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Mexico Security Memo: Nov. 12, 2007
Stratfor ^ | November 12, 2007

Posted on 11/12/2007 4:58:29 PM PST by SwinneySwitch

Influence on the Border

The U.S.-Mexico border area stood out this past week as a venue for violence by drug cartels and other criminal groups. Several incidents occurred in the Baja California state border town of Mexicali, where the targeted killing of a state police officer was followed two days later by a firefight that left one person dead and two wounded. Farther east, at least one candidate for political office in Tamaulipas state was abducted in Reynosa, a town just across the border from McAllen, Texas.

The notion that drug traffickers are starting to influence local politics in the border area is of particular concern to the United States, where, despite the implementation of various security initiatives, Mexico's drug cartels and criminal groups have continued to expand their networks. The success of the new Merida Initiative -- the joint U.S.-Mexico counternarcotics and border security program -- relies on political cooperation on both sides of the border. Any success is questionable, however, when politicians face criminal opponents as well as political opponents.

Cocaine Haul

Twenty-six tons of cocaine seized this past week in Manzanillo, Colima state, belonged to the Sinaloa cartel, Mexico's attorney general said. Together with the more than three tons seized from a drug plane that crashed in the Yucatan in September, the haul makes it clear that Sinaloa has well-established connections with South American cocaine traffickers. This conclusion conflicts with statements made by Mexican government officials that the Gulf cartel is the only Mexican drug trafficking organization capable of maintaining relationships with South American cartels. Following the most recent seizure, Sinaloa is unlikely to break its relationship with its Colombian counterparts, though it will certainly review its security plan for receiving drug shipments in certain ports.

Cartel-Related IEDs?

Violent Kidnappings

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TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Foreign Affairs; Mexico; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: corruption; terrorism; wod; wot
No one was injured in the IED explosion, but several cars were damaged.
1 posted on 11/12/2007 4:58:30 PM PST by SwinneySwitch
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To: FryingPan101; AnimalLover; backtothestreets; Olephart; pulaskibush; call meVeronica; rineaux; ...

Ping!

If you want on, or off this S. Texas/Mexico ping list, please FReepMail me.


2 posted on 11/12/2007 5:01:48 PM PST by SwinneySwitch (US Constitution Article 4 Section 4..shall protect each of them against Invasion...domestic Violence)
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To: SwinneySwitch

Here’s a link to a youtube video MSNBC report on Border incursion Oct 18 2007 by the Mexican army.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pEKUJGT2xr4


3 posted on 11/12/2007 5:46:30 PM PST by Haddit (Hunter is still the Best)
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To: SwinneySwitch

How can this be? The Mexican State of Tamaulipas is running ads in the San Antonio market telling tourists to come visit Nuevo Laredo. You could cut the irony of that with a machete.


4 posted on 11/13/2007 7:22:43 AM PST by Liberty Valance (Keep a simple manner for a happy life :o)
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To: Haddit

Think this is from January 2006, Haddit.


5 posted on 11/13/2007 10:15:00 AM PST by SwinneySwitch (US Constitution Article 4 Section 4..shall protect each of them against Invasion...domestic Violence)
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