More than thirty Tijuana police officers desert their posts and flee after 21 others were detained for questioning

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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)  11/13/08
–    “More than” thirty Tijuana city and “ministerial” (state) police officers deserted their post and have fled after 21 others of their fellow workers were detained for questioning about their possible links with organized crime. The detainees and the deserters are on a list furnished to the military by Luis Ramirez, “El Guero Camaron,” an operator of the Arellano Felix cartel. Some 21 of this latest group are Tijuana police officers and “at least” 10 others are state police assigned to the state of Baja Calif. Dep’t. of Justice.
–    In Matamoros, Tamaulipas, Mex. army personnel yesterday disarmed and detained all city police officers. They were eventually released to carry out their duties but were left without their firearms.
El Comercio  (Lima, Peru)  11/12/08
Eight Chinese males were found hidden in the back of a semi trailer headed south on Peru’s main coastal highway. The arrest took place not far from the border with Ecuador and all eight admitted they had entered from Ecuador. All eight are in the country illegally. This brings to fifty the number of illegal Chinese arrested in Peru in the last three months. All of them stated that their final destination was the United States.
El Debate  (Culiacan, Sinaloa)  11/12/08
A Mex. military helicopter on a reconnaisance flight prompted several individuals to flee from a ranch and they had disappeared by the time ground forces arrived. At the locale: a cocaine processing plant with dozens of 200 liter capacity barrels filled with various  amounts of acetone and drug, plus related equipment – dryers, scales – a couple of firearms and some ammo. The site is a warehouse and ranch near the San Diego Ejido, off the highway between Culiacan and Eldorado, Sinaloa.
 El Diario (Ciudad Juarez ed., Chihuahua)  11/12/08
Note: a glance at the local news section of this paper challenges the reader to keep track of and differentiate between the various and continuous accounts of homicides taking place in that city. The headlines report these bloody events almost as if they were announcing that the weather was going to be partly cloudy for the day. Here are four of the first five items from the local news listing, none of which are related to the others):
–    Man killed by gunfire at Los Nogales neighborhood
–    They kill him inside his house
–    State police officers riddled by gunfire; one dead, the other is wounded
–    Murder victim was State Police coordinator. 
 El Imparcial (Hermosillo, Sonora)  11/12/08
Jorge Ramos is a newscaster for the “Univision” (Spanish lang. TV network) ; he also writes a syndicated column seen regularly in a number of Mexican, Central American and in at least one South American paper. After making a review of historical events he ends his current column as follows):
When I spoke with Obama the first time, before the present financial crisis exploded, he told me he would have five priorities during his first year in office: Iraq, medical insurance, energy, education and immigration. And now we don’t know if he will expand his priorities up to six during his first 365 days, including the economy, or whether he will take immigration reform out of his projects during the first year.
And it is there that we Hispanics must put pressure: Barack Obama wanted the vote of the Latins, he promised a migratory reform in the first year and the majority of Hispanics (67%) voted for him.
The Latins kept their part of the deal. Now it’s Obama’s turn to do so. 
Frontera  Tijuana, Baja Calif.)  11/13/08
Random items from today’s front page:
–    They kill three and one other is wounded
–    Man killed in second hand store
–    Man executed in his home
–    Human head found in la Morita (a local neighborhood)
–    Burned body found in barrel
–    Cadaver found at Playas de Tijuana (the local beach area)
 La Cronica  (Mexicali, Baja Calif.)  11/13/08
That tunnel detected just across the border while still under construction in Mexicali, B.C., was 7.6 meters deep and was accessed down a wooden ladder. The height and width are both 1.5 meters; the tunnel walls were lined with wooden boards.
Milenio  (Mexico City)  11/13/08
The attachment is a graphic chart and map of Mexico showing the monthly number of law enforcement officers murdered in Mexico so far this year (473) and the states with the highest incidence of these crimes (Chihuahua, Sinaloa, state of Mexico, Guerrero and Michoacan.) The daily average for November is three. 
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