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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 Comercio (Lima, Peru) 2/10/09
An entourage of high-level Mexican authorities headed by Jeronimo Gutierrez, Undersecretary of Foreign Relations, arrived in Lima yesterday to coordinate plans to combat transnational drug trafficking. According to diplomatic sources, the meeting will be aimed at combating Mexican organized crime in Peru.
El Financiero (Mexico City) 2/10/09
The rise of professional killers in the chain of command in various drug cartels has contributed to the growing violence in Mexico, according to the Commissioner of Federal Police in Lima, Peru. The police official, Rodrigo Esparza, who participated today in the high-level meeting with Mexican authorities, considered that there has been a degradation of the cartels in his country due to the changing positions of violent killers in the organizational structure. He explained that before, those types were in the fifth level in the chain, but now have climbed to first in command.
El Universal (Mexico City) 2/10/09
Guatemalan penitentiary system officials dismissed the fear that one of the presumed leaders of Los Zetas, Daniel Perez Rojas, “El Cachetes,” could escape from his imprisonment in Guatemala, saying that the possibility is “one percent.” El Cachetes a Mexican, was captured in Guatemala in 2008. The Guatemalan government estimates that at least 50 members of Los Zetas operate in their country in order to dominate the routes of drug traffic to the north.
Frontera (Tijuana, Baja California) 2/10/09
Official sources report that at least 21 deaths occurred in a shootout between the military and an armed gang in Villa Ahumada, Chihuahua. A spokesman for the joint operation out of Cd. Juarez said the incident occurred Tuesday morning when an armed group showed up at several houses and abducted people for assassination. The military got word of what was happening and confronted the group. In the ensuing gunfight, one soldier was killed and another wounded. [Other reports of this story related unofficially that six of those abducted were already murdered before the fight began.]
El Imparcial (Hermosillo, Sonora) 2/10/09
Dozens of arms and ammo were found in a home in Nogales,, Sonora. The find included one .50 caliber Barrett rifle. The house also contained packages of marihuana and four vehicles, two of them armored. No arrests were reported.
El Diario en Linea (Chihuahua) 2/10/09
In an air and land operation yesterday, the Mexican Army seized nearly seven metric tons of marihuana and more than 9,000 rounds of ammo from a building located in the village of El Millon, Chihuahua, [downriver from Cd. Juarez ]. The drug is valued at about $11.65 million US. There were no arrests during the operation.
El Informador (Guadalajara, Jalisco) 2/10/09
Federal Police captured 10 members of La Familia drug cartel early this morning as they were sleeping. The arrests took place in the city of Tultitlan, state of Mexico. The raid also resulted in the seizure of 24 firearms (13 rifles and 11 pistols), 21 cartridge clips, two fragmentation grenades, two communication radios, four cell phones and three vehicles. Among those arrested were Alamillo Jimenez, considered to be the principal leader of the cartel in the state, along with two of his closest associates. The La Familia cartel is headquartered in the state of Michoacán.
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