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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) 1/31/09
The US and Mexican governments are fine-tuning strategies coordinated to jointly combat organized crime in their respective territories, according to a report by Mexican Attorney General Eduardo Medina-Mora Icaza. The AG, in a private meeting with federal Deputies [equiv: Congressmen] from the PRI party, listened to heated complaints from the Deputies of the northern border states that the government’s actions against organized crime have not had positive results, but rather have tended to increase insecurity through violence and impunity from punishment. One of the Deputies emphasized that “the people are on their knees before the force unleashed by criminals.” Another characterized the people of his state of Nuevo Leon as “desperate.” In reply to an observation by the PRI party president that “a better strategy is required,” Medina-Mora advised that he is about to initiate new schemes to be applied especially in Ciudad Juarez, Chihuahua, and Tijuana, Baja California. The revised strategies will be centered on curbing the arms traffic from the US as well as organized crime dollars that enter mainly through Cd. Juarez.
El Porvenir (Monterrey, Nuevo Leon) 1/31/09
In a story related to the same subject as above, Sigrid Arzt, Mexican National Security Advisor, said Mexico expects better cooperation from the new US president in the combat against narcotraffic. Arzt said she has confidence that Janet Napolitano, the new head of Homeland Security, “will have a better capacity for understanding what both countries need in terms of security. I believe we will find more intelligent ways to operate on the border.” Arzt stressed that one of the main concerns of the Mexican government in the fight to control narcotraffic are the large quantities of money and arms that flow in from the US.
El Diario en Linea (Chihuahua) 1/31/09
Six men were murdered in different violent events in Cd. Juarez, Chihuahua, from early morning to late afternoon Friday. All had indications of mob type killings.
El Informador (Guadalajara, Jalisco) 1/31/09
A shootout in Tlaquepaque, Jalisco, last evening resulted in one police agent killed and seven men arrested. A Hummer, a BMW and four pistols were also seized after the smoke cleared.
El Debate (Sinaloa) 1/31/09
A man transporting 19.67 kilos of heroin from Guadalajara, Jalisco, to Tijuana, Baja California, was arrested en route by federal agents on highway 15 near Escuinapa, Jalisco. The man was driving a 2000 Nissan Sentra GS1 with a total of 24 packages hidden within two semicircular metal structures in each wheel rim. [Photo relates.]
El Universal (Mexico City) 2/1/09
After suffering destructive blows to its Caribbean operations, the Sinaloa cartel is said to be trying to reconstruct its trafficking network along the Pacific area of Nicaragua. The head of the Nicaraguan Army, General Omar Halleslevens, said that arrests of 20 Nicaraguans and Salvadorans this year who were engaged in trafficking operations in the Pacific area indicated that the cartel is trying to recover the coastal route that they abandoned last year for the Atlantic side. Anti-drug sources confirm that 90% of the cocaine that arrives in the US passes from Colombia to Mexico through Central America over the Pacific side.
El Imparcial (Hermosillo, Sonora) 2/1/09
The Mexican Army released news today of the seizure of 17 tons of marihuana last Friday night. The operation took place in Pitiquito, Sonora. The Army did not divulge the exact location of the house in which the 865 packages were hidden, only that it was several blocks from the City Hall. One man fled the scene leaving behind an AK47 assault rifle.
El Diario en Linea (Chihuahua) 2/1/09
A Mexican Army unit on patrol in a Cd. Juarez neighborhood was informed by a citizen that people were unloading drugs from a vehicle several blocks ahead. On quickly arriving at the location, soldiers spotted a group of people who ran into a house as they approached. The soldiers gave chase into the house and discovered 42 packages of marihuana weighing a total of 40.1 kilos. They also arrested four people in the house. The periodical took issue with the Army by noting that the search was without warrant as required by the Constitution and related other searches by the forces of the Joint Chihuahua Operation that have taken place without warrant, which, the writer claimed, violates the law and human rights.
El Porvenir (Monterrey, Nuevo Leon) 2/1/09
Some 4,000 people took part in a three-hour demonstration that blocked traffic on streets in Reynosa, Tamaulipas, as well as on two international bridges on the Mexico/Texas border. The marchers were protesting the deployment and presence of the Mexican military in the area and carried signs that read, “Stop, we are honest people” and “President Calderon, take them out of here.”
Prensa Libre (Guatemala City, Guatemala) 2/1/09
Deportations of Guatemalans from the United States reached 2,136 in January of this year, an increase of 74% in comparison with January of ’08.
The Guatemalan Chancery [State Dep’t. equiv.] estimates that 1.2 million Guatemalans live in the United States and that sixty percent of them do so without immigration documents.
“The authorities have the hope that the deportation of Guatemalan migrants will cease due to the arrival of the democrat Barack Obama to the Presidency of the United States.”
The dismembered body of a 16 year old was found in San Jose Pinula [some 12 mi. S.E. of Guatemala City ]. “The mutilated parts were in sheets and plastic bags.” Some 30 meters away, in the bushes, was the head and right arm with a note that said: “You died for being a big mouth.”
The article goes on to report a variety of other homicides occurring in the country yesterday.
Frontera (Tijuana, Baja California) 2/1/09
A selection of Sunday’s Tijuana topics:
“Quartered” body found in suitcase;
Youth assassinated in doorway of his house;
Man wounded in hand in armed attack;
Man assassinated in rural Tijuana.
El Universal (Mexico City) 2/2/09
Citizens of Villanueva, Zacatecas, feeling threatened by criminal activities, say they are more secure with military protection. Other towns in the area are also planning actions to confront insecurity. Interviews with the people indicate little confidence in police reforms or promised government security programs, dismissing them as “pure politics.” In Mexico City, civic leaders have begun to organize citizens’ groups to get the people involved in fighting crime and other crises facing the nation.
At this moment, the Army is patrolling the streets of Villanueva, a town in Zacatecas, because the inhabitants, fed up with kidnappings, demanded it. How much this country has changed in the past 30 years, as the demonstrations are not to demand that the soldiers return to their camps, but rather that they remain near homes. The insecurity has changed perceptions and lifestyles; has made many to abandon their homes and others to take justice into their own hands. We run the risk of making it common practice to use methods that only should be for emergencies.
[The editorial continues, pointing out the risks of establishing the military to maintain public security as a regular duty rather than for emergency measures.]
For now there are no reasons to rely on the legal reforms and institutions promised in the security agreement since there are no time periods or obligations to monitor the actions taken. Meanwhile, we continue confronting the criminals with emergency measures. Thus the federal government has ordered and thus exists, apparently, a more desperate population.
El Diario en Linea (Chihuahua) 2/2/09
Last evening, a group of hooded men, heavily armed and riding in a pickup truck, drove onto the track during a horse race near Namiquipa, Chihuahua, [75 miles NW of Chihuahua City] firing left and right into the spectators. The official results so far are two dead, three police wounded and several people abducted. Unofficial reports are that 20 were killed, which has been neither officially confirmed nor denied. Afterward, the people complained that there were no city authorities to be found in town since the police had all gone into hiding. The incident is believed to have been between criminal gangs, but also aimed at the police. Many residents refused to comment for fear of reprisal.
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