COLUMBIANA COUNTY, Ohio — An El Paso, Texas border patrol agent who has been jail for an unwarranted shooting in 2005 could be released from prison Tuesday, despite an 11-year center.
Jose Compean is one of two people jailed in connection with the shooting that prosecutors said the two agents tried to cover up. While the second agent, Ignacio Ramos, awaits release in Phoenix Tuesday, Compean could also be released Tuesday from a federal prison in Elkton, Columbiana County. More HERE
UPDATE: Glenn Beck has just reported that Agent Ramos has been released this morning and Agent Compean will soon follow! This is FANTASTIC news! Will post updates as they are available.
BUFFALO, N. Y. — U. S. border agents at the Peace Bridge have seized $1 million in ecstasy hidden among bushels of blueberries in a transport truck bound for Florida.
Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers searched the truck Friday after it crossed the bridge to Buffalo.
During the course of an inspection, officers used gamma-ray technology to generate a high-resolution image of the truck’s contents, which revealed an anomaly in the roof of the truck’s sleeper cab.
Ten vacuum-sealed bags filled with 48,400 ecstasy tablets were found in the cab. “CBP’s non-intrusive inspection technology assists our officers in preventing terrorist weapons and contraband, including illegal drugs from entering our country while facilitating the orderly flow of legitimate trade and travel,” said James Engleman, CBP director of field operations in Buffalo.
Charged with importation and possession with the intent to distribute a controlled substance is Leon Johnson, 41, of Brampton. From the St. Catherine’s Standard
EL PASO, Texas — Customs officers found 957 pounds of marijuana hidden in a truckload of concrete pipes.
The 1993 International tractor trailer from Mexico was X-rayed at the Bridge of the Americas on Friday. The examination revealed anomalies in the cargo that turned out to be 816 packages of the drug, U.S. Customs and Border Protection spokesman Rick Lopez told the El Paso Times.
Officers cut through the concrete pipes to find the marijuana packages encased inside.
CBP officials put the drugs value at $765,000 and said the case was still under investigation. From Chron.com
SEATTLE — The note from U.S. Attorney Jeff Sullivan to the U.S. Border Patrol was short and to the point: Stop sending petty marijuana cases to his office.
“It is our long-standing policy to use limited federal resources to pursue the sophisticated criminal organizations who smuggle millions of dollars of drugs, guns and other contraband across our borders,” Sullivan wrote in November.
Sullivan’s note is one in a string of flare-ups as the Border Patrol expanded its influence and manpower here in recent months. The marijuana busts had come from inland road blocks on state highways.
Sheriff’s offices, farmers, and a U.S. Congressman have all made their opinion about the patrol’s increased presence known, and not all of it has been friendly. More HERE
Body count exceeds 4,400 this year in wave of drug-related violence
By Chelsea Schilling
© 2008 WorldNetDaily
Drug-related bloodshed has killed more than 4,400 people across Mexico this year – a body count that has already exceeded the U.S. military death toll of 4,192 in the Iraq war since March 20, 2003.
Violence involving soldiers, police and gangs has resulted in murders of 387 people in the first two weeks of October alone, and 58 killings were reported on Nov. 3, the day drug hitmen ambushed and killed two police officers with grenades and guns.
The violence is not letting up in Mexico, where brutal murders are reported daily. This month is no exception.
On Election Day, a jet carrying Interior Secretary Juan Camilo Mouriño, the second highest official of the Mexican government, crashed in Mexico City. Fourteen people, including Mouriño, were killed, and 40 were injured. Many people believe the plane was a cartel target because top crime-fighting officials were aboard, including former Assistant Attorney-General José Luis Santiago Vasconcelos – an official whose name was found on a hit list. More from WorldNetDaily
Laredo, Texas — Border Patrol agents assigned to the Laredo North station disrupted an effort to smuggle 7,828 pounds of marijuana today.
“Our agents remain vigilant in employing all available resources to keep drug and alien smugglers from succeeding,” said Laredo Sector Chief Patrol Agent Carlos X. Carrillo.
Agents manning the checkpoint located on Interstate 35 north of Laredo conducted an immigration inspection of the driver of a tractor-trailer. A Border Patrol canine alerted agents to the trailer, indicating the possible presence of people or contraband. More from Officer.com
(CNSNews.com) – The Mexican drug smuggler who testified against the two Border Patrol agents who shot him near the Mexican border was sentenced Wednesday to nine and a half years in federal prison. That’s a shorter sentence than either of the agents received.
Osvaldo Aldrete-Davila received two consecutive 57-month sentences for smuggling almost 800 pounds of marijuana into the U.S. in September and October of 2005. During that time, he had immunity from prosecution for an earlier smuggling episode — the one where he was shot by Border Patrol agents Ignacio Ramos and Jose Compean.
In February 2005, Compean shot 14 times at the fleeing illegal alien drug smuggler, but he missed. Ramos shot once and hit Aldrete-Davila in the buttocks before the wounded smuggler made it back across the Mexican border. More from CNSNews
More insanity. Ramos and Compean should have never, ever gone to prison. Davila should have been there long ago, not receiving free medical care at TAXPAYER expense and enjoying his freedom to smuggle drugs into this country. We must continue the pressure on Washington to free Agents Ramos and Compean, in addition to investigations into the office of Johnny Sutton, the sorry excuse for an attorney who put them there.
Four Mexican army soldiers entered southern Arizona and pointed their rifles at a U.S. Border Patrol agent early this week, the Border Patrol said.
The incident Sunday was the Mexican military’s 43rd incursion across the U.S. border since October, the agency said. However, it was unusual because firearms were involved. The Border Patrol and the Mexican government are investigating, Border Patrol spokesman Mike Scioli said.
Details remain sketchy, but the incident occurred at 2 a.m. on the Tohono O’odham Indian Reservation about 50 miles southeast of Ajo. The incident took place just north of the border in sight of the new border fence. More from the Arizona Republic
The Mexican military held our Border Patrol at gunpoint – on our own soil – because of a misunderstanding of where the US/Mexican border is located. It is my understanding it is the same place it’s been all along – right where their citizens continue to cross illegally into this country.
San Diego, California – U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers seized nearly 1,000 pounds of marijuana in two commercial vehicles/trailers at the Otay Mesa Cargo Facility in California, Friday, August 1, in a three-hour time frame.
CBP officers became suspicious when a 32-year-old Mexican citizen driving a tractor without a trailer arrived at the Otay Mesa port of entry at 3:30 p.m. Friday. An intensive examination by CBP officers revealed anomalies in both saddle tanks. Upon further inspection by a human/narcotics detection dog that had a positive alert, officers removed 10 packages of a green leafy substance that field tested positive for marijuana. The packages weighed 350 pounds and were valued at more than $1 million.
At approximately 6:30 p.m. Friday, a 25-year-old Mexican citizen applied for entry at the Otay Mesa Cargo Facility. CBP officers noticed an anomaly within the front wall of the empty tractor trailer. A human/narcotics detection dog screened the vehicle, and CBP officers probed the wall of the trailer and punctured a package. A green leafy substance was extracted and tested positive for marijuana. A total of 42 packages were removed weighing 621 lbs and valued at $1.8 million. More from Imperial Valley News
Another job well done by the CBP!
Glenn Beck interviewed Monica Ramos, wife of imprisoned Border Patrol agent, “Nacio” Ramos on his radio program this morning. The full transcript can be read here.
It is an injustice that agents Ramos and Compean continue to serve prison time for doing their jobs – protecting our border – while the drug smuggler they shot has received free health care at American taxpayer expense and most importantly, this criminal continues to enjoy his freedom while Ramos and Compean are in jail.
Pat Grey, of Houston’s KSEV 700 AM, has on his blog a way to donate to the families of Agents Ramos and Compean, families stuggling to get by while this travesty of justice continues. For more information on how to help, please visit Pat’s blog at PatGrey.com.