Archive for January, 2009

Mexico: Police corruption rampant

January 29, 2009

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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.

 La Cronica de Hoy  (Mexico City)  1/28/09
Forty state of Mexico police “group chiefs” have been dismissed for failure to pass security and trustworthiness background checks.
Noroeste  (Culiacan, Sinaloa)  1/28/09
Thirty Culiacan police officers tested positive in an exam for drug use; they have had their firearms taken away but continue on duty. They will be made to undergo a second exam to determine “the degree of intoxication.”

Cuarto Poder (Tuxtla Gutierrez, Chiapas) 1/28/09
Twelve Cubans who attempted to pass off as Mexicans by presenting fraudulent Mexican voter I.D.’s were arrested in Chiapas by Mex. federal police. The group was being transported in two vehicles, one driven by another Cuban and the other by a Russian. The drivers, Fabian Robaian Zajarov, 34, a Russian, and Yoel F. Escalante, 36, were both said to be permanent residents of the U.S.
Diario de Yucatan  (Merida, Yucatan)  1/28/09
The Bank of Mexico reported that individual monetary remittances sent to Mexico from abroad declined 3.6% in 2008 and reached 25 billion 415 million dollars. The amount for 2007 was 26.076 billion.
These remittances are, after petroleum, the second highest source of foreign currency income for Mexico.
El Debate  (Culiacan, Sinaloa)  1/28/09
Mex. military and federal police seized a small arsenal from a “security house” at #294 Rufino Tamayo St., in the Tres Rios area of Culiacan. No arrests were made & no other details were furnished. The list of items seized includes a rocket launcher, 8 handguns, 14 grenades, 119 clips for AK47, 6 AR15 rifles, 60 handgun clips, 20,980 rounds of 7.62X39 ammo, 830 rounds of 9mm. ammo, ammo for .45, .38 and .40 mm firearms, 18 tactical vests, caps with the Mex. national emblem, complete uniforms, skimasks, 15 sets of handcuffs, bandoleers and other uniform gear.
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El Diario  (Ciudad Juarez, Chihuahua)  1/28/09
–     72% of inmates in prisons in the state of Sinaloa are between 18 & 29 years of age and most are linked to organized crime.
–     Two police officers were shot to death on Tuesday evening in two different events within five minutes of each other in the middle of downtown Chihuahua City. Earlier in the afternoon there, seven other men were also riddled by gunfire within a lapse of three hours.
El Sur  (Acapulco, Guerrero)  1/28/09
Violence in the area included a hand grenade and gunfire assault at dawn Tuesday on a house at Petatlan. Hours before, a group of armed thugs in two vehicles opened fire on another vehicle on the Acapulco-Zihuatenejo highway. The three adults in the target vehicle were wounded and some children also riding with them later said that after they stopped the assailants came on foot, looked at their victims and one said “It’s not them! It’s not them! Let’s go!”
On Tuesday, a Zihuatenejo fisherman was also shot to death; his killers left a “narcomessage” on his body.
The second attachment is a photo accompanying an article in “El Milenio” (Mexico City). The weapons shown were seized from another vehicle on the Acapulco-Zihuatenejo highway.

El Universal  (Mexico City) 1/28/09
Thirty persons were executed in the last 24 hours; of those three died in Durango, seventeen in Chihuahua, six in Baja Calif. and four in Nuevo Leon. Two of the victims were police, one federal and the other a city officer.
The federal officer killed was an “AFI” (Mex. equiv. to FBI) officer in charge against narco-retailing in Gomez Palacio, Durango; the city officer was the commander of the Durango Municipal Police.
Of the Baja California murders, four were in Tijuana and the other two in Rosarito.
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