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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.
El Universal – Mexico, D.F. – 08/05/09
Gangs “kidnap” the Tecate Border
They operate with impunity, protected by the police, controlling the migratory routes into the U.S. The assaults and sexual molestations experienced by the migrants are minor compared to the ever-increasing kidnappings and homicides.
The Gangs have become more dangerous by virtue of the lack of control by the police, the Secretary of Public Security confirmed. He said the problem could worsen if not dealt with quickly. Over the years the traffic of persons evolved to traffic with assault; then traffic with assault, murder, and rape; and later to traffic with assault, murder, rape and kidnapping.
Kidnapping is a new modality:
In order to extort more money they lock the migrants into houses and call the families to demand more money on top of what already paid for the smuggling north.
Tijuana has only a few miles of smuggling routes, but Tecate, with almost one half of the 265 kilometers (160 miles) of border, along with Mexicali, is the most problematic.
The area is practically abandoned by the authorities in spite of the fact that the traffic has grown greatly during the past years, said anthropologist Victor Clark Alfaro of the Bi-national Center for Human Rights (CBDH). He added that the traffickers as well as the migrants speak of the complicity of the police, who allow the delinquents to operate for bribes paid.
The Director of the Tecate Municipal Police said that his agents maintain constant patrols, but that the large size of the area does not permit 24 hour coverage.
The Military and Federal Agents have dismantled gangs of kidnappers and rescued victims but, nevertheless, men with long-guns are seen swarming in the area, not bothering to cover their faces nor hide from the police agents. In spite of the extreme temperatures, the risk of falling into a gorge or being bitten by a poisonous snake, the criminal gangs are the greatest danger.
Milenio – Mexico, D.F. – 08/05/09
U.S. Senator stops anti-drug assistance for Mexico
Senator Patrick Leahy (D) has rejected the publication of a letter which affirms that Mexico respects human rights in its war against drug-traffickers. One hundred million dollars in aid are in play. Leahy said that the letter contradicts reports of human rights violations he has received.
The U.S. State Department had anticipated sending a favorable report of human rights just before the U.S. President attended a meeting of North American leaders in Guadalajara this weekend.
The funds in question are part of the Merida Initiative, initiated by President Bush in 2007. The assistance was to support Mexico in stemming the flow of drugs to the U.S. with training for police and the purchase of helicopters and other enforcement equipment.
In the U.S. Congress, preoccupation regarding the possible violation of human rights has grown. It is believed the State Department will rewrite its report before sending it to Congress in September, after summer vacation.
El Porvenir – Monterrey, Nuevo Leon – 08/05/09
Mexican Navy burns more than seven tons of cocaine
The drug was seized in two speedboats operated by five men, who were turned over to the Federal Police. The Mexican Navy burned the drug, seized on July 19 in a joint anti-narcotraffic operation which involved planes from the Mexican Navy, Mexican Airforce, U.S. interagency taskforce, as well as Guatemala and Belize.
The five crewmembers, three Mexicans and two Colombians[,] are in federal custody awaiting prosecution.
Critica – Hermosillo, Sonora – 08/05/09
“La Troca” and “La Cuchara” testify
Miguel Angel Beraza Villa, aka “La Troca” and Rafael Hernandez Harrison, aka “La Cuchara” appeared before (SIEDO) Special Unit for Investigation of Organized Crime regarding their involvement in drug trafficking and possession of firearms.
The investigations indicate that Beraza was in charge of coordinating the smuggling of synthetic drugs, such as “ice” and “crystal,” manufactured in Mexico, into the U.S.
Beraza, under orders from leaders of “La Familia Michoacána” used the border at Tijuana and Ciudad Juarez to introduce the drugs. According to (DEA) Drug Enforcement Administration sources Beraza was arrested as a result of a joint operation with the Mexican authorities.
The investigations revealed that Hernandez was in charge of extortions, area control and operation of the laboratories, especially in Guerrero. He is also believed involved in recent attacks on the Federal Police in Michoacán.
The (PGR) Federal Prosecutors Office will also resolve the cases against thirty-two persons arrested together with “La Troca.”
El Imparcial – Hermosillo, Sonora – 08/05/09
Formal prison for seven members of “La Familia”
The Fifth District Court in the State of Mexico ordered formal prison for seven members of “La Familia Michoacána” who were arrested last June. The Federal Prosecutor (PGR) informed that the judges found sufficient evidence to prosecute them for organized crime involvement, commercial drug-trafficking and possession of firearms.
The members are charged with being part of a cell in “La Familia” which dealt in wholesale and retail sales of drugs in the states of Mexico, Chiapas, Oaxaca, Michoacán, Morelos and Guerrero.
The seven were arrested by the Federal Police on June 17 in the State of Mexico with numerous firearms, ammunition, marijuana, cocaine, five vehicles, eleven cell phones and two radios.
El Universal – Mexico, D.F. – 08/05/09
Nine hundred fifty children already deported
In the first seven months of 2009, U.S. Immigration authorities have deported 950 minors through Nuevo Laredo, with 85% from Guanajuato and San Luis Potosi. In 2008, 733 minors were received at Nuevo Laredo by Mexican authorities.
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