Gun Battles in Mexican Border Town Lead to Travel Warning From Consulate

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The border crossing from Douglas, Arizona, to Agua Prieta, Sonora, Mexico.


After a series of gun battles just across Arizona's border with Mexico, the U.S. Consulate General in Nogales has issued a travel warning.

A series of shootouts took place this weekend in Agua Prieta, Sonora, across the border from the southeastern Arizona town of Douglas, with various news outlets reporting between eight and 13 people killed.

"All information received indicates that this is probably cartel-related, with massive amounts of munitions used to include automatic weapons, 50-caliber weapons, and hand grenades," the Cochise County Sheriff's Office says in a statement.

Despite this, and the consulate saying, "It is possible that there will be additional firefights in that city," the consulate in Nogales is recommending that U.S. citizens avoid traveling in Agua Prieta only at night.

"The U.S. Consulate General in Nogales has not been able to confirm that a curfew is in effect," the message from the consulate says. "Even in the absence of an official curfew, it is a good practice to avoid non-essential travel after sunset in Agua Prieta."

According to CCSO, the Sheriff's Office got a call from someone at the Douglas Port of Entry shortly before 1 a.m. on Saturday, saying they could hear "what sounded like a gun battle with automatic weapons and possibly hand grenades south of the United States/Mexico border."

"The Port of Entry advised that the sounds lasted [about 15 minutes], and there were no requests for medical personnel or ambulances to respond to the port," according to CCSO.

While the Sheriff's Office doesn't believe this fight is going to come over the border, still taking extra steps. From CCSO:
As a proactive and precautionary measure, the Cochise County Sheriffs Office has placed personnel on a heightened state of alert which will allow for the deployment of additional personnel and the augmentation of existing personnel should it be determined that this violence may potentially spill over into the United States via Cochise County's international boundaries.

Sheriff Dannels said today, "Our information indicates that this is an internal fight within the confines of the country of Mexico and will most likely stay there, however we remain vigilant in our duty to protect our citizens at all costs. If in fact there are criminal factions that intend to bring their issues to the United States, we want to assure them that we are working closely with local, state, and federal agencies to be prepared as necessary and be successful in our mission to stop any violence from occurring in our county."
In the latest travel advisory on Mexico released by the State Department just a couple of weeks ago, it was recommended that citizens avoid non-essential travel in various places in the state of Sonora, including places near Agua Prieta. Read that warning below:
Sonora: Nogales, Puerto Peñasco, Hermosillo, and San Carlos are major cities/travel destinations in Sonora - Sonora is a key region in the international drug and human trafficking trades, and can be extremely dangerous for travelers. Travelers throughout Sonora are encouraged to limit travel to main roads during daylight hours. The region west of Nogales, east of Sonoyta, and from Caborca north, including the towns of Saric, Tubutama and Altar, and the eastern edge of Sonora bordering Chihuahua, are known centers of illegal activity and non-essential travel between these cities should be avoided. Travelers should also defer non-essential travel to the eastern edge of the State of Sonora which borders the State of Chihuahua (all points along that border east of the northern city of Agua Prieta and the southern town of Alamos), and defer non-essential travel within the city of Ciudad Obregon and south of the city of Navojoa. You should exercise caution while transiting Vicam in southern Sonora due to a roadblock instituted by local indigenous and environmental groups. In December 2013, a gun battle involving Mexican authorities and TCOs occurred in Puerto Penasco. U.S. citizens visiting Puerto Peñasco should remain vigilant, exercise caution and use the Lukeville, Arizona/Sonoyta, Sonora border crossing, in order to limit driving through Mexico.
In an article on the shootings from the Tucson Sentinel, a link was provided to a Facebook page called "Druglas Arizona," which appears to have photos and videos related to the gun battle.

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Marco Cruz
Marco Cruz

yeeeeah, real contributors to society, keep DREAMing.

sweetliberty17761776
sweetliberty17761776 topcommenter

Obama sending in more weapons to support the gangs


while he is sending in more smugglers to bring illegals into the usa

DNichols
DNichols

Sounds like a good time to plan Spring Break at Rocky Point?!

Whats at Nogales?

FRONTERA
FRONTERA

"the rooster took the gringos money"...

Danielle Cardenas
Danielle Cardenas

Jessica better pack up the truck and hit the road then eyy;)))

Marcia Pierce
Marcia Pierce

I heard... It used to be fun when I was in high school :(

Mike Vader
Mike Vader

Happens every day in PHX should we leave town

Kenny Benally
Kenny Benally

Wouldn't it be something if a super group of highly trained military merc's were sent into Mexico, undetected and infiltrated the Drug Cartels and killed them off the Heads of all of them one by one? I dream of a day when that becomes reality. What! I can dream can't I? LOL

Pilar Arias
Pilar Arias

My dad grew up in Douglas and used to cross the border all the time. This was back in the 60s, but still.

jonnyquest
jonnyquest topcommenter

It's the MRA and the Republicanos. They're to blame.

john043012
john043012 topcommenter

As long as the Mexicans are only killing their own the United States should not get involved however if it does cross the border citizens should be prepared to take action.

jonnyquest
jonnyquest topcommenter

Why, oh why, won't Mexico listen to Obama and ban those damnable assault weapons? Weapons of war have no place on the streets of Mexico.

robert_graham
robert_graham

Our troops must pull out of the Middle East and shift gears into Mexico.

eric.nelson745
eric.nelson745 topcommenter

'Course now, none of this would be happening absent the huge appetite for illegal street drugs among Americans. That said, those "massive amounts of munitions to include automatic weapons, .50 caliber weapons, and hand grenades..." are not of Mexican manufacture. Can you guess where they come from?

shadeaux14
shadeaux14

Sounds lika a job for the Seagal/Arpaio Traveling Circus. 


Come on Nickel Bag, show us what you're made of.

jonnyquest
jonnyquest topcommenter

AND IF THOSE BASTARDS DO CROSS THE BORDER, Steven Seagull will save us.

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@john043012 ... funny, you weren't singing that tune when Saddam was "killing his own" 

fishingblues
fishingblues topcommenter

@jonnyquest "listen to obama"?  Are you fucking kidding me?  Ever hear of "Fast and Furious"?  Obama and Holder were giving assault rifles to the drug lords.  Jazuz!  Some people's children.........

danzigsdaddy
danzigsdaddy topcommenter

@robert_graham  ??? so you think that the bigger threat is Mexico? you honestly think Mexico is a bigger danger than the middle east? your a special kind of stupid arent you?

james8394
james8394

@robert_graham There are recruiting offices all over the country. Go sign up. Just remember when you raise your hand and take the oath to uphold the constitution that the constitution is not an a la carte menu and you don't get to pick which parts you will defend.

jonnyquest
jonnyquest topcommenter

Cabelas has hand grenades on sale this week. 40% off!!!

valleynative
valleynative topcommenter

@eric.nelson745 

A large percentage of the illegal weapons and ammunition in Mexico comes from the Mexican military.  There's also a lot coming up from South America and from China.  A good chunk of the guns and ammo sold in the U.S. also come from South America.

robert_graham
robert_graham

@shadeaux14 Actually it sounds like a job for our Middle East troops. Pull them out of Iraq and Afghanistan and send them all into Mexico.

fishingblues
fishingblues topcommenter

@DonkeyHotay @robert_graham   WWII - the last legitimate war


Ever read "Lone Survivor" Stinky?  We lose wars because the politically correct police (read liberals) won't let us fight to win.

robert_graham
robert_graham

@valleynative@eric.nelson745 Who are you trying to fool?

DNichols
DNichols

@robert arpios apendage:

Sure idiot the Terrorists that attacked the U.S. on September 11th,  2001 were actually Mexicans in disguise right?!

I bet Mexicans are attaching Home Made Scud Missiles that run on Tequila to Burros headed towards the U.S. Border  as we speak?

What a Racist Fucking Moron you are.

jonnyquest
jonnyquest topcommenter

You're right. I struggled with a descriptive for my comment. I read some interesting articles online, complex and nuanced, regarding irony and sarcasm. But then a friend called and said "WALMART HAS 22'S!!!" and that pretty much was that.

fishingblues
fishingblues topcommenter

@jonnyquest Perhaps you should "look up irony". I think what you were going for was sarcasm.  

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@fishingblues @elmergantry71 @DonkeyHotay @robert_graham  


"Five days or five months, but it certainly isn't going to last longer." -- Donald Rumsfeld on Iraq invasion


"... something under $50 billion for the cost. How much of that would be the U.S. burden, and how much would be other countries, is an open question.” -- Donald Rumsfeld


"My belief is we will, in fact, be greeted as liberators. . . . I think it will go relatively quickly, . . . [in] weeks rather than months." -- Dick Cheney


"There’s a lot of money to pay for this ... the oil revenues of that country could bring between $50 and $100 billion over the course of the next two or three years…We’re dealing with a country that can really finance its own reconstruction, and relatively soon.” -- Paul Wolfowitz


Eat shit much, fistingblues?


elmergantry71
elmergantry71

@fishingblues @DonkeyHotay @robert_graham Screw that, buddy. That writer must be a damned moron., probably a Republican. The Viet Cong beat us fair and square. Now tell me about how we're going to be denied our rightful victories in Afghanistan and Iraq, Mr. Know-It-All.

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@fishingblues @DonkeyHotay @robert_graham  


Funny, you Armchair Chickenhawks can't even win against far smaller, poorer and weaker sovereign nations ... even when the Repuglykkkans control the Congress and Oval Office.


"Five days or five months, but it certainly isn't going to last longer." -- Donald Rumsfeld on Iraq invasion


"... something under $50 billion for the cost. How much of that would be the U.S. burden, and how much would be other countries, is an open question.” -- Donald Rumsfeld


"My belief is we will, in fact, be greeted as liberators. . . . I think it will go relatively quickly, . . . [in] weeks rather than months." -- Dick Cheney


"There’s a lot of money to pay for this ... the oil revenues of that country could bring between $50 and $100 billion over the course of the next two or three years…We’re dealing with a country that can really finance its own reconstruction, and relatively soon.” -- Paul Wolfowitz






jonnyquest
jonnyquest topcommenter

You betcha. Endorsed by Steven Seagull.

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@valleynative <== still just MAKES UP BULLSHIT to reinforce his own delusions.


Got citations and facts?


{{ cue crickets chirping }}

valleynative
valleynative topcommenter

@DonkeyHotay@valleynative 

Again, you lack critical thinking skills.  That report actually says that of the weapons that were provided to the U.S. Justice Department by Mexican authorities, 70% were from the U.S.

The Mexican authorities didn't ask the Justice Department to trace any weapons that they already knew had come from their own military, and none that they knew came from Brazil or China.


Doesn't that make sense?  Isn't it pretty obvious?

The fact that 70% of the guns the Mexicans thought had come from the U.S. actually did come from the U.S. isn't really very impressive now, is it?

 

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@valleynative


"According to U.S.Justice Department figures, 94,000 weapons were recovered from Mexican drug cartels in the five years between 2006 and 2011, of which 64,000 -- 70 percent -- came from the United States."[3] 


of which 64,000 -- 70 percent -- came from the United States.


of which 64,000 -- 70 percent -- came from the United States.


of which 64,000 -- 70 percent -- came from the United States.

valleynative
valleynative topcommenter

@DNichols 

You're calling somebody else racist while writing about Tequila powered missiles on burros?    Doesn't that seem to be at least a little bit hypocritical?


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