Over the weekend: Gun battles and arrests; violence unabated

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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.

Saturday 10/17/09

 El Universal (Mexico City) 10/16/09

 The gore continues

The mutilated bodies of nine people and their decapitated heads were found in front of a clinic in the Mexican town of Tlapehuala, state of Guerrero.  According to local authorities, there has been an intensification of organized crime violence in that region.  The macabre discovery was made late Thursday evening.


The body of an ex-commander of the Durango state department of investigations was found under a bridge near the state’s capital.  He had been abducted the day before his body was discovered along with a narco-message.


In Sinaloa, a federal agent was killed when he and his partner made a traffic stop of an SUV.  They were met with gunfire not only from the stopped vehicle, but also from another SUV that joined the fight.  The other agent escaped injury and the the attackers fled.


In Tiquicheo, Michoacan, the mayor and her husband in their vehicle en route to the city offices, were attacked by gunmen.  The mayor’s husband was killed and she received major injuries.  The article mentioned that, since 2008 to the present, 18 city officials in the state have been executed in this manner.


 El Financiero (Mexico City) 10/16/09

 Arrests and seizures in Colombia

Colombian police arrested 18 people suspected of belonging to an organization engaged in trafficking chemicals used in processing illegal drugs.  The operation took place simultaneously in the cities of Medellin, Barranquilla, Cali and Cucutla where seizures of properties valued at an estimated $185,000 were also made.


Cocaine air-drop in the Dominican Republic

Anti-narcotics agents in the Dominican Republic seized 25 packages of cocaine dropped from an airplane into the waters off the eastern province of La Romana.  The intended target of the drop was on land, but the arrival of military helicopters caused the pilot to dump the load in the sea and escape.  One suspect was arrested.


Fidel opines

Ex-Cuban President Fidel Castro expressed his opinion that Bolivian President Evo Morales deserves the Nobel Peace Prize, maintaining that US President Barack Obama “knows he has not yet earned it.”  Castro stated, “If Obama was awarded the prize for winning his election in a racist society despite being African American, Evo deserves it for winning in his country despite being an indigenous [native American] and, furthermore, accomplishing what he promised.”


 El Debate (Sinaloa) 10/16/09

 Gun battle in Mazatlan

At least one dead, two wounded and seven arrested is the result of an encounter between the Mexican military and an armed group of thugs in Mazatlan, Sinaloa.  Army units on routine patrol attempted to stop two suspicious vehicles and were met with grenades and gunfire.  One soldier was wounded in the initial attack, but the military returned fire and a vehicle chase ensued through the streets of the neighborhood.  The fugitives holed up in the gang’s safe-house from which they continued the battle.  One of the criminals inside the building was killed; the rest were captured, including one female.  The battle took place next to a children’s school, resulting in 50 of the children needing treatment for “nervous crisis.”

 Novedades de Quintana Roo (Cancun, QR) 10/16/09

 Five abducted at market

A drug dealer suspected of stealing from his own gang was murdered in a market area in Cancun Thursday morning and 12 hours later, four people were abducted from the same area along with a hapless taxi driver who just happened to be there.  The four apparent targets of the abductions were local venders who are believed to have been accomplices in the murdered man’s treason.  A heavily armed group seized the five people without firing a shot and left in three vehicles.  


 Sunday 10/18/09

 El Financiero (Mexico City) 10/17/09

 Cocaine shipment seized in Panama

Anti-drug agents of Panama’s National Police seized two tons of cocaine hidden on a ship and arrested three Colombians and one Panamanian in connection with the contraband.  The ship was in port at Colon, on the Caribbean coast.


 Cambio de Michoacan (Morelia, Michoacan) 10/17/09

 Attacks on police continue

While on routine patrol, municipal police in Tancitaro, Michoacan, were ambushed by a heavily armed group.  Two of the police were wounded by a fragmentation grenade in the attack.


 El Debate (Sinaloa) 10/17/09

 Warning of rise in violence

The Mexican department of justice (PGR) warned of an increase in violence in the state of Sinaloa due to disputes between diverse organized crime groups.  Records of the PGR show that in only 16 days, a total of 57 people, among them women, minors and police, have been victims of such violence.


 El Imparcial (Hermosillo, Sonora) 10/17/09

 Arrests in Altar, Sonora

A hotel in Altar, Sonora, was searched by elements of the Mexican Army, resulting in the arrests of 17 people and the seizure of vehicles and firearms.  The detainees were turned over to the federal department of justice (PGR) in Hermosillo. [An indication that the operation dealt with organized crime].


 El Informador (Guadalajara, Jalisco) 10/17/09

 Serious crime in Mexico

Some 400 police authorities, including federal, state and municipal police, Mexican Army, crime experts and inspectors, carried out an operation in Tequila, Jalisco, in which they confiscated thousands of liters of adulterated beverage being sold as tequila.  During the six-hour operation, authorities of the three levels of government searched the shops in the city that carries the name of the famous Mexican alcoholic beverage [or perhaps vice versa].  The processing and sale of alcohol labeled ‘tequila’ is strictly controlled by Mexican law.


 Frontera (Tijuana, Baja California) 10/17/09

 Weed seized, eight arrested

Baja California state police arrested eight subjects in possession of more than a ton of marihuana in Tijuana.  The group was arrested as they were unloading the marihuana from a tractor-trailer truck.  The police were answering a citizen’s report of a stolen vehicle when they located the vehicle being loaded by the group.


More violence

One Tijuana policemen was killed and another wounded in a gunfight this morning.  Details were sketchy, but said two arrests had been made.


Two more gruesome murders, one a woman decapitated and the other, a mutilated body hanging from a bridge, were reported in Tijuana.


Soldiers arrested

Two members of the Mexican Army were held for investigation for possible links to criminal gangs, according to the federal department of justice (PGR).  Both were ordered held for 40 days while the investigation is carried out.


 Novedades de Quintana Roo (Cancun, QR) 10/17/09

 Gangs fight for control of Cancun drug market

Cuban American “mafias” are said to be fighting local drug distributors for control of the Cancun area of operations.  The state Attorney General believes that five recent executions in the north of the state are a result of a struggle for control for the growing drug market in the Cancun area.  “Quintana Roo has become a place of high demand, a state of major drug trafficking, but the problem is that it is no longer one of passage but rather one of consumption.  That is where the problem arises,” he said.  Because of the high levels of consumption in the state, the AG believes the in-fighting of the criminal gangs has shifted from control of trafficking routes to control of local sales. 


 News from Canada

Canadians intercept ship with smuggled aliens. For the story:  



 Monday 10/19/09

 El Universal (Mexico City) 10/18/09

 Election day marred by violence

Today, Sunday, is voting day in the Mexican state of Coahuila where 38 municipal governments will be elected, but the day began with the discovery of three bodies tossed in front of a voting booth in the city of Torreon.  Authorities assured that the crime was not related to the elections, blaming organized crime violence instead.  The unidentified bodies, found at 6:45 a.m., were removed by 8 a.m. and the booth opened without further incident.


 La Jornada (Mexico City) 10/18/09

 Hunger killing Guatemalans

At least 469 people, including 54 children, have died in Guatemala this year for lack of nourishment.  The worst drought in 33 years is considered largely to blame for the food shortage.  Some 90,000 peasants, mostly indigenous, have difficulty getting food in this Central American country that has the greatest chronic malnutrition rate for children under the age of five.  Ironically, experts say Guatemala has vast resources, but those are poorly managed by the government.


 Frontera (Tijuana, Baja California) 10/18/09

 Arrests made in yesterday’s police shooting

Three men who presumably participated in the attack on police in Tijuana [reported yesterday] were arrested by the military.  The shootout yesterday resulted in the deaths of one policeman and one of the attackers.


 El Diario de Juarez (Ciudad Juarez, Chihuahua) 10/18/09

 Mexican gun control

A woman, 50, in Chihuahua city, Chihuahua, was arrested for being in possession of a .357 caliber pistol that she used to shoot a burglar breaking into her house.  The burglar received a gunshot wound to the leg and was arrested.  The type of revolver the woman used is restricted to the exclusive use of the military, authorities noted.  She was initially charged with wounding the burglar, but the state Attorney General dropped that charge and only held her for possession and use of a prohibited firearm.


 Novedades de Quintana Roo (Cancun, QR) 10/18/09

 Update on earlier story

A man reported murdered in a market area in Cancun has been identified as a Cuban American. No further details were given. [Apparently related to Saturday’s report (above) from the same news source.]


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