Skip to comments.Over the Weekend: Increased Violence Leaves More Police Dead or Kidnapped
Posted on 01/31/2011 10:25:26 AM PST by AuntB
Cuarto-Poder (Mexico) 1/30/2011
Cops Go to War Without a Gun
(Tuxtla Gutierrez, Chiapas) They send us to war without guns, said a police officer while nostalgically looking at new, unused patrol vehicles. Nearby, six vehicles have been scrapped, while others are being repaired. From December through January 15, there were only 5 patrols circulating with the remainder in repair. This officer is patrolling on foot, while nearby are 14 new units and 15 motorcycles, all ready for use. They either lack the plates or fuel.
El Universal (Mexico) 1/29/2011
Mexico grows despite violence: Calderón
(Davos, Switzerland) President Felipe Calderón said that Mexicos economy is growing despite the violence and challenges facing the country, during a conference at the World Economic Forum in Davos. He continued that the country registered positive growth in employment, and explained that several companies announced investments there. The Spanish company Iberdrola is investing 370 million dollars.
La Hora (Guatemala) 1/29/2011
U.S. Embassy Issues Alert on ATMs
Due to increasing violence in Guatemala, different embassies have issued recommendations for visitors. The U.S. warns of ATM robberies and Mexico is warning not to stop for a flat tire until safety is reached. The embassies note the increased crime rates, particularly in urban areas. The US consulate noted that criminals are using cloned ATM cards, with some people losing thousands of dollars and sometimes their entire bank accounts. The warning notes that Antigua, Guatemala is especially risky.
La Prensa (Honduras) 1/30/2011
Military depot explosions leave one dead
(Caracas, Venezuela) A fire caused a series of explosions at an ammunition depot of the armed forces in the city of Maracay on Sunday where a woman died and 10,000 people were evacuated from the area, according to official reports. It happened at 4:45 am local time. The vice president told VTV Jaua that authorities have no certainty what caused the incident, but said we cannot rule out any hypothesis as Venezuela is a country threatened by powerful international forces. We know of groups , but still can not determine whether it was intentionally caused or was an accident. Officials recovered 15 explosive devices which had been scattered in residential areas by the blast.
La Prensa (Honduras) 1/29/2011
Acapulco Seeks to Survive the Drug Trafficking
(Acapulco, Mexico) Despite the wave of violence, hundreds of tourists continue to visit the famous Mexican beach city of Acapulco. For decades, Acapulco has been the most popular beach destination in Mexico. But now, the bloody violence between the cartels threatens the once booming tourism industry. Military trucks drive through the city, where in early January, 15 men were beheaded in a local mall. The clashes between three cartels-Beltran Leyva, La Familia and the Zetas-have become more frequent and the massacres have become common with dozens of victims. Acapulco which was made famous in the sixties and became a classic destination for Americans who preferred it to Havana after the revolution, has now undertaken a campaign to promote itself and minimize the effects of violence. But industry experts believe it will take something stronger to counteract the fear of violence.
El Heraldo de Chiapas (Mexico) 1/30/2011
Evidence Linking Railroad Employees to smuggling of Migrants
(Tuxtla Gutierrez, Chiapas) The parish priest of the diocese Arriaga Tapachula and director of the Casa del Migrante Home of the Migrant, Heyman Vázquez Medina, said there is evidence that workers in the railway company that goes through Chiapas are in collusion with criminal gangs that traffic in foreign migrants. we have much evidence to say that railroad workers were working in collusion with criminals, said the defender of the migrants rights. Although abuses of migrants have dropped by 95% in Chiapas, migration has not diminished and there are other rail routes where they are still vulnerable.
Blog del Narco (Mexico) 1/30/2011
Two Police Officers Executed
(Monterrey) Shortly before 7 pm, gunmen attacked two Transit police officers in Monterrey. Although police mobilized throughout the area, they were unable to locate the gunmen.
http://tinyurl.com/66v2yfj ______________________ Blog del Narco (http://www.blogdelnarco.com):
-Reynosa: Man & woman found executed, womans pants around knees; both shot; no ID
-Torreon; decapitated female found wrapped in blanket; no ID
-Apodaca, Nuevo Leon; grenade thrown at police station
-Cadareyta, Nuevo Leon; grenade thrown at home of municipal president; unexploded
-Guadalajara; Aeromexico flight carried 80 kilos drugs; headed for Tijuana; dog found; methamphetamine, heroin and methylphenidate (Ritalin)
-Nuevo Leon; 7 more executed; one shot 5:30 am; at 1 pm, 6 shot and completely burned; no IDs -Lázaro Cárdenas, Michoacán; police officer killed Saturday; shot 8 times
-Nuevo Leon; 2 police officers kidnapped; later, police in shootout, w/ 5 cartel gunmen killed -Jalisco; 4 taken from home and executed right there; aged 19 yrs to 80 years old ______________________
Domestic News United States
Sheriffs Babeu and Estrada: Iranian book discovered in desert is disturbing-Arizona http://www.kgun9.com/Global/story.asp?S=13930576 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
Drug Smugglers Second Pot Catapult Found in Mexico http://aquapour.com/drug-smugglers-second-pot-catapult-found/555448/ ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
Border Patrol cops more than 10 tons of pot-Texas http://www.valleymorningstar.com/news/border-87481-patrol-pot.html ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
Mexico crooks are going after tires, too-Texas http://www.chron.com/disp/story.mpl/world/7402572.html ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
Ranchers asking for more border security-Arizona
Sex Trafficking Major Problem In Georgia (USA)-one kidnapped from her home in Veracruz, Mexico, and forced intoprostitution here http://www.cbsatlanta.com/news/26643356/detail.html ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
Illegal Immigrant Sent To Prison For Using Marines Identity-Kansas http://tinyurl.com/6xgdlxo
Feds arrest nightclub owner on most wanted list for human trafficking-New York http://tinyurl.com/6bc8pxz
Busy First Day for Sheriff Joe Arpaios Immigration Posse Crime Sweep http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X2-VETQQ4-I ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
-end of report-
Sheriffs Babeu and Estrada: Iranian book discovered in desert is disturbing'
TUCSON (KGUN9-TV) A strange and alarming discovery in the desert near Casa Grande: A U.S. Border Patrol agent found a weathered book titled "In Memory of our Martyrs" on Tuesday along a route notorious for human and drug smuggling.
The book, published in Iran but written in English, features short biographies of Islamic militants and suicide bombers.
The Department of Homeland Security released a statement saying they have no credible information on terrorist groups operating along the southwest border.
"We work closely with our partners in law enforcement and intelligence communities as a matter of due diligence and law enforcement best practice, report anything found, no matter how significant or insignificant it may seem," a DHS official said Thursday night.
KGUN9 News repeatedly called Border Patrol in Tucson and their Phoenix headquarters, but never received a response.
Still, the discovery of the book is alarming to sheriffs in southern Arizona.
"This particular discovery is pretty disturbing because it can send a real, strong, negative, harmful message about hat can come across the border and what some of the intentions of people coming across the border are," said Santa Cruz County Sheriff Tony Estrada. "This particular thing is obviously something we have not experienced before. It just raises the alert that we have to have and puts us on guard and on notice."
Pinal County Sheriff Paul Babeu agrees with Estrada.
"We haven't found any materials in our sheriff's office similar to this so it's alarming and concerning for us as law enforcement," Babeu said. "It shouldn't be surprising to a lot of people given the fact that have a lot of OTMs' other than Mexicans. We also have people coming from countries of interest.
Recent government reports show that thousands of people come illegally through the border from China and Europe, and dozens come from "countries of interest" like Yemen, Iran, Iraq and Iran.
Just Mexicans doing the crimes Americans won’t do.
Every time President Felipe Calderón tells the world how well Mexico is doing on the front lines,from looking at Mexico, daily they are stealing, killing,kidnapping, murdering, beheadings, at some point they are all going to be killing each other from the way things are going. Mexico is a failed country.
More to watch for in Texas! Also, I was alerted to another scam...hijacking. A person is starting up their car, they look in the rearview mirror and a box, etc. is sitting on the back of the car....driver gets out to move it....hijacker gets in car...with your purse and identity.
Mexico crooks are going after tires, too
Jan. 28, 2011
McALLEN Theres a certain portion of the Rio Grande Valley where drug smugglers are using homemade spikes, or caltrops, the most, said Rosalinda Huey, U.S. Border Patrol spokeswoman.
The four-sided metal spikes were originally used to stop horsemen during medieval times, but are now being used to puncture the tires of law enforcement vehicles while on pursuit. [snip]
Thank for the ping!
Good to hear from you.