El Paso - United States

El Paso is the seat of El Paso County in the U.S. state of Texas and part of the American Southwest. According to the 2006 U.S. Census population estimates, the city had a population of 609,415. It is the sixth-largest city in Texas and the 21st-largest city in the United States, as well as the 7th fastest growing large city in the nation from 2000-2006. Its metropolitan area covers all of El Paso County, a portion of Hudspeth County and part of southern Dona Ana County, New Mexico. The metropolitan area has a population of 736,310.It stands on the Rio Grande (Río Bravo del Norte), across th

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Zoe :

More and more Mexico drugs are coming here is this because with more and more illegals aliens this also brings increases in drugs,crimes.Is EL PASO THE GATEWAY FOR DRUGS? EL Paso set's the tone.Bridge inspectors seize 1,667 pounds of pot (5:18 p.m.) By Louie Gilot / El Paso Times El Paso bridge inspectors made their second-largest drug bust of the year Tuesday at the Bridge of the Americas commercial cargo facility when they found 1,677 pounds of marijuana in a shipment of light fixtures, Customs and Border Protection officials said. The estimated street value of the drugs is $1.7 million. No arrests were made. Drug smugglers are increasingly attempting to cross narcotics strapped to the bodies of passengers in vehicles at the international bridges in El Paso, U.S. Customs and Border Protection officials said. The latest reported seizure occurred about 8 p.m. Tuesday at the Paso del Norte Bridge when two Juárez women were found with a total of 32 pounds of cocaine hidden in girdles they were wearing, federal officials said. The women were passengers in a 1993 Buick Century. "It used to be very rare, almost never seen, that someone would have dope strapped to their body when they were in a vehicle. It used to be mostly pedestrians coming in the (pedestrian) line" with contraband on their bodies, Customs and Border Protection spokesman Roger Maier said. Maier said border inspectors in the past 12 months have seen an upward trend in similar smuggling attempts. An exact number of cases was not immediately available. The girdle cases have involved both men and women. The drug is usually cocaine, which has a higher dollar value than marijuana."It's another thing the officers have to focus on, another threat," Maier said. In the Tuesday incident, an officer at an inspection booth at the Paso del Norte Bridge became suspicious when some of the occupants in the car were nervous and had a bulky appearance, officials said. The Buick was sent to secondary inspection. An officer spotted a bundle in the waistband of one of the women as she got out of the car. A drug-sniffing dog reacted to that woman's seat in the car. A subsequent pat-down search of the women led to the discovery of the cocaine. Photos provided by Customs and Border Protection showed that both women had large builds. Martha Alicia Rincon Marquez, 36, was allegedly wearing a girdle with five bundles weighing a total of 13.1 pounds of cocaine. Maria Del Carmen Castro Lucero, also 36, allegedly had five bundles totaling 18.9 pounds of cocaine, Customs and Border Protection officials said. The cocaine has an estimated street value of $640,000. "This important and sizeable seizure was the direct result of a diligent and focused CBP officer performing a thorough primary inspection," CBP El Paso Port Director David Longoria said in a news release. An investigation continues.

sealRborders :
"hOWS YOUR RASH DOING? DID YOU GET THAT TAKEN CARE OF?"
Tegeras :
"Too much of a political rant to read but I will answer the first paragraph. Illegal drugs, who buys them? Why are they so much in demand? Is it because all of the illegals want them? Yeah lets get rid of them all so the drug problem will stop....yeah right. Other than that....please ask a question and do not make a statement that is a mile long. What you are doing is just stating an opinion and cutting/pasting stuff like there is no tomorrow which has nothing to do with what this site is about. There are other sites you can go to to complain to your hearts delight."
old lady :
"The problem is not with Mexico or the Mexicans. The problem is with the drug trade. As long as drugs are illegal, there will be vast profits to be made from providing them for people who want them. If drugs were legalized, the illegal market would vanish, and so would the drug traffic. Tobacco and alcohol are already legal, and provide vast revenues for the government. Why not legalize pot and other popular drugs and let the profits from that trade be put to good use, rather than lining the pockets of the drug lords?"
pinksunsets :
"Actually more and more drugs come into this country bc people DEMAND them. It's called supply and demand. Yes, the poor and desperate are more willing to risk jail to sell them but lets not forget that someone is always ready to replace the seller. Your an American and it's called capitalism, get with the program. P.S. Ecstasy comes mainly from Europe but I guess you're not complaining about that bc they are not brown."
Bart S :
"People moving drugs around the world seem to come in all shapes, sizes, races and ages. I think we knew that already."
bocoo_man :
"This is nothing as to the amount that has not been seized. This was just a decoy so that the real contra band was able to cross the border with no problems. The bribes rule the day."
Nancy F :
"Is there a question here somewhere... try to be interesting... tell us more about the pool boy."
nora22000 :
"No. Los Gatos Hills sets the tone and gives us what we can expect from continued illegal immigration. A lot of them aren't even bothering to import the drugs anymore. They just grow them here. Note that no US citizens were perpetrators. It was supposed to be a fairly typical bust on the second day in the annual marijuana-eradication season by statewide officials -- but it turned deadly and anything but routine. By day's end Friday, one suspect lay dead in the rugged hills after a gunbattle, one Fish and Game warden was shot by an accomplice guarding the pot field -- the first shooting of an agent in the 21-year history of the raids -- and authorities had seized as many as 50,000 plants, much more than they found during all of last year, investigators said. Camouflaged sheriff's deputies carrying rifles scoured the steep hills above Los Gatos all day and throughout the night searching for another suspect who fled the early-morning raid. Authorities were to continue the search today. "They're being more confrontational because there's a lot more marijuana out there," said Bob Cooke, special agent in charge of the California Department of Justice Bureau of Narcotic Enforcement in San Jose. One suspect has been killed in raids each of the past two years, and agents have been shot at -- but never hit, Cooke said. Fish and Game Warden Kyle Kroll, a 25-year-old Mountain View resident, was struck by a bullet that went through both his legs. Kroll, who has been a warden for two years, underwent surgery at Valley Medical Center in San Jose during the morning and was expected to recover, authorities said. The incident began early Friday when half a dozen officers from several agencies assembled at 5 a.m. and drove up the mountain to the end of Wagner Road. They hiked for 1 1/2 hours to land that is closed to the public but where thousands of mature marijuana plants had been spotted by sheriff's deputies in helicopters on Mount Umunhum. The land is owned by the Midpeninsula Regional Open Space District. About 7 a.m., officers encountered two armed men who apparently had been guarding the crop, said Terrance Helm, spokesman for the Santa Clara County Sheriff's Department. Details of what happened next were scarce because radio communications were poor in the remote area and crime scene investigators had to be airlifted by chopper to the scene, Helm said. Gunfire broke out between the pot guards and the officers, and one of the guards was hit while the other man ran. All available deputies in the county were summoned to Los Gatos Christian Church near the base of the mountain, which was headquarters for the operation throughout the day, Helm said. Kroll was airlifted off the mountain while a SWAT team swarmed in and blocked off the area around the injured suspect. By the time medical workers arrived, the man had died, Helm said. Information on the man was not available from the coroner, who also had to be airlifted to the scene. Investigators said they hadn't assembled a detailed description of the men. "It makes no sense," Helm said of the shootout. "Generally, when they know law enforcement is coming, they flee. They generally don't shoot it out with the cops." The eradication project is run by the Campaign Against Marijuana Planting, a program of the California Department of Justice. CAMP has five teams that work throughout the state trying to locate and destroy marijuana plants, which are starting to be harvested this time of year. In all of 2004, authorities seized 6,026 marijuana plants in Santa Clara County during raids like the one Friday. But if the high estimate of Friday's raid holds, authorities will in two days have seized more than eight times what they did in the county for all of last year, according to CAMP statistics. A separate raid Thursday resulted in the seizure of 5,000 plants from Big Basin State Park north of Santa Cruz, Cooke said. Last year, authorities destroyed 621,315 plants statewide. The harvest season, when the raids are conducted, runs through the end of September. The farm raided Friday was much larger than authorities initially thought. They suspected that up to 10,000 plants were being grown on two or three acres -- but as the helicopters scanned the area looking for the suspect, they discovered the swath to actually be about a mile long, Cooke said, and it could yield up to 50,000 plants. The plants stand between 4 and 7 feet tall. People planting marijuana in the area probably chose it because it was closed to the public, said John Maciel, operations manager for the Midpeninsula Regional Open Space District. Signs denoting the closed portion, which is under planning for recreational development, are posted throughout the area, he said. Each plant is worth about $4,000 in street sales, Cooke said -- meaning that if there are indeed 50,000 plants of high quality, the crop could be worth $200 million. Most of the large-scale marijuana-growing operations in California are run out of Mexico, though it was unclear Friday whose plants were on the mountain and where they would have been sold. Cooke estimated that it would take a dozen people to cultivate the crop on Mount Umunhum. Officers from the California Highway Patrol, the California Division of Forestry, the Santa Clara County Sheriff's Department, the Department of Fish and Game, and the San Jose Police Department worked out of the church-based command post. Four helicopters were being used in the search, and late Friday, a helicopter carried a large load of marijuana down from the mountain in a net. E-mail the writers at and."
DAR :
"I could go on at length about El Paso, and may, some other time. However, right now I just want to say that after the election some Senators are pushing to have the fence bill amended so the communities involved on the border would have say where the fence goes. Letting sanctuary cities like El Paso have say where the fence goes is like giving an alcoholic the keys to the liquor store."
Rick C :
"I read the whole article and I still can't find what this have to do with illegal inmigration.Can you explain to us what illegals have to do with this? And, do you have any idea who will be the final consumer of this drugs? Have a good day!!"
Kong IAMKING :
"Tegeras, you're the man of the hour! I won't bother reading all the nonsense either and wish if you're going to post to summarize. Along those lines, it's like this: supply and demand. The United States is the biggest consumer of drugs being smuggled in. Did you know Colombians do not have a drug problem? Google it. Touche, Rick C!"
oscar :
"I lived in El Paso in the 1960s and it was a war zone then. I am sure it has progressed to worse by now. There were lots of Mexicans. I don't know if they were legal or not. It was not what I would call a safe place to live. Lots of tension between the Gringo and the ............whatever you were to call Mexicans then. So as things progress it looks like you won't have to go to El Paso to find this lifestyle. El Paso will come to you. Oh by the way, I am afraid that you and people of your racist school will have to quit addressing theories that make sense and have come to pass. Liberals are offended by your way of thinking. Same goes for me. The reason being, we think alike."
Carol R :
"This is just another rant. Were your exboyfriend or current illegal special friend involved in this drug smuggling? Maybe you are reporting it in a way to get back at your exboyfriend. Most people didn't want to read your cut-and-paste job rant anyhow."
Zoe :

Figures released Tuesday by the U.S. Census Bureau showed that El Paso County was the third-poorest in the nation. According to the federal registry, a family of five lives in poverty if the household income is less than $23,400. For a family of three, the income poverty line is $16,600 a year. A detailed look at El Paso's poverty numbers shows that 40 percent of all children younger than 18 live in poverty and that children living in households headed by single mothers are the worst off. Tonie Ponce-Kreye is the principal at the School-Age Parent Center in the El Paso Independent School District. The center is a high-school campus for pregnant girls. About 500 students are enrolled in the program, which is for EPISD students.

MEXICAN BANDIDO :
"BIASED STATISTICS"
JD :
"Wheres angela R When You Need Her ?? LOL Rock On Zoe ;-)"
kysure Soshay :
"peace sells but who's buying? truth sells but its the lies their buying. people actually believe illegal immigration does not hurt this country, all I can say is do you know why your medical insurance is so high, do you know why high school grads have a hard time getting a job. do you know why they have Mexican flags a waving and I love Mexico bumper stickers... because of Mexicans invading the USA with the mind set of organizing to take back the south west. they actually believe its still part of Mexico."
Alberto :
"Only your ignorant friends that believe that Nachos are taking over Hot Dogs ae the ones to believe your lies. ZOE EVERYTHING YOU SAY IS A LIE AND YOUVE BEEN CAUGHT BEFORE. WHAT MAKES YOU THINK THA PEOPLE IN THEIR RIGHT MIND ARE BELIEVING YOUR MADE UP LIES. BESIDES DID YOUR HOT LATINO LOVER LIVES IN EL PASO OR WHAT? YOU SEEM TO HAVE SOMETHING PERSONAL AGAINST IT."
oldfart :
"El Paso is the toilet dump for the trash."
sqwirlsgirl :
"I agree with JD."
jack jr :
"I don't think that it is just El Paso. If you take a look at the entire southwest region of the country, you would find similar statistics. The statistics are mainly due to the rise in illegal immigration. I wouldn't go so far as to say that it is a "failed illegal immigration". The illegals are coming into this country and living much better than they were in Mexico. That doesn't really sound like much of a failure for them, but it does show that there needs to be much stricter enforcement of border controls."
Zoe :

Who else claims El Paso Free Of Crime? angela R and Alberto both claim any news in the EL PASO sun is nothing but pure lies. Alberto maintains last major crime in EL Paso is ever 200 hundred resilting from a parking ticket. angela R claims El Paso is the 3rd richest city in America the average cost of house is well over 150 $ angela's hubby Albero leave doors unlocxked, keys in car.Alberto claims El Paso has no law he knows of $ 99k sitting in bank in case the law dogs are ever need if for crime. Ang shows el paso have none . zero. ELPaso savest cito BTW angela R I reported your nasty e-mail talking about vet's only homeless from drugs and how dareyou insult my parents, cussed them out like shook down U.S.A.You keep saying I am Foxes wife. You report - I repory angela I report u leave your smell like an alley cat. Mexicans are stealing VETS JOBS DISPITE UR CLAIM NONE ARE

gAbster :
"huh?"
stump :
"yeah i have been to el paso alot and crime free is not a term i would use for that city. and where did she read it is the 3rd richest city?"
Nancy F :
"your late.. its over.. Angela don't even respond to her.. she is stirring the pot.. and frankly I think everyone is tired of it."
hayleylov :
"hey Zoe can you give us a link to their statements?"
rollodecriente :
"There is no a single city that is completely free of crime. Ditto."
scubadog35 :
"Ive been to every state in our nation. I can say Ive been to "most" cities over 200,000 people. In all my travels, El Paso is the biggest arm pit Ive ever been to. I say we give it to Mexico."
sly :
"There is no such place as a city without crime.... El Paso has proven to have less crime than many other cities with that much population even with it being right next to the border.."
foxnews/airamerica2006 :
"I live in the top 10 most livable cities. We have crime. No one could have zero crime, especially in El Paso. That is a very broad statement having been made. source: aboon bays re ay oming cay atch way. :) ~Add on~ Angela R and Monkey NANCY.. you two are the only ones I see stirring your damm pots and calling ppl out. Both of you are baboons to say the least... See how ineffective name calling is?"
princess_29_71 :
"BRAVO!!! ANALa R wouldn't know the truth if it bit her in the as s cheek!! I don't care how credible the news source is, she will say it's slanted or biased. Yet, she NEVER brings any facts or credibility to her "debate." This girl is so racist against whites but does she love to whine about how pobre all her opressed amigos are.....give me a break!! She is a total fake! Thank you for bringing this to everyone's attention and let me say, I agree with you. If I could, I would shake your hand. Anala, it looks like you have been made a fool of AGAIN!! What did you tell me...."Paybacks a beotch!" I guess you would know...."
Alberto :
"There you go with your lies again Zoe. Why dont you just say the truth? When did Angela or myself say that El Paso is a crime free city? NEVER. When did I say anything about a parking ticket or that I leave my car unlocked? Third richest city in America? $99 k? I think it hurts you that you can only put people down with just plain lies. Dont you have a real argument like most people do here? Why dont you tell everyone here about the lie that you got caught with? ZOE GOT CAUGHT IN A HUGE LIE AND ANGELA PROOVE IT TO HER WITH REAL FACTS. THAT IS WHY SHES SO MAD AT ANGELA AND MYSELF. HERE'S THE PROOF. YOU GOT CAUGT AGAIN IN A LIE ZOE!!!! LMAO!!!! "
hadenough :
"First of all I answered something like this before. El Paso has less crime than many--because they have more police than New York per square mile. Who pays for that? The rest of Texas! They had so much crime at one time-something had to be done. Who wouldn't love the ratio they have of law enforcement? But The rest of the States had to pick up the tab that was needed in other benefits. I would like to see more law enforcement where I live too-but my local government wants to pay for other things--and not let others carry our debt. El Paso's local government doesn't care about being a burden in other areas-as long as they can say we live in a low crime area. Corruption! If they Had to cover everything including their county's benefits (which is State) they would lose their law enforcement down to nothing. I guess you can say-they can thank the whole State of Texas for carry them so they can live better. One nice thing is Texas itself knows they will have to start making cuts (they can't cover much longer and other States have their own problems). I am waiting to see the crying-than! If some want too-Do your own homework on web--I did it a long time ago. By the way--I have see lies from some here--big ones-whoopers! source for Fox o day our yay wn oway ork way Add on Angelo-Gutter Rat-please read Al's post-so your brain isn't over taxed. Your answer is there. And try to think for a change. Please go back to the trailer."
de rak :
"I dunno."
Renegade. :
"I think that this is a valid argument, For not typing and drinking. Good fight though. DING! Round two!"
Hold em Rox :
"I have been to El Paso one time and let's just say ONCE was enough!! My old boss had a brand new car ....still had paper plates and was stolen right out of the hotel parking lot !! I said I would not ever go back there and I was serious. The cop who did the report said it was most likely already in Mexico, and we would never see it (car) again !!! Now granted this was at least 10 + years ago, but you know the saying The first impression is a Lasting impression........"

 

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bravely
Date: 2008-03-26 21:23:35

Tequila is famous around the world for its unique taste and bouquet. El Paso’s Dos Lunas brand is all set to unveil the Dos Lunas Grand Reserve. An aged tequila of 10 years, then carefully poured into hand-blown Baccarat decanters. The price tag is a staggering $2,500 a bottle.


bluearrow
Date: 2008-03-26 21:23:35

So many El Paso art galleries are closing - it's like an epidemic.


ahmershuja
Date: 2008-03-26 21:23:35

The report deals with a privately run prison for detained immigrants that is being built in southern New Mexico. It also discusses the troubling conditions faced by detained immigrants in New Mexico and the El Paso area in western Texas. These issues are sadly underreported and they represent a growing problem in this country.


daniegb123
Date: 2008-03-26 21:23:35

EL PASO, Texas - At least 15 military service members or their relatives are believed to have been infected with hepatitis by a nurse suspected of stealing their painkillers during surgery...




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