Archive for April 12th, 2010

Over the weekend: No letup in violence; US Consulate threatened

April 12, 2010

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Saturday 4/10/10

 La Jornada (Mexico City) 4/9/10

 Good morning, Cuernavaca

Early risers Friday morning in Cuernavaca, Morelos, were presented with the sight of two victims of organized crime hanging from a bridge. Assault rifle shells and a narco message were also found at the scene.  A readers comment advised, “The people of Cd. Juarez were warned: what is happening in Juarez will end up happening in all the country.  In Cuernavaca, it is beginning to happen.”  [Photo relates.]


 El Universal (Mexico City) 4/9/10

 Large armed group takes over town in Sonora; four killed

A report from the Sonora state department of justice says that an armed group numbering 80 to 100 invaded the town of Maycoba, Sonora, where they assassinated four men and burned down the offices of the state police.  The large heavily armed, hooded group rode into the small mountain town Thursday evening and threatened the inhabitants.  The militant criminals arrived in vehicles and each of the group wore bullet proof vests.  They blocked the highway out of town before riddling the police offices with gunfire and then burning it down.  One of the four local victims killed was identified as the 74-year-old father of a town official.


Another armed group frees a defendant in Durango

An man arrested by the Mexican federal police in Santiago Papasquiaro, Durango, for carrying a firearm was freed by a group of about 50 armed men.  The men arrived in a number of vehicles, surprised the police, identified their prisoner and freed him with firing a shot.


“Mexican authorities: under US lens”

[Op/ed ]  The influential US television chain CBS sent a team of reporters and cameramen to Mexico with one objective: to document the operation of the Mexican justice system.  The executives of the US media corporation started with a premise: how to trust the investigation that is carried out by authorities of a country where even cases of the homicides of a Cardinal or a renowned politician, like Francisco Ruiz Massieu, 16 years ago are unsolved, or the death of a small, handicapped girl becomes a veritable collection of contradictions and suspicions, or that, contrary to tradition, within hours of finding her body, the husband of Monica Burgos is placed as her presumed murderer.  The system that CBS is trying to expose or, in the worst case, demonstrate, is being put to the test.


 El Financiero (Mexico City) 4/9/10

 “El Chapo” Guzman controls the narcotics route in Cd. Juarez

After almost a two-year struggle has left more than 5,000 dead, the most powerful narcotraffic leader now controls the coveted drug routes across Ciudad Juarez, Chihuahua, on the border with the US.  This conclusion by US intelligence agents is that the drug cartel headed by Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman is winning the drug war in Mexico.  The analysis is based on data from confidential informants linked directly to the Mexican drug traffickers as well as other intelligence information, according to a US federal agent, who works under cover.  The agent said that sources have led the US authorities to believe that the Sinaloa cartel has overcome its rival cartel in Juarez for control of smuggling routes through this city, a central point for distribution.

 Other officials agree partly with the analysis.  Andrea Simmons, spokeswoman for the FBI in El Paso confirmed that the majority of drug shipments that pass through Cd. Juarez are presently those of Guzman’s cartel.  The Commissioner of the Mexican Federal Police, Facundo Rosas, said that while the evaluation is yet to be confirmed, the theory is “valid.”


 Cuarto Poder (Chiapas) 4/9/10

 Arsenal seized in Chiapas

A joint enforcement operation of Mexican local and federal forces in the southern state of Chiapas [bordering Guatemala] resulted in the seizure of a cache of arms in the municipality of Mapastepec.  Five people were arrested in connection with the arms.  The arsenal contained a 9mm Intratec submachine gun, 

six AK-47 assault rifles, a 40mm grenade launcher, 5 fragmentation grenades and related ammo and clips.


 Excelsior (Mexico City) 4/9/10

 Arms trafficker arrested in Colombia

Bogota – Colombian authorities arrested an arms trafficker accused of negotiating the sale of 4,000 Chinese assault rifles to narcotics gangs and militant guerilla groups, like the FARC.  The dealer, identified only by his alias “Cacerolo” is said to be wanted in New York state.  He is considered to be responsible for the acquisition of large quantities of assault rifles.  Colombian investigators indicated that he made transactions with the Chinese manufacturer, Norinco, a company that produces assault rifles similar to Colt M16, M4, and AK-47 to supply criminal groups.  Last year, Colombian authorities in Cali seized 434 rifles and in January 2010, they seized 100 AK-47 rifles manufactured by Norinco.  Another earlier seizure of 557 rifles in 2008 was also mentioned but was not specific in details.  [Ed. note: This may provide a clue as to the source of the other 5% of illegal arms entering Mexico.  See M3 weekend report 4/5/10.]


 El Diario de Juarez (Cd. Juarez, Chihuahua) 4/9/10

 Police ambushed

Three police agents were ambushed and killed near the village of San Miguel Totolapan, Guerrero [some 50 mi. NW of Acapulco].  A group of about 10 armed attackers killed the officers when they responded to a call to the village.  The mountainous area of Guerrero state is known as Tierra Caliente and is a hot spot for narco activity.


 Cambio de Michoacán (Morelia, Michoacán) 4/9/10

 Journalist missing

Ramon Angeles Zalpa, a correspondent for this newspaper has been missing since last Monday.  His wife has asked the help of the governor for the investigation of the case.  It is not known if his disappearance is related to his profession, but he had not received any threats or seemed uneasy about anything.


 Sunday 4/11/10

 La Jornada (Mexico City) 4/10/10

 Journalist kidnapped, murdered

A prominent journalist and professor at the University of Michoacán was found murdered after having been kidnapped last Monday.  The body of Enrique Villicana Palomares, a columnist for the daily La Voz  de Michoacán, was found Saturday in Morelia, Michoacán.  He had knife wounds to the neck.  He had been kidnapped outside his home in Morelia, but no reports had been made in hopes that a ransom request would be forthcoming.  However, it was apparently an abduction with no intent beyond murder.  The article noted that 12 news reporters were assassinated in Mexico in 2009 and at least five so far this year.


 El Universal (Mexico City) 4/10/10

 Explosive  tossed at US Consulate.

An explosive device was thrown toward the US Consulate in Nuevo Laredo, Tamaulipas, causing alarm for the employees of the US Department of State.  No one was injured.  The explosion occurred at 11:30 p.m. Friday and broke the panes of several windows, reported Claude Young, spokesman for the US Embassy.


 El Financiero (Mexico City) 4/10/10

 Marches noted

Notimex news agency made note of the immigration reform marches that took place in seven US cities Saturday.  Thousands of people participated in the marches carried out in cities in the states of New York, Rhode Island, Washington, Pennsylvania, Texas, Illinois and Nevada, urging the US Congress to pass immigration reform legislation.


 Monday 4/12/10

 El Informador (Guadalajara, Jalisco) 4/11/10

 Gunfights leave eight dead in Tamaulipas

At least eight people died in several  gunfights between armed groups in the town of Miguel Aleman, Tamaulipas, on the border with the US.  The state government reported that five of the killings happened in a bar and three in an automobile.  The war that continues in this state is mainly between the Gulf cartel and its former militant component, Los Zetas.


 La Jornada (Mexico City) 4/11/10

 “Mexican farm workers in Canada in constant danger”

Those who participate in the Canadian temporary farm worker program with Mexico constantly run health and sanitation risks, said Jenna Hennebry of the Wilfrid Laurier University in Waterloo, Ontario.  Because of that, she recommends that employers register their workers in the local health system.  Most of the workers return home sick or injured without having received medical attention in Canada.  Their situation is worsened on arriving back in Mexico where they also do not receive the needed attention.  The agricultural worker program has operated since 1974 through an agreement between Mexico and Canada and is supposed to provide labor rights, but doesn’t always, she said.


 -end of report-

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