Archive for October 14th, 2009

U.S. Navy scores

October 14, 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.

Wednesday, 10/14/09

Financiero (Mexico City)  10/13/09

U.S. Navy scores one

On Oct. 7th, the U.S. Navy followed an established protocol agreement and obtained clearance from Mexican officials to search a vessel some 183 nautical miles northwest of Clarion Island, part of the Revillagigedo Archipelago [Mexican islands several hundred miles S.W. from the tip of Baja California].Then, when the USS McClusky approached the “Fiona”, that craft’s four crewmen dumped packages overboard, set the craft on fire and jumped into the water. [A video accompanying the article showed the “Fiona” to be a fast, small yacht] The McClusky rescued the four men and recovered some of the packages; their content was cocaine weighing almost 500 kilos. Later, a Mexican naval unit arrived, recovered more drug and took the four men in custody to Mazatlan.


El Diario (Ciudad Juarez, Chihuahua)  10/13/09

Hardly newsworthy anymore

“Ten persons were assassinated in various events which occurred during the whole day” (However, “Norte” , another Ciudad Juarez paper, reported eleven such cases in Ciudad Juarez yesterday.


Novedades de Quintana Roo (Cancun, Q.R.)  10/13/09

Now, Cancun….

The gagged, tortured bodies of two women and two men, their heads covered with bags, were found this morning (Tues.) by Isla Mujeres, near Cancun.


El Siglo de Torreon (Torreon, Coahuila) carried the cartoon shown below. It’s titled “Ah, my people!”. A hand waves a Mexican flag while a voice behind a mound labeled with disasters intones “We’re going to the World Cup, we’re going to the World Cup”, all in reference to the forthcoming world soccer championships to be held in Johannesburg. The rocks on the mound are labeled “crisis”, “petroleum”, “influenza”, “monetary remittances”, “unemployment”, “insecurity”, “economic crisis”


Prensa Libre (Guatemala City, Guatemala) 10/13/09

Yet more cocaine

Colombian police seized 2.88 metric tons of cocaine and arrested an armed 17 year old who was guarding the stash in a rural zone by Necocli, near the western end of Colombia’s Caribbean coast.


Notiver (Veracruz, Veracruz)  10/13/09

A body and a message

The body of an execution victim was found in Boca del Rio, a few miles south of Veracruz. A threatening note on a tag board was held on the body by a long knife which had been plunged into the victim. The message states that this will be the fate of those who inform about the safe houses of the “company”. It ends with: “Respectfully : Z”. A finger was stuck in the dead man’s mouth.


La Prensa Grafica (San Salvador, El Salvador) 10/13/09

El Salvador & violent death

“The numbers reveal that a person was assassinated almost every two hours within the national territory.” That is the beginning portion of an article reporting that there were 33 homicides in El Salvador during the past weekend, still an average of 16 daily for the first eleven days of this month.


Frontera (Tijuana, Baja California)  10/13/09

Just another day in Tijuana

News items from the front page: Man’s cadaver found in trunk of car in Emperadores neighborhood * * * * Four accidents a day on 2000 Boulevard due to mindless driving * * * * Man stabbed to death in pool hall * * * * Shots heard yesterday; bodies found today.


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