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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.
[Leading the Mexican news today was the public revelation of corruption in SIEDO, the principal federal agency in Mexico’s war against organized drug traffic.]
El Universal (Mexico City) 10/28/08
Narcotraffic has been embedded in the structure of Mexico’s principal anti-drug agency for 11 years, according to the US government. Since 1997, one of principal officials in the anti-drug war, Miguel Colorado González, has been in the service of the Beltrán Leyva Cartel, according to a diplomatic note delivered by the US to Mexico. The communication refers to the official, known as “El Viejito del Cielo” [the little old man from heaven], as using his position for aiding the illegal activities of the cartel by supplying information regarding police and military operations and the names of those involved, according to the official document.
Mexican Senator Ricardo Monreal considered that the Senate should demand an in-depth investigation regarding the infiltration of organized crime into SIEDO. He said the situation had been reported several years ago and is only the “tip of the iceberg.” He called for the Senate, as well as the Department of Justice, to conduct investigations. “It seems important to me, worth emphasizing, the acknowledgement of what everyone has known, but that the government has not admitted: the drug cartels have infiltrated police agencies even to the federal level,” he said.
The newspaper’s editorial also addressed the situation in much the same line, but added, “If we are to believe the versions that run far and wide along the border with the United States, the cartels have begun also to infiltrate some of the US organizations presumably charged with vigilance, like the Border Patrol or ICE. Some of the arms used by the hired killers were stolen from US National Guard armories and most have been acquired more or less by legal means in the country to the north.”
El Imparcial (Hermosillo, Sonora) 10/28/08
– President Calderón assured the federal government that there is no doubt the public servants in SIEDO who betrayed their country by siding with organized crime will be punished. This was in reference to the planned “cleansing” of the agency.
– In less than six hours, six men were gunned down in Tijuana, Baja California in different parts of the city.
El Sol de México (Mexico City) 10/28/08
The sub-director of the state police in Durango was assassinated by AK-47 gunfire as he was driving in Durango City. The killers escaped in their own vehicle.
Entorno a Tamaulipas (Tamaulipas) 10/28/08
A wave of Mexicans returning from the US in automobiles and arriving at Nuevo Laredo, Tamaulipas, are completely filling the vehicle inspection center. Many are returning to reside while others said they were en route to visit and would wait out the situation in the US. The exit of Mexicans from the US is expected to increase after November 1.
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