Is New Mexico Governor Bill Richardson involved in a conflict of interest?

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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.

Sat., Dec. 6
Diario Cambio, El Sol de Puebla (both Puebla, Pue.), El Pulso (San Luis Potosi), La Cronica de Hoy (Mexico City) 12/5/08
William Richardson, governor of New Mexico and nominee for Sec. of Commerce in the incoming administration, has become a member of the Business Council of the “Universidad de las Americas”
(“UDLA”) (the Puebla Univ. of the Americas)
along with other Mexican business leaders.
The Council held a closed-door meeting and in an interview after the official photo, Richardson refused to speak about what benefits or perspectives his presence could have in the “UDLA” Council once he assumes the post of Secretary of Commerce, since he said that he would “furnish that posture later.”
The chancellor of “UDLA”, Luis Derbez, is an ex-Secretary of Foreign Relations of Mexico. Other members of the Council include prominent Mexican real estate and hotel CEO’s, the Human Resources V.P. for Volkswagen Mexico, the President and CEO of Wal-Mart Mexico, and other business leaders.
The Council plans to meet four times a year.  On Thursday, Richardson also met with Jesus Ortega, the national president of the “Partido de la Revolucion Democratica” (“PRD”)
(The far left political party which almost won Mexico’s presidential elections in  2006 )
“La Cronica de Hoy” carried a front page, top item report on Richardson’s meeting on Friday morning with the governor of the state of Morelos, who said “We have the possibility of dealing with a man such as Governor Richardson who loves and understands Mexico, it is especially good news for Morelos that he may be part of president elect Obama’s team.”
Richardsdon’s mother and his sister both reside in Morelos. The meeting between Richardson and Marco Adame, Morelos’ governor, was held “for the purpose of initiating a link and promotion agenda for this entity.”
(Three of the attachments to this report are photos of Richardson with some of the other “UDLA” Council  members, with the governor of Morelos and with the head of the “PRD” political party. The fourth attachment is a cartoon from the editorial page of “Cuarto Poder” (Tuxtla, Chiapas) of 12/8/08. It’s titled “A Mexican in Obama’s Cabinet”. In the cartoon, the man asks Richardson: “Say, fellow countryman, I don’t suppose they asked you if you had papers and spoke English ?” 
El Sur  (Acapulco, Guerrero)  12/5/08
In Altamirano, Guerrero
(north of Acapulco): a man was found in the trunk of a car. He’d been decapitated and dismembered; his body parts were in four different bags. Three men elsewhere in the area were carried off forcibly. And a shootout took place that resulted in seven arrests and the seizure of a small arsenal.
El Universal  (Mexico City)  12/5/08
Jorge Ramos, the mayor of Tijuana, admitted that the wave of violence that lashes this border area has surpassed expectations; he foresees that there will be six months of terror in Tijuana.
La Cronica  (Mexicali, Baja Calif.)  12/5/08
There was a shootout in Mexicali just before midnight Thursday. The initial result was two criminals dead, five wounded  and also two police wounded. It all started when police attempted to stop a vehicle but instead its occupants opened fire. A third thug died later and the total of wounded rose to seven. Among the arrested is Jorge Romero Galvan, aka “G1”, a 22 year old who is accused of at least twenty homicides, including that of some police officers.
Excelsior  (Mexico City)  12/5/08
–     Sixty police officers in Ciudad Acuna (r
ight across the Rio Grande from Del Rio, TX) have been let go because they failed “trustworthiness” tests.
–     In Tuxtla, Chiapas, the second-in-command of the “INM”
(Mexican Immigration)
lost his job and is under investigation for demanding money from night spot operators in exchange for not launching searches for undocumented aliens – female dancers and such – who work there.
–     “At dawn Friday four men were riddled by gunshots in a bar in Ciudad Juarez, in a rash of violence which left fourteen executions in Chihuahua from Thursday afternoon until this Friday ar dawn.” 
Sun., Dec. 7  –  
There were several articles about the Mexican narcos’ growing activity in several Central and South American countries to extend their influence and operations there, including using the usual methods of violence and corruption. A thorough search of our numerous regular sources failed to reveal any other reportable items for this date. There were, of course, the usual items about seized loads of marihuana (including two of over one ton each) and the never ending accounts of homicides, from Mexico’s northern border all the way down to its southern limits.

Mon., Dec. 8
El Heraldo  (Tegucigalpa, Honduras)  12/7/08
Seven Honduran departments (read: states) are in red alert status due to their high rates of violence and criminality. During the first three months of this year there were 1,882 homicides in Honduras, a figure 38% higher than for the same period in 2007.
(For comparison purposes, “M3” sourced the FBI Uniform Crime Reports and found that the State of Virginia in the U.S. had 406 homicides for the entire year in 2007. Honduras and Virginia are quite similar in size and population.)

El Informador (Guadalajara, Jalisco) , La Jornada  (Mexico City)  12/7/08
In Uruapan, Michoacan, anonymous calls led police to the finding of a “narcograve” holding as many as ten burned and dismembered bodies, along with heavy caliber firearms, clips, fragmentation grenades and other tactical gear.
An unrelated heading in “La Jornada” read : “Yesterday, one of the quieter days: less than 20 executions.” 
El Debate  (Culiacan, Sinaloa)  12/7/08
Seven teenagers were forcibly carried off by an armed group Friday evening at a Culiacan sub-division called Villa Bonita. Nothing has been heard about them since then.
El Diario  (Ciudad Juarez, Chihuahua)  12/7/08
“Eleven persons were murdered in the last few hours in five different events”. Five in a pool hall when a group of thugs entered and opened fire on a group, kiling five and wounding another four. Elsewhere in town, two victims were found “wrapped” and with hands and feet tied. A couple of others were shot while riding in a vehicle, then crashed. Both dead.
Excelsior  (Mexico City)  12/7/08
At the “El Atoron” Ranch Villena commune, Santa Maria del Rio, state of San Luis Potosi: Mex. federal police and military arrested four men and seized 9 fragmentation grenades, 8 rifle grenades, two grenade launchers, over 500 rounds of mostly cal. 223 ammo, two rifles, two pistols, 8 clips, 4 bandoleers, 9 radios, 9 cellulars, bullet proof vests and four vehicles (two of them armored)
Milenio  (Mexico City)  12/7/08
In Palos Altos, Arcelia, Guerrero, there were two armed confrontations today (Sunday), one between criminal groups and the latter one with law enforcement and military personnel; the result has been “at least” ten dead though investigation continues and the exact number is unknown. Ten vehicles, 13 shoulder weapons and 10 handguns have so far been seized.
Norte  (Ciudad Juarez, Chihuahua)  12/7/08
Fifty homicides linked to organized crime have taken place in Juarez and its neighboring Juarez Valley area during the first week of December.  The year’s total has now reached 1,468.
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