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Foreign News Report
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.
From the following two sources: Crime in Central America
La Prensa Grafica (San Salvador, El Salvador) 8/3/09
July closed with 346 homicides in Honduras, 20 less than during the previous month. Still, the Security Minister admitted that the daily average of eleven to thirteen homicides “is a difficult problem to resolve.” [El Salvador, (“The Savior”), is smaller than Massachusetts though slightly larger in population]
Prensa Libre (Guatemala City, Guatemala) 8/3/09
“35 percent of auto thefts take place when the drivers stop for a red traffic light, and in every case, the criminals carry firearms to intimidate their victims. Police records show two thousand, 745 vehicle thefts from January to June of this year.” “70 percent of the thefts occur in the capital city.”
[from the same paper, commenting on the deaths of area bus drivers]: “The numbers are horrible. 78 bus drivers have been murdered this year, which means an average of almost three per week, and 60 have been crippled, the equivalent of two per week.”
Money haul on the Caribbean
Armada Nacional de Colombia (Bogota, Colombia) 8/3/09
A routine check of a launch by a Colombian Coast Guard unit yielded four million, 237,010 U.S. dollars in eight packages of 5,10,20,50 and 100 dollar bills. The two subjects aboard the launch were arrested and the cash seized. The event took place off Haynes Cay, near San Andres Island on the Caribbean Sea. “That same area has now yielded more than eight million dollars and more than 21 million pesos.”
Murder of journalists (two separate reports)
El Diario de Coahuila (Saltillo, Coahuila) 8/3/09
Seventeen journalists have been murdered in Mexico during the last 18 months. There have also been 365 “acts of intimidation” against other media persons, though the highest incidence of the latter was caused by public security personnel in the area of Mexico City.
Felipe Aguirre, Catholic church archbishop in Acapulco, demanded the solution of the murder of journalist Juan Daniel Martinez and prayed for the authorities to carry out their duties capably regarding all matters that might bring an end to violence in Acapulco. He iterated that violence manifests a grave social decomposition brought about by the loss of values, chronic impunity, lack of opportunities for development, and even corruption within governmental agencies, which means that the only respected law is “the law of the jungle.”
Cocaine rides a bus
El Universal (Mexico City) 8/3/09
109 kilos of cocaine were found in a compartment under a false floor in the aisle of a passenger bus heading to Ciudad Juarez from Mexico City. The find was near the city of Queretaro. The driver of the bus and the driver of a vehicle escorting the bus were both arrested. Both have criminal records in Mexico.
Three reports from different sources: bloody statistics from Mexico
La Jornada (Mexico City) 8/3/09
“At least” twelve persons were assassinated on Sunday in the state of Chihuahua; seven of these crimes took place in Ciudad Juarez during the night. According to press data there have been 1,161 victims of homicide in Juarez so far this year.
Frontera (Tijuana, Baja Calif.) 8/3/09
A man and a woman died in a volley of gunfire on Sunday evening in Tijuana; another woman was stabbed to death. Also, two private security guards were shot to death during the robbery of a convenience store in Tijuana. Two other men were “executed” today outside a junkyard in the Los Pinos area of Tijuana.
Milenio (Mexico City) 8/3/09
[The following figures were in an op/column titled “Achilles, the czar and July’s 854” about insecurity problems in Mexico]: This past June had held the record for execution-style murders in Mexico during any single month. That record has now been broken in July, when there were 854 violent deaths recorded. The figure for the year is now 4,300 and 12,900 from the date President Calderon took office.
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