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Diario de Yucatan (Merida, Yucatan) 6/7/08
– In a meeting with hundreds of top level federal executives at the National Palace, Pres. Calderon said it would be naive to think that the problem of crime and drug traffic could be resolved in some years “as if by magic” when it has been present for decades in some regions where it was allowed or where crime co-opted public servants, by fear or indolence.
“Beginning some years ago (organized crime) became really brazen and unpunished, it began to act in broad daylight, it began to act with absolute impunity and to blackmail, threaten and cause fear in all officials.” He asserted that the government exists not only to to resolve current socio-economic situations but to transform the country for the long term despite the short term costs. Here “the problems are not avoided, they are faced. They are not placed or hidden under the rug, they are analyzed, they are shared with society and they are faced with all the resources the State has at hand. We don’t take the easy way out and besides it is already unviable to simply retreat.”
– More than ninety federal police agents who arrived in Mazatlan, Sinaloa on May 12 staged a work stoppage to protest that they haven’t been paid, that they lack bullet proof vests, that some of their firearms are obsolete and that they lack gasoline for their patrol units.
– The present administration’s nationwide seizure statistics, per Mexico’s Deputy A.G.:
* 2,800 tons of marihuana
* 55 tons of cocaine
* 15,350 firearms (8,216 shoulder weapons, mostly assault rifles)
* 900 grenades
* One and a half million rounds of ammunition
* (Note: the 7,402 land vehicles and vessels seized as reported by us yesterday was changed to also include aircraft)
El Debate (Culiacan, Sinaloa) 6/7/08
– A special team went looking for Felipe Nevarez, the policeman in charge at a cooperative at El Rosario. They were not able to find him, but they did find his wife. She had nine doses of crystal.
– Late on June 5, on a road in the Mazatlan, Sinaloa, area local police seized one ton of marihuana being transported in a truck.
El Diario (Ciudad Juarez, Chihuahua) 6/7/08
Vehicle thefts in Juarez reached an historic new height: 6,028 from Jan. 1st to June 4th. Favorite target places: shopping centers, hospitals, schools, markets. The month of May closed with 1,502 reports of vehicle theft.
Yesterday evening in Juarez there were executions “in the style of organized crime” at 8:45 p.m., 9 p.m. and 11:45 p.m.; a separate, long article describes the deep and widespread fear and insecurity among many Juarez residents and their growing desire to emigrate to other parts of Mexico or even to the United States, without papers, because of violent conditions in Juarez.
El Universal (Mexico City) 6/7/08
– An armed confrontation in Tijuana Friday at dawn resulted in one dead and three wounded. In Irapuato, Guanajuato, two police agents were wounded by people believed to be narcotraffickers.
The 2nd in command of the police in Petatlan, Jalisco, and his son were forcibly abducted in Acapulco, Guerrero. There are eleven casualties due to organized crime: two were found in the Distrito Federal, five in Chihuahua – two of those in Juarez – and one other in Guerrero.
– A human head was left in front of the “El Correo de Tabasco” newspaper in Villahermosa, Tabasco. The headless body was found in an area ranch. Both remains had tag board messages, one of which read : “This is what is going to happen to those who keep pointing with their finger (note: read : to people who inform). The army is not going to help you. You’re next (expletive.) You know who I’m talking about.”
– Though local officials won’t admit it, there’s a virtual curfew in several towns of the state of Tamaulipas border area. Military personnel patrol the main streets and run numerous checkpoints in the daytime. After midnight no one is allowed out on the street.
La Voz de la Frontera (Mexicali, Baja Calif.) 6/7/08
In Mexicali: in the trunk of a car left with engine running and lights on next to the cemetery on the road to the airport: the body of a man, feet and hands tied, shot, one of the fingers from the right hand torn off and stuck in his mouth.
Prensa Libre (Guatemala City, Guatemala) 6/7/08
– Two Guatemalans, a Mexican and four Costa Ricans were arrested Friday night in Costa Rica. They were part of a cocaine transport group between Colombia, Costa Rica and Mexico believed to have been operating for months. This time they were caught with 144 kgs. of cocaine hidden in a load of avocados for export.
– The Guatemalan government will deploy a well equipped “elite corps” of 500 military and special agents to combat drug traffic in the Peten jungle are of northern Guatemala bordering Mexico.
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