Archive for April, 2011

Expansion of drug trafficking to Guatemala; Is the Sinaloa Cartel in bed with the Mexican Government?

April 29, 2011

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La Hora  (Guatemala)  4/28/2011

Opinion:  The expansion of drug trafficking in Guatemala
by Carlos Figueroa Ibarra

His name was Feliciano Tagual Ovalle, a Guatemalan who’s body was one of the 120 bodies that have been found in unmarked graves in the town of San Fernando in Tamaulipas. Surely the reader will recall the municipality, because it was the same where the Mexican security forces found 72 migrants dead on a ranch, presumably killed by the Zetas. Today the infamous town of San Fernando is back in the news for an act that reveals how narcotrafficking has exceeded Mexican authority

A few weeks ago, president Barack Obama told one of the media in Mexico that after four years of war against drug trafficking, cartels are more powerful than ever.  So elliptical Obama acknowledged the failure of government policy that has bloodied Felipe Calderón, in the country with over 35 thousand executions and has caused pain among relatives of innocent victims who are seen as “collateral damage.”

What is disheartening to these facts is that this is a useless war. The Mexican drug trade, which is already considered one of the most powerful in the world and definitely the most powerful in Latin America, not only has not been retracted but has expanded into Central America and particularly in Guatemala. For two years, it has been known that one of the largest criminal organizations in Guatemala, the cartel of Lorenzana (Zetas), is the local partner of the most powerful Mexican drug cartel, the Sinaloa cartel led by Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman Loera. The expansion of the Mexican cartels in Guatemala has been interpreted by the complacent government of Calderón: cornered by the government offensive, Mexican cartels would not have been forced to withdraw to Guatemala.

Reading the book of Mexican journalist Anabel Hernandez, “The Drug Lords” recently published by Grijalbo, perhaps can give us the key to what is actually happening. The war against drug trafficking in Mexico has not been such.  In fact it has been the drug war.  It cannot be seen but with suspicion that the Sinaloa cartel has not been beaten to death, or their bosses captured.  The death of one of them last year is questionable.  The body was supposed to be Ignacio “Nacho” Coronel, but did not match him for age, complexion and fingerprints.  Instead bosses of Beltran Valencia, the Arellano Félix (Tijuana), the Garcia Abrego and Cárdenas Guillén (the Gulf), the Carrillo Fuentes (Auckland) and Nazario Moreno Gonzalez (La Familia Michoacana) have been killed or captured and extradited.  The other leaders of the Sinaloa cartel, Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman, Juan Jose Esparragoza “the Blue”, Ismael “El Mayo” Zambada enjoy success, wealth, freedom and the legendary aura.  Last year, Forbes magazine declared “El Chapo” one of the richest men in the world with a fortune of billions of dollars.  Thus, the prevailing party in this war between the various cartels, was the Sinaloa cartel who managed to crush his old enemy (the Gulf cartel) and who is now his ally.  The Sinaloa cartel has had approximately ten years with the decisive support of Mexican government agencies, neither more nor less than entrusted with the country’s security.  With this support, the government has severely beaten Tijuana cartel from the Beltran Leyva, de Juarez and Michoacan Family.  These successes are presented as the Mexican government when in fact they are the Sinaloa cartel’s success.  The only cartel that has been able to cope militarily in Sinaloa has been Los Zetas.  If it were not for the help of their government partners, the Sinaloa cartel would have been severely beaten by the military effectiveness of the group that was created with the assistance of Mexican and Guatemalan Kaibiles military.

The self-serving interpretation of the Mexican government regarding the expansion of drug trafficking to Central America, is coming when it is observed that the cartels hit hardest are those who are already in Guatemala.  It is Los Zetas who control 75% of drug trafficking in Guatemalan territory.  And it is the Sinaloa cartel, which entered the Pacific, that is beginning to challenge the former hegemony in Guatemala.

Does Guatemala want the continuation of the war between cartels that has bloodied Mexico?

http://www.lahora.com.gt/notas.php?key=84970&fch=2011-04-28

El Universal  (Mexico)  4/26/2011

Activists demand stop to Security Law

Javier Sicilia, Julian Lebaron, Alejandro Solalinde and Eduardo Gallo arrived at the meeting of the National Defense Committee in San Lazaro where the legislators lack of knowledge about the initiative became evident.  The activists and security specialists, Javier Sicilia, Julian Lebaron, father Jose Alejandro Solalinde, and Eduardo Gallo criticized the Law in the hands of  the National Defense Committee.

Without prior appointment, citizens arrived at the meeting, where the plan had been to continue debating the Law that would modify the powers of the Executive branch with respect to the Army, which had been rejected by progressive parties, who felt that it would convert Mexico into a martial law state.

At the last minute the issue of the law was pulled from the agenda, and the activists were given a turn to speak. They made it evident that the legislators knew little of the issue.  “We are fed up with the government’s stupidities that have us bathed in blood,…but we have paid with blood”.  The committee president left the meeting although the deputies of the Labor Party complained of his departure, saying that he had to attend another work group.

 Javier Sicilia and Julian Lebaron complained that the deputies do not consult with citizens who are obviously affected,  and cited the military at roadblocks that at times are aggressive, violate rights, and that have led to tragedies due to a lack of regulations.

Father Solalinde, who is a defender of immigrants, condemned the intention to push through a law that the legislature is not even familiar with and …do not comprehend the extent of its reach.

 http://www.eluniversal.com.mx/notas/761560.html

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Is Mexico’s National Security Law becoming a version of the Patriot Act?

http://borderviolenceanalysis.typepad.com/mexicos_drug_war/2011/04/is-mexicos-national-security-law-becoming-the-countrys-version-of-the-patriot-act.html

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La Voz de la Frontera  (Mexico)  4/28/2011

 Calderón Hinojosa: The crime threat to democracy

 LIMA, PERU – President Felipe Calderón said that crime and violence threaten more than ever, the democracy that “we have built with the effort and sacrifice of thousands of citizens.”  The Chief Executive addressed the issue of security both as a guest during his visit to the Supreme Court of the Republic of Peru.  He pointed out that transnational organized crime has accumulated money and power, used to corrupt institutions, intimidate the legitimate authorities and citizens and restrict their liberties.  “Crime and violence today, as ever, threaten the democracy we have built through the effort and sacrifice of thousands of citizens,” said the Chief Executive.

So, he said, all countries in the region must make a common front to put a stop to this enemy that knows no borders. We must, he added, continue to work together to combat the criminals to the fullest extent of the law, because it requires all citizens in our Latin America.

http://www.oem.com.mx/lavozdelafrontera/notas/n2058032.htm
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Shorts:

MEXICO:  The Mexican Senate unanimously approved a law against money laundering. Violators face a fine and prison – El Universal

ACAPULCO:  Four gunned down, two of them in the tourist area of the city -El Universal

MEZQUITIC, JALISCO:  Zetas attacked municipal police with guns and grenades, kidnapping at least two officers Wednesday night.  A paramedic was killed during the attack – Milenio

TULA DE ALLENDE, HIDALGO:  Zetas attacked police facilities, killing two investigators and a civilian secretary.  The 14 gunmen arrived in 2 vehicles, firing over 200 rounds in a minute.  Authorities believe it is retaliation for the 28 Zetas arrested in Tula last week. – Milenio

EL SALVADOR:  A pine forest fire in Sonsonate was extinguished this morning, after additional fire fighters and water were brought in. (Note: much of Central and South America is now, but after the heavy rains this year, there will be tremendous vegetation growth prone to fire). – La prensa Grafica

GUATEMALA:  Within 24 hours, three National Police officers have been killed.  A total of 29 police officers have died this year to date. – La Hora

SINALOA, MEXICO:  In northern Sinaloa, 10 people were killed and over 15 vehicles and buildings were damaged by bullets in a 60 mile stretch. – El Universal

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MAZATLAN, SINALOA:  State police agent gunned down with AK 47’s.

 


CIUDAD JUAREZ, CHIHUAHUA:  Two more municipal police officers executed, each a separate incident.

ROSALES, CHIHUAHUA:  Dismembered woman found in an irrigation canal.

TEPIC, NAYARIT:  Slaughter at a birthday party.  Gunmen in 3 trucks entered home and opened fire.  Eight people, ranging in age from 17 to 48 years old, were killed, including the 48 year old man who’s party it was .  One person was wounded.

Two young men gunned down, shot in the face. (Note: This is a common thing with cartels and gangs.  Victims are either shot in the face multiple times, or from the back to remove the face, and delay identification.)

ALTAMIRA, TAMAULIPAS:  Military came under attack, and 4 bad guys are dead. Seized eight guns, a grenade launcher, 67 magazines, 1,448 cartridges, two 40 mm caliber shells, a vehicle, two vests with the legend PF tactical team (PF-Policia Federal), among other things.

ZIHUATENEJO, GUERRERO:  Anonymous call led police to four decapitated men, with narcomessages left by the Sinaloa cartel.

TEPIC, NAYARIT:  Body found floating in river.

TUXTPEC, VERACRUZ:  Mayor’s cousin executed.

DURANGO:  Mass graves body count increasing, now up to 103.

CHIHUAHUA:  Butchered remains of person left in parts on university campus.

ZAPOPAN, JALISCO:  Ten gunmen captured, and seized nine AK-47 rifles, nine AR-15 rifles, an R-18 rifle, a rifle type Gali, two submachine guns, more than four thousand rounds of ammunition, 145 loaders, two bulletproof vests with plates, two vests ballistic vests for eight charger, 14 portable radios, plus a Chevrolet truck, type Silverado.

JUAREZ, NUEVO LEON:  Four killed in clash with police. Two men, 2 women.  Confirmed the women were armed and fired on the police. (Note: This could be a troubling development, as in Mexican culture, men are raised to ‘defer’ to women. In this case, it can cost the cop his life.)

Tuxtepec, Oaxaca:  Shootout at 9 am in shopping center,  with 2 dead and one arrested.

ARCABUZ, TAMAULIPAS:  Shootout between rival groups, who turned on military when they showed up.  Reports are that there were 50 trucks with gunmen.  Six gunmen dead, and hundreds of fired cases found.

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MEXICO:  Bloody clashes with Gulf, Zetas in Tamaulipas reported

http://www.themonitor.com/news/reported-49748-tamps-bloody.html

MEXICO:  Gunmen kill two Juárez traffic officers
http://www.elpasotimes.com/newupdated/ci_17939532
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MEXICO:  Juárez traffic officers get weapons back for their safety
http://www.elpasotimes.com/newupdated/ci_17949303
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Car-based IED attacks an emerging threat in Mexico
http://homelandsecuritynewswire.com/car-based-ied-attacks-emerging-threat-mexico
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Fires may force evacuations in northern Mexico – five new fires have started, about 62 miles south of Texas
http://tinyurl.com/3ryux2b
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Three  Colombian police killed in presumed rebel attack
http://tinyurl.com/3u5unjs  
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Five Colombian police killed, two wounded in attacks on posts by suspected FARC rebels
http://tinyurl.com/3qyto9e
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MEXICO:  Author Marcela Turati gives voice to cartel victims
http://www.elpasotimes.com/news/ci_17945575
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Police Find Human Bodies, Body Parts at Ranch in Northern Mexico
http://www.laht.com/article.asp?ArticleId=392549&CategoryId=14091
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COLOMBIA:  FARC narco-terrorists targeting police officers
http://tinyurl.com/3dt4nnb
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Mexico’s drug policy not a ‘war,’ security spokesman says
http://edition.cnn.com/2011/WORLD/americas/04/27/mexico.drug.policy/
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Mexico sends more troops to Guatemala border
http://tinyurl.com/3bft5zp
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Report: Mexican children vulnerable at border
http://tinyurl.com/3dftx3b
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MEXICO:  Two gunmen killed in Ciudad Mier shootout
http://www.valleycentral.com/news/story.aspx?id=611288
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MEXICO:  Shallow graves, deepening alarm
http://www.economist.com/node/18621268?story_id=18621268&fsrc=rss
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Sweden demands answers from Venezuela over arrest of alleged FARC rebel
http://tinyurl.com/3zarw3d
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Death toll soars for Americans in Mexico
http://www.chron.com/disp/story.mpl/metropolitan/7540367.html
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MEXICO:  Authorities quietly detain girlfriend of alleged mastermind in mass-graves case
http://www.themonitor.com/news/mastermind-49682-detain-mcallen.html
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MEXICO:  Five  men arrested in Miguel Aleman are found guilty on weapons, drug charges
http://m.themonitor.com/news/guilty-49684-charges-possession.html
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COLOMBIA:  FARC leader who escaped 11 years ago detained
http://tinyurl.com/44o3kc7
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COLOMBIA:  FARC lieutenant shot down in Huila army operation

http://tinyurl.com/658anvn
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U.S. returns pre-Columbian artifacts to Panama
http://in.reuters.com/article/2011/04/27/idINIndia-56614320110427
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MEXICO:  Two boys suspected of Juárez murder – Aged 14 and 17
http://www.elpasotimes.com/ci_17944476?source=most_viewed
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Mexico…a partly failed state
(Note: The term ‘failed state’ is relative and seems to depend on which expert is defining the term.  The definition has been bandied about for many years.  More info here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Failed_state)
http://tinyurl.com/3hfjd34
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Tall walls separate rival gangs in Mexico prison
http://news.yahoo.com/s/afp/20110428/ts_alt_afp/
mexicocrimedrugsgangs

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Self-rule on the rise in Mexico’s prisons
http://www.usatoday.com/news/world/2011-04-28-zeta-prison-self-rule_n.htm#
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Domestic News – United States

U.S. Border Patrol Weekly Blotter April 21 – April 27
http://tinyurl.com/3t9dzmc
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TEXAS:  Prosecutors Allege Man Who Sought Asylum in Brownsville Is a Terrorist
http://tinyurl.com/6jeb2ou
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Judge Sentences Suspected Terrorist to 10 Years
http://tinyurl.com/64kz5h4
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Inspector general asked to investigate alleged misconduct by federal immigration officials
http://tinyurl.com/4y56lcp
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NEW MEXICO:  Trial set for 11 from Columbus accused of smuggling guns to Mexican cartels
http://tinyurl.com/3mw56dp
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TEXAS: Zetas enforcers sentenced for roles in 2008 Rio Grande Valley abduction ring – More proof the cartels ARE active within the U.S.
http://www.themonitor.com/news/mcallen-49691-zetas-ring.html
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TEXAS:  Border Patrol  Air Boats –  Ride Along
http://tinyurl.com/43wfy3g
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Criminals caught at Ports of Entry trying to get into the United States
http://tinyurl.com/43yft7f
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NEW YORK: Indian reservation:  A smuggler’s playground
http://tinyurl.com/43ovn8d
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DETROIT:  ICE arrests airline employees for involvement in international drug smuggling
http://www.ice.gov/news/releases/1104/110428detroit.htm
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America’s Third War: Is the U.S. Arming Mexican Cartels? – be sure to watch video at the site entitled Drug Informant Quits
http://www.foxnews.com/us/2011/04/28/americas-war-arming-mexican-cartels/
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Immigrant-smuggling game rejected by Apple
http://www.brownsvilleherald.com/articles/boston-125805-game-immigrant.html
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ILLINOIS:  Sinaloa Cartel Cocaine Trafficker Claims He Was Working for the U.S. Government
http://tinyurl.com/3dzafhu
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US weighs option of extending Guard’s deployment to border
http://tinyurl.com/3f4gtjk
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CALIFORNIA:  Border Patrol Man found with 15 pounds of cocaine, 3 pounds of meth
http://www.ocregister.com/news/-298186–.html
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CHICAGO:  El Paso woman arrested in $2.1M heroin bust
http://www.elpasotimes.com/newupdated/ci_17941860
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TEXAS:  Matamoros man caught with more than 14 pounds of cocaine
http://www.valleycentral.com/news/story.aspx?id=610978
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Is the next immigration fight over ‘anchor babies’?
http://edition.cnn.com/2011/POLITICS/04/28/anchor.baby/
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