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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) and El Porvenir (Monterrey, Nuevo Leon) 12/4/09
Major gun battle in Nuevo Leon
Mexican federal forces engaged in a 45-minute gun battle in Juarez, a suburb of Monterrey, Nuevo Leon, [not to be confused with Ciudad Juarez, Chihuahua ] with members of the criminal gang Los Zetas — the armed branch of the Gulf drug cartel — leaving 12 – 14 dead, 7 wounded and 8 arrested. [Numbers vary with news accounts.] According to the Secretary of National Defense, the battle was in two stages. The first occurred when a group of the criminals in seven vehicles tried to evade a military inspection point on the outskirts of the metropolitan area. In the ensuing battle, a leader of Los Zetas, Ricardo Almansa Morales, “El Gori 1,” was killed along with five other Zetas. Eight others were arrested and two more were found wounded. The leader, “El Gori 1,” was the assumed assassin of retired Brigadier General Juan Arturo Esparza Garcia and his four escorts last November 4. [M3 Reports 11/6-9/09.] Following that fight, a group of Zetas fled the area pursued by the military. When cornered in another metropolitan section, the Zetas opened fire with assault rifles and fragmentation grenades, wounding at least three civilians in the area and killing another. In this second confrontation, [according to El Porvenir] five of the thugs were killed, four when their vehicle was hit by a grenade launched by the military and the other by gunfire when he attempted to escape the burning vehicle on foot.
Armed group frees detainees
The state police of Nuevo Leon reported that an armed group crashed an SUV into a detention center in Escobedo, a suburb of Monterrey, Nuevo Leon, entered the facility killing two custodians and freed 23 detainees, among them 16 police being held for investigation for selling protection to organized crime. Witnesses said that the SUV took out a portion of the building, allowing the armed men to enter. According to investigators, this took place at the same time security forces were engaged in the gunfight in the neighboring suburb [described above] and were therefore unable to respond.
El Debate (Sinaloa) 12/4/09
Friday morning in Culiacan-Navolato
Seven people fell victims to gang-style executions in separate events in the cities of Culiacan and Navolato, Sinaloa, early Friday morning. Three of the dead were gunned down together in a car, three others were abducted together and murdered as was one other in a separate incident.
La Voz de la Frontera (Mexicali, Baja California) 12/4/09
Huge cache of marihuana seized
Thanks to a citizen tip, municipal police in Mexicali, Baja California, discovered a storehouse of packaged marihuana estimated to weigh 13 tons. At the site, they also arrested three subjects guarding the neatly stored packages. The Mexican Army was summoned to seize the 2,900 “pillow size” packages, each weighing four to five kilos. The packages were transported by truck, escorted by the military, to the Army post for later disposal. [Photo relates.]
Cuarto Poder (Chiapas) 12/4/09
Unregistered children of illegal migrants a problem
In Mexico’s southern border state of Chiapas there are hundreds — perhaps thousands — of illegal residents, mainly from Central America, whose Mexican born children lack birth certificates necessary for federal and state services such as schooling. The parents of these children often do not register their births, as required, because of fear of being arrested for being in Mexico illegally. This leads to future problems of education and basic health needs, both of which are major problems throughout the depressed southern border area. For this reason, changes in the Civil Code are being considered to register the births of all children born in Chiapas regardless of the nationality or legal status of the parents.
Lapolaka (Ciudad Juarez, Chihuahua) 12/4/09
“A tough day for hit-men”
A pair of paid hit-men were captured by the military while trying to escape after murdering a man. The two, attempting to flee the scene at high speed in a Hummer, lost control on the streets of Cd. Juarez when Army units began firing at them. After the accident, one of the desperados attempted to flee on foot, but was captured after “the bullets of the [soldiers] reached him.”
“Armed gangs thaw out”
[Referencing the icy cold snap in Cd. Juarez.] “As soon as the sun thawed the streets, the first weekend executions of the hit-men appeared.” The article describes three murders that happened within just a few minutes in different parts of the city.
El Diario de Juarez (Ciudad Juarez, Chihuahua) 12/5/09
Yesterday’s death toll for Cd. Juarez: 10; one a police officer
The levels of violence, which had a brief lull due to the freezing temperatures, returned yesterday with the execution-style murders of 10 people in various parts of Cd. Juarez. Within the first few hours of the day, eight homicides were reported. The other two happened sometime later. A police officer, dressed in civilian clothes, was gunned down in front of his wife, customers, and clerks in a business establishment by two men who then fled.
Cambio de Michoacán (Morelia, Michoacán) 12/5/09
Families of authorities in Tancitaro feel threatened
The possible reason the Mayor of Tancitaro, Michoacán. gave up his job is the pressure from organized crime since, within the past few days, relatives of local authorities have been abducted. The fathers of two prominent local officials were abducted simultaneously from their homes November 30. Both of them were set free December 1 after “negotiations.”
Lapolaka (Ciudad Juarez, Chihuahua) 12/5/09
[This newspaper often takes the ironic side of grim violence.]
“Prelude to the march for peace”
The March for Peace, which is to take place this Sunday, had a sinister prelude this Saturday when four members of a family were riddled by gunfire inside their own house by an armed group. The attackers used some 50 rounds from attack rifles and nearly wiped out a family. Two of those killed were students and apparently brothers. The attack happened at about 5 p.m., about the time city center was being lighted by a gigantic tree of Peace and Love.
“At least he wasn’t executed”
A ministerial police officer was killed in an accident on the Chihuahua-Juarez highway when his patrol car rolled. The accident probably happened because of icy roads.
La Jornada (Mexico City) 12/5/09
Evo Morales miffed at CNN
President Evo Morales of Bolivia accused the US television news network CNN of making “opposition with lies” a few hours before general elections Sunday. Morales is the front runner to extend his presidency to 2015. Morales blamed CNN for broadcasting statements by Bolivian analyst Ximena Costa that described him as “the best chief right’s campaign, for the traitors, for the liberals.” Morales accused CNN of being “the grand defender of imperialism, of capitalism.”
La Frontera (Tijuana, Baja California) 12/5/09
Hugo Chavez calls for war preparation
In a speech before his military commanders, Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez pointed out the importance of preparing the military for the “threat” that looms over Venezuela due to the agreement between Colombia and the US permitting the US military to use at least seven Colombian bases in the fight against terrorism and narcotraffic. Chavez holds that the pact is “above all, to threaten Venezuela.”
El Diario de Juarez (Ciudad Juarez, Chihuahua) 12/6/09
US intercepts boats transporting cocaine
The US Coast Guard intercepted four fast boats with 262 kilos of cocaine off the Pacific coast of the southern Mexican state of Chiapas. The operation also resulted in the arrests of nine of the boats’ crews. The Coast Guard received permission from the Mexican Navy to inspect the four boats when they were encountered on the border between Guatemala and Mexico.
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