2 US border agents shot, 1 killed, near major drug corridor in Arizona
Two U.S. Border Patrol agents were shot, one fatally, Tuesday morning in an area in south Arizona known as a major drug-smuggling corridor, authorities said.
The identities of the agents were not immediately released, but the shooting occurred at the Brian Terry Station near Naco, Ariz., which is just south of Tucson. The station was named after an agent who was killed in the line of duty in December 2010. The area is considered a remote part of the state and sources tell Fox News that the shooting occurred at 1:50 a.m. local time and about 8 miles from the border.
The agents who were shot were on patrol with a third agent, who was not harmed, according to George McCubbin, president of the National Border Patrol Council, a union representing about 17,000 border patrol agents. The agents were on horseback at the time of the shooting.
McCubbin said he had no further information regarding the shooting.
The shooting occurred after an alarm was triggered on one of the many sensors along the border and the three agents went to investigate, said Cochise County Sheriff's spokeswoman Carol Capas.
The injured agent was airlifted to a hospital with nonlife-threatening injuries. The injured agent was shot in the ankle and buttocks, the Department of Homeland Security said.
The search for the killer is being led by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Cochise County Sheriff's Office. The area is currently flooded with agents on horseback and helicopters conducting a search for the suspects.
Smuggling activity typically increases at this time of night and year since the weather is starting to cool from triple-digit figures.
Two weeks ago, the station was named after Brian Terry, who died in a shootout in December 2010 not far from Tuesday's shooting. Terry was the last agent fatally shot while on duty.
In Terry's shooting, two guns found at the scene were bought by a member of a gun-smuggling ring that was being monitored in the Fast and Furious investigation. Critics have knocked U.S. federal authorities for allowing informants to walk away from Phoenix-area gun shops with weapons, rather than immediately arresting suspects.
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Mexico: Unusually High Violence in Northern Sonora State October 2, 2012
Over the past two weeks, several people have been killed throughout northern Sonora state, where drug-related homicides ordinarily are infrequent. On Sept. 20, an unidentified man was shot and killed at a bar in the border city of Sonoyta. Earlier that day, a 17-year-old girl was shot and killed while walking down a street in Agua Prieta. The girl's slaying was reportedly the third death in Agua Prieta in as many days. On Sept. 24, authorities found three dead bodies in Puerto Penasco and another in Agua Prieta. All four victims died from gunshot wounds.
Sonora state is a valuable drug-trafficking corridor, but due to its sparse population, its rural landscape and the Sinaloa Federation's uncontested control, it has been spared much of the violence that has plagued other regions in Mexico. The recent attacks could be the result of local crime or of a rivalry between local criminal groups. However, other drug cartels operate in nearby regions, so it is possible that one of the Sinaloa Federation's rivals, such as Los Zetas or remnants of the Beltran Leyva Organization, are moving in on the Sinaloa stronghold. Were a turf war to begin, the rate of violence in Sonora state would substantially increase.
Northern Sonora state is just north of what is known as Mexico's "Golden Triangle," a region of the Sierra Madre Occidental Mountains responsible for high levels of drug production, particularly marijuana. The majority of drug shipments reportedly arrive in Puerto Penasco. From there, shipments are either taken east to border crossings in Agua Prieta, Sonoyta, San Luis Rio Colorado and Nogales, or they are simply shipped by foot north through the desert, where there is comparatively less law enforcement.
The Sinaloa Federation gained control of northern Sonora state after supplanting the now-defunct Beltran Leyva Organization in 2010. But the sparsely populated region requires only a few Sinaloa Federation members to oversee operations. Sinaloa lieutenants manage local, independent criminal organizations for trafficking marijuana, while more lucrative drugs go to points of entry such as Ciudad Juarez and Tijuana, with more Sinaloa oversight. Sinaloa lieutenants ensure that local criminal groups buy Sinaloa products exclusively, but these groups are not particularly loyal to Sinaloa; they would not object to buying drugs from Sinaloa's rivals. Moreover, local criminal organizations commonly fight one another for territory -- independent of the larger cartels' machinations.
While the motives behind the violence in northern Sonora remain unclear, similar events in the past have suggested the involvement of rival cartels. For example, on July 19 the brother of Raul "El Negro" Sabori Cisneros, a Sinaloa Federation lieutenant arrested in April 2011 in Hermosillo, Sonora state, was killed in a shootout. Several gunmen and an armored vehicle were used in the attack against the Sinaloa operative, indicating the possibility of a rival incursion. Those that would try to encroach on Sinaloa territory include Los Zetas; the Vicente Carrillo Fuentes organization, aka the Juarez cartel; and splinter groups of the Beltran Leyva Organization, such as the Cartel Pacifico Sur, led by Hector Beltran Leyva, or Los Mazatlecos, led by Fausto Isidro "El Chapo Isidro" Meza Flores. These groups operate in southern Sonora state and northern Sinaloa state.
While a turf war would necessarily lead to more violence in northern Sonora state, the violence would not be as severe as it is in more urban, populous areas such as Nuevo Laredo, Tamaulipas state; Ciudad Juarez, Chihuahua state; and Tijuana, Baja California state. Still, Sonora is a crucial corridor for trafficking illicit drugs and an important buffer for the much more valuable city of Tijuana, which is likewise under Sinaloa control. Sinaloa would carry out reprisals in the state for any encroachment on its turf. Therefore, if the violence in northern Sonora is the beginning of a larger offensive, the events of the past week could be a precursor to much more violence in the region.
I think some of the groups that traditionally held those towns like Agua Prieta, and some of the others I am not familar with are fighting for or with Sinaloa based on various circumstances, Los Salazars, Los Garibay, I think, I am not as good with Sonora. But, the Beltrans have held territory there forever, but most of their key people have been captured, killed, or displaced. From El Dos Mil to El Gilo.
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