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Foreign News Report
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 Porvenir (Monterrey, Nuevo Leon) , Noroeste (Culiacan Sinaloa) 6/27/08
– Six police officers were executed last night (Thurs.) in Culiacan, Sinaloa. The six, from different agencies, were part of a recently formed special group dealing with auto theft and narcotics retailing. They were all in a vehicle and were stopped at a traffic light when their killers opened up with AK47s. “More than” three hundred shell casings were picked up from the site. Three other executions also took place in the area yesterday.
Fifty-two law enforcement personnel have been victims of homicide this year in Sinaloa.
And two bodies were found yesterday in different parts of Mexicali, Baja Calif.; both showed signs of torture and had been executed.
– At a house on 6th St., City of Miguel Aleman, Tamaulipas (note: a few miles upstream on the Rio Grande River from Reynosa): a vehicle with 578 kgs., 800 gms. of marihuana. No arrests were reported.
– Eleven police officers were fired in Acapulco. Seven of them had failed drug tests. Other officers were not punished who have been mentioned for theft or abuse of power against local residents and tourists.
a.m. (Leon, Guanajuato); El Informador (Guadalajara, Jalisco); La Cronica de Hoy (Mexico City) 6/27/08
– Yet another high ranking member of Mexico’s “SSP” (Federal Dep’t. of Public Security) became the victim of killers yesterday (Thurs.) while he was eating at a Mexico City restaurant. Inspector Igor Labastida Calderon was one of the “SSP” officers responsible for combating contraband and “piracy” (cloned merchandise) as well as restructuring some federal law enforcement agencies. He had worked with Edgar Millan, the “SSP” top ranking operations officer who was himself executed on May 8.
Labastida’s escort and one other agent were also killed. Two other agents with him at the restaurant were wounded. Labastida was “sprayed” with an UZI by killers who walked in and opened fire.
– (Note: the following is the relevant portion of a commentary by Armando Fuentes Aguirre who also writes under the pseudonym “Caton” and is regularly titled “About politics and worse things”; his columns appear in a wide variety of papers in Mexico and are always preceded by several crude jokes about sex)
The conduct of U.S, police agencies regarding illegal immigrants can well be compared to what was seen during the time of nazism or of the soviet totalitarianism. It must be said that during the brutalities carried out by those two regimes nothing was mentioned during those times about human rights, an issue that now has preeminence above all in the Country (sic) to the north.
The Americans, in effect, consider themselves champions of humanity, but very few of them become indignant or protest about the terrible abuses which are committed every day in American cities against men, women and children whose poverty, skin color and status as illegal aliens turn them into victims of violence, the injustice of which clamors to the heavens. No one has the right to carry out deeds which violate the dignity of the human persons, which debase it and humiliate it, and harm it in its physical and spiritual integrity. The good American citizens – most of them are – must join in the protest of those who already protest these abuses which would be unqualifiable if they hadn’t already been called unjust and brutal. And I won’t say more, because I’m all worked up….
Diario de Yucatan (Merida, Yucatan) 6/27/08
Mexico’s Sec. of Government (no equiv. U.S. Cabinet Dep’t.), together with the Sec. of Foreign Relations, approved of the latest version of the Merida Initiative by calling it a “bilateral cooperation system” which reflects “the degree of maturity which the dialogue has reached” between both governments. The Chancellor thanked the U.S. legislators who moved the initiative forward in the fight against narcotraffic; more than 400 million dollars have been authorized for FY 2008 (sic).
Mexico will not receive support in the form of money but instead in technical equipment and training of law enforcement personnel. The Merida Initiative will not result in the presence of U.S. military or law enforcement personnel in Mexico.
El Diario (Ciudad Juarez, Chihuahua) 6/27/08
– Juarez lawyers have stopped taking cases involving defendants accused of drug violations for fear of being murdered. Four lawyers involved with such cases in Juarez have been executed this year.
– Two Juarez police officers and four other persons with them were detained by Mex. military for possession of drugs and weapons: 92 kgs. of weed, an AK47, three scales, clips, packaging material and communications equipment.
“At the behest of a member of Congress , the immigration and customs agency of the United States assisted in the negotiations and payment for ransom of a woman kidnapped in Mexico, said the Washington Times daily today.”
El Imparcial (Hermosillo, Sonora) 6/27/08
Two local police officers were eating at a taco place late Wednesday evening at Agua Prieta, Sonora (across from Douglas, AZ). Then three thugs walked in and began firing at them. One officer died on the spot; the other is under heavy protection at a local hospital.
Cuarto Poder (Tuxtla, Chiapas) 6/27/08
An hours long shootout between thugs and state and federal agents took place at Villaflores, Chiapas; it began late Wednesday evening and did not end until nearly mid-morning on Thursday.
The thugs ended up barricaded in a house; they hurled fragmentation grenades four times, shot at a Public Security helicopter and at the officials outside. They finally surrendered; two of them had died and a third one was seriously wounded. Another three were arrested. The two dead criminals were from Tamaulipas and two others are from Michoacan.
(Tamaulipas is on the Gulf of Mexico just south of the Rio Grande River; Villaflores is near the border with Guatemala)
Assault rifles, pistols, clips, grenade launchers and a grenade, bandoleers and other gear was seized from the house. This confrontation took place just 36 hours after “Ministerial Police” arrested eleven subjects linked with narcotraffic and seized two tons of cocaine, with Sinaloa Cartel labels, in Chiapas’ capital city of Tuxtla.
El Pais (Cali, Colombia) 6/27/08
2,700 kilos of “high purity” cocaine were seized by Colombian troops at La Playa, Tumaco, a locale just two kilometers away from the Ecuadorean border.
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