Archive for May 15th, 2009

Murder and corruption increasing in Honduras, Guatamala, El Salvador

May 15, 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.

El Heraldo (Tegucigalpa, Honduras) 5/14/09

Portion of the editorial, titled “En route to a failed state”
The slaughter of seven workers Tuesday in the town of Arizona (no connection with state of Arizona in the U.S.) , Department (read : state) of Atlantida, on the same day that various more persons were assassinated in different events in the country, is a bloody indication of the increase in criminality to levels never before seen. One day before, on Monday, four policemen lost their lives, two in Olancho and two in Tegucigalpa, which once again manifests that insecurity affects everyone equally, even law enforcement agents. It’s unacceptable that every time more and more Hondurans of all social classes are victims of assassinations, extortions, robberies and all type of criminal acts and that the immense majority of the cases remain an absolute mystery and go unpunished. If the political and administrative chaos continues and nothing is done to combat organized crime, which each time carries out more daring activities, we shall go from being a poor and underdeveloped nation to being a failed state.

(The following commentary from a reader followed the above: “I’ m sorry to be negative but we ALREADY are a failed country.”)
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La Prensa Grafica (San Salvador, El Salvador) 5/14/09

(Last two paragraphs of the main editorial follow)

“Crime controls Guatemala” – “It is absolutely necessary that all avenues of corruption be closed up, as much in the public as in private affairs, because its spread is unstoppable once it gains a foothold. And, on a more social level, our national communities need some type of crusade for honesty, which is one of the basic values about which, unfortunately and systematically, very little is said. What is happening in Guatemala for quite some time now is a shadow game which is more and more beyond the margins of normal comprehension. This must not only make us reflect but also act to give impulse, without complacencies nor simulations, within our environment to those preventive and curative measures which reality might bring about. We are all at high risk.”
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El Colombiano (Medellin, Colombia) 5/14/09

At Turbo, Colombian police seized two tons of cocaine hydrochloride valued at fifty million dollars. (This is in extreme northwest Colombia, at the base of the Gulf of Uraba (Darien) just to the east and south of Panama)
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Excelsior (Mexico City) 5/14/09

The chief of police of the city of Aguascalientes, Ags., was shot and killed outside his home today. His escort, who had arrived to take him to work, was wounded. The killers disappeared.
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El Debate (Culiacan, Sinaloa) 5/14/09

Overnight from Wednesday to Thursday six persons were murdered in different events in Culiacan and nearby Badiraguato. A separate article in this paper reported the murder of another victim, an ex-state police agent who was riddled by AK-47 gunfire in Navolato, a satellite city of Culiacan.
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El Sur (Acapulco, Guerrero) 5/14/09

News headlines from the state of Guerrero section): * One dead and one arrested in shootout between Army and thugs in Altamirano * Two young men executed in Acapulco-Zihuatanejo highway * Two men murdered in Marquelia; witnesses blamed a Tlacochistlahuacan policeman * Atoyac police operations chief reports an attempt on his life.
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La Cronica de Hoy (Mexico City) 5/14/09

In Mexico City, federal “AFI” (equiv. FBI) agents located 2,800 liters (some 740 gallons) of a liquid chemical precursor for the elaboration of heroin.
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Milenio (Mexico City) 5/14/09

Mexico’s Dep’t. of Justice office in the state of Tamaulipas reported the following seizures during the month of April: 5 metric tons and 522 kilos of marihuana; 174 firearms; 20,498 rounds of ammo; 45 grenades; 1,960,000 pesos and 110,915 dollars; 11.2 kilos of cocaine. (Tamaulipas borders Texas along the lower Rio Grande River)
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Norte (Ciudad Juarez, Chihuahua) 5/14/09

Despite the “Joint Operation Chihuahua”, extortions and kidnappings have reoccurred in the area during the last few weeks. President Calderon, who visits Juarez today, will be met with a demand by doctors’ organizations to have peace and order reestablished in the border area because of the resumption of “the furious attacks every day”, referring to the wave of kidnappings affecting medical professionals since last year.
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El Diario (Chihuahua City, Chihuahua) 5/14/09

A Chihuahua City police officer was repeatedly shot and killed out on the street by thugs in a passing vehicle. * And “on the Delicias highway” (a city south of Chihuahua City) 76 illegal Guatemalans were arrested by Mex. immigration and federal agents. The 76 were traveling in a private truck and aiming to reach the United States.
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