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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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 Universal (Caracas, Venezuela) 07/29/09

 Colombian business owners concerned by dispute with Chavez

The vast Colombian/Venezuelan border remained open while business managers expressed their fears after the “freezing” or closing declared for their products announced by President Hugo Chavez.

 The concern of the manufacturers is based on the fact that  of their total exports, 32.2% were to the USA, followed by Venezuela with 17.7%

 The political leaders as well as the industrialists expressed their hope that Chavez’ statements are not more than blustering and bravado and everything returns to normal.

 Chavez was annoyed by allegations that his government had supplied Swedish-made AR-4 anti-tank rocket launchers, acquired in the 1980s, to the rebel guerrillas (FARC), and announced Tuesday the recall of his Ambassador in Bogota and the “freezing” of relations and importations from Colombia.

 He also said that he might break relations with Bogota and expropriate Colombian businesses in his country.

 The Governor of the state which borders Venezuela at the key crossing point from Colombia for persons and merchandise said that the same problems have been faced before and they have always been resolved.  He stated that the border remains open and that merchandise continues to cross.

 He added that Colombia provides Venezuela with raw materials such as sugar cane and meat and other products Venezuela lacks, so the stopping of importations would have a great negative effect.

 Trade union members and politicians both hope the threat to expropriate Colombian companies does not materialize.

 A Senator said that there are 20 or 22 Colombian businesses in Venezuela.  If Chavez nationalizes even one or two, it would cause a great problem.  Venezuela is our principal market and new markets could not be established immediately.

 Colombian exports have already fallen this year.  The entrepreneurs involved say that Chavez does a lot of boasting and threatening but finally changes his mind.


 El Imparcial (Hermosillo, Sonora) 07/29/09

 “Big Fish” of the Arellano Felix Cartel caught in Tijuana

Thanks to an anonymous tip, Mexican Navy personnel detained a presumed leader of the Arellano Felix Cartel.

Francisco Manso Moran, 28 years old, alias, “El Billy” or “El Negro” was arrested at the playas de Tijuana suburb driving a vehicle in which he was transporting an HK sub-machinegun, a .40 caliber pistol, numerous cartridges, $15,000 U.S and 2100 Mexican pesos.

 According to the military sources Manso Moran was involved with kidnapping and drug trafficking for the (CAF) Arellano Felix Cartel.


 Frontera (Tijuana, Baja Calif.) 07/29/09

New posters of fugitives from U.S. placed at Ports of Entry

A poster issued by the Border Patrol and Department of Homeland Security which includes the photographs of twelve subjects sought for different crimes is now posted at the San Ysidro and Otay Mesa Ports of Entry, asking help from the public in their capture.

 Two of those included in the poster are wanted in connection with the murder of Border Patrol Agent Robert Rosas.

 The Border Patrol said that the other subjects are sought for questioning in connection with various crimes.


 Anti-drug Czar agrees that Mexico not negotiate with “narcos”

Gil Kerlikowski, U.S. Anti-drug Czar, agrees that drug dealers should not be negotiated with because they are criminals.  He indicated that drug legalization is not a sufficient answer to combat its distribution.

 The Anti-drug Czar praised the courage President Felipe Calderon and his administration have had in combating the narco-traffickers.   He said that the U.S. is a large consumer of drugs but that drug use is a global problem.

The Mexican Secretary of Health said at the same meeting that though criticized as a failure by many, the program in force for only two years has had bruising results, such the arrests of numerous narcos.


The Vehicular Verification and Control System (SIAVE) to be applied gradually

[SAIVE is a high tech computerized apparatus currently used by the Mexican Army and Federal Police at checkpoints on roads in the interior It has been effective in detecting drugs and firearms.]

 The Mexican Government has committed to using the SIAVE to control the illegal introduction of contraband, especially firearms.  Customs authorities and businessmen agreed to implement the SIAVE gradually in order to measure the efficiency of the inspections as well as evaluate the proposition of enlarging the inspection area at the former commercial port of entry, known locally as “El Chaparral.”

The Tijuana Chamber of Commerce and other business groups are well aware that the potentially hours-long lines going into Tijuana would hurt commerce in an already economically strapped area, and have been negotiating with the Government.

No one has identified the source for funds necessary to construct a facility required for a smooth flow of traffic to the south from San Diego.  An often two-hour-plus wait at the San Ysidro  and Otay Mesa Ports of Entry northbound would, together with the wait southbound, discourage many tourists.


 El Diario de Coahuila (Saltillo, Coahuila) 07/29/09

 Mexican Narco killed in Texas was an informant for U.S. Agents

Sources told the Associated Press that Jose Daniel Gonzalez Galeana, who was shot to death on a quiet suburban street in El Paso, was a high ranking member of the Juarez Cartel, but was also an informant for (ICE) Immigration and Customs Enforcement Agents. 

The eight bullets that killed Gonzalez in front of his house, just yards away from the home of the El Paso Police Chief, were fired at short range and left no doubt about the message they carried.

 Some experts believe this was the first time hired assassins of the Mexican drug cartels have killed an important figure in U.S. territory.  The Chief of Police, Greg Allen, said that whoever did it wanted it known that it was a reprisal.

Gonzalez was passing information on the Juarez Cartel to ICE Agents who, during the last years have increased their participation in drug trafficking investigations.

 Chief Allen stated that he had no idea that his neighbor Gonzalez was high-ranking Cartel member nor an informant.


 Vessel with Haitians aboard sinks

An overloaded sailboat transporting Haitians collided with a reef near Turks and Caicos Islands, the U.S. Coast Guard informed.  A survivor said that the boat smashed against a reef as it was fleeing from police.

The rescuers found 113 survivors on two reefs about a mile and a half south east of east Caicos Island.  Most were transported to the island.  Two cadavers were also found.  The Coast Guard continued searching for survivors using a helicopter, an airplane and a schooner.

The vessel had been at sea for three days when they saw a police boat and crashed into the reef while trying to hide behind it.

 According to survivors, the boat left Haiti with 160 passengers and picked up 40 more at an undisclosed place.  Many Haitians go to sea in precarious vessels trying to go to the U.S., the Bahamas or Turks and Caicos to escape from the poorest country in Latin America.


 Diario de Yucatan (Merida, Yucatan) 07/29/09

 “Abrupt” decline in remittances:  11.94%

The Bank of Mexico (Banco de Mexico) announced that during the global economic crisis, during the first six months of 2009, Mexican emigrants sent 1 billion 500 million fewer dollars than in the first semester of 2008.  The bank said there were fewer transactions of money being sent and smaller amounts being sent.

 More that 11 million Mexicans work in the U.S., seven million of them without documents after crossing illegally.  The principal source of income for millions of Mexicans comes from family members who emigrated.  Mexico is the third largest recipient in the world of funds from outside the country.


 Two financial operatives of “La Familia” Cartel are arrested

The Mexican Secretariat of Security announced that two financial operatives of “La Familia Michoacana” Cartel along with four collaborators who managed a network of money laundering and transportation of drugs to the U.S. were arrested by Federal Police.

Among the detainees was Armando Quintero Guerra , alias “El Licenciado”, financial operative for one of the Cartel leaders, Servando “La Tuta” Gomez.

 Likewise, Daniel Renteria is responsible for the accountability of the Cartel in the Central Zone of Mexico.   It is also presumed that Quintero Guerra was in charge of the pickup of the drugs and coordinated the logistics for the transport to the border locations of Tijuana and Mexicali; and maintained contact with drug purchasers in Los Angeles, California.

 “La Familia” erupted into the center of violence related to narco traffic in October of 2006 when some unidentified men entered a bar to throw five human heads onto the dance floor accompanied by a message; and since then have gained strength until they became one of the principal cartels.

 – end of report –

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