Prensa Libre (Guatemala City, Guatemala) 12/2/08
The shootout reported yesterday between rival Mexican and Guatemalan "narcos" in Huehuetenango, western Guatemala, has increased its toll of dead to seventeen: ten Guatemalans and seven Mexicans.
A relating story headline reads: "Mexico closes border with Guatemala in search of narcos", and adds: "Units of the army and the Mexican Police have been assigned to the common border with Guatemala as part of an operation designed to detain suspected narco traffickers"
Armada Nacional de Colombia (Colombian navy site) 12/2/08
Colombian Navy and "DAS" (Col. equiv. to the FBI) personnel located and destroyed a shop and support complex where "semi-submersibles" were being built. Four related arrests were made in other parts of the country. The facility was camouflaged and placed within a national park marshy area near Mosquera, on Colombia's Pacific coast.
Two semisubmersibles were found: one was apparently ready for sea trials and the other was being outfitted with fiberglass. Each craft is said to be able to transport 8 to 10 tons of drugs. They measure 17 meters long by 5 meters wide. (Nearly 56? by 16?1/2)
El Debate (Culiacan, Sinaloa) 12/2/08
Tuesday started in a bloody fashion in Culiacan: seven persons were murdered in less than seven hours.
El Diario (Ciudad Juarez, Chihuahua) 12/2/08
- (A remark addressed to killers in general from the head of the Restaurant Industry Association Chamber of Commerce):
"I would ask them in a very respectful way to take the people outside that they want to liquidate, and take them to some other place, and to leave us to our own operations, (because) we are already at a loss to come up at least with some dough for the employees."
- In a bus at the bus depot Sonoyta, Sonora (right across from Lukeville, AZ) some bags of heroin weighing five kilos. The load would be worth 22 million pesos. Two arrests.
- Three men riding in a minivan in Juarez met their doom when they were ambushed and riddled with gunfire Tuesday afternoon. The bodies of three other men who'd also been murdered were found dumped Tuesday on a lot next to the state government building in Juarez.
- A U.S. citizen woman was shot twice while in downtown Juarez on Tuesday afternoon. She was taken to a hospital In El Paso, where she was pronounced dead.
- The police training facility in Durango was the target of an attack with three grenades at noon Tuesday. This is the fifth such attack in six days. This time thirteen police officers and one administrative aide were wounded.
- A daily review of newspapers from Mexico and Central America reveals that they regularly make a point of publishing any news whenever any Hispanic is elected or named to an official post in the United States. This was the case with the mayor of Los Angeles and has recently been the case with the new Secretary of Commerce designee, the new Lt. Governor of Illinois and now with the new White House military liaison designee.
- The attachment to this report is an editorial page cartoon from Tuesday's "El Universal" ( a major Mexico City paper ) : a sign hanging from the crude cross reads "10 executed daily." The man on his hands and knees says to the fellow digging: "Deeper"
La Jornada (Mexico City) 12/2/08
"December starts with a criminal record in Mexico. 49 assassinations in one day. At least 49 executions from events linked to organized crime in various places of the country." (The balance of the article then recounts the various related events around the country.)
Norte (Ciudad Juarez, Chihuahua) 12/2/08
The month of November ended with 195 homicides in Ciudad Juarez. December has started with five on the first day.
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