Archive for September 11th, 2009

Narco activity south of Mexico

September 11, 2009

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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.

Cambio de Michoacan – Morelia, Michoacan – 09/10/09

 Federal Police capture seven presumed assassins tied to “La Familia Michoacána”

The detainees belong to a band of extortionists and kidnappers named “Los Marisco.”The Federal Police in the state of Mexico accomplished the arrests with intelligence and investigative work that located safe houses used by the group.

Angel Estrada, aka: “El Marisco”, originally from Michoacán, served as head of the group and ordered and participated in executions, kidnappings, extortions and drug peddling in several municipalities in Mexico.  Six other active members known as El Rafa, El Güero, El Tony, El Pato, El Marikol, and El Chano were taken into custody with Estrada.  Seized also were two vehicles, numerous firearms, eight cell phones and five radios.

 Investigations revealed that the group, all part of “La Familia Michoacána,” operated during the past two years in several cities in the state of Mexico.  During this time they were extorting various business owners; those who did not pay were kidnapped and executed.  (There followed a long list of persons kidnapped and killed by the group)

 The subjects and the seized property were turned over to the (SEIDO) the Office of Special Investigation of Organized Crime.

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 Frontera – Tijuana, B.C. – 09/10/09

 Patrol car reproductions are seized in Michoacán

Mexican Army personnel seized a total of ten vehicles disguised as patrol cars from different police corporations, as well as an ambulance.  The vehicles were discovered in a warehouse located near Los Tanques in the municipality of Patzcuaro.  The vehicles were light trucks and station wagons, reported stolen in different parts of the state and country; painted and decorated to resemble patrol vehicles.  The “counterfeit” ambulance had the inscription “Emergency Transport.”

 Among the vehicles were a Ford pickup with the insignia of the State Judicial Police and another with the Special Operations Group (GOE) insignia.  All of the vehicles were presumed to be used in illicit activities.

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 El Diario de Juarez – Cd. Juarez, Chihuahua – 09/10/09

 Suspect in 18 homicides is arrested in Cd. Juarez

Michael Escatel, a U.S. citizen, was arrested in Cd. Juarez while hanging a banner with a message threatening the federal officers involved in “Joint Operation Chihuahua.”  Investigation revealed that Escatel is a suspect in eighteen homicides and remains in custody.  Members of the Mexican Army contacted Escatel as he was acting suspiciously, and they observed the banner.

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 El Diario de Juarez – Cd. Juarez, Chihuahua – 09/10/09

 Three heads found in Parral

Three human heads were found inside an ice chest accompanied by a note attributing the deed to “Gente Nueva.”  The ice chest was found be passersby in front of a motel.  They noticed the cardboard sign and called authorities.

Members of the “Chihuahua Joint Operation” responded to the scene and took possession of the container with the heads.  The persons who first found the ice chest observed only the words, “Atte: La Gente Nueva” on the sign, but not able to see the rest of the message.

 The bodies from which the heads had been removed were not located.

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 El Dario de Juarez – Cd. Juarez, Chihuahua – 09/10/09

 Houses for police to be built with money seized from Colombian narcos

Bogota: 11.2 million dollars seized by authorities from drug traffickers will be used to build residences for police in recognition of their anti-narco labor.  La Policia Nacional declined to reveal from which group the funds were seized and to which businesses they were destined since that might compromise the investigation.

 Generally, these funds are sent to the Attorney General for use in the investigations and the purchase of special equipment.  President Alvaro Uribe and Defense Minister Gabriel Silva agreed to spend the monies on the housing for police instead.

 The large seizure was of money hidden in sixteen packets of about $700,000 each in a shipment of ammonium sulfate, a product used in the making of detergents and cleaners, which arrived from the Mexican port of Manzanillo to the Colombian port of Buenaventura.  The shipper and the receiver were not named, but the final destination was Cali.

 Large sums of money have been seized this year in various airports and seaports, mostly coming from Mexico and the U.S.  This year’s seizures are far outpacing the previous year’s


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 El Financiero – Mexico, D.F. – 09/10/09

 Band of narco-traffickers captured in Peru

The band is made up of Colombians, Ecuadorans and Peruvians.  Five hundred kilos of cocaine are seized from them.  The Peruvian Police report the above arrests and seizure took place in the Ucayali region (east).

 The presumed “Mafiosos”(sic) had formed the company “Barbacoa” to export cocaine hidden inside chunks of charcoal to China, U.S., Holland, Italy and Spain, according to Peruvian National Police (PNP). 

 During the search of a bunker in the Coronel Portillo  Province, police arrested four Colombians and three Ecuadorians.  According to immigration records, the seven had entered and departed Peru at least ten times.  Three Peruvian citizens were also taken into custody.

 This is not the first narco-trafficking case in the sylvan province of Coronel Portillo.  One of its ex-mayors, lumber entrepreneur Luis Valdez, has been in custody since last year for drug trafficking and money laundering.  Europe, via Spain, Brazil, Argentina and Mexico are the principal destinations for Peruvian drugs.

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 Critica – Hermosillo, Sonora – 09/10/09

 Peru will increase rewards for leaders of “Sendero Luminoso” (Shining Path)

The Peruvian government has proposed to offer $338,000 in exchange for information leading to the capture of leaders of the terrorist group.  This proposed legislation is a result of three soldiers dying and five being injured in the crash of a helicopter caused by the Sendero Luminoso.  The helicopter was en route to rescue three soldiers who had been wounded in an attack perpetrated by the terrorists in the Valley of Apurimac and Ene Rivers (VRAE).  The area is the principal producer of coca leaves and cocaine, where the narco-traffickers operate.  The increase in the reward is one measure taken in the strategy of the government to confront the terrorist delinquency.

 The Peruvian First Minister states that the current reward program has produced good results to date.

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