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Thursday, July 22, 2010

Ex-Oklahoma Man Found Shot To Death Saturday Morning In Rosarito

ROSARITO, BAJA CALIFORNIA, MEXICO
by Ron Raposa

--- A 49-year-old Oklahoma native was found shot to death early Saturday morning outside his Rosarito motor home near kilometer 30 on the Free Road, according to state police.

Police found Richard Pontious Berg near a panga boat named Fabiola V, dead from several gunshot wounds. Several shells from a 9mm pistol were recovered and neighbors reported hearing shots about 4 a.m.

Police said that records indicated that Berg had several criminal convictions in the U.S. and had been free on bail following a March arrest on a federal offense. He also had served two years in a U.S. federal prison on marijuana sales and smuggling charges, police said.

Authorities said Berg owned six pangas, including one valued at more than $50,000 which had a high-powered engine capable of carrying up to 30 people. Police said the investigation would include how Berg made a living and his contacts.