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  • Mexico rejects US drugs warning

    02/27/2009 3:27:16 AM PST · by Scanian · 7 replies · 433+ views
    BBC World News ^ | February 27, 2009 | Staff
    Mexican President Felipe Calderon has rejected US concern that his country could become a failed state because of a growing wave of drug violence. Mr Calderon, in an interview with the Associated Press, said the cartels did not control any part of his country. He said that he intended to withdraw the army from the fight before he leaves office in 2012. Last month, the US military singled out Mexico and Pakistan as two countries most at risk of sudden collapse. More than 1,000 people are reported to have been killed in Mexico so far this year as gangs battle...
  • Gunmen kill mayor of Mexican town

    02/25/2009 5:11:06 PM PST · by SwinneySwitch · 20 replies · 604+ views
    CNN ^ | February 25, 2009
    <p>MEXICO CITY, Mexico -- A mayor in Mexican President Felipe Calderon's home state was ambushed and killed by a group of heavily armed men as he returned to his house, news reports said.</p> <p>It was the second assassination attempt in eight days on Vista Hermosa Mayor Octavio Manuel Carrillo Castellanos, the Cambio de Michoacan newspaper said on its Web site Wednesday.</p>
  • Atlanta police look to restore trust after drug raid killing

    02/26/2009 8:29:12 AM PST · by Ron Jeremy · 48 replies · 1,176+ views
    Atlanta Journal Constitution ^ | today | bill rankin
    The federal sentencing of three ex-Atlanta police officers for the illegal drug raid that left a 92-year-old woman dead closes only one chapter in the tragic case, the Atlanta Police Department said Wednesday. ... Carnes imposed the most severe sentence — 10 years — on Smith, 36, who obtained the illegal, no-knock search warrant allowing officers to batter down Johnston’s door. A terrified Johnston, thinking she was victimized by a home invasion, fired a warning shot through the door. Narcotics officers responded with a hail of gunfire, killing her. ...
  • US companies stung by violence in Mexico

    02/25/2009 9:04:25 AM PST · by AuntB · 18 replies · 940+ views
    International Herald Tribune ^ | Feb. 25, 2009 | AP
    Rising violence in Mexico is forcing foreign companies to change their operating procedures and shipping routes, and to tighten security for their employees, businessmen said Tuesday. U.S. security consultant John Baird said his family was robbed in late 2008 for the first time in the six years he has lived in Mexico. "2009 is going to be very difficult" because of rising violence and unemployment here, he added. He said there have been problems both with drugs stowed in freight shipments and with the army checkpoints posted to detect the drugs. One popular highway shipping route to the U.S. border...
  • Hundreds Arrested in Cross-Country Campaign Against Drug Cartel

    02/25/2009 11:50:23 AM PST · by AuntB · 26 replies · 616+ views
    Fox News ^ | Feb. 25, 2009 | Mike Levine
    Federal authorities arrested more than 750 people across the country in what they describe as "the largest and hardest hitting" operation to ever target the "the very violent and dangerously powerful" drug cartel known as Sinaloa. "International drug-trafficking organizations pose a sustained, serious threat to the safety and security as of our communities," Attorney General Eric Holder said in prepared remarks at a Washington press conference Wednesday afternoon... "As the world grows smaller and international criminals step up their efforts to operate inside our borders, [we] will confront them head-on to keep our communities safe." Through "Operation Xcellerator," authorities say...
  • Gov. Perry pushes for millions for border security

    02/25/2009 9:44:35 AM PST · by SwinneySwitch · 18 replies · 593+ views
    KVIA ^ | Feb 24, 2009 | Ken Molestina
    EL PASO, Texas -- Texas Governor Rick Perry was in El Paso Tuesday with some stern words about the Mexican violence on our doorstep. For many people, the governor's words served as a reason to stay motivated in keeping the violence out of the United States. Perry said he is pushing for millions to further fund border protection efforts. "I called on the legislature to dedicate $135 million to our ongoing border security efforts." Perry said the money will primarily go toward "putting more boots on the ground," meaning getting more people on the border to keep the threat out....
  • Mexico attorney general: We don't need U.S. troops to intervene in drug war

    02/25/2009 9:19:03 AM PST · by AuntB · 74 replies · 3,509+ views
    Dallas Morning News ^ | Feb. 25, 2009 | TODD J. GILLMAN
    Mexico’s attorney general said Tuesday he sees no need for U.S. troops to intervene in his country’s war on drug cartels, nor to gear up for a spillover of violence across the border. U.S. officials view the violence as a potential national security threat, and last month the Bush administration’s homeland security chief, Michael Chertoff, said Washington has drawn up contingency plans for a “surge” of both civilian law enforcement and military assets along the border. On Tuesday, Gov. Rick Perry demanded a tighter security net from Washington, saying he’s asked the Obama administration for more aircraft and “a thousand...
  • State Officials: Mexican Drug Cartel Violence In Arizona And Texas

    02/24/2009 9:37:20 PM PST · by AtlasStalled · 7 replies · 756+ views
    In Arizona's Pima and Cochise counties law enforcement officials "are seeing more and more 'rape trees,' places where Mexican drug cartel members rape female border crossers and hang their clothes."
  • Gunmen attack governor's convoy, kill guard

    02/24/2009 1:35:31 AM PST · by stevie_d_64 · 19 replies · 1,311+ views
    AP ^ | February 24, 2009
    CIUDAD JUAREZ, Mexico – Gunmen shot at a convoy carrying the governor of a violence-wracked border state, killing one of his bodyguards and wounding two other agents. The federal Attorney General's Office said Monday it did not appear that Chihuahua Gov. Jose Reyes Baeza was the target of an assassination attempt. State investigators believe the shooting erupted over a traffic altercation between the bodyguards at the back of the convoy and armed men in two other cars, the office said in a statement. It did not provide further details.
  • Mexican police force on strike after grenade attack[Zihuatanejo]

    02/24/2009 10:58:06 AM PST · by SwinneySwitch · 28 replies · 1,938+ views
    Reuters ^ | Feb 23, 2009 | Mica Rosenberg
    MEXICO CITY, - The entire local police force in a Mexican beach resort town walked off the job on Monday demanding better pay and benefits to compensate for the rising dangers they face from drug violence. More than 300 municipal police officers in Zihuatanejo, a town on the Pacific coast north of Acapulco popular with foreign tourists, went on strike after grenades were lobbed at their offices over the weekend. (snip) "We are seeing a lot things here that we have never seen before. It is our job to serve the citizens, but we need assurances that our families will...
  • Mexico: Dismal record - One thousand executions in 51 days.

    02/23/2009 9:10:36 AM PST · by AuntB · 10 replies · 599+ views
    NAFBPO ^ | Feb. 23, 2009 | NAFBPO- M3Foreign news report
    El Universal (Mexico City) 2/20-21/09 A presumed area boss for the Beltran Leyva drug cartel in the State of Mexico was arrested in mid-afternoon in the major business district of Santa Fe in Mexico City during a high-security operation by the Federal Agency of Investigation (AFI) with Army support. He was identified as Gerardo Gonzalez Benavides, aka Abraham Esparza Blancarte, “Tony la Mentira” and “La Bitch.” He was believed to be in charge of the drug traffic operations in cities such as Cuautitlan and Tultitlan in the state that surrounds the Federal District. The subject is considered to be an...
  • The Perilous State of Mexico

    02/23/2009 12:39:23 PM PST · by AuntB · 21 replies · 1,120+ views
    WSJ ^ | Feb. 21, 2009 | DAVID LUHNOW and JOSé DE CORDOBA
    ...... Within seconds, gunmen fired 97 bullets at the 37-year-old policeman, killing him instantly. Mr. Jasso had been warned. The day before, someone called and said he would be killed if he didn't immediately release a young man who had been arrested for organizing a violent protest in support of the city's drug gangs. The demonstrators were demanding that the Mexican army withdraw from the drug war. Last year, some 6,000 people died in drug-related violence \, more than twice the number killed the previous year. The dead included several dozen who were beheaded, a chilling echo of the scare...
  • Gunmen attack Mexican governor's convoy, kill bodyguard

    02/23/2009 1:04:05 PM PST · by SwinneySwitch · 33 replies · 812+ views
    Houston Chronicle/AP ^ | Feb. 23, 2009
    CIUDAD JUAREZ, Mexico — Gunmen have attacked a convoy carrying the governor of a violence-wracked border state, killing one of his bodyguards and wounding two other agents. It was not clear if the attackers were targeting Chihuahua Gov. Jose Reyes Baeza, but he canceled a trip today to meet with federal officials in Mexico City about security problems in his state, where hundreds have died in drug-related violence in recent months. Baeza said gunmen in two cars fired high-powered weapons at a vehicle two cars behind his in a convoy in the state capital, Chihuahua city, on Sunday night. The...
  • [Texas:]Recent border violence tests spillover plan

    02/22/2009 11:10:44 AM PST · by SwinneySwitch · 11 replies · 1,359+ views
    The Monitor ^ | February 21, 2009 | Jeremy Roebuck
    As protests and gunfire erupted last week across Reynosa, Hidalgo County authorities stood prepared at the international bridges, ready for any possibility. With mobile command units connected to statewide intelligence centers and dozens of officers armed to confront potential threats, law enforcement officials responded to Tuesday's violence like they never have before. The incident prompted state officials to enact for the first time a border-wide emergency plan developed to address threats from Mexico's ongoing war against its entrenched drug cartels. Dubbed the "Operation Border Star Contingency Plan," Gov. Rick Perry's office drafted the policy with local, state and federal law...
  • Bloodbath inches closer to U.S.- Children take cover as gangs fire at police

    02/22/2009 10:12:01 AM PST · by AuntB · 54 replies · 1,368+ views
    WND ^ | February 19, 2009 | WND
    Across the border from McAllen, Texas, a war has been raging in affluent Mexican neighborhoods, main streets and shopping areas as cartels openly fire rocket-propelled grenade launchers and assault rifles at law enforcement authorities. No one is safe – not even young children as they walk to school. "We heard a lot of gunshots," cried one child as he escaped Felipe Carrillo Puerto Primary School holding his father's hand Tuesday morning. The street wars between police and gangs shut down parts of Reynosa, Mexico, as Mexican media estimated the death toll at 20 with dozens injured... \ A U.S. federal...
  • VIDEO - Mexican drug war [in spanish]. MUST SEE - sounds like Fallujah battle

    02/22/2009 10:27:54 AM PST · by Crazieman · 23 replies · 1,195+ views
  • FBI investigates possible links with Mexico drug gang

    02/22/2009 10:44:31 AM PST · by AuntB · 10 replies · 758+ views
    The Observer ^ | Feb. 21, 2009 | Ed Vulliamy and Paul Harris
    The FBI is probing possible money laundering linked to Mexico's infamous narco-trafficking Gulf Cartel in its investigation of Texan billionaire Sir Allen Stanford.... An FBI source close to the investigation would not give exact details but confirmed the agency was looking at links to international drug gangs as part of the huge investigation into Stanford's banking activities. Reports in the US have said Mexican authorities have detained one of Stanford's private planes as part of an investigation into possible links to the Gulf Cartel. It has been alleged cheques found inside the plane were linked to the cartel, which is...
  • Juarez police chief steps down as violence rages

    02/21/2009 12:13:44 PM PST · by SwinneySwitch · 11 replies · 731+ views
    Houston Chronicle Foreign Service ^ | Feb. 20, 2009 | MARION LLOYD
    MEXICO CITY — Ciudad Juarez’s police chief quit on Friday after drug gang hit men made good on their threats to kill more officers unless he resigned. Roberto Orduna stepped down just hours after suspected drug traffickers murdered another police officer — the fifth in a week — and a prison guard in Mexico’s most violent city. The killers attached signs to the bodies saying they were fulfilling their threat to kill police officers every 48 hours until their boss resigned. The slayings and Orduna’s resignation were chilling signs of the traffickers’ determination to seize control of the police force....
  • Chief dares to take post High ranking officer gunned down a few hours later(Nuevo Laredo, Mexico)

    07/07/2005 11:14:31 AM PDT · by SwinneySwitch · 9 replies · 649+ views
    NUEVO LAREDO - With no one to command, more than a little fear and seemingly uncontrollable violence devastating his hometown, Omar Pimentel Zuñiga took the oath of office as the new Nuevo Laredo police chief Wednesday afternoon. Less than seven hours later, a high-ranking city police official was dead, sprayed with gunfire as he was riding in a truck with two friends. It was eerily reminiscent of the situation surrounding Pimentel's predecessor, the late Alejandro Domínguez Coello. Pimentel was sworn in at 3:18 p.m., just a few minutes later than the time when Domínguez took his oath of office as...
  • Grenade attack wounds 5 in Mexican beach town

    02/21/2009 3:15:15 PM PST · by SwinneySwitch · 24 replies · 977+ views
    Houston Chronicle/AP ^ | Feb. 21, 2009
    ACAPULCO, Mexico — Mexican police say assailants hurled two grenades at a police station in the southwestern beach town of Zihuatanejo, wounding one officer and four civilians. The Guerrero state Public Safety Department says men in an SUV threw the explosive devices at the station Saturday. Three taxi drivers, a woman and a policeman were hurt. Grenade attacks have become a fixture of Mexico’s brutal drug violence.