Honduras: Kidnappings and executions on the increase

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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 Heraldo  (Tegucigalpa, Honduras)  3/10/09
*     Two U.S. DEA helicopters intercepted and fired on a light aircraft in far eastern Honduras, causing the pilot’s death and the crash of the craft. Local officials seized around 1,000 kilos of cocaine. The plane had apparently left from Venezuela and was heading to the Islas de Bahia, off Honduras’ Caribbean coast.
*     U.S. Coast Guard and Honduran naval personnel seized “more than” 3,000 kilos of cocaine from a fishing boat in a lagoon that has access to the sea in far eastern Honduras. The craft had left for Venezuela on January 29.
*     Some countries, including the U.S., are now alerting their citizens about insecurity in Honduras. Kidnappings there “have increased from five in 2005, to 16 in 2006, to 42 in 2007 and 121 in 2008.”
*     In Baracoa, Honduras, four young men were carried off from a house by force. Field hands later heard shots and found the four, all victims of several shots to the head.
(The attachment is a photo of the crime scene)
*     A drive-by shooting in Tegucigalpa killed two men and wounded two others. And in San Pedro Sula an ex-“preventive police” officer was assassinated as he left his house and was headed for work.
Prensa Libre  (Guatemala City, Guatemala)  3/10/09
“Guatemala has become one of the most violent countries of Latin America, with an average of 17 homicides daily.” 49 minors were murdered during February and 58 during January.
Correo  (Leon, Guanajuato)  3/10/09
In San Francisco del Rincon, Guanajuato: the bodies of two men, dumped by a highway. Both were blindfolded with tape and showed “lesions around the neck and thorax.” One had an ice pick driven into his chest; the ice pick was used to hold a tag board with a “narcomessage.”
El Informador  (Guadalajara, Jalisco), Diario de Xalapa  (Xalapa, Veracruz) 3/10/09
At Ixtlahuacan del Rio, in front of a local health center: five ice chests. Inside each one of the five: a human head. Local officials also found a threatening “narcomessage” against one “Goyo.”
In 2008 there were some 160 decapitations in Mexico among more than 5,300 homicides related to organized crime.
El Diario  (Ciudad Juarez, Chihuahua)  3/10/09
According to the state of Chihuahua’s AG the arrival of additional military forces has decreased the incidence of homicides in Juarez but “collateral crimes” such as kidnapping, robbery and extortion are continuing. An increase in executions is being detected in the center of the state of Chihuahua.
El Imparcial  (Hermosillo, Sonora)  3/10/09
*     A short article reports that the U.S. Border Patrol is now using an X-ray vehicle – called a Backscatter Van, or ZBV – capable of detecting car bombs, explosives, and plastic and radioactive weapons including nuclear devices.
*     Assassinations in Nogales, Sonora, have reached sixteen so far this year. The common denominator has been the use of firearms, though dismemberment and incineration have also been used.
*     A car chase by Mex. federal police produced “more than” 2,500 rounds of ammo, firearms, 23 loaders, a bullet proof vest and some drugs. Five men were arrested. All this around Imuris, Sonora, not far south of Nogales.
El Porvenir  (Monterrey, Nuevo Leon)  3/10/09
Statistics from February in a report by a Nuevo Leon Citizens’ Security Council:
–   Auto theft: 1,083
–   Commercial burglaries: 513
–   Residential burglaries:  419
However, the report also warns that most of these crimes, up to 72 %, go unreported.
El Debate  (Culiacan, Sinaloa)  3/10/09
From a preliminary press report: three “safe houses” were searched in Culiacan and officials  seized 27 firearms, 5 loaders, some weed, 1,300 rounds of ammo and 23 pieces of jewelry.
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