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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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El Sol de Mexico (Mexico City) 2/12/10
Don’t bite the hand …
Responding to Mexico’s requirement that US and Canadian citizens present passports after March 1 [M3 Report 2/12/10 ], the vice-president of tourism of Mexico’s National Chamber of Commerce in Tijuana, Baja California, qualified the measure as “a fatal blow.” Julian Palombo Saucedo said, “Yes, it’s going to affect us since tourism has already plummeted by 90 percent. These are not the best times to implement this kind of measure. It’s going to be a fatal blow for all the sector.”
La Cronica de Hoy (Mexico City) 2/12/10
Tunnel discovered near Otay POE
The Mexican military reported the discovery of a 15-meter tunnel in Tijuana, Baja California, in the area of the Otay Mesa port of entry near Chula Vista, California. The dimensions of the tunnel were described as 80 X 80 centimeters [approx. 2.6 ft. square]. It was discovered in an “official enclosure” in the area of the Mexican Customs dock and extended “toward the border.”
La Jornada (Mexico City) 2/12/10
Art from Tijuana
Apparently making the most of a tragic situation, this photo of a deceased narcotrafficker covered in cloth in Tijuana, Baja California, appeared in the La Jornada’s daily section called The day in images for having earned “mention” in a contest by World Press Photo 2009.
Photo by Guillermo Arias
Frontera (Tijuana, Baja California) 2/13/10
“Mexican narco arrives in Vancouver”
[Full translation] It would seem there is nothing more distant from the Olympic Games than the drug cartels. Nevertheless, they are only a few blocks away in Vancouver. The Canadian city is making an effort to cleanse the image of violence and addiction that some neighborhoods downtown suffer. And it is all due to the reality that is not distant for Mexicans: narcotraffic. The rise in crime that is reflected in the stories of violence in the Mexican press is also evident in the city that today hosts the Winter Olympic Games: Vancouver. The Eastside of downtown is the market for all types of drugs that come from Mexico.
The fight that is going on in every Mexican state extends even to the borders of the US and Canada. In the Canadian city of Abbotsford, middle class gangs are fighting from armored houses and darkened surroundings, BBC relates in a special that analyzes the violence of the Mexican cartels as something “global.” As in Ciudad Juarez, Mathea Sturm, a 17 year old student, was surprised that five of her ex-companions had died in drug battles. “It’s very difficult to accept that so many have died,” she said. “This was a quiet place where one could walk the streets at 11 p.m. Suddenly, everything changed, It’s like a kind of pandemic,” the student told BBC.
The marihuana cultivated in Canada, known as B.C. Bud, is trafficked to the US and Mexico while from the south, cocaine and arms arrive, usually hidden in trucks. A dirty “global” business, assures Superintendent Pat Fogarty of the Combined Special Forces Unit of British Columbia, that combats organized crime in the region. Fogarty doesn’t doubt: “the rise of violence in Canada is the result of the war begun in Mexico against the drug cartels. “When the war began,” he said, “the cartels were too busy fighting the Mexican government , which caused a rupture in the lines of distribution. The drug was not getting to the consumers. For that reason, there were changes in the territorial controls, deceptions, a variety of factors that caused tensions. If one observes the temporary coincidence of the happenings in Mexico and here, one can appreciate the correlation.”
However, different from Ciudad Juarez or Sinaloa, Vancouver and its drug neighbors see no soldiers in the streets. What is there is a center where heroin is injected in a safe manner, which has reduced the number of HIV cases. Supposedly they have a program where more seek rehabilitation, then even more, at the center, called InSite, plans are given to escape from drugs. The program has been blamed for legalizing drugs. But also it is praised as a different solution. Be that as it may, the narcotraffic fight in Mexico reached even unsuspected places, sites in which it is not known what will happen after the Winter Olympic Games.
El Diario de Juarez (Ciudad Juarez, Chihuahua) 2/13/10
Hit-girl, 13, arrested
The governor of Tabasco, Andres Granier Melo, reported the arrest of a 13 year old girl in the town of Cardenas who was trained in crime and killing. The name of the youth and details of the operation in which she was arrested were not revealed. The governor did say that “it is a terrible message” that organized crime has begun to recruit children of that age as gunmen and “we cannot permit that.”
Review of Mexican periodicals revealed only the usual litany of scattered mayhem. A sample:
La Prensa (Mexico City) 2/14/10
Gunfight in Michoacán leaves three dead.
Five executed in Chihuahua.
La Polaka (Ciudad Juarez, Chihuahua) 2/14/10
“Confusion in funeral parlors, only three executions today.”
Milenio (Mexico City) 2/14/10
Two killed in bar in Mazatlan.
Three dead in clash between narcos.
Gunfight in Morelos leaves two dead.
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