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.
Armada de Colombia (Bogota, Colombia) 4/20/09
(Colombian Navy site)
Colombian Coast Guard personnel found 9 Somalis, 6 Eritreans, 1 Ethiopian and 2 Chinese aboard a boat near San Andres Island in the Caribbean; they were headed for Nicaragua. Their two Colombian smugglers were also detained.
Just before this, fifty other “foreign citizens” who had entered Colombia illegally were found by Colombian Coast Guard & “DAS” (equiv. FBI) agents aboard another vessel at the port of Barranquilla. These fifty were only described as 35 Africans and 15 Hindus. [A relating article in “El Nuevo Diario” (Managua, Nicaragua) stated that all 68 of these persons in these two groups were aiming to reach the United States.]
El Imparcial (Hermosillo, Sonora) 4/20/09
[In an article that might relate to the story above regarding the trend of human smuggling from outside Latin America: ] A total of eight Chinese were arrested Sunday by the US Border Patrol west of Nogales while attempting to cross the border without documents.
El Diario de Coahuila (Saltillo, Coahuila) 4/20/09
At least 30 policemen from four rural Chihuahua municipalities were detained by Mexican army personnel who transported them to be interrogated about the violence unleashed by organized crime in their respective communities. It is believed these individuals are linked to a series of executions and disappearances. At least ten persons were killed in the area last week.
El Financiero (Mexico City) 4/20/09
Mexican Army units arrested three state ministerial police agents and a civilian in Maravatio, Michoacan, catching them in possession of drugs and firearms. The uniformed agents were arrested when a search of their police vehicle was found to contain 7.5 kilos of marihuana ready for sale. Also found was an AR-15 unauthorized assault rifle, three pistols, three other rifles, ammo and cash.
Anti-drug authorities in Nicaragua confiscated 75 kilos of cocaine hidden in a truck and arrested two Hondurans and three Nicaraguans connected to the load. Agents found the illegal drug in 70 packages hidden in compartments in the interior of the truck. The seizure was made near the town of Nandaime, some 50 miles south of Managua.
El Universal (Mexico City) 4/20/09
Mexican President Felipe Calderón has granted his approval of President Obama’s selection of Carlos Pascual as US Ambassador to Mexico. Mr. Pascual’s approval by the US legislature is now pending.
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