U.S. Ambassador expresses concern about the possible infiltration of narcotraffickers into institutions and political parties in the U.S.

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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 Universal (Mexico City) 3/9/09


The expansion of drug cartels in Guatemala, mainly Mexican, is “worrisome” and confronting the menace will not be easy or fast, according to US Ambassador Stephen McFarland.  In an interview with the Guatemalan daily, Prensa Libre, he said Guatemala is a country through which 300 to 400 tons of cocaine passes annually and, in addition, the country produces, on a smaller scale, poppies for heroin manufacture.  McFarland recognized the “shared responsibility” with countries like Guatemala because, like the US government, “we are not satisfied with what we have been able to accomplish in so far as reducing the consumption,” which makes combating the traffic difficult for other countries.  The diplomat added that in his country, they are constantly worried about the influence narcotraffickers can have because “they are not stupid and will try to infiltrate every institution and political party they can, so one must be vigilant.  The fundamental problem in Guatemala is impunity and the difficulty the judicial process has in applying the law,” he asserted.


The proprietor of a tortilla shop and three adolescents were executed with coup de grace shots along a road near San Pedro Tapanatepec, Oaxaca state.  State police reported that the massacre occurred Saturday as the victims were traveling in a car with Jalisco license plates.  The youths, 14 and 15, had tried to escape the vehicle on foot, but were quickly gunned down.



Frontera (Tijuana, Baja California) 3/9/09


What apparently began as armed combat between two rival criminal gangs in Tijuana, came to involve the police as well.  When police units neared the area, they were met with gunfire.  They managed to repel the attack and scattered the criminals into canyons in the area.  At the time of the report, 4:45 p.m., six of the warriors had been taken into police custody.



El Sol de Mexico (Mexico City) 3/9/09


The Chief of Police in Pungarabato, Guerrero state, was assassinated while driving his car on a boulevard in the city.  About 7 a.m. Monday morning, the chief was returning to the office from leaving his daughter at school when a group in another vehicle intercepted and shot him.



Excelsior (Mexico City) 3/9/09


The military raid and roundup of some 60 men attending a celebration party [quinceañera] in Tijuana [yesterday’s M3 report.] apparently paid off better than it first appeared.  The Department of National Defense (Sedena) released the names of 26 members of organized crime, including four kidnappers, arrested in the operation.  Among those arrested for connections with organized crime were two active police agents and one ex-officer [El Imparcial (Hermosillo, Sonora) reported eight police officers arrested.]  



Milenio (Mexico City) 3/9/09


Agustin Rubalcava Sanchez, Commander of Ministerial Police in the area of Zamora, Michoacan, was assassinated Monday evening by some 30 shots from assault rifles.  The attack took place in front of the police headquarters in Zamora.  The gunfire came from two moving vehicles as the Commander was getting out of his car to enter the office.



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