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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 Financiero (Mexico City) 4/12/10
Familia Michoacána and Gulf cartel alliance confirmed
Ramon Eduardo Pequeno Garcia, a ranking officer in the Mexican Federal Police, confirmed that La Familia Michoacána has firmed up an alliance with the Gulf cartel in the struggle against Los Zetas for control of the operation area of the state of Tamaulipas. The dispute between the three criminal organizations began several years ago when Los Zetas were in charge of the seaport of Lazaro Cardenas, Michoacán, and La Familia Michoacána seized the operations from them. [Ed. note: Lazaro Cardenas is one of Mexico’s most important deep-water seaports on the Pacific and has been virtually under organized crime control for years. The port receives cargo ships from China and other known arms-trade countries.]
United Nations notes Mexico’s human traffic trade
Mexican specialists in the UN affirmed that Mexico is a country of origin, transit and destination for human traffic, considered the slave trade of the 21st Century. Annually, worldwide transnational criminal organizations receive around 30 billion dollars in human trafficking and this income is only exceeded by arms traffic.
Cocaine seized in Panama
A shipment of nearly a ton and a half of cocaine was seized by Panamanian anti-drug agents in an operation in the Gulf of Montijo on the Pacific coast. The drug shipment was intercepted from a “fast boat” crewed by three Colombians. This seizure makes a total of more than five tons so far this year by Panama.
El Universal (Mexico City) 4/12/10
Mother blames Army for deaths
A mother whose two young sons were killed by Mexican military gunfire is demanding an investigation by the federal government. The federal Secretary of Government assured that the deaths of the two boys, 5 and 9, happened when they were caught in crossfire during a confrontation between the military and a criminal gang. However, Cinthya Salazar, mother of the two, denied the official version. According to her, the deaths were by gunfire directed at them from a military vehicle while traveling to Matamoros, Tamaulipas. Salazar related her story on public radio saying that she and nine members of her family were in a pickup truck en route to Matamoros when they slowed down for an approaching a military unit. As the pickup passed by, no one said anything to them, but when she looked back, she saw the soldiers begin shooting at them with “a large gun.” “It surprised me greatly because there was no checkpoint,” she said. She is demanding an explanation and medical help from the federal government for injuries to the others.
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