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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 Universal (Mexico City) 10/23/09
Drugs to the north; arms and money to the south
In April of this year, the Mexican government announced a border operation for the purpose of detecting arms and money entering from the US. An official report said that along the international border of the state of Chihuahua alone, there were 300 gaps through which pass the major portion of arms distributed to the drug cartels. Although the manner in which contraband enters Mexico is clear, noted an investigator, the way in which it travels from the US without notable interference by their authorities is rarely mentioned. “When one observes the way in which organizations that traffic in arms and money operate, the ineffectiveness of the US authorities can be evaluated. They nevertheless are justified by a law that doesn’t restrict the purchase of arms between their citizens,” said Jose Maria Ramos of the Colegio de la Frontera Norte (Colef). Ramos continued, “The US boasts of high technology [along the border] but there are no doubt regions, like the Sonoran desert and Arizona, where clearly that level of vigilance does not appear to exist because even planes loaded with drugs land there. What that leads us to presume, then, is that there is great corruption from that side.”
Corruption on the border
The US FBI detected more than 400 cases of corruption of public officials along the border in the past two years. In 2009, there have been 130 formal accusations and a hundred arrests of officials of that country for alleged links to organized crime. This information was from a report delivered to the US Congress last month by Director Robert S Mueller. He said combating corruption along the border is a priority.
Phoenix AZ: kidnap city
The continuing movement of organized crime’s “hot” money has ignited a rash of crime in Phoenix, Arizona, mainly kidnappings and extortions, according to local police. An agent, Jorge Zamudio, said people live in fear of kidnapping although many cases go unreported “because the families know that they are related to drug trafficking.” A report from the National Anti-drug Intelligence Center [sic] reveals that so far this year, 200 people have disappeared or have been kidnapped, an average of approximately one per day.
El Financiero (Mexico City) 10/23/09
Chavez loses popularity
Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez shrugged off the results of polls that show a decrease in his popularity in the last few months and assured that he would win reelection in 2012. Chavez rejected the findings affirming that, between August and October, the popularity of his government fell nearly 20 points, from 60 to 42 percent through rejection of his socialist measures by the citizenship.
Explosives seized in Colombia
The Colombian Army found some 289 kilos of explosives and 24 bombs belonging to the guerrilla rebel organization, FARC, according to military sources. The explosives were stored in a rebel hideout in the mountains of Antioquia department [state]. Besides the explosives (high potency R1 type), troops also found 14 anti-personnel mines, 5 bombs and material for making bombs.
El Debate (Sinaloa) 10/23/09
Shootout in Tamaulipas
An armed conflict in Nuevo Laredo, Tamaulipas, [across from Laredo, TX] between a group of criminals and the Mexican military resulted in three of the gang arrested and two others dead. There was no report of casualties on the military side.
El Diario de Juarez (Ciudad Juarez, Chihuahua) and Prensa Libre (Guatemala City, Guatemala) 10/23/09
Update on captured submarine
In a follow-up on Friday’s report of the mini-sub captured in the Pacific off Guatemala, it was determined that the seizure and arrests were made in international waters and that the US has opted to process the case. Three Colombians and two Mexicans were arrested and 10 tons of cocaine seized. All are being transported to the US.
El Universal and El Financiero (Mexico City), El Debate (Sinaloa) and several other leading newspapers 10/24/09
90% of crime victims not linked to narco
A study by the Mexican Council for Law and Human Rights indicates that 90% of the people who have been victims of kidnapping or attacks have had no links to narcotraffic or other criminal activities. The study also shows that in the past three years, 22,875 people have disappeared at the hands of organized crime and in the past 12 months, 7,433 have been victims of the criminal gangs. Of this total, 75% are males between 35 and 45 years of age; 10%, women 20 to 35; and 15%, minors under 19 years. Sixty percent of the cases occur in the states of Tamaulipas, Chihuahua, Sonora, Sinaloa and Nuevo Leon. The criminal activity increases with the presence of groups like La Familia Michoacána, Los Zetas, Los Pelones and La Linea. Therefore, it can be affirmed that 90% of the cases had nothing to do with narco operations or other criminal activity. [Reader response overwhelmingly challenged the premise of this report.]
El Diario de Juarez (Ciudad Juarez, Chihuahua) 10/24/09
Rodolfo Molina Quijada, “El Yopo,” head of a gang of hit-men and one of Mexico’s most wanted, was himself gunned down by unknown assailants in Rancho El Saucito, his stronghold some 30 miles north of Hermosillo, Sonora. “El Yopo” was wanted for the abduction and murders of Police Commander Ramon Ontamucha and five others last month. [M3 Report 9/29/09].
More murders in Juarez
Four men leaving a nightspot in Cd. Juarez early this morning were abducted by an armed group, transported to another area and each killed with shots to the head. Neighbors in the area heard the shots and when they looked out their windows, saw the four lying in the street.
El Financiero (Mexico City 10/15/09
Mexicans urged to participate in US census
The Mexican consulates in Los Angeles, California, and Miami, Florida pointed out that the participation in the 2010 US census of Mexicans residing in the US will be fundamental for assigning up to 300 billion dollars annually in social programs during the next 10 years. Their report indicated that the 2010 census will be crucial to determine federal and state funds to be applied toward the Mexican origin population. Specifically, the results will determine the spending of such funds on programs of transportation, health, education, infrastructure and assistance to vulnerable populations, including those who do not speak English well. In this sense, many of the government social programs benefit Mexicans residing in the US and therefore their participation in the census is necessary. Traditionally, Mexicans and those of Mexican descent in the US (estimated to be more than 31 million) tend not to participate in the census, making them hard to count.
Cambio de Michoacán (Morelia, Michoacán) 10/25/09
Arms and grenades seized
Mexican Army troops seized an arsenal of weapons in Uruapan, Michoacán. A search of a
building using a sensing device turned up a hidden cache of 16 large caliber rifles, 8
fragmentation grenades, and ammo. No arrests were reported.
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