Tucson Sector Border Patrol Sets Record in Drug Seizures

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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 Imparcial  (Hermosillo, Sonora)  4/9/09

*    The U.S. Border Patrol’s Tucson Sector last month set a new record of drug seizures within the last ten year period and reached a daily average of 4,450 lbs. of weed and a monthly total of 138 thousand pounds for the month of March.

*   Just south of town, Nogales, Sonora: the remains of an unknown individual, wrapped in duct tape and with a “narcomessage” underneath. It said that’s what happened to him “for acting like a rat.”

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Novedades de Quintana Roo  (Cancun,Q.R.) 4/9/09

A total of sixteen undocumented Hondurans and Salvadorans, including two minors, were detained at a bus station  in the town of Felipe Carrillo Puerto, 229 kms. south of Cancun, in the Mex. state of Quintana Roo. When found by local officials, their smuggler attempted to bribe the police with $500 dollars. The group was aiming to reach Merida, in Yucatan, and from there continue toward the United States. (The article does not explain the highly unusual, out-of-the-way routing taken by the group, though it might be a mode of avoiding traveling through Mexico’s southern state of Chiapas. The smuggler had currency and other papers from Belize, the country just south of Quintana Roo.)

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Cambio de Michoacan  (Morelia, Michoacan) 4/9/09

*   Four more victims of homicide by gunfire were just found in Michoacan: two in Morelia, one in Caracuaro – this one with a coup de grace – and one other in Quiroga. Of the two in Morelia one was a woman whose “abdomen skin” had been removed.

*   Yet another “narcolab” was dismantled in Michoacan. This one, in Apatzingan, is the 26th such find in the area this year.

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El Sol de Zacatatecas  (Zacatecas, Zac.)  4/9/09

*   On Thursday morning there was an hour long confrontation between federal police and “presumed hired killers” in Fresnillo, Zac. Three criminals were killed including a fairly high ranking “Zeta”; seven policemen were wounded. The name of the hospital where they were taken was not released for reasons of security.

*   Searches of six houses in the state of Zacatecas towns of Ojo Caliente, Luis Moya and Loreto, yielded a variety of explosives, fuses and even Honduran army uniforms.

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El Diario (Ciudad Juarez, Chihuahua)  4/9/09

*    At 9 p.m. on Wednesday, in Juarez, a 28 yr. old man was first carried off by others, then taken a few blocks in front of the monument to Emiliano Zapata. There he was repeatedly shot and then run over by his killers’ vehicle. All this in plain sight of pedestrians and other drivers in the area. The killers left and are unaccounted for.

*   A man walked into the “El Chapulin Dorado” bar in Juarez and fired at least six times at the manager of the place, a woman, right in front of other workers and patrons. The killer then left and is unaccounted for.

*    The Mex. Army general of the 5th Military Region, based in Juarez, reported the following, marking one year after the “Joint Operation Chihuahua” was launched: “more than” 90 tons of weed , 1,111 firearms, 106 thousand rounds of ammo, 63 “offensive” grenades and 872 vehicles seized. A reader of that paper commented: “And where did the cocaine end up? The Americans keep seizing it and here, ZERO seizures.”

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Tamaulipas en linea (Matamoros, Tamps.) 4/9/09

A shootout between Mex. Army personnel and a group of unknown persons was reported last night in the center of Ciudad Mier. The unofficial result was two dead and several arrested. (This report was undated and apparently preliminary. Ciudad Mier is on the Rio Grande across from Roma, Texas)

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