Over the weekend: Another mass homicide; possible improvements in police structure

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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 10/31/09

El Universal (Mexico City) 10/30/09

 Mexican municipal police under political fire

 Due to earlier findings by expert investigators that the 2,022 municipal departments in Mexico are infiltrated and corrupted by organized crime, the Federal Secretary of Public Security (SSPF), Genaro Garcia Luna renewed his insistence that those offices be eliminated.   “To consolidate those departments into the 32 state departments would facilitate operational coordination. . .in combatting organized crime,” he said.  Garcia Luna pointed out that the municipal police continue to fall behind the sophistication and power of organized crime.  Referring to the municipal police, he said that 70% have less than a 3rd grade education, more that 50% are over 35 years of age and are easy targets for corruption inasmuch as 61% earn a maximum of 4,000 pesos [$306] monthly.


 Four police assassinated in Sinaloa

 In a new day of violence, four police officers were murdered and two wounded in separate incidents in the towns of Culiacan and Navolato, Sinaloa.  All were municipal police.


 Narcos a major rural employer

 An organization for farm women in Mexico (COCYP) maintains that nearly 200,000 rural women work in some capacity for narcotraffickers.  In all, COCYP estimates that a little more than one million people work for narcotraffickers and 20% of those are women.  In light of the lack of public policy to address the poverty in rural areas, farm women choose the alternate of planting, production, preparation and distribution of drugs.  Although the states where the farm population participates in narcotraffic are mainly Chihuahua, Sonora and Durango, there are some, like Guerrero, where “entire populations are living on the narco economy.”


 Honduran accord appears to be reached

 Negotiations between deposed Honduran President Manuel Zelaya and de facto President Roberto Micheletti appear to be to be coming to a close with the signing today of the “Tegucigalpa Accord” possibly restoring the presidency to Zelaya.  The dialogue began October 7 and was carried out by a team of negotiators from the Organization of American States.


 El Financiero (Mexico City) 10/30/09

 Panama arrests

 The National Police of Panama advised today of the arrest for extradition to the US of two Colombians and one Lebanese wanted for money laundering.  The three were intercepted at Tocumen International Airport when they arrived from Colombia.  They will be turned over to the US after processing.


 Colombian seizure

 Anti-drug police in Colombia seized 289 kilos of cocaine on board a fishing boat anchored off the Caribbean coast near Santa Marta.  No arrests were reported.


 El Debate (Sinaloa) 10/30/09

 Another mass murder

 Near Hornos, Sonora, a village some 20 miles northeast of Ciudad Obregon, the bodies of 15 men were found at a ranch where they had been murdered.  Only one man had survived and reported that he and the others were traveling in pickup trucks when they noticed they were being chased by armed men in another vehicle.  They attempted to take refuge in the ranch, but were followed and gunned down by their attackers.


 El Diario de Juarez (Ciudad Juarez, Chihuahua) 10/30/09

 Crosses hung on border fence

 Mexican human rights groups in Tijuana, Baja California, hung 5,100 crosses on the border fence between Mexico and the US to commemorate those who have died trying to cross into the US.  As part of the Day of the Dead celebrations, activists placed the crosses to make the people aware of the risks that migrants face.  The number of deaths symbolized by the crosses were for the past 15 years. 


 A rare day in Cd. Juarez

 Yesterday (Thursday) was the first day this year that not one homicide was reported in Cd. Juarez.  The last time that there was a day without murder in the city was December 28, 2008.


 Lapolaka (Cd. Juarez, Chihuahua) 10/30/09

 Political gaffe?

 The Mexican Secretary of Agriculture announced the resignation of his sub-secretary, Jeffrey Max Jones, after Jones caused a controversy by presenting narco operations as an example of a successful agricultural business.  Jones was quoted as saying in a speech at an agricultural forum that, “I firmly believe there are many things to be learned from the narcotrafficker.  The business identifies the market as well as the logistics to supply it,  They learned to see Mexico’s platform for supplying it.”  Jones, a graduate of Brigham Young University in Provo, formerly served as a senator of the PAN party.


 Sunday 11/1/09

 El Universal (Mexico City) 10/31/09

 More on Sonora multi-homicide

 The mass murder of 15 men in Hornos, Sonora, reported yesterday, has focused the attention of the Mexican Department of Justice (PGR) and military on the investigation.  More than a hundred federal and state agents, supported by the Army, have been sent to the area of the murders in search of those responsible.  Among the victims of the murders was Margarito Montes Parra, a national leader of a major farm worker union (UGOCP).  So far in the intense investigation, experts have determined that the assassinations were the result of an ambush by unknown assailants using AK-47 rifles.  Some 300 spent shells were found at the scene. The only survivor and witness to the crime is in a hospital under police guard.


 Wave of crime returns to Ciudad Juarez

 After over a day without murder in Cd. Juarez, Chihuahua, the crime has resumed.  By Friday afternoon through Saturday morning, 10 people had been killed.  The article goes on to give details of each of the murders that have raised the total in the city for this year to 2,105.


 Federal forces on alert for attacks on police

 Police units comprising Joint Operation Guerrero are on alert, principally in the cities along the Costa Grande [up-coast from Acapulco] and in the area known as Tierra Caliente [northern Guerrero bordering Michoacán], where scattered attacks have been made on military outposts and nine narco-bannners signed by “La Familia” have been posted.  [The criminal organization La Familia Michoacána is rapidly becoming the strongest in Mexico.]


 Cambio de Michoacán (Morelia, Michoacán) 10/31/09

 Protests against federal police

 Residents of Nueva Italia, Michoacán, carried out demonstrations in the streets protesting the presence of federal police in their area and demanding their departure not only from the city, but from the state.  They announced that the demonstrations will continue as a necessary measure to get the state government to act against alleged abuses against the population by the feds.  The organizers claim they are not against law enforcement, only against police abuse.


 California migrants to protest racial hatred

 On November 1st and 2nd, migrant organizations in California’s Central Valley plan a variety of peaceful demonstrations to expose situations in which human rights of undocumented migrants have been violated and in memory of those who have lost their lives in circumstances motivated by racial hatred that is tending to increase, according to Luis Magana Acevedo, coordinator of the Mexican farm workers organization, OTAC-MEX.  The demonstrations will be in conjunction with the Mexican holiday, Day of the Dead.


 Monday 11/2/09

 El Universal (Mexico City) 11/1/09

 Cartel boss eliminated

 Mexico City police identified one of four bodies discovered yesterday in the trunk of a car as Hector Saldana, “El Negro Saldana,” a presumed capo of the Beltran-Leyva drug cartel.  The bodies were accompanied by signboards with the message “for kidnapping.”  Saldana was believed to the boss of operations for the cartel in the state of Nuevo Leon.  As such, he would be the principal distributor of drugs in the Monterrey area.


 Cambio de Michoacán 11/1/09

 “To die violently, a growing tradition in Michoacán”

 In the state of Michoacán, approximately 1.2 people per day die victims of violent death at the hands of organized crime.  This death rate is just below those of the states of Chihuahua, Sinaloa and Guerrero.  According to the state department of justice (PGEJ), the struggle between drug cartels, the conflicts for territories and the intense blow of the federal forces against the crime organizations has provoked the wave of violence.


 El Debate (Sinaloa) 11/1/09

 Red October

 The count goes on in Sinaloa with 97 execution style murders registered in October, bringing the total for the year to 913 for the state.  This is a decline of 11 for the same time last year.


 El Diario de Juarez (Ciudad Juarez) 11/1/09

 Arrests made in Tijuana

 Mexican Army troops arrested a group of 12 presumed criminals in Tijuana, Baja California, who were in possession of weapons, military type uniforms and four vehicles painted in military camouflage colors.  The group initially resisted arrest with gunfire, but surrendered after one of them was killed by return fire from the real Mexican soldiers.


 11 extradited to US

 The US Embassy in Mexico reported that the Mexican government extradited 11 suspects to the US who are accused of crimes ranging from murder to drug trafficking.  So far this year, there have been 100 such extraditions compared to the year’s total of 95 in 2008.


 La Vanguardia (Spain) 11/1/09

 US coercion reported

 La Vanguardia, using “diplomatic sources” from Tegucigalpa, Honduras, reported that deposed President Manuel Zelaya was coerced into signing the “Tegucigalpa Accord” against his wishes because of US pressure.  Thomas Shannon of the US State Department was said to have warned Zelaya to sign the accord under the threat that, if not, Zelaya’s son, Hector, who lives in the US, might be prosecuted for narcotrafficking.



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