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Foreign News Report
The National Association of Former Border Patrol Officers (NAFBPO) extracts and condenses the material that follows from Mexican and Central and South American on-line media sources on a daily basis. You are free to disseminate this information, but we request that you credit NAFBPO as being the provider.
Milenio (Mexico City) 1/29/09
A report by the “PGR” (Mex. Dep’t. of Justice) about weapons trafficking in Mexico specified that the Gulf Cartel and its hired “los Zetas” killers are the organizations with the largest “criminal and violent activism.” They operate out of the northern state of Tamaulipas and also in at least seven other states.
The report added that these organizations have had the largest number of firearms seized including those of special characteristics due to their versatility, firepower, penetration and fire volume. They include fragmentation grenades and also weapons capable of penetrating powerful armor. One of the handguns is known as a “cop killer.”
The war between cartels for dominion of routes toward the United States left more than 5,700 dead last year, including persons beheaded or dissolved in chemical substances inside barrels.
The second place among the cartels is the one by the Arellano Felix brothers, in Tijuana. It has also used rifles and rocket launchers. The Pacific, or Sinaloa, cartel is third and it has also used rocket launchers and grenades.
El Heraldo (Tegucigalpa, Honduras) 1/29/09
– “The constant rumors about the arrivals and departures of light aircraft at Utila Island were confirmed yesterday morning.” A Cessna twin engine bearing registration YV2028 and also false Red Cross markings apparently had its front landing gear damaged and could not depart.
Officials later found 1,520 kilos of cocaine on a nearby beach and on a couple of launches. Local residents told reporters in the area that it was widely known that those aircraft routinely arrived every Tuesday and on weekends and that the police would keep local citizens and tourists away from the isolated airstrip.
(Utila Island is shown to be some 35 miles north of La Ceiba, on Honduras’ north coast.)
- A Mexican railroad (“Ferromex”) crew found eleven Hondurans hidden in freight cars in Chihuahua and turned them over to local area police. The eleven were headed for Ciudad Juarez.
La Jornada (Mexico City) 1/29/09
Seven Guatemalans and nine Salvadorans were found in a local bus in Chiapas and were detained by local officials. All sixteen had entered Mexico illegally. The group included eight women and a minor.
El Imparcial (Hermosillo, Sonora) , El Informador (Guadalajara, Jalisco) 1/29/09
This eleven paragraph item reports the deaths by homicide of ten people in Chihuahua today. Nine of these took place in and around Ciudad Juarez. One of those victims was found in a “black water” canal; he’d been beheaded and “taped” and his hands were tied with electrical wire. A scan of the article shows that all the other victims died in separate events, that all were males in their 20’s and 30’s and that all died from multiple gunshots. Yet another victim was found at Hidalgo del Parral, in the southern part of the state; he was “wrapped” and forty cal. 7.62 X 39 ( from AK47 rifle) shell casings were found around his body.
Translation: “Quit being troublemakers!”
This attachment is from the editorial page of “El Siglo de Torreon” (Torrreon, Coahuila).
The man on the left says: “Those damn exaggerated gringos”; the one on the right adds: “What moral authority do they have to say that our states are dangerous?”
El Universal (Mexico City) 1/29/09
This article reports and describes additional homicides: three in Tijuana, one in Zacatecas,, another in Durango and yet one more (by AK47) in Guanajuato. Others took place in Sinaloa and Tabasco.
La Cronica de Hoy (Mexico City) 1/29/09
A group of Mexican senators who recently toured the United States found a “positive climate among U.S. legislators regarding immigration reform during Barack Obama’s term.” Senator Silvano Aureoles Conejo of the “PRD” party added that this should not lead to false expectations and that the Mexican Senate must insist on the issue of reform. He proposed that the matter be made the main item to be discussed during the inter-parliamentary meeting between the two nations which will take place in July.
El Universal (Mexico City) 1/29/09
More than 100 children and babies died in Mexico last year as a result of conflicts related to organized crime. Most took place in Sinaloa, Baja Calif., Chihuahua and Zacatecas.
A University of Mexico poll shows that 30% of adult Mexicans agree that firearms ought to be permitted in a home. Currently 2,500 civilians in Mexico purchase a firearm legally each month.
Susana Villaran de la Puente a member of the U.N.’s “Committee of the Rights of Children” pointed out that Latin America and the Caribbean have the highest index of armed violence, which reaches 42% according to the World Health Organization. (This percentage figure was not explained)
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