Wrong turn in Mexico leads to arrest of suspect in shooting death of his pregnant girlfriend

5/31/16 Los Angeles Times

download (2)A man wanted in the fatal shooting of his pregnant girlfriend in Los Angeles in April was arrested Sunday after he became lost and mistakenly drove to the San Ysidro border crossing with a woman he recently met at a strip club, authorities said.

Philip Patrick Policarpio, 39, was added to the FBI’s Ten Most Wanted list in May after he was charged with murder in the shooting death of his girlfriend in East Hollywood.

Policarpio told border agents he was a Mexican citizen who had made a wrong turn when he was stopped at the San Ysidro crossing around 4:45 p.m., according to a news release issued by the U.S. Customs and Border Protection Agency.

He was carrying several pieces of identification and told border agents he “intended not to return to the U.S.,” according to Dierdre Fike, special agent in charge of the FBI’s Los Angeles office.

Policarpio had pulled into a lane used by low-risk, pre-approved drivers who take part in the CBP’s “trusted traveler” program, said Sidney Aki, port director at the San Ysidro crossing.

“He was very vague in regards to providing information,” Aki said at a morning news conference to discuss the arrest. “That of course sets off red flags among us.”\

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Documents Show FBI Monitored Mexican Author, Carlos Fuentes

Photo of Carlos Fuentes by Abderrahman Bouirabdane (Flickr)AP, 6/22/2013

The FBI and the U.S. State Department closely monitored Mexican author Carlos Fuentes for more than two decades because he was considered a communist and a sympathizer of Cuba’s Fidel Castro, recently released documents show. The documents posted on the FBI’s website this week show the United States denied Fuentes an entry visa at least twice in the 1960s.

In one of the memorandums Fuentes is described as “a leading Mexican communist writer” and a “well-known Mexican novelist with long history of subversive connections.” Fuentes died in 2012 at age 83 after suffering an internal hemorrhage. In the 170-page dossier of internal official documents and some newspaper articles, the FBI describes how it monitored Fuentes and denied him permission to enter the United States for having been a member of the Mexican Communist Party.

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Mexico’s Curbs on U.S. Role in Drug Fight Spark Friction

drug dog sniffing suitcaseThe New York Times, 4/30/13

In their joint fight against drug traffickers, the United States and Mexico have forged an unusually close relationship in recent years, with the Americans regularly conducting polygraph tests on elite Mexican security officials to root out anyone who had been corrupted. But shortly after Mexico’s new president, Enrique Peña Nieto, took office in December, American agents got a clear message that the dynamics, with Washington holding the clear upper hand, were about to change.

There have long been political sensitivities in Mexico over allowing too much American involvement. But the recent policy changes have rattled American officials used to far fewer restrictions than they have faced in years. Asked about security cooperation with Mexico at a news conference on Tuesday, President Obama said: “We’ve made great strides in the coordination and cooperation between our two governments over the last several years. But my suspicion is, is that things can be improved.”

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Mexico ends open access for US security agencies in fight against cartels

IMG_7195Associated Press, 4/30/13

Mexico is ending its unprecedented open relationship with U.S. security agencies that developed in recent years to fight drug trafficking and organized crime. All contact for U.S. law enforcement will now go through “a single window,” the federal Interior Ministry, the agency that controls security and domestic policy, said Sergio Alcocer, deputy foreign secretary for North American affairs.

Alcocer confirmed the change to The Associated Press on Monday, three days before U.S. President Barack Obama visits for his first bilateral meeting with his Mexican counterpart, Enrique Pena Nieto, who took office Dec. 1. The new policy is a dramatic shift from the direct sharing of resources and intelligence between U.S. and Mexican law enforcement under former President Felipe Calderon, who was lauded by the U.S. repeatedly for increasing cooperation between the two countries. FBI, CIA, DEA and border patrol agents had direct access to units of Mexico’s Federal Police, army and navy and worked closely with Mexican authorities in major offensives against drug cartels, including the U.S.-backed strategy of killing or arresting top kingpins.

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FBI Paints Picture of Supply Chain Between Mexican and US Gangs

In Sight: Organized Crime in the Americas, 10/31/11

As might be expected, the multinational gangs that figure the most in the U.S. government’s description are Mexico drug traffickers syndicates, from the Sinaloa Cartel to the Zetas, and their American allies. Somewhat surprisingly, Colombian groups don’t appear in the report at all, an indication of the degree to which Mexicans have supplanted Colombians as the primary source of drug-related concern for American policy-makers.

As the report indicates, “US-based gangs and MDTOs [Mexican drug trafficking organizations] are establishing wide-reaching drug networks; assisting in the smuggling of drugs, weapons, and illegal immigrants along the Southwest Border; and serving as enforcers for MDTO interests on the US side of the border.”

Furthermore, the assessment suggests that gangs from Mexico and Central America could grow even more influential in U.S. cities. According to the report’s authors, the violence in northern Mexico could spur increased immigration flows into the U.S., thus increasing the ranks of disaffected and disenfranchised youths north of the border. This could provide fertile recruiting ground both for local gangs and transnational Mexican groups.

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FBI in El Paso says chase, shootings separate

Dallas Morning News, 7/12/2010

The FBI in El Paso says a hit-and-run accident and a vehicle that may have ended up in a shootout in Mexico are separate incidents.

FBI spokeswoman Martha Terrazas on Monday told The Associated Press that the incidents are separate and the agency is investigating.

The traffic accident happened early Sunday at an El Paso intersection. Police spotted a sport utility vehicle fleeing and chased it toward the Zaragoza International Bridge.

Police said gunshots were fired at a U.S. Customs and Border Protection checkpoint before the SUV crossed into Mexico.

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FBI: No evidence Mexico hit men targeted Americans

Associated Press, 3/16/2010

Confused hit men may have gone to the wrong party, the FBI said Tuesday as it cast doubt on fears that the slaying of three people with ties to the U.S. consulate shows that Mexican drug cartels have launched an offensive against U.S. government employees.

According to one of several lines of investigation, the assailants — believed to be aligned with the Juarez drug cartel — may have been ordered to attack a white SUV leaving a party and mistakenly went to the “Barquito de Papel,” which puts on children’s parties and whose name means “Paper Boat.”

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Killing Of Americans Pressures Mexico In Drug War

New York Times, 3/15/2010

The killing of three people linked to the U.S. consulate in Mexico’s bloodiest drug war hotspot has thrown President Felipe Calderon a major test as he heads to this border city on Tuesday to try to contain spiralling violence.

The FBI joined Mexican authorities in the investigation of the murders, while U.S. officials downplayed suggestions that U.S. diplomats had been targeted in the attacks.

NO EVIDENCE CONSULATE TARGETED

An FBI official in El Paso said there was still no evidence the consular killings were drug-related. “There is no information that indicates that the victims were directly targeted due to their employment at the consulate,” said FBI Special Agent Andrea Simmons.

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More Than 300 Alleged La Familia Cartel Members and Associates Arrested in Two-Day Nationwide Takedown

250px-Eric_Holder_official_portraitDepartment of Justice, 10/22/09

WASHINGTON – Today Attorney General Eric Holder announced the arrest of nearly 1,200 individuals on narcotics-related charges and the seizure of more than 11.7 tons of narcotics as part of a 44-month multi-agency law enforcement investigation known as “Project Coronado.” The Attorney General was joined in announcing the current results of Project Coronado by DEA Acting Administrator Michele M. Leonhart, FBI Director Robert S. Mueller III and ATF Acting Director Kenneth E. Melson.

Over the past two days, 303 individuals in 19 states were arrested as part of Project Coronado, which targeted the distribution network of a major Mexican drug trafficking organization known as La Familia, through coordination between federal, state and local law enforcement. More than 3,000 agents and officers operated across the United States to make the arrests during the two-day takedown. During the two-day operation alone, $3.4 million in U.S. currency, 729 pounds of methamphetamine, 62 kilograms of cocaine, 967 pounds of marijuana, 144 weapons and 109 vehicles were seized by law enforcement agents.

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Mexico detains man on FBI ‘most wanted’ list

FBISealAssociated Press, 7/19/2009

Mexican authorities on Sunday announced the detention and imminent extradition of one of the FBI’s “10 Most Wanted Fugitives,” who had been sought by US authorities for attacks in 2000 on two police officers in California.

Emigdio Preciado, also known as “Junior Preciado,” was arrested in the western state of Nayarit, according to prosecutors, nearly nine years after he apparently fired 21 gunshots with an assault rifle at police deputies during a routine traffic stop outside Los Angeles.

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