Weekend in review: Armed Confrontations, Torture, Killings, Demands to Legalize Illegal Aliens and Open the Border top the list

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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.

Saturday, June 6

Diario Xalapa (Xalapa, Veracruz)  6/5/09

In the city of Puebla (some 70 mi. S.E. of Mexico City) an anonymous phone call allowed officials to find 104 illegal aliens mostly from Central America but also from Brazil and India. Their purpose was to cross the U.S. border. The subjects were being held by two women in a security house; the two were also arrested. The group was composed of 93 adults and 11 minors.

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Diario de Yucatan (Merida, Yucatan)  6/5/09

The nine mutilated bodies – out of the eleven found in the Sonoita/Caborca area of Sonora  (M3 Report of 6/5/09)  – all had their hands and feet cut off. * * * Three men were executed in Tijuana early Friday morning; the body of one of them was left on a street minus his head, arms or legs. Some three hours later two human heads were found in an industrial area on the east side of town; those heads “showed signs of torture.”  And Thursday afternoon a police officer was shot dead with an AK47 in Ensenada, (Baja Calif.), just south of Tijuana. The same day (6/4) the body of a woman was found in downtown Tijuana; it was wrapped in bed clothing inside a garbage bag.

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El Porvenir (Monterrey, Nuevo Leon)  6/5/09

Federal police and army operations continued for the fifth day in Monterrey and its satellite cities’ area. Eleven more police officers were detained today, bringing the total up to 85. All are presumed to have some links with persons involved in drug traffic.

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El Universal (Mexico City)  6/5/09

Violence rebounded in Mexico and left a total of 36 homicide victims within the last 24 hours. Among them were an army major, four city police and two teachers.

(The article continues with additional details of these crimes; they took place in the states of Guanajuato, Michoacan, Guerrero, Veracruz, Chihuahua, Jalisco, Sinaloa and Baja California)    But the following one didn’t make it into the above roster: “La Jornada” (Mexico City) reported that the nude, headless body of a woman was found this morning (Fri.) on a street in the center of town in Acapulco. The body was in a sheet inside black bags.

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La Voz de la Frontera  (Mexicali, Baja Calif.)  6/5/09

“Preventive State Police” personnel seized a load of weed at Francisco Mujia # 200, Mexicali, B.C.; this is the third haul seized in less than 48 hours in the area; the combined weight is now just under one (metric) ton.

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

Mex. military personnel seized more than a ton of weed, some cocaine, poppy seeds, rifles, pistols, ammo, radios, clips, vests and vehicles near the small town of Urique, in the Copper Canyon area of the Sierra Madre, southwest Chihuahua. (A photo of the haul is attached) * * *  And a car-to-car firefight Friday afternoon left two federal agents dead on the highway between Cuautehmoc and Chihuahua City, Chih.

Sierra Madre

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El Financiero  (Mexico City)  6/6/09

Fourteen Bangladeshi adults, all without documents, were detained by Panamanian agents in the province of Darien, near the Colombian border. The 14 were believed to have been abandoned by “coyotes” and their goal was to reach the United States. They are being held in Panama prior to being returned to Colombia. (Last May 29, eleven Somalis were found on the Pacific side of Panama near Colombia [M3 Report of 6/1/09])

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

Juarez has had a daily average of six homicides so far this month. Today, the local news section items included a number and variety of these crimes.

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Sunday, June 7

El Debate (Culiacan, Sinaloa)  6/7/09

The front page of this paper reports five homicides, all but one of them, single, separate events, plus the seizure of two loads of weed totaling over one metric ton and some firearms. All these events took place in the local or greater area of Culiacan.

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A number of newspapers in Mexico – as well as the U.S. media – reported a series of armed confrontations between Mexican military forces and thugs of the Beltran Leyva drug cartel in the central and tourist area of Acapulco, Guerrero. Most papers used a “SEDENA” (Mex. Dep’t. of Defense) news release which stated that 16 thugs and 2 military had died as a result. “El Sur”, an Acapulco paper, mentioned that there was “talk of five others dead.” Some visiting tourists had to be evacuated by the military in the middle of the night from the motels where they were staying because thugs had invaded the area. “SEDENA” reported the seizure of rifles, handguns, rocket launchers, grenades and 8 vehicles out of the event which began before 8 p.m. Saturday and did not end until around 2 to 3 a.m. this Sunday.

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El Diario  (Ciudad Juarez, Chihuahua)  6/7/09

The bodies of three men “with visible signs of torture” were found before dawn yesterday near Santa Isabel, Chihuahua. All three had also been shot.

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El Sol de Mexico (Mexico City) 6/7/09

Claudia Carichi-Garcia a Mexican Senator of the “PRD” (Partido Revolucionario Democrático, a far left party) “demands the normalization of Mexican immigrants in the U.S.” During an interview on the issue of immigration reform, Corichi Garcia said that an integral migratory reform is needed so that it may normalize the immigration status of the approximately 12 million undocumented who work in U.S. territory, of whom some 7 million are Mexican, and to permit the orderly flow of the new immigrants. She pointed out that she will demand the U.S. Congress to de-penalize migration, such as was done in Mexico and that the reform respect individuals’ innate right to have freedom to move between countries.  In relation to the just ended “inter-parliamentary reunion” between U.S. & Mexican congress members, held in Seattle, Mex. senator Rosario Green said that “on June 17 “they” (not specified) will meet with president Obama to reach an accord upon a migratory reform which would authorize work visas with all the labor related, legal and social rights for migrants, perhaps a temporary work program which will have nothing to do with the “Bracero” program.”   Senator Rosario Green said that the only thing left is for the United States is to modify its Constitution and just mention a line – every migrant will be processed in accordance with his rights – because the word migrant is not included in that document.”

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El Informador  (Guadalajara, Jalisco)  6/7/09

Three “wrapped” bodies turned up Friday just outside Durango, on the Durango to Zacatecas highway. The killers left threatening written messages on the bodies. The finding of these three brings to fifteen the total of assassinations in Durango in one week.

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Norte  (Ciudad Juarez, Chihuahua)  6/7/09

Ciudad Juarez registered three more homicides Saturday morning, bringing the week’s tally of dead victims up to 39.

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Por Esto (Merida, Yucatan), Novedades de Quintana Roo (Cancun, Q.R.)  6/7/09

In the last ten days there have been three different findings of wrapped packages which have apparently drifted onto beaches in the Cozumel area, just south of Cancun; the packages all contained pure cocaine and the total is now 31 “bricks”, weighing more than 35 kilos.

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