EL PASO, TX
At least 20 people were killed and at least 26 more people were injured when a man walked into a local Wal Mart store inside of the Cielo Vista Mall and opened fire with an assault rifle on Saturday morning.
21-year old Patrick Cruisus
According to USA Today (@USAToday), the shooter has been identified as 21-year old Patrick Cruisus. Police reported finding a “manifesto” belonging to the suspect. The manifesto was allegedly written hours, or even minutes before the shooting. The manifesto was posted online to 8chan, an online message board frequented by racist, extremist, and conspiracy theorists. In the manifesto, Cruisus allegedly wrote about his act of domestic terrorism being “a response to the Hispanic invasion of Texas.” Cruisus lives in a Dallas suburb more than 650 miles away from El Paso where he committed the act of domestic terrorism. It’s likely that he traveled more than 650 miles with one purpose in mind. After killing 20 people or more, Cruisus was taken into police custody alive and unharmed.
El Paso sits along the border with neighboring Juarez Mexico just on the other side. The nearby city of Las Cruces, New Mexico, form an area of the largest bilingual, bi-national population in North America. Mexico’s President, Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, said three Mexican nationals were among the 20 people killed in the act of domestic terrorism. And at least six others were among the 26 reported injured in the massacre. Reports have surfaced that many of the injured refused treatment out of fear of being met by I.C.E as they arrived at the hospital.
Two sergeants from Texas’ Department Of Criminal Justice found more than they bargained for when they went to pick up 45 boxes of bananas that were being donated to the department. As the sergeants began picking up the boxes, they quickly noticed that something wasn’t quite right. People Magazine (@people) reported, there was nearly $18 million worth of cocaine packaged in with the fruit.
“Sometime life gives you lemons. Sometimes it gives you bananas.” The department joked on their official Facebook page after the discovery.
The cocaine was hidden beneath the bundles of bananas. The sergeants contacted U.S. customs, who ran a test on the white substance and confirmed that it was cocaine. 540 packages were discovered with an estimated street value of just under $18 million. It’s not clear who sent the cocaine or who was supposed to pick it up. One thing is clear though…..somebody f*cked up! Big time!
WEBB COUNTY, TEXAS
35-year old Border Patrol Agent, David Ortiz was taken into custody by the Webb County PD on Saturday. Ortiz is a suspect in the killing of four people and the aggravated kidnapping of a fifth person, a woman who managed to escape her captor.
CNN (@cnn) reported, the bodies of the four deceased (one male and three females), had been discovered over the course of the past two weeks, according to sheriff’s spokesperson, Eduardo Chapa.
“This case broke open yesterday with an aggravated kidnapping and then a lookout for the suspect, in this case, Ortiz.” Webb County district attorney, Isidro R. “Chilo” Alaniz said.
Chapa said Ortiz was picked up along Interstate 35 in Laredo early on Saturday morning. The female that was kidnapped managed to escape. According to authorities, she had a gun pulled on her during the abduction, but managed to get away from Ortiz. The woman immediately went to authorities. She provided them with a description of the suspect and the white pick-up truck that led police to Ortiz.
“We have very strong evidence that he is the person who has been killing.” The sheriff said at a press conference Saturday afternoon.
A man born in Texas who rose to the very top of the drug-trafficking food chain in Mexico, has been sentenced to 50-years in prison and ordered to forfeit over $192 million.
The Guardian (@guardian) reported, Edgar Valdez Villarreal a.k.a. “La Barbie” because of his light eyes and complexion, was sentenced to 49 years and one month in federal prison on Monday. He was also ordered to forfeit over $192 million. The feds estimate of the value of the cocaine Barbie trafficked into the US.
Valdez was accused of bringing truckloads of coke into the US from Mexico. And bringing truckloads of money into Mexico that came from the US.
Valdez was arrested in Mexico in 2010. In September of 2015 Valdez was extradited to the United States along with 13 co-defendants. Valdez pleaded guilty to drug trafficking, money laundering, and conspiracy to distribute cocaine charges in January of 2016.
Valdez was born in Laredo, Texas, along the Mexico border. Valdez was a middle class kid whose father was a nightclub owner. Valdez started selling drugs as a low-level street dealer when he was still in high school. He ended up rising to the top of the ranks in the Beltran Leyva Organization (BLO) during the era when the gang’s leaders were associated with Juan “El Chapo” Guzman and the Sinaloa drug cartel, according to prosecutors.