Two Border Patrol Agents killed by oncoming train; Mass graves in Durango may set Mexican record

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Border Patrol SUV hit by train; 2 agents killed
by Karen Schmidt, Allison Oswalt and Dustin Gardiner

May. 12, 2011 12:08 PM

The Arizona Republic-12 News Breaking News Team

Two Border Patrol agents were killed early Thursday morning after their SUV was struck by a train near Interstate 8 in the Gila Bend area, according to the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office.

The agents — identified as Edward Rojas, 34, an agent since 2000, and Hector Clark, 39, an agent since 2001 — were assisting other officials in pursuing a group of suspected drug smugglers when their SUV was hit, said Kenneth Quillin of U.S. Customs and Border Protection.

The collision occurred just before 6 a.m. in an area known as a crossroads for human-and-drug smuggling.
The train’s crew saw the unmarked SUV on a frontage road that runs near the tracks when the SUV suddenly turned on to a private crossing, said Aaron Hunt, a Union Pacific Railroad spokesman.

The 4,600-ton train was going 62 miles per hour at the time of the collision and the crew sounded the whistle about a quarter-mile before the wreck.

When the SUV turned on to the crossing, it was immediately in front of the locomotive and the crew was helpless, Hunt said.

The train struck the driver’s side of the SUV and dragged the vehicle almost a mile from the point of the collision.

Rojas and Clark were part of a federally funded task force that operates in the area, searching for human and drug smugglers.

Arizona Attorney General Tom Horne said the deaths serve as a reminder to the dangers law-enforcement officers face throughout the state.

“These agents were pursuing suspected drug traffickers at the time of the accident and they died doing their job to protect U.S. citizens,” Horne said in a statement.

Officials believe the agents were pursuing suspects who were on foot, Quillin said. It was unknown how many suspected traffickers were being pursued or whether anyone had been apprehended, Quillin said.

Border Patrol agents frequently work in the area, about 80 miles north of the border with Mexico, along with sheriff’s deputies, Department of Public Safety officers and local police.

“They were trying to position themselves in a road to the north” of the area near the collision, Quillin said.

The collision occurred near Interstate 8 and Paloma Road, one mile east of milepost 105, according to Aaron Douglas of the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office.

The Border Patrol agents were stationed in Yuma. Quillin said the names of the agents will not be released until their families have been notified.

The FBI, the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office and Border Patrol were investigating.

In an earlier report, a sheriff’s spokesman said both agents were seriously hurt and were being taken by helicopter to a hospital, but that turned out to be in error.


El Universal  (Mexico)  5/11/2011
Mexico is Seventh Worldwide in Road Deaths
Mexico ranks seventh worldwide and the third regionally in road deaths, with up to 24,000 deaths a year, revealed Health Secretary Jose Angel Cordova Villalobos.
When launching the United Nations Decade of Action for Road Safety 2011-2020, he said that awareness programs should be undertaken among the population, and use of a breathalyzer.
In addition, six thousand volunteers from the Mexican Red Cross will gather 100 thousand signatures in 180 cities for road safety, according to the program.  This will happen simultaneously worldwide,  to reduce by 50 percent the number of deaths due to road accidents.
Milenio  (Mexico)  5/11/2011
Undocumented Paid $6,000 to $10,000 to Traffickers
Federal Police captured 183 illegals from Africa, Asia and Central America that had paid human smugglers from 6000 to 10,000 dollars each.  They included  7 children, 22 women and 154 men.  Countries included Egypt, Tibet, Nepal, Sri Lanka, India, Ecuador, Honduras, Guatemala and El Salvador, plus an unknown nationality.
El Universal  (Mexico)  5/11/2011  Editorial
Mexico –  Where Everything Can be Bought
According to Transparency Mexico, last year the economic cost of corruption in the country exceeded 32 billion pesos (US$2,767,687,251) , 5 billion pesos (US$432,451,133) more as opposed to 2007. Further still, according to the Corruption Index, Mexico went from 197 million acts of corruption to 200 million of them and each “bite” on average paid 138 pesos (US$11.93) to 165 pesos (US$14.27).
These acts of corruption represents an additional tax of more than 14% of average income of Mexican households and up to 33% of their income for those receiving minimum wage. That is, corruption hits the pockets of citizens, those who assume irregular situations “inevitable” or, worse, as “convenient” for the streamlining of procedures or obtain any personal benefit. It is to be remembered that the act of corruption, the felony, is a crime found in an environment ideal for its unlawful spread, beginning with small steps, and with the micro abuses, where lack of respect for legality becomes the norm. A society where everything can be and is bought, this breaks the social fabric, creating new generations where the perception that the rules are relative and can always be adjusted at will. The deformed axis of values ​​is what is stopping the country in many aspects of public administration, and even the life of the nation.
The data provided Transparencia Mexicana are also an affront to all the anti-corruption plans for public administration that has been created in the country and the institutions of the Republic for transparent processes. Nor the mechanisms for anonymous reporting, nor multiple locks to stop office access to public information, nor to increase penalties for public servants who are corrupt and people stop looking to buy favors from officials, appears to reflect a phenomenon that is far from not increasing. We can not resign ourselves to being a corrupt country, to be a country who can twist the law in their favor. Such can not be the fate of Mexico.
DURANGO, DURANGO – Two criminal investigators attacked. One ran into a shop, where he was killed as was a woman there. The other agent was wounded.-Milenio
MEXICO – Fourteen dead Wednesday in Nuevo León-Milenio
MEXICO – State police agent found executed in Morelia, Michoacan-Milenio
DURANGO, DURANGO – Mass graves body count now 196 – Milenio
MEXICO – Unrelated, investigators with the state investigative agency were attacked this afternoon without injuries.-Milenio
Blog del Narco (
(Note: There are so many reports of one-two deaths, that the umber preclude listing all of them.)
NUEVO LEÓN – This just posted on the blog. Since last Sunday, the violence has intensified in the state of Nuevo León, attacks have not stopped, and of course, affect people who have nothing to do with this battle.  Mid day the Guadalupe Municipal Police were informed of a bank threat, located at a mall. Gunmen were waiting and ambushed the officers. A female officer was killed and the other seriously wounded.  After a clash between police and gunmen in nearby Linares, one bad guy was captured. This led to narco graves where at least 7 bodies have been found. In nearby San Pedro Garza Garcia, municipal police were attacked and wounded but no further information was released.  Gunmen then opened fire in a tunnel but caused only property damage.  About 4 pm, in Guadalupe, state police were attacked, resulting in a 20 minute shootout and 4 bad guys dead, with rifles, pistol, tactical vests, ammunition, magazine, ballistic vests and a vehicle seized.  At around 5 pm, municipal police in Escobedo were attacked, which left one officer dead and a civilian in a store also dead.  A woman and her 2 year old were injured in the shooting.  An hour later, five young men were executed while driving.  The state Attorney General was again attacked, but uninjured, and found safety in the state police facility.  Two hospitals in Monterrey were attacked, one to recover an injured man who died and was left.  Throughout the day, threats were broadcast by the cartel over the police frequencies, warning the attacks would continue in the coming hours. At least 22 dead, but authorities are not confirming some, so the total my not be accurate.
SAN PEDRO GARZA GARCIA, NUEVO LEÓN – Police officers attacked on patrol, but uninjured. Police unit had 18 bullet holes.
ZUMPANGO, GUERRERO – Police woman, 29 yrs. old, beaten to death in city hall on Mother’s Day.
CULIACAN, SINALOA – Two state police officers were investigating a stolen vehicle when they came under fire. Both officers were wounded, and one died later.  One gunman was captured.
SANTA CATARINA, NUEVO LEÓN – Two municipal police officers gunned down while on patrol.
TORREON, COAHUILA – Twelve year old girl found executed by 2 shots in head after being brutally tortured as evidenced by bruising and other marks .  She was still wearing her school uniform.
CULIACAN, SINALOA – Executed man’s body wrapped in plastic dumped in roadway.
ACAPULCO, GUERRERO – Tortured and executed man found near port.
GUADALUPE, NUEVO LEÓN – On Monday there was an intense shootout between police and gunmen.  One gunman killed, and five captured.
REYNOSA, TAMAULIPAS – Gunmen met first employees arriving at Toyota dealership, locked them all away, and stole at least 40 trucks.
ACAPULCO, GUERRERO – Police and military on patrol were attacked, triggering a chase and shootout.  Two gunmen were killed, and two 18 yr. old gunmen were captured.
PARÁCUARO, MICHOACAN – Tortured and executed body of man found with message from Knights Templar saying this is what happens to those that switch sides.
Police find heads, four bodies in Mexican town
Mexico’s House of Deputies Likely to Approve Police State Law
Mexican immigration officials arraigned on kidnapping charges
Mass graves in Durango may set Mexican record
Brazil mulls leasing farmland to foreigners
El Salvador urged to protect journalists after death threats
-M3 Report recently had an item on Honduran journalists being killed.
Mexico’s Drug War Victims Find Their Voice in Massive Silent March
Mexico Sues U.S. Gun Manufacturers Over Obama Program
Mexican officials warn of extortion attempts
Mexico Side of Border Quiet During President’s Speech
 Domestic News – United States
U.S. Border Patrol Weekly Blotter May 5 – May 11, 2011
Zapata family poses questions about son’s murder
CALIFORNIA – Honor for slain border patrol agent approved
Obama immigration reform proposal lands on table like dead fish
SMITH:  If at first you don’t succeed, fudge the results – Editorial
Lawmen disagree with DHS; border is not secure
Borderline chicanery
Measuring Border Security
Nine Charged with Illegal Alien Prostitution Network in Tennessee
TEXAS – High-Tech Smugglers
Fantastic news Obama’s immigration speech says the border fence is finished
TEXAS – Border Patrol agents involved in a shootout near Mission
CALIFORNIA – Border Patrol Busts Convicted Sex Offender Again
TEXAS – Valley Reacts to President’s Speech on Border
59% Favor Cutoff of Federal Funds to Sanctuary Cities
TEXAS – Valley police support tougher human smuggling bill
ARIZONA – Cattlemen Not Amused by Obama’s Immigration Speech
GEORGIA – Honduran Woman Tries to Deport Her Own Mother
ARIZONA – More border agents based near remote outposts
TEXAS – Border Patrol agents seize 92.6 lbs of Methamphetamine and 2.6 lbs of Black Tar Heroin
Horne warns of increasing Mexican Drug cartel violence in U.S. and Mexico
ARIZONA – Tucson Sector Border Patrol Disrupts Smugglers’ Attempts in the West Desert
ARIZONA – DPS seizes nearly $4 million in meth near Gila Bend
CALIFORNIA -Trial set in alleged MS-13 killing of dad, sons in San Francisco – another illegal arrested multiple times, never deported.
MICHIGAN – Two women arrested at Ambassador Bridge for smuggling ecstasy
-about 53 pounds and it was laced with PCP
ILLINOIS – DHS Overrides State, Says Illinois Must Share Fingerprint Data For Deportations
TEXAS – Border Patrol finds 12 in unventilated truck
NEW YORK Swede charged in NYC with guns-for-coke scheme
TEXAS – Border Patrol Agents Rescue 12 Illegal Aliens from Extreme Conditions
TEXAS – Search and Seizure Investigation Update
TEXAS – McAllen Police Chief and Zapata Sheriff to Testify About Border Security
TEXAS – La Grulla Water Employee Charged With Transporting Cocaine in City Truck
Illegal alien gang members arrested in Maryland (w/video)
Feds accuse man of ties to De Alba bakery owner’s kidnapping, failed carjacking of Border Patrol agent
CALIFORNIA – Illegal Aliens Arrested for Allegedly Smuggling Cocaine
Chipotle, Undocumented Workers, And The Trouble With ‘Enforcement-Only’ Immigration
Illegal immigrants don’t hold out much hope from president’s speech
-end of report-

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