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La Familia Michoacána and Zetas seeking control
Cambio de Michoacán (Morelia, Michoacán) 8-3-10
Mexico, D.F. – During the last 10 years, scores of government officials heading various departments of Petroleos Mexicanos, (PEMEX) have reported the infiltration of narcotraffickers into the workforce and politics and have robbed the company of around 30 billion dollars annually.
Pemex is the principal business of the government, with revenue totaling around 100 billion dollars annually, and is the third largest oil producer in the world. Criminal organizations steal a third of that, according to company figures.
According to the daily newspaper La Opinion, the former Pemex treasurer, Armando Leal Santa Ana, says that since 2002 criminal organizations with the characteristics of narcotraffickers have used enormous amounts of money to corrupt the supply chain to include transporters, watchmen and directors.
This past July 16th, Federal Police arrested five employees of Pemex who were working with the Zetas to steal petroleum products clandestinely in the State of Veracruz where they had skimmed 45% of the production.
Nonetheless, politicians in various states report that the thefts extend into other regions where they have not occurred before, like the States of Mexico, Tamaulipas, Guanajuato, Michoacan, and Nuevo Leon.
Francisco Guizar, a Pemex worker from 1974 to 1993, has stolen petroleum products for 20 years, the last 5 of which were under the protection of the Zetas in Veracruz and La Familia in Michoacan, each the enemy of the other.
“It was obvious from the first moment that these criminal organizations were involved in a very lucrative enterprise with little risk,” said Samuel Villa, an analyst with the Universidad Autonoma Metropolitana, “Any other activity would have been more dangerous,” he said.
The “Little Devil” falls
Morelia – The Secretary of the Public Security Police announced that on the 31st of July, Federal Police arrested and detained Gerardo Armando Jaime Morales Palomino, 34, alias “El Diablito”, who is connected to the criminal organization “La Familia.” He is presumed responsible for the importation of pseudoephedrine and pirated supplies from Asia through the Port of Lazaro Cardenas, Michoacan.
At the time of his arrest, he was in possession of a plastic bag containing a white powder, consistent with cocaine, weighing approximately 450 grams,
a .223 caliber rifle, a metallic container, 33 .223 cartridges, a grenade, a 2007 Toyota and communications equipment.
Michoacán among the top three states with the most crime in Mexico
Morelia – The eighth month of this year started with murders in Michoacán and Chihuahua. July ended with a reported 935 murders related to organized crime, according to a report in El Universal.
On Sunday, at least four homicides occurred in the cities of Xochitepec and Cuernavaca and another three in Tanhuato and Morelia and yet another five in different parts of Chihuahua.
Three individuals died after being cut off while traveling in their Ford Edge in the State of Puebla. In this location, criminalists picked up at least 300 fired cases from AR-15’s and AK-47’s.
In the town of Ocotepec police found a body wrapped in a blanket with a narcomessage from the Pacific Cartel (CPS) alleging that the victim was an informant.
El Diario de Juarez (Cd. Juarez, Chihuahua) 8-3-10
Undocumented in Arizona arrested while returning to Mexico
Nogales, Arizona – United States federal officials in Arizona stated today that “illegals” who try to cross into Mexico from the USA are subject to arrest.
According to officials from CBP (Customs Border Protection) in Nogales, the intent is not to discourage immigrants who want to leave the USA but to arrest those who are under criminal charges or smuggling contraband.
As of this moment, some 5000 undocumented have been arrested trying to leave the United States, according to CBP spokeswoman Bonnie Arellano.
The Port Director in Nogales, Guadalupe Ramirez, told El Diario that southbound inspections have been taking place for about a year.
Although, according to the government official, the southbound inspections are to seek arms and money illegally bound for Mexico, there are consequences for people who come to the United States to engage in illegal activities.
“If anyone who comes or goes through our port violates any law, we are going to document it,” said Ramirez. The documentation consists of taking fingerprints and photographs of the migrants to see if there are any federal charges against them.
Ramirez said that it is up to the discretion of the inspectors whether to arrest or deport the migrants.
The President of U.S. Citizens for Legal Immigration, William Green, said that his group asked the Obama Administration for ‘Safe Passage” so that the undocumented who want to return to Mexico can do so without interruption.
Although the organization is openly anti-immigrant, Green said that this should be the only circumstance in which the undocumented should not be detained.
El Universal (Mexico City) 8-3-10
Update on narco-war
The Mexican Center of Investigation and National Security (Cisen) reports that so far into this presidential term, there have been 963 armed encounters in public areas, such as streets and highways, between organized criminals and federal forces. This is an average of about one firefight per day. The war against crime has left some 28,000 dead.
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