NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF FORMER BORDER PATROL OFFICERS
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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.
El Tiempo (Bogota, Colombia) 11/24/08
An aircraft from the U.S. Joint Command Southern Task Force spotted a northbound boat some 28 miles southwest of Corrientes Cape ( about 2/3 of the way up Colombia’s Pacific coast). The aircraft alerted the Colombian Coast Guard. The result was the seizure of 328 kilos of cocaine, 116 kilos of cocaine base, 234 kilos of marihuana, an assault rifle and ammo. The four Colombian crewmen were arrested. The boat had been headed toward Central America.
This joint U.S./Colombia interdiction program has yielded 39 tons of cocaine this year.
Diario de Yucatan (Merida, Yuc.), El Diario (Juarez ed., Chihuahua) & others 11/24/08
On Tuesday at around 6:30 a.m. seven men were placed in front of a fence by a soccer field and the Sierra Madre elementary school, on the northeast side of Juarez. They had their hands tied and they were gagged. They exhibited signs of previous torture and some strangulation. They were made to kneel down and then all seven were executed by gunfire. Each was also then given a coup de grace shot. Three “narcomessages” were left with the bodies and “at least” one hundred spent cartridges were later collected by officials from the scene. Shortly after, students arriving for classes at the school had to be rerouted by police.
Chihuahua experienced a total of seventeen murders since our last report, most of them in the border area. Homicides linked to organized crime in Chihuahua’s border area have now surpassed 1,400 this year.
The attachment to this report is a photograph of this mass execution scene from one of the papers carrying this item.
La Jornada (Mexico City) 11/24/08
In Tijuana, newspaper reporters and their accompanying photographers now routinely wear bullet proof vests while out on assignment. Insecurity from “narcoviolence” is such that for fear of retaliation they also protect themselves by not putting their names on the stories they write.
Prensa Grafica (San Salvador, El Salvador) 11/24/08
There have been 230 homicides in El Salvador in the first 23 days of this month, an average of ten a day. According to police 70 percent of these crimes are caused by warfare between criminal gangs. The U.N. Development Program reports that the homicide rate in El Salvador tops 60 per hundred thousand population.
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