The world is a dangerous place, not because of those who do evil,
but because of those who look on and do nothing.

~~~ Albert Einstein

Saturday, May 16, 2009

America's Most Wanted 5/16/2009

The following cases will be airing on America's Most Wanted tonight, at nine pm on your local Fox station. And don't forget to stop by the AMW website, for more on these and other cases. Press release for the newest AMW All Star can be found here.

Nationwide… MEXICAN DRUG VIOLENCE INFECTS AMERICA… John Walsh and America’s Most Wanted investigate the dark heart of the war on drugs, taking viewers to the source of the violence that’s spilled over our borders and is infecting American cities. Thousands of people have been killed in Mexico, as the drug cartels battle the government and each other for control of a multi-billion dollar illicit business.

Douglas, Arizona … JOAQUIN “CHAPO” GUZMAN-LOERA … When Mexican authorities seized 23.5 tons of cocaine from a ship at a port in Manzanillo last year, governments north and south of the border bolstered search efforts for the man they say is responsible: one of the world's most notorious drug lords, Joaquin Guzman-Loera. The seizure -- deemed to be by far the largest in Mexico's history -- had an estimated street value of $2.7 billion.

Phoenix, Arizona…PHOENIX GROUND ZERO… Phoenix, Ariz. is the nation's fifth largest city -- a fast-growing metropolis that's become Ground Zero for a unique problem that has law enforcement coming face to face with a new form of an age-old crime. In the Valley of the Sun, the new trend in kidnapping for ransom is criminals targeting other criminals. Because of Arizona's prime location on the U.S.-Mexico border, police say that most kidnap victims and suspects have ties back to Mexico's seedy underworld.

Laredo, Texas… JOSEPH GARCIA… At only 21-years-old, cops say accused killer Joseph

Garcia is a member of the Zetas, the main enforcement group for the Mexican Gulf Drug Cartel. Police say Garcia killed for the first time in 2003, and in November of 2008, the U.S. Marshals named him to their 15 Most Wanted list.

Phoenix, Arizona PHOENIX GUNS… A large number of the high-powered weapons smuggled into Mexico and used by killer drug cartels begin their journey south after being purchased in the U.S. Many of the weapons are sold by gun dealers in the four border states: California, New Mexico, Texas, and Arizona.

Myrtle Beach, South Carolina… BRITTANEE MARIE DREXEL… Brittanee Marie Drexel, a 17-year-old high school junior, disappeared during a spring break trip to Myrtle Beach, S.C. late last month. Cops have had little to go on but are now investigating a possible sighting of Brittanee at a convenience store just outside of Myrtle Beach.

Skamania, Washington… MICHAEL AND TEVEN COLLINS… Thanks to AMW tipsters, Michael Collins and his 16-year-old son Teven were captured in late March after allegedly attacking a skier in Washington State and making off with his SUV. The Collins boys are charged with attempted murder and first degree robbery and are now awaiting trial.