Violence continues in Mexico. Wife of Tijuana Police Chief murdered; mother wounded

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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.

The northbound flow of drugs continues:
*     Officials found a double-bottom launch on a beach in Costa Rica; it was loaded with 320 kilos of cocaine. The Ecuadoran crewman alleged he was just a fisherman and that he had run out of fuel.
*     Costa Rican police seized 125 kilos of cocaine in a truck at the border with Nicaragua. (Both preceding items from “El Nuevo Diario”, Managua, Nicaragua, 3/24/09)
*     A light aircraft made an emergency landing in Choluteca, Honduras. It was loaded with some 450 kilos of cocaine. The “co-pilot” disappeared. The pilot said he was forced to fly from Panama under threat. (From “El Heraldo”, Tegucigalpa, Honduras, 3/24/09)
*     Two “fishing boats” with four Hondurans and one Colombian were intercepted in the Caribbean; they carried 400 kilos of heroin and 2.2 metric tons of cocaine. The U.S. Coast Guard participated in another operation last Saturday; four Hondurans were found with one ton of cocaine. (From “La Prensa Grafica”, San Salvador, El Salvador, 3/24/09)
*     Yet another 3.5 tons of cocaine bound for a Mexican port were found in a shipboard container at the port of Buenaventura, Colombia.
(From “El Pais”, Cali, Colombia, 3/24/09)
La Prensa Grafica  (San Salvador, El Salvador)  3/24/09
“99 homicides were reported in El Salvador in one week.” “Between last Friday and Sunday the daily average of homicides was 16. Last year it was eight.”
“Last year ended with a reduction of 312 assassinations in comparison with 2007. The total was 3,179 persons who were victims of violence, that is, eight per day. Nevertheless, in the first two months of 2009 the daily average rose to 11.9 ”
El Universo  (Guayaquil, Ecuador)  3/24/09
“Correa asks the emigrants to return” 
(full article transl.)
The president of Ecuador, Rafael Correa, asked his country’s emigrants to return though he is conscious that they must face problems in this country due to the effects of the world crisis.
“Return, I tell them”, said Correa last Sunday during a radio interview in reference to the emigrants, and he pointed out that for him “one of the largest failures” of the economic and social policies of the last decades is the three million Ecuadorans who have left the country in search of better living conditions abroad.
For that reason, the Head of State thinks it is “a matter of fundamental honor” of a country for its emigrants to return, but he acknowledged that is “near a utopia, but something has to be done.”
The President mentioned that a Return Plan for emigrants has been designed which means access to credit, housing bonuses, exemption from import duties to bring household items or vehicles with a cost limit. The head of State mentioned that a crisis is being experienced and that circumstances have changed, since it is more difficult for the emigrants to return and be able to find employment right away.
Emigration increased in Ecuador in 1999 when one of the country’s worst financial crises took place; it resulted in the closure of various banks and the government take over of other ones.
Spain and Italy, as well as the United States, in America, have been since then the main destinations of the Ecuadorans who seek better living conditions abroad. 
El Debate  (Culiacan, Sinaloa)  3/24/09
Officials searched two houses in Culiacan and seized: U.S. $ 5,107,938 plus 217 1/4 kgs. of cocaine, 7 long barrel firearms, 3 handguns,, 13 loaders, 2 ATV’s, 1 kg. of weed and 67 plants and 6 vehicles, 4 of them rigged with double bottoms. No arrests were mentioned.
El Diario  (Ciudad Juarez, Chihuahua)  3/24/09
*     The chief of police of Navolato, Sinaloa (adjacent to Culiacan) was shot to death by subjects who fired from a vehicle. He is the 10th police officer murdered in Sinaloa this year.
*     Homicides in Juarez have decreased since the recent arrival of thousands of additional soldiers. But now the state’s A.G.’s office is concerned due to the upsurge in armed residential and business burglaries, assaults and the 246 carjackings at gunpoint.
*     Five men were shot to death in Chihuahua City on Monday. One was a police commander.
El Informador  (Guadalajara, Jalisco)  3/24/09
An ice chest was left “a few meters” from the entrance to the local military facility at Puerto Vallarta, Jalisco. Inside the ice chest : a freshly cut human tongue and a finger.
El Siglo de Torreon  (Torreon, Coahuila)  3/24/09
Five young adults fell victim to a car-to-car “heavy caliber” gunfire attack at Santa Maria del Oro, Durango. All five were believed to be students and all five were killed.
El Universal  (Mexico City)  3/24/09
*     Hector Huerta Rios, aka “La Burra” or “El Junior”, one of the top narcotraffickers for whom the Mexican government offered 15 million pesos, has been arrested just one day after the announcement of that reward offer.
*     “Two Guanajuato ministerial police were shot upon arriving to verify an accident report. One died and the other was wounded.”
*     “Violence continues to be present in Chihuahua where nine homicides attributed to organized crime took place in the last 24 hours.”
*     “A man identified as Virgen Castro, kidnapped five days ago, was found dead in the Tamazula River of Culiacan, Sinaloa. Another homicide was reported in that city, one in Sinaloa de Leyva and another in Mazatlan.”
*     The brothers Gerardo, Ricardo and Salvador Bedolla, kidnapped Sunday, were found dead in Ziracuaretiro, Michoacan.”
*     Mex. federal police in Chiapas detained 16 Guatemalans who were hidden in a truck in a false compartment under a load of beds and mattresses. The migrants aimed to reach the United States. Their two Mexican smugglers were arrested.
La Cronica  (Mexicali, Baja Calif.)  3/24/09
The wife of Raymundo Sotelo, a Tijuana police chief, was found shot to death and his mother wounded by gunfire on a dirt road by the Los Pinos area of Tijuana. A message on a tag board left with them said “This is the wife and mother of Raymundo Sotelo for opening the mouth.”
 Frontera  (Tijuana, Baja Calif.)  3/24/09
A man and his adult daughter were in a car on Insurgentes Blvd. in Tijuana Tuesday morning when they became the target of a car-to-car gunfire attack. Both died. A “narcomessage” was said to have been left at the scene.
Excelsior  (Mexico City)  3/24/09
The president of Mexico’s Partido Accion Nacional (pol. party) German Martinez, said at a press conference that a relationship based on mutual responsibility must be promoted with the U.S. due to the forthcoming visits of the U.S. Sec’y. of State on Wednesday and of the U.S. President in April.
He said “I believe that in the three most important bilateral issues there must not be fences: in commerce, in immigration and in the efficient battle against narcotraffic.”
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