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Thursday, October 27, 2011

Texas Mexico Border News - 10.27.2011

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Texas' 2nd drone to patrol Mexico border arrives
Fort Worth Star Telegram
By AP AP CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas — The second unmanned aircraft to patrol the Texas-Mexico border has arrived at Naval Air Station Corpus Christi. A spokesman for US Rep. Henry Cuellar of Laredo confirms that the Predator drone arrived early Thursday ...
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Fence, Surveillance & Troops Lead to Drop in Apprehensions in El Paso, Border ...
Fox News
A new fence, more agents and updated technology have resulted in a 90 percent drop over a five-year span in the apprehensions of undocumented immigrants along the divide between El Paso, Texas, and Mexico, the US Border Patrol says. ...
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Laredo border agents seize $1.8M of cocaine
Houston Chronicle
AP LAREDO — Federal agents in South Texas have confiscated more than $1.8 million worth of cocaine found in a car searched at a Laredo border crossing. Customs and Border Protection officials on Wednesday said the driver from the Monterrey, Mexico, ...
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GOP congressional investigators seek to expand 'fast and furious' probe
CNN
In both cases, illegally-sold weapons were allegedly allowed by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives to "walk" across the US-Mexico border, and ended up likely being involved in the killing of US agents. In the Texas case, ...
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Federal agents say environmental laws hamper work
USA Today
WASHINGTON (AP) – Federal agents trying to patrol the US-Mexico border say they're hampered by laws that keep them from driving vehicles on huge swaths of land because it falls under US environmental protection, leaving it to wildlife — and illegal ...
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USA Today
Unmanned US-Mexico border checkpoint's construction underway
Christian Science Monitor
By Sara Miller Llana, Staff writer / October 26, 2011 Beefing up the US-Mexico border has been the ethos of the day in Washington. At the new checkpoint, in the national park of Big Bend, agents who are stationed miles away will remotely scan passports ...
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US drivers owe Ciudad Juarez $10 million in fines
The Associated Press
Ciudad Juarez has considered hiring a collection agency in El Paso to pester debtors, but Mexico's laws do not permit Mexican cities to contract with US-based companies for such activities. Even if the city could, it would have no legal leverage to ...
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The Associated Press
U.S., Mexico partner for preservation along border
Alpine Avalanche
Salazar and Elvira put their names on a document that opens a new chapter of cooperation between the United States and Mexico, committing their countries to the conservation and protection of North America's biggest desert ecosystem. ...
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San Diego police say car thefts down near border
Sacramento Bee
AP SAN DIEGO -- San Diego police say a multi-pronged enforcement approach has led to a 65 percent decrease in auto thefts over the past five years in neighborhoods near the US-Mexico border. The San Diego Union-Tribune ( http://bit.ly/tpJFUK) says ...
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Homeland Security adding 3 drone aircraft despite lack of pilots
Los Angeles Times
The unmanned Predators will be added to a force used chiefly to patrol the border with Mexico after lobbying by members of the 'drone caucus.' By Brian Bennett, Washington Bureau The Homeland Security Department is adding three surveillance drone ...
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Los Angeles Times
Border violence threatens Texas agriculture, trade
Houston Chronicle
2 for US exports. It is this legal trade we are trying to preserve. As the generals' report concludes, it is imperative the federal government admits to the problem of cartel violence along the Texas/Mexico border and fulfills its duty to defend and ...
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Indiana drug seizure reveals Mexican cartels' infiltration in states
Land Line Magazine
Gonzalez-Perez was approached last winter outside a Mexican dentist office near the US-Mexico border, where he said “everyone knows he is a truck driver.” A man told Gonzalez-Perez to drive his truck to Indianapolis and pick up $500000 cash before ...
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South Texas gets second drone for patrolling
Brownsville Herald
Indiana authorities believe this operation was run by a Mexican drug cartel. The majority of marijuana smuggled into the United States comes from Mexico. The unmanned aerial vehicle or UAV will help patrol the Texas-Mexico border and will help US ...
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Drug kingpin's nephew arrested in Texas
CNN
By Nick Valencia, CNN (CNN) -- The nephew and protege of an imprisoned Mexican drug cartel kingpin was arrested Wednesday by federal agents in southern Texas, an official told CNN. Rafael Cardenas Vela was detained by US Customs and Border Protection ...
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Witness safety worries rise at drug cartel trial
Chicago Tribune
AP CHICAGO (AP) — Prosecutors are concerned for the safety of witnesses at the pending Chicago trial of a Mexican drug-cartel lieutenant. At a Thursday status hearing for Vincente Zambada, a prosecutor cited the father of two witnesses who went ...
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Mexican drug wars kill 40000, do $30 billion in business
Bizjournals.com
Grillo said the estimated 40000 killed in the drug cartel fights with each other and Mexican police since 2006 are probably low considering there are thousands of missing persons. He said the Mexican drug business into the US is a $30 billion a year ...
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US role in arming Mexico's drug war exaggerated-study
Reuters Africa
By Stephanie Nebehay GENEVA, Oct 27 (Reuters) - Mexico's hardline fight against drug gangs has driven violence to levels higher in than many war zones but the role the United States plays in arming these brutal cartels appears exaggerated, ...
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Drug Violence Swamps A Once Peaceful Mexican City
NPR
The Mexican government, however, has described it as a rival drug cartel that is just seeking to eliminate competition from the Zetas. In the latest twist to Mexico's drug wars, a new group has vowed to launch a paramilitary offensive against a leading ...
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Mexico arrests alleged cartel hitmen
Telegraph.co.uk
Earlier in the week, Federal Police arrested La Barredora's alleged leader, Christian Arturo Henandez Tarin in the outskirts of Mexico City. An offshoot of the brutal Beltran-Leyva drug gang, the upcoming Independent Acapulco Cartel has been battling ...
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Mexican presidential hopeful vows drugs war shift
Reuters
Deaths from drug-related violence in Mexico have surged since Calderon sent in the army to fight the cartels when he took office in December 2006, damaging support for his party and causing strains in relations with the United States. ...
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Gang Members Infiltrate US Military…and American Law Enforcement Infiltrates ...
AllGov
Meanwhile, federal law enforcement agencies are doing their own infiltrating to combat violent Mexican drug cartels. The work has involved establishing networks of informants into powerful criminal organizations, and in the process, it has helped ...
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AllGov
Drug War Profiteers: Book Exposes How Wachovia Bank Laundered Millions for ...
truthout
AMY GOODMAN: We turn now to Mexico, where drug-related violence has surged since President Felipe CalderĂ³n sent in the army to fight the cartels when he took office December 2006. The New York Times reported this week US law enforcement agencies have ...
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