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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 Diario de Juarez – Cd. Juarez, Chihuahua – 09/03/09

 Seventeen killed in rehabilitation center

 An armed group broke into a rehabilitation facility for drug addicts, rounded up the residents and machine-gunned them as they knelt; killing seventeen and wounding three.   

The largest massacre took place in the state prison on 03/04/09 when 20 prisoners were killed in a riot involving rival gang members.

 According to witnesses, minutes before the assault, the residents, some of them members of the “Azteca” gang, were joined in prayer, accompanied by relatives outside the facility.  Those outside fled upon hearing the gunshots; first two and then the sound of a machinegun, at least one hundred rounds.   State Police authorities stated that drug pushers infiltrate the rehabilitation facilities, feigning participation in the rehab program to hide from the law and competing gang members.  There had been similar attacks earlier this year in different rehab centers with ten executions reported.  With the victims from the latest attack, the total for the year has reached 1,485 lives lost.

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 Diario de Xalapa – Xalapa, Veracruz – 09/03/09

 “The Queen of Amphetamines” is detained in Colombia

 Bogota:  Beatriz Elena Henao, “the queen”, was arrested for the purpose of extradition to the U.S., to where she had sent more than a million synthetic drug pills, said the Colombian Judicial Police source.  She had been a fugitive for eight years, and at the time of her arrest she was accompanied by seven escorts.  She was the subject of a request to Interpol by a district court in New York.

 The Colombian Police said that a reward of $50,000 would be paid to the person who supplied the information which led to Henao’s arrest.  Henao, aka: “La Negra” or “La Paisa”, served as liaison between the Colombian drug-traffickers, who sent amphetamines to the U.S., Spain and Holland.  Henao’s sons are in prison; the 24 year-old in Colombia for murder and the 28 year-old in Holland for drug smuggling.  Henao was part of a network of at least twelve traffickers which included, among others, criminals from Russia and Holland.

 According to Colombian authorities, since 2001, Henao had sent 1.2 million pills to the U.S., where they are valued at $15 to 20 each.

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 Diario de Xalapa – Xalapa, Veracruz – 09/03/09

 High-ranking Officials in Quintana Roo are interrogated for presumed ties to “Los Zetas”

Cancun, Q.Roo:  The State Secretary of Public Security, the Director of Tourist Police and the State Attorney General are being interrogated by the Federal Department of Justice (PGR) regarding their presumed relationship with Los Zetas, the armed enforcement branch of the Gulf Cartel.  These arrests join those of the first and second in command of the PGR in the state.  The Governor, Felix Gonzalez Canto, said that he respects the actions of the federal government and anticipated more arrests.

 The Secretary of Public Security is in custody in Mexico City after he was mentioned in a video shown on You Tube, in which several delinquents who were later executed claimed that they were given protection by the State Police. 

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 Frontera – Tijuana, B.C. – 09/03/09

 Police face off with narcos in Rio de Janeiro

 Brazil:  The media report that the Brazilian Police were performing an operation in one of the poor neighborhoods in Rio when they were received with gunfire from the narcos who operate there.

 Sources say that at least 100 policemen entered the area to detain fugitives and repress the drug traffic.  It is not known if there were any deaths or injuries, but the narcotraffickers who operate in that area fired shots into the air and threw small explosives to alert the residents of the presence of the police agents.

 One of the principal objectives of the operation was to detain the drug traffic leader in the area, known as “Nem”, who hides in the zone which houses 190,000 residents.  The police entered the neighborhood in an armored vehicle to serve warrants for arrest and to search certain buildings for drugs.

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 Excelsior – Mexico, D.F. – 09/03/09

 Chihuahua introduces three more paid assassins

 The Mexican Army in Cd. Juarez presented three more men who confessed to belonging to the Juarez Cartel and to have participated in dozens of homicides, in which they riddled with bullets more than seventy “enemies.”  Two of the assassins, aka: “El Tijuas” and “El Mandis”, were arrested by soldiers who observed them acting suspiciously.  They informed on a third accomplice, not named, who was also arrested.

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