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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.
Armada Nacional de Colombia (Bogota, Colombia) 9/18/09
Drugs and people being smuggled
Today, Colombian naval units seized 316 kilos of “high purity” cocaine from a launch off Colombia’s mid-Pacific coast. So far this year, Colombia’s navy has seized more than 81 tons of cocaine, calculated as representing a loss of nearly 2.4 billion U.S. dollars for the “narco-terrorists.”
Further, when a Colombian marine assault unit was patrolling in the area of Bajo Baudo, some persons started firing at them and then fled. A search of the area turned up 26 persons hiding in the water; all 26 turned out to be Chinese, including three teenage boys and seven women. They had all entered Colombia from Ecuador and were heading north to Panama. Bajo Baudo is a coastal town in the central area of Colombia’s Pacific Ocean coast.
El Diario (Ciudad Juarez, Chihuahua) 9/18/09
Kidnapping data from Juarez
There is now a kidnapping every other day in the Juarez area, according to a monthly statistical report by the “Northern Area Sub-office of the Public Prosecutor.” That office has logged 123 kidnapping cases so far this year; in contrast, in 2007 there were only 2 cases reported, while in 2008 the number rose to 38.
Norte (Ciudad Juarez, Chihuahua) 9/18/09
Carjackings and auto theft in Juarez
The same government office just mentioned above also reported that 1,196 vehicles were stolen in Juarez during the month of August. Carjackings increased 15% and have reached 257 during the same month.
El Informador (Guadalajara, Jalisco) 9/18/09
A Zeta’s confession
Three men now in detention recently attacked two state patrol vehicles with grenades at Puerto Vallarta, Jalisco. One of the three has now confessed to having taken part in “at least”19 homicides in various states in Mexico, and also to have hurled a grenade at a newspaper facility in Guerrero. He added that in 2006 he had started as a hired killer for the Gulf Cartel.
El Heraldo (Tegucigalpa, Honduras) 9/18/09
Hondurans being deported
The Honduran Chancery reported yesterday that, as of Sep. 10th, 18,207 Hondurans who were illegally in the United States have been deported back to Honduras this year. Another 19,960 arrived after being returned by Mexico and/or Guatemala. These numbers are consistent with last year’s figures, when the total reached 57 thousand men, women and children. The monthly average this year is approximately 4,350. The number of Hondurans sent back to their country since the year 1997 has reached 439,678. Of these, 165,788 were deported from the United States. Officials estimate that around 1.2 million Hondurans, 15% of the population of Honduras, are residing abroad, principally in the United States.
El Heraldo (Tegucigalpa, Honduras) 9/19/09
Guatemalan National Police, soldiers and U.S. DEA personnel joined in the destruction of a poppy field covering 262 hectares. [= 647.4 acres, or just over one sq. mi.]
The event took place in the department [state] of San Marcos, on Guatemala’s border with Mexico. There were no arrests. Police reported that the plants destroyed could have been processed into heroin worth 430 million U.S. dollars. Other Guatemalan government officials said that Mexican drug traffickers buy the gum from which heroin is made. This year, police in Guatemala have destroyed poppy plants with a value of 1.355 billion U.S. dollars.
El Financiero (Mexico City) 9/19/09
Unknown subjects – either police or thugs – ordered a pickup truck to stop last night on the Pan American highway near Comitan, Chiapas, close to the border with Guatemala. When it didn’t, they fired on it. The p/u was transporting illegal aliens from Ecuador & El Salvador; at least one of the smuggled aliens died and five others were wounded, as was their Mexican driver. Some 300,000 Central Americans cross Mexican territory each year; the majority do so to attempt to enter into the United States without documents.
Frontera (Tijuana, Baja Calif.) 9//19/09
More policemen killed
Last night (Fri.), three Tijuana policemen were shot to death with assault rifles and a fourth one was wounded when they stopped their patrol units at a convenience store in Tijuana. Killers in a light truck or SUV arrived and opened fire on the four. Two other attacks against Tijuana policemen have taken place this month.
El Diario (Ciudad Juarez, Chihuahua) 9/20/09
A day in the life of Ciudad Juarez
The following are extracts from a local news section article headlined: “Another 12 killed” and logged in the paper at 11:19 p.m. Saturday, Juarez time. The event times are as shown in the article.
– 9:41 a.m.– dead man found in trunk of car
– 4:30 p.m. – group in car shoot man in street to death
– 4:46 p.m. – man wrapped in sheet and bedcover found dead on street
– ( no time shown) – pedestrian finds wrapped cadaver around some bushes
– 5:00 p.m. – two men executed at Porfirio Parra
– 7:15 p.m. – man murdered at local park
– 8:10 p.m. – two other men assassinated after holding up store
– 9 p.m. – state police officer is wounded but survives murder attempt
– 9:15 p.m. – another individual finished off at Patricio Romero area
– 10 p.m. – another man left lifeless on El Salvador St., Hidalgo neighborhood
– 10:15 p.m. – Subject assassinated by armed commando in the Chavena neighborhood
However, a subsequent article, logged in at 10:15 a.m. Sunday, reported five additional victims of homicide in the Juarez area. The earliest was said to have occurred at 10:30 p.m. Saturday, the latest at 3:30 a.m. today (Sunday)
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