Weekend News: U.S. delivers armored vehicles to Mexico; Mexico arrests five members of Pacific drug cartel; Nicaragua rejects U.S. election oversite; 59 inmates “sprung” from men’s prison in Mexico

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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.
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Saturday 5/16/09

El Heraldo (Tegucigalpa, Honduras) 5/15/09

The very top-of-the-page lead item in this Honduran paper, from information out of Tamaulipas, Mexico: ” Immigrants warned about rise in the level and flow of the Bravo River” (Rio Grande River)
“The immigrants who plan to swim across the Bravo River must think twice. Civil Protection Commission personnel are carrying out a special program to warn immigrants not to attempt to swim across to the other side.”

El Nuevo Diario (Managua, Nicaragua) 5/15/09

A total of 114 kilos of cocaine were found hidden in the refrigeration unit of a truck entering Nicaragua from Costa Rica at the Penas Blancas border inspection point. This is the third similar seizure since the start of April. On April 3, it was 200 kilos and on the 30th, 837 kilos.

El Financiero (Mexico City) 5/15/09

The US government, through its embassy in Mexico, donated eight armored units to the Mexican Department of Justice (PGR) for the fight against organized crime. The US Embassy said the vehicles are for increasing the security of the federal agents. The monetary value of the vehicles is somewhat over one million dollars. During the ceremony during which the donation was made, the embassy spokeswoman announced that in coming weeks, 18 similar units will be delivered at an estimated value of 2.3 million dollars to demonstrate the joint efforts to combat organized crime. She also indicated that other inspection equipment, including trucks equipped with x-ray and gamma ray technology has been ordered.
(Information from Notimex/TPC)
Mexican federal police arrested five members of the Pacific drug cartel who controlled the organized crime movement of drugs in the states of Aguascalientes, Zacatecas and Jalisco. The police commissioner, Rodrigo Esparza Cristerna, reported that among those arrested was Mario Gonzalez Martinez, who less than two years ago took control of the cartel in upper Jalisco state. His cell operated from a building in downtown Teocaltiche where the group was arrested. Gonzalez Martinez is considered to be one of the closest trusted associates of the head of the Pacific cartel, Joaquin Guzman Loera, “El Chapo,” one of Mexico’s “most wanted.”
Nicaragua rejected the US conditions of examining November’s election results and canceled a program of cooperation of 65 million dollars. The country will continue the program with funds from Venezuela. President Daniel Ortega said the decision has to do with a “meddlesome” position by the government of Barack Obama and rejected a dialogue with Washington about the election results, which the opposition has declared “a major fraud.”
For the fourth day in Guatemala, demonstrations for and against President Alvaro Colom have taken place in the capital. Some groups are demanding the president’s resignation while others are confronting them in his support. The main opposition comes from the business sector demanding justice in the case of Rodrigo Rosenberg, a recently murdered attorney who left behind a video accusing Colom of orchestrating his murder. [Google the attorney’s name for his video with English subtitles.]

El Diario de Juarez (Ciudad Juarez, Chihuahua) 5/15/09

Two men were murdered inside a bar in Cd. Juarez located across an intersection from the office of the federal police. The victims received several shots at close range. According to unofficial reports, the killers were confronted by gunfire from federal agents responding on foot to the sounds of gunfire, but managed to escape in two vehicles.

El Debate (Sinaloa) 5/15/09

Another five organized crime executions were reported in the border area in Chihuahua state. Among the victims, two were found decapitated in Caseta, a small town in the Juarez Valley and the other three were murdered in the city of Juarez. The two decapitations were accompanied by a narco-message, the contents of which were not released by the authorities.

Sunday 5/17/09

El Universal (Mexico City) 5/16/09

An armed group liberated 59 [some news sources give the number as “over 50”] inmates from the men’s prison, Cereso, located in Cieneguillas, Zacatecas, about 19 miles from the state’s capital city. A heavily armed group arrived at the prison early this morning in a number of vehicles. According to unofficial sources, the group was dressed in the uniforms of the Federal Agency of Investigation (AFI) and arrived on the pretext of conducting an investigation. The governor of Zacatecas, Amelia Garcia Medina, confirmed that the escapees are linked to the Gulf drug cartel and that indications point to complicity by prison authorities. The operation was described as “perfectly planned” and counted on inside help “since the action only took five minutes and not one shot was fired.” Apparently, 10 vehicles with the 20 uniformed men were admitted into the prison. All 40 of the jailers on duty and the two commanders in charge of the prison have been taken into custody and are being kept isolated from one another and from outside contact while the interrogation process is carried out.

Monday 5/18/09

El Universo (Guayaquil, Ecuador) 5/17/09

“Demonstrators in Spain reject reforms to Immigration Law”
Under the theme “Bridges, not fences” some 3,000 persons marched today in Madrid, according to the march organizers, to protest against the reform of the Immigration Laws and about the policy that Europe is developing on this issue. The demonstration was organized by the “Federation of Immigrants’ and Refugees’ Associations” (“Ferine”), whose president, Victor Saenz, pointed out that with this measure they sought to send a “clear message” to the European Union and to the Spanish government about their dissatisfaction with the current immigration policy. On top of asking the government to withdraw the current reform to the Immigration law, the protesters demanded the placing into effect of policies for the creation of jobs for unemployed immigrants. “We’re disposed to fight to the end,” said Saenz, who explained that they have called for a general assembly of immigrants for the coming 30th. Besides Madrid, protest marches for the same issue were called in other Spanish cities such as Barcelona, Valencia, Malaga, Alicante, Las Palmas and Lanzarote.

El Universal (Mexico City) 5/17/09

Federal and state forces in the area of the prison break in Zacatecas [reported yesterday] are conducting searches by land and air for the 53 prisoners who escaped. The air search is aided by Black Hawk helicopters recently acquired by Mexico. It is presently assumed that the well-planned and coordinated escape operation was carried out by Los Zetas and that the escaped prisoners are also from that group.
Last Friday and Saturday, Mexican federal and state police arrested four municipal police officers of Cuernavaca, Morelos state, and a presumed hit man, on suspicion of being linked to the Beltran Leyva crime organization. The police are believed to have infiltrated the Department of Justice in the city. Along with the arrests, police secured a banner with a message directed to the “President,” but the contents were not revealed.
A task force consisting of members of the Mexican Army and special state police made arrests in Tapachula, Chiapas, of police commanders and ex-public servants as well as seven presumed “Zetas.” The Operation also yielded an arsenal and five armored vehicles. The police chiefs and public servants, working in collusion, received from 90 to 160 thousand pesos [6.7 to 12 thousand dollars ] monthly to keep narcotraffickers informed of the movements of the Army and the various police agencies and also for allowing the narcos to operate in that area. Among the officials arrested in the roundup were the state director of border police and both the director and ex-director of the municipal police of Tapachula as well as an agent of the Public Ministry.

La Voz de la Frontera (Mexicali, Baja California) 5/17/09

Six men trying to smuggle “around 100 kilos” of marihuana into the US near Mexicali were arrested by municipal police with Army assistance. Agents of the Border Patrol [assuming US ] spotted suspicious activity near the new port of entry and advised the Mexican officials who carried out the operation. [The article ends on a familiar note: ] After the arrests had been made, the federal and state police arrived.

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