No letup of extortion, kidnappings and killings in Mexico and Central America

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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) 5/29/09

Honduran territory has become a clandestine landing strip for light aircraft transporting drugs. One more airplane, the tenth so far this year, was abandoned yesterday (5/28) after some 1,500 to 2,000 kilos of cocaine had been unloaded. The plane was found on a dirt road between Olanchito and Jocon, in north-central Honduras. Four subjects were arrested in the area; their vehicles had pistols, revolvers and cellulars.
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La Prensa Grafica (San Salvador, El Salvador) 5/29/09

A Salvadoran woman linked with traffic of undocumented persons to the U.S. was apprehended by Border Division agents of the National Police. The car she was driving is registered to Pablo Nasser, the No. 2 official of El Salvador’s immigration system. Nasser claims he sold the vehicle earlier this year. Investigation continues.
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Critica (Hermosillo, Sonora) 5/29/09 – and others –

“M3 Report” readers are used to seeing items about the “AFI” (Mexico’s Federal Investigative Agency, patterned after the FBI).  The “AFI” has now been dissolved and a new agency, the “Federal Ministerial Police” (“PFM”) has been created “to give a timely, clear, law abiding and blunt reply to Mexico’s current organized crime situation.”
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El Diario de Coahuila (Saltillo, Coah.) 5/29/09

The bodies of two men were found on the south side of Culiacan, Sinaloa. They had been wrapped in canvas, their hands and feet were tied and their faces covered with undershirts. Both had been shot to death * * * The recent shootout between “narcos” and military at Pueblo Nuevo, Durango (“M3 Report” dated 5/29) has now produced five deaths, two of them soldiers.* * * This and other papers reported a variety of other homicides spread around the country, including that of three men who had been last seen in April and who turned up in a vehicle in Guerrero yesterday.
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El Diario (Ciudad Juarez, Chihuahua) 5/29/09

Juarez tidbits: a police officer was wounded but managed to survive a car-to-car gunfire attack while heading home * * * After a Juarez businessman was kidnapped for ransom, his family paid the amount asked but the kidnappers, apparently drunk, went ahead and killed the victim anyway * * * Juarez’ equivalent of our emergency 911 phone is 060 and 066; now, a homicide victim has been found with a message saying “This is what happens to those who talk to 060 and 066 with anonymous reports”. Federal police are investigating the system’s infiltration.
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Frontera (Tijuana, Baja Calif.) 5/29/09

Two vehicles loaded with “heavy caliber” firearms were found in Tijuana’s east side Otay Mesa. The number of weapons was not specified; there was also ammo, bullet proof vests and tactical equipment.
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Excelsior (Mexico City) 5/29/09

The chairman of the Mexican Senate’s Municipal Development Committee, Ramon Galindo Noriega, said that between 60 and 65% of Mexico’s municipalities have been co-opted by organized crime and narcotraffic groups. He added that U.N. data shows that around 1,500 Mexican cities have become territories for the drug cartels and that other types of crimes such as kidnappings, extortions and vehicle thefts are found throughout the country. He accused Congress of leaving Pres. Calderon to carry out the fight against crime by himself.
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El Heraldo (Tegucigalpa, Honduras) 5/30/09

The Central Bank of Honduras reported yesterday that individual monetary remittances into Honduras have dropped slightly during the first four months of this year. The amount was 844.8 million dollars, that is, seven million dollars daily. Nearly ninety percent of these remittances originate in the United States.
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El Nuevo Diario & La Prensa (both Managua, Nicaragua) 5/30/09

Nicaraguan officials reported that a “fast boat” loaded with either 1,001 or “more than” 850 kilos of cocaine was abandoned by five men who, seeing a naval patrol, opted to escape with assistance of some locals into the jungle area 70 miles from Bluefields, in Nicaragua’s southeast coast. The launch also carried “AK rifles” (sic), ammo and gasoline.
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La Estrella & Panama America (both Panama City, Panama) 5/30/09

Eleven Somalis – two of them females – were rescued and detained yesterday by Panamanian officials. Two of them had managed to swim ashore from the small island where the rest were stranded on the Pacific Ocean side of Panama across from the town of Chiman, some 90 mi. S.E. of Panama City. They stated they had left Mogadishu “on a big boat” a few weeks ago (No mention of how they came to be on the Pacific Ocean side of Panama).
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El Diario de Yucatan (Merida, Yucatan) 5/30/09

(Portion of an op/col by Luis Castrillon, “unheard of, immoral, unpunished”) “To live in Mexico today points out clearly the dots on the “i”: unprecedented, immoral, impunity. We have proven the existence of impunity, iniquity, injustice, corruption, lack of social and public morality, absence of honor and values…..”
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El Diario (Ciudad Juarez and Nuevo Casas Grande, Chihuahua) 5/30/09

Ten murders took place in Ciudad Juarez yesterday: a female “AFI” police agent, another lawyer, and a university professor were among the victims. This raises Juarez’ homicide tally to 91 for the month. (But the foregoing was already old news due to the subsequent report of the finding this morning of a murder victim in the Felipe Angeles section of town; this one had been shot several times in the head) There have also been “at least” 78 kidnappings in Juarez this year.* * * * Seven “undocumented” Guatemalans were found at a checkpoint near or at Nuevo Casas Grande, Chihuahua, while riding a westbound bus. The seven were aiming to reach Sonora and then cross into the U.S.
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El Financiero (Mexico City) 5/30/09

Mex. army personnel seized 243 packages of cocaine (no weight was indicated), four rifles, a machine gun, a shotgun, three sub-machine guns, 2,671 rounds of ammo and several vehicles, two of them with Texas lic. plates. Three men were arrested. All this at Dominica St. # 159, Matamoros, Tamaulipas (just across the Rio Grande from Brownsville, Texas).
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El Sur (Acapulco, Guerrero) 5/30/09

In Acapulco, three separate events yesterday produced the arrest of six narco retailers, the seizure of firearms and of a variety of drugs.
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La Jornada (Mexico City) 5/30/09

In Tijuana, Baja Calif., federal agents on city patrol became targets when a group of seven thugs fired at them. In the ensuing shootout, one of the thugs was killed and the other six were arrested.
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Excelsior (Mexico City) 5/30/09



A 60 yr. man driving a vehicle and his two passengers, a 14 yr. old boy and a 12 yr. old girl were all shot to death when they were ambushed by an armed group on a back road near Aguililla, Michoacán.
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El Diario , Norte ( both Ciudad Juarez, Chihuahua) 5/31/09

Homicides were the leading cause of death last year in Juarez, topping all others including diabetes, cardiac conditions and cirrhosis. The state of Chihuahua’s Health Services placed the total of homicides in Juarez at 1,157, but press sources state the actual figure is 1,607. This Friday ended with eleven homicide victims in town, while yesterday (Saturday) the tally was five. Despite the presence of 7,500 military personnel and 300 federal agents who carry out activities against organized crime, to date this year there have been more than 630 homicides, besides numerous kidnappings, extortions and other types of crimes which take place daily in the city. There were 17 homicides in Juarez in the last 24 hours. “Joint Operation Chihuahua” strategies (the combined efforts of federal, military and local law enforcement to stem crime) will be reconsidered for the third time in little over a year due to the local realities and activities of organized crime.
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El Imparcial (Hermosillo, Sonora) 5/31/09

In Hermosillo, 772 kilos of marihuana were found hidden in a freight train that was headed for Nogales and transporting vehicles.
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El Universal (Mexico City) 5/31/09

Less than a week after the detention of 30 public officials in Michoacán due to their presumed protection links with narcotraffic, (“M3 Report” of 5/28) Mexico’s “SSP” (Department of Public Security) issued a report which shows that Mexicans consume 500 (metric) tons of drugs per year, which represents an annual market of more that 450 million dollars, that is, almost 6 billion pesos in annual earnings, which is coveted by the cartels who dispute territories. The report acknowledges that, due to their available resources, “the criminal organizations have reached sufficient capacity to be able to recruit and corrupt officials of the three levels of government”, so that the latter may permit them to carry out their drug retail activities, the shipment of loads of drugs and that convoys without license plates, with police insignia and armed subjects, may circulate without being bothered. These protection webs also serve to alert about future police operations and allow criminals to use official (radio) frequencies to monitor law enforcement activities in their zones of influence. In this sense, and due to the department’s report, the Michoacán case might not be an isolated instance. Yet, the federal government’s struggle against criminal groups has forced them to seek other finance sources. This could be why there have been at least 50 thousand cases of extortion and more than a thousand kidnappings in the country in the last year.
The report also points out that organized crime also bets on its firepower capacity: seven of each ten firearms that have been seized from it are AR15 and AK47 assault rifles, and just the 7 thousand firearms that the federal “SSP” has seized have a market value of five to nine million dollars.
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