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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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Armada Nacional de Colombia (Bogota, Colombia) 2/23/10
Smuggled Africans found
Colombian Coast Guard personnel operating a “marine checkpoint” on the Gulf of Uraba found 14 Africans, all of them illegally in Colombia, aboard a motor vessel. The aliens, 13 men and a woman, are from Somalia and Eritrea; they had “the purpose of making their way to Central America.” (The Gulf of Uraba is immediately to the east of Panama, on Colombia’s northeast corner, on the Caribbean.)
El Universo (Guayaquil, Ecuador) 2/23/10
Cubans use Ecuador as passageway
The migratory drama of the Cubans is back to the forefront as the U.S. and Cuban governments renew their dialog about migratory accords. Currently, Cubans may enter Ecuador without a visa, but they must have a “letter of invitation,” often sold by Ecuadorans to Cubans for hundreds of dollars. Travel to Ecuador is considered safer than risking an attempt to reach the U.S. by sea directly from Cuba. According to Cubans who live in the U.S., there are Mexicans who buy Cuban identity documents in order to be given refugee privileges in the United States.
La Cronica de Hoy (Mexico City) 2/23/10
Smuggled Hondurans found
In the state of Chiapas, city police at Tapachula set up a checkpoint and found seventeen “undocumented” Hondurans under a tarp in a pickup truck. The p/u driver was charging 5,000 pesos from each of the seventeen Hondurans being smuggled.
Zocalo (Saltillo, Coahuila) 2/23/10
Advisory re travel to Mexico
This and a number of other Mexican papers reported the issuance by the U.S. Dep’t. of State of a new security advisory for travelers to Mexico. It replaces one issued on Aug. 20, 1999. Two Mexican states, Durango and Coahuila, have now joined Chihuahua and Michoacán as places to be avoided.
Excelsior (Mexico City) 2/23/10
Cocaine consumption increases in Mexico
For every user of cocaine in Mexico two years ago, there are now 7.8 persons who do so, according to Mexico’s “Secretaria Federal de Seguridad Publica” (Fed. Dep’t. of Public Security.) The drug is now being sold not only in the north of the country but in all Mexico. A dose costs 20 to 25 pesos (13 pesos = 1 U.S. $,) which makes it easily accessible to a child or adolescent.
El Universal (Mexico City) 2/23/10
Four tons of weed, in 979 packages, were found on Feb. 18 within a “PEMEX” (the Mex. gov’t. oil monopoly) installation at Triunfo, in the area of Reynosa, Tamaulipas. When Mex. army helicopters flew over the area they were fired upon by individuals on the ground. No mention of arrests was made.
Frontera (Tijuana, Baja Calif.) 2/23/10
Even more weed
Another haul of weed, this time 15 tons plus 445 kilos, was found aboard a truck and seized at a checkpoint dubbed “El Chinero,” on the highway between San Felipe and Ensenada, Baja Calif. The commander of Mexico’s 2nd Military Zone said that 28 tons of marihuana have been seized this month. The truck was headed to Ensenada.
Weapons, weapons everywhere
The following items all relate to the seizure of weapons and related equipment in various parts of Mexico.
El Diario de Coahuila (Saltillo, Coah.) 2/23/10
Mexico’s “SEDENA” (equiv. Dep’t. of Defense) reported the following seizures at Palma Gorda, a commune farm near Saltillo:
- 42 “long barrel” firearms, 2 handguns and 2 grenades
- 4 rocket launcher accessories, 4,453 rounds of ammo, 12 clips
- 307 kgs. Of marihuana, and 4 “U.S. style” jungle camouflage uniforms.
Excelsior (Mexico City) 2/23/10
A confrontation between Mex. army personnel and “an armed group” in the township of Ciudad Jimenez, in the southern part of the state of Chihuahua, resulted in three arrests and the following seizures:
- 18 “long barrel” firearms, including three .50 cal. Barret rifles
- 5,603 rounds of ammo; 10 fragmentation grenades
- 98 clips, 9 Kevlar helmets, 15 bullet-proof vests, accessories for grenade launchers, and nine vehicles (2 of them armored.)
And in the area of Apatzingan, Tancitaro and Cotija, Michoacán:
- A grenade launcher and eleven 40 mm. grenades
- 3 AK 47 rifles, an AR 15 rifle, 1,850 rounds of ammo
- Some 600,000 doses of “crystal.”
[The cartoon below is from “El Informador”, in Guadalajara, one of Mexico’s major cities. The fellow on the left says: “The presidents at the Rio Summit in Cancun will ask England to return the Malvinas (Falkland Is.) to Argentina.” The fellow on the right adds: “While they’re at it they also ought to ask the gringos to return Texas and California to us!”
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