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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.
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From three different Mexican newspapers, three different tales of savagery:
Cambio de Michoacán (Morelia, Michoacán) 1/27/10
A public employee was at his job, sweeping the streets, and came across a cardboard box left right next to the “carnitas” [barbecued pork] stands on the main plaza at Quiroga, Michoacán. There was a human head in the box. “Municipal authorities reported that the rest of the body was found later.”
Critica (Hermosillo, Sonora) 1/27/10
In Nogales, Sonora [right across the border from Nogales, AZ, and some 60 mi. south of Tucson, AZ, as the crow flies] : an abandoned sedan with no license plate. In the trunk: the bodies of two men. Their heads had been cut off. Later, elsewhere in Nogales, two human heads were found “in a blue plastic box.”
El Debate (Culiacan, Sinaloa) 1/27/10
A phone call to state police in Sinaloa resulted in the finding of a blue canvas bag along a highway near Angostura, Sinaloa. Inside was the body of yet another decapitated man. Some fifteen feet away there was an ice chest, with a human head inside. And a body was found in Mazatlan; this victim had his hands tied with a rope behind his back. He had been hung by the neck from a highway bridge.
El Siglo de Torreon (Torreon, Coahuila) 1/27/10
Executions by the thousands
The head of Mexico’s National Human Rights Commission reported that in 2009 there were 8 thousand execution style assassinations in Mexico attributed to organized crime. He cited impunity as a major factor, given that out of every 100 crimes, only 2 persons end up jailed, and added that there is little incentive in Mexico to report crime.
El Universal (Mexico City) 1/27/10
Fear rules in Mexico
Tijuana was known as the city of vice, prostitution and liquor, and that paled in comparison with what happened after the 90’s.The director of the Bi-National Center for Human Rights in Tijuana, Victor Clark Alfaro, says, ”Now, living in Tijuana is like being a character in a police novel. You get used to living in fear but you are not resigned, on the contrary, you start having anxiety problems. You change your daily habits and you become distrustful.” Data from the 2009 “Sixth National Poll” about insecurity reveal that, in Ciudad Juarez, Acapulco and Tijuana, between 87 and 94% of respondents stated that they had changed their personal and their family’s activities for fear of being victims of an assault or kidnapping.
Milenio (Mexico City) 1/27/10
Two columnists’ reflections on crime in Mexico
[A well known Paraguayan soccer star was recently shot and critically wounded in a pre-dawn event at the “BarBar” bar in Mexico City. The incident has been making front page news for several days and has rekindled talk about insecurity and criminality in general. Following are portions of op/cols. from this paper showing how two writers addressed the issue. First, the last paragraph from “Living like Scared Rabbits”, by Roman Revueltas. Then, a final line by Felix Cortes.]
“Ah, and don’t tell me that if a bar is still open at five o’clock in the morning there inevitably has to be murders there. Ladies and gentlemen, talk about the relation between cause and effect. The problem is something else: in a morally putrid society, such as ours, they can kill you anywhere, at any hour.”
“The crime of the BarBar has brought to light – as if we didn’t know it – the excrement [note: we are using a more polite term than what the writer did] of the corruption in Mexican night life. And the impunity that protects it.”
Norte (Ciudad Juarez, Chihuahua) 1/27/10
Juarez, inescapable Juarez
The first paragraph of a long article reporting the latest batch of assassinations in Juarez: “Four men, among them the captain of jail guards of the state prison, were assassinated yesterday in the city, which brings up to 174 the victims of homicide for the year.”
La Libertad (Barranquilla, Colombia) 1/27/10
Cocaine by the ton
On Tuesday, the Panamanian flag vessel “San Judas Tadeo” arrived from Cartagena, Colombia, and docked at Barranquilla, ostensibly to take on a load of canned Colombian beer for Honduras. But during a routine inspection, the drug sniffing dog “Mateo” alerted to some contraband: a ton of cocaine was then found, hidden in sacks in the rear depths of the craft. Six men, Colombians and Hondurans, were arrested. The photos below relate.
Diario de Yucatan (Merida, Yucatan) 1/27/10
Illegal aliens heading north
Fourteen “undocumented” Guatemalans and Salvadorans were found aboard a northbound passenger bus near Jacala, in the Mexican state of Hidalgo. The bus was en route to Nuevo Laredo. [This news item is typical of the late Winter, early Spring flow of Central Americans toward the United States.]
El Universal (Mexico City) 1/27/10
More illegal aliens
Mexican federal police in the states of Tabasco, Queretaro, Guanajuato, Aguascalientes, Sonora, Chihuahua and in Mexico City’s airport, located 22 “undocumented” persons who were turned over to the “INM” [Mex. Immigration Agency.] Though mostly from Central American countries, a Chinese, a Peruvian and an Argentinian were included in this number. In Tabasco, they also detected eight others, 3 Hondurans, 2 Salvadorans and 3 Guatemalans.
Lots of weed
A truck and tank trailer headed to Ciudad Juarez from the interior of Mexico was found to contain “more than” 3 ½ tons of marihuana. The weed was hidden inside a special compartment which had been totally sealed and welded shut with a metal plate and silicone. The tank was allegedly hauling an industrial gas.
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