Mordida, a common event in Mexico

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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.

Thursday, 10/29/09

Por Esto (Merida, Yucatan)  10/28/09

“Mordida”, a favorite extortion and bribe in Mexico

In Cancun, Mexico, police stopped a driver, a visiting tourist, for an alleged “administrative violation.” Then they asked the tourist for up to $300 dollars so she could proceed without having a penalty issued to her. It turned out that the victim of this extortion was Michelle Fischbach, a state senator from Minnesota, who later presented a written complaint to the local authorities regarding the episode. Five Cancun “Tourist Police” officers are now under investigation for their personal attempt at extortion.  “Mordida” (a “bite”) is a common Mexican expression meaning an under-the-table payment made to extract a bribe from any official in order to avoid a higher penalty or to expedite a formal bureaucratic process.


El Informador (Guadalajara, Jalisco) 10/28/09

Thirty-five Chinese detained in Guadalajara

On Tuesday night, thirty-five Chinese arrived in Guadalajara aboard a flight from Cancun, Quintana Roo. None of the Chinese had a visa allowing them to enter or be in Mexico, and all were detained. Unofficially, it was learned that this case is related to the recent scandal involving the “INM” (Mex. Natn’l. Immigration Agency) in the state of Quintana Roo, where a number of officials have been found to be involved in people trafficking.


El Tiempo (Bogota, Colombia)  10/28/09

U.S. & Colombia to sign agreement

After an official visit to the Pentagon, Colombia’s Minister of Defense, Gabriel Silva, said that a formal agreement is about to be signed by Colombia and the United States allowing U.S. military bases on Colombian soil. He emphasized that the agreement is nothing new but only a continuation of both nations’ combat against drug traffickers, and that part of it is due to the recent forced abandonment by the U.S. of a base at Manta, Ecuador, due to that government’s policy.


Cuarto Poder (Tuxtla, Chiapas)  10/28/09

A bunch that got away

When a “coyote” driving a pickup truck saw that he was being followed by federal police, he abandoned the vehicle and fled on foot. And so did all his passengers, believed to be illegal aliens en route to the United States. The whole bunch managed to avoid detention. The event took place on the highway between Comitan and San Cristobal, in Chiapas.


El Diario (Ciudad Juarez, Chihuahua)  & Excelsior (Mexico City) 10/28/09

Ciudad Juarez stays in the news

Buried in the eleventh place after other local news items for Juarez, this item: “Yesterday, another 7 executions,”

And the “Coordinator General” of the Chihuahua State Police was wounded but survived a car-to-car gunfire attack in Ciudad Juarez today (Wed.); the attack killed one of his accompanying bodyguards and wounded a second one.

Also from “Excelsior”: “at least” eight Reynosa city police officers tested positive in a recent drug detection test. [Reynosa is right across the Rio Grande from McAllen, Texas]


El Dictamen (Veracruz, Ver.)  10/28/09

A rite of passage?

Alberto Fabre Platas, a “Universidad Veracruzana” researcher, said that, among adolescents, migration is tied to social legitimization issues because they consider it a passage to adulthood in order to be accepted by their communities. For Fabre, the phenomenon of migration has become an acceptance ritual, because crossing the border gives them a certain “social prestige” that allows them to be treated as adults when they return. He added that there is no correlation between poorer and better-off communities as far as the rate of emigration to the United States.


El Financiero (Mexico City)  10/28/09

Central Americans detained

Thirty-seven “undocumented” men from Guatemala, El Salvador, Nicaragua and Honduras were detected and detained by Mex. Federal and state personnel near the railroad station at Irolo, by Tepeapulco, in the Mexican state of Hidalgo.


El Porvenir (Monterrey, Nuevo Leon)  10/28/09

Military reinforcements for Nuevo Leon

“Hundreds” of additional Mexican military personnel have arrived in the state of Nuevo Leon “to participate in activities to combat organized crime” in the area, “so that Mexican society may have a climate of tranquility and peace.”


Cambio de Michoacan (Morelia, Michoacan)  &  La Cronica de Hoy (Mexico City) 10/28/09

Crimes in Michoacán

Early Wednesday morning someone phoned the police at Uruapan, Michoacán, and reported a pickup truck with four bodies in the cargo bed. Police found the vehicle and the bodies, all showing signs of torture and impact wounds from firearms. Earlier this week, the body of a man was found in four plastic bags in the area; he’d been dismembered into eleven different parts.


Frontera (Tijuana, Baja Calif.) 10/28/09

Cross border tunnel found

Another cross-border tunnel was located in Otay Mesa, an area immediately to the east of Tijuana. This one had lighting and was “at least” 90 meters (98 yds.) long; interior dimensions were estimated at over 6’ high and over 4’ wide. However, no mention was made of the location of an exit, if any, in the U.S. side of the border. The starting point on the Mexican side was an abandoned warehouse by #8 Salvatierra St., [Just west of the Otay Mesa international border crossing port)


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