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 Diario de Coahuila (Saltillo, Coah.) El Financiero , El Universal (both Mexico City) 6/13/08
Thirty-three Cubans and four Central Americans who had entered Mexico illegally were being transported in a bus from Cancun, Quintana Roo, to Tapachula, Chiapas. Seven Mex. “INM” (Immigr.) agents and two drivers were also aboard. But along the way the bus had to stop because of logs placed across the road and then six heavily armed, hooded men climbed aboard and made the seven “INM” agents and the two drivers get off. The bus then left with all the aliens and the six hooded men. The others were left stranded and on foot. Hours later, the empty bus was located many miles away, empty. The 33 Cubans had arrived at Isla Mujeres on June 6 aboard a “luxury yacht”. 646 Cubans have been detained in Chiapas this year while attempting to reach the United States.
(Also from the Coahuila paper above): The bodies of two men, one of them decapitated, were found Thursday afternoon on the dry bed of the Nazos River which separates Torreon, Coahuila from Gomez Palacio, Durango.
El Debate (Culiacan, Sinaloa) 6/13/08
At a warehouse (no location given) in the Culiacan area on Wednesday afternoon: 520 kgs. of marihuana, the usual arsenal of rifles and pistols, clips, 1,500 rounds of ammo. Two brothers who live at Potrero de los Fierro, Choix, Sinaloa, were arrested at the site.
El Diario (Ciudad Juarez, Chihuahua) 6/13/08
Four men were murdered in Ciudad Juarez on Wed., June 11. Two of the victims were executed by “machine gun” in the parking lot of a shopping center in front of dozens of witnesses.
Benito Javier Flores Sotelo, a federal police agent, was executed Thursday 12th as he left his house for work. He had just started his car when AK47 gunfire ended his life. Twenty-nine shell casings were found. He is the 23rd law enforcement agent executed in Juarez this year, compared to 14 in all of 2007.
Elsewhere in the state of Chihuahua, an attorney who was the ex-head of the State Investigations Agency was executed in a car-to-car gunfire attack on the highway to Aldama. When the victim was first wounded he lost control of the vehicle and hit a wall at a motel. His killers then dismounted from their vehicle and finished him off. Overall, sixteen persons became victims of narcotraffic killers in Chihuahua, Sinaloa, Coahuila, Baja Calif. and Morelos.
El Imparcial (Hermosillo, Sonora) 6/13/08
Two police officers at Caborca, Sonora, have been charged after military personnel found 47 packages of marihuana in their possession. (Caborca is SW of Nogales)
Frontera (Tijuana, Baja California) 6/13/08
(Front page) : There has been an increase in homicides of victims who have resisted robbery assaults in Tijuana. Four thousand 247 violent robberies and 235 related homicides have been recorded there this year.
El Universal (Mexico City) 6/13/08
Forty two metric tons of chemical precursors for the manufacture of synthetic drugs have been seized in Mexico during the present administration. Of that amount 19.5 tons relate to the case of the Chinese businessman Zhenli Ye Gon, now in custody; that particular tonnage was seized at the port of Manzanillo, Colima, in Dec. 2006.
El Pais (Cali, Colombia) 6/13/08
One hundred forty kilos of the high explosive ammonal were seized by officials from several houses at the port city of Buenaventura, Colombia. Included in the haul: ten bars of one pound each of pentolite, 18 electric detonators, 594 other detonators, 420 meters of detonating cord, plus an unspecified number of grenades and firearms.
A ten million (Colombian) pesos reward was paid for the information leading to these seizures. The explosives had supposedly come from Ecuador. (Note: Buenaventura, on Colombia’s Pacific coast, regularly makes news in Central American and Mexican papers as the starting point for clandestine shipments of drugs.)
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