FARC guerillas had Venezuelan military weapons

A Tragic Loss


Border Patrol Agent Robert Rosas, a 30-year-old, married father of two young children, was murdered shortly after 9 p.m. Thursday while responding alone to a suspected border incursion near Campo, a town in rugged, arid terrain in southeastern San Diego County.

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La Prensa Grafica (San Salvador, El Salv.) & Zocalo (Saltillo, Coahuila) 7/27/09

Venezuelan weaponry ends up in hands of FARC

The Vice-President of Colombia said that powerful military weaponry has been found and seized in FARC bases [Colombia’s Marxist guerillas) and that this arsenal was originally sold to Venezuela by an unnamed European country. Now, the Swedish government is asking the Venezuelan government for an explanation of how munitions, AT4 rocket launchers and anti-tank weaponry sold by the Swedish firm Saab Bofors to Venezuela, have found their way into the hands of FARC.

At a press conference, Tareck El Aissami, Venezuela’s Interior Minister, labeled the announcement of the seizure of the weapons from FARC as a “cheap movie picture” and “media show” and that it is only a ruse meant to harm Hugo Chavez’ government.


El Universal (Mexico City)  7/27/09

Recurrent violence in Chihuahua

Despite the massive Joint Operation Chihuahua [the combined military & police operation designed to curtail crime in the state] another 21 persons were assassinated in the last few hours in the state of Chihuahua, ten of them in the border city of Juarez. There was also a triple homicide in Hermosillo, Sonora and, in Zamora, Michoacán, two men fell victim to “more than 30 shots” from 38Super and 9mm pistols.


El Imparcial (Hermosillo, Sonora)  7/27/09

Load of marihuana in Nogales

406 packages of marihuana weighing two thousand, 330 kilos were found by Mex. military in the box of a truck trailer on the south side of Nogales, Sonora. No arrests were made.


Frontera (Tijuana, Baja Calif.)  7/27/09

Mexico awards its highest honor

At the annual conference of the National Council of La Raza, in Chicago, Illinois, the Mexican government presented its highest honor, the “Ohtli Recognition,” to “Mexican American” Carmen Velasquez, a 69-year old who was born in the United States of Mexican parents, who “has devoted the last 20 years of her professional life to promoting access to health care services for the vulnerable immigrant population.”  Vasquez received the award with the humility “of being simply a human being, who can look back and feel proud of being Mexican.”


Noroeste (Culiacan, Sinaloa)  7/27/09

Violence in the state of Sinaloa

A total of 19 persons were murdered in the Mexican state of Sinaloa last week, including a State Police Commander. Sinaloa’s homicide total has now reached 65 in July and 552 for the year. Around midnight Sunday, an armed group shot and killed the chief of police at El Rosario, a community near Mazatlan, Sinaloa.


Milenio  (Mexico City)  7/27/09

Weaponry seized in Durango

Mexico’s “SEDENA” [equiv. Dep’t. of Defense] reported the arrest of three subjects in Durango and the seizure of a variety of weapons and ammo, including 22 “long barrel” [rifle and shotgun type] firearms, some handguns, a sub-machine gun, a grenade launcher, three grenades, 221 clips for assault rifles including three of the drum type. The ammo included 2,923 rounds for assault rifles and 1,422 for hand guns. Also found was a numerous variety of Mexican military and federal uniforms, bullet proof vests and federal and military insignia for uniforms and vehicles.


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