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Mexico's 'La Familia' cartel declares war on police
AFP on Yahoo ^ | 7/15/09 | AFP

Posted on 07/15/2009 3:16:58 PM PDT by NormsRevenge

MEXICO CITY (AFP) – The powerful "La Familia" drug cartel has unleashed one of the most spectacular murder offensives in recent years against Mexican authorities, boldly targeting President Felipe Calderon's home state.

No drug cartel has ever gone so far or dealt such a harsh blow to the federal police -- not even in the country's northern reaches near the US border, often the scene of unspeakable violence, or in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico's crime capital.

La Familia has claimed responsibility for the killing of 12 federal police officers, including one woman, whose bodies were found Monday piled atop one another along a road in the western state of Michoacan.

The cartel left death threats close to the bodies that read "La Familia, join its ranks or leave" or "let's see if you try to arrest another one."

Last weekend, the group launched a series of attacks against police posts in Michoacan that left four people dead, including three members of the security forces and one suspected cartel hitman, in retaliation for security agents having detained La Familia kingpin Arnoldo Rueda.

Authorities say that Rueda, nicknamed "La Minsa" and allegedly La Familia's second in command, is a key cartel operative in charge of managing synthetic drug production and shipping cocaine and marijuana to the United States, the world's top consumer of cocaine.

Michoacan, Calderon's home state, has seen the deployment of some of the 36,000 troops and police the president has dispatched following his election in late 2006 as part of a nationwide crackdown against drug cartels fighting for control of lucrative cocaine trafficking to the United States.

More than 7,700 people have been killed in drug violence in Mexico since 2008, according to government figures.

(Excerpt) Read more at news.yahoo.com ...


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Foreign Affairs; Government; Mexico
KEYWORDS: cartel; drugwars; lafamilia; mexico

1 posted on 07/15/2009 3:16:58 PM PDT by NormsRevenge
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Mexican governor asks brother to turn himself in
http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20090715/ap_on_re_la_am_ca/lt_drug_war_mexico_corruption_1

MEXICO CITY – The governor of the western Mexican state of Michoacan is asking his half brother to turn himself in to authorities investigating him for alleged links to drug traffickers.


2 posted on 07/15/2009 3:18:55 PM PDT by NormsRevenge (Semper Fi ... Godspeed .. Monthly Donor Onboard)
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To: NormsRevenge

Has Obama apologized for the U.S. to them for this yet?


3 posted on 07/15/2009 3:19:03 PM PDT by Jeff Chandler (The University of Notre Dame's motto: "Kill our unborn children? YES WE CAN!")
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To: NormsRevenge

Too many cops killed and not enough narco dealers killed.


4 posted on 07/15/2009 3:21:13 PM PDT by umgud (Look to gov't to solve your everday problems and they'll control your everday life.)
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To: NormsRevenge

Sounds like a civil war. Obama got a plan?


5 posted on 07/15/2009 3:21:49 PM PDT by Clock King (There's no way to fix D.C.)
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To: Clock King
>La Familia has claimed responsibility for the killing of 12 federal police officers
>>Sounds like a civil war

That was my thought, too.
Twelve government agents killed?
More "revolt" than "crime" . . .

6 posted on 07/15/2009 3:31:52 PM PDT by theFIRMbss
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To: Clock King

Obviously not if he’s busy attacking the CIA, ignoring Iran, and buddying up to every latin marxist he can.


7 posted on 07/15/2009 3:32:50 PM PDT by dr_who
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To: NormsRevenge

This sounds like a clear a present danger just beyond our borders.


8 posted on 07/15/2009 3:34:10 PM PDT by dr_who
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To: NormsRevenge

The PROBLEM with Mexico is its CORRUPTION. Until that is rooted out, there will be no real progress.


9 posted on 07/15/2009 3:34:34 PM PDT by 2harddrive (then)
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To: umgud

I have a good friend who has owned a house in Morelia for years. It was an incrdibly beautiful and friendly oasis in Mexixo, with lots of american ex pats living there,.

My friend has rented his house out and is afraid to travel there now because of the narco terrorists. It is a very sad commentary on how much Mexico has slid into chaos.


10 posted on 07/15/2009 3:38:40 PM PDT by milwguy (........)
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To: milwguy
I have a good friend who has owned a house in Morelia for years. It was an incrdibly beautiful and friendly oasis in Mexixo, with lots of american ex pats living there

My cousin just sold their beautiful home on Mexico's Pacific coast and moved to Texas. She tells me many older Americans are doing the same because of the increasing violence.

11 posted on 07/15/2009 3:43:21 PM PDT by Larry381 ("in the final instance civilization is always saved by a platoon of soldiers" Oswald Spengler)
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To: NormsRevenge

A wise FReeper long ago said “ To see America’s future, look south to Mexico..”


12 posted on 07/15/2009 3:48:06 PM PDT by ▀udda▀udd (7 days - 7 ways Guero >>> with a floating, shifting, ever changing persona.....)
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To: NormsRevenge
The War on Drugs in Mexico has become an un-winnable quagmire, the time has come to cut and run withdraw with honor, allowing the indigenous people to self-determine moral boundaries and ethical paradigms free from the yoke of western law.
13 posted on 07/15/2009 3:53:00 PM PDT by MrBambaLaMamba (Energy Czar? Drug Czar? Tarp Czar? Wait! Don't Communists have a pathological hatred of Czars?)
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To: NormsRevenge

Americans generally don’t know, but when Mexico had its civil war, which unofficially ran from the 1860s and only ended in the 1930s, they had impressive amounts of barbarism and bloodshed.

By the time of the revolution, in 1910, mutual genocide was common. A group of armed men on horseback would meet a group of unarmed peasants. They would ask them which side they were on, and if they answered incorrectly, they would be murdered on the spot.

The countryside was dominated by bandits, with the most powerful bandit vying to become the next ruler. This went on for years, and only when the bandit Poncho Villa raided into the United States and sacked the town of Columbus, New Mexico, did the US government finally put its foot down.


14 posted on 07/15/2009 4:00:05 PM PDT by yefragetuwrabrumuy
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To: NormsRevenge

I better get to work making more assault rifles and hand grenades. Looks like La Familia is going to need them.


15 posted on 07/15/2009 4:23:31 PM PDT by Nachoman (Think of life as an adventure you don't survive.)
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