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Mexican Military Incursion In U.S. Neighborhood (Title is from Judicial Watch link)
Last Updated: 06/26/2008
In one of the most disturbing Mexican government incursions into the U.S., three members of Mexico’s army conducted a home invasion and assassination operation in Arizona this week that killed one person and littered a neighborhood with gunfire.
Phoenix police say the Mexican military officers were hired by one of that country’s renowned drug cartels to carry out the deadly operation. The three invaders were dressed in military tactical gear and were armed with AR-15 assault rifles. They clearly had military training and the one Mexican soldier who was captured said the gang was completely prepared to ambush Phoenix police.
Official police memorandums documenting the violent incident have been posted on a local news web site and the information is unbelievable. The reports provide details of the “drug rip,” which officials describe as a tactical assault in which approximately 100 rounds were fired. Windows were raked and doors were breached as the heavily armed Mexican soldiers entered the residence clad in body armor, black combat boots, ballistic helmets and thigh holsters.
One of the police documents specifically says that all the suspects are Mexican military coming into the United States with full tactical gear and police raid shirts to conduct home invasions. Another memo points out that Mexican drug cartels are increasingly moving north of the border to protect themselves from rival cartels. The sophisticated operations have for years used military tactics and personnel and now the violence has shifted to Phoenix.
The problem is severe and will only get worst, leaving one local law enforcement expert to recommend that police enlist present and past military personnel to assist with training and response to such sophisticated and potentially lethal military tactics.
Mexican military incursions are more common than most Americans might think. Judicial Watch has made public the astounding amount of incidents that occur regularly yet go unpunished by the U.S. government. Mexican military incursion reports obtained from the Department of Homeland Security through the Freedom of Information Act reveal that 226 incursions by Mexican government personnel into the U.S. occurred between 1996 and 2005. In 2007 alone, 25 incursions occurred along the U.S.-Mexico border involving Mexican military and/or law enforcement.
Invasion: Mexican Army member(s) commit(s) Phoenix home invasion and murder
A top member of a Phoenix police union is standing by reports that at least one of the men involved in a Monday morning home invasion and homicide was an active member in the Mexican Army. Click Here for the update.
“Even if you put aside the Mexican military, you have illegals in the country…they’re protected with tactical gear using tactical strategies in police uniforms willing to ambush police officers. I think that’s bad enough,” said Mark Spencer, President of the Phoenix Police Enforcement Association.
While on the J.D. Hayworth show Tuesday, Mark Spencer announced that the suspects were hired by drug cartels to perform home invasions and murders.
The incident at 8329 W. Cypress St. resulted in the death of the homeowner. Between 50 and 100 rounds were fired at the house.
Spencer said a police officer told him that one of the men captured said they were completely prepared to ambush Phoenix police, but ran out of ammunition.
Judicial Watch Releases Shocking New Border Patrol Report on Mexican Government Incursions
into the United States for Fiscal Year 2007
(Washington, DC) Judicial Watch, the public interest group that investigates and prosecutes government corruption, today released a U.S. Border Patrol report titled, “Mexican Government Incidents – 2007 Fiscal Year Report,” obtained under the provisions of the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA). The report describes 25 confirmed incursions in 2007 along the U.S. - Mexican border involving Mexican military and/or law enforcement personnel. The document is available at the Judicial Watch Internet site at www.judicialwatch.org/archive/2008/FY2007MexIncursionReport.pdf (large file, 31 pages). Among the incidents cited:
MEXICAN MILITARY INCURSION (ARMED/INTENTIONAL) TUCSON/TUCSON – On April 23, 2007, Border Patrol Agents…reported a Mexican military incursion on the Tres Bellotas Ranch near Arivaca, Arizona. The agents were using night vision equipment and observed…seven to ten Mexican military personnel in Humvees carrying long arms…The agents continued to back away from the [soldiers] when they heard [one] soldier chamber a round into his rifle. The agents observed…that the military personnel had fanned out in a tactical formation on both sides of the US/Mexico International Boundary.
MEXICAN MILITARY INCURSION (ARMED/INTENTIONAL) TUCSON SECTOR/SONOITA SECTOR – On July 5, 2007 a Border Patrol Agent…encountered six subjects dressed in tan colored BDU style clothing…A military style Humvee and a black Suburban were parked on the Mexican side of the border…Two of the subjects appeared to be carrying bundles of narcotics on their backs.
MEXICAN POLICE INCURSION (ARMED/INTENTIONAL) EL CENTRO SECTOR/CALEXICO STATION – On August 26, 2007, Remote Video Surveillance System operators…observed a red Ford F150 south of the All American Canal between the United States and Mexico…Agents…encountered the vehicle and performed a vehicle stop…The agents found credentials on the driver indicating that [name redacted] is an Agent of the Mexican Agencia Federal de Investigation. The agents searched the vehicle and discovered several items to include: guns, ammunition, narcotics, night vision equipment, cell phones, a walkie talkie and a ski mask.
Overall, between 1996 and September 30, 2007 there have been 278 confirmed incursions into the United States by Mexican Government personnel according to the Border Patrol Field Intelligence Center. Prior to release to Judicial Watch, the Department of Homeland Security evaluated the information in the report as “For Official Use Only” and containing “Law Enforcement Sensitive Information.” Mexican Government incursion reports for 2003 through 2006 are also available on the Judicial Watch Internet site at http://judicialwatch.org/mexican-government-incursion-reports.
“This latest report on Mexican government personnel incursions is downright frightening. Our Border Patrol is facing Mexican military operations without the necessary back-up. This report shows our sovereignty is being violated with impunity,” said Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton.
January 9, 2008
The full report is a 31 page pdf and can be viewed at:
Mexican Military Helicopter Enters Texas Airspace For Second Time
Zapata County, TX -- Authorities have released photos from a second Mexican military helicopter incursion into Zapata County.
The incursion was reported over the Four Seasons Mobile Home & RV Park and the Beacon Resort west of Zapata around 3:30 p.m. Sunday.
Zapata County Sheriff Sigifredo Gonzalez said that the helicopter hovered in the area for about five to 10 minutes.
Several witnesses, including a federal law enforcement official, captured pictures and video of the Mexican military helicopter.
Sheriff Gonzalez said several people were terrified and frightened by the helicopter's presence.
Gonzalez said the helicopter clearly had the word "Marina" written on it, an indication the helicopter belonged to the Mexican Navy.
The Mexican Navy could not immediately be reached for comment but it has increased its presence along the border to fight drug traffickers.
Sheriff Gonzalez said the helicopter flew over the two RV parks and was seen hovering over the home belonging to the owners of a local oil & gas exploration company.
Gonzalez said he spoke with the homeowner but there was no apparent reason why the helicopter would have been there.
Sheriff Gonzalez said he's frustrated that state and federal officials have not done anything about the situation since the last helicopter incursion last month.
The sheriff said he's worried local officials aren't being notified about joint operations with the Mexican military.
Gonzalez said another possibility is that that Mexican military officials are being used to drop off drugs or illegal immigrants.
A Mexican military helicopter was spotted in a rural community near Falcon Dam about three weeks ago.
U.S. Congressman Henry Cuellar said in a previous statement the federal government is aware of the issue.