Skip to comments.Help arrives by air; Day after vowing assistance, feds send in reinforcements[Nuevo Laredo, Mexico]
Posted on 03/15/2006 11:19:06 AM PST by SwinneySwitch
NUEVO LAREDO - In a special fleet of three planes, hundreds of federal preventive police officers arrived here Tuesday morning to reinforce security in the drug-war-torn Sister City.
The planes landed at about 6:30 a.m. at the Quetzalcóatl airport.
"We know they are here, but we don't know their mission," said Manuel Antonio Ulloa, Nuevo Laredo city spokesman. "They are closed, and never talk about their operations."
Special support forces, special group agents with canine units, high-caliber weapons and a wide variety of equipment and ammunition, were quickly loaded onto trucks at the airport, and within an hour the convoy was headed to the local Mexican Army headquarters, where they are now stationed.
Their arrival is believed to fulfill vows made Monday by Eduardo Medina Mora-Icaza, head of the nation's Public Safety Ministry, and Tamaulipas Gov. Eugenio Hernández Flores.
An hour before the two officials signed an anti-crime agreement Monday, they had a private meeting to discuss strategies for confronting organized crime along the border.
Medina Mora-Icaza promised that border residents would see an immediate response from his office. The federal preventive police officers, known as PFP by their initials in Spanish, are part of his agency, and are responsible for maintaining law and order throughout the country.
At the military headquarters in Nuevo Laredo, there was no comment Tuesday and officials on duty said no supervisors were available.
Ulloa García suggested that since the annual Cabalgata is nearing - with governors from the states of Tamaulipas, Coahuila, Nuevo León and San Luis Potosí as well as others expected - the additional officers may be here to provide an extra level of protection.
Last year, President Vicente Fox himself was here to start the Cabalgata, but he didn't participate in the entire ride because of back trouble.
The Cabalgata, a trail ride that harkens to this area's rural roots, could attract as many as 10,000 riders. Meanwhile, Gen. Alvaro Moreno, commander of México Seguro, which was part of Fox's plan for ending the drug war along the border, left Nuevo Laredo five weeks ago. Calls to his office in Mexico City were not answered; the agency spokesman could not be found.
Critics have said that México Seguro is not working as planned, and that more reinforcements are needed to restore security and order along the Texas-Mexico border.
On Monday, Medina Mora-Icaza renewed the federal commitment to do just that, vowing to do what it takes to protect the lives and interests of border residents.
That's for sure.
Better known as the mordita squad.
If these new people stay on the job in NL for any length of time they will be corrupted and the area wil experience large doses of MOS (More Of Same). If personnel cycle in and out of the area they will just spread the benefits of NL corruption throughout the entire pool of troops/policemen. The short tour in NL will be an opportunity to put some money by and will be coveted.
So are 10,000 mounted Banditos going to jump over the fence into Texas, and from thence ride off into the sunset... and the nearest welfare office?
I wonder if their horses can get SSDI, too?
It's late, but better late than never/.
Any one here ever seen the great mexican military in action?
How corrupt and incompetant can that be?
Is any institution in Mexico not corrupt and pathetic?