Expert: Drug gangs control half of Mexico; Authorities fear border drug tunnels on rise

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There are graphic photographs that accompany some articles in the body of this report. It is not our intention to sensationalize. We include these photos in order to give to you, the American public, a clearer understanding of the seriousness of the situation in
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Blog Del Narco (http://www.blogdelnarco.com/)

**Asterisk denotes death involving a police officer or a member of the military serving in that capacity.

MICHOACAN

Narco banners from the Knights Templar continue to appear around the state, offering rewards for certain Zeta members. This time the banners have photos, and a phone number to call.

MONTERREY, NUEVO LEÓN

Governor Rodrigo Medina, security spokesperson Jorge Domene Zambrano, and Attorney Adrian de la Garza held a press conference on Monday morning where the identities of the 5 men caught for the casino attack were reported. It included a video showing the men buying gasoline, and their vehicles at the casino. All of them have confessed and also said they are Zetas. The investigation continues.

CHIHUAHUA

The week is starting with narco banners placed in different locales in the cities of Ciudad Juarez and Chihuahua (there’s a city and state with same name. The banners are not signed, and point to President Calderon as protecting Joaquin Guzman Loera, known as El Chapo Guzman, leader of the Sinaloa Cartel. It also accuses El Chapo for the shooting at the Torreon stadium and the attack on the Monterrey casino.

CAMARGO, TAMAULIPAS

Federal Police reported that officers conducted a raid on Saturday and captured Abel Gonzalez Briones, aka The R-2, financial manager of the Gulf Cartel. Six other cartel members were also caught, including Bryan Aguilar Jorge Hinojosa, aka The R-24, who is chief coordinator for transfer of the drugs to the United States. Seized were eight rifles, two handguns, 16 magazines, four grenades, cartridges, a bag of marijuana, radios, $ 60,000, various documents, among other things.

MONTERREY, NUEVO LEÓN

During the day on Monday, narco banners appeared which said the Zetas were responsible for the casino attack. It read that La Rana was the mastermind, and the attack itself was authorized by Z-40. It also has an organizational chart with photos showing some leaders of the Zetas.


SANTA CRUZ LOS PATOS, STATE OF MEXICO

In the weekend’s M3, there was a report of a narco grave found which had 5 bodies, and a note that the authorities said there could be up to 23 more. It seems likely the information probably came from someone arrested that knows of the sites. Monday afternoon, it was announced that two graves had been found where “at least” ten bodies had been recovered. None of the bodies have been identified, and are decomposed.

TEPIC, NAYARIT

A young couple sitting in a stolen car was shot and killed. He was 17 years old, she was only 14 yrs.

EL LIMON, MICHOACAN

Four taxi drivers were found executed in an abandoned taxi. Investigators found at least 60 shell casings at the scene.

IXTLAHUACA, OAXACA

A 30 year old woman was found beheaded, and with her hands and feet also cut off. She is unidentified.

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Five Police Officers Killed in Northern Colombia*

http://tinyurl.com/3oerogn

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CASINO ATTACK RELATED

The Fog of Mexico’s Drug War

http://tinyurl.com/42urr54

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Hundreds Protest Over Mexico Casino Attack

http://www.time.com/time/world/article/0,8599,2090884,00.html#ixzz1WR5rQ9OQ

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Searchers comb ruins of Monterrey casino where 52 died in fire

http://tinyurl.com/3hd8x6k

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5 detained in attack that killed 52 in Mexico

(See second item above under Blog del Narco for photos.)

http://tinyurl.com/3zgaroy

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Factbox: Worst incidents in Mexico’s drug war

http://tinyurl.com/4x7grmn

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US-Trained Assassin Teams Now Deployed in Drug War

http://tinyurl.com/3wfu8xb

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Juárez police officers fight off Sunday attack, wound suspect

14 local officers have died in the line of duty in this year alone

http://www.elpasotimes.com/ci_18776379?source=most_viewed

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Mexican federal police reportedly beat, threaten Juárez police
spokesman

http://www.elpasotimes.com/ci_18776407?source=most_viewed

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IN DEPTH: The cartels behind Mexico’s drug war

http://www.cbc.ca/news/world/story/2011/08/28/f-mexico-drug-cartels.html

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Special Report: Acapulco 1967-2011

http://salem-news.com/articles/august282011/acapulco-tourism.php

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Expert: Drug gangs control half of Mexico

http://tinyurl.com/43h4zyk

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An American Drug Lord in Acapulco

http://tinyurl.com/3c4c9k7

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Longtime U.S. residents, deported, brave Mexico’s ‘trains of death’ to get home

http://tinyurl.com/3l4z7lp

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For Mexico’s accused criminals, made-for-TV confessions

http://tinyurl.com/3foh4w4

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Border violence spurs increase in air travel

http://www.valleycentral.com/news/story.aspx?id=656962

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Candid Mexican soap opera looks closely at 9/11 attacks from both sides of border

http://tinyurl.com/4yxetns

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Mexican snobs beat, insult cop, raise debate

http://tinyurl.com/3mj29ko

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Mexican authorities detain three over terrorism by Tweet

http://tinyurl.com/3kphlwd

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Ecuadoran Journalist Emilio Palacio Flees Country

http://tinyurl.com/3ss23y2

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Mexico’s Drug War, Feminized

http://tinyurl.com/44n5fgx

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FNS Special Report: The Roots and Resilience of Organized Crime

http://tinyurl.com/3t8q4bz

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Domestic News – United States

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Border Watchlisting a Decade after 9/11

http://cis.org/border-watchlisting-9-11

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Has Calderon stepped in to push Fast & Furious agenda?

http://tinyurl.com/3vthv5f

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Authorities fear border drug tunnels on rise

http://tinyurl.com/3dm7f7x

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Officials find more tunnels along Arizona border

http://tinyurl.com/3mm8ake

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CALIFORNIA

Pipeline-style smuggling tunnel found under market

http://tinyurl.com/3szwd4y

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La Familia Drug Cartel: Implications for U.S.-Mexican Security

(Older but excellent background.)

http://tinyurl.com/3avnqyw

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Op-Ed: The Criminals South of the Border: Lessons from Mexico

http://tinyurl.com/42t59e4

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Beyond the Drug War: The Pentagon’s Other Operations in Latin America

http://tinyurl.com/3sukwhy

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Federal Judge Blocks Alabama Illegal Immigration Law — For Now

http://tinyurl.com/3c8aff4

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Meant to Ease Fears of Deportation Program, Federal Hearings Draw Anger

http://tinyurl.com/3eq63wf

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ARIZONA

Border Patrol agents keep 2 convicted criminals from entering US

http://tinyurl.com/3pj9hxq

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CALIFORNIA

Arrested dozens of times and still in the US

http://tinyurl.com/3d7wuew

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U.S. to let illegal immigrants seek work permit

http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2011/08/18/politics/main20094317.shtml

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TEXAS

Residents, law officers say U.S.-Mexico border safety is more complicated than Perry suggests

http://tinyurl.com/3tw76ca

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Illegal alien charged with molesting two girls in Florida

http://tinyurl.com/3ksqx4z

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Texas DPS targets drug traffickers on the border-Update with video.

http://tinyurl.com/3f623oe

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