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    Breitbart Texas Witnesses 3-Year-Old, 13 Other Illegals Captured Near Border

    by Bob Price 8 Jul 2014, 10:58 AM PDT

    MISSION, Texas—Fourteen more illegal immigrants were captured in two separate groups in Anzalduas County Park near the city of Mission, Texas. One group of 11 immigrants was comprised of women and children from Honduras. The other group contained three adult males from Mexico.

    Breitbart Texas spent a day with deputies from the Hidalgo County Precinct 3 Constable’s Office in Anzalduas Park, one of the hotspots of illegal immigrant entry into this region. The park is located just west of the Anzalduas International Bridge. Breitbart Texas has witnessed the capture of nearly 100 illegal immigrants on three separate visits to this area.

    Deputy Richard Flores, pictured above with Border Patrol Agents, told Breitbart Texas, “This park is always a hotspot for activity.” The park is located across the river from a Mexican park. Jet Ski operators use the distraction of families playing in the water and other’s having fun with jet skis to smuggle their human cargo across to the American side.

    Breitbart Texas observed two particular Jet Ski operators who appeared to be scouting the banks of the U.S. side for weaknesses in law enforcement coverage. At one point, one of the operators seemed to become angered at the presence of this reporter. He attempted an intimidation tactic of charging up to the bank and the attempting to splash a wave of water in my general direction. One of the other deputies later said that these two operators are regular smugglers of people coming across the river. Due to the quickness and maneuverability of the water craft--and the proximity to other civilians playing in the water--it would be too dangerous to attempt to apprehend them.

    Towards the end of the afternoon, a group of 11 women and children were observed entering the park after being dropped off near the west end. They were quickly captured by Border Patrol agents operating in and around the park.

    There were two adult women and nine children ranging in ages from about three to 15, according to Deputy Flores. They claimed to have all been traveling together since leaving Honduras.

    Using this group as a distraction, the Jet Ski operators seized the opportunity to drop off three adult Mexican males in another part of the park. Fortunately another Precinct 3 Deputy Constable observed the drop-off and quickly detained the group until Border Patrol was available to process them.

    Deputy Flores took Breitbart Texas behind the levy into the restricted area below the dam. He said this is where a lot of crossings happen as well. He described how a “ferry operator” will take a raft down to the river and shuttle across his cargo of passengers who then begin the trek into either surrendering to Border Patrol or evading capture by hiding in the brush and tall grass. He said it is not uncommon for them to get lost for days and eventually come out thirsty and hungry and surrender to deputies or agents.

    Flores said game wardens from Texas Parks and Wildlife have been very aggressive in capturing and destroying the rafts while they are in the shallow water. This action has angered groups on the other side and Flores said this resulted in gunfire into the general area where game wardens were working. Breitbart Texas Managing Director Brandon Darby reported that gunfire incident on June 23, 2014.

    Flores said there are sensors in the area to alert agents to the presence of humans. Additionally operators of the dam will occasionally notice crossings and alert the deputies.

    Precinct 3 had three deputies working the park on this day. Additionally there was a contingent of four Texas Rangers on ATVs conducting patrols in the park. There were also scattered Border Patrol vehicles in and out of the park during the day.

    “The flow of illegal immigrants has reduced dramatically since the DPS (Department of Public Safety) surge began,” Deputy Flores said. “If you had been here three weeks ago, you would have seen wave after wave of immigrants coming through."
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    I can't help but wonder if any of the jet skis being used by the cartels to ferry illegals belonged to David Hartley. AND if anyone is checking.

    Please notice the comments at the end of the article. This was October of 2010 and it is now four years later and the same politicians are singing the same song and nothing has changed except to get worse.
    Falcon Lake Killing Blamed on Blunder

    Thursday, October 14, 2010
    | Borderland Beat Reporter Gerardo

    By Lynn Brezosky -
    San Antonio Express-News

    Members of the Mexican military search for David Hartley's body in Falcon Lake.

    BROWNSVILLE — A global intelligence company Wednesday said the death of U.S. citizen David Michael Hartley on Falcon Lake was a case of mistaken identity in a turf war between rival drug cartels.

    Hartley, who was shot during a Sept. 30 sightseeing trip to the Mexican side of the binational reservoir, was shot by Zeta cartel enforcers because he was mistaken for a spy of the rival Gulf Cartel, according to the report by STRATFOR, and Austin-based think tank specializing in intelligence and international issues.

    The report goes on to say Hartley's body likely was destroyed as Los Zetas went into “damage control” mode and that the lower-level operatives responsible for the unauthorized strike against him now are on the Zetas' hit list.

    “The cartel boss — Miguel Treviño — is highly upset over the fact that these individuals shot and killed Mr. Hartley and it's our understanding that the cartel boss is hunting for the killers of Mr. Hartley so he can take care of them himself,” said Fred Burton, STRATFOR's vice president of intelligence.

    Burton, who doesn't cite his sources, goes on to say the beheading Tuesday of Rolando Armando Flores Villegas, the lead Mexican investigator in the case, was a stern signal to both the United States and Mexico that no body will be produced and to leave the situation alone.

    Hartley's wife, Tiffany, has said the two were ambushed while taking pictures of a submerged Mexican town.

    She said she raced to U.S. shores without her husband after a futile attempt to lift his body, the gunfire trailing her well across the U.S. line.

    The case has drawn international attention, with Tiffany Hartley and her family appearing on various news shows defending her story of lake pirates and pleading for action amid a drug war that has Mexican officials paralyzed by fear.

    Her mother, Cynthia Young, said the family had seen the STRATFOR report but had no comment yet on its findings.

    “It hasn't been confirmed through the investigative officers here,” she said. “But we're still standing and believing for a miracle that we will get David back in some fashion and that's the way God wants it. But he's in charge.”

    She said officials at the U.S. Consulate in Matamoros, Mexico, had assured them Flores' decapitation wouldn't stop the search.

    Burton is the author of two books: “Mexico in Crisis: Lost Borders and the Struggle for Regional Status” and “GHOST: Confessions of a Counterterrorism Agent.”

    A former special agent in counterterroism for the U.S. State Department, he was appointed in 2007 by Gov. Rick Perry to serve on the Border Security Council. He served briefly as the assistant director for intelligence and counterterrorism for the Texas Department of Public Safety.

    His report concludes “halcones,” or Zeta scouts, noticed Mexican tags on the trailer towing the Hartley's personal watercraft, mistook them as spies for the rival Gulf Cartel and sent radio messages buzzing across the lake.

    The couple had lived in Reynosa, Mexico, where Hartley worked for an Alberta-based oil company.

    “Once Hartley was identified as an American, his body was destroyed the same day as the incident to prevent a backlash from the U.S. government against the group,” the report states.

    As for the attackers, “a damage control campaign currently is under way — led by Los Zetas' No. 2, Miguel “Z-40” Treviño Morales — to identify and eliminate those who engaged the Hartleys.”

    Treviño Morales is named in federal court documents as the No. 2 Zeta. He's wanted by Laredo police in five slayings they say he ordered in the U.S. during 2005 and 2006. He's also wanted in the U.S. on drug trafficking charges.

    The U.S. State Department is offering $5 million and the Mexican government is offering 30 million pesos, about $2.4 million, for information leading to his arrest or conviction.

    U.S. Coast Guard patrol on Falcon Lake

    The death of the Mexican investigator in the case, meanwhile, produced an outcry Wednesday from several U.S. officials, most calling on the U.S. to get more active.

    U.S. Rep. Henry Cuellar, D-Laredo, said Flores had a reputation for cooperation and camaraderie with law enforcement counterparts in Texas.

    Cuellar's brother, Webb County Sheriff Martin Cuellar, brokered a meeting last week with the Hartley family and investigators, including Flores.

    “Commandante Flores and many of his peers had continued to search for David Hartley in the face of grave threats and imminent danger,” Rep. Cuellar said in a statement. “This tragic incident demonstrates the continued efforts of the Mexican law enforcement community to help us in America solve the Hartley case.”

    He said the case underscores the need for the Mérida Initiative, an infusion of resources he supported to help Latin American nations fight the drug war.

    But Republican politicians including Perry and U.S. Sen. John Cornyn say the incident instead should be seen as a failure of the Obama administration to secure the nation's southern border.

    U.S. Rep. Ted Poe, R-Humble, accused the State Department of moving slowly in the investigation that has emboldened the narcotics cartels that he likened to terrorist groups.

    Poe, who sits on the House Foreign Affairs Committee, said the United States would not be intimidated by the Zetas or other cartels.

    “If anything, the United States ought to give more resources to this investigation,” he said.

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