Bishop of Saltillo: Federal Government (Mexico) needs to go before the U.N and declare organized crime as terrorism so funds can be seized

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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 Universal (Mexico City) 4/22/09


The bodies of the two Mexican Army lieutenants found tortured and murdered near the suspected homeland of drug lord “El Chapo” [reported yesterday] have been flown to Durango City for autopsy as required by law in such cases.  The challenging message found with the bodies — “with El Chapo they are never going to win, not priests, not government” — has focused enforcement efforts on the area.  So far this year, 10 members of the Mexican military have been killed in the country.  Only two died in combat with organized criminals; the others were victims of torture and murder.  The Bishop of Saltillo, Coahuila state, described the violence as “pure terrorism” and criticized that organized crime continues to advance, as there is not only one “chapo” but many “little chapos” in power.  He lamented that the system allows them to obtain such power.  “This act, the two military with a message, is pure terrorism.  Then why does the federal government wait to declare them terrorist groups before the UN and apply that resolution to seize their funds.  They have the international instruments at hand,” he said, adding, “What is noted is that they [organized crime] are laughing at the famous war against narcotraffic.  Surely it is not working.”


President Felipe Calderon sent a package of reforms for combating organized crime to the Senate today.  The reforms include adjustments to the National Security laws; the Code of Military Justice, Federal Penal and Procedures code, Organized Crime law, Federal Judicial Power, and Firearms and Explosives law.  Other considerations suggested are creation of special punishment for those who attack public security servants and those who abduct candidates for election, party members or their families.  No specifics were given.


El Heraldo (Tegucigalpa, Honduras) 2/22/09


In an update of a previous story, Mexican agents in the state of Chiapas arrested eight undocumented Eritreans [reported yesterday] and another 58 Central Americans along with their two smugglers, also Central Americans.



El Financiero (Mexico City) 2/22/09


Chilean police in Santiago de Chile arrested a Peruvian female transporting 14.45 kilos of high-purity cocaine smuggled into the country.  She had arrived from the city of Tacna, Peru.



Frontera (Tijuana, Baja California) 2/22/09


Federal Police arrested a ranking member of the Arellano Felix cartel in Tijuana.  Manuel Castro Godoy, “El Isaac,” is considered a “fundamental” member of the cartel run by Fernando Sanchez Arellano, “El Ingeniero”



El Debate (Sinaloa) 4/22/09


Federal Police arrested 20 undocumented aliens traveling hidden in train cars in the town of San Juan Teotihuacan, state of Mexico.  All 20 were male Central Americans riding in freight cars.  Twelve were Honduran; six, Guatemalan; one each Salvadoran and Nicaraguan.



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