El Informador (Guadalajara, Jalisco) 12/18/08
"Tijuana closes 2008 overwhelmed by narcotraffic"
Mexico has endured more than five thousand violent deaths linked to narcotraffic so far this year and a sizeable portion of them have occurred in Tijuana, a city where the cartels have disproportionate power and in which there is little trust in the authorities due in large part to a nation with 90 percent impunity. 700 persons have died during 2008 in Baja California alone and in the above town 180 have been kidnapped.
Some progress has been made, including the arrest of Alfredo Beltran Leyva of the Sinaloa Cartel, as well as the seizure of 500 thousand rounds of ammunition, 278 long barrel firearms, 126 handguns and around 300 grenades; then there was "Operation Cleanup" which brought about the detention of various high ranking law enforcement persons in September and October.
Milenio (Mexico City) 12/18/08
Roberto Ramirez, a Juarez police commander, was forcibly carried off by unknown subjects from his own home on Wednesday evening. On Thursday morning his lifeless body was found dumped on a nearby street.
El Diario (Ciudad Juarez, Chihuahua, edition) 12/18/08
- The ethnic-origin fixation continues in the Mexican press; the following headline is from the front page of this paper: "Obama names daughter of Mexican as secretary of Labor" And the first paragraph: "Hilda Solis, 51 years of age, a daughter of a Mexican father and Nicaraguan mother, both immigrants."
Likewise "El Financiero" (Mexico City) today : "Hispanic man named to head Texas police"
- Six Juarez police officers have been murdered in the last three days.
- Recently five "Ministerial Police" agents disappeared. Now two of them have turned up. Where were they? The Mexican army had arrested them with a load of weed near Aldama, Chihuahua. Now it's believed that the other three are also in the hands of the military for the same reason.
- Headlines from the Juarez local news section:
- "Wrapped" one found in Anapra (a section of Juarez)
- Bullet riddled body left downtown
- 2 murdered in Colonia Independencia
- State police agent who led gang of assailant thieves is arrested
El Imparcial (Hermosillo, Sonora) 12/18/08
There were three shootings incidents within a lapse of three hours in downtown Nogales, Sonora. The result was two men dead and two others wounded.
El Universal (Mexico City) 12/18/08 (full transl. except for last three paragraphs)
Mexico's "INM" (Mex. Immigr.) set in motion a project to reinforce access into Mexico by means of detection of false passports at airports, seaports and northern and southern land border points of entry in order to have greater control on who enters the country - by means of images and digital fingerprint registry - and as a measure to avoid the traffic of persons, drugs, weapons and even a terrorist threat.
The first Migratory Documents Verification and Analysis Laboratory began operations yesterday (Wed. 17th) and another 60 will be built in all the national territory, which represents the first concrete investment of the Merida Initiative resources to combat organized crime, since 22 million dollars out of the 197 million 175 thousand dollars released in the first stage were destined to the INM.
At the inauguration of the lab the Commissioner of INM, Cecilia Romero, stated that this is a measure which will allow "attacking jointly the problem of lack of security, of the threat of the trafficking of persons, of the threat of drug traffic, and eventually also the terrorist threat."
She asserted that for Mexico "it is necessary to have state of the art technology by means of which we can precisely detect those illegal incursions into the country, which violate our security."
Romero pointed out that beginning with the detection of these records the immigration officials will be able to have "a data base of names, images, (and) fingerprints so that the entry, stay, transit and exit from our country may of course be simple and safe, (and) this combination is possible."
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