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US Students Shot Dead in Border Town

Localização: 
Ciudad Juárez, CHH
Mexico
Three teenage boys were shot and killed in the border town of Ciudad Juárez. Two, 15 and 16-years-old, were US citizens living in the town, but attending high schools in Texas.
Publication/Source: 
Gather (MA)
URL: 
http://news.gather.com/viewArticle.action?articleId=281474979032275

Top Army Official Suggests U.S. Troops Might Be Sent to Mexico to Fight Drug Prohibition War

Undersecretary of the Army Joseph Westphal, the second-highest ranking civilian official in the U.S. Army, described the situation in Mexico created by drug prohibition as an insurgency and fretted over a scenario in which armed U.S. soldiers could be called to the border and/or into Mexico. Westphal is the most senior U.S. official to publicly compare Mexico’s drug cartels to an insurgency since Secretary of State Hillary Clinton made a similar assessment last September. Westfall — who said he was expressing a personal opinion, but one he had shared with the White House — said he didn’t want to ever see a situation in which "armed and fighting" American soldiers are sent to combat an insurgency "on our border, in violation of our Constitution, or to have to send them across the border."
Publication/Source: 
The Salt Lake Tribune (UT)
URL: 
http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/home/51207681-76/mexico-westphal-drug-insurgency.html.csp

Napolitano Is Too Late...Drug Trafficking Organizations Issued Their Own Warning Months Ago (Opinion)

Localização: 
Mexico
Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano issued her now famous warning to drug trafficking organizations, saying: "Don't even think about bringing your violence and tactics across this border. You will be met by an overwhelming response." Dave Gibson opines that prohibition-created drug trafficking organizations have already been bringing their tactics across the border. For instance, seven months ago, Nogales, Arizona Police Chief Jeff Kirkham announced that his department had been warned by a Mexican drug traffickers that his officers would be targeted for murder if they carry out another off-duty drug bust. Chief Kirkham said, "The warning was...that the officers, if they are off duty, are to look the other way and ignore any drug trafficking loads that are coming across the border, otherwise they will be targeted."
Publication/Source: 
Examiner.com (CO)
URL: 
http://www.examiner.com/drug-cartel-in-national/napolitano-is-too-late-drug-cartels-issued-their-own-warning-months-ago

Police Chief, Guards Killed in Mexican Border City

Localização: 
Nuevo Laredo, TAM
Mexico
A retired army general who took over a month ago as police chief of the drug prohibition violence-wracked Mexican border city of Nuevo Laredo has been shot to death along with two of his bodyguards.
Publication/Source: 
CTV Television Network (Canada)
URL: 
http://www.ctv.ca/CTVNews/World/20110203/mexico-border-city-110203/

America's Third War: Fears Emerge That Mexican Drug Violence Could Spill Into U.S.

A series of high-profile murders of U.S. citizens along the border with Mexico has raised fears about drug prohibition violence spilling over into the United States.
Publication/Source: 
Fox News (US)
URL: 
http://www.foxnews.com/us/2011/02/03/americas-war-fears-emerge-mexican-drug-violence-spill/

Mexico Drug War Update

by Bernd Debusmann, Jr.

Mexican drug trafficking organizations make billions each year smuggling drugs into the United States, profiting enormously from the prohibitionist drug policies of the US government. Since Mexican president Felipe Calderon took office in December 2006 and called the armed forces into the fight against the so-called cartels, prohibition-related violence has killed more than 35,000 people, including more than 15,000 last year. The increasing militarization of the drug war and the arrest of dozens of high-profile drug traffickers have failed to stem the flow of drugs -- or the violence -- whatsoever. The Merida initiative, which provides $1.4 billion over three years for the US to assist the Mexican government with training, equipment and intelligence, has so far failed to make a difference. Here are a few of the latest developments in Mexico's drug war:

Black market profits fuel deadly violence. Who could ever have predicted that? (Image via Wikimedia)
Wednesday, January 26

In Tamaulipas, an American missionary was shot and killed when gunmen opened fire on her truck at an illegal roadblock. Nancy Davis, 59, had been involved in missionary work in Mexico for the last 30 years. Tamaulipas is a stronghold of drug trafficking organizations in Mexico and has seen drastic increases in violence over the last year as the Zetas Organization battles its former masters, the Gulf Cartel.

Friday, January 28

In Ciudad Juarez, two federal police officers were charged with killing one of Ciudad Juarez’s mayor's bodyguards during an incident the previous week.

In Veracruz, 33 ex-mayors have been ordered arrested on corruption charges.

In Pantanal, Nayarit, four men were killed during a firefight between two rival gangs. The gunmen were heavily armed with assault rifles and grenade launchers. The incident took place after one group of gunmen attacked a safe house used by another group. Pantanal is located in the municipality of Xalisco, which is well known as a hub for traffickers who export black tar heroin to the United States.

Saturday, January 29

In Monterrey, five gunmen were killed after attacking an army convoy in the suburb of Santa Catarina. Two innocent bystanders were wounded by grenades during the gun battle.

Near Acapulco, a mutilated body was discovered hanging from an overpass bridge was spans the busy Acapulco-Mexico City highway. The unidentified victim had been severely beaten and tortured.

Monday, January 31

In Mexico City, prosecutors announced a $658,000 reward for information leading to the arrest of two suspects in the massacre of 72 migrants last August. The two men are known as "The Coyote" and "The Scorpion" and are thought to be members of the Zetas Organization. Eight other Zetas suspected of taking part in the massacre are already in custody.

In Ciudad Juarez, at least 11 people were murdered in different parts of the city. Among the dead was a 16-year old girl who succumbed to her wounds after being shot by federal police alongside her 13-year old sister, who was wounded. According to a tally by local newspaper El Diario, 216 people were murdered in Ciudad Juarez in the first month of 2011. Last year the city had 3,111 murders take place.

Wednesday, February 2

In Guadalajara, suspected cartel gunmen used grenades, burned vehicles and created makeshift blockades in a series of seven incidents across the city. A policeman and two transportation workers were wounded. The attacks seem to be in retaliation for the recent arrest of drug gang members.

In Monterrey, a federal police officer and three gunmen were killed during an attack on an army convoy in the suburb of Apodaca. Three policemen were wounded and an unknown number of suspects were taken into custody. In a separate incident in Monterrey, three other gunmen were killed by federal police personnel.

Total Body Count for the Week: 103

Total Body Count for the Year: 641

Total Body Count for 2010: 15,273

Total Body Count for 2009: 9,600

Total Body Count for 2008 (approx.): 5,400

Total Body Count for 2007 (approx): 4,300

Total Body Count for Calderon’s drug war through 2010: 34,612

Total Body Count for Calderon’s drug war to date: 35,253

Mexico

Sheriff: Drug Trafficking Organization Showdown in Arizona Desert Imminent

Localização: 
AZ
United States
Pinal County Sheriff Paul Babeu said that a showdown with drug trafficking organizations is just around the corner. "We're going out to directly meet these cartels. We're saying this is coming through our county and we've had enough," he said. The sheriff has recently purchased 130 new semi-automatic rifles and night vision goggles. In Pinal County, they're holding an offensive position to counter the members of drug trafficking organizations and the bandits looking to steal drugs in the desert.
Publication/Source: 
KSAZ (AZ)
URL: 
http://www.myfoxphoenix.com/dpp/news/immigration/babeu-cartel-showdown-imminent-2-2-2011

US Churches Divided on Sending Missionaries, Volunteers to Deadly Juarez

Localização: 
Ciudad Juárez, CHH
Mexico
The deadly drug prohibition war in Ciudad Juarez and Mexico has some U.S. churches and ministries divided on whether or not to continue to send missionaries and volunteers across the border.
Publication/Source: 
KVIA (TX)
URL: 
http://www.kvia.com/news/26643793/detail.html

Drug Smugglers Use Catapult to Launch Bales of Marijuana Across Border

Localização: 
Mexico
An example of the folly of prohibition and the endless innovation of prohibition-created drug trafficking organizations, this grainy surveillance video shows smugglers using a catapult to launch small bales of marijuana across the Arizona-Mexico border.
Publication/Source: 
ABC News (US)
URL: 
http://abcnews.go.com/US/drug-smugglers-catapult-launch-marijuana-arizona-mexico-border/story?id=12776586

US Missionary Possibly Killed by Drug Prohibition Gang in Mexico Over Truck

Localização: 
Mexico
An American missionary couple who were allegedly attacked by drug prohibition gunmen in a dangerous part of Mexico may have been targeted for their expensive pickup truck, because drug gangs covet the vehicles, police said. Sam Davis told investigators that that he and his wife were driving near the city of San Fernando, about 70 miles south of the Mexican border city of Reynosa, when gunmen in a pickup truck tried to stop them. When the Davises sped up, the gunmen fired, shooting Nancy Davis in the head.
Publication/Source: 
MyCentralOregon.com (Oregon)
URL: 
http://www.mycentraloregon.com/news/national/533912/Police-US-missionary-possibly-killed-over-truck.html

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