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Tag: Mexico

Mexicans Thwart Plan By Hezbollah in Latin America

hezbollah_flagBy Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

JERUSALEM — Call it a case of very different worlds colliding.

The  top newspaper Haaretz here in Israel reports that Mexican authorities thwarted a plan by the Lebanese group Hezbollah to set up a network in Latin America and use Mexican Nationals with ties to Lebanon to go after Israel and western targets. Haaretz attributed the story to the Kuwaiti newspaper Al-Sevassah.

The report said Mexican police had under surveillance a Hezbollah group leader Jameel Nasr, who had traveled through Latin America and lived in Tijuana, Mexico. He was arrested by authorities.

Haaretz reported that U.S. Rep. Sue Myrick in June wrote the Department  Homeland Security to warn that Hezbollah was working with the Mexican drug cartels.

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Authorities Arrest Mexican Gang Leader in Connection with March Murder of Consulate Employee and Husband

mexico-border-signBy Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

Authorities on Friday announced the arrest of  a Mexican gang leader just south of the Texas border in connection with the March murder of a U.S. consulate employee and her husband in the border area of Juarez, the El Paso Times reported.

Authorities said they arrested Jesus Ernesto Chavez Castillo , head of the Azteca gang, who led hit squads.

Castillo told Mexican authorities that he ordered the hit on the Consulate employee Lesley Enrique Redelfs and her husband Arthur Redelfs because she was providing visas to a rival gang, the paper reported. A third person was also killed that day in the attacks.

But the FBI was skeptical.

“We maintain the initial information,” FBI Special Agent Andrea Simmons told the paper. “We have no indication that anyone who was killed was targeted because of their jobs.”

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At Least 10 Mexican Cops Killed and Several Others Wounded

Mexico border map
By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

Another reminder of the lawlessness in Mexico reared its ugly head Monday when at least 10 federal police officers were killed and more than a dozen  wounded in an ambush in an area a major drug organization calls home, the Los Angeles Times reported.

The paper reported that the attacks took place in the Mexican state of Michoacan, the home base for the Familia drug trafficking organization.

The paper reported that the officers had finished doing their patrols and were headed to Mexico City when they came under fire.

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Crackdown on Mexican Cartels in U.S. Nets 2,200-Plus Arrests in 22 Months

Cities with "takedown activities" June 9 and 10, 2010/doj

Cities with "takedown activities" June 9 and 10, 2010/doj

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

More than 2,200 people have been arrested in the past 22 months — 429 of them Wednesday — in a crackdown on Mexican drug trafficking organizations in the U.S. dubbed “Project Deliverance”, the Justice Department announced.

Among those arrested was Carlos Ramon Castro-Rocha, the suspected leader of the Castro-Rocha drug trafficking organization, authorities said.

The crackdown by federal agents and police targeted networks that distributed cocaine, heroin, methamphetamine and marijuana in the U.S.,  and returned with cash and weapons, authorities said.

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Border Patrol Agent Fatally Shoots 15-Year-Old at Texas Border

Border PatrolBy Glynnesha Taylor
ticklethewire.com

A U.S. Border Patrol agent on a bicycle shot and killed a 15-year-old Mexican boy Monday at an international bridge near downtown El Paso during a rock throwing incident, authorities said, according to the Associated Press.

According to authorities, agents had detained suspected illegal immigrants when some people started hurling rocks at the agents and one agent opened fire, AP and the El Paso Times reported.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection spokesman Doug Mosier said preliminary reports indicated the teen was shot on the U.S. side of the Paso Del Norte Bridge, across from Ciudad Juarez, Mexico, AP reported.

The teen was identified as Sergio Adrian Hernandez Huereca, AP reported, adding that it was unclear if he was throwing rocks.

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Editorial: Pittsburgh Post-Gazette Says Sending Troops to Border “Reactive, Political Move”

mexico-border-signBy Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Editorial

PITTSBURGH — President Barack Obama’s decision to send 1,200 National Guard troops to bolster security along the porous U.S.-Mexico border should be seen for what it is — not a long-term solution but a reactive, political move that solves nothing over the long haul.

The context is the recently passed anti-illegal alien bill in Arizona, which unwisely thrust local police into a role for which most are not trained: helping enforce federal immigration law. As Gov. Jan Brewer said, her signing of the new law “clearly ignited the talk of action in Washington for the people of Arizona and other border states.”

Yes, but this action is all about the wrong sort of talk — to wit, answering the talk of the demagogues with a political sop. And in doing so, it further reduces the chances of a real conversation in Congress that looks beyond enforcement as the only solution and comprehensively addresses immigration reform in all its facets.

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Mexican Drug Cartel Had Secret Police Documents Including Info Originating From DEA

Mexico border mapBy Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

WASHINGTON — As Mexican president Felipe Calderon prepares to arrive in Washington, word has surfaced that Mexican authorities seized documents from a drug cartel listing Mexican federal agents and their phone numbers and intelligence information that originated from the Drug Enforcement Administration, according to the Associated Press.

AP reported that the documents were seized in May 2009 from the car of an associate of Mexico’s most powerful drug lord, Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman. The discovery was first reported by the newspaper Reforma.

President Felipe Calderon

President Felipe Calderon

The news service said the documents, which appeared to have come from the Mexico’s federal Public Safety Department, has raised concerns anew about public corruption at the  highest levels of the Mexican government.

The drug war is surely expected to be a key issue during Calderon’s meeting with the White House.

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Ex-Mexican Gov. Extradited to U.S. For Taking Bribes From Drug Cartel and Laundering $19 Mil Through Lehman Brothers Accounts

Mexico border map
By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

The ex-Governor from the Mexican state of Quintana Roo was extradited to the U.S. on charges of accepting million of dollars in bribes to help the violent Juarez Cartel dump tons of cocaine into the U.S. , and of laundering $19 million in drug proceeds through Lehman Brothers accounts, the U.S. Attorney’s Office announced.

Authorities said Monday that Mexico turned over ex-Gov. Mario Ernesto Villanueva Madrid to DEA agents and U.S. Marshals deputies. He was flown DEA Air Wing jet to White Plains, N.Y. whee he arrived late Sunday.

Villanueva Madrid’s opportunity to get filthy rich came in 1994, when the notorious Juarez Cartel started operating out of the state of Quintana Roo, of which he was governor. The state includes Cancun, a popular international tourist spot.

Authorities say Juarez Cartel speed boats with armed crews would meet Colombian speedboats off the Atlantic coast of Central America. The Colombian boats normally carried one to three tons of cocaine that were then offloaded unto the Mexican boats, authorities said.

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