From the daily archives: Friday, July 8, 2011

Border Patrol agents seized over 10,393 pounds of marijuana and 85.35 pounds of cocaine. Agents arrested 13 criminal aliens and 9 gang members. There were 4 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 June 30, 2011

 

El Centro Sector – Border Patrol agents arrested an illegal alien from Mexico near Calexico, California. Records checks revealed the subject was a registered sex offender in the state of California and had been previously removed from the United States.

 

El Centro Sector – Border Patrol agents arrested an illegal alien from Mexico near Calexico, California. During processing, the subject admitted to being a member of the Mara Salvatrucha 13 (MS-13) gang. Records checks revealed the subject had an extensive criminal history and had been previously removed from the United States.

 

Official U.S. Border Patrol seal

 

Marfa Sector – Border Patrol agents seized 15.13 pounds of cocaine, a Chevrolet Suburban, and arrested two nationals of Mexico near Odessa, Texas. Agents discovered the cocaine concealed within the vehicle.

 

Rio Grande Valley Sector – Border Patrol agents seized 2,598 pounds of marijuana, a tractor-trailer, and arrested a United States Citizen (USC) at the traffic checkpoint near Sarita, Texas. A Border Patrol canine alerted to the vehicle and a scan using non-intrusive inspection technology revealed anomalies in the trailer. A subsequent search by agents uncovered the marijuana.

 

Tucson Sector – Border Patrol agents arrested an illegal alien from Mexico near Lukeville, Arizona. During processing, the subject admitted to being a member of the MS-13 gang. Records checks revealed the subject had a prior felony conviction for possession of cocaine and had been previously removed from the United States.

 

Tucson Sector – Border Patrol agents arrested an illegal alien from Mexico near Naco, Arizona. During processing, the subject admitted to being a member of the Sureño 13 gang. Records checks revealed the subject had been previously removed from the United States.

 

Tucson Sector – Border Patrol agents seized a .45 caliber handgun and arrested an illegal alien from Mexico near Tombstone, Arizona. The subject was in possession of the handgun and a large knife at the time of arrest. Records checks revealed the subject had a prior conviction in the state of Arizona for burglary and had been previously removed from the United States.

 

Reported on July 1, 2011

 

El Centro Sector – Border Patrol agents arrested an illegal alien from Honduras near Calexico, California. During processing, the subject was identified as a member of the 75th Street gang, which is affiliated with the 18th Street gang. Records checks revealed the subject had been previously removed from the United States.

 

El Centro Sector – Border Patrol agents arrested an illegal alien from Mexico near El Centro, California. Records checks revealed the subject had prior convictions in the state of Nevada for sexual assault of a victim under the age of 16, and open and gross lewdness. The subject had also been previously removed from the United States.

 

El Paso Sector – Border Patrol agents seized 273 pounds of marijuana, a Chevrolet truck, and arrested a USC near Santa Teresa, New Mexico. Agents observed several subjects loading bundles of suspected narcotics into the vehicle near the international border. When agents approached, the vehicle fled the area. The vehicle was subsequently stopped by agents using a controlled tire deflation device, and the marijuana was discovered in the vehicle.

 

El Paso Sector – Border Patrol agents arrested an illegal alien from Mexico near Santa Teresa, New Mexico. Records checks revealed the subject had a prior conviction in the state of California for a lewd act upon a child and had been previously removed from the United States.

 

Rio Grande Valley Sector – Border Patrol agents seized 1,612 pounds of marijuana, a tractor-trailer, and arrested a USC at the traffic checkpoint near Falfurrias, Texas. A Border Patrol canine alerted to the vehicle and a scan using non-intrusive inspection technology revealed anomalies within the trailer. A subsequent search by agents uncovered the marijuana.

 

Rio Grande Valley Sector – Border Patrol agents seized 1,411 pounds of marijuana on the banks of the Rio Grande River near Fronton, Texas. Agents heard a boat approaching the U.S. shoreline and responded to the area. Upon arrival, they observed several subjects carrying bundles of suspected narcotics. The subjects abandoned the bundles and absconded into Mexico. A search of the bundles revealed the marijuana.

 

Tucson Sector – Border Patrol agents arrested an illegal alien from Mexico near Nogales, Arizona. Records checks revealed the subject had a prior conviction in the state of Washington for rape of a child and had been previously removed from the United States.

 

Reported on July 2, 2011

 

Laredo Sector – Border Patrol agents arrested an illegal alien from Mexico near Laredo, Texas. Records checks revealed the subject had an active warrant of arrest for murder issued in the country of Mexico. The subject had also been previously removed from the United States.

 

Tucson Sector – Border Patrol agents seized 1,217 pounds of marijuana near Menagers Dam, Arizona. A CBP Office of Air and Marine aircrew observed a group of suspected illegal entrants and agents on the ground responded to the area. The marijuana was discovered at the scene, but the subjects had absconded.

 

Reported on July 3, 2011

 

El Centro Sector – Border Patrol agents arrested an illegal alien from Mexico near Calexico, California. During processing, the subject admitted to being a member of the Barrio La Habra Monos gang, which is associated with the Sureño gang. Records checks revealed the subject had an extensive criminal history and had been previously removed from the United States.

 

Laredo Sector – Border Patrol agents arrested an illegal alien from Mexico near Laredo, Texas. Records checks revealed the subject had a prior conviction in the state of Utah for forcible sexual abuse and had been previously removed from the United States.

 

Rio Grande Valley Sector – Border Patrol agents arrested an illegal alien from El Salvador near Weslaco, Texas. Records checks revealed the subject had a prior conviction in the state of Texas for murder and had been previously removed from the United States.

 

Reported on July 4, 2011

 

San Diego Sector – Border Patrol agents seized 70.22 pounds of cocaine, a Chevrolet sport utility vehicle, and arrested a national of Mexico at the traffic checkpoint near Pine Valley, California. The subject presented himself for inspection and a Border Patrol canine alerted to the vehicle. A subsequent search by agents uncovered the cocaine.

 

Tucson Sector – Border Patrol agents arrested two illegal aliens from Mexico near Douglas, Arizona. Agents received a report that two suspected illegal aliens had attempted to break into a residence. Agents tracked the suspects’ foot sign and arrested the subjects.

 

Tucson Sector – Border Patrol agents seized 1,176 pounds of marijuana near Lukeville, Arizona. Agents observed suspicious activity and responded to the area. Upon arrival, they discovered the abandoned marijuana.

 

Reported on July 5, 2011

 

El Centro Sector – Border Patrol agents arrested an illegal alien from Mexico near Calexico, California. During processing, the subject admitted to being a member of the Sur 13 gang. Records checks revealed the subject had an extensive criminal history and had been previously removed from the United States.

 

Tucson Sector – Border Patrol agents arrested an illegal alien from Mexico near San Miguel, Arizona. During processing, the subject was identified as a member of the Sureño gang. Records checks revealed the subject had been previously removed from the United States.

 

Tucson Sector – Border Patrol agents arrested an illegal alien from Mexico near Nogales, Arizona. Records checks revealed the subject had a prior conviction for sexual intercourse with a minor and had been previously removed from the United States.

 

Reported on July 6, 2011

 

El Centro Sector – Border Patrol agents arrested an illegal alien from Mexico near Calexico, California. During processing, the subject was identified as a member of the Sureño gang. Records checks revealed the subject had an extensive criminal history and had been previously removed from the United States.

 

El Centro Sector – Border Patrol agents rescued and arrested three illegal aliens from Mexico near Ocotillo, California. The subjects were found stranded in the desert and severely dehydrated. All of the subjects were transported to a local hospital for treatment. Two of the subjects were treated and released into Border Patrol custody, and one was admitted to the hospital.

 

Tucson Sector – Border Patrol agents seized 1,915 pounds of marijuana and arrested three nationals of Mexico near Ajo, Arizona. A CBP Office of Air and Marine air asset observed a group of suspected narcotics smugglers and Border Patrol agents responded to the area. Upon arrival, agents encountered the three subjects and the marijuana.

 

 
While times have been tough in Las Vegas and certainly building has slowed to a crawl on The Strip, one project is getting a lot of attention.

A 500 foot tall Ferris Wheel in being planned for the south end of The Strip near Mandalay Bay.

Skyvue will have 40 air conditioned and heated enclosures that will hold between 20-25 people apiece. This is part of a 40 acre complex that will include numerous entertainment features.

The Skyvue project is set to be completed in 2013. The project is being developed by Compass Investments in Las Vegas.

The entire project will include 39.5 acres with 11 acres as part of the first phase. A 1950s-era motel will be demolished as part of phase one.

Locals Love Vegas is happy to see innovative and exciting projects like this one—literally “get off the ground.”

 

By Phil Mestomack

[We’re past the half way point in Phil’s sojourn through the best burgers in the Valley.  Where will the genius gastronome take us this week?]

Burgers are among the simplest of American foods, but have a multitude of variations.
One does not need a single patty.  You can have the “double” or “triple” burger if you so desire, with multiple patties sandwiched between bacon, cheese, or other extras.
Toppings can also vary according to region, tradition and personal taste.  Places rich in barbecue history often put brisket, pulled pork or other meats on top of burgers along with the local sauce.
Some Asian cultures have also adapted their own traditional flavors to the humble burger.  A prime example of this is the well-known “Teriyaki Burger,” which often includes a sweet-salty sauce and a slice of pineapple.
You can also have different types of cheese to go with your sandwich.  Recent restaurant trends have seen Gruyere cheese (known for its smooth melt) and blue cheese used in popular restaurants.
Unusual toppings for burgers also include mushrooms, jalapenos, fried eggs, pastrami, tartar sauce and more.
The meat in the burger doesn’t even need to be beef!  Current trends include ground chicken and ground turkey, for the health conscious among us.
There’s more to the humble burger than meets the eye, after all!

Restaurant #4
Hacienda Snack Bar.
The hidden but sought out Hacienda Burger Bar, located at 941 K Street in Brawley, provides several Mexican and American favorites in a comfortable atmosphere.  The walls are decorated with artifacts of the restaurant’s history with the local Wildcats sports teams.
The Burger:  Bacon Cheeseburger.  This was the only burger on the list that provided a double patty.  Onions, pickle, lettuce and tomato were placed on the burger and simple condiments were available on the side.  A meal special was purchased, which includes a drink and fries.
The sandwich had good beef flavor that was helped by extra salt and pepper.  The meal, which included hand-formed patties, took longer than normal to fully cook but arrived hot.  The bacon was softer than expected but had good flavor while the cheese was not overpowering.

Service grade:  N/A.  Hacienda Snack Bar could not be judged on service as it was mostly a self-serve situation.
Burger Grade:  B+. The strong beef flavor and double patty provided good value for the money.
Price:  $5.95 + extra for the meal special.
Hours:  Monday – Friday 7 am to 2 pm.

Restaurant #5
Aspen in the Desert Restaurant
Located at 595 West Main street in Brawley, near the Brawley Inn, Aspen in the Desert showcases an upper class level of dining that’s rare in the city.
Service:  While service had been an issue in previous surveys, service at this particular visit was top notch, with the lone waitress busily handling several tables on her own.  Drinks were requested upon seating and the food arrived hot.
The Burger:  The Widowmaker.  This Bacon Cheeseburger also includes avocado and onion rings.  It is also the only burger on the list that was served on ciabatta bread and not a regular burger bun.  Lettuce, tomato, onion and pickles were on the side of the burger along with mayo.  Squirt bottles of ketchup were also brought by the waitress.
The addition of avocado and onion rings, while nice, did distract from the Certified Angus beef burger.  The texture component added by the ciabatta bun was a nice change of pace from other burgers.  The bacon and cheddar cheese were quite powerful as well.

Service score:  B+.  No major complaints, this time.  Maybe more staff at certain hours would help out.
Burger Score:  B. The burger itself was almost lost in the avocado and other stuff, but the texture of the bread helped out plenty.

[See this space next week for the conclusion of the “Best Burger In The Valley” survey.  Find out who the overall winner is!]

 
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