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Noroeste (Sinaloa) 2/5/09 – full transl. –
During the last two years in Mexico the federal government has been able to seize a total of 29 thousand 19 firearms, of which 15 thousand 162 are long barrel ones, mostly assault rifles, according to a report by the “PGR” (Mex. Dep’t. of Justice).
During that same period, officials around the country have also seized 3 million 718 thousand 541 rounds of ammunition as well as 981 grenades, mainly fragmentation type.
The report published on the web page www.pgr.gob.mx reveals that just in 2008 18 thousand 60 “long and short” firearms were seized, mostly AK47, better known as “Goat’s Horns” and AR-15, as well as .38 super, .45 and .9 millimeter caliber pistols.
Stand outs among the weapons seized are anti-tank rockets type M-72 and AT-4, .37 millimeter MGL rocket launchers, caliber .40 rocket launcher accessories, .37 and .40 millimeter grenades, fragmentation grenades and .50 caliber Barret rifles.
Firearms known as New Generation have been seized this last year, among them the sub-machine gun and the Belgian made FN Herstal pistol, imported by the United States, caliber 5.7X28 millimeter, known as “Five-Seven” or “Cop killer.”
These pistols, used during the last few months by members of organized crime to execute police in various states, have subsonic, tracer and penetrating ammunition, capable of trespassing Keblar (sic) and Crisat armor.
The document also points out that the great majority of the weaponry seized in Mexico comes from the more than 100 thousand licensed providers legally established along the United States border zone and from the so-called “Gun Show” arms fairs.
Among Mexico’s organized crime’s most preferred arms are Colt, Smith & Wesson, Sturm Ruger, Remington, Winchester, Star, Beretta, Browning, Norinko, which are from NorthAmerican, Italian, Belgian, German, Japanese and Chinese origin.
In Sinaloa: 386 long weapons; 309 hand guns, 36 grenades, 91,400 rounds, 1,648 clips.
El Nuevo Diario (Managua, Nicaragua), La Jornada (Mexico City) 2/5/09
Two Brazilians, forty Salvadorans, thirty-five Guatemalans, twenty-four Nicaraguans and thirteen Hondurans were all found Wednesday at midnight hidden and jammed in a special four part compartment portion of a truck trailer which at first sight apparently was only carrying empty beer containers. The total of 114 undocumented persons, four of them minors, were found when the truck was inspected at Huixtla, in the Mex. state of Chiapas, some 60 kms. from the Guatemalan border.
El Diario (Ciudad Juarez, Chihuahua) 2/5/09
Two different reports reveal the assassinations Wednesday of a total of eleven persons in the state of Chihuahua. Two other victims were found half buried in an empty lot in Ciudad Juarez.
El Financiero (Mexico City) 2/5/09
Jose Julian Coni, commander of the Mex. Federal Police in Tijuana, survived a car-to-car gunfire attack Thursday morning. Coni happened to be traveling in a car which had been armored. He had been threatened a few days ago due to the detention of three men linked to an organized crime cell in Tijuana. Agents later recovered a number of “heavy caliber” shell casings from the area of the attack.
El Imparcial (Hermosillo, Sonora) 2/5/09
Five incinerated bodies were found near two cars Thursday morning on the road between Magdalena de Kino and Tubutama, just south of Nogales, Sonora. All five victims had had their hands tied. Spent shell casings from AK47 rifle were found at the scene.
El Informador (Guadalajara, Jalisco) 2/5/09
In Tonala, Jalisco (just outside Guadalajara) a police patrol unit was assigned to transport a “funds collector” taking 1,300,000 pesos for deposit at a local bank. The police vehicle was intercepted by an armed group and one of the police was beaten. The assailants and the money disappeared.
Excelsior (Mexico City) 2/5/09
The violence unleashed by organized crime in Chihuahua has caused at least four towns to be without a police force in that state. The police officers have preferred to resign rather than be riddled by the narcotraffickers, while others have been detained due to their links with drug bosses.
Uniformed police in Villa Ahumada, Ascencion, Namiquipa and Praxedis Guerrero have all quit or been detained. In Namiquipa, however, two have not yet resigned because they’re in a clinic recovering from gunfire wounds.
The governor of the state said that state police and army personnel will be assigned to patrol those areas.
Norte (Ciudad Juarez, Chihuahua) 2/5/09
The latest homicide victims in Juarez and its neighboring valley area have raised to 42 the number of dead for the first four days of the month.
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