Sunday, March 30, 2008

Operation to Clean Up Cuidad Juarez Underway

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The National Association of Former Border Patrol Officers (NAFBPO) extracts and condenses the material that follows from Mexican and Central and South American on-line media sources on a daily basis. You are free to disseminate this information, but we request that you credit NAFBPO as being the provider.

El Universal (Mexico City) and El Porvenir (Monterrey, Nuevo Leon) et al 3/29/08

Initial results are in from Operation Juarez, the federal task force offensive against organized crime that began three days ago in the environs of Cd. Juarez, Chihuahua and was reinforced yesterday by the arrival of 330 additional troops. In its first action, the operation secured a little more than a ton and a half of marihuana, confiscated 51 vehicles, 37 firearms, nearly 8 pounds of cocaine and a significant amount of other drugs. Forty-two people were arrested and a sum of 112,765 pesos and $20,220 U.S was seized. The operation is expected to be augmented by an additional 805 troops today. The offensive will be coordinated by Mexican troops trained in the tactics of the Kaibiles, the Guatemalan elite commando force.

The Federal Police have assumed control of emergency local police operations serving the public. Beginning Monday, they will begin inspecting the command structure of the city police department and transit police, which will include thorough background checks. This will allow purging all the departments at once. The mayor of Juarez observed that "in this way we can hope to clean the police force and put an end once and for all to the corruption inherited from years past."


Frontera (Tijuana, Baja California) 3/29/08

(Not for the squeamish) The chief of the tactical group of the security police in Cancun, Quintana Roo, known as "Comandante Hierro" (The Iron Commander) was executed last night after being kidnapped by armed men in two vehicles. The killers left his body tied and gagged near the Cancun Cathedral with a note on his chest, "Hierro, your training was of no use. Ha-ha-ha." The Commander, who had links to organized crime, received a message on his cell phone at 6:30 pm. "Its a matter of life or death," he commented to his subordinates, clearly upset. He left the office in his car, but two SUVs blocked his way and some 1o armed people dressed in black and with hoods tjook him and left. At 1:00 am, an anonymous call advised the police to recover the body which had signs of savage torture; broken ribs, eyelids and ears cut off and both legs fractured by blows. There was a coup de grace shot in his right temple. The body was then wrapped in a blanket, a common practice in narcoexecutions. His widow was asked only to identify his cell phone and wallet. She would not file a police report for fear of reprisal.

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