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The National Association of Former Border Patrol Officers (NAFBPO) extracts and condenses the material that follows from Mexican and Central and South American on-line media sources on a daily basis. You are free to disseminate this information, but we request that you credit NAFBPO as being the provider.

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El Imparcial (Hermosillo, Sonora) 9-6-10

Cloning priests!

Monterrey, N.L. – Members of criminal organizations not only wear military type garments to disguise their activities but also dress as religious figures, the Cardinal of Monterrey, Francisco Robles Ortega, revealed yesterday.

Over the two days that the Army has operated a checkpoint on the Reynosa Highway, numbers of people dressed as priests have been detained. The hierarchy of the Catholic Church has assured that the presumed priests are imposters.

In an interview after a mass, the Cardinal said, “People dressed as priests have been detained at checkpoints. They say, ‘See how I am dressed? I am a priest’, don’t believe them.” “The collars they wear are not valid.” The Cardinal said that real priests have identification issued by the church. “Criminal organizations are ready to use whatever tactics they can to perpetrate the harm they are causing,” said the Cardinal.


Squabble between gangs leaves one dead

San Luis Rio Colorado, Sonora – One person is dead and another wounded after a squabble between gangs in this border city.

The dead man was identified as Rodolfo Aguilar Felix, 23, also known as “El Ato”. He was a member of the gang known as “Los Traviesos.” The wounded man was Israel Aguilar Medina, 21, AKA: “El Isra.”

According to State Investigative Police, the men had engaged in a gunfight with one another in which a .22 caliber revolver and a .38 caliber revolver were used.

Translator’s Note: Under the comments section one reader wrote, “Perfect! One less cholo!

El Debate (Culiacan, Sinaloa) 9-6-10

Two more die from the attack on a city jail in Neuvo Leon

Monterrey – A second man died hours after being admitted to a hospital from gunshots coming from the military fired at an automobile in which two families were riding in Monterrey.

On Sunday night, soldiers killed a minor and wounded another two minors and two adult women in another attack which resulted in the death of children.

One adult woman, who was wounded, said she didn’t pay attention until a military vehicle chased them and started firing at them with large caliber weapons after they failed to notice a stop sign put up by the military.

She said they were returning home after attending a party when their car was suddenly impacted by bullets.

Paramedics from the Red Cross attended to the five wounded which were transported to hospitals.

On the 31st of July the military pursued a white Mercury in which two minors were riding in the back seat. The soldiers fired on the car and a six year old was killed and a three year old was wounded.

La Voz de la Frontera, (Mexicali, B.C.) 9-6-10

Police alert: The line to cross into Calexico 4 hours long

Mexicali – Due to intense scrutiny by North American authorities at the Port of Calexico, the line was four hours long streaming along Avenida Reforma yesterday morning. Municipal Police Agents detained a man who was selling a “place in line” in the pedestrian lane.


Saturday 9/4/10

El Universal (Mexico City) and Frontera (Tijuana, Baja California) 9/3/10

A day’s work: Mexican Army 32, Los Zetas 0

In less than 24 hours, the Mexican Army in Nuevo Leon reduced the ranks of the mercenary killer group, Los Zetas, by 32. The first event in the thinning of the criminal organization took place in the municipality of General Trevino, Nuevo Leon, when 27 of the militant criminal group were killed in a gun battle in which the Army suffered two wounded. In that operation, three kidnap victims were freed. Less than 24 hours later, a vehicle with five gunmen was reported parked along a highway. The military responded and the ensuing gun battle ended with the five Zetas dead and the military no worse for the wear.


Four survivors of last week’s massacre now reported

A pregnant woman and her daughter survived the massacre of 72 Central Americans last week in Tamaulipas, according to an Ecuadorian who also survived, along with a Honduran. There were 76 which included a pregnant woman and her daughter that they didn’t kill, related the Ecuadorian. He didn’t know what they did with them. “There were four of us who survived. The rest were all killed,” he said. The witness, under protection in Ecuador, was wounded in the neck and left for dead at the scene of the massacre. [A video accompanies the link to this story and its narrative follows below under the next heading.]


Mexican hospitality

[Narrative of the video taped in Ecuador, as related:]

The route

I traveled from Ecuador to Honduras, from Honduras I went to Guatemala – everything was okay. I stayed in Guatemala about 15 days. It was okay. From there I went to Santa Elena. From there I crossed in a boat into Mexico.

The kidnapping

Saturday night about 10 p.m. they rounded us up into three cars. About eight well armed people came out. They rounded up all of us. We got out of the car and they put us in another car. We traveled in two cars. They took us to a house. They tied us up, hands and feet, the hands behind. They kept us there overnight.

The massacre

Afterward, they threw us face down and then I heard a sound of them shooting. I thought they were shooting off to the side, but no. I heard that they shot my friends and then they came shooting me and killed all the others. They finished shooting and left. They killed all of them.

The escape

When they left, I waited two minutes, got up and left the house. I walked all night and arrived at a light that was very far. I asked for help. Two men came out and wouldn’t help me. I went away and saw a light far off. I ran about 10 kilometers. I walked and walked in pain, asking for help. No one would help me. I walked and walked until daylight. At daylight I walked more. About 7 a.m. I saw the Marines that were there, the migra [immigration]. I went where they were and asked for help.

The Zetas

What would you say to Ecuadorians who want to leave?

That they don’t come, there are many bad people who won’t let them pass, that they don’t come anymore. Seventy-six came with me and they killed them all. I say to all Ecuadorians not to travel anymore because the Zetas are killing many people.


El Financiero (Mexico City) 9/3/10

Investor donates $1.5 million to SB 1070 defense

Phoenix, Arizona (Notimex) – Timothy Mellon, a multimillionaire investor from Wyoming, donated more than 1.5 million dollars to the fund created by Arizona Governor Jan Brewer to pay the cost of legal defense of the “anti-immigrant” law SB 1070. Mellon’s contribution is the largest so far and raises the amount of defense funds to 3.6 million dollars. Arizona’s legal defense [against the United States Attorney General ] in the past two months cost more than $400,000.


La Jornada (Mexico City) 9/3/10

Mexico urged to turn from kidnapping and extortion to aiding and abetting

Guatemala – Central American countries urged Mexico to observe human rights to protect the security of migrants who seek to cross its border en route to the US. The Guatemalan Minister of Foreign Relations reported by joint communique that he and his counterparts in El Salvador, Honduras, Costa Rica, Panama, Belize and the Dominican Republic request that Mexico adopt, within the short term, mechanisms for preventing violence against Central American migrants during their journey to the US.


La Prensa Grafica (San Salvador, El Salvador) 9/3/10

A barrel of money

A search for drugs and arms by Salvadoran authorities in the rural areas of the central Pacific coast department [state] of La Paz resulted in the discovery of a barrel filled with packets of mostly $100 bills. After hours of counting, the official total amount was over $9.2 million. An investigation continues on suspicion that the money is connected with organized crime.


El Espectador (Bogota, Colombia) 9/2/10

Panama active in intercepting drugs

Cocaine is the major drug coming from Colombia through Panama en route to the US market. Between July 2009 and August 2010 Panamanian officials have confiscated 71.2 metric tons of the drug. [Trivial data: 1 ton = approx. 1 million snorts ] According to the Minister of Public Security, Jose Raul Mulino, drug interception is Panama’s most important police function and has distinguished the country in this respect. Marihuana and heroin are also intercepted in much smaller quantities.


La Hora (Guatemala, Guatemala) 9/3/10

Temporary Protected Status urged for undocumented Guatemalans in US

An opinion column in La Hora concerns an appeal by a number of Guatemalan organizations requesting President Alvaro Colom to convey to the US government the necessity for Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for undocumented Guatemalan migrants living in the US. The column points out, “the support of US personalities who have considered TPS to be a minimum measure of solidarity with Guatemala.”

[Excerpt from USCIS publication: The Secretary of Homeland Security may designate a foreign country for TPS due to conditions in the country that temporarily prevent the country's nationals from returning safely, or in certain circumstances, where the country is unable to handle the return of its nationals adequately. USCIS may grant TPS to eligible nationals of certain countries (or parts of countries), who are already in the United States. The full publication can be accessed at


Sunday 9/5/10

El Tiempo (Bogota, Colombia) 9/4/10

Ton of cocaine seized

Colombian police stopped two dump trucks at a highway checkpoint in the department [state] of Santander, Colombia, transporting a total of one ton of cocaine. The load was presumed to belong to Jesus Ovidio Isaza, alias “Roque,” son of Ramon Isaza, the ex-chief of the demobilized paramilitary group AUC. The drug was hidden in a double bottom of the dump trucks under sand and construction material.


Prensa Libre (Guatemala, Guatemala) 9/4/10

Deported Guatemalans without work

A study by a Guatemalan human rights organization of those deported from the meat packing plant in Potsville, Iowa in May of 2008, 64% remain without work and 36% have only temporary employment. This is a reflection of the status of most Guatemalans deported back to their own country because of Guatemala’s lack of development opportunities, the study found. “They emigrate and are exploited for their labor. On returning they are victims of the incapability of the State to reestablish them.” The study also showed that 98% of those deported from Iowa were in debt [assumption: smuggling fees], but only 12% have already paid them.


Guatemalan youth migration a worry

A Guatemalan youth study indicates that 50% of Guatemalan youths have either tried to travel illegally to the US or have thought of trying. Those that try go into debt to pay between the equivalent of $5,000 to $7,000 to “coyotes” to smuggle them north, but often are abandoned in Mexico and left to their own luck. Those who make it back home are left with huge debts and no way to pay them off. Those experiences do not seem to dissuade others from trying.


Monday 9/6/10

La Jornada (Mexico City) 9/5/10

News silence in Tamaulipas explained

Mexico, D.F. (IPS) – The Mexican northeastern state of Tamaulipas has become a black hole of organized crime. The “social disintegration” has been going on there for the past six months, but the local press is totally silenced. “We have no option, simply no option,” a reporter of a national newspaper, who asked that his identity not be revealed, said by phone to the Inter Press Service news agency. Like other reporters in the state bordering Texas, he refuses to report any criminal activities in the area.

Tamaulipas is the operating area of the Gulf drug cartel and of the violent gang known as Los Zetas, formed from military deserters previously trained in combat techniques and counterinsurgency by the CIA. “The original Zetas began executing select targets with military efficiency and economy of bullets,” said IPS reporter Jorge Luis Sierra, a specialist in security and militarization. “But the excesses began and now Los Zetas are no longer old army deserters, but mixed units of civilians, police, ex-military and hired killers from other groups that carry out three strategies together: as narcos, as terrorists and as guerrillas, all at the same time,” he added.

In reference to the recent massacre of 72 Central and South American migrants in Tamaulipas, presumably by Los Zetas, Sierra explains that Los Zetas never justify their actions. Their “communicational policy” is the act itself. On the other hand, their enemies are using psychological tactics of combat, like car bombs. In this sense, he conjectures, it is possible that a rival gang “killing 72 immigrants and attributing it to Los Zetas could be an act of propaganda and form part of a strategy of psychological warfare,” to exterminate Los Zetas from the area.


El Sol de Mexico (Mexico City) 9/5/10

Mexican intelligence center unveiled

Mexico City – The Mexican government is expanding its intelligence capabilities in a subterranean bunker equipped with up to date technology aimed at the anti-organized crime struggle. “In this center resides all of Mexico’s criminal information,” said Francisco Niembro, head of intelligence operations for the federal Public Security Agency, as he guided the press for the first time through the underground facilities that were inaugurated 10 months ago. The center’s equipment allows real-time surveillance of petroleum, hydraulic, telecommunications and electrical buildings and installations. The data banks are kept current and allow for effective real-time analyses from police reports throughout the Republic.


-end of report-


2 Bodies Drawn Quartered and Killed Left Outside a Children's Museum

The State Police was alerted to the discovery of two naked bodies, heads, arms and legs cut in front of the Museo La Avispa, dedicated to children

Two dismembered bodies were found this morning by Mexican authorities against a children's museum in Chilpancingo, the capital of southern state of Guerrero.

The State Police was alerted to the discovery of two naked bodies, heads, arms and legs cut in front of the Museo La Avispa, a recreation center of the state government for children, police said.

The dismembered bodies were laid out on the curb in front of one of the gates of the museum, behind which are two mechanical dinosaurs.

The heads of the bodies were together on a card with a message, whose content was not disclosed, signed by the New cartel de la Sierra.
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Cuarto Poder (Chiapas) 9-7-10

Army admits error in attack

Monterrey, N.L. – Commanders of the military zone said it was a “lamentable error” to fire at an automobile containing two families which resulted in two deaths at a military checkpoint.

The Government Secretary, Javier Trevino Cantu, participated in a press conference with the commanders of the military zone in which they announced that they will be responsible for medical and funeral expenses.

The two families travelling in one vehicle had failed to stop at a military checkpoint and the military subsequently opened fire killing two members of one of the families and wounding several others.


El Debate (Culiacan, Sinaloa) 9-7-10

Military uncovers a “crystal” laboratory in Las Tapias

Culiacan – A spokeswoman for Operation Culiacan-Navolato stated that personnel from the 13th Regiment of the Motorized Cavalry discovered a clandestine methamphetamine laboratory at Rancho El Tecomante.

The soldiers seized 28.5 liters of meth in different sized containers, 150 grams of crystal meth and 140 liters of precursor chemicals in various containers.

The spokeswoman said that in total they seized 57,300 - .5 gram doses.


El Diario de Juarez (Cd. Juarez, Chihuahua) 9-7-10

Two dismembered bodies left at Guerrero Museum

Chilpancingo, Gro. – Two dismembered bodies were found early this morning by Mexican authorities in front of a children’s museum in Chilpancingo, the capital city of the southern state of Guerrero.

State police were alerted to two nude bodies with their heads, arms and legs cut off in front of La Avispa Museum, a government recreational museum for children, said police spokesmen. Nearby are two mechanical dinosaurs.

Two severed heads were placed over a narco-message signed by “New Cartel de la Sierra.” The contents of the message were not disclosed.

During the last two months this criminal group has left dozens of bodies on the streets of Chilpancingo.

Authorities do not know the origin of this new criminal group, but their writings suggest they are dedicated to killing extortionists, robbers, auto thieves, informants, and people who are not aligned with the cartel.

Guerrero is the battleground between the narco-trafficking organizations of Edgar Valdez Villareal, AKA: “La Barbie,” who was arrested this last 30th of August, and the cartel of the brothers Beltran Leyva.


Group of undocumented Mexicans arrested on California beach

San Clemente – AP - A group of 20 undocumented Mexicans were detained on a California beach aboard a boat, according to authorities.

The U.S. Border Patrol said that 17 men and three women were detained when they arrived on San Clemente State Beach in Orange County, California.

According to authorities, one 36 year old woman had fractured her leg boarding the boat and was taken to a hospital. The rest of the group was taken to a Border Patrol Station for disposition.

It is unusual for the undocumented to attempt entry into the USA by sea. The vast majority of the undocumented from Mexico and other countries attempt entry by land.


Other stories in El Diario de Juarez:

A man murdered in Fraccionamiento Patria;

FARC kills three policemen in ambush;

Dead inmate found in municipal prison


El Tiempo (Bogota, Colombia) 9-7-10

46 Africans and 5 Afghanis to be deported

Medellin – Fifty-one Africans and Asians were apprehended during the weekend for illegally entering the country.

Government official, Marcel Suarez, confirmed that 5 Afghanis were among the illegal aliens apprehended. The rest were from Eritrea and Ethiopia.

The apprehensions occurred at the end of last week. The Army captured two presumed “coyotes” that admitted guilt and were released.

Normally the “coyotes” charge between 10,000 and 20,000 dollars each, according to Suarez.


-end of report-



Well this makes the third mayor murdered in a month.

Alexander executed García López, mayor of San Luis Potosi El Naranjo


The mayor was meeting with his staff at City Hall, where a group of strangers was introduced to his office for finalization.

Alexander López García was executed by two individuals who were introduced to his office in the City Hall of El Naranjo

The mayor of El Naranjo, Alexander López García was murdered in his office at the town hall in front of their partners. The mayor of PRI extraction of long guns was shot by a couple of subjects.

According to early versions, including one and two o'clock, two men entered the office of mayor who was meeting with some people. They were asked to be put aside and left alone the mayor, he was shot.

After the attack, the unknown of which has not specified the number, they fled. The Attorney General has not yet released any official report on this atentato, the first in San Luis Potosi against a mayor.

The state leadership of the Institutional Revolutionary Party, condemned the act as well as the National Action Party, which complained that the levels of insecurity in the Huasteca region are growing so alarmingly.

Note that in the last week now total ten executives in the area of the entity.

Meanwhile in the capital of San Luis, in the division Balcones del Valle, gunmen aboard a truck attacked a military unit vehicles that passed through the area of the Glorieta Mariano Jiménez.

Approximately one in the morning, after being attacked, the military responded to the aggression, of which two soldiers were wounded.

The Attorney General's Office reported that one of the assailants was arrested and was made available to the Ministry Públicode High Impact, which was also secured a van hit by seven bullets had a weapon. The unit had an insignia of the Municipal Police of San Luis Potosi.

Calderon condemns killing of mayor of El Naranjo

President Felipe Calderón Hinojosa this afternoon strongly condemned the cowardly and criminal action in which Alexander died López García, mayor of El Naranjo, San Luis Potosi.

The Office of the President announced in a statement that the president expressed his deepest condolences to the family of the mayor for their sad loss.

The executive reiterated, on behalf of the federal government would continue working for the safety of all citizens of the Mexican state resources at its disposal, the statement ended.

The mayor of El Naranjo, Alexander Lopez Garcia, died today in his office at City Hall following the shooting of two gunmen.
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Two videos in spanish of interrogations of four Gulf Cartel members who were captured by Zetas, in the town of Mier, five miles from the southern border of Texas. Last week, about 27-28 cartel members were killed in a gun battle with MX military.

I watched both videos which are in spanish, of course, couldn’t make out the content, but there doesn’t seem to be any violence just interrogations. Wonder what happened to these guys. Quote box below is translated so some loss in continuity.

Video where interrogate Gulf Cartel hitmen

Interrogation where there are four members of the Gulf Cartel, which were seized by the Zetas in Ciudad Mier Tamaulipas. When questioned say they were Marines but now work as hitmen for the commander R1, people of the Metro 3, that makes more money
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The white line you see in the smaller photo of Mier, MX, is within 5 miles of US border. Other larger photo see position of Mier, between Reynosa and Nuevo Laredo. Oh so close to US border.



Did you know we (US) are designing and building jails in Colombia?

The "New Penitentiary Culture": US Designs for Colombian Jails
How the USAID, Federal Bureau of Prisons and the School of the Americas Have Impacted Colombia's Prison System

By James Jordan
Special to The Narco News Bulletin
September 9, 2010

Amid much talk of human rights and improved conditions for those deprived of liberty, in March of 2000, the US ambassador and Colombia’s Minister of Justice signed the “Program for the Improvement of the Colombian Prison System.” Called the dawning of a “New Penitentiary Culture,” the US government, through the US Agency for International Development (USAID) and the US Federal Bureau of Prisons (BOP), would redesign Colombia’s maximum and medium security institutions, providing millions of dollars in funding, advice and oversight. Central to this restructuring has been the building and expansion of as many as sixteen new jails designed to handle an influx of some 30,000 new inmates—an increase in capacity of more than 40%. The reason cited for building these new jails was to alleviate overcrowding as a necessary first step toward better conditions.
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Another night of terror in Juarez:


NORTH Juarez, Mexico (September 9, 2010) .- A violent night lived Ciudad Juarez with the murder of 16 people in just over three hours at various points, including six women, reported police elements.

In colonial North Division, three women and one man were killed inside a home.

While five others were executed in Colonia El Farmer, between the streets Manuel J. Clouthier and Tapioca.

Also in the Colonial Farmer in Jordan and Bean Streets, were executed two women and two men in a home.

Another woman was found dead, her head covered with tape, in the Colony Constitution.

A man was executed in Colonia Infonavit Casas Grandes and another was shot dead inside a home in the Colonia Hidalgo.
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3 Bombs for Hawkins
Were they part of these 25?

. . . The murders of 25 people by suspected hitmen in Ciudad Juarez, across from El Paso, Texas, on Thursday was the bloodiest day in almost three years in an area gripped by an escalating drug war, officials said on Friday.

Gunmen burst into several houses in Ciudad Juarez and shot people accused of working for rival drug gangs, a spokesman for the Chihuahua state attorney general's office said on Friday.

Four bystanders were also killed on Thursday as a convoy of hitmen shot its way out of traffic in Ciudad Juarez, local newspaper El Diario said. Police declined to confirm that report, but said 25 people had died in drug violence, in the worst single day of killings in Ciudad Juarez since January 2008, when recent drug murders began.

U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton raised concerns this week about drug cartels in the region and said Mexico was starting to resemble Colombia 20 years ago, when drug traffickers controlled certain parts of that nation.

President Barack Obama rejected the comparison.
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Were they part of these 25?

. . . The murders of 25 people by suspected hitmen in Ciudad Juarez, across from El Paso, Texas, on Thursday was the bloodiest day in almost three years in an area gripped by an escalating drug war, officials said on Friday.

Gunmen burst into several houses in Ciudad Juarez and shot people accused of working for rival drug gangs, a spokesman for the Chihuahua state attorney general's office said on Friday.

Four bystanders were also killed on Thursday as a convoy of hitmen shot its way out of traffic in Ciudad Juarez, local newspaper El Diario said. Police declined to confirm that report, but said 25 people had died in drug violence, in the worst single day of killings in Ciudad Juarez since January 2008, when recent drug murders began.

U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton raised concerns this week about drug cartels in the region and said Mexico was starting to resemble Colombia 20 years ago, when drug traffickers controlled certain parts of that nation.

President Barack Obama rejected the comparison.
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I'm assuming the 25 are a consolidation and includes the 16, hard to keep up with the numbers and rapid timeframes. As exampled below with 61 homicides since 10/01/10, just in Juarez.

This was in the current report from NAFBPO:

Chaotic Juarez

(These are but two examples found about the conditions in Ciudad Juarez.) The first seven days of September have brought about 61 homicides in the city, including prison guards, a police officer and minors. Some of the victims are yet to be identified.


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Friday, 9/10/10

Torrential rains have flooded various states of Mexico and parts of Central America. That, plus continuing widespread coverage of the arrest in the “La Barbie” case, and the arrests connected with the recent massacre of the 70+ migrants in Tamaulipas, combined to dominate the news today. As a result, we present the following abbreviated report

El Diario (Ciudad Juarez, Chihuahua) 9/9/10

Chaotic Juarez

(These are but two examples found about the conditions in Ciudad Juarez.) The first seven days of September have brought about 61 homicides in the city, including prison guards, a police officer and minors. Some of the victims are yet to be identified.

Another report describes the fear, terror and desperation felt by parents and faculty members at a grade school and at a separate kindergarten in the west side of Juarez because extortionists are demanding money. The thugs are threatening to slit children’s throats if their request is not met.


Diario Rotativo (Queretaro, Qro.,) 9/9/10

Flooding strands aliens in Mexico

Heavy rains in some parts of Mexico have caused flooding, including in the state of Veracruz. This, in turn, has forced a halt in railroad traffic between Coatzacalcos and Tierra Blanca, in the southern part of the state; the result has been that “tens” of Central American migrants who use the freight train to approach the United States from the Mexican states of Tabasco and Chiapas are stranded. A Salvadoran consul in Chiapas expressed concern due to the high level of danger in the area.


El Pulso (San Luis Potosi, SLP) 9/9/10

Open season on city mayors

A masked and armed group burst into the City Hall at El Naranjo, San Luis Potosi, early on Wednesday afternoon. They entered the mayor’s office, ordered those inside to the floor, except the mayor, and then shot and killed him on the spot. The mayor’s security guards were two blocks away. (El Naranjo is just a stone’s throw away from the southern border of the state of Tamaulipas. La Cronica de Hoy, a Mexico City paper, added that this was the 14th assassination of a city mayor in Mexico since 2008, and the 10th in that area of San Luis Potosi this week.)


La Voz de la Frontera (Mexicali, Baja Calif.) 9/9/10

Mexico seeks halt to migration via the ocean

The delegate of Mexico’s PGR (Dep’t. of Justice) in Tijuana expressed concern for the ever more frequent kidnapping of migrants and also about the case of twenty-some persons recently rescued off a beach in Rosarito. That occurred when a craft capsized shortly after leaving the area with some twenty aboard, who intended to enter the U.S. illegally; the group included three women, one of them pregnant. The delegate added that preventive plans are being made including the interchange of information with U.S. authorities.


El Porvenir (Monterrey, Nuevo Leon) 9/9/10

Millions of “neither nor” in Mexico

An official of the Public Education Dep’t. of Mexico stated that the country has more than seven million persons who neither study nor work. [The Mexican press calls this category of persons “ni nis” (neither nor.)] The number includes 4 million “who are not available to carry out productive activities in the labor market” because of decisions they made earlier in their lives.


Thursday, 9/9/10

Armada Nacional de Colombia (Bogota, Colombia) 9/7/10

Another 26 from Asia and Africa being smuggled

Colombian Marines intercepted a boat “in the last few hours” on the Gulf of Uraba and found 26 aliens who had entered the country illegally and who were being transported by two Colombians. The aliens are from Afghanistan, Ethiopia and Eritrea. [The Gulf of Uraba is Colombia’s northwestern most point on the Caribbean, adjacent to Panama.]


El Comercio (Quito, Ecuador) 9/7/10

Ecuador re-imposes entry visa requirement for certain countries

Starting in June of 2008, entry of aliens into Ecuador no longer required a visa. Now, due to “an unusual migratory flow,” visitors from nine Asian and African countries will once again need to have a visa before admission into Ecuador. The nine countries are Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Kenya, Nepal, Nigeria, Pakistan and Somalia. An Ecuadoran official called it a humanitarian act, to prevent Ecuador from being used by gangs as a transit point to other countries. From less than a handful before June of 2008, yearly totals of “visitors” from each of these countries had since that time exploded into the hundreds.


El Heraldo (Tegucigalpa, Honduras) 9/7/10

Customs function found to be corrupt

A preliminary press report announced the “suspension” of the Director of the Honduran Customs office at Tocontin [the capital city’s international airport.] Twenty-two other customs personnel assigned there were also suspended because of corruption in the customs operations. A similar action took place there in early June.ís/Ediciones/2010/09/07/Noticias/Director-y-22-empleados-suspendidos-en-Toncontin


Tiempo (San Pedro Sula, Honduras) 9/7/10

Another truckload of illegals

An undated item [not an unusual practice in area papers, however,the same item was also reported in several Mexican papers today] reports that “yesterday” Mexican police at Nanchital, Veracruz, detained 80 “undocumented immigrants,” 52 from Guatemala, 18 from Honduras and 10 from El Salvador, all crammed into a hidden compartment of a tractor-trailer. The Mexican driver was arrested.


La Prensa (San Pedro Sula, Honduras) 7/9/10

A mid-afternoon massacre

It was close to 4 p.m. on Tuesday when a group of thugs arrived at a shoe shop in San Pedro Sula, the country’s second largest city. Once there, they entered the shop area and opened fire with assault rifles. Most victims died at the scene, while others did so after being transported out. In all, eighteen persons died. Some were said to have had “mara” [gang] connections.

The killers fled and local officials did not release further information.


El Economista (Mexico City) 9/7/10

Tons of weed

Mexican military personnel seized 9 tons plus 420 kilos of marihuana found in a truck whose driver claimed he was only hauling avocados. The event took place at a checkpoint near Cruillas, Tamaulipas. [The location is some 100 mi. from Brownsville, TX.]


El Diario (Ciudad Juarez, Chihuahua) 9/8/10

Chihuahua: criminals’ terrain

Rural roads and trails throughout the state of Chihuahua have become the arteries used by organized crime to transport weapons and drugs. They use “luxurious” SUV’s and pickups, some with false markings as if they belonged to various governmental entities. The thugs regularly dump their dead victims along these roads and even set up their own checkpoints. Local residents fear them and complain about the high number of criminals that have taken over, with little vigilance from the army.


El Imparcial (Hermosillo, Sonora) 9/8/10

Two more loads of illegals

Personnel from the Mexican national immigration agency detained 86 additional illegal aliens yesterday in the state of Sonora: a group of 36 was found traveling on a highway approaching Cananea [this is approximately halfway between Nogales and Agua Prieta [across from Douglas, AZ] and some 35 mi. south of the border.] The group included 24 Guatemalans, 3 from the Dominican Rep. – including two minors – and 9 Salvadorans. The second group was found on a bus on the highway between Guaymas and Hermosillo. It consisted of 50 Guatemalans, 11 of them females.



There is another good thread about Mexico going on over in Main by mzkitty:

Catch five c4 explosives in Jalisco


State police arrested five people, including a former element of the Navy Department and a former soldier, who assured them more than four kilos of plastic explosive C-4, an arsenal and operational tactical team from the discovery of an artifact explosive building a street address public safety Tonalá minutes before noon yesterday.
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La Prensa Grafica (San Salvador, El Salvador) 9/9/10

Mexican journalism on way to "extinction"

The threat of organized crime has put Mexican journalism "on the way to extinction," with "devastating self-censuring" and 22 news reporters assassinated during the presidential term of Felipe Calderon, reported the Committee for the Protection of Journalists (CPJ), a nonprofit organization promoting worldwide journalistic rights. Their report denounces the violence and corruption in the context of "systematic impunity" that is "destroying local journalism." After four years of investigation, the CPJ concluded that "Mexico is one of the world's most lethal countries for the press and one of the worst on matters of investigation and prosecution of crimes against journalists." [CPJ's full report, in English, can be accessed at ].


El Universal (Mexico City) 9/10/10

Confusion over "La Barbie" case

The arrest of the major narco boss, Edgar Valdes Villarreal, alias "La Barbie," has resulted in politically oriented arguments about his arrest. The government maintains that a thorough investigation resulted in the operation in which he was arrested, while political opponents say the arrest was simply the result of a lucky traffic stop. Another version is that he turned himself in. Now the Attorney General's office reports that, since his lawyer wasn't present when La Barbie made statements in front of the cameras, those statements are not legally valid. Meanwhile, US Ambassador Carlos Pascual assured that the operation was carried out efficiently by the Federal Police without any arrangements by the US. Whether an extradition request by the US is contemplated has not yet been announced.

[I have three different sources that claim La Barbie did, in fact, turn himself in, because he was targeted by other cartels such as Sergio Villarreal Barragan, alias "El Grande," who was arrested this weekend, so it looks like Barbie squealed like a pig. That's why Barbie was smiling so much during the photo ops of his arrest.]


Police State or nation of law?

[Editorial:] Yesterday, in a new round of discussions about security, President Felipe Calderon attacked judges because they set presumed criminals free simply "because the lack of a comma" in the proceeding. The statement reveals the president's concept about due process in the context of the fight against crime. The president demanded that the statements of the accused only have value when they are made before a judge. He also advised that penal reform is not, per se, the solution for the violence we are presently experiencing. "The transformation of the justice penal system will not resolve the matter of violence." These statements reveal the president's conviction that the conventions, the guarantees, are dispensable facing an emergency situation like the present one. From this perspective, it is understandable because the axis of his security policy is centered on only one of the three principles that assure order and justice in civilized populations: the police.

During the present administration, more than 200 billion pesos have been invested in professionalizing the federal police and in providing major resources to the Armed Forces, which is not wrong. But at the same time, there has been a nearly absolute negligence in the building of a Public Ministry [public prosecution branch] capable of constructing reliable, credible and convincing investigations. The departments of justice continue being, as in all of Mexico's history, political more than judicial instruments. This deficiency is even more serious in the Mexican context, since the Public Ministry has the exclusive authority, the monopoly, to initiate the penal process.

Few are the judges who have engaged in the crusade against crime. Many have opted to wash their hand of it as if the threat of the criminal underworld were a bundle that could be hidden. The certainty is that the three wheels of justice --police, prosecutors and judges -- are not well oiled; there is no way to wage an efficient battle against crime. To only expand the police and military aspect leads, eventually, to barbarism which is just what the criminals are criticized for. The main lesson of the past four years is that, without investment or reforms in judges and prosecuting offices, the fight against organized crime can only result in nonproductive brutal force.

Either the justice system is reconstructed or our society will succumb in the face of arbitrary police government.


El Financiero, El Sol de Mexico (Mexico City); El Imparcial (Hermosillo, Sonora) 9/10/10

Leaky Reynosa prison

At least 85 inmates of the Cedes prison in Reynosa, Tamaulipas, escaped and are at large in the border area across the river from Texas. Just last April, 12 escaped from the same prison.


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US bureaucracy too slow for him

Dallas, Texas (Notimex) - A Mexican immigrant slipped past the security around the house of George W. Bush in Dallas and knocked on the door with hopes that the ex-president could help him expedite his application for citizenship. News sources didn't report if anyone answered the door. Ricardo Pereira, a resident of a shelter for vagrants and homeless people, was only described as an "immigrant" without further reference to his legal status.


El Debate (Sinaloa state) 9/10/10

Narco received 15,000 arms from US

Mexico D.F. - According to a study by the Trans-Border Institute of the University of San Diego, between 2005 and 2009, Mexican drug cartels received 15,000 arms coming from the US. The report points out that despite the efforts of both countries to stop this traffic, a significant increase in military rifles and ammo has been the trend. In May 2010, the Mexican government reported that of the 75,000 firearms seized in the past three years, 80% or 60,000 came from the US, mainly Texas, Arizona and California. The principal firearms seized in Mexico that were purchased in the US were semiautomatic AK-47 rifles and AR-15 clones of Romanian manufacture imported to the US despite an embargo of such assault rifles.


Excelsior (Mexico City) 9/10/10

Violence in Mexico doesn't affect the US border: US Ambassador

US Ambassador to Mexico, Carlos Pascual, explained that the problem of organized crime violence taking place in the northern border of Mexico has not affected the southern border of the US. "If there is an impact of crime and drug trafficking from Mexico to the United States it is not exactly on the border, it is in hundreds of cities in the United States where the drug traffic has extended, impacting the youth influenced by drugs, " he explained. He considers that the lower impact of violence on the southern border with Mexico is also due to the major presence of the Border Patrol as the 17,000 agents of the last administration has increased now to 26,000.

[BS ... on the border between Reynosa and Nuevo Laredo, just last week, in a town called Mier (five miles from the border) around 30 drug cartels members were killed, and they had one of their training ranches seized. They have ranches on both side of the border usually parallel]

Sunday 9/12/10

El Financiero (Mexico City) 9/11/10

LULAC honors undocumented 9/11 victims

San Diego, California (Notimex) - This September 11, the League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC) remembered those undocumented aliens who worked in the Twin Towers in Manhattan and perished during the terrorist attacks nine years ago. "Let us keep a moment of silence to remember our brothers and sisters who have not been remembered today by this nation," urged Julie Contreras, LULAC's national commissioner for migration affairs. "We remember and pray for all those who died on that tragic date for our country, but let us remember especially those who will not be remembered by our government," she said.


INM attends those repatriating

So far this year, the Mexican immigration service (INM) has attended to the needs of 253,000 of their countrymen repatriated from the US. Of those, 9,415 were minors. The repatriation services include food, communication, medical services, transport and employment options. These services have also been extended to 2,577 non-Mexicans, mainly Central Americans.


La Jornada (Mexico City) 9/11/10

Editorial cartoon
[See cartoon at bottom]
Recently, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton observed that Mexico was becoming like Colombia in the '80s. Official Mexico took exception to that. Mexican cartoonists have since had some fun with her observation. In this one titled "Hillary's precision," she says, "They're right, Mexico isn't like Colombia 20 years ago. It's more like California, Arizona and New Mexico 162 years ago."


Monday 9/13/10

La Cronica de Hoy (Mexico City) 9/12/10

Calderon rules out use of UN, blames troubles on US

President Felipe Calderon considered an eventual use of United Nations' peacekeeping "blue helmets" as "out of place" for assisting Mexico in regaining security, while lamenting that the US does little to stop the "irresponsible sale" of arms. "It seems out of place to me, the truth is it's not only a problem of force and patrol, because the strength of the Mexican [armed forces] is truly a convincing force," the president said. Calderon maintains that part of the problem comes from the US, caused by the consumption of drugs in that country and now "exacerbated by a sale... an irresponsible sale of arms in the United States." Calderon continued, "when the 'Assault Weapons Ban' was abolished in 2004, the sales of ... every kind of assault weapon expanded like never before. Just in my time in office, we have seized nearly 85,000 arms, 50,000 of them assault rifles, more than 7,000 grenades and something like 9 million cartridges." When asked about the role of the US, the president said, "I'm really not seeing that they're doing much in the way of stopping arms. Yes, there has been more activity from some authorities. From the Arms and Tobacco Agency (sic), etc., but the fact is that if there had not been the flow of arms from the United States to the Mexican criminals (...) we would not have the rate of violence that we have now."


La Jornada (Mexico City) 9/12/10

"Right arm" of narco Arturo Beltran Leyva arrested

Mexican Navy troops arrested Sergio Villarreal Barragan, alias "El Grande," a principal leader in the Beltran Leyva drug cartel. Villarreal, arrested today in the state of Puebla, is described as the "right arm" of cartel leader Arturo Leyva Beltran. His position in the cartel is said to be the equivalent of the level of recently arrested narco, "La Barbie." His arrest is considered a major blow by the federal government.

[Photos of "El Grande" capture below, he isn't smiling like "La Barbie", bet Barb squealed like a pig and now all cartel kingpins are sweating bullets. The house is "El Grande's" ... living large.]
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Penjamo, is in the southern part of MX ...


REFORM Guanajuato (September 13, 2010) .- The bodies of three women, who are unidentified, were found this afternoon in the town of Penjamo, with the coup de grace.

According to a report of the Municipal Police, the bodies show signs of torture, in addition they were tied hand and foot.

It was unofficially announced that the bodies was found on a message allegedly written by Cartel de La Familia Michoacana against "Los Zetas."

The state attorney general's office confirmed the execution of three people.
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Cambio de Michoacán (Morelia) 9-13-10

States brace for narco attacks

Morelia – The government canceled festivities in Chihuahua cities; other governments fortify public places ahead of events.

Under the threat of terrorist attacks, such as those which occurred during festivities in 2008, police agencies have activated security practices in order to celebrate the independence of this country.

Michoacán and 14 other states have stepped up security before the September 15th and 16th celebrations.

The governments of Chihuahua, Tamaulipas, Nuevo Leon, San Luis Potosi, Sinaloa, Nayarit, Colima, Jalisco, Michoacán, Guanajuato, Queretaro, Hidalgo, Guerrero, Morelos and Guerrero are not holding back on their efforts to avoid attacks by criminal organizations during bicentennial celebrations of The Independence.

Chihuahua went to the extreme in suspending celebrations in at least 5 of its cities; Cd. Juarez, Praxedis G. Guerrero, Guadalupe Distrito Bravo, Ascencion and Jimenez, because the safety of the residents could not be guaranteed. The governments of those cities recognized that the conditions to celebrate liberty do not exist.


El Debate (Culiacan, Sinaloa) 9-13-10

Mexican Army arrests “Pancho Pistolas” and seizes an arsenal

Guadalajara – Juan Francisco Aguilar Santana, 35, AKA: “Pancho Pistolas” was arrested by the Mexican Army. Aguilar, originally from Tapalpa, Jalisco, is identified as the chief hit man of the Sinaloa Cartel and was in charge of operations in various cities in the State of Jalisco and in the States of Colima and Michoacán.

Aguilar was detained in Amacueca along with eight of his henchmen while traveling in vehicles loaded with drugs and firearms. He has a long criminal history including the murder of soldiers, according to military authorities.

Soldiers seized a total of 27 firearms along with drugs and four automobiles.

According to military intelligence sources, the men are connected to Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman, leader of the Sinaloa Cartel.


Farc supplies Mexican narcos

Bogota – Several chiefs of Mexican narcotrafficking organizations met in Colombia to coordinate the movement of cocaine into Mexico in a strengthening of the alliance between Mexican Cartels, FARC guerillas and Colombian criminal organizations, said General Cesar Pinzon, Director of the Anti-narcotics Police in Bogota.

In an interview today, conducted by the Colombian newspaper El

Tiempo, General Pinzon confirmed that the new heads of Colombian narcotraffickers, and their subservient criminal bands, have pacts with FARC (Fuerzas Armadas Revolucionarias de Colombia) and both factions work for the Mexican Mafia.

The General said that it is known that there are Mexicans in Colombia and Colombians in Mexico involved in the narcotics trade and that they are coordinating with one another.\


El Diario de Juarez (Cd. Juarez, Chihuahua) 9-13-10

Marines capture “El Grande” after ten month investigation

Mexico, D.F. – The Mexican Marine Corps announced today the capture of Sergio Enrique Villareal Barragan, AKA: “El Grande”, and declared that the arrest was a result of the capture of “La Barbie.” [told ya Barbie squealed like a pig]

Two more henchmen were captured with him along with four vehicles, three of which were armored, three long guns, several grenades, $45,520 Pesos and $560,000 Dollars.

Sergio Enrique Villareal and Edgar “La Barbie” Valdez Villareal were equals working for the Beltran Leyva Cartel.

Villareal Barragan was called “El Grande” because he is approximately 6’5” tall and weighs 250 lbs. He was also called “El King Kong” and “El Come Niños.” (The Children Eater)


Body of beheaded man found in Colonia Barrio Alto

Cd. Juarez – The beheaded corpse of a man was found early this morning in Colonia Barrio Alto in plain view of the public, according to police authorities.

The victim had no identification but appeared to be about 40 years old.


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The video we run to four Gulf Cartel hit men

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Four captured hitmen interrogated and shot, graphic images ... warning.



REFORM Chilpancingo, Mexico (September 14, 2010) .- The violence in the state so far has left eight people executed in three municipalities.

Reported in Matamoros two dead sailors

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Two elements of the Navy lost their lives when confronted by gunmen in the Division River, an exclusive area located north of Matamoros.

According to reports from the Secretariat of Public Security, 11 others were wounded in the shootout that lasted just over 40 minutes, although the agency did not specify whether they are civilians or marine.

It should be noted than through anonymous police sources known to have been little more than two dozen dead.


A second confirmation of shootout in Matamoros was, indeed, 25 or more. Matamoros is within a few mile of the border with TX @ Brownsville.

Drug violence kills dozens in Matamoros this week

September 14, 2010 8:41 PM

The Brownsville Herald

MATAMOROS — Sporadic shooting that began Monday night has killed 25 or more Mexican drug cartel operatives and temporarily forced the closure of two international bridges, according to law enforcement officials south of the border.