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Colombia, Guatemala, Mexico and Panama Fight Against Drug Cartels and Organized Crime

December 18, 2008
M3 Report  
Presidents of Colombia, Guatemala, Mexico and Panama agreed to strengthen their fight against organized crime though joint efforts

El Universal (Mexico City) 12/17/08
In the summit meeting of Latin American and Caribbean leaders being held in Brazil, the presidents of Colombia, Guatemala, Mexico and Panama agreed to strengthen their fight against organized crime through joint efforts.

This theme will be discussed when the group meets again in January in Panama. Panamanian President Martin Torrijos said that there is a common will among the leaders to have a united front against organized crime. He added, "we're going to join the other presidents in January to discuss crime and the actions the leaders should take to provide better security to our citizens." Alvaro Colom, president of Guatemala, said that in his country the problem is that, "we have infiltration from all sides. There is a huge quantity of arms and we do not know their origin." He alluded to the possibility that arms trafficking comes from the Colombian guerilla rebels, FARC.
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Frontera (Tijuana, Baja California) 12/17/08
Three ministerial police agents in Tijuana were wounded in an attack by an armed group on the offices of the state judicial police. Police returned fire, but apparently the attackers fled without any losses. The attack is presumed to have been an attempt to free five men arrested last Sunday for killing a police officer.
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Cuarto Poder (Chiapas) 12/17/08
The Guatemalan Army deployed troops along the border with Mexico in an operation against narcotraffic. On the Mexican side in Chiapas state, Mexican troops are maintaining a cordon along the border. In the operation, Guatemalan troops are searching farms and ranches in various regions for arms, drugs and other evidence of smuggling operations.
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El Informador (Guadalajara, Jalisco) 12/17/08
- The director of the state security police in Acolman, Mexico state, was assassinated today while driving with his two daughters and one of his grandsons, two years old, who were all wounded in the attack. Evidence indicates the assault was carried out with AK-47 and R-15 rifles.
- Three capital police were arrested in Mexico City for attempted extortion. The target of the crime was another police officer who was threatened with death if he did not pay nearly 50,000 pesos [some $3,800]. The three arrested officers, all assigned to the "Congress" sector, have confessed.
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El Diario de Coahuila (Saltillo, Coahuila) 12/17/08
In "at least" 17 educational institutions in the city of Monterrey, Nuevo Leon, teachers have received threats from presumed members of the criminal gang Los Zetas demanding their Christmas bonuses. According to several reports from professors, members of the criminal group appear in schools dressed in suits and threaten teachers for their bonuses, in some cases as much as 20,000 pesos [about $1,500]. In other cases, the demands are made by telephone. Teachers are reluctant to show up for their final classes for fear of being attacked by Los Zetas.
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Cambio de Michoacan (Morelia, Michoacan) 12/17/08
The government of the state of Michoacan has not established clear measures for migrants returning home from the US, according to the president of the state's congressional committee on migration issues. In a press release, he said the legislature should define recourses to deal with returning migrants "exiled" because of the economic crisis in the US.
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