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El Heraldo (Tegucigalpa, Honduras) 3/3/10
Honduras: national security in danger
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A network of false document makers has existed for a number of years. It is made up of officials and employees of the National Register of Individuals, in collusion with members and document processors of organized crime. The latter group use modern technologies to reproduce birth and death certificates, identity cards and other government documentation which provide credibility as to our fellow citizens’ identities, be they so by birth or naturalization.
Traffic and reproduction of false passports is another highly profitable modality of white collar crime, thus seriously compromising national security, people trafficking and our country’s relation with other countries.
El Debate (Culiacan, Sinaloa) 3/3/10
A grim state tally
The month of February ended with 200 homicides in the state of Sinaloa. Eight law enforcement agents were among the victims, and no arrests have been made. [The article ended with a listing of the names of all 200 dead. Today’s news also included the point-blank gunfire assassination of a police commander in Mazatlan, Sinaloa, when he stopped at a bakery on his way home after work.]
La Jornada (Mexico City) 3/3/10
The commander of Mexico’s 35th Military Zone, Roberto de la Vega Diaz, said that three hectares (1 hectare = 2.47 acres) of poppy fields were destroyed yesterday in Tlacotepec, near the town of Heliodoro Castillo, in the hill country of the state of Guerrero. The area is Mexico’s main producer of opium gum. So far this year 1,248 hectares of poppy fields have been destroyed. Each hectare produces 8 kilos of opium gum, out of which one kilo of heroin can be produced, with a value of 4 million 500 thousand pesos.
Excelsior (Mexico City) 3/3/10
Breaking news: shootout
In Anahuac, Nuevo Leon, a firefight broke out at mid-day today (Wed.) between Mex. military personnel and “an organized crime group.” Preliminary reports indicate one soldier died. (Anahuac is some 36 miles SW of Nuevo Laredo, Tamaulipas, across the Rio Grande River from Laredo, TX)
(Later in the day, there were conflicting reports: this paper updated the count to six dead soldiers, and “El Universal” (Mexico City) reported four dead thugs (one of them a female), and two wounded.)
More highway shootings
On Tuesday night “an armed group” started shooting at vehicles traveling the state highway northeast of Hermosillo, Sonora, intending to steal them. After this was reported in Hermosillo, some 75 mi. away, state police and military personnel went to the area this afternoon (Wed.) and confronted the thugs, killing two and wounding six of them.
The cartoon below is from “Excelsior” (Mexico City). It is evidently the result of conflicting information about a telephone bomb threat and reported evacuation of the U.S. Consulate in Ciudad Juarez yesterday[Tues.] The man – apparently a consular staff member – says: Don’t turn back.
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