Tons of money – Tons of cocaine!

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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.

Frontera (Tijuana, Baja Calif.), El Sol de Mexico (Mexico City) 7/21/09

First, 7.6 tons of cocaine seized
This action started on July 19 when a U.S. P3 “Orion” aircraft first detected two “fast boats” transporting packages on the Pacific some 124 nautical miles southeast of Huatulco, state of Oaxaca, Mexico. The Orion reported their finding to Mexican naval forces who then took the operation over. The launches turned out to be 12 meters long and each had four 250 h.p. motors. The first launch had 200 packages of cocaine with a total weight of 4 thousand 780 kilos; the three Mexicans and two Colombians aboard were arrested. The second launch was later found beached some 6 nautical miles west of Puerto Angel, Oaxaca, with no occupants or cargo, but 120 packages were floating all around and these turned out to be cocaine weighing 2 thousand 842 kilos.

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(also from “Frontera” 7/21/09)

Then, tons of money seized
Luis Gerardo Ibarra Cardona reportedly works in the Arellano Felix drug cartel under Teodoro Garcia Simental, aka “El Teo.” When he was arrested (no date given, but this also made news in several other papers today) by Mexican military in Tijuana, they also confiscated from him three million 607 thousand and 100 U.S. dollars plus 414,500 pesos, some “crystal”, 3 firearms and ammo of various calibers. He also had 102 “luxurious watches” (43 Rolex and 8 Cartier), 52 gold chains, 37 rings and dozens of other jewelry items. Ibarra and the seized property were turned over to “SIEDO” (Mexico’s specialized anti-crime agency) A photo of the seized cash is attached to this report.


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Milenio (Mexico City) 7/21/09

Conjectures about the Sotomayor nomination
Following is the last of three paragraphs of an op/col titled “The faces of Sotomayor” by Leon Krauze. The first two comment favorably of the candidate’s nomination and of the circumstances allowing this to occur in the U.S.

Unfortunately, a reflection of a political character must also be made. It’s not unthinkable that in the long run Sonia Sotomayor’s nomination will be bad news for Mexico and for those who aim to bring together an immigration reform which will legalize the millions of undocumented who belong to that same Hispanic community that is now honored by the judge’s success. I’ll explain. Every political action in the United States has an electoral purpose behind it. With crucial votes every two years, the president and the legislators act while thinking about the common good but also about the next elections. Barack Obama and the Democrats needed a symbolic act of great importance to consolidate the latino vote, which was so important for the arrival of Obama himself at the White House. There is no doubt that the major one of these events was, and continues to be, immigration reform. But approving it also implies large political risks. Sotomayor’s confirmation, on the other hand, is a three cushion billiard shot: a decision that will work as an electoral argument vis-à-vis the Hispanic community and which mostly lacks subsequent political dangers. Among the large social groups, who could definitely be irritated  about the nomination of a woman with the moral and human quality of the new magistrate? Thus, Obama will no longer need another argument to seduce the Hispanic vote in the 2010 and 2012 elections; with Sotomayor’s historic nomination it will be enough for him to consolidate his approval. That mixture of factors could once again postpone immigration reform. And that is bad news.

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El Informador (Guadalajara, Jalisco)  7/21/09

Seizures in Durango
From July 13 to 19, anonymous reports and the use of GT-200 molecular detection equipment have allowed Mexican military personnel in Durango to arrest eleven drug traffickers and to seize 1.5 tons of drugs, mostly weed. The narcos also had forty-one firearms and nine vehicles taken away from them.

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El Universal (Mexico City) 7/21/09

More about military build-up in Michoacán
Mexico’s “SEDENA” (Dep’t. of Defense) has now completed the deployment of an additional 2,500 military to attempt to control the recent upsurge of violence in the state of Michoacán. This adds to the one thousand already there, plus the 1,500 navy and the same number of federal police already in that state. It’s all designed to bring back “justice, peace and tranquility in our country”, according to Mexico’s Navy Dep’t.

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El Diario (Ciudad Juarez, Chihuahua) & La Jornada (Mexico City)  7/21/09

The inescapable accounts of violent deaths in Ciudad Juarez
The lifeless bodies of three men were found this morning in an irrigation ditch in Juarez. They had their hands tied behind them and one of the victims had been decapitated and “the cephalic extremity” (sic) (read: head) has not yet been found. The faces of the other two were covered with wrapping tape. A fourth homicide victim turned up in Rancho Nuevo, in the Juarez Valley. That body had visible signs of torture. “La Jornada” added that seven men were murdered in Juarez between Monday night and Tuesday; a 25 year old was riddled with gunfire while sitting at a bar, while two others were “executed” in front of a church. Nine persons have been killed inside Juarez bars since last Friday night.

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