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There MAY BE VERY graphic photographs that accompany some articles in the body of this report. It is not our intention to sensationalize. We include these photos in order to give to you, the American public, a clearer understanding of the seriousness of the situation in Mexico and Central America.
**Asterisk denotes death involving a police officer or a member of the military serving in that capacity. Some items may be from notirex.com, lapoliciaca.com or historiasdelnarco.com. Some incidents of violence may not be included here due to the large number of death reports.
NAUCALPAN, STATE OF MEXICO
Two men were found shot to death in a compact car here on Thursday January 17.
Four armed men broke into a mechanic’s shop Thursday night, and fired on the owner as he ran into the street. He was wounded with a shot to the head and played dead. Witnesses reported that two of the gunmen went to the mechanic’s nearby home and took his wife, 13 year old daughter and an unrelated 17 year old young man.
A security guard who tried to thwart a kidnapping of a woman in a shopping mall was shot and killed when he intervened. Customers who observed the attempt alerted the guard, armed with a shotgun. When he confronted them, they shot him in the head. The 38 year old guard never fired a shot. The original kidnapping victim was left when the shooters fled.
CHINA, NUEVO LEÓN
State investigators located a narcocamp here on an abandoned ranch where at least three executed persons were burned. (Note: China is located between Monterrey and Reynosa.) The find was the result of information from a suspect arrested by federal police.
LOS REYES LA PAZ, STATE OF MEXICO
Three young men were executed and their bodies left lying near a footbridge over which the killers fled. Initial investigation suggests the killings may be of rivals vying for control of drug dealing territory.
A former PAN candidate for municipal president was killed by a group of gunmen, who also killed his wife AND 3 YEAR OLD SON. Mexican Army and federal police searched for the gunmen. The town is situated in an area of fierce fighting between cells allegedly linked to La Familia Michoacana, Guerreros Unidos and other groups.
The ‘drug war’ has reached the ZMG (Guadalajara municipal zone) is the headline. State attorney general Tomás Coronado Olmos. He said “What we are living in the state is a clear and obvious confrontation between criminal groups trying to capture disputed areas…” Olmos said the level of violence and brutality has increased since there have been cases of decapitation and multiple executions. “There are groups that have the most brutal way of operating, that is what we are perceiving and when this wave of violence in the state is because they are allied with other groups,” There have been 34 murders since the beginning of the year, on average 2 people die daily. He explained how much money had been spent, which included 77 vehicles, mobile fingerprint scanners, and 640 vests.
The former mayor of Paraíso, Tabasco, Christopher Javier Angulo, was killed last night on the outskirts of the city of Villahermosa. His body was found inside his Honda Accord which was completely charred and unrecognizable. He finished his term of office on December 31.
State and federal authorities have arrested 6 people involved in kidnapping, murder and drug sales. Three of them were active officers of the Cosamaloapan municipal police. The arrests were the result of investigation by a special state unit and Mexican Marines.
Some 40 communities of indigenous people in the state have organized and armed themselves against the criminal groups after being abandoned by the authorities. Alejandro Avilés Reyes, secretary of Indigenous Peoples in the state, says he will look at the law of the Constitution of Michoacán, in recognizing the community guards.
The U.S. government has identified a new Mexican cartel based on 3 businesses of the Meza Flores family, with enough force to rival El Chapo’s Sinaloa cartel. The businesses contracted by Guasave from 2009 to 2011, and laundered money through the businesses. The group is led by Fausto Isidro Meza Flores, ‘El Chapo Isidro’, and his partners are his wife Araceli Chan Inzuna , his father Fausto Isidro Meza, his mother, Angelina Flores, sister Flor Angely Meza and uncles Agustin Flores Apodaca, Salome Flores and Panfilo Flores . According to the U.S. government, since 2000 they have been responsible for distributing large quantities of methamphetamine, heroin, marijuana and cocaine into the United States.
LOS MOCHIS, SINALOA
One of the five alleged gunmen killed in a clash with police and military officers, in a safe house in the subdivision Valle Bonito, proved to be a leader of the criminal gang “Los Mazatlecos”, nicknamed “The Patatos”. During the hour long firefight, 2 municipal officers were wounded and are stable and a 20 year old woman that had been held against her will for 4 months, was released. She had been made to clean and cook for the bad guys. She reported that the group repeatedly planned attacks on municipal police because they were “not allowed to work.” (dealing drugs).
Tuberculosis Wanes in U.S., Remains a Threat in Mexico
Impact of avian influenza outbreak in Mexico assessed
Canadian detained in Mexico will soon know fate
Police Kill 11 Gunmen in Shootouts in Mexico
Authorities detain 159 police officers in northern Mexico for alleged ties to drug traffickers
Mexico’s Pemex OKs $556 Million JV with Mexichem
Scotiabank to Increase Small Loans in Mexico
Mexico’s Peña Nieto to launch drive to end hunger
Seven Prison Officials in Mexico Arrested for Jailbreak
Towns Arm Themselves For Self-Protection Against Organized Crime
A Wall Against Drug Trafficking
Private Sector Leads Efforts to Curb Gang Violence in Central America
Central America’s tiny states caught in deadly crossfire of battle with cartels
Guatemala, Honduras, El Salvador, Nicaragua and even tourist-friendly Costa Rica are now caught up in the drugs trade
Guatemala’s president: ‘My country bears the scars from the war on drugs’
“… leaders of drug-consuming countries in the west have to accept that the war on drugs has brought Latin American nations to their knees”
Nicaragua sentences 18 fake Mexican journalists for drug trafficking
Costa Rica Cracks Down on Illegal Explosives Smuggled from Nicaragua
Costa Rica seeks to further control gun ownership
Gunmen Kill Mayor, 3 Other People in Honduras
Chavez to Troops: Thanks for the ‘Loyalty and Love’
Venezuelans Wonder How Long They Can Go Without a President
Still on the Brink: Seven Things We Know About Venezuela
As Latin American Herald Tribune Editor Russ Dallen stated in a January 14 Council of the Americas panel discussion, some worry that Venezuela is currently a rudderless nation. Others worry that the rudder is controlled by Cuba.
Moody’s Changes Venezuela’s Rating Outlook to Negative
Colombian president opens door to popular vote on FARC peace deal
Colombia’s Marxist FARC rebels end ceasefire
Company says five of its workers, including one Canadian, abducted in Colombia
Medellín Gets Tough With Deadly Colombian ‘Sicarios’ on Motorcycles
Colombian Drug Kingpins Nabbed in Honduras and Panama
Turf War Between Rebels and Drug Traffickers Leaves 5 Dead in Colombia
Economy grows 1.8% in November
Ecuadorian Navy Deploys Vessels to Stop Increased Coastal Drug Trafficking
Police Settle in Two More Favelas in Rio de Janeiro
Peru Aims to Eradicate Record-Setting 22,000 Hectares of Coca in 2013
EU Pledges $26.6 Million to Fight Hunger in Haiti
One dead, six others rescued in Dominica waters
Spanish Police Arrest 7 for Cocaine Smuggling
(via Bolivia and Chile.)
Supreme Court case: Do non-citizen offenders deserve lighter sentences?
Border agency charges 7 in alleged ‘marriage of convenience’ scheme in Toronto
US Trains Mexico to Hunt Down Cartels Like Al-Qaida Insurgents
Plan To Offer Drug War Training To Mexican Commandos Raises Red Flags
Rep. Issa Calls President’s Nomination for ATF Director a “Slap in the Face”
Holder begs Court to stop document release on Fast and Furious
FBI: Confessed Killer Of Border Patrol Agent Is Lying
144 Border Agents Charged with Alien, Drug Smuggling and Corruption Since 2005
(Note: bear in mind that this includes both Border Patrol Agents that work between the ports of entry (POE’s) AND the inspectors, now called officers, that work AT the POE’s.)
State senators draft compromise bill on immigrant licenses
Illegal Latina immigrants flocking to Islam, taking it south
Laredo North Agents Thwart Possible Kidnapping
Two From Mexico Arrested After Texas ATMs Emptied Of $211000
Puerto Rico Governor Repeats Commitment to Create 50,000 New Jobs
“The proposed legislation includes a package of measures that the governor said will allow thousands of Puerto Ricans to be hired at a time when the island’s unemployment rate stands at 13.6 percent.”
ICE deports Mexican murder suspect living in Salt Lake City area
“Suspect sought for alleged role in 2011 slaying of an Ensenada councilman”
Fresh off the boat
(Brief history of Filipino immigration to Louisiana.)
ICE Arrests Deportable Unlicensed Driver
War on Women: Illegal aliens forced girls to have sex 25 times a day
Maritime immigrant, drug smuggling picking up along California coast
“Smugglers are getting bolder, using bigger boats to travel farther up the California coast to deliver people and drugs to the United States. And they’re also becoming more violent, which has put people who work along the coast ill at ease.”
3 sentenced in immigration scam for faking Cuban birth certificates
Health Board Considers Cost Of Care For Migrant Farm Workers
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