Mexican President Calderón stresses the need for a national police force

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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 Universal (Mexico City) 9/2/08

–  President Felipe Calderón is said to be convinced that Mexico needs a national police force, but recognizes that first it must be trustworthy and efficient.  He is convinced of the need but also aware of the complex and controversial problems presented by the country’s federal structure in forming such an agency.  It would require a radical constitutional change.  “First I need to build my own, that is to say the first step of this project is that the Federal Police perform better and that I have a police force that is reliable, without which I cannot propose to the people a national police agency,” he said. [Ed. note: Mexico’s numerous police agencies operate as independent entities often at odds with one another and lacking any national cohesiveness, cooperation or common mission.] 
–  In an armed confrontation with the notorious La Familia band of kidnappers associated with the Sinaloa Cartel, Federal Police in Villa Nicolás Romero in the state of México arrested “at least 20” of the group and killed two others.  Two agents were wounded and another killed.  The kidnap victims, a mother and son, were freed.  Police also seized four of the gang’s “safe-houses”  in the area.  Photo relates.



El Financiero (Mexico City) 9/2/08
A group of 44 undocumented Salvadorans and Guatemalans were detained in the state of Chiapas traveling in two trucks hidden among cow hides.  They were discovered by Mexican Immigration (INM) in “deplorable condition” under piles of smelly hides and suffering dehydration.  From January through June this year, the Mexican authorities have repatriated 19,147 Guatemalans and 12,950 Salvadorans.  The total for all Central Americans sent back during the period is 43,975.
El Imparcial (Hermosillo, Sonora) 9/2/08
Six police officers were arrested relative to the death of a US citizen in the tourist town of San José del Cabo, Baja California Sur.  The victim, a male age 38, whose name has not been released, was from Oregon and had been involved in a fight at an apartment complex.  Forensic evidence indicates he may have died from injuries incurred at the time of arrest.  The police officers have given contradictory accounts of the arrest and incarceration.
El Informador (Guadalajara, Jalisco) and Excelsior (Mexico City)  9/2/08
An unfinished narco-tunnel was discovered today in Mexicali, Baja California.  The tunnel, 6 meters under the surface,  measures 120 meters in length and is 1.5 meters wide.  The construction was interrupted 60 meters from entering the US.  The tunnel has lighting, ventilation, air conditioning and an elevator, according to the state police.  Eight people have been arrested and admit working on the project for the purpose of smuggling drugs.  Photos relate.


 Entorno s Tamaulipas (Tamaulipas) 9/2/08
–  In two operations, one in Reynosa and the other in Miguel Alemán, the Mexican Army seized nearly a ton of marijuana and arrested five people.  They also seized four AR-15 rifles and other firearms.
–  The left leaning PRD party of Andrés Manuel López Obrador, who came within a fraction of a percentage point of winning the last presidential election, is said to be entering a “critical phase of possible rupture” from internal differences as intermediate elections approach in 2009.
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