Archive for October 10th, 2008

Tijuana becoming a no man’s land – very dangerous place to be

October 10, 2008

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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.

Diario de Coahuila  (Saltillo, Coah.) 10/9/08
Eleven persons were murdered in Tijuana and Rosarito, Baja Calif. in the last few hours.
Three were found by a landfill, two in a car, three others at a taco stand. (And so on.)
Local officials said the events were all apparently related to organized crime activity.
Last week the press reported more than fifty murders related to organized crime in Tijuana.
 La Voz de la Frontera  (Mexicali, Baja Calif.)  10/10/08
The headline reads : “Tijuana, no man’s land; twelve are executed”
( The rather long article describes the places, times, names and circumstances surrounding the latest batch of homicides in Tijuana. The initial portion of the article follows )
“The city has become a lawless town at the mercy of the members of organized crime, who execute people with impunity and out on the public street. The bodies of a dozen persons who were massacred by firearm projectile impacts were found in little more than 12 hours. The most disquieting (factor) for the community is that now they shoot persons who are not involved in their illegal activities and (who are) apparently innocent.”
( The attachment to this report is a photograph accompanying the article with a caption reading: “The bodies of four executed (persons) were piled up against each other inside this SUV without a second seat. The vehicle shows the multiple bullet impacts.” )


Frontera (Tijuana, Baja Calif.)  10/10/08
–    In Chihuahua, capital city of the state of Chihuahua, at least six persons entered the “Rio Rosas” bar at around 10:15 p.m. Thursday. Without saying a word they began to shoot. Eleven persons in the bar were killed and some four others ended up in area hospitals.
–    In Tijuana, local officials confirmed that there were human remains in the barrels found outside the “Del Pacifico” seafood restaurant a week ago. Yesterday there was a shootout involving members of an organized crime group at the same restaurant. The barrels had a message saying ” This is what will happen to the Engineer and to those who hang around with him, and we’re going to turn them into posole” ( Note: “posole” is a Mexican dish with the consistency of stew)  
La Prensa Grafica  (San Salvador, El Salvador)  10/9/08
The director of the Center for Central American Studies, Jesus Aguilar, said it has been ascertained that the daily rate of emigration of Salvadorans to the United States has dropped from 700 to 400 because of the present “economic panorama” in the U.S. as well as the increase in round-ups of illegal aliens.
According to El Salvador’s “Direccion Nacional de Migracion” 10,434 Salvadorans were deported by Mexico to El Salvador this year up until Oct. 5, a decrease from 13,462 in the equivalent period last year.
Salvadorans deported from the U.S. this year in those same dates have reached 14,409.
Individual monetary remittances back into El Salvador reached 3.692,3 billion dollars in 2007. Some 2.8 million Salvadorans live abroad, 2.5 million of them in the United States.
El Observador  (Caracas, Venezuela)  10/9/08
“More than” 2,300 official national identity cards were found in boxes and bags dumped on an empty lot in Valencia, state of Carabobo, Venezuela. The Security Secretary, Lino Perez Colmenares, expressed his discomposure because of the proximity of elections. The case was referred to the National Office of Identification and Immigration.
a.b.c.  (Mexico City) , Diario de Coahuila  (10/9/08)
An anonymous call led Mexican military personnel to a residence in Huandacareo, Michoacan, where they seized twenty-two firearms including assault rifles, shotguns and handguns, plus 5,021 rounds of ammo, 34 clips, tactical vests, handcuffs, sets of license plates and cammo uniforms.
Diario de Yucatan  (Merida, Yucatan) – and others – 10/9/08
Seventeen inmates escaped out the front door from the prison at Reynosa, Tamaulipas ( across the Rio Grande from McAllen, TX) before dawn Thursday. They were reportedly assisted by four prison guards including the shift leader at the time. The seventeen and the four are all unaccounted for.

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