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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.
La Hora (Quito, Ecuador) 10/8/09
Narco operation halted
A police operation named “Aniversario” led to a complex series of recent events in Ecuador. The result was the dismantling of a drug trafficking network which used Ecuador as a launching point for the shipment of cocaine toward Mexico. Two Colombians and five Ecuadorans were arrested, and nearly four metric tons of cocaine were seized, as well as cash, outboard motors for “go-fast” boats, long range radio equipment and labs for the processing and refinement of the drug. Of the detainees, one is an Ecuadoran army captain and two others are sergeants. Additional details, in Spanish, as well as a map showing the drug traffic route, may be found through the link below.
La Hora (Guatemala City, Guatemala) 10/8/09
An “evil epidemic”
The following is the first of a sixteen paragraph article titled “Violence, an evil epidemic in our country.” “With approximately six thousand dead a year, and a report of at least 15 crime deeds per day, violence in Guatemala has become the daily bread of the citizens, reaching the limit of becoming a common event which no longer amazes anyone.” [Guatemala is slightly smaller than Tennessee and has an estimated 2009 pop. of 13.2 million] The entire article – in Spanish – may be seen through the link below.
El Nuevo Diario (Managua, Nicaragua) 10/8/09
“Obstacles to enter other countries have toughened, but no one stops the avalanche.” So said Jose Luis Rocha, director of the Jesuit Services for Central American Migrants. He added that, for a long time now, Nicaraguans find no opportunities in their country and thus decide to emigrate. In 2008, their individual monetary remittances from abroad back to Nicaragua reached almost 13% of the country’s GDP. He added that “what’s certain is that departure figures remain equal to deportations, thus the emigration flow continues despite the dangers.” The United States is the main migration point for Nicaraguans.
El Sol de Mexico (Mexico City) 10/8/09
U.S. Ambassador comments on immigration reform
Carlos Pascual, U.S. Ambassador to Mexico, said that the migratory reform process in the United States is programmed for the early part of 2010. During a short visit to Tijuana, Baja California, the ambassador said that both the U.S. Senate and the House have a representative at the White House to deal with this issue. He added that the problems related to health care must first be solved before this reform may be carried out. He pointed out that first it is necessary to control the enormous health care costs, 16% of the U.S. GDP, and thereafter consider making them wider, which ties us into the issue of migration reform. The entire article, in Spanish, may be accessed through the following link:
La Voz de la Frontera (Mexicali, Baja Calif.) 10/8/09
Stifling bad news ?
The Governor of Baja California, Jose Osuna, met with the U.S. Ambassador to Mexico, Carlos Pascual. Among other commentary regarding mutual cooperation, the governor was quoted as saying [article’s fourth paragraph] that generalizations concerning possibly negative events that might take place in Mexico will be avoided, thus preventing the degradation of Mexico’s good image, and particularly that of Baja California. For the full article, in Spanish, see:
Prensa Libre (Guatemala City, Guatemala) 10/8/09
The “Laguna del Tigre” [Tiger’s Lagoon] National Park is located in the extreme northwest corner of Guatemala, right up against the Mexican states of Tabasco and Campeche. Last night (Wed.), after a shootout, a Guatemalan National Police anti-drug unit seized 625 kilos of cocaine that had been brought there by drug traffickers aboard an aircraft. The smugglers managed to escape.
El Diario (Ciudad Juarez, Chihuahua) 10/8/09
A new lesson for informants?
The lifeless body of a man was found dumped on the street in Juarez this morning (Thurs.). As is common, he had been wrapped in a blanket, but his lips had also been stitched shut with hemp fiber cord. There were fifteen other homicides in Juarez on Wednesday.
El Imparcial (Hermosillo, Sonora) 10/8/09
Caught at the border
A few days ago a woman was arrested while northbound at the border crossing point between Nogales, Sonora, and Nogales, Arizona. Her car had 6.62 kilos of marihuana hidden in the dashboard, and she was going to be paid $500 to deliver the weed in Tucson. The woman, Winifred Gonzalez, happens to be a ten year veteran of the Nogales, Sonora, city police.
Informador (Guadalajara, Jalisco) 10/8/09
A major cause of deaths
A long article bemoaning dangerous highway conditions in the state of Jalisco begins like this: Mexico ranks seventh in the world for deaths caused by vehicle accidents, according to the World Health Organization. The daily average is 55, some 20,000 a year,”for which reason it urges that drivers and pedestrians become conscious of the grave consequences brought about by the accidents.” The lack of a traffic oriented awareness, the disregard for speed limit and traffic signs, the lack of skill when driving, the driving while intoxicated, the disregard for traffic regulations, in other words, imprudence, cause fatal accidents and thousands of deaths in Mexico.”
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