Cocaine seizures in Honduras increase dramatically; Mexico: 63% of municipalities corrupted by cartels

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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)  6/3/09

The rain of white powder that falls from above is not snow or heavenly manna, it’s part of the cocaine that the drug cartels pass through Honduras without major problem. The passage of narcotics across the country – be it by air, land or sea – is producing terrifying sequels of violence. According to an annual report of the “Ministerio Público”, 55 kilos were seized in 2005, 2,714 in 2006, 1,704 in 2007, 6,764 in 2008 and in 2009 the tally is already at 6,655 kilos. The increase in seizures is not a result of higher efficiency by the anti-drug personnel but, in some cases, of the misfortune of the pilots who have crashed in various areas of the country. Some national leaders fear that at this pace, Honduras will soon become a “narcostate.”

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Milenio (Mexico City)  6/3/09

The last of a four-part op/col by Hector Tajovar, “Mexico Corrupto,” was published today. Its last paragraph follows:                                                                          At what level do we find Mexico? The diagnosis of the federal Department of Public Security published last Sunday in “Milenio” confirms that the corruption of public officials in the three levels of government (federal, state and municipal) is indispensable for the operation and expansion of organized crime in Mexico. The report points out that the cartels corrupt government officials, be it by joint action or by coercion, for the purpose of weaving their webs of protection in their areas of dominance, to obtain safe transport and air routes, or else to gain control of territories in dispute. It is all possible because of the financial capacity of the drug traffickers, which surpasses 450 million dollars through the sale of 500 tons of drugs per year in the Mexican market alone. If we add that 63 percent of municipalities in Mexico are infiltrated by narcotraffic, and that the areas of impunity in Mexico add up to 980 – according to information from “Milenio” -, it is evident that we are between levels four and five of corruption linked to organized crime, which means an extremely grave situation which threatens not only society’s security (there are already more than 10 thousand executions which have occurred during the current administration), but the survival of the State itself.

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La Prensa Grafica (San Salvador, El Salvador)  6/3/09

The month of May was El Salvador’s most violent this year, with an average of 12.33 homicides a day. There have been 1,778 homicides in El Salvador in the last five months.

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Economista (Mexico City)  6/3/09

The Mex. army arrested the chief of traffic police of Veracruz and 48 of its agents, all suspected of participation in the kidnapping or disappearance of the federal customs administrator at Veracruz, Francisco Serrano. He was kidnapped Monday at a fake police checkpoint, a staged auto accident. This is the third military operation in one week in Mexico against local officials. A later report in “Milenio” (Mexico City) stated that 40 out of “the 47” in this group had been released “subject to provisions of the law”, after each of them gave statements about the event.

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El Diario  (Ciudad Juarez, Chihuahua)  6/3/09

Two more police officers were murdered yesterday (Tues.) in Juarez. A separate article was headlined: “For most Juarez residents, violence has worsened.” And, despite written threats left with homicide victims, the head of “Joint Operation Chihuahua” urged the citizenry to continue cooperating with officials.

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El Porvenir (Monterrey, Nuevo Leon) 6/3/09

“Military search operations” continued this morning (Wed.) in several satellite cities of the Monterrey area. The precise number of detainees was not divulged. Six of the previously detained police officers (M3 Report of 6/2/09) have now been linked with the assassination of eleven military personnel last November. The six are believed linked to the Gulf Cartel.

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El Sur (Acapulco, Guerrero)  6/3/09

Mex. army personnel detained seven police officers of Zihuatanejo, Guerrero, and charged them with spying on forthcoming military operations.

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Norte  (Ciudad Juarez, Chihuahua)  6/3/09

There has been an average of 10.7 homicides per day in Juarez between Friday, May 29th and Monday, June 1st.

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