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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 Informador (Guadalajara, Jalisco) 2/4/09


Ten Mexican journalists were assassinated in 2008, surpassing the six killed the year before.  This makes Mexico, for the second consecutive year, the most dangerous country for journalists in the world, according to the International Federation of Journalists, meeting in Brussels, Belgium, today.  The president of the federation said that impunity from prosecution is the true threat to journalists and that “if the authorities are indifferent, the attacks will continue.”



El Universal (Mexico City) 2/4/09


Authorities in Panama seized 200 kilos of cocaine, two million dollars in cash and arrested a Mexican citizen supposedly linked to the storage of the drugs.  The seizure took place last Monday in a residence near Panama City.  The Panamanian officials have requested the assistance of Mexican authorities for establishing a connection between the subject in custody and any Mexican drug cartel.  So far this year, Panamanian seizures of cocaine total 3,652 kilos, 2,458 of those found last Saturday in the province of Veraguas on the Pacific coast.  Also included in that sum are 995 kilos seized in last week in other parts of the country.


One of the soldiers reported assassinated yesterday near Cancun, Quintana Roo, has been identified as a recently retired Army General who was murdered along with a Lieutenant and his driver.  All showed signs of torture.  The retired General had been designated as the advisor to public security of Cancun less than a day before his murder.  The crime is attributed to organized crime.  An accompanying article characterized the Cancun area as a “paradise for drug trafficking.”  El Universal’s editorial is titled, “The position or one’s life?” referring to the dangers of serving the country in the military or police forces.



El Debate (Sinaloa) 2/4/09


People living in the mountainous areas east of Mazatlan, Sinaloa, are requesting regular military patrols of their remote homelands because local police have neither the equipment nor inclination to confront the criminal gangs that virtually control the areas.  The inhabitants say they live in fear of the armed masked men who roam the area at will, committing crimes as they wish.



El Diario en Linea (Chihuahua) 2/4/09


The bodies of three men were found in a canal in Cd. Juarez, Chihuahua, with the usual indications of organized crime assassination.  The men were apparently murdered in another area and then dumped into the canal.



El Porvenir (Monterrey, Nuevo Leon) 2/4/09


Some 2,000 ex-braceros remain unpaid the required bonds deposited by them in Mexican banks during their time as contract workers in the US.  The special commission in Mexico said the window of opportunity to collect the money closed January 28, but they will insist on a new period in order “to assure that not one ex-bracero remains unpaid.”  [The Bracero Program ended in 1964.]



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