Demand for armored vehicles up in Mexico

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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.
Frontera  (Tijuana, Baja Calif.) , El Porvenir  (Monterrey, Nuevo Leon)  6/11/08
Carlos Nava Guerrero, manager of Car Armoring Service, said the demand for armoring of cars  has increased 40% and that Tijuana businessmen request armoring up to level 4 and 5 to protect themselves against kidnapping because those levels repel AK47 gunfire assaults. Unit cost can vary from fifty to eighty thousand dollars and any type of car can be armored, said Nava. He also emphasized that personal security should not be left in the hands of the authorities and added that two hundred kidnappings have taken place starting from the second semester of 2007. An average of 7 to 8 units are sold each month and increases have also been noted in Mexico City, Monterrey and Guadalajara.
El Debate  (Culiacan, Sinaloa)  6/11/08
On 6/9/08 Mex. naval and aerial units seized 4 tons 15 kgs. of marihuana in 441 packages from two unoccupied boats. The action took place off the mainland in the southern part of the Gulf of Baja California around Santa Maria and Ahome Point. (Note: maps show this area is roughly between Los Mochis and Culiacan, Sinaloa)
El Diario  (Ciudad Juarez, Chihuahua)  6/11/08
In the next few days Mex. military will have assigned to them a certain section of the customs facilities at the international border crossings going into Ciudad Juarez. There, they will use “special equipment” similar to that installed in the Tamaulipas area and that will aid in detecting contraband of firearms, money and drugs.
El Diario de Coahuila  (Saltillo, Coahuila)  6/11/08
Mex. federal agents and military arrested thirteen persons in possession of two rifles, three revolvers, five clips for AK47, ammo, 719 kilos 800 gms. of weed, four communication radios, vehicles and industrial scales. All this at a warehouse on Aranda St. (no number given) Colonia Guadalupe, Distrito Bravo, Juarez. (No date was indicated, a common occurrence.)
El Sol de Mexico  (Mexico City) – Part of “o.e.m.”, large national distribution newspaper chain
(Note: this following item  was featured in the “Migraciones” section):
A bill at the California State Legislature was approved Tuesday by the Education Committee of the Assembly. Proposal SB 1301 by Senator Gil Cedillo (D-Los Angeles), better known as the DREAM ACT , would allow undocumented students to request financial aid and loans from the U. of Calif., the Calif. State Univs. as well as from 109 community colleges. The bill now goes to the fiscal committee.
The 200 Census calculated there are 2.5 million undocumented minors in the United States, of whom 40% live in California.
Excelsior  (Mexico City)  6/11/08
Narcotraffic killers executed four persons late Tuesday evening in front of the city hall of Xochitepec, Morelos. One hundred fifty-six shell casings from AK47 and AR15 rifles were found at the scene. And a “Ministerial Police” agent was killed by AK47 gunfire Tuesday evening in Chihuahua City as he left his house for work on the night shift.
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