US Government declares the Mexican drug cartels to be the greatest threat to U.S. territory

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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) 1/13/09


The US Department of Defense considers Mexico one of the two governments in the world most likely to suffer a “rapid and sudden collapse” that could require military intervention.  A section on “weak and failing countries,” of a report recently released by the US Joint Forces Command says that narcotraffic and organized crime could generate a chaotic scene and the army would be obligated to respond for reasons of national security.  At the end of 2008, the US government declared the Mexican drug cartels to be the greatest threat to its territory.


In their meeting Monday, President-elect Obama and President Calderon agreed to establish an alliance to work bilaterally in combatting drug and arms traffic, commerce and migration.  This is Obama’s first meeting with a president of another country since his election.  He also promised to collaborate with the Mexican government in matters of security.  

Today’s editorial began with the statement that the more secure Mexico is, the more secure the US will be.


A family vacation.  A Mexican couple and their 16-year-old son vacationing in Colombia, were arrested at the airport in Cartagena for transporting three kilos of heroin.  The drug was hidden in their shoes, according to police.



El Diario en Linea (Chihuahua) 1/13/09


The Mexican military in Ciudad Juarez, responding to an anonymous tip, seized four abandoned armored vehicles on a street in the city.  Along with the four vehicles, the Army also seized 73,900 dollars in a suitcase, nearly a kilo of cocaine, two assault rifles, two pistols and 150 kilos of marihuana as well as radio and cell phone equipment.  The armored vehicles were described as a 2007 Hummer, a 2005 Jeep Grand Cherokee, a 2006 Dodge Ram and a 2007 Jeep (no model given).  The seized firearms and communication equipment described were equally first-class.



El Informador (Guadalajara, Jalisco) 1/13/09


A report from Bogota, Colombia, said that two guerrillas of the rebel group FARC deserted and turned over two kidnap victims to the government.  One of those returned was a boy 14 years old.  The FARC had demanded 2.7 million dollars for their release.



Cuarto Poder (Chiapas) 1/13/09


Two rural police officers of the municipality of Villaflores, Chiapas, have filed a complaint against the local judge who ordered their arrest without bail, allegedly in reprisal for reporting a local marijuana field to federal authorities.  The judge, Isabel Alvarez Ramos, is accused of abuse of authority, crime against the administration of justice and dereliction of duty.  The accusations are based on allegations that the owners of the marihuana field, destroyed by the federal officers, had influenced the judge to take revenge on the officers.  [The article remarks wryly that “she might stew in her own soup.”]



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