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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 Diario de Coahuila – Oaxaca, Mexico – 07/23/09

 Criminals are desperate
(President defends the use of the power of the State for being superior, legal, democratic, legitimate and constitutional)

 In Salina Cruz, Oaxaca, President Felipe Calderón stated the above at the launching ceremony for a new boat of the Oceanic Patrol of the Mexican Navy “Independencia.” There, the President said that his government would continue deploying all the resources within his reach to reestablish conditions of security, order and legality.  He rejoiced at the state of desperation and disorder among the ranks of the criminals due to the loss of the “mantel of Protection” which has been removed with the detention of corrupt officials.

He insists that his strategy is showing positive results and he assured that in addition to weakening the financial infrastructure of the criminal gangs, now the big “Capos” are suffering the inconvenience of being taken to prison, a situation which contrasts with the tranquility they formerly enjoyed. 


El Mañana – Mexico City – 07/23/09

 DEA (Drug Enforcement Administration) investigates Yarrington
(He is named in various declarations of a narcotrafficker)

The DEA intensified its investigations regarding the ex-governor of Tamaulipas, Tomas Yarrington Ruvalcaba, since he is pointed out in several narcotrafficker statements.

Intelligence sources in Mexico and the USA confided that the ex-governor would be held in preventive custody in Texas, in order to clarify information in statements which a North-American court has.  This information was published and broadcast at the national level.

The ex-governor, a member of the PRI political party, is pointed out in an ongoing investigation for the sale of airplanes through the “Aviation Servis (sic) Company” of San Benito, Texas.  Extra-officially, Yarrington is under control in an apartment on Padre Island, Texas, where he will observe the development of the investigations.  Such information obligated the Secretary of State (SRE) and the Department of Justice (PGR) to request information from the U.S. Government and learn the true magnitude of the case.


Excelsior – Durango – 07/23/09 

Fake military checkpoint detected on highway in Durango
Elements of the Tenth Military Zone detained seven presumed members of organized crime who had set up a fake military checkpoint on the Durango-Zacatecas Highway, near the municipality of Poanas.

The Tenth Zone informed that starting with this action, the soldiers seized a ranch, ten vehicles five kilograms of marijuana seed, firearms, ammunition and a fragmentation grenade.

The military authorities report that they also seized military uniforms and equipment of U.S. origin, used to deceive the public and perform inspections of vehicles and people who traveled along the highways.

The arrestees also had vehicles made to appear military to use in the checkpoints they set around the ranch where they operated.


El Universal – Salina Cruz, Oaxaca – 07/23/09

 New boat for the anti-narco effort is presented
(The Oceanic Patrol boat “Independencia” has onboard a 76 millimeter cannon, air and surface radars, a helicopter and a speedboat)

Today the Mexican Navy presented the boat Oceanic Patrol “Independencia,” a vessel totally constructed in Mexico with an investment of 800 million pesos, to guard the waters of the country and fight against narcotraffic.

During the launching ceremony at the port of Salina Cruz, Oaxaca, President Calderón said the vessel would be key to lifesaving and rescue efforts for the citizens. It will also serve in protection of the strategic installations of Petroleos Mexicanos (Pemex) and Commission Federal de Electricidad (CFE), among other functions.

Currently, the Mexicans are constructing two more vessels similar to “Independencia” and two interceptor boats of the Polaris II class.  Calderón noted that the budget for the Navy has increased almost 75% during his administration. 

He maintained that the Mexican Navy has been in the first line of combat in the fight against narcotraffic.


El Economista – Mexico City – 07/22/09

Mexico’s fight against the narcos is supported in Spain
(The Colombian ex-minister of Defense, Jose Manuel Santos Calderon, expressed his support for the fight against narcotraffic which Mexico carries forward as he called for global combat against the scourge)

He said that Mexico has had great courage in its fight against narcotraffic; they realized that the effort had to be forceful and there is no room for political easy going with the narco-traffickers; they must be confronted with total determination.

He recalled that the domain of the narcotraffic in Colombia was such that it had us dominated; it had democracy on its knees and at any moment it controlled public powers.  It was even successful in prohibiting extradition; we had suffered much from the power of narcotraffic.

It has cost us much blood to get rid of those large narcotraffic organizations and we therefore support everything Mexico does.

Santos directed “Operación Jaque” last year to free Ingrid Betancourt from the Colombian Guerrillas, and explained that that fight has to be made in the rest of Latin America.

He explained that this fight has more help from Spain, where drug consumption is growing; also in England because this cannot be won by one country.  It has to be a global effort.

In the case of Mexico, the power of these organizations is coming out and therefore President Calderón and the Attorney General know that the effort has to be made if democracy is to be taken care of.


Milenio – Monterrey, Nuevo Leon – 07/23/09

One hundred Police detained for ties to narcos
(Eighty have already been given formal prison. The remaining twenty, assigned to San Pedro Garza Garcia, have been placed in protective custody and their judicial situation will be determined in the next few days.)

The Attorney General of Nuevo Leon stated that on June 5th  one hundred police officers from that entity were detained for ties to the Gulf and Pacific Cartels.  The Attorney General stated that operations that are pursued to clean up the agencies in Nuevo León include the Mexican Army, federal support forces and the (PGE) Procuraduria General del Estado.

He said that this type of action will continue permanently with the objective of having the uniformed police enjoy complete credibility and being prepared to attend to the needs of the citizenry.

The goal, he said, is to continue a frontal assault against organized crime and to avoid the police having any level of collaboration or participation with criminal groups who seek to operate in diverse territories.

-end of report-

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