Death of drug cartel boss dominates news

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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.

Friday, 12/18/09

La Hora (Quito, Ecuador) 12/17/09

Cocaine by the ton

“Anti-Narcotics Police” seized 5.21 metric tons of cocaine from a shipment being readied at the port city of Guayaquil, Ecuador. The drug was mixed with fruit pulp supposedly about to be sent to Europe. Three men, a Frenchman, a Colombian and an Ecuadoran, were arrested. Cocaine seizures in Ecuador have reached more than 67 metric tons this year. An official said that 41 tons were seized in 2005, in 2006 it was 35, in 2007 it reached 26 tons and in 2008, 30 tons.


El Heraldo (Tegucigalpa, Honduras) 12/17/09

Narcos borrow an airstrip

Last Tuesday night (15th), near midnight, a group of 35 armed men overpowered security guards at a Standard Fruit Company banana plantation in Isletas, Honduras. That facility has a landing strip. Then, an aircraft reportedly loaded with cocaine landed; the intruders unloaded it and completely burned the plane on the spot. Neither the aircraft’s origin nor the amount of drug was ascertained.


[Every Central American and Mexican source seen 12/17/09 featured this event. Our report is extracted from these three papers:]

Critica (Hermosillo, Sonora), El Universal (Mexico City), Diario De Yucatan (Merida, Yucatan)

Death of a drug cartel “capo”

Arturo Beltran Leyva, aka “El Barbas” & “El Jefe de los Jefes”, head of the Sinaloa cartel, died Wednesday evening during an hours-long shootout with Mexican marines at Cuernavaca, state of Morelos. Six other allies of Beltran also died, including one of his own brothers. One marine was killed and others were wounded. Mexico’s Dep’t. of Justice had offered a reward of 30 million pesos for reliable, true and timely information for Beltran’s capture. Arturo Chavez, Mexico’s Att’y. Gen., said that an intense wave of violence for control of the cartel could not be discarded. Edgar Valdez, “La Barbie,” the cartels’ financial chief, managed to escape during the firefight. He is foreseen as the new head of the criminal organization.

Beltran reportedly died amidst weapons and religious and luxury articles. There were religious cards, scapulars, thousands of dollars, a Bible, an image of the Virgin Mary and, in Beltran’s trousers, a bag of Santeria. An accomplice, who shot and killed himself rather than being captured, had a rosary around his neck.


El Diario (Ciudad Juarez, Chihuahua) 12/17/09

Finger pointing

Two human heads were found near midnight last night (Wed.) near Las Yeguas, Paracuaro, in the area known as the “Tierra Caliente” of Michoacan. One of the heads had two severed fingers placed in the mouth; the other head had four of them. A message left with those remains read: “This is how the fingers who double cross La Familia will end. Greetings. Rufo. Alvarado. Respectfully, La Familia”

Hardly news anymore….

Fourteen more persons were murdered in Ciudad Juarez yesterday, including one policeman and two truck drivers. A faculty member of the Juarez Technological Institute was also wounded by gunfire in what is believed to have been a kidnapping attempt. At report time, he was being operated on in an attempt to save his life. [“Norte” – another Juarez paper – later reported that he had died.]


El Imparcial (Hermosillo, Sonora) 12/17/09

Some of the criminals’ weapons

A communiqué by a spokesman for Joint Operation Culiacan/Navolato reveals the following seizures by Mex. military from Dec. 9 to 15 in various operations around the state of Sinaloa:

  • A .50 cal. Barret rifle with telescopic and night vision attachment
  • 140 firearms, including 27 rifles, mostly AK47
  • Military uniforms
  • 4,245 rounds of ammo


Frontera (Tijuana, Baja Calif.) 12/17/09

From the front page:

  • Dawn comes to TJ without violent deaths
  • “Ministerial Police” agent kidnapped; his whereabouts are unknown
  • Policeman just died after being shot while trying to stop store robbery
  • “Narcomessage” left on body of man in Rosarito
  • Two persons shot at a café in Zona Rio area. One may be dead


La Prensa Grafica (San Salvador, El Salvador) 12/17/09

“El Salvador applauds Migratory Reform proposal in USA”  – full transl. –

Subheading: The Salvadoran Chancery has estimated that the initiative that senator (sic) Gutierrez supports is an integral migratory reform, more humane, compassionate and comprehensive.

The Ministry of Foreign Relations of El Salvador has applauded the introduction of a law proposal for an Integral Migratory Reform in the United States. The initiative is promoted by the United States congressman for Illinois, Luis Gutierrez. The document was presented yesterday in the Chamber of Representatives of the Congress of the United States of America.

In recognizing the trajectory of Gutierrez regarding the defense of the rights of migrants in the United States of America, El Salvador manifests its support for this migratory reform proposal that aims for millions of Central American migrants, and from other parts of the world, to have an opportunity to legalize their status, reunify their families and continue contributing to the communities where they reside. The Salvadoran Chancery has estimated that the initiative reflects a component of El Salvador’s migratory policy, which has been discussed with members of the American Congress, in the sense of establishing a more humane, compassionate and comprehensive integral migratory reform, such that it may include persons who don’t have a definitive legal status in the United States, and that seeks to deal with all the problems of the migratory issue. The government of El Salvador, together with other governments of the Central American region, sees this initiative as a positive and important step in the primordial purpose of caring for the rights and welfare of the fellow countrymen who reside abroad.


El Manana (Nuevo Laredo, Tamaulipas) 12/17/09

“Immigrants trust immigration reform”

The Mexican immigrant community in Illinois received the integral migratory reform initiative proposed by Representative Luis Gutierrez as an important step and one better structured to obtain the legalization of those who are undocumented. Community leaders said that the success of this proposal will depend on an intense labor of convincing both inside and outside Congress. Artemio Arreola, political director of the Coalition pro Rights of Immigrants and Refugees (“ICIR”,) said that “Now, the first objective is to get the support of 100 congressmen in the next few days.” He added, “The participation of the community is required for this, in an intense campaign of forwarding fax, text messages and phone calls to request support from the legislators and from the (American) President, Barack Obama, himself.” Further, the immigrants must be organized to defend and promote it, for which reason ICIR is preparing informative meetings with the different immigrant communities in Illinois. This new initiative asks for legalization, includes the Dream Act, the AgJobs, and requests an increase of the number of visas to 10 thousand a year.


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