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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) 1/2/09
The Chief of Staff of Mexico’s Department of Defense (Sedena) estimates that the military would only be able to carry out continuous combat, externally or internally, for 12 days with the armament presently available. The armored units, it is estimated, would use up their firepower in nine days and the air branch, in five days. The department advised that the 594 night vision devices and 3,095 GPS units used by Special Forces in combat against drug cartels “have already completed their period of service,” being between five and 13 years old. The shortage and fatigue of personnel in the ranks of both the Army and Air Force are evident and reaching “unimaginable levels” in practically all areas of operations. As a final note, the department revealed that only 4 air-to-air missiles are available, amounting to one day’s combat.
New legislation will be enacted tomorrow revising Mexico’s national security system. The law creates improved criminal intelligence and information, new sanctions for corrupt police, for governors who fail to carry out national agreements, and for civilians who falsify documents. It also provides for a four-year period during which all police in the country — federal, state and local — will be evaluated for honesty and ability.
Cambio de Michoacan (Morelia, Michoacan) 1/2/09
The criminal organization known as La Familia is seeking new criminal alliances to reinforce its presence in four areas after the arrest of one of its principal leaders, Alberto “La Fresa” Espinoza Barron. Federal reports indicate that Espinoza Barron worked under orders from Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman, leader of the Sinaloa cartel, to coordinate operations receiving drug shipments at Michoacan’s port of Lazaro Cardenas. With Espinoza Barron missing, new contacts must be found and old ones reaffirmed in order to continue operations in the Morelia area. The vacancy also presents the danger of attacks from rival organizations due to weakened links to armed protective support, especially protection from Los Zetas who were formerly in alliance, but now are La Familia’s principal enemy.
El Debate (Sinaloa) 1/2/09
Heading the wish list of the families in Culiacan, Sinaloa, for the coming year are security and jobs. In a society shaken by violence in 2008 leaving the impression of one long night, the hopes for this year are to regain civic health and prosperity as well as peace and security. [Culiacan has been, for years, a hotbed of narco violence and warfare.]
El Porvenir (Monterrey, Nuevo Leon) 1/2/09
Federal police and military encountered gunfire with presumed narcos in Torreon, Coahuila, yesterday afternoon. Unofficial sources report that four soldiers were wounded from grenades and bazooka fire. Many of the criminal gunmen managed to escape capture, but three were killed.
Frontera (Tijuana, Baja Califoria) 1/2/09
A Mexican Army amphibious unit seized 1.39 metric tons of marijuana in 240 packages found in an abandoned boat in an estuary near the port city of Guaymas, Sonora. No further information was provided.
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