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At least that gets rid of 10 of them!

Posted by nebraskaobserver on August 17, 2008

ICE upset over federal immigration judge letting ten detained women from the Postville, IA meatpacking raid to return to their homeland without criminal charges. Like how about being here illegally judge? Omaha World-Herald story Des Moines Register story

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I-80 Mexican-So. American drug corridor alive and well during 4th of July weekend

Posted by nebraskaobserver on July 7, 2008

About 345 pounds of marijuana was seized by the Nebraska State Troopers on I-80 this 4th of July weekend. The three separate traffic stops occurred in Sarpy County, east of Grand Island and eastbound near Kearney.

On Thursday, July 3, 2008, a 1998 Honda Accord with Illinois plates was stopped for Following Too Close on eastbound I-80 near mm 437, in Sarpy County, Nebraska. The trooper’s K-9 indicated an odor of drugs coming from the vehicle. A search of the car led to the seizure of 220 lbs. of marijuana. The driver of the vehicle, 31-year-old Lazaro Cuen Alverez of San Jose, California and a passenger 30-year-old Gustavo Colunga Luna of Keizer, Oregon were both lodged in the Sarpy County Jail on charges of Possession of Marijuana with Intent to Deliver.

On Friday, July 4, 2008, a grey 2001 GMC with Arizona plates for speeding on eastbound I-80 near mm 315 on I-80 just east of Grand Island, in Hall County, Nebraska. The trooper was given consent to search the vehicle. The search led to the seizure of 89.7 lbs. of marijuana. The driver of the vehicle, 69-year-old Aurelio Vergara of Glendale, Arizona and a passenger 59-year-old Maria Vergara also of Glendale, Arizona, were both lodged in the Hall County Jail on Possession of Marijuana with Intent to Deliver.

On Saturday, July 5, 2008, yielded 35 lbs of marijuana. A 2008 Pontiac Grand Prix was stopped for speeding near Kearney in Buffalo County, Nebraska. A NSP canine indicated the odor of drugs coming from the vehicle. A search of the car led to the seizure of 35 lbs. of marijuana. The driver of the vehicle, 26-year-old John Eisel the IV, of Rockville, Maryland was lodged in the Buffalo County Detention Center on a charge of Possession of Marijuana with Intent to Deliver.

Why is eastbound so significant? Well, drug mules travel up through northbound routes and hit I-80 to drive east. Most drugs passing through on I-80 come from the Southwest (from Texas to California) headed for Chicago.

Many drugs are going to Chicago, but authorities along I-80 also have stopped traffickers heading to the East Coast and other cities such as Rockford, Ill., Detroit and Milwaukee.

Interstate I-80 is a major drug corridor for narcotics being shipped east from the West Coast. With the exception of Pottawattamie County in western Iowa, which had a large number of arrests and seizures in 2007, no other county along the 461-mile stretch from Council Bluffs, Iowa, to Chicago have seen nearly as many drug seizures as Henry County, Ill.. In fact, more arrests occur there than in any other county along I-80 from Chicago to the Nebraska border.

Troopers have pulled bags of cocaine, marijuana, heroin, Ecstasy, methamphetamine and other drugs out of cars, semis and motor homes. It has been found in gas tanks, air filters, tires and various compartments.

The drugs state police see most often on the interstate are cocaine from Mexico and South America, marijuana from the West Coast, Mexico and Canada, and Ecstasy, Patterson said. They also have seen more methamphetamine from Mexico now that stricter state laws make it more difficult for local meth producers to get the ingredients they need.

At any rate, there is a lot of drug traffic on I-80 and only a small portion is intercepted. So, if 345 pounds represents only about 10% (this is probably a real conservative estimate) of the drug trafficked across I-80 in Nebraska within three days, then approximately 3,105 pounds (or about 1.5 tons) got through. Drug traffickers will sometimes have more than one vehicle carrying drugs on a run, so if one is stopped, the others will get through. On the other hand, most drug money seizures are in vehicles headed back west. Duh!

At the center of all this is the vicious Mexican drug cartels and illegal Hispanic aliens with ties to these gangs. Then we have the black and Hispanic gangs on the other end that are the primary distributors.

And if that isn’t bad enough, we have “un-American” U.S. citizens that continually enable these Mexican nationals and illegal aliens to go about their dirty work and muck-up our society all in the name of “open-borders”.

EDITORS NOTE: See World-Herald version and note that the WH didn’t indicate four of the five parties were of hispanic origin!

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Postville, IA: Nearly 80 percent of the plant’s 970 employees were believed to be using fake IDs

Posted by nebraskaobserver on May 21, 2008

The Gormet Retailer – May 20, 2008

Last weeks raid by Federal immigration agents of Agriprocessors Inc., the nation’s largest kosher meatpacking plantin Postville, Iowa found nearly 80 percent of the plant’s 970 employees were believed to be using fake IDs, the Federal affidavit said, citing 2007 payroll records. Undercover sources wearing recording devices were cited by investigators in the affidavit describing instances in which supervisors instructed employees to “fix” their Social Security numbers. ….story

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Iowa: Largest number of illegal aliens to plead guilty & sentenced in one day!

Posted by nebraskaobserver on May 21, 2008

85 sentenced in Postville immigration raid
Associated Press – May 20, 2008 10:44 AM ET

WATERLOO, Iowa (AP) – Federal prosecutors say 85 people arrested in last week’s immigration raid at a meatpacking plant in Postville have been sentenced on federal charges.

They are part of a group of nearly 400 people arrested at the Agriprocessors plant.

They pleaded guilty yesterday in Waterloo. The U.S. attorney’s office says it’s the largest number of defendants to plead guilty and be sentenced in one day.

Officials say 77 pleaded guilty to using false identification to obtain employment. They admitted using the ID of an actual person and were sentenced to five months in prison and face deportation.

Eight others pleaded guilty to using a false ID to obtain employment, but those documents did not belong to an actual person. They were sentenced to five years probation and ordered out of the country.

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CASS COUNTY, IA: Wanted Calif. man arrested after long chase

Posted by nebraskaobserver on May 17, 2008

ATLANTIC — Jose Miguel Cisneros-Ballesteros, 26 and wanted in California, was arrested Tuesday by the Cass County Sheriff’s Office after a high-speed chase through three Iowa counties. A Cass County sheriff’s deputy attempted to stop a Dodge Charger with no license plates about 6:10 p.m. on Interstate 80 at the 57-mile marker. The Charger sped away. Three Iowa State Patrol troopers joined the Cass County deputy in the chase. The fleeing driver avoided spike strips set up at two locations, and the pursuit continued east on the Interstate through Adair County before ending in Dallas County just east of mile marker 110. The driver was arrested on an outstanding auto theft warrant and was being held Wednesday pending further investigation. The Iowa State Patrol, Adair County Sheriff’s Office, Dallas County Sheriff’s Office and Stuart Police Department assisted the Cass County Sheriff’s Office.

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Raid Could Make Postville A Ghost Town!

Posted by nebraskaobserver on May 15, 2008

Some sluthing around found an interesting web blog, “The Problem With the Lubavitch”. It seems that the Chabad Lubavitch, a worldwide Jewish organization headquartered in Brooklyn, N.Y. owns the Postville processing plant. The Lubavitch are very quietly anti-Israel and the established Jewish-American community does not recognize them. Without going into a lot of detail, which you can read yourself, they appear to operate with questionable business practices and outright scams to increase their profits. The town of Postville has had a history of conflict around Agriprocessors, Inc, and it’s Postville facility has a history of noncompliance with state and federal regulations related to food safety, pollution and workplace safety.

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Feds Arrest Hundreds In Iowa Over Immigration

Posted by nebraskaobserver on May 14, 2008

Postville, Iowa (AHN) – At least 300 people were arrested, mostly over illegal identity theft and illegal immigration, by federal immigration agents in northeastern Iowa at the world’s biggest meat processing plant…..story

Also, see

ftp://ftp-fc.sc.egov.usda.gov/IA/about/ImmigrationBattle.pdf

http://problemswithlubavitch.wordpress.com/2008/05/14/postville-factory-is-owned-by-the-lubavitch/

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