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Cambio de Michoacán (Morelia, Michoacán) 7-12-10
Cocaine sold in Michoacán diluted with talcum powder and flour
Talcum and flour are part of the ingredients contained in cocaine consumed in this state, according to the Department of Chemical and Genetic Forensics in the State Attorney’s General’s Office.
Silvia Morelia Gutierrez and Martha Guzman Castaneda, of the Department of Chemical and Genetic Forensics, found that cocaine seized by state authorities is not 100 percent pure but is diluted with a variety of other substances such as talcum and flour and is highly dangerous to the health of consumers.
Also the Department of Chemical and Genetic Forensics found that the marijuana drug market also utilizes processes that use and sell all of the plant which diminishes the quality, potency and value of the product. For example, selective consumers prefer to smoke just the flower of the plant, but the more common consumers smoke the stems, leaves and seeds.
Correo (Leon, Guanajuato) 7-12-10
In search of a peaceful home
Porvenir, Chihuahua – It has been 100 years since the Revolution expelled many Mexicans and now thousands flee the narcotraffickers. A house with blue walls, but no roof, welcomes whoever arrives at Porvenir, Chihuahua. Until recently, the house was occupied but now looks like a blacksmith’s shop, only with doors and windows.
This isn’t the only building like this one. In this town in the Juarez Valley, burned homes predominate. Residents left their furniture, clothing and their history. They left out of fear. Those that remain seldom leave their homes. For them, the town has changed to a place of sadness and desolation. One gazes at Porvenir with trembling.
The burned homes form a stark image. They stand silent. The people were displaced by violence–that violence employed by narcotraffickers. It has changed the face of many regions.
People and entire families have been kidnapped and extorted. Confrontations between cartels and protective forces have caught society in a cross-fire in zones controlled by criminals.
In the area of Ciudad Juarez and the entire Juarez Valley, there is talk of more or less 100,000 displaced persons, according to Defender of Human Rights-Gustavo de la Rosa Hickerson.
Statistics of the El Paso, Texas, Police Department, indicate that around 30,000 Mexicans have crossed the border into the United States in the last few years because of the violence.
The Juarez Valley, a rural area east of Ciudad Juarez, is one of the areas where displacement due to violence is most evident. In 2007 there were nearly 22,000 residents. Now there are few.
Rodolfo Rubio Salas, Investigator from the Colegio de la Frontera Norte, says, “It is very difficult to say. We have found many abandoned homes. In some villages, 40% to 50% of the people have gone.”
Felix Velez Fernandez, of the National Population Council (Conapo), says there has not been a massive displacement caused by narcotraffick. He said, “I don’t believe the number of displaced persons is significant.”
This is not the first time Mexicans have been displaced because of a war. One can imagine what is happening now in the Juarez Valley, also has been seen in many communities across the country; for example, 100 years ago in the Revolution that left empty houses, burned homes and abandoned fields.
But this is not a revolution that expels people. It is criminal organizations that have provoked the exodus.
El Mundo (San Salvador, El Salvador) 7/12/10
Ten Africans detained in El Salvador
A Salvadorian was detained yesterday when he was caught guiding a group of 10 Africans on the Pan American Highway near the town of Verapaz.
David Reyes Larios, 35, was charged with the crime of Human Trafficking.
The National Civil Police confirmed that Reyes Larios was apprehended at a police checkpoint.
The Africans were traveling in a microbus. Among them were four from Somalia, five from Eritrea and one from Nigeria. The Police said all of them presented personal identification.
Police Investigators determined that Reyes is part of an international human trafficking operation.
The Africans were destined to the United States.
El Debate (Culiacan, Sinaloa) 7-12-10
Nine cartel members arrested for murder of federales
Iztapalapa, Nayarit – Nine presumed members of the Sinaloa Cartel were arrested today for the murders of two Federal Agents in a confrontation in Nayarit.
An anonymous caller alerted police to the presence of armed people in a building. When police responded they were met by gunfire. Two criminals were killed and 9 were captured.
Police seized three luxury SUVs, 14 radios, 29 cell phones, 8 assault rifles, 3 grenades and a quantity of marijuana.
Other news items in El Debate:
- Four Dead Bodies Found in Serrano;
- One Subject Shot Down in Colonia Laureles Pinos;
- Two Subjects Apparently Murdered in the Village of Toro Manchado;
- Lifeless Body Found By Police in Novalato;
- Two Young Men Shot Dead in Colonia La Gloria
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