Mexico DOJ Releases Seizure Statistics from Organized Crime for 2008 to date

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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)  8/14/08
The Dep’t. of Justice of Mexico released a report to foreign journalists on Wednesday with data of items seized from organized crime so far in 2008:
–    226 aircraft
–    276.9 million dollars (205 were those of Zhenli Ye Gon)
–    61 tons of cocaine
–    2,975 tons of marihuana
–    8,923 firearms (5,178 long barrel)
–    611 grenades & “a million” rounds of ammo.

El Diario (Ciudad Juarez, Chihuahua) , La Jornada  (Mexico City)  8/14/08
A massacre took place in Ciudad Juarez yesterday evening when nine persons were killed and either five or fifteen (reports vary) others were wounded after an armed group of some eight uniformed, hooded men burst into a drug rehab center and began a wholesale attack with AK47 rifles. Added to five unrelated others elsewhere in town, these murders raise the tally of homicide victims in August to 94 and to 787 for the year for the city of Juarez.
La Cronica de Hoy  (Mexico City)  8/14/08
Half a dozen “executions”, among them that of a police officer and of a security supervisor, took place in the states of Michoacan, Sonora, Guerrero, Jalisco and Nuevo Leon. All of them were presumably carried out by organized crime. The Michoacan victim was a man who had just begun to supervise security functions at a business firm last Monday; he was shot at six times, four of them to his head, as he was getting into a vehicle on the way to work. The Sonora case involved a man who resisted being forcibly abducted. The Guerrero victim was a police officer who was shot from behind.
La Jornada  (Mexico City)  8/14/08
This paper updates the item above by reporting eleven homicide victims, adding the states of Coahuila and Mexico to the list. It also mentions that two of the victims in Juarez (other than those in the rehab center) had their index fingers on the right hand cut off, meaning that they had been identified as informants.
Cuarto Poder  (Tuxtla, Chiapas)  8/14/08
A semi truck stopped for refueling near Tapachula, Chiapas, was checked due to an anonymous report.  Hidden in two “secret” portions of the sleeping compartment were eight Ecuadorans, five females and three males, all illegally in Mexico. The driver tried to bribe his way out of the deal by offering 1,800 pesos to the arresting officials.  The Ecuadorans said they were attempting to go across Mexico and then enter the United States.
Excelsior  (Mexico City) 8/14/08
In Jacona, Michoacan, Mex. army personnel seized three vehicles which had been painted to look just like federal police patrol units, including the logo, and had been outfitted with radio communication equipment.
Tamaulipas en linea  (Matamoros, Tamps.)  8/14/08
The start of the border fence construction in the area across the Rio Grande from the state of Tamaulipas has caused a 230% increase in the “tariffs” charged by smugglers of aliens into the United States. This, according to the “Center for Border Studies and Promotion of Human Rights.”  The organization added that one hundred persons arrive in that area daily with the intention of crossing into the United States.
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