Attorney General: No end to Mexico’s war on organized crime

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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.
Excelsior (Mexico City)  5/28/08
Eduardo Medina Mora, Mexico’s Att’y. Gen., said that the time length of the combat against organized crime in Mexico is undetermined; during a TV interview, he declined to give an approximate date for the conclusion of the battle against narcotraffic which includes the seizure of weapons and drugs. He acknowledged that there might have been an infiltration by the “criminal structures” even in the federal police but that the army has to be judged in a general, overall fashion.
Diario de Coahuila  (Saltillo, Coahuila)  5/28/08
“The Department of State of the United States will install contraband, drug, explosives and weapons detection equipment in all Mexican customs inspection points.” The U.S. government decision has not been publicly announced by any of the Mex. government agencies involved in the application of this program. According to a request for bids, the U.S. gov’t. will purchase 68 portable sets to be used along Mexico’s border with the United States as well as with Guatemala and Belize. The system will be used to inspect chemical substances, weapons, munitions as well as money. The equipment being sought is the K910B- model Buster molecular weight densimeter, capable of quickly detecting “irregular loads” in tires, fuel tanks, fuselage or body of any vehicle, aircraft or vessel.
The bid request specifies the parts, labor and maintenance warranty period and adds that the equipment must be capable of operating independently of an outside power source and also be able to function under adverse climates and conditions.
Cuarto Poder  (Tuxtla, Chiapas)  5/28/08
Eighty-four Central Americans (71 from Guatemala and 13 from Honduras) were found Tuesday morning stuffed inside a tractor trailer near Comitan, Chiapas. The trailer’s door seals were from “Procter & Gamble de Mexico.” 
El Debate  (Culiacan, Sinaloa)  5/28/08
Out of 106 victims of homicide in Sinaloa this month 23 have been police officers. Most of the executions have taken place in Culiacan, the state capital, and most have been by firearms. The most recent event was this Monday night (our report of 5/27/08 relates) when seven federal agents were killed and four others were wounded in an hours long shootout that lasted some four hours into Tuesday morning. Only two persons were arrested after the battle because at one point three vehicles burst out of the house where the thugs had been barricaded and a number of them managed to escape. A number of assault rifles, loading clips and ammunition was seized from the house afterward.
Mexico’s Secretary of Federal Public Security, Genaro Garcia Luna, announced a “total offensive against organized crime” in Sinaloa due to the high number of recent violent events. Reinforcements are to be sent to the area.
Noroeste  (Culiacan, Sinaloa)  5/28/08
The body of Rufino Aispuro Soto, a Sinaloa State Ministerial Police commander, was found early today in Culiacan. His face was wrapped in tape and his head was inside a bag. His issue AR-15 rifle & 38 Super pistol were at his side.
El Informador  (Guadalajara, Jalisco)  5/28/08
An undisclosed number of State Public Security personnel were sent to Puerto Vallarta, Jalisco, after another shootout between rival gangs, this one on Monday night & into dawn Tuesday. There’s
no report of casualties but three armored vehicles were seized as well as three assault rifles and several clips for AK47.
El Diario  (Ciudad Juarez, Chihuahua)  5/28/08
Of the 2,000 soldiers sent to Juarez two months ago when Joint Operation Chihuahua started, half have had to be sent to other areas of the state of Chihuahua, leaving only 300 per each eight hour shift to patrol the million-plus population of the city of Juarez. This scarce presence nullifies the joint operation due to the city’s large land area. 
And another two bodies were found in the Juarez Valley area (downstream from Juarez along the Rio Grande); both had their heads placed inside plastic bags and had their hands tied behind their backs. A sign left with yet a third execution victim elsewhere in the area read: “For the whole bunch of dog humpers who support “Chapo” ” (referring to Joaquin Guzman Loera, “El Chapo”, head of the Sinaloa drug cartel.)
Then at 0230 a.m. today a human head was found on the Durango-Zacatecas highway. A tag board which was left with it read: ” We also can repond.”  Hours later, on the Parras highway, a decapitated body was found; where the head would have been, someone left the head of a pig stuck on a rod. These findings are just five days after six human heads were found each in separate ice chests in Durango next to another “narcomessage” warning of agony to the Sinaloa drug cartel members.
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