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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.
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Natural violence leads the news
Heavy rains, floods, landslides and numerous resulting deaths captured the attention of most news media to begin the weekend.
El Universal (Mexico City) 2/5/10
Student massacre, public outrage
Growing public outrage over the violent murders of students attending a party in Cd. Juarez, Chihuahua, on Sunday a week ago continues to place Mexican officials, including President Calderón, in politically uncomfortable positions. In the confusion following the attack by an unknown armed group, even the number of victims was uncertain. Today, a spokesman for Joint Operation Chihuahua clarified that the death count is 15, not 14 or 16 as in previous reports. Only one arrest has been made in the case, an alleged lookout for the armed group. A review of related news articles shows a very large volume of readers’ comments attacking the official handling of the case, a significant percentage of them omitted as “inappropriate ” in language. [An excellent review of this case by the Los Angeles Times may be accessed at http://www.latimes.com/news/nation-and-world/la-fg-mexico-juarez5-2010feb05,0,2623896.story ]
Norte (Ciudad Juarez, Chihuahua) 2/5/10
Halt to insecurity demanded
[Quoting] Non-government organizations, civil and private associations throughout the Mexican Republic demonstrated their solidarity with the people of Cd. Juarez who live moments of terror and desperation in facing the wave of crimes and violence generated by organized crime groups. “Because Mexico is Juarez … stop the impunity, we demand security,” thus declared more than a hundred organizations throughout the country while forcefully condemning the failure of security measures implemented by the spheres of the three levels of government in Cd. Juarez.
Milenio (Mexico City) 2/5/10
Crime boss arrested
Military intelligence and federal anti-organized crime units in Cancun, Quintana Roo, arrested the head of the southeast sector of the Gulf drug cartel operations. Jesus Alejandro Salazar Rodriguez, “El Tin,” was arrested along with two others in an operation aimed at rescuing two people who had been kidnapped in Cancun. He is suspected of being the executioner of a young woman, 20, who was found decapitated in a field near Cancun last year.
El Diario de Cd. Juarez (Ciudad Juarez, Chihuahua) 2/5/10
Mexican soldiers discovered a camp near a rural village in Nuevo Laredo that was presumably used by narcotraffickers to dispose of their victims in acid. The soldiers found several barrels with human remains. The article mentioned the case in Tijuana, Baja California, when the remains of numerous victims were disposed of in a similar manner. [M3 Report 1/26/09]
La Polaka (Ciudad Juarez, Chihuahua) 2/6/10
No time out for violence in Cd. Juarez
Organized crime was back on the job in Cd. Juarez despite the national attention brought on the city by last week’s massacre of 15 innocent students. An armed group killed five men in a car in downtown Cd. Juarez this afternoon. The victims received at least 100 shots from various firearms. [Photo relates.]
Excelsior (Mexico City) 2/6/10
Another arrest in student massacre
The state Attorney General of Chihuahua announced the arrest of a man who participated in the killing of 15 students and the wounding of 11 in Cd. Juarez. The suspect, Israel Arzate Melendez, alias El Country or El 24, confessed to driving one of the SUVs in which the killers arrived. He said the order was to shoot at all of those at a party, men and women. Authorities are working on the theory that the intended targets may have been rival gang members, but that the killers didn’t bother with such distinctions. The previous arrest in this case claimed to be simply a lookout.
El Universal (Mexico City) 2/6/10
A case of poor judgment
Units of the Mexican Navy (Semar) and National Defense (Sedena), alerted to the presence of armed subjects selling drugs in a public plaza in Montemorelos, Nuevo Leon, arrested two suspects. Within minutes, armed men in several vehicles arrived to take on the authorities. After a gun battle of some 20 minutes duration, two of the thugs were dead and six were in custody. Two of the military were wounded.
Frontera (Tijuana, Baja California) 2/6/10
Closing time at the bar
At about 2 a.m. this morning, at least five armed men burst into a bar in Mazatlan, Sinaloa, and ordered everyone on the floor. They then located two men at a table, shot both of them along with two waiters in attendance. One of the intended targets and both waiters were killed. Afterward, two men acting as lookouts at the door, killed a handcuffed man they had brought with them and then gunned down the bar’s security guard and a taxi driver before fleeing the area. The other initial target, identified as Luis Gamboa Beltran, a resident of Nogales, Sonora, was gravely wounded and is under guard at a local hospital.
La Jornada (Mexico City) 2/7/10
Major marihuana seizure in Baja California
The Mexican military in San Felipe, Baja California, seized 12.4 tons of marihuana during a routine traffic inspection. A truck, headed to the US border, was found to have 203 packages [approx 135 lb each] of the drug. The seizure is considered one of the most important in the country, according to the Army. Two previous seizures in the country last year weighed in at 10.3 and 11.4 tons. The state of Baja California is only second to Chihuahua for drug cartel violence, according to a military spokesman.
El Debate (Sinaloa) 2/7/10
The wave of executions generated by organized crime in Michoacan continued through the weekend [despite disastrous flooding in the state] with four more added to the list. So far in February, 14 such murders have occurred in the state.
La Voz de la Frontera (Mexicali, Baja California) 2/7/10
Central Americans flood migrant center in Mexico
San Luis Potosi, SLP — The number of Central American migrants arriving at the Casa del Migrante, a migrant aid center for those heading to the US, has doubled due to the recent intense rains and flooding in the south of Mexico. The priest in charge of the center said, “In these past days, it was distressing and worrisome for those who look after the Casa del Migrante because our Central American brothers arrive soggy and hungry and they cannot find any other place of refuge due to the weather conditions prevailing these days.” He added that most of the migrants are from Honduras since there are so many who wish to escape their country because of the poverty and violence that dominate there.
From US sources:
From AZCENTRAL.COM, there is an excellent article by Chris Hawley, conveniently in English, titled, Drug cartels tighten grip; Mexico becoming ‘narco-state’ . It may be accessed at http://www.azcentral.com/news/articles/2010/02/07/20100207mexico-lawlessness.html?source=nletter-news
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