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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.

Frontera – Tijuana, B.C. – 08/20/09

 Feds release “La Tuta’s” mother   [M3-08/19/09] Maria Teresa Martinez-Castaneda, mother of La Familia Michoacana leader “La Tuta”, was released conditionally from custody after authorities were unable to establish elements to tie her to the commission of any illegal acts.


She and five others, one of them her son Luis Felipe, were detained last Monday.  The five will remain in custody for at least another 48 hours, undergoing further interrogation.  Among the five are men with close ties to “La Tuta” and suspected of involvement in the slaying of twelve federal police agents about a month ago.

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The narcotraffic war worsens

One year into the National Security Resolution 7,296 persons have died in events related to the fight against organized crime.  In the twelve months prior to the pact, 08/21/07 to 08/21/08, the score was 3,742.

The three levels of government, federal, state and municipal; representatives of the productive, religious and social sectors, as well as the communications media took a pledge to fight crimes such as kidnapping and homicides.  The average now is 20.10 per day, double the average of the previous twelve months.

The most violent months during this period were October and November 2008, with 791 and 729 deaths respectively, as well as June 2009 with 702 homicides.  The states of Chihuahua, Durango, Sinaloa, Guerrero, Michoacan and Baja California accounted for 6,007 deaths, or 82.33%.

The escalation in violence provoked innumerable confrontations between the armed forces and hired assassins; Baja California, Sonora, Chihuahua, Durango and Nuevo Leon in the North and Guerrero and Tabasco in the South.  Also, there were an endless number of gunfights as well as the increase in executions in Guanajuato, Vera Cruz and Michoacan.

The joint effort resulted in the capture of numerous drug capos and the dismantling of drug laboratories, principally in Michoacan, Sinaloa and Durango.  Nevertheless, the deaths of delinquents, uniformed and civil officers came to thousands.

In Chihuahua, in spite of the large deployment of federal forces, 2,955 violations by organized crime were recorded.

A long list of bloody executions, decapitations, torturing and assassinations of elected officials, soldiers and police from numerous sites followed in this article.

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El Debate – Culiacan, Sinaloa – 08/20/09

The U.S. accuses “capos” of introducing 200 tons of drugs

According to DEA (Drug Enforcement Admin.) investigations, narcotraffickers supervised the shipment of cocaine and enormous quantities of heroin to the U.S.

 Thursday, federal prosecutors presented ten documents in which they accused the capos Joaquin Chapo Guzman, Ismael El Mayo Zambada and Arturo Beltran Leyva of the Mexican drug cartels of introducing huge amounts of drugs into the U.S.  The documents, filed in New York and Chicago, accuse the capos and a dozen of their accomplices.  Many of the accused are already sought by U.S. and Mexican authorities. 

 The new documents reveal a vast distribution network going back at least twenty years, according to the DEA, Immigration/Customs and the IRS.

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 El Financiero – Mexico, D.F. – 08/20/09

 Colombian Armada seizes 3.4 tons of cocaine

The drug was found in a vessel which was traveling through the Gulf of Uraba.  It was seized after a pursuit in which one of the traffickers was killed.

 The vessel, with a crew of three, ignored signals from the Armada and failed to yield.  The Coast Guard felt obliged to fire on the boat and killed one crewmember in the process.

 On the boat, which apparently was headed for Central America, were found 120 bundles containing 304 tons of cocaine, valued ay 85 million dollars on the international black market.   To date in 2009, the Colombian Armada has seized 70 tons of cocaine.

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 Colombia guarantees the extradition of six persons to the U.S.

The men are wanted for the crime of narcotrafficking.  Since 2002 president Uribe has extradited 700 Colombians to the U.S.  An official source stated that the subjects, arrested in anti-narco operations, are sought by courts in Florida, New York and Washington D.C.

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Presumed “operator” for the Juarez Cartel detained

Federal Ministerial Police arrested Jose Ernesto Ramirez Almaraz at a property on the south side of Mexico City.

 Documentation was seized which implicates Ramirez as the  main operator charged with investing and laundering illicit funds from the sale of narcotics by the organization “managed” by Vicente Carrillo Leyva, “El Vicentillo.”  [Carrillo Leyva is the son of Amado Carrillo Fuentes, notorious drug entrepreneur of the Juarez Cartel, known as “Lord of the Skies,” who died in 1997 during extensive plastic surgery to change his appearance.  Carrillo’s profits, believed by experts near $25 billion, made him one of the world’s wealthiest men.]

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 Twenty-nine Guatemalans detained in Puebla

Twenty-two males and seven females were found in the back of a 3 ½ ton Chevrolet truck by Puebla State Ministerial Police checking vehicles on the Puebla-Tehuacan Highway.

 The Guatemalans were enroute to Mexico City, where they were to board a different vehicle and proceed to the U.S.

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 Diario de Yucatan – Merida, Yucatan – 08/20/09

 War among narcotraffickers in Quintana Roo

The wave of executions confirms that a war has broken out among the narcos in Quintana Roo, the State Attorney General said, pointing out the six slayings this week.  It’s all among themselves for control of the drug market.  The total reached fifty related executions on Wednesday.

 A decapitated body with signs of torture was found in a bag near Cancun.  A man was shot as he attempted to flee from his assailants on a heavily traveled street in downtown Cancun.

 Another man attempted to escape in his luxury SUV and was shot four times when he abandoned the vehicle and attempted to flee on foot.  Marijuana and psychotropic pills were found in the SUV.

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