U.S. Consulate Issues Warning About Travel to Nogales

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Nogales, Arizona (left) and Nogales, Sonora.


The U.S. Consulate General in Nogales issued an emergency message on Sunday warning United States citizens to take the "highest precautions regarding personal safety in and around Nogales."

The message says this warning is due to "credible threat information," but as of today, Tuesday, there's been no word of what the threat is.

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Below is the entire message:
Due to credible threat information, the consulate urges US citizens to take highest precautions regarding personal safety in and around Nogales.

In order to receive the most current security information available, the U.S. Consulate General in Nogales encourages all United States Citizens living in or visiting northern Sonora to "Follow Us" on Twitter, or "Like Us" on Facebook. The Consulate will use Twitter and Facebook to disseminate regular and time sensitive information related to the security situation in northern Sonora.

We strongly recommend that U.S. citizens traveling to or residing in Mexico enroll in the Department of state's Smart Traveler Enrollment Program. STEP enrollment gives you the latest security updates, and makes it easier for the U.S. embassy or nearest U.S. consulate to contact you in an emergency. If you don't have Internet access, enroll directly with the nearest U.S. embassy or consulate.

Regularly monitor the State Department's website, where you can find current Travel Warnings, (including the Travel Warning for Mexico), Travel Alerts, and the Worldwide Caution. Read the Country Specific Information for Mexico. For additional information, refer to "A Safe Trip Abroad" on the State Department's website.

Contact the U.S. embassy or consulate for up-to-date information on travel restrictions. You can also call 1-888-407-4747 toll-free in the United States and Canada or 1-202-501-4444 from other countries. These numbers are available from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Eastern Time, Monday through Friday (except U.S. federal holidays). Follow us on Twitter and Facebook, and download our free Smart Traveler iphone App to have travel information at your fingertips.

The U.S. Consulate General in Nogales is located at Calle San José s/n Fraccionamiento los Alamos C. P. 84065 Nogales, Sonora and is open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. The main phone number for the U.S. Consulate General is 631-311-8150. If you are a U.S. citizen in need of urgent assistance, the emergency number for the U.S. Consulate General is 631-318-0723.
The Facebook and Twitter pages mentioned only include references to this message, with no additional detail.

The State Department hasn't issued a travel warning, and the last update to the travel information on Mexico came back in January. That travel warning includes nothing specific about Nogales, but about the state of Sonora in general, it says, "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."

Meanwhile, KVOA, a TV news crew in Tucson, is citing an anonymous "senior U.S. law-enforcement official," who says the threat in question was a death threat against a DEA official in Nogales, Sonora. The report says the consulate gives the public the same warnings it would give its employees, hence the warning.

Meanwhile, the Mexican newspaper El Imparcial reports five murders in Nogales, Sonora, over the past three days, including a 25-year-old Tucson resident, identified as Jorge Luis Soto. He was found dead from gunshot wounds inside his car, according to the report.

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Venn Ferguson
Venn Ferguson

Seriously? It's the only way to catch trouble. Good to know.

Venn Ferguson
Venn Ferguson

Nothing may ever happen to you. Good luck. "It won't happen to me".

Venn Ferguson
Venn Ferguson

You're right. Except that ITS A DIFFERENT COUNTRY WITH A DIFFERENT GOVERNMENT WITH DIFFERENT LAWS. so yeah, not bad.

Venn Ferguson
Venn Ferguson

If you like playing slots at the Rez casinos then you probably feel safe enough traveling across the southern border. Yeah Rosendo, go with "it won't happen to me".

Quentin Dampier
Quentin Dampier

Ak? Huh? No no I only carry that when I go to chipotle on central or 7th ave and mcdowell just case someone fucks up my steak burrito because it's that serious.

Alex Johns
Alex Johns

Have fun. Take your AK47 to protect yourself.

Jeff Guymon
Jeff Guymon

Statistically that is incorrect! You have to look at per capita statistics. Phoenix is a much larger city than Nogales. Not to mention that any outsider (who has no affiliation with a small town) ends up getting killed, that is very statistically dangerous! The police are corrupt as well!

Marcelino Coppola
Marcelino Coppola

just another ignorant scare tactic, yes there are parts in mexico that are in turmoil but the tourist destinations i.e. Rocky Point, Cabo, ETC. ARE SAFE

La Tigra Laveroynomas
La Tigra Laveroynomas

ITS b.s. ALWAYS Some THINGS To MAKE Americans have a bias view, really look at the shooting in Ca. Y not say don't travel to Ca you'll get shoot...

Javi Mendez
Javi Mendez

LOL Mexico is great. You only catch trouble if you look for it. That is just my take on things.

Quentin Dampier
Quentin Dampier

Another fear based report. Im noticing that the 4 years I've lived in phoenix and while traveling to mexico quite often that is seem that when the summer months are here, these reports come out to scare people into not taking their tourist dollar down. How can you address violence in another city, country for that matter when phoenix is full of stomped on idiots that do the same if not worse here? Whatever I think I'll go down to my place this weekend just for the hell of it.

Kenny Mclain
Kenny Mclain

Weird because abc says it's ok to travel to Nogales. Lmao not that I believe their journalism.

legallybrownvet
legallybrownvet

People you need to understand something, these people you read about are 100% in some drug related activity that put them in this situation. As a US veteran of mexican descent living here in Nogales for 3 years I can affirm this. I have yet to hear of a normal citizen not involved in illicit goings on that has had anything happen to them. Sure the executions I hear about and i have almost witnessed are gruesome and you would think would serve as a deterrent but alas it continues. i personally have walked almost all of the city at late hours just returning from a visit and have yet to be accosted or even approached by the criminal elements. I don't drink or smoke or use drugs, nor do i go to parties and have never set foot in a bar. So any normal citizen or tourist can feel relatively safe being here. Heck not even drivebys occur here. thwy just have the person selected and walk right up to the vehicle and do their execution right in plain daylight , no crossfire to speak of. Just yesterday i was right in the parking lot of the Kentucky Fried chicken where those 3 were shot as i have been there many times. This happened at 2pm with people all around.


Oh incidently here is the local article on that shooting. Of course, it is in Spanish but want you to see the pics. The Mcdonalds is right behind the photographer. People in the walk up ramps gawking. Place is busy and yet no bystanders were injured.

http://nuevodia.com.mx/wp-content/uploads/2014/05/1A-25-MAYO-2014.pdf 

JoeArpaioFan
JoeArpaioFan

Pull out all our troops from the Middle East and send them to the Mexican border because there is a bigger treat there than in Iraq or Afghanistan.  Close the borders -- don't let anybody enter or leave.

james8394
james8394

Nogales pass has been a trade route since pre columbian times. That the trade is now drugs and cheap labor is what needs to be addressed by a congress that actually does the job they are supposed to do. 


My fellow Americans, is it possible to look inwards and realize that a lot of us, actually contribute to these problems? I'm certain I'm going to be blasted on this board but just consider, if this is such a great nation, why do so many seek escape through drugs?


All thoughtful analysis welcome.

Ponder
Ponder

Is the senior law enforcement official working undercover and had his identity released by Obama's staff?

andale
andale

people still go to the shithole to our south, sometimes referred to as mexico? weird.

azweasel
azweasel

Spoken like a true twit.

SeedyWard
SeedyWard

@arizonanewtimes.com Damn, that would resemble the old USSR, wouldn't it? Come to think of it, our borders are starting to resemble the Iron Curtain, aren't they?

danzigsdaddy
danzigsdaddy topcommenter

Completely obvious you never served. Great threat assessment twit.

SeedyWard
SeedyWard

@james8394 Best of luck getting the US Congress to do anything constructive. Last I checked they were still bogged down in Benghazi and Obamacare. 

eric.nelson745
eric.nelson745 topcommenter

@Ponder Only Dubya's staff (namely his Uncle Dick) did things like that.

SeedyWard
SeedyWard

@andale I haven't lately due in part to the new passport requirement. Haven't gotten around to renewing my passport. i like Mexico OK, just not the US side with all of its police state horse shit. Also, Arizona is a shit hole, too. That state of affairs is not limited to Mexico.

Original-American
Original-American

@andale Yes and most of them are gullible white Americans, besides the usual Mexicans who have "familia" on both sides of the border.
Other non-white Americans have no business nor interests going into Mexico.

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