Chief of U.S. Border Patrol warns that attacks by criminal groups against that agency have increased 60 percent

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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.
La Jornada  (Mexico City)  7/14/08
(Note: the first two paragraphs of a long article detailing events about a violent and deadly weekend in Mexico follow) :
The violence which dominates the country left 124 dead in 11 states this week. The majority of the murders took place in Sinaloa (43) apparently in events related to organized crime. 63 police officers and supervisors have been executed in that entity where this Sunday eight persons, three of them minors, were riddled by gunfire as they left a party in Guamuchil.
The second place for the highest number of victims was Chihuahua, where 40 persons were murdered. The count included the states of Sonora, Baja Calif., Guerrero, Chiapas, Michoacan, Jalisco, Nuevo Leon, Durango & the state of Mexico. 
 Milenio  (Mexico City)  7/14/08   -Notimex news agency-
–    (Note: An article headlined “Organized crime’s aggression against the Border Patrol on the increase” reports on a videoconference transmitted at the U.S. Embassy in Mexico City. Extracts follow.  The entire article, in Spanish, can be accessed at:  )

 The chief of the United States Border Patrol, David Aguilar, warned that attacks against personnel of that agency have increased almost 60 percent due to the proliferation of criminal groups who dispute control of the area. The attacks range from rock throwing to shots from firearms.
He stated that this Monday a new security reinforcement operation will begin in Arizona to avoid the death of “undocumented persons” due to dehydration. A 180 member tactical unit named “Board Star” will work in coordination with Mexican officials of the “Beta” group to help persons in the desert.
“He emphasized that the principal priority of the Border Patrol is to protect the lives of the illegal migrants, since, though in the last Fiscal Year the number of dead decreased by eight percent, the 272 which have taken place since last September to date are an unacceptable number to the Mexican and United States governments.”
He held that cooperation between both governments is very good.
(Note: compare the 272 border crossing deaths mentioned by drowning, dehydration and other causes  since last September with the 124 deaths caused by organized crime in just one week in Mexico.)
–    In Tlanepantla (Mexico City metro area) three men were found in a vehicle, tied and blindfolded with duct tape. All three had gunfire impacts to the cranium. A message (contents not revealed) was left with the corpses.
Critica , El Imparcial (Hermosillo, Sonora)  7/14/08

 There was a shootout between rival drug cartel members in the south side of Nogales, Sonora, Saturday night. Two men died and five were wounded in the firefight. Law enforcement officials later seized eight AK47’s, an AR15 and three handguns. One of the thugs was “rescued” by an armed group as he was being transported in an ambulance to get medical attention. And one of the deceased was an ex-Nogales police officer. Other unrelated events raised to seven the number of homicide victims in Sonora during the weekend.


 El Debate  (Culiacan, Sinaloa)  7/14/08

 (Note: the following local headlines are listed to give a perspective on the climate of violence in Sinaloa)

–   Black Sunday in Guamuchil: 11 are murdered

–   Shootout sows terror in Colonia 10 de Mayo

–   One more murdered in Mocorito

–   They kill him from car-to-car in Las Quintas

–   Two fellows executed with AR15 in Surutato

–   Two light trucks found burned

–   Unidentified young man killed with “goat’s horns” (read: AK47)

(The photos attached to this report show two of the vehicles targeted in the Guamuchil massacre of 11)






 El Diario  (Ciudad Juarez, Chihuahua)  7/14/08

 Three homicide victims were found on the highway between Zaragoza and Buenaventura (in the N.W. portion of the state of Chihuahua) All three had been repeatedly shot and their hands and feet were tied with tape. They were wrapped in bed covers. There were nineteen shell casings at the scene.

El Universal  (Mexico City)  7/14/08
Guillermo Valdes, dirctor of Mexico’s National Intelligence and Security Center, said that the country’s democratic institutions are under threat, according to an interview published in The Financial Times. He warned that there is a risk that the drug cartels might have infiltrated the campaigns of some legislators. “Congress is not exempt, we don’t discard the possibility that drug money may have infiltrated the campaigns (of some legislators)”. Further he asserted that cartels have corrupted members of the police, the judiciary and government entities in their attempt to create structures to protect their illicit businesses.
Excelsior  (Mexico City)  7/14/08
(Note: this report was filed at 11:26 a.m. today, Mexico City time)
Five more persons murdered in Sinaloa “in the last few hours”: one in Navolato, while driving a vehicle, two in Guamuchil in the bed of a pickup left on the Culiacan-Los Mochis highway; one more in Mazatlan – that one left two others wounded – and one more in Navolato, found tied and “wrapped.”
A further confrontation today (Monday) on the south side of Culiacan involved Molotov cocktails being thrown at two vehicles, both destroyed.
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