Unabated violence

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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.

Wednesday, 9/7/09

El Diario (Ciudad Juarez, Chihuahua) 9/6/09

Violence unabated

The local news section of this paper featured six leading items today. Those six were followed – in a secondary, much smaller print – by a listing of other items under the heading “More News”; the fourth of these read: “19 assassinated yesterday; that’s three days with more than 10.” The following is an extract of what followed that: “Yesterday was the third out of five days in October during which more than ten daily executions have taken place; on the first of the month there were 11, on Saturday the 3rd there were 14 and this Monday, 19. Yesterday afternoon (Mon.) seven persons were killed after 4 p.m. in five different events in various points of the city.” The article then goes on to give a brief description of each of those events in Juarez..


El Imparcial (Hermosillo, Sonora)  9/6/09

University campus event

Found at the side of the access road to the University of Sonora campus at Nogales, Sonora: the remains of a man, bound with grey tape and wrapped in a blanket. And minus his head. One of his fingers had also been cut off and placed “among some documents of the victim.” An hour later, a human head inside a pillow case was found behind the Nogales Prison No.1. [Nogales, Sonora, is right across the border from Nogales, Arizona]


Prensa Libre (Guatemala City, Guatemala) 9/6/09 – full transl.-

Illegal aliens fear the 2010 Census

The majority of Guatemalans who live in the United States fear furnishing their data in the census which will take place in that country, for fear that the information will be used to deport them. Edgar Ayala, of the Guatemalan Immigrants Movement in the U.S., stated that this fear is common, not only among fellow citizens but also among the undocumented Latin Americans who live in that (read: U.S.) country.  U.S. officials are currently promoting public awareness about the future census and ask that the information be furnished. The forms for that event will reach the U.S. population beginning in March, but the last day to furnish the data is April 1, 2010. Ayala said “The feeling of mistrust was the same in the year 2000, when a similar census was made, because the people believe that they could be deported when they furnish personal information.”  Juan Garcia, of the Immigrants in Action Committee, said that, although all the Latin community fears registering, the Guatemalans are the most scared because many are indigenous and do not know how to read nor write. Migrant leaders observed that the government of the U.S. is attempting to raise public awareness in the Latin community so that they will furnish information for this numeration. Besides, the law prohibits census workers from sharing information with police or other federal agencies. Guatemalan migrants’ organizations have carried out activities to raise the awareness of fellow citizens about the importance of registering.


Armada Nacional de Colombia (Bogota, Colombia) 9/6/09

More cocaine seizures

When Colombian Coast Guard units approached a vessel in Buenaventura Bay, on Colombia’s west coast, its occupants beached the vessel and fled inland. A search of the craft revealed 950 kilos of cocaine hidden in sacks and plastic containers. The drug was going to be shipped to Central America.

Another 93 kilos of cocaine were found hidden in a truck heading for the port city of Barranquilla, on Colombia’s Caribbean coast. The two men in the truck were arrested.


El Debate (Culiacan, Sinaloa) 9/6/09


A sampling of item headlines from the police news section: Two found dead by gunfire and decapitated  in Angostura * * * * One person is assassinated by gunshots * * * * Uncle and nephew are executed with “Goat horn” [read: AK47] on the north exit of town * * * * Unknown man found lifeless on road to Imala; had bullet impacts on face and neck * * * * Military seize firearms and ammunition in 9 communities.


Excelsior (Mexico City) 9/6/09

Seizure of chemicals

The second largest seizure of chemical precursors for the manufacture of synthetic drugs took place Monday evening at the port of Manzanillo, state of Colima. A container which had come from India was found to be loaded  with approximately 20 metric tons of phenyl acetic acid, a substitute for pseudoephedrine.


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