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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 Debate – Culiacan, Sinaloa – 08/12/09

 A message with threats to President appears

A shiny green sign was left outside the offices of this newspaper.
Culiacan: In the early morning hours today, the afore-mentioned sign was left saying:  “Mr. President, a question; if it took you a year to catch up with Dimas, do you think you have enough life left to catch all my people?  We already have the order and we promise the people it will be fulfilled.”  The sign was removed by military personnel at 8:20 a.m. and fifteen minutes later they returned and placed it where they found it.
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Soldiers capture two subjects with arsenal

They seize five vehicles, two of which are armored.

Guamuchil, Sinaloa: Members of the 42nd Infantry Battalion detained two young men with 13 AK-47 rifles and two .50 caliber Barret rifles.  Also seized were a shotgun, two “police killer” rifles, a 9mm pistol and four fragmentation grenades, 89 clips, 3563 live rounds of various calibers, eight bulletproof vests and two tactical chest protectors.  Additionally, five station wagons, two of them armored, were seized.   

The militia personnel were patrolling in El Salitre when they observed two suspicious vehicles.  They stopped them and found some firearms.  After questioning, the detainees volunteered to take the officers to where the rest of the arms and vehicles were located.  The two detainees were later determined to be members of the Beltran Leyva Cartel.


Diario de Yucatan – Merida, Yucatan – 08/12/09

 One ton of marijuana seized at border crossing in Reynosa

U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers working the commercial port of entry at Reynosa-Phar seized almost a ton of marijuana, valued at $1,700,000.  During a routine inspection a drug detection canine alerted on the tractor trailer which was attempting to enter the U.S.  Using x-ray equipment, the agents observed that there was a hidden compartment built into the trailer.  Inside, there were found a total of 993 kilos (2,186 pounds) of marijuana.  The driver, a 47 year-old Mexican from Valle Hermoso, Tamaulipas, the truck and contraband were held for further investigation.


El Diario de Juarez – Cd. Juarez, Chih. – 08/12/09

 An airplane with cocaine falls in Guatemala

Guatemala:  The Guatemalan anti-drug police found an airplane with Colombian registration in which the crew left abandoned at least 600 kilos (1,320 pounds) of cocaine.

 The chief of the anti-narcotics office said that it was a forced landing in the southern part of the country.  The plane had been followed by the police during the night and early morning. The plane landed on a runway used by crop-dusters in the vast area dedicated to the growing of sugarcane. The two crew members fled when they saw the police.

 Drug seizures have increased markedly lately, with the interception last week of 200 kilos (440 lbs.) of cocaine on a boat at a southern port and 800 kilos (1,760 lbs.) in a railroad car north of the capital city.


Excelsior – Mexico, D.F. – 08/12/09

 More than 500 kilos (1,100 lbs.) of cocaine destroyed in Manzanillo

At the Sixth Regional Naval base in Manzanillo, Colima, 1,270 pounds of cocaine and thirteen auto parts fabricated partially from cocaine were burned.  The drug had been seized by the Mexican Navy, PGR (Justice Dept.) and Mexican Customs in three separate operations.


El Diario de Juarez – Cd.Juarez, Chih. – 08/12/09

 U.S. will continue to deport criminals through Juarez

At the sixth annual Border Security Conference, Jose Reyes Ferriz, the mayor of Cd. Juarez, said the U.S. should stop deporting criminals to Juarez or, at least advise their Mexican counterparts, to avoid having his city remain a concentration point for criminals.

 He told the group of dozens of U.S. federal officials, among them Janet Napolitano, Secretary of Interior (sic) Security (DHS) that they had to stop the concentration of criminals in Juarez.  Napolitano said that she would follow up on the mayor’s request, but that the deportations would continue.   

Reyes Ferriz said that thus far in 2009, seven thousand subjects who had committed different criminal acts in the U.S. had been deported to Juarez.  Among these were members of gangs like “Los Aztecas.” of whom there are nine thousand in Juarez; 2,000 in jail and 7,000 on the streets. 

 Five or six years ago there were only one thousand members of that gang in Juarez. Reyes Ferriz said that the Mexican Army, under his direction, has been involved in Joint Operation Chihuahua (OCCH), which has been successful in controlling some crime.  He said that the military are under his command and the commanders act as his advisors, which means that security is in the hands of civilians in spite of the military participation.

 Reyes Ferriz stressed that cooperation of the leaders on both sides of the border is necessary. 

 He said that the relatively small anticipated growth along the border in the past twenty years did not take place.  The infrastructure was not ready for the “boom” caused by the maquiladora (assembly plants, etc.) industry, which attracted entire families from the interior in search of the higher paying jobs.

 Investments were made in the infrastructure for the factories but not for the community’s needs for security and social services.  He spoke of the problems caused by corrupt police and the influence of the drug cartels.  The cartels, damaged by the strong law enforcement efforts have resorted to other criminal activities such as extortion, kidnapping and even bank robberies.  He said that the politics of the current U.S. federal government are beginning to fracture the traditional relationship between the border cities, not just in questions of economics, but also familial and cultural.  He opined that a cooperative effort between the U.S. and Mexico is vital to security along the border.


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