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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.
Frontera – Tijuana, B.C. – 09/14/09
Mexican drug cartels expand to Africa
The Mexican drug cartels have established themselves in western Africa to send drugs to Europe and Russia. The lieutenants cohabitate with terrorists in bars and brothels and have changed the use of the dollar to the euro, obtaining greater income, making them more powerful and turning them into a threat to those countries and the U.S.
High-ranking representatives from the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) and their European counterparts spoke of the expansion of the Mexican and Colombian cartels in Africa and the risk of their increasing relations with Islamist groups. There are Mexican and Colombian narco cartels establishing their presence in western Africa because they need logistical support from African organized crime to send tons of Mexican and Colombian cocaine to Europe, Russia and other places.
The reason for the increase in narco traffic of cocaine from Mexico and Latin America to western Africa is the increase in demand in many parts of Europe. It is projected that the Mexican and Latin American cartels will ship between 400 and 500 tons of cocaine to Europe this year.
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Critica – Hermosillo, Sonora – 09/14/09
Attack launched against narcos
Yesterday evening 700 elements of different police agencies and the Army began an operation of major importance against drug peddlers and organized crime in Hermosillo and its environs. For the operation, called “Gran Sorpresa” (Great Surprise), hundreds of agents from the three levels of government and a large number of Army personnel were employed.
Special groups from each of the police agencies and the Army were under the supervision of high-ranking officers, but before beginning the operation, in order to avoid filtration, the men were made to leave behind cell phones, radios and other communication apparatus. The operation lasted into the late night hours with assistance from helicopters, but the results of the searches of homes, warehouses and other properties inside Hermosillo and its periphery have not been released. Extra-officially, it was learned that several persons were detained and drugs, firearms and explosives were seized.
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El Debate – Culiacan, Sinaloa – 09/14/09
Commander and an agent executed with AK-47
Guamuchil: The State Ministerial Police agents were on patrol when the occupants of another vehicle traveling in the same direction opened fire on their vehicle. The agent lost control of his vehicle and collided with a bridge abutment, bursting into flames, with the agents inside. Firemen were summoned, but could do nothing to save the men, who were already cremated.
Investigators who searched the crime scene found twenty 7.62 caliber cartridge cases for the AK-47, but the agents’ vehicle had at least fifty bullet holes. The investigation continues.
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Excelsior – Mexico, D.F. – 09/14/09
Thirty “undocumenteds” detained in Chiapas
Elements of the Federal Police and the Immigration Service (INM) detained thirty immigrants being transported in inhumane conditions in three vehicles in Comitan.
The agents, on routine patrol, attempted to stop the vehicles, but they accelerated and drove off the road into the brush. Upon stopping, several persons fled on foot and were evaded apprehension.
Thirty persons, seven Ecuadorians and 23 Guatemalans remained in the vehicles. The immigrants and the vehicles were turned over to the (PGR) Justice Department.
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Child trafficking on the border is investigated
Tapachula, Chis.: Guatemalan authorities have informed that they are investigating the purchase of children to be exploited, presumably by Mexicans. Although they gave no exact number of children, they acknowledged the existence of the ring and said the police are on the case.
The Guatemalan vice consul said they were working with local authorities to find a solution to the problem, which is caused mainly by poverty in Guatemala. A large percentage of the “street children” in Tapachula are Guatemalans, easily identified by their dress. These children are observed loitering on street corners near traffic lights and bus stops. He rejected the charge that the parents are exploiting the children but said that there would be a more thorough investigation.
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El Economista – Mexico, D.F. – 09/14/09
Micheletti dismisses the cancellation of U.S. visas
Tegucigalpa: The de facto president of Honduras said today that “no one will die” because the U.S. cancels a visa, but that “many Hondurans have died in search of the American dream.” Micheletti reiterated that he respects the decision of the U.S.; that the U.S. consulate in Tegucigalpa had notified Friday that his entry visa had been cancelled.
The U.S. measure was also taken against the chancellor, fourteen Supreme Court Magistrates and several impresarios, according to Micheletti and the Deputy Marcia Villeda, who received the same sanction from Washington. The cancellation is of new visas to high government officials over whom Micheletti presides. This latest slap is in addition to other hard sanctions, such as the suspension of economic aid, meant to pressure for the return of the overthrown Manuel Zelaya. Approximately one million Hondurans, legal and illegal, live in the U.S.
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Frontera – Tijuana, B.C. – 09/14/09
Russia finances Venezuelan arms purchases
Caracas: The President of Venezuela, Hugo Chavez, revealed details of recent purchases of arms which he accomplished on his recent visit to Russia; also revealing that Moscow opened a line of credit of two billion dollars in order that Chavez acquire armored vehicles and ground to air missiles.
Chavez stated that Venezuela needs to acquire arms to replace antiquated equipment in order to prepare for a possible invasion by the U.S. The socialist leader frequently claims that Washington wishes to take control of the Venezuelan oil fields.
Venezuela has acquired more than four billion dollars in Russian arms since 2005, including helicopters, fighter planes and Kalashnikov assault weapons.
Chavez said his government would acquire numerous tanks and surface to air missiles, with which he hoped to dissuade the “imperial U.S.” from an attack. He said that it will be very difficult for foreign airplanes to bombard us. He denied that the arms might be used to attack other countries. He said that Venezuela has no plans to invade anyone. He said that the decision to purchase arms is based on the new global reality and the aggressions of the U.S.; citing the recent coup d’etat in Honduras and accusations against Iran of developing nuclear weapons.
Chavez said that Russian missiles would arrive soon for the defense of his airspace because of the threat that the U.S. military presence in Colombia represents. Chavez went on to boast about his plans to develop, together with Iran, a “nuclear villa” for peaceful purposes. He then touted the recent discovery of the huge petroleum deposit in his territory.
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