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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 Porvenir – Monterrey, N.L. – 08/13/09
Colombia and Mexico agree to strengthen the fight against narcotraffic
The Colombian president emphasized the importance of the alliance which Colombia and Mexico have to confront organized crime. Both presidents vowed to work together and pool their resources to fight narcotrafficking and organized crime. They agreed that sharing intelligence information was vital to a successful joint campaign. They addressed the economic interdependence of the two countries and recognized the mutual benefit of eradicating or at least diminishing the criminal activity.
La Cronica – Mexicali, B.C. – 08/13/09
Smuggler caught red-handed; client had paid $3,000
Mexicali Municipal Police arrested Ignacio Valencia as he was attempting to help Israel Angulo over the border fence between Mexicali and Calexico. Israel confessed to the police that he had paid Ignacio $3,000 to smuggle him into the U.S. The police took the smuggler to the judge on duty. Disposition of the $3,000 not revealed.
La Cronica – Mexicali, B.C. – 08/13/09
Band of kidnappers falls in San Diego
U.S. authorities dismantled a band of Mexican narcotraffickers responsible for nine murders, including two in which the victims were dissolved in acid, and several kidnappings. The Grand Jury indictment was announced today, August 13, 2009.
In addition to the murders, the men are charged with the attempted murder of a Chula Vista Police Officer as well as various kidnappings for which they collected hundreds of thousands of dollars. Nine of the men indicted are in custody. Three of the 17 were recently murdered in Tijuana, while the rest remain at large. The victims of the gang died between 2004 and 2007. The bodies were found in the San Diego area. The accused, known as “Los Palillos” (the toothpicks), are tied to the Arellano Felix Cartel
El Universal – Mexico, D.F. – 08/13/09
Colombia will train Mexican Police
The presidents of Mexico and Colombia, Calderon and Uribe, announced the start of the “Police Cooperation Program”, in which Colombian Police officers will train Mexican Federal Police agents. Uribe informed that 86 delegations of police were sent to Mexico in past months to exchange experiences and offer advice to 450 commands in Mexico.
Since the experience yielded positive results, now ten thousand Mexican Federal Police will be trained by their Colombian counterparts. Calderon said that he will set up anti-kidnapping groups in various parts of the country with the knowledge and experience gleaned from the Colombians.
Just last Monday at the North America Leaders Summit, the Canadians announced that they would be sending members of their Mounted Police to Mexico to train the Mexicans.
El Debate – Culiacan, Sinaloa – 08/12/09
Cartel leader pleads guilty in U.S. Court
Diego Montoya Sanchez, Colombian “capo” of the “Norte del Valle Cartel,” pleaded guilty to charges of drug trafficking, murder and extortion, for which he could be sentenced to forty-five years in prison. The U.S. Department of Justice announced that Montoya, who will be sentenced on October 21, had been on the FBI’s ten most wanted list since 2004.
Montoya, arrested in September 2007, is considered one of the most violent and therefore most powerful leaders who operated in Colombia more than twenty years. He was extradited to the U.S. on December 12, 2008 for trial. After the fall of the Cali Cartel in mid-1990, the “Norte del Valle” became one of the most prolific organizations.
The FBI said that at its apogee it was responsible for 60% of the cocaine exported from Colombia to the U.S. Between 1990 and 2004 the Cartel exported to the U.S. 500 metric tons (metric ton = 2,200 lbs.) of cocaine valued at ten billion dollars.
In the late 1980’s, Montoya expanded his smuggling operations using cargo planes from Colombia to Mexico. In the 1990’s Montoya changed to maritime smuggling, using speedboats to transport loads of between 1000 and 6,000 kilos.
Between the fall of 2003 and the fall of 2005, Montoya led the fight between the “Norte del Valle” and “Varela” Cartels, which translated to hundreds of deaths, including innocent civilians. Montoya admitted at trial that his Cartel practiced violence and murder, especially among disloyal members of his group. Diego is the fourth member of his family to be convicted in a U.S. Court.
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