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Mexican News: Despite contradictory reports, violence appears to be on the rise

May 7, 2009

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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.

Front page, leading item in El Sol de Mexico 5/6/09
(Mexico City; part of “o.e.m.”national chain of 70 papers); the same item was also featured in more than a dozen other leading national and regional papers unaffiliated with that chain.

(headline): “Violence on the Mexican border has decreased : Napolitano” The Department of Homeland Security Secretary told the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee that “violence linked to drug traffic on the border has decreased as a result of the presence of thousands of soldiers deployed by President Calderon in Ciudad Juarez, said Janet Napolitano.”
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El Universal (Mexico City) 5/6/09

The health emergency did not bring criminal activity to a halt in the country. An intensification of violence between rival groups and attacks against the armed forces were added to the daily average of executions which remained at 17 in the last 15 days. Three military, nine city police and two federal agents have been killed during that time. Statistics by El Universal show that from Jan 1 to April 20 there have been 2,004 deaths linked to organized crime in the country, a daily average of 18. From April 21 to May 5 there were 254 others, for a total of 2,258 homicides for the year.
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El Informador (Guadalajara, Jalisco) 5/6/09

The director of the Bi-National Human Rights Center in Tijuana, Victor Clark, warned that homicide statistics have kept up and that every day two persons are assassinated, on average, in the Tijuana area besides the fact that auto theft, assaults and drug sales continue unchanged. As a matter of fact, from April 23 – the day the sanitary alert was issued – up to May 4 high impact crimes and statistics of lawlessness increased and overtook the statistics for prior months.
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Critica (Hermosillo, Sonora) 5/6/09

“Despite the sanitary alert decree issued by the federal government last Thursday April 23 concerning staying at home, there were at least 20 executions in Ciudad Juarez adding to the 530 so far this year.” Chihuahua State Justice Dep’t. sources said that last weekend was considered one of the most violent of the year: 12 on Friday, 5 on Saturday and 2 on Sunday.
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Norte (Ciudad Juarez, Chihuahua) 5/6/09

An “AFI” (Mex. equiv. of FBI) agent was shot and killed and two others wounded when thugs fired at them during a vehicle chase in Chihuahua City this morning.
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a.m. (Leon, Guanajuato) 5/6/09

This paper featured a photo of a portion of a gold plated pistol featuring a representation of the Virgin of Guadalupe. The photo is attached. The caption read: “The Department of Defense shows the weapons of organized crime.”

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Cuarto Poder (Tuxtla, Chiapas) 5/6/09

After the “El Manguito” border crossing inspection booth on the Guatemalan border was abandoned, Mex. immigration set up a check station further up the highway. The result was finding a vehicle with 16 undocumented aliens of unspecified nationality. Their three smugglers, two Mexicans and a Nicaraguan, were arrested.
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El Financiero (Mexico City) 5/6/09

Five men, three horses and one burro were shot to death with AR15 rifles at Ecatepec, on the outskirts of Mexico City. The five were thought to be drug retailers. Violence associated with organized crime has caused 2,244 deaths so far this year, according to local press.
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El Informador (Guadalajara, Jalisco) 5/6/09

A bag with a headless, partially dismembered body was found outside Puerto Vallarta, Jalisco. Hours later a police unit reported that a black plastic bag left in front of a local military facility contained a human head. The body showed signs of torture and its hands were tied. Unofficially, it is believed to be that of a police agent in neighboring Bahia de Banderas, Nayarit, and that the execution could be related to the dismantling last weekend of two houses used as drug labs in Bucerias, Nayarit.
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El Porvenir (Monterrey, Nuevo Leon) 5/6/09

At least 15 police agents of Apodaca, San Nicolas and Escobedo – all satellite cities of Monterrey – have been found to be implicated in furnishing protection to a Gulf Cartel boss who escaped from a shootout last Sunday evening. He is identified only as “Coloso” or “Colosio” .
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Milenio (Mexico City) 5/6/09

The body of a man was found this morning across from the Los Angeles cemetery at Acambaro, Michoacán. He had been castrated while still alive and had also been shot on the head. A message left on the body read: “This happens to those who give information and violators, there’s several more coming, take care or go away, avoid this happening to you. Respectfully, FM”
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