Over the weekend: Goodbyes to the boss of bosses

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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.

Note to our readers:
There will be a break in the publishing after this edition of the M3 Report until after the holidays.  We hope to be back up on January 6, 2010 .  The review will continue during this hiatus and if anything of amazing value is found, we may put it out.  Otherwise, a synopsis will be used after the holiday period.

The M3 team wishes our subscribers a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year, or felicitations of prayer for all our subscribers.  Let’s hope that when we get back, we can put our shoulders to the wheel and help stop the madness.

Saturday 12/19/09

El Informador (Guadalajara, Jalisco) 12/18/09

Death of Beltran Leyva a convincing blow: Calderon
Speaking from Copenhagen, Mexican President Felipe Calderon considers the death of Arturo Beltran Leyva “El Barbas” to be a convincing blow to one of he most dangerous criminal bands in the American continent.  At a press conference, the president said, “this action [the operation that killed Beltran] represents a very important achievement for the people and the government of Mexico.”  He added that the operation was the “product of an intense job of intelligence by the Mexican Navy.”  The president also recognized the wounded marines and expressed his condolences to the family of the marine killed.
El Financiero (Mexico City) 12/18/09

Redesign in the fight against the narco
The Mexican Navy operation that brought down the “boss of bosses,” Arturo Beltran Leyva, adapts a model of coordinated intelligence with US anti-drug authorities, confirmed Michele M. Leonhart of the DEA.  Several days ago, Admiral Francisco Saynez Mendoza announced a change of strategy exempting the Army — and other federal authorities — where possible. 
El Universal (Mexico City) 12/18/09

Death of “El Barbas” weakens link with Colombia
The death of the Mexican drug boss, Arturo Beltran Leyva, helps to weaken the “structural” relation between the Mexican narcotraffickers and those of Colombia, affirmed the director of the Colombian national police.  The link has weakened considerably, he said.
Human rights organization critical of operation
A leader of the Mexico City human rights organization said that there were violations of human rights in the action which cost the life of drug boss “El Barbas.”  He considers it necessary to revise the strategy of combatting narcotraffic by the State because, beyond the effective results, they shouldn’t put the lives of innocent people at risk.
El Sol de Mexico (Mexico City) 12/18/09

Gun battle deaths: Gulf cartel 6; Mexican Army 0
At a highway checkpoint north of Monterrey, Nuevo Leon, Mexican Army personnel and presumed members of the Gulf cartel clashed in a gunfight that left six of the criminals dead.  Among those killed was a leader of “Los Zetas” identified only as “El Coreano,” who was shot as he ran for cover in the brush.
Cambio de Michoacan (Morelia, Michoacan) 12/18/09

The count begins
Presently, Michoacán is in fifth place for the year in the number of gang murders committed in Mexico.  It appears that if the trend continues, more than 10,000 nationally will have died in the war against criminal groups.
La Voz de la Frontera (Mexicali, Baja California) 12/18/09

Accusation: Guatemalan police violate rights of immigrants 
Guatemalan Immigration agents  violate the rights of undocumented Central Americans who pass through Guatemala en route to the US, according to a non-governmental organization.  “Extortion, improper fees and tricks are part of the mistreatment suffered by migrants from Nicaragua and El Salvador who pass through Guatemalan territory,” according to a migrant aid group.  It was pointed out that not only people from “the isthmus” pass through Guatemala, but also those from Peru and Ecuador.

Sunday 12/20/09

El Diario de Cd. Juarez (Cd. Juarez, Chihuahua) 12/19/09

Two US citizens arrested with drugs
Mexican military personnel arrested two US citizens in Cd. Juarez in possession of 50 kilos of marihuana.  They were identified as Shon Erich Huckabee, 24, and Carlos Guillermo Quijas Ruiz, 36.  The were in a Dodge Ram 1500 with Texas plates 53NFS3.
El Sol de Mexico (Mexico City) 12/19/09

Mexican and Argentine detained in Peru with 50 kilos of cocaine
The Peruvian police seized 50 kilos of cocaine at the international airport in Lima and arrested a Mexican and an Argentine citizen, in connection with the drug.
El Universal (Mexico City) 12/19/09

Eight burned bodies found in Queretaro
Police found the bodies of eight people executed and burned near the community of Paso de Mata, Queretaro.  The police found the bodies in two vehicles that had been reported on fire.  No further details were given.

Monday 12/21/09
El Universal (Mexico City) 12/20/09

The fall of Beltran, a surgical blow
[Opinion column]  The characteristics of the operation in which Arturo Beltran Leyva, the boss of bosses,  finally fell, shows, in its details, a true example of what can and should be done.  It doesn’t have to do only with a mere exchange of bullets, but rather the true work of intelligence.  The blow was surgical and in contrast to what happened in Ciudad Juarez, for example, showed they are able to do things in a way that is distinct and much more effective.  The Navy located and dismantled at least four circles of security, that network of protection, corruption and impunity that allowed the capo to run his empire from Morelos.  Among his informants were military and police in addition to the network of hit-men and lookouts.  With all that, the Navy was able to give the hardest blow against organized crime.  It opened windows of hope.
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