Wednesday, February 5, 2020

San Diego: Two Tijuana police officers charged in FBI sting, conspiracy to steal a million dollars

J Borderland Beat  San Diego Tribune  San Diego NBC


Two Tijuana police officers were arrested in San Diego County for their part in an attempted robbery scheme targeting a home in Chula Vista that they believe harbored a $1 million prize.

The officers, Jesús Estrada Torres and Marco Quijas Castillo, along with four other men, were targeted in an undercover operation sometime before February 1, according to a criminal complaint filed by the District Attorney's Office.

On the day of the attempted heist, the two cops crossed the U.S.-Mexico border to meet with their co-conspirators and unknowingly an undercover cop, according to the complaint. Together, the group of men planned to target a house in Chula Vista that they believed had $1 million to steal.

Would be interested to read the complaint, obviously an off shoot of a drug investigation, and these guys were taking the bait on a drug rip

The men were taken into custody after entering a code into a lockbox that contained a key to the home, according to the document.

Tijuana police confirmed that two of their officers with names matching the arrestees have not shown up for work since February 1. Actions against the officers would not be taken until wrongdoing is proven in U.S. court, the police agency said.

In a statement, the head of the police agency, Jorge Alberto Ayón Monsalve, reiterated their commitment to keeping honor among the force and to working with the U.S. investigating agencies.

Torres, Castillo and their alleged accomplices appeared in court Tuesday to face charges of conspiracy to commit a crime.

Several of the men were armed with guns and will face additional charges of felons in possession of a firearm, though the two officers were not believed to have firearms at the time of the robbery.

All six entered not guilty pleas and were being held in San Diego County Jail on $1 million bail, which, if paid, must have proof that it was not illegitimately obtained, the DA's Office said.

If found guilty of the charges against them, all defendants could face time of 10 years.

The defendants will next appear in court on February 14 and 19.

NBC 7 has reached out to the Federal Bureau of Investigations but has not yet received a response.

37 comments:

  1. Corrupt Mexican cops in the presence of Judge Kiki Camarena Jr?He is going to make an example out of these guys.

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  2. seriously, what a waste of resources

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    1. Those mexican thugs were going to commit crime inside the united states of america! US authorities must send them to the slammer where they belong!

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    2. 9:54 entrapment set the inventor of the gullwing car free of drug trafficking cocaine charges...John DeLorean
      US cops must be running out of real drug traffickers and tunnels, or they got a deal somehow...

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  3. why the hell is the fbi setting up stings for mexicans to take the bait anyways... smh.. fbi - dea posing as drug dealers just to get some arrest on a regular.. shame.

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    1. Literally looking at this for what it is.

      Good comment

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    2. Conspiring across international border is a Federal Crime..

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    3. The biggest question is why is this cat under Protection Custody (yellow banner). I smell a RAT...

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    4. Incorrect. The yellow wristband is due to his employment as a Lew Enforcement Officer, which keeps him away from potential past arrests in GP. If he was PC'd up or a snith he's be wearing green.

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    5. 4:58--- He is a dirty Mexican cop. I have put Mexican consulate workers on main line while they state they have Consular Immunity. Green banners are for escape risk or assault to staff. If it was a favor for being Law Enforcement in another country it would be orange band for administrative segregation. I have seen DEA agents in administrative segregation for court contempt in a civil case. SDSO

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  4. Better healthcare in american con hotel. All expenses paid for.

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  5. Waste of $$$$$$$ these r little guys

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    1. What about those big bad rats with lots of cheese?

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    2. @5:04 I would hardly call this a waste if they prevented a home burglary that was premeditated on an international level. I say job well done. Bet if it was your home you would agree.

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    3. 1:35 California, Arizona and Tejas politicians are not available, but low crooks are, specially if your party is in power in DC but not in califa which even if they paid their piso can't fix crap right now.
      Others are welcome.

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  6. Pablo Escobar hit man popeye had died of cancer

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  7. Based on my experience, pretty much everyone in TJ is a criminal or a thief so this is not surprising by any means.

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    1. So that includes your parents that are living in TJ, you so bigitted.

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    2. I cant imagine how much $ these tijuana cops make extorting people everyday- probably at least 100k/year in bribes alone

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    3. But they have to kick their share or even quota up to their boss who kicks it up to theirs...the law enforcement cartel is same as the "criminal" one. Same actions, one is just more legal/corrupt

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    4. @3:21 Nope, not my parents. And yes, I AM very bigoted against criminals and thieves coming into our country

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    5. Ask your local cops to see how much?
      No different here than what goes on globally.
      Yet they receive lienenci for their participation with criminals. A Criminal is a criminal period! So what makes a badge less of a criminal?

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  8. Typical, Mexican " legitimate business" men living in Texas have been arrested in Houston, DFW, San Antonio and other cities in state for a plethora of unethical and/or illegal behavior...they just can't help themselves.

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    1. This one happened in San Diego, close to the Tijuana border.

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    2. Meanwhile in california they got that "prop 47 law" which makes drugs like meth, cocaine, heroin a misdemeanor and not a felony? It had to be the state with the biggest mexican population.

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    3. Similar percentages to elsewhere tho

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    4. I'm quite sure there are Mexicans living in Kentucky!

      @10:50

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  9. It was not a waste, our tax dollars of work, at least the the US side, criminal situations are taken seriously, while in Mexico, it's a no man's land people getting killed every day.

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  10. Good glad they nabbed them.Especially conducting crime from another country!

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    1. Yeah because there's not a lot to go around for our cops here to take.
      U should ask yourself next time when u see a policeman with a sports bar with his salary. It's not rocket science to see the illicit riches being made. This practice is visible throughout America.

      Truth

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    2. Come on, there are crimes and there are crimes,
      nobody got killed during this carpet bombing or Drug Deal
      specially not by the millions of collateral casualties..
      Some call the latter 'Crimenes De Lesa Humanidad' in some circles, the killers usually take cover by threatening to suppress human rights offices budget if they don't "toe the line"

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  11. 10:06 PM - why the Hell are Mexican cops coming into the U.S. to commit home invasion robberies?
    That’s not very neighborly

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    1. 10:31 they need to create wealth to be admitted in some americam circles, they gladly accept help from US criminals working on sweet deals for themselves, these already have gruesome real crimes in their rap sheets.
      --Mexican cops are by nature stupid, just like the americans,
      but not every mexican or american is a cop.

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  12. Does anybody know about the villareal brother's(ex-border patrol agents)? jailed in San Diego, accused of crossing 1000's of illegal's. this article reminds me of that case. nice guys met them will incarcerated in MCC San Diego. they got sentenced to 40+ years.

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  13. Ignacio cruz Martinez is the son of a former comandante de la policia judicial de tijuana Ignacio nacho cruz in lates 70s late 80s

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    1. And my brother Jose Luiz was in it in the 90s.

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