Today on the front page of El Universal, the declaration of a protected witness in the federal (PGR) case against El Chapo Guzman says that the US Border Patrol escorted trucks of weapons to the border, abandoned the vehicles and assisted members of the Sinaloa Cartel who then took the guns into Mexico. The declarations come from documents in the case as the witness, Javier Sandoval Interial, was assassinated in Mexico City in 2012. The details are pretty clear below in a google translation…
Also, it is reported today in El Universal that a judge has denied the “amparo” against extradition for Caro Quintero. That story is also posted below.
Patrulla Fronteriza Apoyó A “El Chapo” (El Universal)
(Click here for Google translation)
Niegan Amparo Al Narcotraficante Caro Quintero (El Universal)
Here’s an interview I had some months ago with Iain Overton from the Action on Armed Violence [(AOAV), which has a central mission: to carry out research, advocacy and field work in order to reduce the incidence and impact of global armed violence. For more on the organization click here. -Molly
In focus: Molly Molloy, Border and Latin America Specialist at New Mexico State University
By AOAV on 19 May 2014
AOAV: [Would] you say that small arms and guns have been a constant backdrop to your view of Latin American politics and immigration?
Molly Molloy: I believe that, in terms of the numbers of guns in Mexico now, many of them have kind of an origin in the United States, but not a recent origin. They come from the United States, going back 25 years to the Nicaraguan Contra war and to the military campaigns in El Salvador and Guatemala – mostly funded by the US. And I really believe that a lot of the guns that are on the black market these days that turn up in the hands of criminal organizations all over the hemisphere, and certainly in El Salvador and in Mexico nowadays, are remnants of that period. In other words, they’re guns that were shipped into these places legitimately and then got into the hands of criminal groups through military deserters and these illicit groups of fighters like the group of Guatemalan soldiers that supposedly became the Zetas…
Federal police in Juarez moved some 297 prisoners with federal charges from
state prisons in the city beginning late last night. In all, more than 1000
prisoners have been transferred in recent months. During the operation to
round up the prisoners, officials found some 40 weapons including rifles,
pistols, and fragmentation grenades. Other contraband included drugs, cell
phones, money and ammunition of various calibres.
I’ve rec’d at least 4 different press releases from the Fiscalia so far
today, but I have not seen anything in the English-language press yet. Some
of the prisoners were flown to other parts of the country and their
relatives are protesting in Juarez. I expect a better account tomorrow. m.
Encuentran arsenal en Cereso durante traslado de reos