U.S. Ambassador Antonio O. Garza: US a part of the cause of Drug Cartel Problem so must be part of solution

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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.
El Universal (Mexico City) 5/31/08


1.  After Mexican President Felipe Calderón asserted that Mexico’s drug traffic problem was caused by the U.S. drug market, U.S. Ambassador Antonio O. Garza assured that “everyone knows” that the drug plague is as much the U.S.’s as it is Mexico’s.  He pointed out that Mexico is also a consumer of drugs and that addiction destroys families on both sides of the border.  The ambassador reiterated that his government has a strong consensus that Mexico should not have to face the threat of the drug cartels alone “because we share the challenge associated with narcotraffic and must share the solution.”  In referring to the controversial Mérida Initiative, a plan to combat drug traffic in Mexico and Central America with U.S. resources, Garza explained the U.S. legislative process of designing such a plan and made it clear that the U.S would not be “certifying” Mexico’s conduct or performance.  (El Porvenir (Monterrey, Nuevo León) also carried this story)


2.  Federal Police seized nearly 24 lbs. of white cocaine arriving from Costa Rica at Mexico City’s International Airport.  The drug was in 14 packages inside a suitcase.



El Debate (Sinaloa) 5/31/08


1.  Sinaloa Governor Jesús Aguilar Padilla stated that Joint Operation Culicán-Navolato has been reinforced by more units and will be evaluated daily and monthly to make necessary changes.  Asked if the criminals are winning the fight, he recognized that at the moment, the police have lost some battles.  However, to the extent the public is becoming involved with anonymous tips, the situation is changing.  He added that the public security forces are consolidating and coordinating to combat organized crime “because it is a war, a struggle.”


2.  The body of a 22 year-old man abducted near his home in Culiacán last Wednesday was found on a street in that city yesterday wrapped in “black bags” and bound tightly with duct tape.  He had been shot twice in the face.


3.  Five more banners accusing the head of the Federal Public Security, Genaro García Luna and (Army) General Roberto Miranda of being in collusion with presumed narcos Arturo Beltrán Leyva and Vicente Carillo were found in different locations in Culiacán.  The messages appear to be signed by supposed honest city police.  The banners were removed by the Army.  One of the banners read, “In these operations the results are: people lose lives and Miranda earns dollars, how wonderful!  Would that it pay the payroll here in the department.”


4.  A commander of the Sinaloa State Police, Ramón Castro Alvarado, was riddled by AK-47 gunfire yesterday morning near the police station in Mazatlán, Sinaloa and died a few hours later.  His companion, Commander Antonio Ibarra Castañeda received two grazing wounds to the shoulder.



El Diario (Chihuahua) 5/31/08


A third list of “executables” was found in Cd. Juárez yesterday, generating “psychosis” among city police after the assassination of 16 police in the past five months whose names were included in past lists.  A spokesman for the Municipal Public Security (SSMP) said the cardboard sign containing the narco-message was discovered yesterday morning.  For now the posterboard, like those before it, is in the hands of investigators attempting to learn the authors of the message.  It was removed before photos could be taken of its contents.  The message was given as “For those who remain” and included the names and ranks of officers.  On January 26, the first list appeared at the Monument to Fallen Police.  In February, a new list was found.  The lists are causing uneasiness among elements of the police force.



Frontera (Tijuana, Baja California) 5/31/08


An arsenal of 77 grenades, 36 firearms, 184 ammo clips and nearly 7,000 cartridges was seized in Culiacán, Sinaloa from a safehouse presumably belonging to the Beltrán Leyva cartel.  The search was made in response to an anonymous tip.  Also seized were four luxury vehicles, three of them armored, as well as radio equipment and armored vests.



La Voz de la Frontera (Mexicali, Baja California) 5/31/08


Speaking on the drug war, the governor of Baja California, José Guadalupe Osuna Millán took the same position as President Felipe Calderón in affirming that “the struggle is not even between Mexico and the U.S. in combating drug traffic.  We see no vigorous effort in the U.S. to reduce the consuming of drugs,” complained Osuna Millán.  He also noted that the U.S. has not attacked the problem of illegal traffic of firearms into Mexico.


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