(Mexico City) 11/4/08
– According to records kept by El Universal since 2005, the 24 hours of Monday (yesterday) were the most violent for the year in the country, with 58 murders linked to organized crime. This figure surpasses the record set on Sept 12 when 41 murders occurred within a 24-hour period. Among those murdered yesterday were seven police commanders and officers. One police officer was wounded and the severed head of a private security guard was left in a gasoline station restroom.
– Federal agents checking traffic on the highway between Los Mochis and Ahoma, Sinaloa, arrested five people in two vehicles transporting 227 kilos of marihuana. The five males, all from Sinaloa, included a 15-year-old. The agents also seized the two vehicles.
– The Mexican Senate is embroiled in a fight of conflicting ideas regarding pending reforms in the departments of Judicial and Public Security. The main obstacle appears to be the left-wing PRD party, which, although acknowledging urgency in the reforms, sees no conditions at present for agreement. The party’s spokesman, Senator Ricardo Monreal, said that prison reform, police unification, investigative authority and other needed adjustments in security, which do not seem to be the best solutions, are losing ground.
El Imparcial (Hermosillo, Sonora) 11/4/08
Following the assassination of the head of State Police yesterday, nearly 100 Federal Police agents, more than 200 state officers and some 300 municipal police will comprise the combat force against organized crime in Nogales, Sonora. The federal agents arrived yesterday to coordinate strategies to fight crime in the border city.
Milenio (Mexico City) 11/4/08
At least eight municipal police from the town of Buenavista Tomatlan, Michoacan, were arrested last night by Mexican military stationed in Apatzingan. At press time, no reason for their detention had been released. [The town is located in the Tierra Caliente area, which has a history of being a hotspot for narco activity.]
Excelsior (Mexico City) 11/4/08
The Colombian Navy intercepted a semisubmersible craft with 1.6 tons of cocaine destined to Central American ports. An official report said the boat was located in an area known as Cabo Manglares in the southern department [state] of Nariño [bordering Ecuador on the Pacific Ocean]. The crew of the boat managed to escape when they spotted the authorities.
Cambio de Michoacan (Morelia, Michoacan) 11/4/08
The state of Michoacan imports 88% of their workforce from other states and from Central America, according to a national institute of statistical information (INEGI). The same institute also recorded that 40% of the state’s own workers have departed to the US.
El Debate (Sinaloa) 11/4/08
Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez said he would be willing to meet with Barak Obama if elected. Chavez said he believes the diplomatic relations between Venezuela and the US, at its lowest point in years, could improve with Obama in the White House.
La Jornada (Mexico City) 11/4/08
Following the arrest, October 22, of one of the leaders of the Sinaloa (or Pacific) Cartel, Jesus “El Rey” Zambada Garcia, and 15 others, one of the accomplices agreed to cooperated with SIEDO [equiv: DEA] and fingered three agents of the Federal Police (PFP) who had conspired to provide the cartel free rein to operate in return for millions in bribe money. The witness said that a commander in the PFP, Edgar Enrique Ballardo del Villar, and two of his subordinates, Jorge Cruz and Fidel Hernandez, permitted the cell of the cartel located in the Mexico City area to operate with impunity. The investigation continues.
El Sol de Mexico (Mexico City) 11/4/08
The Evo Morales government of Bolivia conveyed notice to the US Drug Enforcement Agency to leave the country within three months. Morales accused the DEA of fomenting trouble in his country, charges which DEA denies.
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