Professional, Polite, Prepared to Kill


(LAREDO, Texas) – Raul Alvarez, 29, a U.S. citizen and the business manager of a men’s club in Colonia Mirador, Nuevo Laredo, Mexico, has been arrested and charged with attempting to smuggle hundreds of rounds of ammunition from the United States into Mexico, acting United States Attorney Tim Johnson announced today.

Alvarez was arrested Dec. 11, 2008, after a random Customs and Border Protection (CBP) outbound inspection at an international bridge in Laredo resulted in the discovery of 282 rounds of ammunition, three pistol magazines and eight assault rifle magazines in a compartment in the rear passenger quarter panel of the vehicle Alvarez was driving. The ammunition and the vehicle, a 2000 Ford Expedition, has also been seized.

Following further investigation by the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), a federal criminal complaint accusing Alvarez of willfully attempting to export ammunition in violation of federal law from the U.S into Mexico was filed on Monday, Dec. 15, 2008. Alvarez appeared before U.S. Magistrate Judge Diana Saldana the same day and was ordered released upon posting a $100,000 cash or surety bond. After being informed of his right to a preliminary examination hearing, Alvarez formally waived that hearing in open court. 

The charge of knowingly and willfully exporting ammunition from the U.S. to a place outside the country in violation of federal law carries a maximum punishment of 10 years imprisonment without parole and a $250,000 fine.

The charges are the result of the seizures made by CBP and an investigation being conducted by the Department of Homeland Security Border Enforcement Security Force Task Force led by ICE with the participation of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, the Drug Enforcement Administration, the FBI  and the Laredo Police Department. The case will be prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Diana Song.

FBI Press Release

December 22, 2008 Posted by | BOLO and Crime, Border Security | , , , , | Leave a comment

The Barrio Azteca Trial and the Prison Gang-Cartel Interface


By Fred Burton and Ben West

On Nov. 3, a U.S. District Court in El Paso, Texas, began hearing a case concerning members of a criminal enterprise that calls itself Barrio Azteca (BA). The group members face charges including drug trafficking and distribution, extortion, money laundering and murder. The six defendants include the organization’s three bosses, Benjamin Alvarez, Manuel Cardoza and Carlos Perea; a sergeant in the group, Said Francisco Herrera; a lieutenant, Eugene Mona; and an associate, Arturo Enriquez.

The proceedings represent the first major trial involving BA, which operates in El Paso and West Texas, New Mexico and Arizona. The testimony is revealing much about how this El Paso-based prison gang operates, and how it interfaces with Mexican drug cartel allies that supply its drugs.

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November 20, 2008 Posted by | BOLO and Crime, Border Security, Homeland Security | , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Worrying Signs from Border Raids

By Fred Burton and Scott Stewart – from


Last week, the Mexican government carried out a number of operations in Reynosa, Tamaulipas, aimed at Jaime “El Hummer” Gonzalez Duran, one of the original members of the brutal cartel group known as Los Zetas. According to Mexican government officials, Gonzalez Duran controlled the Zetas’ operations in nine Mexican states.

The Nov. 7 arrest of Gonzalez Duran was a major victory for the Mexican government and will undoubtedly be a major blow to the Zetas. Taking Gonzalez Duran off the streets, however, is not the only aspect of these operations with greater implications. The day before Gonzalez Duran’s arrest, Mexican officials searching for him raided a safe house, where they discovered an arms cache that would turn out to be the largest weapons seizure in Mexican history. This is no small feat, as there have been several large hauls of weapons seized from the Zetas and other Mexican cartel groups in recent years.

The weapons seized at the Gonzalez Duran safe house included more than 500 firearms, a half-million rounds of ammunition and 150 grenades. The cache also included a LAW rocket, two grenade launchers and a small amount of explosives. Along with the scores of assorted assault rifles, grenades and a handful of gaudy gold-plated pistols were some weapons that require a bit more examination: namely, the 14 Fabrique Nationale (FN) P90 personal defense weapons and the seven Barrett .50-caliber sniper rifles contained in the seizure. Continue reading

November 15, 2008 Posted by | BOLO and Crime, Border Security, Homeland Security | , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment


“Teen boy” was undercover Franklin County Sheriff’s Detective

COLUMBUS – Serge Beauseigle, age 60, of Belleville, Ontario was sentenced in United States District Court here to 48 months imprisonment for traveling in interstate commerce in order to engage in illicit sexual conduct with a minor.

Gregory G. Lockhart, United States Attorney for the Southern District of Ohio, Keith L. Bennett, Special Agent in Charge, Federal Bureau of Investigation, Cincinnati Field Office, and Franklin County Sheriff James Karnes announced the sentence handed down yesterday by United States District Judge Edmund A. Sargus, Jr.

Beauseigle contacted an individual, whom he thought was a 14-year old boy, in an online chatroom in November, 2007. The “boy” was actually a detective with the Franklin County Sheriff’s Office conducting an undercover investigation. Beauseigle claimed to be a truck driver who traveled all over.  More from the Cincinnati FBI

The criminal actions of this “trucker” are not tolerated in our industry.  I don’t care if you are a child predator from Canada or a cornball pornographer from Nuevo Laredo – such activity should be punished to the fullest extent of the law.

November 10, 2008 Posted by | BOLO and Crime, trucking | , , , , , | 1 Comment

Border Patrol Agents Seize 4 Tons of Marijuana

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

November 7, 2008 Posted by | BOLO and Crime, Border Security, Mexican Truck Pilot Program, NAFTA, NAU, trucking | , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Traffickers used I-35 buses to get drugs to Dallas, court papers show

Recent guilty pleas by members of the Zetas, the Gulf drug cartel’s feared enforcement arm, offer rare glimpses into how traffickers use Interstate 35 to move drugs through Dallas and smuggle hundreds of millions in cash back to Mexico.

Raul Castillo, 31, and Jorge Rodriguez, 21, pleaded guilty a week ago in Laredo federal court to charges that they moved up to 600 kilograms of cocaine a week to Dallas between March 2007 and February.

After they were arrested this year, the two Laredo men admitted to federal agents that they worked for Miguel Treviño Morales, a fugitive who is the reputed commander of the Zetas in Nuevo Laredo, Mexico.  More from

The article details how the men would use tractor-trailers to truck the drugs up from the border and meet at an unnamed truck stop near Waxahatchie, where the contraband would then be transported to a nearby warehouse.

August 12, 2008 Posted by | BOLO and Crime, Border Security, trucking | , , | Leave a comment