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.
El Informador (Guadalajara, Jalisco) 8/26/08
During a search in Villahermosa, Tabasco, agents of the office of the Federal Attorney General (PGR) found a list of more than 200 police officers who are under the orders of Los Zetas, the armed enforcement branch of the Gulf drug cartel. The cartel pays out 5 million pesos (nearly $500,000 US) each month between police agents in order to operate freely in the state of Tabasco. More than half the payroll goes to those in the municipalities of Villahermosa and Cárdenas, the two most important to the cartel, although the rest is distributed to another 10 towns best geographically situated for Los Zetas.. Among agencies receiving money are municipal, state and federal.
Milenio (Mexico City) 8/26/08
– The bodies of three decapitated men were discovered with a “narco-message” in a vacant lot in Tijuana, Baja California. The semi-nude bodies with hands tied had the message “people of the weakened engineer” written on their backs. Their heads, nearby, had been burned. Authorities suspect the executions might be connected to another two similar ones discovered yesterday east of Tijuana.
– In yet another uplifting story, this one from the port of Lázaro Cárdenas, Michoacán, four people were killed in an apparent confrontation between two groups of rival organized crime groups in several vehicles. The local police have not yet sorted it out.
El Debate (Sinaloa) 8/26/08
Investigations into extortion crimes reveal that some of the criminal schemes are carried out from within three prisons in Mexico. Each of the three prison gangs has its own specialty for fraudulent schemes: organized crime threats, lottery cons and false kidnapping notices to families for ransom. There have been 265 such cases reported in Sinaloa, mostly in Culiacán. The schemes have been successful because of the heightened atmosphere of crime and insecurity throughout the state. There are indications that officials in the prisons may also be involved.
El Diario en Linea (Chihuahua) 8/26/08
The excessive violence in Ciudad Juárez as well as the high level of insecurity has not only resulted in a slowing of investments but is also causing workers from other parts of the country to leave the border area. This is creating a drastic shortage of manual labor.
– In Tijuana, Baja California, authorities indicate that so far this year 20 persons have disappeared through forceful abduction by armed groups. This information comes from a special unit of the district attorney’s office called “Investigation of Forced Disappearances.”
Entorno a Tamaulipas (Tamaulipas) 8/26/08
Once again, Nuevo Laredo, Tamaulipas (across from Laredo, Texas) is threatened by narco-messages on large canvasses hung across busy streets. The photo relates. The message in blue says: “President Calderón, you want to end the insecurity, stop the ridiculous empty speeches and you and the generals stop offering protection. [followed by names of generals]. The one in red lists the narco leaders, pointing out that they have “more than 40 years operating.”