Skip to comments.Drug gang suspects threaten 'war' in Guatemala
Posted on 01/01/2011 9:54:23 AM PST by AuntBEdited on 01/01/2011 9:56:47 AM PST by Admin Moderator. [history]
GUATEMALA CITY – Men claiming to belong to the Zetas drug gang forced radio stations to broadcast a threat of war in a northern Guatemalan province where the government declared a state of siege last week, authorities said Tuesday.
The men arrived at three radio stations in the northern city of Coban and threatened to burn the premises down and kill journalists and their families if the message was not broadcast...
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http://m3report.wordpress.com/ Los Zetas have set up a Bastion in Guatemala
Correo (Leon, Guanajuato) 12-20-10
Guatemala, Guatemala - The Guatemalan government has acknowledged that the Mexican drug cartel Los zetas has set up fortifications in the northern state of Alta Verapaz and is a strong presence in that area.
The government of Guatemala has launched operations in the area to capture members of this narcotics operation, according to Presidential Spokesman Ronaldo Robles.
Among the steps to be taken are the suspension of constitutional rights such as the right to organize and the right to protest. Under the public order, the government has the right to detain suspects to prohibit the carrying of firearms.
As of yesterday more than 500 soldiers and agents of the National Police have launched 21 operations against criminal organizations in this area.
Noticias de Chihuahua (Mexico) 12-20-2010
Zeta Cartel Head Arrested in Colombia
Jerson Enrique Camacho Cedeño, known as El Flaco, was arrested and is under an order of extradition by U.S. authorities. The arrest was conducted by the police, Colombian prosecutor and the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration.
El Universal (Mexico) 12-20-2010
Suspected Zetas Captured in Guatemala
Guatemalan security forces captured four suspected members of the Mexican cartel Los Zetas in northern Guatemala. The government has declared a state of siege in that region where Los Zetas have established their main base. In the vehicle the traffickers were driving, weapons and ammunition were found and seized. The Zetas have been settled in that area for more than a year in order to control drugs coming from Honduras enroute to Mexico. A governmental declaration of siege is the same as martial law, and allows arrests without warrant and other actions to regain control.
Also....Illegal aliens are staying here, bleeding our economy further.
El Sol de León (Mexico) 12-19-2010
Fewer Migrants Returning to Mexico
Guanajuato, Gto., Mexico This year fewer Mexicans are returning home (from the U.S.) because they have no documents to cross the border legally (to go back to the U.S.). Another factor is that the economic recession has not improved in the U.S. and they are afraid of losing their jobs. A government official said that those returning are expected to be 50 per cent less, and continued that although there is no official data, there has been less money sent (to Mexico by those in the US) due to the economic recession and no work in the United States.
One more growing crisis for our government to exploit.
Mexico’s “southern front”.
The entire region south of our border is a powder keg just waiting to blow up in OUR face!
Recent ‘wiki leaks’ document on the chaos that is Mexico.
Mexico: descent into chaosMexico cannot control border: WikiLeaks documents
Published 17 December 2010
The Mexican government has no control of its 577-mile border with Guatemala, where arms, drugs, and immigrant smugglers appear to have free rein, according to a U.S. diplomatic cable disclosed recently by WikiLeaks; the document says that Mexico does not have enough resources to patrol the border; in another recent document, U.S. diplomats voiced concerns that Mexican drug dealers could end up buying certain high-tech weapons that Russia had sold to Venezuela; such weapons are capable of shooting down U.S. combat helicopters
The Mexican government has no control of its 577-mile border with Guatemala, where arms, drugs, and immigrant smugglers appear to have free rein, according to a U.S. diplomatic cable disclosed recently by WikiLeaks.
The document says that Mexico does not have enough resources to patrol the border.
Limited resources also undermine the effort: while there are 30,000 U.S. CBP officers on the 1,926-mile Mexican/U.S. border, only 125 Mexican immigration officials monitor the 577-mile border with Guatemala, the document states.
The weakness of the state (Guatemalan government), the pervasive violence, the widespread corruption, and the countrys strategic location for drug trafficking are creating a very dangerous cocktail.
The state of lawlessness in Guatemala is such that residents rely on the Zetas instead of police to provide security, the released documents say. The Zetas, who formerly worked for the Gulf cartel, are reported to be making inroads in Chihuahua state.
The El Paso Times reports that several U.S. documents leaked to online whistleblower WikiLeaks mention diplomats interest in the drug trade and drug corruption in Latin America and the Middle East.
In another recent document, U.S. diplomats voiced concerns that Mexican drug dealers could end up buying certain high-tech weapons that Russia had sold to Venezuela. Such weapons are capable of shooting down U.S. combat helicopters.
The document said U.S. officials feared that members of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) would obtain the weapons for the Mexican cartels.
FARC guerrilla members have been reported in Mexico for the past ten years and are suspected of helping one of the Mexican drug cartels kidnap a high-level official of the National Action Party, officials said.
Last month, the Colombian government asked Mexico for details about a shooting victim in Juárez who was suspected of belonging to FARC. In Colombia, officials said, the FARC has carried out hundreds of kidnappings and extortions, and collaborates with drug cartels to finance its operations.
Mexican drug cartels also have operations in Nicaragua, where U.S. diplomats were told that high-level Nicaraguan officials received suitcases filled with cash to protect drug-traffickers, and that judges in that country released drug dealers soon after they were arrested by Nicaraguas police.
Other leaked U.S. documents have portrayed a Mexico that has lost control of some regions to drug cartels and struggles to develop an effective anti-drug strategy.
President Obama condemned WikiLeaks disclosure of sensitive U.S. diplomatic cables, and called Mexican president Felipe Calderón on Saturday to assure him the leaks would not interfere with U.S.-Mexico relations, the AP reported.
The Mexican governments crackdown against drug cartels began under Calderón in December 2006, but U.S. statistics indicate Mexicos drug wars have not put much of a dent on drug-trafficking in the West Texas region.
Seizures for cocaine, heroin, and methamphetamine rose in calendar year 2009 compared to the prior year, according to the West Texas High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area in El Paso. Only marijuana seizures were down.
West Texas HIDTA reported the following seizures in pounds as follows:
* Cocaine: 3,040 pounds in 2009; 1,115 pounds in 2008.
* Heroin: 132 pounds in 2009; 65 pounds in 2008.
* Methamphetamine: 67 pounds in 2009; 18.6 pounds in 2008.
* Marijuana: 210,854 pounds in 2009; 295,814 pounds in 2008.
The High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area agency coordinates and funds federal, state and local task forces to disrupt or dismantle drug-trafficking organizations. Different regions across the United States are represented by regional HIDTAs.
According to a 2010 Drug Intelligence Center report, cocaine smuggling routes have shifted due to the increased flow of cocaine to Europe, tougher enforcement in Mexico, unrelenting drug cartel violence and U.S. interdiction efforts.
Conversely, heroin seizures along the Southwest border have been increasing, most likely as a result of the growing Mexican influence in heroin production and transportation, the 2010 report said.
Mexican officials said drug dealers in Mexico are also selling more illegal drugs in the domestic market than in the past, probably because they are finding it harder to smuggle drugs across the U.S. border.
Drug rehabilitation experts said this is a troubling trend that can be seen in Juárez, which is ravaged by unprecedented violence, and where the number of drug addicts (excluding alcohol addicts) surpasses 100,000.
DEA officials said most of the drugs smuggled into the United States come through Mexico, which is also a producer of heroin and marijuana.
For U.S. border agents, intercepting illegal narcotics is practically a daily occurrence.
This past week, two El Pasoans with express border crossing privileges were arrested in two separate busts after U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers found marijuana in their vehicles. They were charged with drug smuggling, and their SENTRI status was revoked.
To get a permit under the Secure Electronic Network for Travelers Rapid Inspection program, applicants must undergo a background check and pay extra fees.
We have an absolute zero tolerance policy for violations in the SENTRI lane, and we maintain the integrity of the program through random and targeted exams, said William Molaski, U.S. Customs and Border Protections El Paso port director.
Will Butch show up to demand the Guatamalian Gov use rubber bullets and bean bags?
“Will Butch show up to demand the Guatamalian Gov use rubber bullets and bean bags?”
Nah, she/he/it is too busy playing secty of defense in Afghanistan to worry about the ‘homeland’.
When is the government going to wake up and understand that Chavez, the Castros, the FARC and other narco groups are 100% behind this. Charvez and the Castros provide the safe havens!
Oh, that’s right, Obama and his thugs love these guys!
You have a complete understanding of what is occurring in Central America. The Obama-Chavez communist cabal is now doing all in its power to undermine every popularly elected government in the region. Their failure to overthrow the government in Honduras only whetted their appetite to seize power, with the revenge motive mixed in. It’s all part of the Obama strategy for a total Marxist takeover.
Guatemala has never been stable.
Thank You. Happy New Year! Take out the Castros and Chaves and his money (the Venezuelian people’s money) and the whole thing would mostly collapse. May out next President have the guts to make the tough decisions!
I don’t know to what degree, if any, China’s control of of shipping and freight traffic at and around the Panama Canal is being used to trans ship money and drugs to the States. I think it needs to be looked at very closely!
THanks for the ping auntb, we cant wait until 2012.
“set up fortifications” —— sounds like target rich GBU territory for F-18’s or F-16’s.
AH yes, life South of the border!!