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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.

CRITICA – Sonora – 07/15/09

 The number of deaths related to the fight against organized crime, orchestrated by the federal forces, and the reaction of criminal gangs broke a record yesterday.  In the last 24 hours there were 53 deaths registered in the states of Chihuahua, Michoacan, Nuevo Leon, Guanajuato, Sinaloa, Durango, Guerrero, Mexico and Jalisco. 

 The casualties were noted during shootouts, ambushes, armed encounters and the discovery of abandoned corpses.  According to the daily “El Universal” this was the most violent day this year, surpassing by one death the total on February 15.  Among the victims reported were the Federal Police commander stationed in Guanajuato and three agents from different agencies.

Chihuahua adds another 21. In this state, where 2 of every 3 deaths linked to organized crime in the country occur, 21 deaths were reported.  Among them the mayor of Namiquipa, who had been threatened previously, a minister in the capital, 13 in Ciudad Juarez and six in other municipalities.

During the afternoon in Chihuahua two Ministerial Police were machine-gunned as they drove in a pickup.  One died and the other was seriously wounded.

Among the 13 in Ciudad Juarez was the editor of the Chihuahua magazine, who was driving with his son, the State Judicial Police said.

Confrontation .   Federal Police and organized crime members had a 30 minute armed confrontation in the municipality of Guadalupe with a total of six dead assassins and one wounded, and one agent gravely wounded.  The shootout took place at 6PM while the assassins were traveling in three station wagons, in one of which they were transporting two men who were handcuffed and shot to death.  Encountering a patrol car, it appears that they felt they had been discovered and they began shooting, wounding one of the police.  The officer called for backup which arrived immediately since other units were on routine patrol a few blocks away.  The exchange of fire lasted 30 minutes and ended when four attackers died and one was wounded.  It is presumed that the others aboard the vehicles fled.  Federal agents and soldiers found a black station wagon apparently belonging to the gang members containing two bodies.

Death in a pizzeria.   Four persons, among them two women and a policeman, were riddled with bullets in a pizzeria in Ecatepec, Mexico.  According to the owner, a stranger entered and shot her customers with a pistol and fled.  Three died at the scene and another died later at a hospital.

 On the Highway Siglo XXI in Michoacán the remains of three executed men were found.  Hours earlier a police car was machine-gunned with one agent killed.

 Violence without stopping.   In different incidents in Sinaloa 5 men and 2 women were executed by gunfire.  Six homicides were reported in Durango.  The body of a man wrapped in a blanket with a note attached was located in Tlaquepaque, Jalisco.

In Guerrero two homicides were reported, one a 17 year old boy.  In Guanajuato a police officer was murdered.

 CUARTO PODER  (Chiapas) – 07/15/09

They will not intimidate the Federal Government
(Mexico, D.F.)  President Felipe Calderon expressed his condolences to the families of the members of the federal forces who have lost their lives in the fight for security and made it clear that “the criminals will not succeed in intimidating the federal government. “In this fight we will not give up not hesitate,” the president reported; and emphasized that not one step back would be taken in this matter and day after day the federal government would continue delivering powerful blows to the organized crime gangs.

He affirmed that the federal government would remain firm in its anticrime effort. 

“We must persevere in the fight for the security and liberty of Mexico,” he reassured.  He pointed out that the capture of dangerous organized crime leaders in the last month is seriously affecting their operations.

Additionally, chaos has been generated among the ranks of the criminal gangs, “from there the violent and desperate reaction we have seen in these days,” he pointed out.  He recalled that in recent days the federal forces have been the object of wily and cowardly attacks perpetrated by organized crime gangs, in which several members of said forces have lost their lives, especially young men.  Felipe Calderon Hinojosa expressed his “most sincere condolences to the families of these valiant and exemplary Mexicans who have fallen in performing their duty, who have fallen thinking that is possible to build a more secure Mexico, who have fallen fighting for the security of all of us.”

EL DIARIO DE COAHUILA – (Morelia, Michoacan) – 07/15/09

U.S. citizen accused of arms trafficking captured in Michoacán
Officers of the Ministerial Police in Zamora detained for deportation a U.S. citizen considered very dangerous, the (PGJE) State Attorney General’s office informed.  They indicate that he has outstanding warrants for arrest for arms smuggling, parole violation and pederasty. 

The agency advised that the detainee was identified as Robert Hamlin Wainwright, 65 years of age, who will remain at the disposition of the Immigration Service (INM).

The request for international cooperation was made by the U.S. Marshal’s office in Tucson, Arizona.  They advised that Wainwright is considered highly dangerous by virtue of criminal conduct carried out in his country and led to warrants of arrest secured by the U.S. DOJ.  The Unit of International Legal Assistance and Extraditions of the Mexican DOJ were in charge of the effort to locate and arrest Wainwright.

 EL UNIVERSAL – (Mexico, D.F.) – 07/15/09

 Canada:  Mexicans put the asylum system at risk
The Canadian Ambassador in Mexico, Guillermo Rishchynski, justified the requirement of a visa for the Mexicans who travel to his country, owing to the “explosion” of false applications for political asylum, which generated an overloading of the asylum system.

In an interview the diplomat asked for understanding of the measure adopted, and advised that the Mexicans who are currently in Canada without the document will have to return to Mexico.

In the Congress, the deputies urged the Secretary of External Relations to present a “vigorous protest” before Canada.  The Senators, for their part, considered the decision a retrocession and convened the Foreign Office to analyze if the international politics of Mexico is correct.

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