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MondayMay 20, 2013

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Reggaeton Singer Yomo Unhurt in Puerto Rico Shootout, Companion Shot Multiple Times

Reggaeton Singer Yomo Unhurt in Puerto Rico Shootout, Companion Shot Multiple Times

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Puerto Rican reggaeton star Yomo was unhurt in a shootout that occurred Monday on a busy highway in San Juan in which a woman who was traveling with the singer was wounded multiple times, police said.

Authorities said that the 32-year-old singer, whose real name is Jose Alberto Torres Abreu, was in an automobile with several other people when unknown gunmen opened fire on the vehicle near the old Oso Blanco jail.

Amarys Ortiz Morales, 22, was wounded by the gunfire but is expected to survive.

Yomo and other reggaeton singers were returning from a performance at Logan’s to collect funds to pay the funeral expenses of the son of music producer O’Neill.

Yomo launched his career with the album “Sangre Nueva,” produced by Naldo, in which nine reggaeton singers participated with established rappers such as Daddy Yankee, Don Omar, Wisin and Yandel and Zion.

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DEVELOPING:  Oklahoma City Tornado Leaves at Least 37 Dead, Death Toll Expected to Climb

As many as 37 people have been reported dead after a gigantic tornado more than three km (1.8 mi.) in diameter ravaged the area south of Oklahoma City on Monday, destroying or heavily damaging numerous homes and at least schools, according to media reports.

Local KFOR television reported that four people had died, among them a boy, while CNN and NBC reported that there had been 10 fatalities.

While the state’s medical examiner’s office is reporting 37 fatalities with the death toll expected to rise.

Images of the devastation broadcast by KFOR show serious damage to many homes and at least two schools, while emergency teams are looking for survivors and additional bodies in the area.

It is feared that there may be people trapped in the ruins of their homes.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Storm Prediction Center initially estimated that the tornado was a category EF4, the second most powerful category on the Enhanced Fujita Scale, packing winds of up to 320 kph (about 200 mph).

The KFOR television images show a panorama miles long of destroyed homes along the track of the tornado, and active fires can be seen blazing in some of the ruins, especially in the central areas of the towns of Newcastle and Moore, both south of Oklahoma City.

One of the experts at NOAA, Bill Bunting, told CNN that the agency hoped that all local residents had paid attention to the recent tornado alerts but evidently not all people in the heavily populated region had gotten the word that a storm was threatening the area.

Meanwhile, the White House issued a statement saying that President Barack Obama was closely following developments via his National Security assistant, Lisa Monaco.

The immense and deadly tornado developed at the height of tornado season just hours after other such storms hit the state, killing at least two people, injuring at least 39 and destroying some 300 homes.

Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin declared 16 counties disaster areas.

Heavy storms have been hitting the central United States over the past few days, bringing tornadoes to the area, and the storm alert issued by authorities extends across a vast area from Texas up to the Great Lakes.

NOAA on Monday issued tornado alerts in the region, especially in the states of Arkansas, Kansas, Oklahoma and Missouri.

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LATINO BLOTTER: Man Laughs as Police Arrest Him For Hate Crime, Fatal Shooting

LATINO BLOTTER: Man Laughs as Police Arrest Him For Hate Crime, Fatal Shooting

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A man was arrested in New York after he allegedly shot and killed a gay man in Greenwich Village after following him and his partner down the street yelling homophobic slurs.

Elliot Morales, 33, is being held without bail after he trailed, threatened, and shot 32-year-old Mark Carson in the face at point-blank range.

Police say Carson was walking along the Avenue of the Americas with his partner at around midnight when the couple was confronted by Morales, who began following them and spewing homophobic slurs and comments like, “What are you, a gay wrestler?”

Morales was not initially alone, though police say his friends left him after they were unable to dissuade him from continuing to follow Carson.

As he continued to follow them, Morales asked Carson if the man with him was his boyfriend. When Carson answered, “Yes,” Morales pulled out a silver Taurus .38-caliber revolver and shot him in face, the bullet entering through his cheek.

Police caught up to Morales just a few blocks away, not far from the NYU campus, and he reportedly admitted to shooting Carson and even laughed as he was being arrested.

Morales’ sister has told the media she spoke with her brother after his arrest and he claims to not remember shooting Carson because “he was under the influence, he was drinking.”

This is not Morales’ first arrest. According to the New York Times, he served more than 10 years in prison for a robbery conviction.

Morales has been charged with 2nd-degree murder and weapons charges. He was arraigned on Sunday, with the judge setting another court hearing for Thursday.

Carson was described as a proud, openly gay man who never hid who was. His brother told the New York Daily News, ‘He was a courageous person. My brother was a beautiful person…He was our foundation.’

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Eva Longoria Flashes Too Much at Cannes Film Festival

Eva Longoria Flashes Too Much at Cannes Film Festival

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Eva Longoria accidentally flashed way too much skin at Cannes over the weekend and at such a high-profile event, there were quite a few cameras to snap shots of the unfortunate occurrence.

ImageOn Saturday, when the 38-year-old arrived at the Cannes Film Festival for the screening of Jimmy P.: Psychotherapy of a Plains Indian the ground was wet. Not wanting to damage the sea foam green Versace dress she was wearing, Longoria hiked up the bottom of the dress, accidentally revealed she was not wearing any underwear.

On Sunday, Longoria posted a photo of her in the dress for the day’s event, joking, “Here’s my dress for tonight! No wardrobe malfunctions tonight!!!”

Sunday’s dress was longer and had no slit at the leg like the previous dress (see at right).

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¡Felicidades! Cuba on Your 111th Year of Independence

¡Felicidades! Cuba on Your 111th Year of Independence

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Today, all of Cuba is celebrating its 111-year old independence from Spain. Christopher Columbus arrives in 1492 that brought colonization by the Spaniards for over 400 years. 

It was not until the conclusion of the Spanish-American War that Spanish rule left the island nation in 1898 even though most other Latin American countries had gained their freedom from Spain by 1825.  The country officially become independent on May 20, 1902. 

Cuba’s fight for independence was lead by the country’s national heros: Jose Marti, Maximo Gomez, Antonio Macio amongst others.  Many U.S. Cubans do not celebrate Cuban Independence Day because of the communist rule of Fidel Castro and now his brother Raul Castro.  In Cuba the day is celebrated with parades but is not a public holiday.

Cubans celebrate on October 10 as their “Dia de la Independencia” to commemorate when in 1868 the fight for independence started with the Ten Years’ War.

Since the U.S. and Cuba do not have diplomatic relations Cuban Independence Day is not formally recognized by the U.S. Government.  Cuban-American Senator Robert Menendez (D-NJ) noted:

“Today marks the 111th Anniversary of Cuba’s independence from Spain but, sadly, Cubans in Cuba are not free.  The people of Cuba are not free to assemble peacefully without facing repression at the hands of the Castro regime.  They are not free to speak their minds without fear of incarceration. They are not free to claim their future at the ballot box.  On this day,  I stand with my Cuban brothers and sisters that long for the return of freedom, independence and democracy to their country.

It has been a great pleasure in recent months to meet with a number of brave human rights defenders from Cuba who yearn for real political and economic change on the island.  Today, I commend them and Cuba’s growing opposition movement, which fights daily for their basic rights at great personal risk.”

 

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BLOG DEL NARCO: 5 Tons of Marijuana Valued at $7.5 Million Found in Texas Warehouse

BLOG DEL NARCO: 5 Tons of Marijuana Valued at $7.5 Million Found in Texas Warehouse

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Texas authorities along with U.S. Immigration & Customs have announced the seizure of 5 tons of marijuana in a Harlingen warehouse late Friday evening.

Harlingen police observed suspicious activity at the warehouse located in town Friday morning and staked the location out.  Police observed marijuana that was shrink wrapped on pallets being loaded onto a semi-trailer.

Harlingen sits only 14 miles from the U.S. Mexico border and 30 miles from the Gulf of Mexico.  Hispanics make up an overwhelming majority of the residents in Harlingen and most are of Mexican descent. 

The pot, with a street value of $7.5 million, is the largest drug seizure in the history of Harlingen.  The marijuana was found amongst boxes of dry food that will be donated to local food banks according to Valley Central news.

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Bruno Mars Performs at 2013 Billboard Music Awards (VIDEO)

Bruno Mars Performs at 2013 Billboard Music Awards (VIDEO)

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On Sunday, Bruno Mars gave one of the best performances of the night at the 2013 Billboard Music Awards.

The high-energy performer and his band took the stage at the MGM Garden Arena in Las Vegas in matching red suits for “Treasure” off his latest album Unorthodox Jukebox.

Despite being nominated for four awards, Mars surprisingly left without any. Still, his performance Sunday only proves what many have now said - he was robbed.

Check out the performance below.

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Coach Mourinho Set to Leave Real Madrid Three Years Before Contract Ends

Coach Mourinho Set to Leave Real Madrid Three Years Before Contract Ends

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Jose Mourinho will leave Real Madrid after the final two matches of the La Liga season, club president Florentino Perez said Monday.

“We both have decided that this is the right moment to treat this relationship as finished,” Perez said during a press conference at the club’s Santiago Bernabeu stadium.

The Portuguese manager, who joined the Blancos in 2010, still has three years left on his contract.

Perez thanked Mourinho for his efforts and wished him success “in his new phase.”

Real Madrid does not have anyone lined up to replace Mourinho, Perez told reporters, though he acknowledged that the club asked permission from Paris-St. German to approach Carlo Ancelotti about the job.

Mourinho guided Real Madrid to the 2011 Copa del Rey championship - won over archrival Barcelona - and to the 2011-2012 La Liga title. The Blancos also reached the Champions League semifinals three times with the Portuguese coach at the helm.

This season, described by Mourinho as “a disaster,” saw Real Madrid far outpaced by Barça in La Liga and defeated in last Friday’s Copa del Rey final by their much poorer neighbors, Atletico Madrid.

Forbes magazine ranks Real Madrid as the world’s wealthiest soccer club, with an enterprise value of $3.3 billion.

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Paulina Rubio, Kelly Rowland in Talks to Judge on ‘The X Factor’

Paulina Rubio, Kelly Rowland in Talks to Judge on ‘The X Factor’

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Paulina Rubio is reportedly finishing up her deal to be one of the new judges on Fox’s The X Factor.

Rubio and Kelly Rowland of Destiny’s Child fame are both said to be working on deals to replace current judges L.A. Reed and Britney Spears.

Rowland is not new to the Factor family, as she was a judge on The X Factor UK. Though Rubio would be new to Factor, she has been on music competition shows before. The Mexican actress has been judge on The Voice Mexico and Telemundo’s La Voz Kids.

Demi Lovato will also be returning to the program, as will Simon Cowell and Mario Lopez as host.

Khloe Kardashian will not be returning as co-host.

Season 3 is scheduled to begin taping auditions this week in South Carolina.

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Top Restaurant in Mexico Turning to Ancient Cooking Techniques in Preparing Dishes

Top Restaurant in Mexico Turning to Ancient Cooking Techniques in Preparing Dishes

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Chefs in Mexico increasingly turn to pre-Columbian cooking techniques and to local producers for their raw materials in an attempt to live in harmony with the land that supplies the ingredients for their culinary creations.

“Modern chefs are very rightly concerned about sustainability because we see the waste that is happening in the countryside, so we are bringing back these techniques in hopes of finding a solution for the future,” chef Enrique Olvera, owner of the Pujol restaurant, told Efe.

Pujol, according to Restaurant magazine, comes in at No. 17 on the list of the world’s best.

In recent decades there has been “a brutal disconnect of humans with nature” and we are so out of touch with the land that most people have no idea who grows or catches the food they eat, Olvera said.

For the project he plans to launch this year, a fish and seafood restaurant at Playa del Carmen, a resort city in the southeastern state of Quintana Roo, he has established relations with fishery cooperatives in the area and with some growers of the native maize.

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Immigration Amendment to Provide Work Permits for Victims of Domestic & Sexual Abuse

Immigration Amendment to Provide Work Permits for Victims of Domestic & Sexual Abuse

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The Senate Judiciary Committee on Monday approved a measure authorizing work permits for undocumented victims of domestic violence and sexual abuse at the beginning of the fourth day of debate on the amendments to the immigration reform bill.

The amendment, proposed by the committee chair, Vermont Democrat Patrick Leahy, aims to benefit survivors of domestic violence, rape or sexual trafficking.

According to the text, the Department of Homeland Security would have to approve a work permit for these immigrants within 180 days from the time they present their requests.

The measure, Leahy said, will speed up the procedures to obtain a work permit. Currently, survivors of domestic violence often have to wait at least 16 months when they request special visas reserved for crime victims.

That delay limits access to financial resources for the victims, a situation that leaves them in a “very vulnerable position” that makes it more difficult to escape from abusive situations, Leahy’s office said.

Since debate began on May 9, the Judiciary Committee has analyzed around 100 amendments to the immigration reform plan presented on April 17 by the bipartisan “Gang of Eight” senators.

Meanwhile, the House of Representatives has reached an agreement in principle on its own version of immigration reform.

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Call to Action: Get Thomas Perez Nominated as Labor Secretary

Call to Action: Get Thomas Perez Nominated as Labor Secretary

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There is an “urgent National Call to Action” by the National Hispanic Leadership Agenda to get Thomas Perez voted in by the Senate as the next Labor Secretary in light of strong Republican opposition.

President Obama nominated Perez, son of Dominican immigrants, last month to be Labor Secretary.  The 51-year-old lawyer is currently head of the Civil Rights Division in the Justice Department. 

Perez is facing tough Senate approval for this cabinet position, with many Republicans opposed to his staunch protection of civil rights and his stance on the environment.  He is viewed by Republicans as being too left-wing.

Rubio was quoted as saying ““We have a nominee right now to the Labor Department who has an admirable personal story which I admire and applaud but who has a history of using the government and his position in government to intimidate people to do what he wants them to do.”

Perez was nominated to replace Hilda Solis and if voted in he will be the second Latino in the President’s cabinet.  Perez has an undergraduate degree from Brown University and a law degree from Harvard Law School.

You can click here to RSVP for the 4 p.m. call in with special guest Cecilia Muñoz, Director of the White House Domestic Policy Council. 

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Check Out the Official Video for Jennifer Lopez, Pitbull’s “Live It Up”

Check Out the Official Video for Jennifer Lopez, Pitbull’s “Live It Up”

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Though it may have been delayed due to reports of shots fired near the Florida set, the video for Jennifer Lopez and Pitbull’s song “Live it Up” was finally released.

Check it out below.

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Parents & 1-Year-Old Passed Out from “Pot” Smoke Found in Car at McDonald’s Drive-Thru

Parents & 1-Year-Old Passed Out from “Pot” Smoke Found in Car at McDonald’s Drive-Thru

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Ashley Moreno and Alejandro Rodriguez just might qualify for worse parents of the year.  The 22-year-old parents and their one-year-old child were found passed out from drug fumes inside their vehicle at a McDonald’s drive thru at 3:30 a.m. on Sunday.

The family was found inside their vehicle by alert McDonald’s employees of the local Raymondville, Texas fast-food chain.  Local authorities were called and they found the family of three passed out and awoke them. The child was found on the passenger side floor of the car.

The Raymondville McDonald’s is open from 5 a.m. to midnight every day of the week. So it is not known if the family went to McDonald’s waiting for it to open or thought a McDonald’s drive-thru as an ideal location to smoke pot.

The parents readily admitted to smoking, K-2, known as “fake” “synthetic marijuana in the sealed car with their one-year-old child inside.  The child was removed from the care of Moreno and Rodriguez and is said to be in the care of a grandmother. 

The duo was arrested for endangering a child and possession of a controlled substance.

Looking at what HSN believes to be the Facebook page of Ashley Moreno there was a status update on May 13, 2013 where she professes her love of pot “I Love Smoking Weed” she declares and promotes “Just say F**k it and spark up.”

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Miguel Lands on Fan at 2013 Billboard Music Awards

Miguel Lands on Fan at 2013 Billboard Music Awards

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During his performance at the Billboard Music Awards Sunday, R&B singer Miguel jumped off the stage and accidentally landed on a fan.

Both those present and watching at home saw the unfortunate accident and within in hours, Miguel’s leaping image was turned into a meme and quickly spread around the internet.

When Miguel leaped, his right leg clipped a fan, identified as Khyati, and he landed on her and another female fan.

After the performance, Miguel and Khyati met backstage and he apologized while she was given ice for her arm. In an interview, Miguel stated, “Unfortunately, we did not meet under the best circumstances, but I think we’re okay.”

“Got caught up in the moment, thank goodness Khyati is okay,” the singer tweeted afterwards.

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Mexico’s Tourism Grew 4 Percent in 2012, Generating $11 Billion

Mexico’s Tourism Grew 4 Percent in 2012, Generating $11 Billion

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Economic activity associated with tourism grew 4 percent in 2012 compared with the year before, Mexico’s INEGI statistics service said Monday.

Spending by foreign and domestic tourists increased by 4.7 percent last year.

In the fourth quarter of 2012, tourism activity topped the same period in 2011 by 4 percent, INEGI said.

By segments, spending by domestic tourists rose 4.8 percent, while foreigners’ outlay dropped 1.5 percent.

Tourism contibutes close to 9 percent of Mexico’s GDP, trails only oil exports and remittances as a source of hard currency, and provides direct employment for 2.5 million people.

Mexico welcomed 23 million international tourists last year, had 178 million domestic tourists and generated total revenues of more than $11 billion.

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Early Morning 6.8 Magnitude Earthquake Strikes Chile

Early Morning 6.8 Magnitude Earthquake Strikes Chile

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Early this morning a 6.8 magnitude earthquake struck off the coast of Chile according to the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS). 

The large earthquake struck 6.2 miles deep into the earth with the epicenter in the ocean some 370 miles from the city of Puerto Quellon and 953 miles south of Santiago.  No fatalities, injures or major damage have been reported.  The quake struck at 5:49 a.m. local time according to USGS – no tsunami warning has been issued by the government.

Officials are reporting that the quake was not felt on land.

Chile has a long history of large earthquakes; in December, 2010 an 8.8 earthquake killed over 500 people. The 2010 quake tied for the fifth largest in the world since 1900, setting off tsunami waves that swamped some nearby islands before moving across the Pacific.

The country is one of the most earthquake-prone countries in all of Latin America.  Chile sits on the Pacific Ring of Fire, one of the world’s largest seismic zones which makes the country highly prone to quakes. 

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PARAGUAY:  King of Used Cars

PARAGUAY:  King of Used Cars

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Paraguay has become the main destination in South America for used cars from Japan, the United States and other countries, thanks to new regulations aimed at making it easier to import automobiles so low-income consumers can purchase vehicles.

Used cars are all the rage in Paraguay, where vehicles that have been shipped from thousands of kilometers away are put to use as soon as they are repaired and made fit for the road.

“No one is dumb and everyone knows that the prices we have are good,” used car dealer Francisco Lopez told Efe.

Lopez’s Asuncion used car lot features vehicles from Japan, South Korea and the United States, with prices starting at 20 million guaranies (about $4,700).

Paraguay imported 3,248 used cars, vans and light trucks in 2003, with imports of used vehicles climbing to 35,048 in 2008 and more than 55,000 last year, a customs service spokesman told Efe.

Imports of new vehicles totaled 28,887 units in 2012, down 1.72 percent from the year before, the Automotive and Machinery Distributors Association, or Cadam, said.

Paraguay imported 23,334 automobiles in the January-March 2013 period, of which 16,161, or 69 percent, were used, the customs service spokesman said.

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$3 Million Worth of Cocaine Seized in Puerto Rico

$3 Million Worth of Cocaine Seized in Puerto Rico

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U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) special agents seized Wednesday 125 kilograms of cocaine with an estimated street value of approximately $3 million at a residence in Villa Rica, Bayamon.

During the execution of a search warrant issued by U.S. Magistrate Judge Marcos Lopez against the residence in Bayamon, HSI special agents discovered 125 kilograms of cocaine in the unoccupied home. The warrant was executed as part of an ongoing federal investigation into drug trafficking.

There were no arrests linked to the seizure; however, the HSI investigation continues.

HSI San Juan investigates narcotics smuggling organizations and the methods utilized to smuggle contraband across the Caribbean Basin. Smuggling methods include the use of high-speed vessels, cargo containers, aircraft, commercial trucking, commercial vessel and human carriers. HSI agents have extensive knowledge of the border environment and techniques employed by smuggling organizations to transport contraband into the United States. This expertise has been gained through years of experience in conducting undercover operations, utilizing confidential informants, special enforcement operations and conducting contraband smuggling investigations.

The methods used by smuggling organizations are always changing and through continued training and the use of emerging technologies, HSI has maintained its expertise in disrupting and dismantling these criminal organizations.

So far this fiscal year, HSI San Juan has seized more than 16,000 pounds of narcotics. The HSI San Juan area of responsibility covers Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

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3 Mexicans Charged with Human Trafficking, Kidnapping in Phoenix

3 Mexicans Charged with Human Trafficking, Kidnapping in Phoenix

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Three Mexican men face federal hostage-taking charges following their arrest Tuesday at a West Valley human smuggling drop house discovered by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI).

Espiridion Pablo-Madrigal; 34, Abel Donce de la Torre-Gonzalez, 32; and Luis Bretado-Aragon, 19, appeared in federal court Wednesday, where they were charged with hostage taking in a federal complaint.

HSI special agents were first alerted to the drop house May 13, after a caller contacted HSI Seattle to report that a man was demanding money or he would kill three of the caller’s family members who were allegedly being held hostage in a Phoenix drop house. HSI Seattle alerted HSI Phoenix special agents, who worked around the clock to develop information on the possible location of the drop house. By late Tuesday morning, authorities had sufficient reason to believe the individuals were being held in a residence on West Hazelwood Street in Phoenix.

When special agents and officers from the Phoenix Police Department responded to the house, they discovered the defendants and three of the caller’s family members. Special agents also recovered a .357 Magnum inside the residence.

According to the criminal complaint, the caller who contacted HSI told agents three of his family members had contracted with human smugglers to bring them from Mexico to Washington state. The caller told authorities he had wired money to the alien smugglers in Mexico May 8. The smugglers advised the man that his relatives were in transit to Arizona. Pablo-Madrigal is alleged to have then called the man Monday, demanding an additional $4,800 per person in ransom or he would “slit their throats and send pictures.” The complaint also alleges the defendants kept the aliens locked in a bedroom with a boarded up window, where they were threatened, hit and pushed.

The investigation is ongoing. The case is being prosecuted by the U.S. Attorney’s Office, District of Arizona.

HSI has encountered 27 drop houses in the metropolitan Phoenix area in fiscal year 2013.

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MondayMay 20, 2013