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 Universal (Mexico City) 1/15/09
“The number of homicides linked to the underworld in the country rose to 205 so far this month, after 15 persons were executed in the last few hours.”
According to this daily’s statistics, homicides totaled 105 during the same period of 2008. Thirteen men, two of them police officers, were assassinated by gunfire in Chihuahua.
El Diario (Ciudad Juarez, Chihuahua, ed.) 1/15/09
In Ciudad Juarez, witnesses mentioned hearing at least six shots, and then “a vehicle threw two bodies” (sic) while it was moving. Police then found the bodies of two men in the middle of the street; one of them “has his hands tied toward his back.”
El Financiero (Mexico City) 1/15/09
Two ex-top directors of Interpol in Mexico, Rodolfo de la Guardia Garcia and Ricardo Gutierrez Vargas, were sent to a federal prison in Nayarit for having collaborated with drug cartels by furnishing strategic information and by placing other collaborators as regional chiefs of the “AFI” (Mex. equiv to FBI), all in return for substantial monthly payments by the cartels. (Under Mexico’s criminal justice system, the length of their sentences has yet to be determined.)
El Imparcial (Hermosillo, Sonora) 1/15/09
Following an anonymous lead, Mex. army personnel seized five tons of marihuana from a house in Agua Prieta, Sonora (this is right across from Douglas, AZ). And in Nogales, Sonora, police went to an area south of town where the “chapels of Saint Death” are located and there found the “wrapped”, mutilated and tortured body of a local attorney who had been strangled with a wire used as a tourniquet. A “narcomessage” was attached to the bedding wrapped around the victim.
El Informador (Guadalajara, Jalisco) 1/15/09
Adrian Rodriguez, third commander of the police in Pihuamo, Jalisco, and his accompanying son both fell victims to a car-to-car gunfire assault Thursday morning. The police commander was killed and his minor son is in critical condition at a hospital in Colima.
El Siglo de Torreon (Torreon, Coahuila) 1/15/09
Within the last few hours and in different events five persons in Chihuahua became victims of homicide, all by gunfire. The tally for the month there has already reached 48; three of these latest assassinations took place in Juarez.
El Sur (Acapulco, Guerrero) 1/15/09
A “Justice and Honor Commission” president in Acapulco stated that there are currently 66 cases of “antidoping” (sic) regarding area police officers; 19 of these inquiries have been completed and all that is left to do is to notify those persons that they are fired from their jobs.
Excelsior (Mexico City) 1/15/09
A group calling itself the Citizens’ Command for Juarez used the internet to make a massive calling to Mexico’s national and local news media as well as to citizens. It proposes and calls to end the life of one criminal every 24 hours in order to bring about calm once again to that border.
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