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Foreign News Report
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.
(Note: Due to technical difficulties encountered, yesterday’s report did not publish and is therefore combined with today’s report.
M3 Report for Wednesday, November 19, 2008
Excelsior (Mexico City) 11/19/08
The head office of Interpol in Lyon, France, advised that it would send a special team to Mexico to investigate a possible misuse of its information systems and data bases after the arrest of the chief of the Mexican Interpol office for links to narcotraffic. In question is the integrity of Ricardo Gutierrez Vargas, the Director General of International Police Affairs in Mexico’s Federal Agency of Investigations (AFI) and Chief of the National Central Office (OCN) of Interpol in Mexico, who is presently detained awaiting arraignment.
El Universal (Mexico City) 11/19/08
Agents from the Mexican Department of Justice are expected to arrive in Argentina today to begin a collaborative investigation with Argentine authorities into links in that country with the Sinaloa Cartel in Mexico.
El Debate (Sinaloa) 11/19/08
– Four bodies were found this morning in Navolato, Sinaloa, and one in Culiacan, all dead from multiple gunshots.
– Units of the Mexican Army secured 11 airplanes located near El Fuerte, Sinaloa, at a repair service, Aeroservicios Chryce owned by Cesar Ibarra. No further explanation was reported except that the 11 Cessnas are under guard and are marked as “secured by PGR,” Mexico’s federal Department of Justice.
Norte (Ciudad Juarez, Chihuahua) 11/19/08
Nearly half the business locations in Cd. Juarez are vacant due to the insecurity in the city. People with the means to invest in new business space are holding out to see what next year brings.
Frontera (Tijuana, Baja California) 11/19/08
Five people were found murdered in Rosarito, Baja California, this morning. Four of them were discovered in a car and were described as “quartered,” that is, heads and extremities severed and placed separately in bags. There was also a narcomessage warning that this would happen to those who associate with “el albanil.” The other victim of the morning count was found in another area with fatal bullet wounds and also with a massage.
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M3 Report for Thursday, November 20, 2008
Cambio de Michoacan (Morelia, Michoacan) 11/19/08
At Uruapan, Michoacan, Mexico’s Presient Calderon said “The federal government will continue confronting Mexico’s enemies without let-up; it doesn’t matter how long it takes us, the resources we’ll need, the human lives that may be lost, to our misfortune and sadness, but we will not rest until we liberate Mexico from the violence, the fear, because of criminality and from those who really cause the backwardness of Michoacan.”
He pointed out that efforts will be redoubled to carry out “the no holds barred, no truce” struggle against organized crime. The government has combined the efforts of the army, navy and the Federal Preventive Police which have given hard blows against organized crime in Michoacan. Calderon continued, “We have seized 163 tons of marihuana; here in Michoacan we have seized more than 6,500 firearms of different calibers, we have made possible the detention of more than two thousand persons linked to criminality.” Yet, he acknowledged there is much left to do to slow and reduce the criminal cells.
Diario de Yucatan (Merida, Yuc.) , El Informador (Guadalajara, Jalisco) 11/18/08 (EFE news agency)
The Senate of the (Mexican) Republic today asked the American Congress to report a law about the purchase and sale of firearms and thus prevent organized crime from trafficking arms to Mexico. This call was made due to the urgency that the United States “become responsible for the interference that its practices have in the world, that great power carries with it great reponsibility”, according to the accord approved by Mexican senators in ordinary session.
Fernando Castro, a legislator with the Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI), who introduced the proposal, said “The American Government does not have a national register of firearms in the hands of private citizens, which facilitates illegal traffic toward our country, a situation which has become critical for Mexicans’ security.”
He also urges the Mexican Executive to request from Washington “an energetic combat against the illegal firearms traffic which proceeds from its territory toward Mexico” but at the same time, that both governments redouble security in the country’s (Mexico’s) northern border to stop the flow of armaments.
Castro, who presides over the Legislative Studies Committee, asserted that more than half of the illegal firearms found in Mexico and of the ammunition for their use come from the United States, and are not trafficked just by mafias or organized crime but also by American citizens who have the facility to purchase them.
He insisted, “It is undeniable that the use of firearms represents an indispensable tool for organized crime and especially for narcotraffic” with which “they inflict fear and terror on our citizenry, for which reason it is unavoidable for us to focus on its illegal traffic, due to the grave situation of violence being experienced in Mexico.”
The proposal also sets out that the (Mex) Departments of the Treasury and of Public Function, as well as the Tributary Administration Service and the PGR (Dep’t. of Justice) purge from the Customs those persons infiltrated from the organized crime.
El Diario (Ciudad Juarez ed., Chihuahua) 11/18/08
Alvaro Valenzuela, a public health official in Juarez, said that this year homicides are the leading cause of death in Ciudad Juarez, surpassing suicides, accidents and all illnesses. Diabetes has been the primary cause of death there until this year; last year, 1,027 persons died from that condition in Juarez. But this year there have already been 1,276 assassinations in that city up until November 11th.
El Universal (Mexico City) 11/20/08
– (Verbatim): Three AFI (Mex. equiv. to FBI) agents, five state police agents, two commanders and two businessmen were executed (sic) in the last few hours. In Culiacan, Sinaloa, an ambush of a police convoy left three AFI and two state police dead. Alberto Vivanco Lara, commander of the State of Mex. Dep’t. of Justice police, was assassinated in Tesoyuca.
The cadavers of police officers Isaias Martinez and Alejandro Palestino were found in San Luis Potosi.
In Playas de Rosarito, Baja Calif., they found three cadavers and in Sinaloa six others. A state police officer and a businessman were assassinated in Durango. A body was found in a bag in Tultepec.
– Mexico’s new Secretary of Government Fernando Gomez Mont, met in private with the governor of Chihuahua to evaluate activities taken against organized crime in that state. Social, religious and business representatives are asking for more security due to the unaccceptable levels of violence. Executions in Chihuahua have already surpassed 1,820 this year.
Frontera (Tijuana, Baja Calif.) 11/20/08
Today’s oversize front page main headline trumpets: “TJ reaches 36 hours without deaths”
Just below that, it explains: “Yesterday the city broke the rash of numerous executions and for the first time in a long time there was a day without this type of crimes”
La Cronica de Hoy (Mexico City) 11/20/08
Tony Garza, the U.S. Ambassador to Mexico, got a “thumbs-up” mention in the opinion page for his public acknowledgement that Mexico would not be experiencing the current levels of violence if it weren’t for the U.S., the world’s largest consumer of drugs and the main supplier of firearms to the criminal organizations dealing in drugs.
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