Archive for June 16th, 2011

Two Bodyguards for NL State Governor Assassinated; The Human Cost of the ATF’s “Operation Gunrunner”

June 16, 2011

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GENERAL CEPEDA, COAHUILA

A new narco grave has been found near here with 15 bodies, mutilated and dissolved in acid.-Diario

ECUADOR

China is loaning Ecuador $2 billion, with the first half finalized a few days ago. China loaned the country $3 billion in 2010.-El Comercio

CHIHUAHUA, CHIHUAHUA

Marco Antonio GUZMAN Zuñiga, aka: El Brad Pitt or El Dos, was captured along with three other members of the cartel known as The Line.  El Dos was a leader of the cartel, responsible for drug distribution in Ciudad Juarez and Chihuahua and other municipalities.  He coordinated vehicle theft, as well as executing rivals and police authorities in those areas.  There was a 500,000 pesos reward for him, which converts to nearly U.S. $42,000.

DURANGO, DURANGO

Two more bodies have been found in the narco graves, bringing the total now to 241.-Milenio

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Blog del Narco (www.blogdelnarco.com)

(Each time an item refers to another police officer being killed, including military acting in that capacity, there will be an asterisk.)  

MONTERREY, NUEVO LEÓN

At 740 pm, heavily armed men hung what most thought was a man from a bridge by chains in plain view of hundreds of motorists. Gasoline was then poured onto the person and set on fire. Later, it was confirmed it was a woman, but they intentionally did not initially reveal that fact.

TEPIC, NAYARIT

Clash between rivals left two dead

HUATABAMPO, SONORA

A reporter who had become a drug dealer, and left prison a year ago after a five year sentence, was found executed. The report continues this indicates he was still involved in narco trafficking. (or had become a snitch)

SAN PEDRO MIXTEPEC, OAXACA*

Municipal police officer gunned down while on duty. His injured partner chased the gunmen, but had to wait for the state police as he had no weapon of any kind (this is not uncommon in poorer and more rural areas, where officers often have to buy their own guns and ammunition as well as any other equipment, such as ballistic vests, handcuffs, and uniforms)

MONTERREY, NUEVO LEÓN

The mexican Army and a group of gunmen had a clash, resulting in three dead bad guys and the seizure of 7 AK-47’s and AE-15’s, magazines, cartridges, radio equipment and other things.

CULIACAN, SINALOA*

Municipal police officer assassinated outside his home.

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GUADALUPE, NUEVO LEÓN \

Another attack against the municipal police as a group of gunmen tried to assassinate the chief. He ran for help “which saved his life.” No report of damage to the facilities, but unknown if anyone was injured.

ECATEPEC, STATE OF MEXICO

Residents observed several dogs fighting over human remains inside 2 cardboard boxes. Police officers found a disembowelled, dismembered woman inside the boxes and the head a short distance away.

CHIHUAHUA, CHIHUAHUA

Monday, Jose Portillo Hernandez, assistant commander of the Municipal Police Delicias station was wounded in an attempted assassination. He was transferred to the hospital, remaining overnight. As he and his wife left the hospital the following day, without any police protection, both were assassinated.

PHOTO

ESCOBEDO, NUEVO LEÓN

The Mexican military has captured four Zetas, following report of armed men at the Hotel Sunset, known as a place where gunmen stay. One of them, Raúl Eduardo Martínez Lugo, alias La Chiva, 37 yrs. old, was the leader for 5 municipalities. Two of the others were teens, 16 and 17 yrs. old. Seized were 6 long guns, magazines, cartridges, cocaine and marijuana, tactical equipment and a cell phone. About 13 years ago, la Chiva was sentenced to 37 months prison in the United States, followed by 3 years probation and was formally deported. he became integrated into the Zetas, and soon became a leader. The state of Tamaulipas had a warrant for his arrest for drug trafficking. He was responsible for the narco cocina (kitchen) recently found on a dairy farm, where victims were tortured, executed and ‘cooked’. At the farm were several narco graves with remains, most only pieces of bones.

CADAREYTA, NUEVO LEÓN*

Three guards from the prison here were kidnapped Monday night. Their dismembered bodies were dumped in front of the prison at 7am in broad daylight, and with numerous officers around. (If no response by police, this usually means the gunmen were such an overwhelming force, it would have been suicide to try to capture them.)

CELAYA, GUANAJUATO*

An intense gunfight at 10 am in the city center killed a police officer and two civilians, wounding other civilians. A later shooting on a road out of the city killed a bad guy.

PEZQUERÍA, NUEVO LEÓN

Armed men were observed by the military, and opened fire. During the shootout, 4 men and one woman were killed. About 15 other gunmen escaped. Two women and a man that had been kidnapped by the cartel were released. Seized were 5 guns and 5 vehicles.

TORREON, COAHUILA AND GOMEZ PALACIO, DURANGO

These two cities are adjacent to each other, but in separate states. Four men were hung on two different bridges connecting the two, and paramedics nearby rushed one still alive to the hospital, but he died.

GUADALUPE, NUEVO LEÓN*

Two police bodyguards for the state governor Rodrigo Media were kidnapped, dismembered, and their bagged bodies dumped on a main street in front of a store with a narco message. One head had been placed into a bucket, but the gunmen leaving the bodies opened fire, tipping it over and the head rolled out. The Governor sent several twitter messages out saying he would continue fighting for a safe state and no threat would stop them.

SAN CRISTOBAL DE LA BARRANCA, JALISCO

A Zeta training camp was taken down by state police. Six gunmen were killed, and 10 in training were captured. Three were teens, with 2 adult men and five women. Seized were six AR-15 rifles, three AK-47 rifles, one M-60 machine gun, 33 magazines, more than 500 bullets, 160 tire spikes (called cal-trops), a grenade launcher, two grenades, camping equipment, tactical gear, radio equipment , a 2009 armored Ford Lobo, a Hummer with armor, two Chevrolet trucks, among other things.

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MEXICO*

Police commander, wife slain in Juárez

(He survived an attempt the day before.)

http://www.elpasotimes.com/ci_18274437?source=most_viewed

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A Mexican Movement at a Crossroads: A Paper Pact or an Organized Community?

http://www.narconews.com/Issue67/article4453.html

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Joaquin Guzman Has Become The Biggest Drug Lord Ever

http://tinyurl.com/3j7typa

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Mexico Peso Declines to Weakest Since March on Europe Crisis

http://tinyurl.com/4xealxd

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Mexico tourism a very tough sell

http://tinyurl.com/3j7typa

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Fault Lines – Mexico: Impunity and profits

(This is a good report)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A-4ALKGBbOE

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Hip-hop in Mexico: Barrios, beats and blood – video

There have been more than 8,500 murders in Ciudad Juárez, a Mexican border town, since January 2008. Young people, who are the worst affected by the high levels of crime, are using hip-hop to express their frustration

http://www.guardian.co.uk/music/video/2011/jun/13/hip-hop-mexico-video

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MEXICO

Ex Tijuana Mayor with cartel ties, Hank Rhon released from custody

http://tinyurl.com/3s3k9vx

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MEXICO

Ex-Fox aide calls drug war a mistake

http://tinyurl.com/3ltdmsa

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TIJUANA

Five tons of drugs cartel Seized in blow Against

http://tinyurl.com/3u938zn

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Introducing Ollanta Humala, Peru’s new president

http://tinyurl.com/3r49xjw

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Video shows Guatemala prosecutor’s decapitation

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/43387168/ns/business-us_business/

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Brazil Amazon: Sixth murder since May amid land rows

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-latin-america-13772238

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Chile volcano could get worse, as travel woes grow

http://tinyurl.com/428z2sx

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MEXICO

Trafficker details gladiator fights, other barbarities

http://www.laht.com/article.asp?ArticleId=398757&CategoryId=12394

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Unemployment Falling in Latin America, UN Agencies Say

http://www.laht.com/article.asp?ArticleId=398757&CategoryId=12394

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Domestic News – United States

House Panel Slams ‘Fast and Furious’ Gun Operation Tied to Border Agent’s Death

http://tinyurl.com/3vw45vk

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Brian Terry’s family statement at ATF Fast and Furious hearing

http://tinyurl.com/3csalh3

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Justice Dept. untruthful about Fast & Furious, ATF agents tell Congress

http://tinyurl.com/3z6wv4w

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Report details risky ATF program-USA Today

(See last paragraph especially)

http://tinyurl.com/3aurbcy

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The human cost of the ATF’s “Operation Gunrunner” (w/video testimony-second link)


http://tinyurl.com/3bgvbqs

http://youtu.be/E-UP_0WeOZA

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Lawmakers Fight for More Eyes Above Texas-Mexico Border

http://tinyurl.com/3qjl7a8

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Secret tunnels found on US-Mexico border

http://tinyurl.com/647a5cz

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Report: Most Illegal Immigrants Come From Mexico

http://tinyurl.com/43ojmbb

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TEXAS

Authorities See More Drug Smugglers Using Tractor Trailers

http://tinyurl.com/3pfw6fu

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CBP buys upgraded aircraft for border patrol

http://www.homelandsecuritynewswire.com/cbp-buys-upgraded-aircraft-border-patrol

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NEW YORK

MS-13 Soldier Pleads Guilty to Murdering Mother and Child

http://tinyurl.com/3pmyuyc

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TEXAS

Roadway firefight kills 1 east of Edinburg; gunmen sought

http://www.themonitor.com/articles/north-51726-edinburg-roadway.html

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TEXAS

Senate panel passes sanctuary city bill

Testifying Monday was Houston Police Sgt. Joslyn Johnson: “My husband was killed by an illegal immigrant who was deported several times,” Johnson explained. “The last four officers who have been killed in the line of duty have been by illegal aliens.”

http://tinyurl.com/3e6s5pd

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NORTH DAKOTA

Exposed Arm Helps Catch Canadian Felon

http://www.kfgo.com/fm-headline-news.php?ID=0000004502

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TEXAS

Four men charged with possession of more than 1,000 pounds of marijuana

http://www.themonitor.com/news/charged-51748-four-marijuana.html

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TEXAS

ATF busts man purportedly moving guns to Gulf Cartel across South Texas

http://www.themonitor.com/articles/gulf-51760-texas-guns.html

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TEXAS

Railroads fined when cartels hide drugs on trains

http://www.elpasotimes.com/ci_18279211

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ARIZONA

U.S. Homeland Security agent arrested during federal corruption investigation

http://tinyurl.com/4ye6asv

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Mexico, other nations allowed to sue states with new immigration laws

http://tinyurl.com/3t9dz5h

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