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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 Universal (Mexico City) 4/13/10
Attacks on consulates analyzed
The Mexican federal Secretary of Government, Fernando Gomez Mont, states that the increase in attacks against US personnel and diplomatic sites in Mexico could be an “attempt to heat up security forces in certain places” with the intention of affecting those cartels that have more power in that particular zone. In a press conference, Gomez Mont said, “Basically, they are tactics to try to weaken one organization facing another in the internal combat between cartels, that is the dominant analysis by intelligence groups.”
Cambio de Michoacán (Morelia, Michoacán) 4/13/10
Apatzingan target of mystery operation
Around midday, various units of the Mexican Federal Police appeared in Apatzingan, Michoacán, and carried out search operations in scattered parts of the city. At least six separate neighborhoods (colonias) are targets of operations that include closing streets and searching homes. The feds were not releasing any information by press time.
Cuarto Poder (Chiapas) 4/13/10
Cocaine seizure in Chiapas
State police agents in Chiapas seized nearly 50 kilos of cocaine being transported in a hidden compartment in a tractor-trailer truck. In connection with the drug load, three men were arrested, one a US resident. Juan Enrique Barraza Azeberre, 34, claimed to be from Los Angeles, California. The drug was being transported from Central America in a compartment under tons of fruit, a common method.
El Debate (Sinaloa) 4/13/10
Official death count
According to official figures, violence linked to organized crime in Mexico has left more than 22,700 dead since December, 2006, when President Felipe Calderon launched the offensive against the drug cartels. In a confidential report delivered to legislators, the Calderon government advised that only between January and March, 2010, a total of 3,365 assassinations have been reported and that 2009 has been the most violent year, with 9,635 such murders. The northern border state of Chihuahua has been the most affected, having reported 6,757 assassinations since December, 2006, with its border city of Juarez contributing 4,324 of those. Other border areas, mainly Tamaulipas state, have reported increasing violence in the past few weeks. The detailed report can be accessed at:
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