Mexican government’s strategy analyzed

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 La Jornada (Mexico City) 1/25/10

 Family rejects identification of body

The parents of Nayeli Reyes Santos whose body was reported found mutilated in Veracruz [M3 Report yesterday] have returned the body to the authorities claiming that it is not their daughter.  Relatives claim that the body has physical characteristics different from Reyes Santos, among them, curly dyed hair and tattoos that she didn’t have.  For these reasons, they interrupted the funeral wake and returned the remains to forensic experts for reexamination.

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 El Informador (Guadalajara, Jalisco) 1/25/10

 Weed abatement

Federal authorities in Hermosillo, Sonora, reported the arrest of two men and the seizure of 7.6 tons of packaged marihuana in operations carried out in Sonoyta and San Luis Rio Colorado.  Also seized was the tractor-trailer truck in which one of the loads was being transported in cartons disguised as refrigerator containers.

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 El Debate (Sinaloa) 1/25/10

 Sinaloa lawlessness

[The article as written.]  

Los Mochis, Sinaloa — It never lets up: the fighting between gunmen of organized criminal groups yesterday left a total of eight civilians executed in different events in the city and area.  The most shocking was the assassinations of the driver, ticket taker and a civilian riding on a passenger bus on the Los Mochis – Croix route.  [Photo relates.  The article continues describing the other five hits.]
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 El Porvenir (Monterrey, Nuevo Leon) 1/25/10

 Strategy against cartels analyzed

The Mexican government’s strategy against organized crime has hit nearly all the drug-trafficking organizations except the Sinaloa cartel  and has managed to decrease violence that in 2009 reached unprecedented levels, according to a study by the Trans Border Institute in San Diego, California.  The report notes the growth of violence between 2001 and 2009 when 20,000 deaths related to drug trafficking and points out that more than half that number (14,000) occurred in the past three years.  “It is certain there have been conflicts, ruptures, in the command structures of nearly all the large drug trafficking organizations, except the Guzman-Zambada organization*,” the study points out.  It concludes with the observation that the high levels of violence related to drugs are not a useful indicator. “When violence increases, the government assures that it has been successful in destabilizing the criminal organizations; when it decreases, it maintains that control has been achieved.”  [*No mention was made why the Guzman-Zambada cartel has been unaffected.]

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 -end of report-

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