NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF FORMER BORDER PATROL OFFICERS
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Foreign News Report
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 Universal (Mexico City) 7/29/08
– Four policemen were killed in Lerdo, Durango in separate hit-and-run gun battles with the same group of criminals. The killings began with the arrest of a subject in possession of an AK-47 assault rifle. On being transported to the police station, the police vehicle was attacked by an armed group in three cars. One policeman was killed and the prisoner freed. Other police responding to the surprise attack were able to repel the attackers and were returning to the office when they were assaulted on two fronts by the same group and two more police were killed before the group fled. When police attempted to chase them, another battle ensued in which the fourth police officer was killed.
– in another case, a police officer was assassinated in Culiacán, Sinaloa while driving his car when two vehicles overtook him and the occupants opened fire, wounding him. While the officer lay on the street. a neighborhood crowd gathered and the killers then returned and finished him off before the terrified onlookers.
El Imparcial (Hermosillo, Sonora) 7/29/08
– Headline: Mexico and Brazil lead in cases of AIDS in Latin America.
– Although US news, El Imparcial and several other newspapers took notice, with photos, of the watering stations established for illegal entrants in the mountains 90 miles east of San Diego and in the desert of Imperial Valley in California.
El Informador (Guadalajara, Jalisco) 7/29/08
The bodies of two men, blindfolded and shot several times in the head, were dropped in front of the military post in the border town of Reynosa, Tamaulipas.
El Debate (Sinaloa) 7/29/08
– Operation Culicán-Navolato has hit organized crime through the seizures of 17 residence and ranch properties, 55 vehicles and more than 50 aircraft (several of them large transports) since the beginning of the action this year. The operation is now extending to include the city of Guamúchil, Sinaloa. The newspaper’s editorial today praised the efforts of the operation, stating in part, “With the confiscation of cars, aircraft, residences and even ranches, the security operation Culiacán-Navolato has inflicted important economic losses on the drug cartels and, in doing so, diminished their power.”
– Yesterday evening in Mazatlán, Sinaloa agents seized nearly a ton of marihuana from a residence. The individual guarding the house escaped when he saw the police arriving.
El Diario en Linea (Chihuahua) 7/29/08
Three presumed people-smugglers were murdered execution style in Nogales, Sonora. The three were guiding a group of seven toward the US border when they were interrupted by several armed men. The guides were then separated from the group, tied up and each shot once in the head.
Milenio (Mexico City) 7/29/08
In two months, the Mexican Army and police forces have dismantled a large part of the network of communications that narcotraffickers Joaquín “El Chapo” Guzmán and Ismael “El Mayo” Zambada had been building for several years in order to keep in contact with their operatives. According to a report on Operation Culicán-Navolato, more than 100 transmission antennas have been located that are believed to serve the Sinaloa Cartel. Many were located in the mountains of Sinaloa state and difficult to access.
El Financiero (Mexico City) 7/29/08
Their editorial cartoon reads: 7 of each 10 Cubans who go into exile in the United States pass through Mexico to that country.
Those Cubans sure like the idea of “Eat and run.”