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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, Nuevo Leon) 9/23/09
Some of Gulf Cartel’s money found
The sum of 3,705,397 U.S. dollars and 23,610,000 Mexican pesos, all in cash and in marked envelopes, were recently seized from a “safe house” in Monterrey, state of Nuevo Leon. It has now come to light that bi-monthly cash payments ranging from 3,500 and up to 15,000 pesos were being made by the drug traffickers to a variety of individuals, from policemen and federal agents to higher ranking officials of a number of agencies and even to some members of the press. The cash found was in a number of envelopes, each noted with the name of the intended recipient, so further investigation is expected. All this cash was reportedly to maintain control of drug traffic in the greater Monterrey area, said to be home to a population of nearly four million.
El Universo (Guayaquil, Ecuador) 9/23/09
South American migration conference
The 9th South American Migration Conference ended yesterday (Tues.) in Quito. It acknowledges the emigrant as a subject whose human rights are to be defended and as a trans-national role player in the development of his own country as well as that of the nation to which he moves and where he works. It also qualified the immigrant as a political factor that supports the integration of nations. The declaration makes a commitment to work for the building of both a South and a Latin American citizenship in order to have a united voice in multilateral forums regarding migration. The conference rejected the hardening tendencies of migratory policies especially in Europe and in the United States, and the criminalization of emigrants. A Bolivian participant stated that a homogeneous position would serve them “to face the countries of the north.”
La Prensa Grafica (San Salvador, El Salvador) 9/23/09
Crime overwhelms agencies in El Salvador
El Salvador’s Attorney General as well as the head of the National Police and also the nation’s Chief Prosecutor are all quoted in an article describing the incapacity of the government to deal with crime in the country. The Chief Prosecutor said that the Anti-Extortion Unit is not able to investigate the number of extortions reported in the country. Police statistics show that 2,829 reports of extortions were filed from Jan. 1 to Sep. 21 of this year. The “director general” of the National Police was quoted as saying: “No police can investigate that number of homicides (3,000) a year, none.”
El Comercio (Lima, Peru) 9/23/09
Heavy cocaine shipment nabbed
On Tuesday afternoon, four tons of cocaine were seized by police agents in Callao, the seaport of Lima. The drug was hidden in a shipment of canned artichokes and was about to be shipped to Europe.
Frontera (Tijuana, Baja Calif.) 9/23/09
More police detained
Four more Tijuana city policemen have been detained due to links with organized crime. That raises the total to twelve in less than one week.
Norte (Ciudad Juarez, Chihuahua) 9/23/09
One item in our report for Sep. 22 stated that Ciudad Juarez had then reached 1,701 homicides for the year. Wednesday’s edition of “Norte” has now updated that total to 1,730.
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