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More arrests planned after Nogales, Sonora, cop bust
Arizona Daily Star ^ | 12/10/03 | Michael Marizco

Posted on 12/10/2003 12:23:53 PM PST by Graybeard58

NOGALES, SONORA - The federal government is planning to arrest more officials in the Nogales, Sonora, administration as part of an investigation that has already led to the arrest of the police chief, a city official said Tuesday.

Chief Jose Basilio Obeso Montoya was arrested Monday on charges stemming from a November incident in which one of his officers confronted him for releasing known marijuana traffickers arrested the week before, said Demetrio Ifantopulos, the city administrator.

In that incident, the officer, Cmdr. Jose Guillermo Duarte Astorga, asked the police chief why he had released four known traffickers picked up by Nogales police Nov. 7, said Astorga's attorney, Juan Diego Pineda.

The traffickers were to be turned over to federal investigators, and when Astorga went to the chief to ask why they weren't, he was suspended and had his gun taken away.

Astorga went public with his complaints, telling Mexico newspapers that officers had threatened to kill him.

Astorga went to the Mexican Attorney General's Office and reported what had happened, Pineda said.

An investigation was opened into whether Montoya was involved with drug traffickers and a federal warrant was issued for his arrest.

Montoya is in a Nogales, Sonora, federal prison on suspicion of associating with known criminals, insubordination, abuse of authority and making false statements.

Three others, a current police officer and two former police officials, were also arrested Monday as part of the investigation.

Federal investigators are staying silent on the investigation, Ifantopulos said.

"They never talked with us about the investigation," he said, though the federal investigators told him Montoya has to be officially charged or released by Sunday.

"There are still others from this administration being investigated," Ifantopulos said, though he declined to say who those officials might be.

Meanwhile, the assistant police chief, Mario Uribe Monzon, is serving as chief of police until Montoya's outcome is settled.

TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Culture/Society; Foreign Affairs
KEYWORDS: aliens; immigrantlist; wod

1 posted on 12/10/2003 12:23:55 PM PST by Graybeard58
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2 posted on 12/10/2003 12:26:24 PM PST by gubamyster
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To: Graybeard58
The boys had best stay away from the relojeria Juarez in Nogales for a while....
3 posted on 12/10/2003 12:40:40 PM PST by archy (Angiloj! Mia kusenveturilo estas plena da angiloj!)
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To: Graybeard58
" of his officers confronted him for releasing known marijuana traffickers..."

Nonsense!! If one cop did "confront" another cop, it was only because he believed he was getting screwed on his cut of the criminal action!

4 posted on 12/10/2003 1:02:43 PM PST by Tacis
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To: Graybeard58
There is a lot of stuff going on in Mexico right now ---- drug cartel wars and the different types of police agents are going against others. There are federal police all along the border ---- I don't know if the Mexican government is possibly trying to get some kind of control or what.
5 posted on 12/10/2003 5:05:45 PM PST by FITZ
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6 posted on 12/11/2003 8:37:58 AM PST by JustPiper (Teach the Children to fight Liberalism ! They will be voting in 2008 !!!)
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To: Graybeard58
Well here's a problem that is making ID-ing any huispanic a problem. The Police Chief is Named "OBESO" not "Montoya." If a Mexican's name comes last, it doesn't MEAN IT'S A LAST NAME! Wouldnt yopu think a border newspaper would know this?

The Democraps are KILLING us with this at the polls. In LA, Obeso would be registered as OBESO." He would more than likely have a full set of papers including a DL and SS. He would also be registered as MONTOYA, with a DL and other ID to match. Of course a couple of Matriculas Consulares would round out the paperwork.

Where it really gets tricky? He could also be known as Montoya-Obeso, Obeso-Montoya, Montoya de Obeso, Obeso de Montoya, and if el jefe were particulary proud of Mom's family (probably but not certainly the Montoyas, he might borrow a couple of their handles as well.)

Bottom line? Not at all unusual for the same people to be collecting multiple benefits from the US in Mexico, in California, or TexaS. NOT ONLY DO WE HAVE NO IDEA ... NOT THE FOGGIEST .... HOW MANY MEXICANS WE HAVE, LEGAL AND ILLEGAL, WE HAVE NO REAL IDEA OF WHAT THEIR NAMES ARE!

In the infamous Dornan-Loretta Sanchez Congressional Election case, Obeso Montoya would have been good for a dozen Sanchez votes and not even necessarily know about it! (Although he might well have gone to his "normal" precinct and voted in person, too.


7 posted on 12/13/2003 10:49:26 AM PST by Kenny Bunk
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