NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF FORMER BORDER PATROL OFFICERS
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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.
Diario de Yucatan (Merida, Yucatan) 9/2/10
Ultra-light aircraft being used to smuggle drugs
Mexico’s federal Public Security Agency reported that criminal cartels have adopted the use of ultra-light aircraft to smuggle drugs into the United States. These aircraft have a 100 kilo payload and can land in unpopulated or vacant areas where they are awaited by other persons. They can also fly at heights that preclude both visual and radar detection.
The cost of the aircraft is relatively small in comparison with the price of drugs, so they are sometimes abandoned within the U.S. A kilo of drugs increases in value from 8,000 dollars in Mexico to 30,000 after it crosses the border, thus resulting in a profit of more than 2 million dollars per 100 kilo load.
El Tiempo (Bogota, Colombia) 9/2/10
Large amounts of cocaine have been seized
Admiral Alvaro Echandia, commander of the Colombian Navy, said that “we have seized almost 800 tons of cocaine” since 1997 thanks to a “very successful” maritime interdiction accord between Colombia and the United States. During a radio interview, the admiral said that the result of that pact “is extraordinary and has given drug traffic a hard blow,” while emphasizing that the U.S. “has been a very important partner for Colombia in the struggle against drug traffickers and the control of routes.” He also cited the seizure of semi-submersibles used in the last few years by those smugglers. The first of these was found in 1993, and 58 of them have been found since then, including 20 just last year. Drug traffickers have them built within a web of jungle mangroves near the coast.
El Diario (Ciudad Juarez, Chihuahua) 9/2/10
They just keep coming
Eighteen “undocumented” Central Americans, nearly all from Guatemala, were found and detained yesterday riding a passenger bus on the highway leading to Piedras Negras, Coahuila (across the Rio Grande River from Eagle Pass, TX.)
Chihuahua: a state of barbarism
While more than 2,030 homicides have taken place in Ciudad Juarez during this year, the state attorney general prosecutors have only been able to find suspects in 67 of those cases, that is, one in every hundred. This is seen as a motivating factor for others to commit crimes, since the local perception is that killing has no consequences here.
Jesus Camarillo, a law professor at the University of Ciudad Juarez, said in an interview that, “In civilized societies, every conflict must be resolved by a third party, which is the State, now practically excluded, and then the conflict is resolved by private vengeance, and that is what we see presently: a state of barbarism, because the state’s presence is totally excluded, since there is no one to challenge crimes, no one to investigate them.”
[The new month began with ten assassinations in Juarez on its first day.]
La Cronica de Hoy (Mexico City) 9/2/10
Unstoppable flow of illegals
“Neither the pouring rains, the cold, the hunger, kidnappings nor the killings bring to a halt the exodus of migrants who, marginalized by misery, leave their country in search of the so-called “American dream”; it is thus that hundreds of Central Americans arrive at Ciudad Ixtepec, Oaxaca, during their trip to the United States aboard the “Beast,” a freight train used by the undocumented clandestinely and that crosses Mexico en route to the American Union. Robbers, kidnappers and corrupt police convert this journey into one of the worlds most dangerous.”
(Shown below are other short item headlines listed in this paper’s national news section. They represent but a small fraction of similar, unrelated headlines seen in a number of other papers throughout Mexico on a daily basis)
- Three found gagged and executed in Acapulco
- Three executed in Michoacan
- 17 Mexican migrants kidnapped by traffickers
El Universal (Mexico City) 9/2/10
Shootout leaves 25 dead
A Mexican military unit on patrol was attacked today when it approached a campground of armed men. A shootout ensued and the result was that 25 unknown men, presumed to be hired killers, lost their lives. Officials have not identified the dead nor do they know what cartel they might have belonged to. [The gun battle occurred in the state of Nuevo Leon, northeast of Monterrey, south of Nuevo Laredo and near the border with the state of Tamaulipas. A look at the link below will show a map of the event, which appears to be no more than 20 to 25 miles from Roma, Texas.]
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