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Foreign News Report
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.
Correo (Leon, Guanajuato) 6-23-10
Peru surpasses Colombia in the production of cocaine
Lima, Peru – Peru became the prime producer of cocaine in the world in with 119,000 metric tons of cocaine produced in 2009. Colombia produced 103,000 tons, according to a press release yesterday in Bogota and Lima.
This news was announced by Aldo Lale in a presentation in the Colombian capital by the United Nations Office against Drugs and Crime (UNODC).
Flavio Mirella, delegate of UNODC in Peru, made a concurrent announcement in Lima saying that there has been a significant increase of 4.7% in the production of cocaine over 2008. The Colombian (Lale) said that Peru produces 45.4% of all the cocaine produced in the region followed by Colombia, 39.3% and Bolivia at 15.3% of the total.
Peru maintains second place in the number of hectares dedicated to growing coca.
El Debate (Culiacan, Sinaloa) 6-23-10
Eight sentenced for decapitations
Culiacan – Eight people were sentenced to serve 43 and half years each in the Culiacan State Prison for the decapitations.
The eight men ranged in age from 20 to 33 years. The decapitations occurred on the 14th of June during a massacre in which 28 inmates died. The 28 victims were all inmates of the Port Prison. Eight inmates were decapitated and the eight men sentenced were found guilty of the decapitations.
Other lead stories in El Debate:
- Man killed leaving his house
- Three people murdered in the city
- Two unknowns executed by gunshots
- Two people shot dead in Navolato
El Diario de Juarez (Cd. Juarez, Chihuahua) 6-23-10
Two cities in California declare support for Arizona Law
Los Angeles – The City Councils in Hemet and Lake Elsinore, both in Riverside County, voted to support Arizona’s SB-1070.
A similar resolution was approved early this month by the City Council in Yorba Linda, California in Orange County. This is in opposition to councils in other cities like Los Angeles and San Francisco which have passed resolutions opposing the law.
The County of Riverside is some 100 miles Southeast of Los Angeles and is primarily agricultural land predominantly Latino and many of them are undocumented immigrants.
The SB-1070 Law was passed in Arizona and allows authorities to detain persons suspected of being undocumented and has been criticized for being racially discriminatory.
Yesterday, the majority of City Council of Hemet approved the measure to support SB-1070. The meeting was attended by witnesses who supported the measure and many who testified that the measure is discriminatory. They, co-incidentally, criticized the White House and Congress for not resolving this issue.
Mayor Melissa Melendez, whose family is from Mexican and Peruvian heritage said, “This debate is neither about relationships nor citizenship, but solely about whether you are here legally.”
Aircraft without crewmen will be deployed
Washington,D.C. – The Secretary of Homeland Security-Janet Napolitano announced today that aircraft without crewmen, will be deployed on the Southern border and on the Gulf of Mexico as part of the anti-narcotics, gun trafficking and anti-crime efforts of the USA.
She also announced support of programs to combine Mexican police and investigations into money laundering and to increase U.S. personnel charged with the arrest and deportation of immigrant criminals.
The deployment of Customs Border Patrol (CBP) aircraft was approved by the FFA and the aircraft will be stationed permanently in Texas once agreements are in place.
The aircraft will be in addition to the three already operating from Ft. Huachuca in Arizona. During her speech before the Center for International Strategic Studies, Napolitano said that these new actions are part of the efforts to control the Southern Border.
“In the last 18 months this government has dedicated more resources to the Southern border, including additional personnel, technology and infrastructure to the Southern border than at any other time in the history of the United States,” she said.
Napolitano explained that these new actions strengthen cooperation with local and state law enforcement agencies while continuing to implement strategic agreements, intelligence and efficiency.
Napolitano said that nine new aircraft will operate out of the Naval Air Station in Corpus Christi, Texas, and will begin operation upon the finalization of the necessary agreements.
These aircraft will be controlled by radio from the base and are capable of flying 460 kilometers per hour for more than 18 hours at an altitude of 50,000 feet.
The Predators come equipped with modern radar systems, cameras with infrared capabilities, laser illuminators and can operate day and night.
Napolitano said that the government is waiting for Congress to appropriate the funds to deploy the aircraft, and to add 100 agents to the Border Patrol; to add 160 investigators to ICE; 30 Port Agents and 30 canines. Part of these personnel will be deployed to Arizona to assist special operations against the drug cartels along the border in the Tucson Sector.
Part of the new actions is to establish Project Roadrunner at the DHS and the Office of Drug Control in the White House.
“The target of this program”, says Napolitano, “is to combat narcotics traffic coming north and to target illicit activities on the southeast frontier.
Also in the works is a new alliance with the Association of Chiefs of Police of Big Cities. With that agreement they are looking to reform operations on the border and to focus local and state agencies on the interior and most of the Southeast frontier.
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