Zeta Founder Arrested

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El Universal  (Mexico)  1/18/2011

Zeta Founder Arrested

(Mexico City)  Flavio Mendez Santiago, also known as ‘El Amarillo’, was arrested by federal police in a small town in Oaxaca.  His bodyguard was also captured.  Santiago is on a list of 37 most dangerous criminals in Mexico with a reward of over $1 million US.  Investigation revealed he is responsible for controlling alien smuggling of aliens from Central and South America, and is suspected of involvement in kidnappings of migrants from trains in Oaxaca.  (Note: this was a front page item in all the media sources.)



Police Seize Half Ton of Marijuana in Guadalajara

(Guadalajara)  Jalisco State Police seized a half ton of marijuana which was hidden in pottery.  The packaged drug was sealed within pottery figures destined for northern Mexico.


La Hora  (Guatemala)  1/18/2011

Miami Herald says Guatemalan Parties are Infiltrated by Organized Crime

The Miami Herald issued a press release that the major political parties in Guatamala are infiltrated by organized crime, and that the parties themselves are part of the problem. (Note: Guatemalan media would not risk saying this.) The statements by an unidentified Guatemalan officer say that people have no idea of the power wielded by organized crime within the country.

Other items on the page:
-Government extends martial law in north where it is fighting the Zeta
-Bus driver killed in agricultural area, probably by Mara Salvatrucha gang
-Woman raped on bus


La Prensa  (Honduras)  1/18/2011

Weapons and Drugs Seized in San Pedro Sula Prison

(San Pedro Sula, Honduras)  A police raid and search on Tuesday morning located weapons, drugs, cell phones and chargers.  The weapons included eleven homemade machetes. (Note: This city is one of the 10 deadliest cities in the world; 8 out of 10 are in Latin America.)


La Prensa Grafica  (El Salvador)  1/17/2011

El Salvador ended the weekend with 20 murders

Nine murders occurred on Saturday and 11 on Sunday.  These included a bus driver and a police corporal.  A total of 183 homicides were recorded, an average of 11 per day.  This is a 24% decrease from 2010.


Frontera  (Mexico)  1/18/2011

Police Use You Tube to Identify Cartel Leader

(Mexico City)  The internet is bit by bit changing everyone’s habits, even the most wanted drug traffickers who previously avoided being photographed.  Fernando Sanchez Arellano, The Engineer, was identified by the PGR in a series of photographs where he is seen walking at tourist ports in Mexico, accompanied by a woman.

Sanchez Arellano is the heir of the dynasty Arellano Felix clan who built a powerful criminal organization in Tijuana. The Engineer is the son of Enedina Arellano Felix, one of the oldest daughters of the clan. He took over the cartel after the arrest of his uncle, Francisco Javier Arellano “El Tigrillo”, off the coast of Baja California Sur in August 2006.

In Baja California there was an increase in the number of murders and the brutality with which they were committed in the past three years due to an internal struggle in this cartel.  The Arellano Felix clan was weakened by the arrest and death of several members, but so far remains valid in terms of economic power in Baja California, its stronghold.


El Colombiano  (Colombia)  1/18/2011

Pigeon loaded with drugs was found

(Bucamaranga)  Criminal ingenuity has no limits.  Police were alerted and discovered a dove that would try to fly, but kept crashing.  Attached to the bird was a bag with marijuana and crack cocaine. It was trained by a group of prisoners to bring drugs to the prison in this city.  Police estimated the dove could do 20 trips a day.


Daily Blog del Narco items:
-Five mutilated bodies found; Montemorelos, Nuevo León

-Three vehicles w/ gunmen clash with Army; 4 gunmen dead-Rio Verde,   San Luis Potosi
-At least seven killed in Monterrey, Nuevo León
-Six more dead, 2 wounded (teens on bikes) in Monterrey
-Four gunmen killed in shootout with military; Coyuca de Catalán,
-Former mayor shot 3 times, serious condition; Hidalgo
-Another grenade attack on prison Topo Chico in Monterrey
-Official of State Attorney General shot and killed in Tijuana

Domestic News – United States

Public memorial Friday for slain Border Patrol agent
Mexico losing its war with drug cartels
Drug cartels have infiltrated the U.S. Border Patrol

3 times deported, killer still here

After SBINet: DHS’ new border control strategy
Yuma Agents Seize $1 Million In Cocaine-Arizona
San Juan police seize Mexico-bound combat helmets & ammo-Texas
2 Mexican fishing boats seized off Texas
$420k Confiscated At El Paso Port Of Entry-Texas
-end of report-

We have room for but one flag, the American flag…and we have room for but
one sole loyalty and that is a loyalty to the American people.”
~Theodore Roosevelt 1919

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