalupe and killed him. The man, Jesús Manuel Lara Rodríguez, had sought refuge in the city.

    In late October, riflemen attacked a bus carrying maquila dora workers, killing three women and a man, near the town of Guadalupe.

    “We are living in a mess, believe me,” said a 24-year-old woman named Mari.

    Gunmen killed her husband last year. “People here are scared,” she said, an understatement in a shattered town.

    Most houses and shops in Guadalupe are abandoned. A bakery, a liquor store and two groceries are among the few businesses still open.

    Traffic persists, despite the lack of commerce. Late-model trucks kick up clouds of dust that blind people who still walk the streets.

    The only sounds of laughter come from children on the school playground.

    Women stand on the corner near the elementary school, but not for long. They leave their houses only to pick up their children.

    Almost nobody visits the plaza anymore. On a recent day, only a few construction workers remodeling the town hall rested on public benches.

    Gándara responds to terrible crimes and carnage, such as the bus shooting. In another recent case, a man was stoned to death.

    But compared with their counterparts in the United States, municipal police in Mexico are limited. Gándara, for instance, does not investigate murders. Instead, she calls state police.

    Sometimes, police from the adjacent municipality accompany Gándara to the more gruesome crimes. At least a dozen soldiers patrol outside and inside the town hall where she works.

    Regularly, however, she travels by herself without the army for an escort.

    “The protection is coming from up there,” she said, gesturing toward the heavens.

    People in town know Gándara because she is out and about. Former police officers taught her how to fire her rifle and pistol. Soldiers patrolling Guada lupe sometimes mentor her on details of law enforcement, she said.

    Gándara grew up in Guada lupe and attended school until ninth grade. She is single and without children.

    She said she does not know which gangs operate in the area. Gándara naturally confronts narco traffickers, she said, but cannot investigate their operations.

    Gándara said her job is more difficult than that of Marisol Valles García, police chief of the adjacent municipality of Praxedis.

    “Her ideas have more to do with family values, with social programs,” she said. “Our job is public safety.”

    Only 10 miles away from Gándara, Valles held a meeting with her female officers on a recent day. Valles, like Gándara, has a bulletproof vest that hangs inside a cage. But Valles has no weapon. She does not know how to shoot a gun.

    Valles said she hopes to restore peace by having female police officers gain residents’ trust.

    Valles’ position as chief is mostly administrative. The mayor of Praxedis, José Luis Guerrero, said Valles, at age 20, was the most qualified person for the job.

    People in Guadalupe, with their one-member police force, say they are more vulnerable to attacks and kidnappings. Many continue leaving for the city. The dangerous road from southeast Juárez to the valley towns rich in cotton is rarely traveled.

    “We don’t feel safe, not at all.” Mari said. “We are living at God’s mercy.”


  39. Anonymous said on 28 Dec 2010 at 12:09 am:
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    Napolitano Says Drug Violence Not Rampant Along Border


    What the hell planet is Janet on?

    USBP Weekly Blotter: December 9 - December 15

    (12/15/2010)Border Patrol agents seized over 23,988 pounds of marijuana. Agents arrested five criminal aliens and three gang members. There were nine rocking incidents.
    *This overview is compiled from incidents reported to the Office of Border Patrol and is not intended to reflect all Border Patrol enforcement actions. Most arrests and seizures fail to meet the requirements for mandatory reporting to the Office of Border Patrol.

    Reported on December 9, 2010

    El Centro Sector – Border Patrol agents seized 2,109 pounds of marijuana and a Chevrolet Tahoe near El Centro, California. Agents discovered the vehicle abandoned in a local neighborhood with the marijuana inside.

    Rio Grande Valley Sector – Border Patrol agents seized 1,882 pounds of marijuana, a tractor-trailer, and arrested a national of Mexico at the traffic checkpoint near Falfurrias, Texas. The subject presented himself for inspection and a Border Patrol canine alerted to the trailer. A subsequent search revealed the marijuana.

    Rio Grande Valley Sector – Border Patrol agents seized 8,742 pounds of marijuana, a tractor-trailer, and arrested a national of Mexico at the traffic checkpoint near Falfurrias, Texas. The subject presented himself for inspection and a Border Patrol canine alerted to the vehicle. A scan using non-intrusive inspection technology revealed anomalies within the trailer. A subsequent search uncovered the marijuana.

    Tucson Sector – Border Patrol agents seized 87 pounds of marijuana, a 2002 BMW and arrested a United States Citizen (USC) at the traffic checkpoint near Amado, Arizona. The subject presented himself for inspection and a Border Patrol canine alerted to the vehicle. A scan using non-intrusive inspection technology revealed anomalies within the vehicle. A subsequent search uncovered the marijuana in the trunk. The subject was also found to be in possession of a cell phone containing multiple photographs and video of child pornography.

    Reported on December 10, 2010

    Blaine Sector – Border Patrol agents arrested an illegal alien from India in Lynden, Washington. Records checks revealed the subject had an extensive criminal history, including a conviction for burglary in the state of California, and a conviction for trafficking in a controlled substance in the country of Canada.

    El Centro Sector – Border Patrol agents seized 368 pounds of marijuana, a GMC Yukon, a Chevrolet pickup truck, and arrested three USCs and one national of Mexico near Calexico, California. Agents detected an ultralight aircraft entering the United States and responded to a suspected narcotics drop zone. The marijuana, vehicles and subjects arrested were encountered at the drop zone. The ultralight aircraft was later observed landing in Mexico.

    El Paso Sector – Border Patrol agents arrested an illegal alien from Mexico in El Paso, Texas. During processing, the subject was identified as a member of the Sur 13 gang. Records checks revealed the subject had an extensive criminal history, including a conviction for possession of a stolen vehicle. The subject had also previously been removed from the United States.

    Reported on December 11, 2010

    El Centro Sector – Border Patrol agents arrested an illegal alien from Mexico at the Highway 86 traffic checkpoint near Westmoreland, California. Records checks revealed the subject had a prior conviction for lewd and lascivious acts with a child under 14, and had previously been removed from the United States.

    Rio Grande Valley Sector – Border Patrol agents seized 1,116 pounds of marijuana, a tractor-trailer, and arrested a USC at the traffic checkpoint near Falfurrias, Texas. The subject presented himself for inspection and a Border Patrol canine alerted to the trailer. A scan using non-intrusive inspection technology revealed anomalies in the vehicle, and a subsequent search uncovered the marijuana.

    Tucson Sector – Border Patrol agents arrested an illegal alien from Mexico near Tucson, Arizona. Records checks revealed the subject was a convicted sex offender and had previously been removed from the United States.

    Reported on December 12, 2010

    Tucson Sector – A Border Patrol agent was assaulted by several unidentified subjects throwing rocks near Nogales, Arizona. The agent was responding to a suspected illegal entry when he came under attack by rock throwing assailants. The agent deployed his pepperball launching system and the attackers broke off their assault, retreating further into Mexico

    Tucson Sector – Border Patrol agents seized 2,874 pounds of marijuana, a tractor-trailer, and arrested a USC at the traffic checkpoint near Tubac, Arizona. The subject presented himself for inspection and a scan using non-intrusive inspection technology revealed anomalies in the vehicle. A subsequent search uncovered the marijuana.

    Reported on December 13, 2010

    El Centro Sector – Border Patrol agents arrested an illegal alien from Mexico near Calexico, California. Records checks revealed the subject had an extensive criminal history related to gang involvement. The subject had also previously been removed from the United States.

    Rio Grande Valley Sector – Border Patrol agents seized 1,925 pounds of marijuana, a tractor-trailer, and arrested two USCs at the traffic checkpoint near Falfurrias, Texas. The subjects presented themselves for inspection and a Border Patrol canine alerted to the vehicle. A scan using non-intrusive inspection technology revealed anomalies in the trailer and a subsequent search by agents uncovered the marijuana.

    Swanton Sector – Border Patrol agents arrested two USCs and seized weapons and ammunition pursuant to a vehicle stop in Canton, New York. A Border Patrol canine alerted to the vehicle and a search revealed four concealed semi-automatic pistols, two tactical vests, a stun gun, a switchblade knife, two black ski masks, and an assortment of ammunition. Records checks revealed both subjects had criminal histories.

    Reported on December 14, 2010

    El Paso Sector – Border Patrol agents arrested an illegal alien from Mexico near Fort Hancock, Texas. During processing, the subject was identified as a member of the Latin Kings gang. Records checks revealed the subject had an extensive criminal history and had previously been removed from the United States.

    Rio Grande Valley Sector – Border Patrol agents seized an Isuzu SUV, and $140,005.00 in U.S. currency, and arrested a USC near Rachel, Texas. Agents conducted a vehicle stop and a Border Patrol canine alerted to the vehicle. A scan using non-intrusive inspection technology revealed anomalies in the passenger compartment. A subsequent search by agents uncovered the bundles of currency hidden in the vehicle.

    Tucson Sector – Border Patrol agents seized 279 pounds of marijuana, an Isuzu SUV, and arrested a USC near Sonoita, Arizona. The subject became combative during the arrest and assaulted two agents. The agents subdued the subject and took him into custody. The marijuana was found in the vehicle. Records checks revealed the subject had an extensive criminal history.

    Tucson Sector – Border Patrol agents and Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents discovered a tunnel, seized 2,194 pounds of marijuana, a Ford van, and arrested an illegal alien from Mexico in Nogales, Arizona. ICE agents conducting surveillance observed bundles of suspected narcotics being passed from a hole in the pavement and into the van near the international border fence. ICE and Border Patrol agents responded, arrested the subject and seized the vehicle and marijuana.

    Reported on December 15, 2010

    Rio Grande Valley Sector – Border Patrol agents seized 1,350 pounds of marijuana and a Dodge pickup truck near La Casita, Texas. Agents observed the vehicle leaving the banks of the Rio Grande River at a high rate of speed. As agents approached, the driver abandoned the vehicle and absconded. The marijuana was found in the pickup truck.

    Tucson Sector – Border Patrol agents seized 808 pounds of marijuana near Vamori, Arizona. An agent reported hearing shots fired and responding agents discovered the marijuana abandoned in the vicinity.

    Tucson Sector – Border Patrol agents seized 254 pounds of marijuana, a .38 caliber handgun, and a minivan near Tucson, Arizona. Agents received information concerning a suspected narcotics load vehicle and located the vehicle in Tucson. The occupants of the van drove the vehicle into a curb and absconded on foot. Agents searched the van and discovered the weapon and the marijuana.

    Tucson Sector – A Border Patrol agent was shot and killed after an encounter with several suspects near Rio Rico, Arizona. Four suspects were taken into custody following the shooting.

  40. Anonymous said on 28 Dec 2010 at 12:41 am:
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    “- A mother campaigning to bring the confessed killer of her 16-year-old daughter to justice was herself gunned down in view of a closed-circuit television camera, leaving images that shocked Mexicans over the impunity of the killers.

    The killing of Marisela Escobedo unfolded Thursday night on the sidewalk in front of the governor’s palace in the capital of Chihuahua state.”



    I’m shocked at the epic disrespect Mexico has for our rules, laws, borders and sovereignty…

    I’ve had a belly full of that country, and it’s people..

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