Sixty-Five Thousand Rounds of Ammo seized in Michoacán, 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.

Excelsior (Mexico City) 7/13/09

Mexican Army personnel made one of the largest seizures of ammo in Mexico’s state of Michoacán at the hamlet of Las Rosas, near Zitacuaro, Michoacán. The items found include sixty-five thousand rounds of ammo of various calibers as well as six “long barrel” firearms, 16 handguns, three other firearms capable of firing gas projectiles, 122 loading clips and 25 grenades. The two thugs arrested at the site also had with them 18 bullet proof vests, a uniform of the “PFP” (Federal Preventive Police), 43 gun holsters and other ammo related gear. Organized crime groups have launched eight attacks against federal police and has caused more than 15 deaths in the state within the last two days. (Zitacuaro is shown on the maps as some 85 mi. west of Mexico City, as the crow flies)                                                                                    And in Matamoros and Camargo, state of Tamaulipas, Mex. (across from Texas in the lower Rio Grande valley) Mexican military seized 20 kilos of cocaine, 44 kilos of weed “and an arsenal of firearms.” (not described) Six subjects were arrested.

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El País (Cali, Colombia) 7/13/09

“FARC” (the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, an extremist guerilla group which is also involved in drug traffic) is reported to have negotiated the purchase of some twenty of the latest model Russian IGLA-S24 ground-to-air missiles by means of contacts in Venezuela and one “Ivan Marquez.” FARC is estimated to have 6 to 10 thousand active members.

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El Tiempo (Bogota, Colombia)  7/13/09

Six Nepalese illegally in Colombia were detained at a checkpoint by Colombian police while traveling in a bus toward the Venezuelan border. The six had reportedly entered Colombia from Ecuador and aimed to reach the United States from Venezuela. The chief of police at La Guajira, Colonel Luis Burgos, said that they had been able to ascertain that this is a traffic route for persons wishing to enter the U.S. illegally; last December twenty Chinese were also apprehended at the same place.

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La Voz de la Frontera (Mexicali, Baja Calif.)  7/13/09

On Monday morning U.S. Border Patrol Agents seized 80.52 kilos of cocaine hidden inside a vehicle gas tank. The find was at a checkpoint on I-8 in Pine Valley, Calif. The two subjects in the vehicle were arrested.

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Norte (Ciudad Juarez, Chihuahua) 7/13/09

There were five separate assassinations in Ciudad Juarez on Sunday. One of the victims was already in a hospital recuperating from a previous attack on his life. One other fell victim to a car-to-car gunfire assault.

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El Universal (Mexico City)  7/13/09

This paper today reported that there have now been 1,013 homicides so far this year in Ciudad Juarez, Chihuahua, a figure 417 higher than the number of victims for the same period in 2008. And when federal agents began to follow a vehicle in the downtown area of the port of Veracruz, Ver., its occupants responded by opening fire. But then a fragmentation grenade exploded inside the car being followed, the car caught fire, two of its occupants were burned to death and a third one survived but was arrested. Inside the burned hulk were more grenades, firearms, etc.

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La Jornada (Mexico City)  7/13/09

(Following are the first four paragraphs of an op/col about the recent bloodshed in the break-away Mormon community at Galeana, in Chihuahua, Mexico)

The failed State (sic) is an expression which makes some uncomfortable and irritates others. It’s a concept which brings about a useless debate almost always derived from ideological grounds. For that reason I shall not dwell deeply into the matter. But what is undeniable in Mexico, since it is confirmed by events over and again, in diverse circumstances, ways, and regions, is the worrisome absence of the State.    One of the fundamental tasks of a state, in any part of the world, is to provide security for society, and among these, it is of course to be emphasized, public security. In this sense, the condition of a general lack of protection being experienced in Chihuahua, due to the violence that oppresses its inhabitants, shows itself  to be not only “the omission, incapacity, or governmental complicity vis-à-vis organized crime” – already pointed out by various organizations, but one which manifests itself as an undeniable, indignant, true fact, the absence of the State.     It cannot be said that the state or municipal governments have failed in Chihuahua. In reality, an absolute absence of authority has taken place in that state. From the federal level, down through the others already mentioned, and even the Mexican Army, which has served for little or nothing out on the streets. There, lawlessness rules. And what happened recently in Galeana, after the kidnapping and execution of Benjamin Le Barón and his brother-in-law Luis Whitman, two leaders of the Mormon community, has done nothing but to underscore the worthless response of the country’s different levels of government, their absolute lack of commitment and imagination, and has portrayed them as cornered and fearful and fainthearted authorities.

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