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Is the Border Patrol racial profiling?

Federal agents have increased their presence in the Spokane area in what some believe is an overreaching effort to combat illegal immigration at a local level.

Officials with the U.S. Border Patrol say they’re not specifically targeting illegal immigrants and that their presence at police stops in the Spokane County area is part of an ongoing partnership with local law enforcement.

But a Seattle-based immigrant rights group alleges border patrol agents are responding to calls even when their presence is not necessary, simply because they suspect someone may be an illegal immigrant.

“Only people who are Spanish speakers or are perceived to be Spanish speakers are the ones being questioned,” said Jorge Barón, executive director of the Northwest Immigrant Rights Project

Read the rest of my story here.

Police: Man stole cop car to be deported

JEROME, Idaho (AP) — Police in Idaho say a man who asked authorities to arrest and deport him to Mexico stole a squad car after his request was denied.

The Idaho Mountain Express reports that 38-year-old Guadalupe Cruz-Vasquez went to the Jerome County Sheriff's office Monday night and demanded to be deported.

Police Sgt. Duane Rubink says authorities declined to take the Jerome resident into custody, so he walked to a nearby police station, broke the window of a squad car and drove away with the vehicle.

Rubink says a cell phone inside the vehicle helped police track its location near Carey, but police didn't need to stop it: The car ran out of gas.

He says after that, Cruz-Vasquez finally got his wish.

Feds: Trucker helped illegal immigrant

A Canadian truck driver is accused of trying to help a man illegally cross the international border into Boundary County, Idaho.

Border patrol agents spotted Brian Meszarosi trying to pick up Darwin S. Canonizado on Highway 1 just south of the border on Oct. 12.

Meszarosi, recognized by agents as wood chip hauler who frequently crosses the border, said he met Canonizado at a small gas station just west of Creston, B.C., and agreed to help him get into the United States for $500, according to an affidavit prepared by investigators.

Meszarosi was to pick up Canonizado after the Philippines native crossed the border on foot and Meszarosi in his truck, investigators wrote. Meszarosi was to then drive Canonizado to Spokane, investigators wrote. Canonizado told investigators he is a Filipino citizen whose Canadian work VISA is set to expire. He hoped to find employment in California.

Meszarosi and Canonizado are in the Boundary County Jail. Their ages were not available.

Cocaine, guns, $10,000 seized in Grant Co.

More than a 1 1/2 pounds of cocaine was seized last week in Grant County.

Investigators found the drugs, along with three guns, on Sept. 6 while searching two homes - one in Quincy and one in Moses Lake - and arresting four people, the Grant County Sheriff’s Office announced Tuesday.

The first search in the 300 block of E Street NE in Quincy recovered about 18 ounces of cocaine. Investigators also seized a late-model BMW convertible and a 2002 Toyota Camry.

Arrested on charges of possession of cocaine with intent to deliver were Felix Torres Maciel, 34, of Moses Lake, and Cesar Alejandro Ayala, 36, of Quincy.

Another search in the 9000 block of Road H. 6 in Moses Lake seized more than eight ounces of cocaine, two semi-automatic handguns, a .22 caliber rifle and more than $10,000.

Suspected illegal immigrants Ricardo Pimentel Maciel, 60, and Estella Torres Maciel, 58, were arrested on charges of possession of a controlled substance and alien in possession of a firearm.

2 arrested after raids net drugs, 15 guns

An interagency drug team arrested two men in Grant County this week on gun and drug charges.

Illegal immigrant Manuel Alvarez-Meraz, 36, (right) was arrested early Tuesday with marijuana and 13 guns during a raid at 13497 Road B.8 SE, near Royal City.

Along with nine semi-auto handguns, investigators seized two shotguns and a .22 caliber rifle, police seized $29,850 in cash, a 2002 Cadillac Escalade and a 2004 Hyundai Accent.

Arrested in Othello that same time was Marco A. Hernandez-Herrera, 32, an illegal immigrant suspected of identity theft and forgery, according to a news release. Investigators seized a two handguns, a 2002 Avalanche SUV, $2,040 in cash during a raid at 515 Rose Drive #5.

Hernandez-Herrera faces two counts of alien in possession of a firearm, along with forgery, identity theft, marijuana and methamphetamine charges.

Bust targets drugs, guns, illegal immigrants

A two-day gang sweep in Grant County that authorities said arrested violent criminals targeted mostly illegal immigrants and felons wanted for probation violations.

Law enforcement seized Ecstasy, methamphetamine and marijuana and suspected stolen property, including guns, and arrested 32 people, 11 of whom had previously been deported but returned to the country illegally, said John Turley, Grant County undersheriff. 

In light of a news release from the U.S. Marshals Office, Turley clarified that none of the warrants involved homicide charges, and that gang members wanted for attempted murder in Grant County have not been arrested.

Among those arrested was a teenage gang member injured in a fatal shooting in March between Mattawa and Beverly. Carlos D. Leyva, 17, was killed; the boy was shot in the ankle. He was arrested this week with an illegal shotgun, marijuana and ammo, Turley said.

The sweep arrested members of rival gangs, including a suspected leader, Arthur Frank Cardenas, 31, on a probation violation. Cardenas is pictured at left.

Pictured above, left to right and top to bottom:

Juan R. Baeza, Josue E. Trinidad, Jose Ruvio Lopez. Edgar A. Sanchez, Santiago Gonzalez Herrejon, Alfredo Garay.

Read my full story on the bust here.

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