From the daily archives: Thursday, October 28, 2010

SAN DIEGO, October 28, 2010 – The San Diego/Imperial Counties Chapter of the American Red Cross is responding to a fatal shootout at an apartment in the Skyline Area of southeast San Diego. The local Red Cross has assisted approximately 100 people including first responders and evacuated residents and will continue to provide services as long as they are needed.

The Red Cross has opened canteen services and is providing food, hydration, clothing, blankets, teddy bears, mental health services and shelter as needed.

The local American Red Cross is dedicated to assisting those affected by disasters. Trained Red Cross volunteers and staff are on call round-the-clock and are ready to assist in various aspects including disaster assessment, casework, shelter, feeding and more. The San Diego/Imperial Counties Chapter responds to a disaster every 24 hours.

Persons with disaster-caused needs are encouraged to call the Red Cross at (858) 309-1200 to talk about assistance that may be available.

About the American Red Cross San Diego and Imperial Counties Chapter

The San Diego/Imperial Counties Chapter of the American Red Cross is leading the effort to make San Diego and Imperial Valley Counties “America’s Most Prepared Community.” As a charitable organization and not a government agency, the Red Cross depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. The Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies nearly half of the nation’s blood; teaches lifesaving skills; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The local chapter also provides nutritional counseling through the Women, Infants and Children (WIC) program. For more information, please call (858) 309-1200 or visit www.sdarc.org.

 

EL CENTRO, Calif. – El Centro Sector Border Patrol and the El Centro Parks and Recreation Department will host the annual Haunted House on Oct. 29 and 30, from 6 – 9 p.m. at the El Centro Community Center located at 375 South First Street.

The community is invited to come to a safe, fun and family-friendly Halloween event.  Admission is $1 or a non-perishable canned food item in support of the Imperial Valley Food Bank.

The El Centro Sector Border Patrol, along with Explorer Post 4108, values the Imperial Valley’s continuous support and encourages everyone to attend.  Come join the scariest event this Halloween and help support your community.

For more information, contact Esperanza Ruiz at (760) 540-3173 or Patricia Ureña at (760) 337-4556.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection is the unified border agency within the Department of Homeland Security charged with the management, control and protection of our nation’s borders at and between the official ports of entry. CBP is charged with keeping terrorists and terrorist weapons out of the country while enforcing hundreds of U.S. laws.

 

U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers at the Otay Mesa cargo facility seized 269 pounds of marijuana hidden in the tires of a tractor pulling a trailer.

A service canine alerted officers to the presence of the marijuana.
CBP officers at Otay Mesa discovered 269 pounds of marijuana hidden inside a truck tire.

Monday a CBP officer referred the 1976 Kenworth tractor and trailer for an intensive examination.

During the inspection, a narcotic detector dog alerted to the truck. Officers then discovered 44 packages of marijuana hidden in the tires of the tractor. The marijuana has a street value of $134,500.

CBP officers arrested the driver, a 39-year-old male, Mexican citizen and resident of Tijuana, Mexico. Officers placed an immigration hold on the driver to initiate removal from the country at the conclusion of the criminal proceedings.

The driver was turned over to Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents for processing. CBP seized the marijuana and vehicle.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection is the unified border agency within the Department of Homeland Security charged with the management, control and protection of our nation’s borders at and between the official ports of entry. CBP is charged with keeping terrorists and terrorist weapons out of the country while enforcing hundreds of U.S. laws.

 

United States Attorney Benjamin B. Wagner and Drug Enforcement Administration Special Agent in Charge Anthony D. Williams, announced today that Miguel Ruiz-Bravo, 39, of Apatzingan, Mexico, was sentenced today by United States District Judge Morrison C. England Jr. to 23 years and four months in prison for conspiring to distribute methamphetamine. Ruiz-Bravo pleaded guilty on June 24, 2010.

According to court documents in a separate matter, in March 2003, U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration agents discovered an active methamphetamine laboratory in the Tehama County town of Corning. The agents arrested seven individuals and seized approximately 36 pounds of methamphetamine. These individuals were observed traveling in three different vehicles, all of which were registered in the names of aliases used by Miguel Ruiz-Bravo, who was believed to be in Mexico at the time of the arrests. One of the individuals arrested was the defendant’s brother, Alejandro Ruiz-Bravo, who pleaded guilty and was sentenced to 10 years in prison.

Following these arrests, agents continued their investigation into the Ruiz-Bravo organization. According to the defendant’s plea agreement, in July of 2004, agents received authorization to install a wiretap on a phone used by Ruiz-Bravo’s nephew, Jaime Ruiz-Estrella. Intercepted calls showed that Miguel Ruiz-Bravo was controlling an active methamphetamine distribution business in Sacramento from his home in Mexico, primarily through instructions passed to his nephew Ruiz-Estrella, and another brother named Gerardo Ruiz-Bravo. On August 1, 2004, agents seized 18 pounds of methamphetamine from Ruiz-Estrella. This seizure led to the arrest of 10 more individuals, including Ruiz-Bravo’s nephew and younger brother. Once again, it was believed Ruiz-Bravo was in Mexico at the time of the arrests. All defendants pleaded guilty, and Jaime Ruiz-Estrella and Gerardo Ruiz-Bravo received sentences of 188 and 168 months, respectively.

On August 24, 2005, an indictment charged Miguel Ruiz-Bravo with directing the delivery of the 18 pounds of methamphetamine seized from his nephew. On December 15, 2006, Ruiz-Bravo was arrested by state authorities with five other individuals, including another brother, Omar Ruiz-Bravo. The state charged Miguel Ruiz-Bravo with possessing approximately 80 pounds of methamphetamine, and he subsequently pleaded guilty and was sentenced to 17 years in prison by the Sacramento County Superior Court (case 06F10834). Following his sentencing, he was transferred to federal custody for prosecution.

In sentencing Ruiz-Bravo, Judge England said that the lengthy sentence imposed was the appropriate one given the amount of methamphetamine involved and the sophisticated nature of the organization’s activities.

This case is the product of an extensive investigation by the Drug Enforcement Administration and the Internal Revenue Service, Criminal Investigation. Assistant United States Attorney Philip Ferrari prosecuted the case.

 

What:

Announcing the 3rd Annual Tackling Disabilities Fundraiser featuring flag football games between the Imperial Valley Center for Exceptional Children (IVCEC) and El Centro Regional Medical Center (ECRMC). Open to the public, the event will include food, live music, jumpers and face painting for children. Tickets are $5 each, with proceeds for the event going towards specialized equipment for IVCEC.

Who:

ECRMC and IVCEC will face off against each other with four flag football teams – two men’s teams and two women’s teams. Join in and root for your favorite teams while the real winners, the students at the School for Exceptional Children, truly benefit from the fun-filled family event.

When:

Saturday, November 6, 2010
11 am – 3 pm

Where:

Southwest High School Football Field

Contact:

Kathleen Pipkin
Director of Public Relations & Special Projects
El Centro Regional Medical Center
760-235-4429
kpipkin@ecrmc.org

 
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