Juarez continues to struggle with high citizen death rates

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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.
El Diario (Ciudad Juarez, Chihuahua)  7/19/08
Ciudad Juarez has now had 28 public security personnel murdered so far this year. Four of these murders took place in the last eight days., the last one was yesterday (Fri.) morning.
Also in Juarez, four other persons were murdered, “organized crime style”, and one other was wounded, all within half an hour. Two of these victims, a man and his pregnant wife, were hit with “volleys from machine guns as they exited a Sam’s Club” and got into their car. Witnesses would not describe the assailants’ vehicle for fear of reprisals.
In Parral, Chihuahua, two other men were at an outdoor seafood shop in a business area; then a vehicle stopped by and occupants opened fire with light machine guns, killing both men. And a human head, recently severed, was found before dawn today (Sat.) out on the pavement of a street in the San Angel subdivision of Juarez. A headless body was located some 200 meters away.
Another Juarez paper, Norte, reported today that there have been 42 bank robberies in Juarez this year, 14 more than have taken place in Mexico City.
a.b.c.  (Mexico City)  7/19/08
DHS Secretary Chertoff  met with Mexico’s Att’y. Gen., the Sec. of Government and the Sec. of Security & Natn’l. Defense. At a press conference, he stated that Mexico and the U.S. had shared information for the detection of the submarine that transported drugs off the coast of Oaxaca.
a.m.  (Leon, Guanajuato)  7/19/08
The small Mexican state of Aguascalientes has now had 19 police officers murdered in the last 20 months. The latest such victim is the the chief of the state’s “ministerial” police, Alfredo Padilla, who was gunned down yesterday while in his vehicle.
El Debate  (Culiacan, Sinaloa)  7/19/08
When federal police stopped a Suburban in Culiacan, the six occupants claimed to be construction workers. But a search of the vehicle turned up 19 AK47 rifles and one HK-G3 with a bipod; there were also more than 6,300 rounds of ammo, 13 bullet proof vests and 184 clips of various sizes and types.
Expreso  (Hermosillo, Sonora)  7/19/08
The government of Mexico announced that it will decorate Massachusetts senator Kennedy with Mexico’s Order of the “Aztec Eagle” for his defense of the rights of Mexican migrants and his work in favor of a “harmonious and profitable neighborhood between both countries.”
The government pointed out that the senator “has denounced the injustices suffered by the migrants, underlining the importance of dealing with this phenomenon from an integral point of view and sponsoring diverse initiatives for this purpose.”
El Financiero  (Mexico City)  7/19/08
–    A search of the sleeping compartment  of an 18-wheeler heading south from Culiacan to Guadalajara turned up $490,300 dollars inside a box of diapers. The driver was unable to explain his ownership.
–    Our report of 7/17/08 described the arrest of three kidnappers and their subsequent “rescue” in Tultepec, near Mexico City. Now it turns out that some “public servants” assisted in the liberation of the three thugs. The “secretary general of the gov’t. of the state of Mexico” said that unfortunately we all have disloyal people and that some of them “committed treason.” Three persons have now been placed under preliminary arrest as a result.
Frontera  (Tijuana, Baja Calif.)  7/19/08
An additional nine metric tons  (precisely 9,273 kilos) of  marihuana were seized by Mex. army personnel in the Colonia Las Torres area of Tijuana. This follows the three tons found Thursday morning in the Otay area of town. The latest seizure is also in the Otay Mesa area to the east of Tijuana’s airport. Empty lots are used to park 18 wheelers loaded with the weed. Two men, both from Sinaloa, were arrested; 3,900 rounds of ammo, shirts with city police and state Att’y. Gen.’s police insignia and also some firearms were also seized.
La Cronica de Hoy  (Mexico City)  7/19/08
A traffic stop for speeding in the Netzahualcoyotl area of Mexico City yielded 15 kilos ( 33 lbs. ) of heroin in the double bottom of a vehicle. Two sujects were arrested, one of them a minor. There were also packets of cash plus debit cards and two firearms.
El Porvenir  (Monterrey, Nuevo Leon)  7/19/08
Two Monterrey “Federal Preventive Police” agents, both of supervisory rank, went missing yesterday. Their bodies were found south of town at dawn today (Sat.): both were handcuffed behind their backs and were blindfolded with “industrial tape”. They each showed “signs of violence” and had apparently received a coup de grace.
El Universo  (Guayaquil, Ecuador)  7/19/08  – (transl. of entire article) –
headline: “The Day of the Absent Ecuadoran is evoked in New York”
Ecuadorans residing in the United States will meet tomorrow (Sunday) to celebrate the Day of the Absent Ecuadoran.
The date was established in 1992 when the commemoration was declared to be the third Sunday in July of each year.
There will be celebrations in Flushing Park in New York and at the Military or Hamilton Park in New Jersey. The procession of Our Lady of the Absent was held yesterday.
Along with that date is the remembrance of Our Lady of the Absent, worshipped by migrants in Azogues, who is considered the Mother of the Absent Ecuadoran, (and) whose faithful return to thank her for favors and to receive blessings for the new year. “People believe that devotion to the Virgin is what helps them to reach the U.S. and for that reason they do not forget her and keep this holiday in mind” said the priest Victor Gonzalez, in Azogues.
El Heraldo  (Tegucigalpa, Honduras)  7/19/08
An undated article reports that 91 Hondurans and Guatemalans were rescued by officials from the inside of a truck trailer that had been abandoned by a “smuggler of undocumented” along the Villaflores-Jiquipilas  portion of a highway in Chiapas, Mexico.
Prensa Libre  (Guatemala City, Guatemala)  7/19/08
An article quotes  a report by the Ibero-America Forum on Public Security & Violence which closed yesterday in Barcelona, Spain.
In Central America, El Salvador leads with the highest homicide rate per 100 thousand persons: 55.3
Guatemala follows with 45.2, then Honduras at 42.9, Nicaragua a 12.4 and Panama at 11.3
Guatemala’s vice-president  said that it has not been possible to reduce the country’s homicide rate below ten a day.
With the exception of Argentina, Uruguay and Chile (with rates of 5.3, 4.3 and 1.9 respectively) “ibero-american” countries  have a homicide rate of 26 per 100 thousand.
– end of report –

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