Cocaine keeps flowing

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Friday, 10/22/10

 Cocaine keeps flowing from South America (two different reports follow)

Armada Nacional de Colombia (Bogota, Colombia) 10/20/10

When Colombian naval units spotted two “go-fast” launches on the Pacific Ocean, the launch operators attempted to flee and began dumping their load. The naval units were able to recuperate 36 sacks that contained 720 packages of pressed cocaine hydrochloride with a net weight of 720 kilos. So far this year, Colombian naval forces naval forces have seized more than 20 tons of cocaine in Colombia’s northern Pacific Ocean area.


El Comercio (Quito, Ecuador) 10/20/10

In Manta, Ecuador, (on that country’s Pacific coast), anti-narcotics police reported that 727 kilos of cocaine in brick form were found inside a container which was supposedly loaded with shrimp for export. And at the airport in Guayaquil, Ecuador, anti-narcotics police seized two shipments of roses for export, one destined to Italy and the other to Customs Broker Outsourcing, in the U.S.; the shipments were found to contain a combined total of 140 kilos of cocaine.


El Diario (Ciudad Juarez, Chihuahua) 10/21/10

All this, just across the Rio Grande from El Paso, Texas

Press records show that murders of women in the Ciudad Juarez area have taken place this year as follows: 16 in January, 9 in February, 28 in March, 15 in April and 17 in May. June closed with 29 victims, July with 25 cases and August ended with 41 violent deaths. The number for September was 44, a new record. October has already had 28 assassinations of women in 19 days. The 23 year old woman whose body was found abandoned on a street in Juarez just a couple of days ago died after a guitar string was wrapped around her neck and then was twisted until her head was severed.

While in fourteen years, from Jan. of 1993 to Dec. of 2997, there were 427 women murdered there, this year there have already been 252 such cases.


El Siglo de Torreon (Torreon, Coahuila) 10/21/10

Border lashed by gunfire and bombing

Narco violence” was unleashed again in the Mexican state of Tamaulipas (bordering the Rio Grande River and the Gulf of Mexico). It surged almost simultaneously in the three main cities of this state, where there were attacks on government facilities, shootouts and innocent civilians wounded. In Matamoros (right across from Brownsville, Texas), a grenade was thrown at the military base of this border; four civilians and two soldiers were wounded. Neighboring businesses and a school were forced to shut their doors.

In Nuevo Laredo, shootouts and “narcoblockades” caused traffic chaos. A grenade was also thrown at a police facility, and yesterday afternoon stolen trucks and cars were used to block streets while rival gangs shot at each other. One of the blocked streets was where the U.S. Consulate is located.

And just outside Reynosa (right across from McAllen, Texas), a military convoy and a group of men in light trucks engaged in yet another shootout.


La Cronica (Mexicali, Baja Calif.) 10/21/10

Checkpoint gunfire

An exchange of gunfire between soldiers and thugs left one man dead near a checkpoint on the highway between Mexicali and San Luis Rio Colorado. (The area involved is just south of Calexico, Calif., and Yuma, Ariz.)


La Cronica de Hoy (Mexico City) 10/21/10, La Voz de la Frontera (Mexicali, B.C.)

Four found executed outside Acapulco

The bodies of four executed men were found this morning at the side of a highway in the rural area of Acapulco. State officials reported that the men had their hands tied behind their backs; all had been shot multiple times. (“La Voz de la Frontera,” a Mexicali paper, added that the cadavers of four other men were found on a highway around Acapulco last Saturday).


Chief of Police admits being a criminal

In Tetela del Volcan, state of Morelos (some 30 mi. S.E. of Mexico City) the Chief of Police admitted being a member of a gang of kidnappers, and to have participated in a number of crimes in the area and surrounding states, including Puebla, the state of Mexico and the Distrito Federal. The chief and four of his cohorts were remanded into custody. An investigation continues because officials believe there could be more police chiefs involved.


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