Narcotraffickers using submersible boats to smuggle 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.
[Note to readers:  Beginning this week, the M3 reports will be published Monday through Friday.  We will continue to monitor the news on a daily basis.  News from the weekends will be reported in Monday’s edition and so noted.]


El Informador (Guadalajara, Jalisco) 7/28/08


Reporting from Bogotá, Colombia, a Vice Admiral of the Colombian Navy affirmed that the FARC (Colombian guerilla rebels) build the submersible boats used by narcotraffickers.  The boats are constructed in clandestine shipyards located in Colombia.  The fibergalss boats are “very sophisticated” and capable of speeds up to 10 knots (11.5 miles) per hour and can transport up to 10 metric tons.  The boats have been discovered as far as 1,400 miles off the coast and are manned by experts in navigation.  Since 2007, authorities have captured 12 of the submersibles in the Pacific, one in the Caribbean and seized 54 metric tons of cocaine.  [Note:  These boats are actually very low profile semi-submersibles, effectively taking them out of radar surveillance.  The attached photo relates.]





El Porvenir (Monterrey, Nuevo León) 7/28/08


In a related story to the above, A Colombian military officer on the Pacific coast said that Central America and Mexico are “trampolines” for Colombian drug shipments to the US.  The Pacific coast is mainly used for sea shipments in fast boats and semi-submersibles because of its longer coastline with abundant estuaries and rivers for hiding illegal operations. 



El Universal (Mexico City) 7/28/08


Following an investigation by the Mexican commission of human rights (CNDH) a case of corruption was reported to Mexican Immigration (INM) regarding the office in Nogales, Sonora.  The report involved several officers who exacted money from two Hondurans not only to avoid deportation but also to arrange Mexican birth certificates for them.  For this service, they demanded $4,000 US.  Through a friend, the Hondurans arranged for part of the money, 28,000 pesos (some $2,775 US), to be deposited as instructed in a specific bank account.  The friend did so and then reported the corruption.  The account number “turned out to be” that of the Chief of immigration of the Nogales office.



El Debate (Sinaloa) 7/28/08


The number of murders of police officers from various agencies has nearly tripled from the same period last year.  So far this year there have been 69 execution murders of officers compared to 25 for 2007, according to statistics compiled by El Debate.  Officials at all three levels of government enforcement agree that the rise in violence is due to the government’s increased resistance in the battle against organized crime.  The newspaper stated that “the remedy is worse than the illness.”  [Apparently indicating the war against the drug cartels is not worth the sacrifice.]



Milenio (Mexico City) 7/28/08


The deceleration of remittances from US sources is worrying experts at the World Bank who consider these resources a “lifeline” for a large number of Mexican families.  In may of this year, Mexico received 2.18 billion dollars compared to the 2.26 billion last year for the same period, a decrease of 3.4% (sic).  From January through May, 2008, 9.512 billion dollars were received, 260 million less than 2007.  The article noted that May is a significant month because of Mothers Day when traditionally there is an increase in remittances.  They also observed that the slowing of the US economy, “especially in construction which employs a high percentage of Mexicans” has affected the wages of those who have emigrated.  Mexican workers in the US are also having to accept lower wages, they further noted.



Norte (Ciudand Juárez, Chihuahua 7/28/08


Criticizing a newly modified law  regarding fines from migrants who re-enter Mexico after having been deported, an official of the Center for Human Rights observed that the law violates the rights of migrants because they have no money to pay fines.  They come here looking for enough to survive, no to pay fines, he asserted.



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