Mexico: Government continues to slowly progress against organized crime

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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.

Saturday 4/25/09

[All major Mexican news sources were mainly preoccupied with the outbreak of the new swine influenza epidemic in the country and the shortage of vaccine. Those stories are fully covered in the US news.]

El Financiero (Mexico City) 4/24/09

Joint Operation Chihuahua made another seizure of an arsenal in Chihuahua City. While on patrol, agents noticed a vehicle that fled the area upon spotting the official vehicle. The agents followed the suspicious vehicle to a house where the suspects attempted to hide. The four, three men and a woman were quickly detained while the authorities searched the house. There, they found and confiscated three AR-15 and four AK-47 assault rifles, three pistols, a fragmentation grenade, many ammo clips and ammunition. They also seized communication radios, three pickup trucks and a motorcycle.

Frontera (Tijuana, Baja California) 4/24/09

In Tijuana, a man was executed within yards of the border fence between Colonia Libertad Alta and the US. Despite reports of gunfire that led to the discovery, the man was found to have been strangled with metal wire.
A criminal cell linked to narcotraffic, functioning for storage and movement of drugs, was “dismantled” by Mexican Army troops in Tijuana. Six members of the group, including the leader, were arrested and 231 kilos of marihuana seized.

El Debate (Sinaloa) 4/24/09

In various acts attributed to organized crime in the state of Chihuahua, another seven people have been murdered, among them two US citizens. Hit men armed with AK-47s attacked a visiting US family “of Hispanic origin” near Chihuahua City, killing a man, 40, and his
niece, 12, and wounding a pregnant woman and two children. The other five murders took place in other parts of the state.

El Porvenir (Monterrey, Nuevo Leon) 4/24/09

Aside from the rumors of the presence of drug lord Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman in the state of Durango, the governor says he has not received any indication or official information and considers that El Chapo is not in his state. He said that the statement by the Archbishop of Durango that Mexico’s most wanted resides “on beyond Guanacevi [Durango]” is merely speculation. [Photo of El Chapo relates.]


Sunday 4/26/09

El Universal (Mexico City) 4/25/09

One of the founders of the militant group Los Zetas, German Torres Jimenez, “El Tatanka,” was arrested along with four others in Poza Rica, Veracruz, after a confrontation with federal agents. His capture was the result of a series of field investigations and intelligence work that led to his hidden location. Torres Jimenez was in charge of the control of drug traffic in Comales, Tamaulipas, and prior to that was leader of a crime group in Saltillo, Coahuila. El Tatanka is noted for the training of new Zetas in combat tactics, kidnapping and transportation of drugs.

Cambio de Michoacan (Morelia, Michoacan) 2/25/09

Five killings, apparently from disputes between rival criminal groups, took place in less than 24 hours in the areas of Naranjillo and Chinicuila, Michoacan. The deaths were from AK-47 gunfire with final coup de grace shots to the head.

Frontera (Tijuana, Baja California) 4/25/09

Military personnel in Tijuana received an anonymous tip of a person selling drugs in the Playas de Tijuana area. There they found an abandoned Chevrolet truck with 1,000 kilos of crystal meth, six kilos of cocaine and four kilos of marihuana. It has an estimated street value of over one million dollars US.

El Imparcial (Hermosillo, Sonora) 4/25/09

The Director of Public Security in Piedras Negras, Coahuila, was shot to death in an attack near his home. The police official was in his vehicle when attacked by a group armed with large caliber firearms. The victim had only held his position with the agency since April 7.

El Diario de Ciudad Juarez (Cd. Juarez, Chihuahua) 4/25/09

Two Mexican federal agents on their day off were gunned down outside a bar in Cd. Juarez by an armed group in a passing vehicle. The agents were on foot and the attackers fired from close range, leaving 23 cartridge cases behind. Following the murders, police frequency radios began receiving “narcocorridos” [a popular music form glorifying narcotraffickers]. This put the police in “red alert.” Since January 1, a total of 26 active agents from different police agencies have been assassinated.

El Universo (Guayaquil, Ecuador) 4/25/09

A total of 119 Ecuadorians – 95 men, 24 women – deported from the U.S. arrived Friday at Guayaquil’s airport. Fernando Gutierrez, “people’s defender” , pointed out that the deportees complained they had been mistreated by U.S. officials. “They said they had not been treated well in the jails where they were detained, that during their flight of several hours they were not fed and that they were handcuffed.” He said he would contact the Chancery to investigate the matter. Another seven deportees arrived Wednesday after deportation from Panama.

La Prensa Grafica (San Salvador, El Salvador) 4/25/09

There were thirteen mostly unrelated and scattered homicides in El Salvador “in the last few hours.”

La Hora & Prensa Libre (Guatemala City, Guatemala) 4/25/09

Guatemalans residing in San Diego, Calif., have formed The Guatemalan Association of San Diego, whose objective is “to promote culture for their fellow countrymen so that they remember and maintain their traditions and customs.”
A relatively brief but intense firefight around a warehouse in Amatitlan, Guatemala, caused the death of five Guatemalan anti-narcotics agents. Though the criminals then fled, officials found 350 kilos of cocaine, 11 rocket launchers, 563 fragmentation grenades, 32 hand grenades, 11 M16 rifles and 4 assault rifles, more than 5,000 rounds of ammo for M16, clips, bullet proof vests, 11 M60 machine guns and tactical clothing.

El Colombiano (Cali, Colombia) 4/25/09

A shipment of chocolate bars destined to the port of Manzanillo, Mexico, never left the port of Buenaventura, Colombia, because it was found to have 2.5 metric tons of cocaine inside 648 boxes wrapped in plastic. Colombian anti-narcotic police have now seized more than 21 metric tons on cocaine in 2009.

Monday 4/27/09

Cuarto Poder (Chiapas) 4/26/09

For the second time in a week, Mexican federal police have arrested three human smugglers in Chiapas, all Mexican citizens, this time with a load of 51 Central Americans. The smuggling operation in a large truck was interrupted in Cd. Cuauhtemoc, Chiapas, near the Guatemalan border. The undocumented aliens, described only as Central Americans, were hidden in a false-bottom compartment of the truck.

El Debate (Sinaloa) 4/26/09

Mexican Army units seized nearly two tons of marihuana, 93 kilos of cocaine, arms and other equipment from a ranch in the Piedras Negras/Nava area of Coahuila state. [Piedras Negras is across the Rio Grande from Eagle Pass, TX] No one was arrested, as those apparently involved fled into the countryside when the authorities approached. A Buick LeSabre also seized at the scene had Texas license plates 574TZY.
The ex-chief of Public Security of Gomez Palacio, Durango state, was assassinated in a motel in that city. He received three shots, one to the head.

Frontera (Tijuana, Baja California) 4/26/09

Mexican Federal Police agents in Mexicali, Baja California, arrested three presumed members of the Pacific cartel and confiscated from them a half-ton of cocaine in a safe house used by the cartel as a warehouse. Two of those arrested were agents of the ministerial police. Also seized were 12 AK-47 assault rifles.

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