Kidnappings of foreign nationals on the increase along the Mexican Border

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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.
[Mexican news sources are presently preoccupied with the disastrous heavy rains and tropical storm Dolly, leaving rather light news on other topics.]

El Universal (Mexico City) 7/22/08

–  The president of South Korea is demanding the release of five Koreans kidnapped last week in Reynosa, Tamaulipas by unknown assailants.  According to an unidentified source, the kidnappers are asking $30 million.  The Koreans, four males and one female, were in the border area looking for employment when they were taken.  A related story from Tijuana, Baja California warns of increased kidnapping of foreigners in border areas.

–  A gun battle between the Army and narcotraffickers in Morelia, Michoacan this morning resulted in one dead and three arrested, as well as the seizure of radio equipment, vehicles and arms, including a grenade launcher.

–  The grisly violence in the state of Chihjuahua continues with a report of “the most violent day.”  Between Sunday night through Monday, there were 11 victims of torture and murder.  Most of the crimes took place in the cities of Chihuahua and Juárez.  Runners-up in the violence news were the states of Sinaloa, Durango, Coahuila and the Federal District, all registering murders with the earmarks of organized crime.

–  Interesting and informative graphics regarding drug cartel territories can be viewed at


El Porvenir (Monterrey, Nuevo León) 7/22/08

With few details available, Mexico and Cuba will have a “round of conversations” in Mexico City on the theme of unauthorized migration of Cubans to Mexico, a practice both countries consider to be “inconvenient.”  The meeting is scheduled for Wednesday and Thursday of this week.  The majority of Cubans who enter Mexico by makeshift rafts or through the services of hired smugglers are destined to the US to take advantage of US law regarding adjustment of Cuban migrants.  Official rhetoric on both sides speak of the necessity to obtain an emigration that is “legal, safe, and orderly,” but neither side has yet come forward with a detailed plan to answer to the desires of many Cubans to abandon their country.


El Debate (Sinaloa) 7/22/08

A total of 20 officers of the Sinaloa State Department of Justice, among them commanders, agents and investigators,  resigned because of fear, lack of security and low salaries.  Some of the officers are veterans with up to 20 years service.


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