Over the weekend: US continues to be blamed for arms traffic; Violence continues in border state

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Saturday 4/3/10

 El Universal and El Financiero (Mexico City) 4/2/10

 Mexicans up in (fire) arms

A Mexican citizen’s organization, National Confederation of Popular Organizations (CNOP), advised that in 2009, Mexican authorities seized 29,000 firearms, 95 percent of which were made and sold in the US.  In an interview, Edmundo Ramirez, Secretary of International and Migratory Affairs of the CNOP, complained that these arms have entered Mexico illegally by land, many through border ports of entry.  Ramirez pointed out that not even countries at war in any period of time had received 770 arms per day, legally or illegally, as Mexico has received in the past 14 months.  He said that an analysis reveals that the sale of arms in the US in the first months of 2010 and all of 2009 increased 18 percent because of the demand on major arsenals on the part of bands of Mexican narcotraffickers and criminals.  According to the Mexican security agencies, they were only able to intercept 10 percent of the total arms and ammo that entered illegally.  Ramirez said that according to data from the US Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) in Phoenix, AZ, sales of high caliber handguns have increased 50 percent within the past 14 months.  He indicated that part of the firearms traffic into Mexico is carried out by individuals who buy the arms for organized crime and then smuggle them in their autos to deliver them to the criminals.  (Ed. note: It has already been shown that the 95% figure that continues to be bandied about by both governments is based only on the 18% of weapons’ serial numbers provided by the Mexican authorities to the US ATF.  That would indicate that over 82% of the weapons Mexico seizes come from elsewhere, which include grenades, RPGs and high explosives not legally available in the US.  Their figures routinely ignore Mexico’s virtually unguarded southern border with Guatemala and its equally porous Pacific seaports.


Mexico offers 5 million pesos for murderers

Last December 16, the Mexican Naval Special Forces carried out a well-coordinated operation in Cuernavaca, Morelos that brought down drug kingpin Arturo Beltran Leyva, “the boss of bosses.”  The operation resulted in the deaths of Beltran and six of his henchmen, but also cost the life of one of the Marines, Melquisedec Angulo Cordova.  Following Angulo’s military funeral, a group of hired assassins were dispatched to the home of Angulo’s mother in Paraiso, Tabasco, and killed her and three other family members, apparently in retaliation for the blow struck to the criminal organization by the Marine operation.  The killers have remained at large since the December 22 atrocity.  Today, the Mexican federal Department of Justice (PGR) is offering a 5 million peso [$405,000] reward for information leading to the arrest of the assassins.  


Battle in Reynosa leaves five dead

The governor of Tamaulipas reported the deaths of five people following a gunfight between elements of the Mexican Army and criminals in the border city of Reynosa, Tamaulipas, across the river from McAllen, Texas.  The battle took place early Friday morning.


US students ordered home

The University of Texas in Austin ordered those students in an exchange program with the Technical Institution (TEC) in Monterrey, Nuevo Leon, to immediately return home because of increasing violence in the past few days.  Authorities at the U of T said the order does not affect students enrolled in other programs in Mexico.


 Sunday 4/4/10

 El Universal (Mexico City) 4/3/10

 More violence in Tamaulipas

Another message via internet to Mexican news media by the governor of Tamaulipas reports that at least seven people were killed in Tampico in a clash between rival criminal groups.  Among the dead were two women.  Another three people were killed in a gunfight between prison guards and gunmen who assaulted the jail in Reynosa.  The report did not include details about the victims.  In another report from the information center, armed men in 10 vehicles burst into the offices of the penitentiary in Reynosa unleashing a firefight with the guards.  As a result, three inmates were killed and order has been restored at the facility.  This story concludes with a note that may explain the recent rise in criminal activity in the northeast of Mexico: In the states of Tamaulipas and Nuevo Leon, the Gulf cartel, allied with other groups, is carrying on a war with its former militant guard, Los Zetas, which began two months ago due to internal conflicts.  (Note: there has been virtually nothing to report regarding crime from the Tamaulipas news media for quite some time.  There are hints from other sources that such reporting is simply too risky.  This may explain why news is now issued from the governor’s office.)


 Monday 4/5/10

 El Universal 4/4/10

 Update on Reynosa prison attack

Thirteen prisoners escaped after a group of armed men broke into the Reynosa, Tamaulipas, prison and killed three inmates [as reported yesterday ].   This additional information regarding the escapes comes from the Mexican federal justice department (PGR).  This is the second collective attempt of prison escape in less than two months in the state of Tamaulipas.  The governor had reported the death of three prisoners yesterday, but did not mention that 13 others had escaped.  An agent of the PGR said that 31 prison guards are being interrogated in Reynosa, “a city across the border from the cities of Hidalgo and Pharr, Texas.”  Last week, 40 members of the Gulf cartel were liberated from the prison in Matamoros, Tamaulipas.


Fear thins population in Juárez Valley

The violence of the past few years in Ciudad Juárez, Chihuahua, and surrounding areas has caused hundreds of residents to relocate in the US and central Mexico.  The towns of Guadalupe and Praxedis G. Guerrero in the Juárez Valley and the counties of Hudspeth and El Paso in Texas have been affected by this rise in organized crime.  In the Juárez Valley, 80 people have been victims of mob killings so far in 2010.  In Guadalupe, with a population of 4,700 residents, criminal elements have burned down 30 homes in less than a month.  Many of those awaiting bus transportation along the Juárez -Porvenir highway say they abandoned their homes and are carrying their essential belongings on their backs because what is important now is saving their lives.  “Look, there is my house that my husband and I built 30 years ago,” said a woman, seeing her home in flames set by the criminal gangs.  For many, their option is to escape to Hudspeth County, Texas, just across the river.  Not only are they fleeing the criminal violence, but also the operations of federal forces that have arrived by thousands to combat the cartels.  The people feel disillusioned because the authorities “have practically abandoned them.”


 La Jornada (Mexico City) 4/4/10

 Six killed, one gravely wounded in Torreon, Coahuila

An armed group in several vehicles gunned down six men gathered in front of a house Saturday evening in Torreon, Coahuila, according to police reports.   One other man was gravely wounded. in the attack.  Coahuila is another of Mexico’s northern states bordering the US.


 Frontera (Tijuana, Baja California) 4/4/10

 War against narco is lost: “El Mayo”

According to drug boss Ismael Zambada, “El Mayo,” one of the leaders of the Sinaloa cartel, the war begun by the government against narcotraffic “is lost” because” narco is in the society, ingrained like corruption.”  In a meeting with veteran Mexican news reporter Julio Scherer, Zambada said, “The narco problem involves millions” and the replacement of bosses come from that fact.  The Mexican government has offered a reward of 2.3 million dollars [US] for the capture of El Mayo who is a close friend of “El Chapo” Guzman, leader of the cartel.


 -end of report-

8 Responses to “Over the weekend: US continues to be blamed for arms traffic; Violence continues in border state”

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  2. Hanger Says:

    Totally agree with you irright…what a moronic statement. Just goes to show what kind of people we’re dealing with.

  3. irright Says:

    “Ramirez pointed out that not even countries at war in any period of time had received 770 arms per day, legally or illegally, as Mexico has received in the past 14 months.”

    Ever hear of D-Day dipstick? The innumerable examples of firearm movement that leap to mind, both in war and out, render this guy’s statement one of the most ignorant AND stupid I’ve ever read.

    That being said, I’ve got no problem with shutting down the border completely (both directions) in order to get this scourge under control.

  4. richmx2 Says:

    If weapons were coming from Guatemala, more weapons would be showing up near the southern border… but they’re not. Whether the 18 percent of weapons with serial numbers (and thus very easy to trace) is a statistically valid sample might be questionable, but not that the majority of weaponry is coming from U.S., not Guatemalan sources.

  5. Sean Says:

    Wonder where the weaponry is really coming from? Check this out!

    IMP (Russia’s Izhevsk Manufacturing Plant located in the Urals) announced in 2007 it would construct two separate factories in Venezuela, one to make AK-47s and the other to provide ammunition for the weapons. Both plants are scheduled to be completed by 2010.

    The Izhevsk Mechanical Plant (IMP) has already manufactured and supplied 100,000 AK-103 assault rifles to Venezuela.

    You can read the report yourself. http://www.upi.com/Business_News/Security-Industry/2007/08/15/Defense-Focus-Venezuelas-Kalashnikovs/UPI-12731187204944/

  6. JJB Says:

    It seems that the Mexican government is suffering the results of all fascistic governments that deprive their citizens of self-defense. They apparently do not even trust their own military with guns. When they do have a victory, they seize the guns and herald the occassion with declarations that the U.S. provided them all. Yet , there are arms dealers all over the world, AK47s seem to be the most captured of all weapons and those are Russian!

    Increased arms sales in the United States are blamed for increased violence in Mexico. I am sure that some of that statement is possibly true. However, American citizens increased insecurity and resulting purchase of legal arms is the reason for the spoke in domestic sales. Most of those stayed right where they were intended to be-safeguarding the health and safety of American citizens at home. The last few democratic administrations have been accompanied by increased crime, violence, illegal immigration and calls for gun confiscation. That is the insecurity Americans are buying guns for, that and the possibility of illegal incursions by Mexican mob groups along the border.
    However, as usual, our own government is trying to diminish the second amendment by acepting non-existent blame for Mexican gunfire and terror in order to disarm our own still free citizens.

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  8. pf Says:

    Once again, the Mexican press is “BSing” us when it comes to arms smuggling. We all know where this is going. It lends ammunition to those who would abolish our second amendment rights.

    . Only 17 percent of guns found at Mexican crime scenes have been traced to the U.S. (source: AFT*** – While 90 percent of the guns traced to the U.S. actually originated in the United States, the percent traced to the U.S. is only about 17 percent of the total number of guns reaching Mexico).

    *** In 2007-2008, according to ATF Special Agent William Newell, Mexico submitted 11,000 guns to the ATF for tracing. Close to 6,000 were successfully traced — and of those, 90 percent — 5,114 to be exact, according to testimony in Congress by William Hoover — were found to have come from the U.S.
    But in those same two years, according to the Mexican government, 29,000 guns were recovered at crime scenes.

    I DO NOT CONDONE traffiking in firearms to Mexico – but I also DO NOT CONDONE our second amendment rights in this country being trampled to death. We need to establish permanent south bound checkpoints to intercept contraband going south.

    Yes, this will inconvenience many travelers – however if they don’t like it, they don’t have to go!

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