Agents find 8,400 barrels of chemicals used to manufacture illicit drugs


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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 Informador  (Guadalajara, Jalisco)  7/26/08  (this item also appeared in at least 6 other papers)
Mexican federal agents and army personnel searched a large “narcowarehouse” in Zapopan, Jalisco and found eight thousand four hundred barrels filled with six different chemical precursors for the production of synthetic drugs. Each barrel has a capacity of 200 liters (some 52.8 gallons). If there was any doubt as to the involvement of organized crime it was dispelled when it was found that the barrels were also fitted with GPS devices. (Zapopan is a satellite city of Guadalajara. The two attached photos show the large number of barrels in the interior of the warehouse.)
Nacion  (San Jose, Costa Rica)  7/26/08
An airline passenger from Mexico en route to Panama made a transit stop at the San Jose airport last Wednesday night. But “anti-drug” agents noticed his nervousness and checked his baggage. Hidden in his briefcase: $514,000 dollars. He was unable to explain their origin or ownership.
Cuarto Poder  (Tuxtla, Chiapas) 7/26/08
A small rolling arsenal was found in two vehicles on the highway between Tuxtla and San Cristobal de Las Casas, Chiapas; they were loaded with twenty AR15, three AK47 and a .72mm. AR-10 rifle; plus two fragmentation grenades, 1,383 rounds of ammo, 6 bullet proof vests, bandoleers, helmets, etc. Two thugs were arrested.
(Note: our initial portion of the report regarding the number of new homicide victims in Mexico had to be amended several times prior to inclusion in today’s issue because the number kept increasing as we researched articles posted at a later hour in other papers. We cannot guarantee that it hasn’t increased yet again.)
A condensation from a number of papers including Diario de Coahuila, (Saltillo, Coah.), El Universal & Excelsior (Mexico City), Noroeste  (Culiacan, Sinaloa); Novedades de Quintana Roo  (Cancun, Q.R.)   7/26/08
In the last 24 hours twenty-one persons have lost their lives in Mexico due to organized crime activity. The states of Chihuahua and Sinaloa lead the list, followed by Sonora and Durango. The group includes a city treasurer and two police officers. The articles then usually go on to describe  the related events in more detail. The Excelsior article, posted at 10:48 a.m. Mexico City time,  rose the count in Sinaloa from the original six to eight.
 And the following is an abbreviation of how Noroeste reported the latest murder of law enforcement officers in Culiacan:
At dawn today (Sat.) two “Ministerial State Police” agents were found in the trunk of a car in the center of town; that raises the number of police officers murdered this year in Sinaloa to sixty-seven. The two were assigned to the Homicide Investigations Division of Culiacan. A parked car with windows down drew the attention of officials, who saw a black briefcase on the front seat and a 7.62x51mm G3 rifle, along with two pistols and a radio on the back seat. In the trunk were  the bodies of the two agents, with signs of torture and with their hands and feet tied. Their death follows the quite recent resignation of twenty “ministerial police” members due to low salaries and insecurity.
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