NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF FORMER BORDER PATROL OFFICERS
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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 Informador (Guadalajara, Jalisco) 3/5/09
President Calderón was interviewed by the France Presse news agency and said that drug traffic is also due to corruption in the United States and added: “I want to know how many American officials have been charged in court for that reason.” He added that the U.S. has a “grave responsibility” regarding the issue of drug traffic.
Prensa Libre (Guatemala City, Guatemala) 3/5/09
“The violence lashing the country has no limits and keeps claiming victims. In just three hours of this morning, three passenger bus drivers and four women were assassinated.”
“The statistics take on dimensions of horror if we realize that, based on recorded data, 25 bus drivers and 11 of their helpers have died. Terror also attacks women, because this year 70 have died.” (The article then goes on to describe the events surrounding the latest of these killings.)
Critica (Hermosillo, Sonora) 3/5/09
At Puerto Penasco, Sonora (aka “Rocky Point”, on the north end of the Baja Calif. peninsula) Mex. military seized half a dozen assault rifles, 5 loaders and two drum loaders, a .45 cal. loader and assault rifle ammo.
And at the Hombres Blancos commune, Sonoyta, Sonora, a .50 cal. BushMaster, a .45 machine gun with metallic loader, an AR15 with 3 loaders, a 9 mm. machine pistol, two .40 pistols and various types of ammo; no arrests were mentioned in either event.
Diario de Yucatan (Merida, Yucatan) 3/5/09
* One of the leaders of the “Zetas” , the hired killers of the Gulf Cartel, was arrested in Cancun by military personnel. The subject is an ex-military and ex-agent of the federal judicial police. Three Mex. military, one of them a recently retired brigadier general, were recently found tortured and assassinated on a road near Cancun.
* In Pachuca, Hidalgo, Mex. federal police rescued two men who had been kidnapped a month and a half ago and arrested their captors, 13 persons believed to be “Zetas”. Also found were “long barrel” firearms and fraudulent Mex. Dep’t. of Justice I.D.’s. The kidnappers had asked for one and a half million pesos ransom.
La Cronica de Hoy (Mexico City) 3/5/09
The chief of police of Cuatitlan Izcalli, state of Mexico, and six police officers were arrested due to their protection of a criminal gang in exchange for 150 thousand pesos a month. The gang, “El Cabino”, had been involved in homicides; local area businessmen had complained that they had to pay a monthly quota in exchange for “protection” from the gang. (The town is some 20 mi. north of Mexico City)
Excelsior (Mexico City) 3/5/09
Twelve Mex. military and four city police officers were detained in Aguascalientes, state of the same name, due to suspected links with the “Zetas”. They are believed to have taken part in several executions and to have protected other criminals.
Milenio (Mexico City) 3/5/09
In Cancun, police responded to a call and found the body of a woman inside a plastic bag in a barrel.
Norte (Ciudad Juarez, Chihuahua) 3/5/09
Around the Juarez area: a man shot to death was found in a car at a clinic’s parking area. Another dead body was found on the highway from Juarez to Casas Grande. And, early in the afternoon, on a street in Juarez: “a masculine gender head.”
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