Mexico: 2009 starts off bloody. Twenty plus people executed over the new year weekend

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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.

Saturday 1/3/09


El Universal (Mexico City) 1/3/09


Four people were murdered Friday evening in separate incidents in Tijuana and Rosarito, Baja California.  One of those killed by gunfire was a police officer.  Bodies of two other victims were found burning in a car.  Another died when armed men burst into a gambling hall, shooting.


The seasonal increase of Mexican citizens returning home for the Christmas holidays appears normal, according to Mexico’s Secretary of Foreign Relations (SRE).  However, the department lacks specific data to indicate the number returning permanently  due to the economic or enforcement climate in the US.


Jose Luis Piñeyro, a Mexican scholar writes, in part, the following observations concerning the increasing toll of the narco-war in Mexico:

The official version of this bloodbath is always the same: it is the answer to the government’s damaging blows against crime and it is the fighting between the narcos for the market.  The strategies of anti-criminal tactics are also the same: operations against the functional structure (arrests of hundreds of national and foreign narcos, seizures of thousands of vehicles and arms, destruction of clandestine landing fields) and economic (confiscation of  millions of dollars and pesos and of tons of natural and synthetic drugs) and the purging of the municipal, state and federal police.  Although such repressive tactics are necessary and have yielded the greatest number of headlines in comparison to other presidential administrations, they have been absent other qualitative tactics that ought to accompany the quantitative.

As I have said before, I insist that indispensable tactics are lacking and they are: systematic and reliable civilian and military intelligence efforts; periodic tracking and confiscation of the millions laundered in the financial system and the arrest of white-collar criminals; location and confiscation of patrimonial wealth (houses, buildings, ranches, hotels); permanent massive rehabilitation of drug addicts; constant prevention of the use of drugs and ample public cooperation with the authorities.

Because of public reaction to the present climate of terror produced by the thousands of narco-executions, Sedena [Dept. of Defense] recently called on the people to valiantly report those committing illegal activities.  This begs the questions: Where are the departments of education and social development?  And the business organizations?  And the churches?  And the universities?  Perhaps their calls are late because the narcos have managed to intimidate the public.  Hopefully this is not so, given that the important thing is to break with that repressive circle that the narco money launderers and straw-men take advantage of.  

The war is not only won with bullets and bombs, but also with the strength of the moral element that Mexico so greatly lacks.



Sunday 1/4/09


El Universal (Mexico City) 1/4/09


Of the list of “extraditables,” Mexico, in the past years,  has turned over 15 of the principal leaders of the drug cartels operating in Mexico — 12 in the past two years.  The Mexican government considers the extraditions part of the national strategy in the combat against narco-trafficking.  According to the office of the Attorney General (PGR), the extraditions have hit the leadership of the Tijuana cartel the hardest with seven of their key players turned over to the US for prosecution since 2001.  Also damaged in the program are the Gulf and Pacific cartels, each losing three important members to extradition.  Other important narco-chiefs are presently in the extradition process in Mexico and there are other big names still at large who are eligible for “fast track” extradition to the US when they are captured.



El Porvenir (Monterrey, Nuevo Leon) 1/4/09


According to figures made public by the Mexican Secretary of Defense (Sedena), at least 202 members of the military have been killed in the narco-war during the administrations of Vicente Fox and Felipe Calderon.



Frontera (Tijuana, Baja California) 1/4/09


Two men were ambushed and riddled by gunfire in Tecate, Baja California, a border town east of Tijuana.  The victims were driving in a car when overtaken by another vehicle with men armed with AK-47 assault rifles.  Some 50 shell casings were found at the scene and each man had received “at least ” 15 shots.



Monday 1/5/09


Novedades de Quintana Roo (Cancun) 1/5/09


[From Notimex, a major Mexican news agency]   Headline: More than 20 executed in the first weekend of 2009.  More than 20 execution murders linked to organized crime have been reported over the first weekend of 2009.  During the early morning today (Monday), three grim discoveries were made in the states of Nuevo Leon and Chihuahua.  The charred bodies of two women were found, one in Monterrey, the capital of Nuevo Leon, and the other in Aldama, Chihuahua.  The dismembered body of a man was found in Chihuahua City while two others were found dead from gunshots in other parts of the city.  In the border city of Tijuana, Baja California, there were a number of violent murders.  Nine were killed Saturday and Sunday and two more in Tecate. [previously reported above].  In three separate areas in the state of Chihuahua, there were 11 execution murders reported, including a woman stabbed to death.  [photo relates to the story, but did not indicate which event.]


El Universal (Mexico City) 1/5/09


The fighting between drug cartels has more than half the municipalities in the state of Guerrero “against the wall.”  The “high impact violence” — with more than 360 execution murders in 2008 — the kidnappings and increasing political corruption, are the results of fighting between factions of criminal groups.  The main conflicts are between the Beltran Leyva  brothers, Los Zetas, La Familia, “El Mayo” Zambada, “El Chapo” Guzman and the Carrillo Fuentes gang.  All of this is for control of routes of drug traffic from the coastal area know as the Costa Grande [a popular tourist area up-coast from Acapulco] through the mountains to merge with trafficking routes that head north through central Mexico.



Norte (Ciudad Juarez, Chihuahua) 1/5/09


In Cd. Juarez, thousands of students returning to class January 7 after the Christmas holidays will find many schools walled in for security reasons.  Walls and fences were constructed during the break because of the deepening insecurity that prevails in the city due to rampant crime.



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