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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) 11/9/09
Narco landing strip discovered
Honduran authorities discovered a clandestine landing strip in the western part of the country apparently for the use of the Mexican Sinaloa drug cartel. The dirt runway is 900 meters, believed to be long enough to accommodate nearly any aircraft. The strip is new and apparently had not yet been used.
Partial summary of day’s violence
– The commander of the municipal police of Moroleon, Guanajuato, was killed in an attack and two other police officers were wounded. The three were patrolling in a vehicle when they received fire from an armed group.
– In Celaya, Guanajuato, the body of a woman was found. She showed signs of torture and had a message fastened to her body.
– In Ciudad Juarez, Chihuahua, violence claimed 10 lives in various bars and other businesses.
– Two youths were killed in street violence in Durango, state of Durango.
El Financiero (Mexico City) 11/9/09
Mexican legalization program
The Mexican immigration department (INM) in the southern border state of Chiapas has received over 400 applications for “normalization” of immigration status from foreigners in the country. This is a result of a government program called “Normalization of Central Americans” who live in Chiapas. The INM issued a statement that it is necessary for Central Americans who enter Mexico and rely on employment, have Mexican children or marry Mexicans to go to an INM office in the state. The procedure is free and they won’t be detained during the process.
Drug destruction in Peru
The National Police of Peru (PNP) today incinerated 10 tons of illegal drugs seized in operations in diverse areas of the country. So far this year, the PNP has destroyed 21,000 kilos of drugs. The Vice-minister of Interior pointed out that the combat against narcotraffic is not limited only to seizures and destruction of drugs, but also directed at the dismantling of criminal organizations.
Cambio de Michoacan (Morelia, Michoacan) 11/9/09
The designation of new police chiefs in some Michoacan cities still remain an unfulfilled duty for the new mayors of cities in which the former mayors were arrested last May for presumed links to organized crime. While no time limits are imposed on such designations by a new mayor, the delay has left nine cities without police leadership, leaving the state and federal authorities to do the job.
El Debate (Sinaloa) 11/9/09
Youth, 15, murdered
Six people entered a home in Culiacan, Sinaloa, this morning and shot to death a youth of 15 years. He received multiple gunshots.
La Jornada (Mexico City) 11/9/09
Caught in crossfire
A passenger bus in Torreon, Coahuila, was caught in the middle of a gunfight between two narco gangs. Stray bullets killed a seven-year-old boy, and wounded two female passengers. One of the females, 17, lost a leg. One of the gunmen was also killed.
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