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“Los Zetas” have set up a bastion in Guatemala

December 21, 2010

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“Los Zetas” have set up a Bastion in Guatemala

Correo (Leon, Guanajuato) 12-20-10

Guatemala, Guatemala –  The Guatemalan government has acknowledged that the Mexican drug cartel “Los zetas” has set up fortifications in the northern state of Alta Verapaz and is a strong presence in that area.

The government of Guatemala has launched operations in the area to capture members of this narcotics operation, according to Presidential Spokesman Ronaldo Robles.

Among the steps to be taken are the suspension of constitutional rights such as the right to organize and the right to protest.  Under the public order, the government has the right to detain suspects to prohibit the carrying of firearms.

As of yesterday more than 500 soldiers and agents of the National Police have launched 21 operations against criminal organizations in this area.


Tragedy in San Martin Texmelucan; Twenty-eight Dead

El Sol de Mexico (Mexico City) 12-20-10

Tlaxcala, Tlaxcala – An explosion in a Pemex pipeline caused by thieves stealing combustibles resulted in a tremendous explosion over several kilometers around San Martin Texmelucan, Puebla.  At this time there are 28 dead and 52 injured.  Hundreds of homes have been destroyed and families have been evacuated to safer areas.

Rescue crews have responded to the area from Puebla, Tlaxcala and the State of Mexico.

El Sol de Taxcala, reporting from the scene, stated that entire families have been lost in the conflagration.


El Digital  (Mexico)    12-20-2010

Scholarships for Children of Police Officers

Ciudad Juarez, Chihuahua – Beginning next semester, the university in Ciudad Juarez will offer scholarships for children of police officers to assist the municipal employees and encourage a greater commitment to citizenship. Eight other institutions of higher education will also participate.  The project will also include the children of fallen police officers.  Admission will be given to 1600 students next semester.


La prensa Grafica (El Salvador)  12-20-2010

Fuel price Increases of up to $.07

All fuel prices will increase this week.  A gallon of gasoline is expected to rise to $3.85 and diesel to $3.49.

El Universal  (Mexico)   12-20-2010    

Suspected Zetas Captured in Guatemala

Guatemalan security forces captured four suspected members of the Mexican cartel Los Zetas in northern Guatemala.  The government has declared a state of siege in that region where Los Zetas have established their main base.  In the vehicle the traffickers were driving, weapons and ammunition were found and seized.  The Zetas have been settled in that area for more than a year in order to control drugs coming from Honduras enroute to Mexico.  A governmental declaration of siege is the same as martial law, and allows arrests without warrant and other actions to regain control.

El Heraldo de Chihuahua  (Mexico)  12-19-2010  

Return of Migrants from the U.S. Economic Hope for Town

San José de Lourdes, Fresnillo, Zacatecas – A town resident said the most recent census showed a population of 7, 000 with 20 per cent living and working in the United States.  Money normally sent from the migrants in the U.S. is down due to the economic crisis, and with crop failure this year due to weather, the town is depending on the returning residents and the February fair when a large number of people attend.  Crop failure has caused more to leave, but the town is trying to support those that remain to work and solve the economic problems.

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El Sol de León    (Mexico)  12-19-2010

Fewer Migrants Returning to Mexico

Guanajuato, Gto., Mexico – This year fewer Mexicans are returning home (from the U.S.)  because they have no documents to cross the border legally (to go back to the U.S.).  Another factor is that the economic recession has not improved in the U.S. and they are afraid of losing their jobs.  A government official said that those returning are expected to be 50 per cent less, and continued that although there is no official data, there has been less money sent (to Mexico by those in the US) due to the economic recession and no work in the United States.

Noticias de Chihuahua  (Mexico)  12-20-2010     

Zeta Cartel Head Arrested in Colombia

Jerson Enrique Camacho Cedeño, known as “El Flaco”, was arrested and is under an order of extradition by U.S. authorities.  The arrest was conducted by the police, Colombian prosecutor and the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration.

As has become the usual, all media reported numerous killings, bodies found, with some tortured or dismembered.  These reports start at the north with Tijuana and other U.S. border areas south into Central and South America.  It was also noticed that much of the media had items on financial/economic factors affecting the local area(s) and countries.

Domestic News – United States

Border Patrol agent had a life full of plans
Homecoming of U.S. Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry
Border travelers describe drug war’s impact-Texas
More than 9,000 pounds of pot seized in weekend Border Patrol busts-Texas   PHOTO
Heroin found in car battery

Mexico cannot control border: WikiLeaks documents -first they have to want to do so.
USBP Weekly Blotter: December 9 – December 15
ICE’s Top 5 News Stories for the Week
Border Patrol: Agents Locate Stash House and Seize Drugs and Guns-Arizona
FBI: Spike In Rural Gangs Linked To Cartels
Mother killed while demanding justice for slain teenager-Mexico
National Guard ‘hugely beneficial’ to Southwest border mission
Man hidden in buckets in failed smuggling attempt-San Diego
2 suspected of smuggling drugs using ultra-light aircraft arrested-Arizona
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