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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.
Armada Nacional de Colombia (Bogota, Colombia) 9/7/10
Another 26 from Asia and Africa being smuggled
Colombian Marines intercepted a boat “in the last few hours” on the Gulf of Uraba and found 26 aliens who had entered the country illegally and who were being transported by two Colombians. The aliens are from Afghanistan, Ethiopia and Eritrea. [The Gulf of Uraba is Colombia’s northwestern most point on the Caribbean, adjacent to Panama.]
El Comercio (Quito, Ecuador) 9/7/10
Ecuador re-imposes entry visa requirement for certain countries
Starting in June of 2008, entry of aliens into Ecuador no longer required a visa. Now, due to “an unusual migratory flow,” visitors from nine Asian and African countries will once again need to have a visa before admission into Ecuador. The nine countries are Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Kenya, Nepal, Nigeria, Pakistan and Somalia. An Ecuadoran official called it a humanitarian act, to prevent Ecuador from being used by gangs as a transit point to other countries. From less than a handful before June of 2008, yearly totals of “visitors” from each of these countries had since that time exploded into the hundreds.
El Heraldo (Tegucigalpa, Honduras) 9/7/10
Customs function found to be corrupt
A preliminary press report announced the “suspension” of the Director of the Honduran Customs office at Tocontin [the capital city’s international airport.] Twenty-two other customs personnel assigned there were also suspended because of corruption in the customs operations. A similar action took place there in early June.
Tiempo (San Pedro Sula, Honduras) 9/7/10
Another truckload of illegals
An undated item [not an unusual practice in area papers, however,the same item was also reported in several Mexican papers today] reports that “yesterday” Mexican police at Nanchital, Veracruz, detained 80 “undocumented immigrants,” 52 from Guatemala, 18 from Honduras and 10 from El Salvador, all crammed into a hidden compartment of a tractor-trailer. The Mexican driver was arrested.
La Prensa (San Pedro Sula, Honduras) 7/9/10
A mid-afternoon massacre
It was close to 4 p.m. on Tuesday when a group of thugs arrived at a shoe shop in San Pedro Sula, the country’s second largest city. Once there, they entered the shop area and opened fire with assault rifles. Most victims died at the scene, while others did so after being transported out. In all, eighteen persons died. Some were said to have had “mara” [gang] connections.
The killers fled and local officials did not release further information.
El Economista (Mexico City) 9/7/10
Tons of weed
Mexican military personnel seized 9 tons plus 420 kilos of marihuana found in a truck whose driver claimed he was only hauling avocados. The event took place at a checkpoint near Cruillas, Tamaulipas. [The location is some 100 mi. from Brownsville, TX.]
El Diario (Ciudad Juarez, Chihuahua) 9/8/10
Chihuahua: criminals’ terrain
Rural roads and trails throughout the state of Chihuahua have become the arteries used by organized crime to transport weapons and drugs. They use “luxurious” SUV’s and pickups, some with false markings as if they belonged to various governmental entities. The thugs regularly dump their dead victims along these roads and even set up their own checkpoints. Local residents fear them and complain about the high number of criminals that have taken over, with little vigilance from the army.
El Imparcial (Hermosillo, Sonora) 9/8/10
Two more loads of illegals
Personnel from the Mexican national immigration agency detained 86 additional illegal aliens yesterday in the state of Sonora: a group of 36 was found traveling on a highway approaching Cananea [this is approximately halfway between Nogales and Agua Prieta [across from Douglas, AZ] and some 35 mi. south of the border.] The group included 24 Guatemalans, 3 from the Dominican Rep. – including two minors – and 9 Salvadorans. The second group was found on a bus on the highway between Guaymas and Hermosillo. It consisted of 50 Guatemalans, 11 of them females.
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