Another arrest in ICE Agent’s murder; Honduras takes action on crime

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Blog del Narco (Mexico) 2/28/2011

Another arrest in ICE Agent’s murder

The Federal Police have captured Luis Miguel Rojo Ocejo, better known as El Oso Rojo (means Red Bear), the financial manager of Los Zetas.  Luis Miguel, 27 years old is also connected to Sergio Mora, alias Toto, captured over the weekend. not hiding, and in fact, his photo often appeared in social magazines and newspapers.

El Universal (Mexico) 2/28/2011

The risk of an armed Mexico

The national survey that was published today in EL UNIVERSAL regarding the possession of firearms is revealing. It seems that the citizenry struggles between its conviction of non violence and its need to defend its own self from the criminals, whom the authorities have not been able to restrain despite enormous social discontent.

On one side, a third of Mexicans say they are ready to own a pistol to defend their families from crime, but at the same time, two of every three consider that the country would be less safe if many people owned arms.

Contrary to what one would think, after years of being immersed in a spiral of criminal violence, the people still do not aspire to own a  rifle or a pistol to live in peace.  Nearly 75% have no arms in their homes and have little interest in acquiring any.

The previous data contrast with what one observes in the United States where 90 million people possess around 200 million arms of various calibers. Nearly one of every three US citizens have on average more than one firearm in their homes, an enormous number which explains at the same time the frequency with which each year massacres by unbalanced individuals occur in that country in schools, business centers, offices, and public squares.

Unlike the neighbor to the north, in Mexico tragedies also happen, but not through the initiative of common people who for personal motivation suddenly decide to assassinate their fellow citizens, but rather through the actions of organized crime and common criminals who have armed themselves with an arsenal, thanks to the ease with which arms are bought clandestinely, mainly smuggled in from the United States.

It took many decades for Mexico to do away with the violence cultivated from the nineteenth century and the beginning of the twentieth when, in the country, blows to the State were common, the banditry and lawless executions. Through institutions of economic establishment and education the barbarity diminished. From there came the encouraging numbers of the majority of Mexicans who still reject having a firearm in their homes.

But Mexico could regress. At least since the mid ’90s kidnappings, extortions, robberies have increased. Confidence in institutions has decreased, lynchings in towns fed up with insecurity and the citizens who decide to take on criminals with bullets before calling the police.

Hopefully, the signers of the National Agreement for Security in 2008 and co-authors of the penal reform that same year do not forget the urgency of the commitments they made. The country runs the risk of returning to believe in violence as the only means to obtain justice.


February 25, 2011

Lesson for the United States

Mexico and United States are working in the struggle against organized crime; nevertheless, there still exists inequalities between the the efforts carried out on one side of the border and the other. The assassination of the US agent Jaime Zapata reveals once again these asymmetries.

In response to the crime, the government of that country yesterday carried out large raids that resulted in the arrest of hundreds of people, allegedly narcotraffickers. It was a commendable operation but we only see one or two of them over there in a year. Perhaps this is all the intelligence apparatus and the US police effort can give?  Spectacular as the operation might have been, it only affected a fragment of the large drug distribution web existing in that territory.

If yesterday was the beginning of a serious combat against organized crime within their territory, it is a promising sign. Mexico leads at least five years in this direction and many more deaths in the attempt to stop a problem that has its origin in that country. Nevertheless, the raids, despite being necessary, are insufficient. Much more is still expected of the United States in regards to the consumption of drugs and in restrictions in the sale of arms that supply the cartels. 

Many years will pass before the US addictions go down, supposing that the health policies in that area are effective. In the matter of arms, on the other hand, the government of Barack Obama can do more in the short term. The numbers are clear: given that 90% of the arms in the possession of the Mexican cartels come from the United States, the possibility is very high that Jaime Zapata was assassinated by one of them. If that is so, it would be a sad lesson for the United States.

For its part, Mexico continues working to improve, for example, its legal framework. Proof of that effort is the Anti-kidnapping Law approved yesterday in the Senate. It is fitting to recall that kidnapping is one of the alternative sources of financing for which the mafias have turned to in face of the increasing difficulty of drug trafficking.

Hopefully, in the next meeting between presidents Felipe Calderon and Barack Obama. to take place March 3, a friendly but firm dialogue will take place to pressure the United States to accelerate its actions and thus connect them with the efforts taken by Mexico.

The tragic homicide of Zapata should teach the people of the United States that to demolish consumption and particularly the traffic of arms is not an act of condescension towards Mexico but rather an unavoidable step to protect the citizens of both countries.

-Mexico-new law increases penalties for kidnapping effective 2/28.

-Honduran President taking action to reduce crime. (

Blog del Narco:

Hermosillo, Sonora:  Two state police officers ambushed and killed.

Mazatlan, Sinaloa:  Seven tortured/executed men hung from bridge; another hung from pedestrian bridge; 4 others found on another bridge; 2 more from another. Total of 14.

Uruapan, Michoacan:  Victor Manuel Torres Garcia, or El Papirrín, captured; 1 of 3 leaders of the Resistance cartel.

Guadalupe, Nuevo León:  Four 4 teens shot in park, 1 died.

Tepic, Nayarit:  Shootout between military and cartel; 4 gunmen killed.

Murguia, Zacatecas:  Cartel gunmen tell mayor to seize all weapons from residents, who refuse; gunfight kills 2, and mayor kidnapped.

Ciudad Juarez, Chihuahua:  Four executed in car, include woman and ten year old boy.

State Dept Traces Narco Grenades -U.S. sold them to El Salvador in early 1990’s
Sinaloa Cartel Operatives Arrested in Costa Rica
Mexico’s Crime Fight through Rose-colored Glasses
Domestic News – United States

As kidnappings for ransom surge in Mexico, victims’ families and
employers turn to private U.S. firms instead of law enforcement
ICE dive unit in Miami targets drug smuggler ships
Zapata payback? U.S. cops smash Mexican drug operation – Jaime Zapata is the ICE Agent shot and killed in Mexico
Border Patrol cops more than 5 tons of drugs over weekend-Texas
Federal immigration program is applied inconsistently in region-D.C.
Federal charges filed against eleven arrested after discovery and
seizure of marijuana, cocaine, firearms, grenades and ammunition
Seven Reasons Mexico is the Biggest Threat to American Security
-end of report-

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one sole loyalty and that is a loyalty to the American people.”
~Theodore Roosevelt 1919

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