U.S. economic woes will affect economies of Mexico and Central America

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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.

Saturday 10/18/08

El Universal (Mexico City) 10/18/08
–  The president of the center for Inter-American Dialogue, Peter Hakim, said that the most perilous challenge in Latin America for the US is in the combining of an eventual economic destabilization and the problem generated by narcotraffic violence.  He pointed out that because of the link between the US and Mexican economies, there is risk of a strong setback and maybe a prolonged recession that would be complicated by politics.  He added that Latin America cannot expect much from the next US president since his principal task will be to resolve the economic crisis.
–  Mexican Federal Police late yesterday arrested two suspects in the multi-homicide of 24 men whose bodies were found September 12 in a park near Mexico City [M3 report 9/13/08].  One of the suspects arrested is an active municipal police commander in Huixquilucan, state of México, and is reported to be a member of the Beltrán Leyva Cartel.  The arrests led today to a search of the building in which the men were murdered.  In addition to evidence of the massacre, officials also found that the building had been used as a lab for manufacturing synthetic drugs.
–  Two suspected murderers were extradited to the US by the Mexican government.  So far, during the present administration of President Felipe Calderón, there have been 154 such extraditions to the US. 
El Debate (Sinaloa) 10/18/08
–  Five men were abducted together and murdered in the environs of Badiraguato, Sinaloa.  Four of the men were returning from a wake and stopped to buy beer, at which time they gave a ride to another man.  Shortly afterward, the five were taken at gunpoint and murdered by AK-47 gunfire.  In another Sinaloa town, Sinaloa de Leyva, three more bodies were found, killed by 9mm gunshots.  While not yet determined, it is strongly presumed that the murders were by organized crime as one of the victims had evidence of an attempted decapitation.
–  Two activists of a social movement in Oaxaca were arrested yesterday afternoon for the shooting death of a US journalist in 2006.  The newsman, Bradlley Roland Will, was working for indymedia.org taping social disturbances in Oaxaca when he was killed.  
El Universo  (Guayaquil, Ecuador)  10/18/08
Seventy-one Ecuadoran deportees from the United States arrived in Guayaquil on Friday aboard a flight originating in Florence, Arizona.  Among them were individuals convicted for armed robbery, DUI and other violations.  All had initially entered the U.S. illegally.  The group was screened by Ecuadoran officials to ascertain their health status and the 71 were then taken to the “Policia de Migracion” before being set free.
Prensa Libre  (Guatemala City, Guatemala) 10/18/08
The “PNC” ( Guatemala’s National Police)  reported that Guatemalan “security forces” arrested nine Ecuadorans and two Salvadorans, all “undocumented”, who were aiming to cross into Mexican territory to reach the United States.  Their two “transporters”, both Guatemalans, were also detained.
El Comercio  (Lima, Peru)  10/18/08
A Peruvian flag vessel – not otherwise identified – arrived Friday night at Puerto Quetzal, on Guatemala’s Pacific coast. Two suitcases from that vessel were found to be loaded with 57 kilos of cocaine. No arrests were made. 
Sunday 10/19/08
El Universal (Mexico City) 10/19/08
Festivities were interrupted at a party at a “luxurious house” located in a national park near Mexico City when Federal Police arrived and arrested 15 of the attendees for suspected links to the Arturo Beltrán Leyva drug cartel.  Taken into custody at the wilderness park, Desierto de los Leones, were eleven Colombians, two Mexicans, one Uruguayan and one US citizen.  Four females were included in those arrested. 
El Comercio   (Lima, Peru) and La Prensa  (San Pedro Sula, Honduras)  10/19/08
Twelve persons representing nine different nationalities  were arrested this past week at Lima’s airport.  All were in the process of boarding flights out of the country and all were carrying varying amounts of cocaine, including two Spaniards hauling 83 kilos between them.
Another 79 kilos of cocaine were seized by police from a “fast boat” in Honduras’ far eastern “mosquito coast”; the boat is believed to have come from Colombia.  Its three occupants fled into the seaside jungle when they saw themselves being followed.
Monday 10/20/08

El Universal (Mexico City) 10/20/08
–  The easy corridor of travel by Cubans to the US via Mexico was closed today by an agreement signed by Mexico and Cuba.  According to the Memorandum on Matters of Migration, Cubans arriving in Mexico by sea or from Central America will be returned to Cuba.  Both signatories agreed that the basis of the problem was the US policy called the Cuban Adjustment Law, but better known as the “policy of dry feet,” which “artificially stimulated” the problem for Mexico and gave rise to dangerous criminal smuggling activities.
–  A prison riot in Reynosa, Tamaulipas between rival groups  resulted in at least 16 deaths and 24 injured.  There have been several deadly prison riots recently in different parts of the country.  Authorities believe them to be an extension of the war between rival drug cartels.
Norte (Ciudad Juárez, Chihuahua) 10/20/08
The first and last  lines of a column by Hérika Martínez Prado: “Businesses closed, houses for sale, lands abandoned that before were cultivated, a high rate of migration to the US, sadness and fear, are part of what the wave of violence has left in the Juárez Valley.  It’s not imagined, one always fears going into the wrong place or open the door of his home or business to someone he shouldn’t.”  Several other stories also reflected the dire circumstances and results of insecurity in the Juárez area, including fewer crossings into El Paso by shoppers. 
Excelsior (Mexico City) 10/20/08
A total of 12 men, two of them city police and another a city official, were assassinated in a 12-hour period in the cities of Tijuana and Rosarito Beach, Baja California, reported the state’s Attorney General.  the other homicides included three bodies dissolved in acid, one decapitation, one asphyxiation and the rest riddled by gunfire.  This brings the total of such gang-style murders in the area to 140 in three weeks, or more than six per day.
El Diario de Coahuila (Saltillo, Coah.) 10/20/08
The bodies of three men, apparently Mexican military, were found early this morning in the town of Santiago, Nuevo León, dead of knife wounds.  Their identities and murders are under investigation.
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