From the daily archives: Friday, May 6, 2011

Jacumba, Calif. — U.S. Border Patrol agents arrested two male United States citizens in Jacumba on Tuesday for smuggling four undocumented Mexican nationals in a uniquely constructed compartment in the bed of a 1997 black Chevrolet Silverado pickup truck.

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A view of the entrance to the hidden compartment, located behind the truck’s back seat.

At approximately 2 p.m., agents on patrol stopped the 43-year-old driver and 39-year-old passenger in a pickup truck on Old Highway 80. During questioning, agents became suspicious of the men’s nervous demeanor. A search of the vehicle revealed an opening cut into the metal wall between the passenger compartment and the bed of the truck. Subsequently, agents observed an individual attempting to conceal himself in a modified compartment. The compartment consisted of a hidden cavity built inside hollowed-out wooden construction materials lying in the bed of the truck. Agents discovered four undocumented male Mexican nationals hidden inside the compartment.

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Stacked plywood in the truck’s bed was actually hollowed out to hide illegal aliens.

The suspected human smugglers and illegal aliens were taken into custody and transported to a local Border Patrol station for processing and further investigation. The two suspected smugglers are being held in Department of Homeland Security custody on alien smuggling charges. The vehicle was seized by the U.S. Border Patrol.

To prevent illicit smuggling of humans, drugs and other contraband, the U.S. Border Patrol maintains a high level of vigilance on major corridors of egress away from our nation’s borders. To report suspicious activity related to border security, please call (619) 498-9900.


Calexico, Calif. – U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers at the Calexico downtown port of entry arrested a mother and daughter after finding 51 pounds of cocaine in the vehicle they occupied when they entered the port yesterday.

The seizure occurred at about 10 a.m. when officers with the port’s Anti-Terrorism Contraband Enforcement Team were screening vehicles and travelers as they waited in line for inspection and a canine alerted to a red 1997 Ford Mustang. The driver, a 20-year-old female U.S. citizen, and her mother, a 39-year-old Mexican citizen, were escorted for further examination.

An intensive inspection of the vehicle led officers to the discovery of 22 wrapped packages of cocaine concealed inside both fenders. The estimated street value of the narcotic is $459,000.

CBP officers arrested both the driver and passenger for the alleged narcotic smuggling attempt. The daughter and her mother were turned over to the custody of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents and transported to the Imperial County Jail where they await arraignment.

CBP seized the narcotic and vehicle.


Bin Laden Is Dead… And Who Are These Golfers?

The United States finally caught up with Osama bin  Laden and he paid the price for all his hostility toward us and the rest of the world.
He who liveth by the sword dies by the sword.
The U.S. finally got a victory in its war on terrorism and took a giant step toward ending at least some of the hostilities it has been involved in.
Obama, for all his naivete came through when it counted, tracking bin Laden since August and having the military set up the covert operation that ended with his killing.
We can all breathe a sigh of relief that a wrong has been righted. Those who lost loved ones on 9-11 and those who have lost loved ones in the ensuing conflicts can get some satisfaction. It’s an announcement we have waited for through nine years of war. Shout hallelujah! From the rooftops!
My wife and I posted flags in our windows and on our doors, vowing not to take them down until bin Laden was brought to justice. They’re still up and will remain until all these wars have come to a conclusion and our troops are brought home.
I still feel that Afghanistan  is a lost cost and a country that perpetuates way  to support its economy.
We need to get out of that country as soon as possible, but the government is telling us it is hard to say when that will be. I say the sooner the better. The world should take care of some of its own problems. We don’t have to be the problem solver for everyone. The mission is accomplish. It’s time to start thinking about withdrawing on a large scale. think that will happen? I hope so. You would be surprised how much money you will save when you aren’t dropping bombs on everyone.
Maybe then we can afford health care for the masses and the pursuit of peaceful purposes. Like getting the roads fixed in this country. If the U.S wants to put people back to work this would be a good place to start.
I was watching another PGA tournament and had to wonder who half the players were that were out there swinging away at that little white ball.
Without Tiger, or Phil, or Vijay, or Ernie or Davis III there is little to cheer about.
Martin Kaymer and Lee Westwood are the best players in the world? Who? If they walked up to you on the street, would you even recognize them? It’s doubtful.
Golf needs some genuine superstars and Imperial County needs more golf courses. The course and golfers could actively encourage people to play the game by offering lessons and discounts. Cheapness and shortsightedness have kept the course near empty since the snowbirds went home.
That’s good enough for hacks like me who spray the ball all over the place, but we need more players who can tout the benefits of the game.
Brawley’s Del Rio has been trying to get more people with some advertising and some promotions. You should give it a try. Maybe you can help get the Valley moving forward simply be hitting a little ball. Try it. You might like it.
I’M OFF TO HAVE EYE surgery this week. A pesky cataract has to be removed and I’m told it’s a simple operation that takes only minutes. I shall find out. At least I won’t have to wear coke bottle sized glasses the way my grandmother did.
Peace. And good vision to all.

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