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#556 Apr 15, 2010
6 dead as drug violence hits heart of Acapulco.
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ACAPULCO, Mexico (AP)— Mexico’s drug violence has invaded the heart of one of its most famous beach resorts, with six people shot to death and five wounded during a raging gunbattle on the main boulevard in Acapulco’s tourist zone.

No tourists were among the casualties, but the shooting killed at least three bystanders and occurred in broad daylight on the wide, palm-lined avenue within sight of major hotels and the beach.

Drug gangs have staged shootouts in the city before, but seldom in broad daylight amid heavy traffic, and never with such a toll among uninvolved people.

Desperate motorists crashed their cars and apparently sought to drive over the median strip to escape the gunfire, which left at least a dozen vehicles riddled with bullet holes.

A mother and her 8-year-old child, a taxi driver and a federal police officer were among the dead, while two slain men may have been the targets of the gunmen who set off the carnage, authorities said. Five more people suffered wounds, but there was no information on their condition.

Federal police said they detained a 26-year-old and said he apparently worked for Edgar Valdez Villarreal, a U.S.-born drug capo who has been engaged in a bloody battle in the Acapulco area with former colleagues in the Beltran-Leyva drug cartel.

Police said the gunbattle started when “armed men traveling in several vehicles opened fire on the occupants of another vehicle,” killing both men. It was unclear why the men were targeted.

Police tried to intercept the gunmen’s vehicles.

“In their attempt to escape, the assailants opened fire on several private vehicles, killing three people, including a child,” federal police said in a statement.
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#557 Apr 15, 2010
2 Juárez officers fatally shot outside homes

By Daniel Borunda
El Paso Times
Posted: 04/15/2010

Gunmen killed two Juárez police officers in attacks, both outside their homes and about 14 hours apart, a police spokesman said.

The latest slaying occurred about 8:20 a.m. Wednesday when officer Victor Manuel Terrazas Orozco, 34, was shot while on his way to work.

Chihuahua state police said Terrazas was in the driver's seat of his car when he was shot in the head, arms and left side by gunmen, who fired 32 rounds from an AK-47 and a 9 mm weapon.

About 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, officer Jose Santos Salazar, 33, was killed when he arrived at his home after his shift, a police spokesman said. Investigators at the scene counted 23 bullet casings from a 9 mm firearm.

There had been no arrests. By Wednesday evening, there were at least four other new homicides in Juárez.

The dead included a man left with an undisclosed message written on his chest. State police said the unidentified man's thumb had been cut off and left in his mouth, a sign traditionally meaning the victim was a snitch. The man's head was covered with gray tape, and his pants were pulled down below his knees, a traditional form of humiliation. He had bruises throughout his body.

In other Juárez news, Mexican federal police arrested six heavily armed men suspected of being members of La Linea, or the Juárez drug cartel, after officers stopped their van on Tuesday.

Police seized four AK-47s, an Uzi submachine gun, two handguns and bags of marijuana and cocaine.

The arrested were identified as Jorge "El Ruso" Garcia Lozano, 37; Alejandro "El Grandote" Terrazas Paz, 26; Uberto "El Beto" Montaño Carbajal, 41; Jose Luis "El Negro" Garcia Irigoyen, 31; Mario Edgar Cano Garcia, 18; and Cesar Prospero Gutierrez, 31.

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#558 Apr 15, 2010
Inquiry sought over ICE informant's handling

By Diana Washington Valdez
El Paso Times
Posted: 04/14/2010

A federal special prosecutor should be appointed to investigate how ICE handled an informant in connection with a dozen drug cartel murders in Juárez, Andy Ramirez, president of the Law Enforcement Officers Advocates Council, said Tuesday.

The House Judiciary and Homeland Security committees also should investigate because of possible misconduct by U.S. attorney officials who allegedly tried to cover up the case, Ramirez said.

Guillermo "Lalo" Ramirez-Peyro, who is unrelated to LEOAC's president, was an informant for ICE and a witness of several murders carried out during 2003 and 2004 by drug cartel operatives in Juárez, according to documents and the informant's testimony.

"Ramirez-Peyro is a material witness in an alleged conspiracy involving numerous murders that occurred in Juárez between 2003 and 2004, and one in El Paso, and a subsequent cover-up that took place with the alleged knowledge of top level officials within ICE, DEA and the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Western District of Texas," Ramirez said in a phone interview.

ICE officials in El Paso issued a brief statement in response to LEOAC's request for an investigation.

"Due to sensitivities surrounding this case, we are unable to provide any details regarding Mr. Ramirez-Peyro," the ICE statement said.

Sandalio "Sandy" Gonzalez, a retired DEA official and LEOAC's vice president, was at the DEA's helm in El Paso when the case came to light. He said ICE's mishandling of the case almost got two of his undercover agents killed in Juárez.
Ramirez-Peyro's lawyers said ICE tried to deport the agency's former paid informant to Mexico, where he was sure to be tortured or killed after revealing drug-related corruption in his country.

Ramirez-Peyro is a former Mexican federal policeman and spent six years in solitary confinement before a U.S. court recently ordered his release.

Last year, ICE fired Raul Bencomo, the informant's ICE handler, partly because of the Ramirez-Peyro case. Bencomo lost an administrative appeal to be reinstated.

LEOAC is a nonprofit national organization based in California that supports law enforcement officers. Members include retired senior federal law enforcement managers, civilian experts and lawyers. Its Web site is at www.advocatescouncil.us .

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#559 Apr 15, 2010
4 men killed in Juárez shootings; 2 wounded

By Adriana Gómez Licón
El Paso Times
Posted: 04/14/2010

EL PASO -- Four men died and two were wounded in two shootings Tuesday in Juárez.

Chihuahua state police said Pablo Magallanes, 48, and Manuel Zabala de la Rosa, 53, were shot dead about noon on the north side of the city of 1.3 million.

They and a third man were traveling in a 2007 Chevrolet Suburban that was shot at 16 times. Magallanes and Zabala de la Rosa died in hospitals. The third man was not identified, and his condition was not disclosed by police.

Two other men died in southwest Juárez.

Police found the body of José Luis Rosas Macías, 34, outside a residence about 2 p.m. Victor Manuel Frayre was found wounded and died at a hospital.

A third man remained in a hospital

More than 4,900 people have been slain in Juárez
since 2008.

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#560 Apr 15, 2010
Nogales port officers find nearly 5 tons of pot in watermelon load
Also bust cash haul headed into Mexico

By the Nogales International
Published Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Officers at the Nogales ports of entry intercepted nearly 5 tons of marijuana headed for the U.S. interior in a watermelon truck, and stopped close to $334,000 in allegedly illicit funds from entering Mexico, U.S. Customs and Border Patrol (CBP) said.

The first seizure came Tuesday at the Mariposa Cargo facility when a tractor-trailer driven by a 40-year-old Mexican man was selected for an agriculture inspection, CBP said in a news release. During the inspection, a drug-sniffing dog honed in on 390 bales of marijuana hidden under a shipment of watermelons. The marijuana weighed more than 9,500 pounds and has a street value of more than $21 million, CBP said.

That same day at the DeConcini Port of Entry, the CBP says its officers selected a white Saturn Aura with Arizona plates for inspection as it headed into Mexico. A review of the vehicle, driven by a 19-year-old U.S. citizen, uncovered a clandestine dashboard compartment containing 27 packages of cellophane-wrapped currency totaling nearly $334,000.

The drivers of the Saturn and the watermelon truck were turned over to Immigrations and Customs Enforcement (ICE) for further investigation, CBP said.

“It is important for everyone to know that CBP, Office of Field Operations, is working tirelessly day and night to defend the United States from the illicit narcotics trade,” Port Director Guadalupe H. Ramirez said in the CBP release.“The drug trafficking organizations need to know that CBP will catch them coming in and going out of this country.”

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#561 Apr 15, 2010
Mutilated Body Found In Juarez Lot

Jessica Molinar/KFOX Weekend Assignments Editor/Associate Producer
April 14, 2010

CIUDAD JUAREZ, Mexico -- The death toll continues to rise in Juarez as authorities discover the remains of a man who was found in a vacant lot.

Investigators said he was found with duct tape around his ankles, head and a severed finger inside his mouth.

There was also a message written on his stomach.

An autopsy was ordered to determine the man’s exact cause of death.

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#562 Apr 15, 2010
Drug Violence in Mexico Continues

Reported by: Will Ripley

MEXICO -Pictures posted online Tuesday show the devastating toll of drug violence along the US/Mexico border.

The pictures show burned buildings, businesses, and homes.
The streets in Camargo are practically empty.

CHANNEL 5 NEWS has learned even the mayor’s house was set on fire.

Olivido Garza, who has family in Camargo, says there is tension in the city.
Garza recently attended a funeral in Camargo.
"My family tells me it's dangerous here," he says. "Don't come over here, try not to come over here. But, we have to go see them."
Garza says he worries about their safety.

Camargo, Mexico is across from Rio Grande City, Texas.

The city has seen a spike in violence in recent months, along with many other Mexican cities in Northern Tamaulipas that border the Rio Grande Valley.

The Mexican government reported this week that 22,700 people have died in drug violence in Mexico since 2006.

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#563 Apr 15, 2010
Narcotics are Seized on International Bridges

Authorities and a trained canine confiscated 390 pounds of marijuana and 2 pounds of heroine on the international bridges.

Thursday, April 15, 2010
By: LAREDO SUN

LAREDO, Tx.- Authorities and a trained canine confiscated 390 pounds of marijuana and 2 pounds of heroine on the international bridges.

Customs spokeswoman, Mucia Dovalina, indicated that in the first case, a 32 year old man transported 106 pounds of marijuana in a 1969 Ford truck.

Secondary officers at the Juárez-Lincoln bridge found 30 hidden plastic packages with narcotics valued at 106,000 dollars.

In a second case, officials confiscated 195 pounds of pot and arrested a 23 year old Austin, Texas resident. The subject drove a 1993 Ford truck with Texas plates when he arrived on international bridge II and a trained canine detected a cargo of 63 hidden packages in the vehicle.

In the third case, authorities arrested a 20 year old Leander, Texas resident who transported 89 pounds of marijuana in a 1997 Ford Windstar.

Finally, a 67 year old man from Apodaca, Nuevo León was arrested when he traveled as a passenger in a busline that arrived on the Juárez-Lincoln bridge coming from Monterrey.

Customs agents found 2 pounds of heroine in the soles of his shoes, with a street value of 200,000 dollars.

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#564 Apr 15, 2010
Woman Arrested for Drug Possession

Customs and Border Patrol inspectors confiscated 5 kilos of heroine from a Fresno, California woman.

Thursday, April 15, 2010
By: LAREDO SUN

LAREDO, Tx.- Customs and Border Patrol inspectors confiscated 5 kilos of heroine from a Fresno, California woman.

According to reports, the incident occurred on the Juarez-Lincoln international bridge when Maricela López arrived as a passenger on an American bus line.

The subject was arrested when Customs agents detected something strange with her luggage.

Authorities found narcotics in her luggage with the help of a trained canine. After she realized she was busted, the woman told authorities she was transporting the drug to Los Angeles, California, from Mexico and that she would receive a payment of 9,000 dollars when she arrived.

Federal inspectors turned over the subject and the narcotics to Customs and Border Protection to continue with investigations.

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#565 Apr 15, 2010
Mexican Arrested with False Credit Cards

Leonel Rodríguez was arrested by federal agents after they found 4 Visa credit cards that happened to be false.

Thursday, April 15, 2010
By: LAREDO SUN

LAREDO, Tx.- A Monterrey, Nuevo León resident was arrested by federal agents after they found 4 Visa credit cards that happened to be false.

Leonel Rodríguez was arrested after he arrived on one of the inspection boothes on the Juárez-Lincoln international bridge, in a 2000 Dodge Durango with Nuevo León plates.

The subject was then sent to secondary where Customs inspectors examined his documents and found 4 Amercian Visa cards under his name, and several receipts from things he had purchased that exceeded 12,000 dollars.

Authorities suspected something so they decided to call the information desk at Chase Bank to verify if Rodríguez had any open accounts.

Bank personnel verified the account numbers and determined that Rodríguez did not have an account with them.

As he was interrogated, he confessed to authorities that the credit cards were puchased for 1,000 pesos each in Monterrey.

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#566 Apr 15, 2010
Drug Violence in Mexico Continues

Reported by: Will Ripley

MEXICO -Pictures posted online Tuesday show the devastating toll of drug violence along the U.S.-Mexico border.

The pictures show burned buildings, businesses, and homes. Camargo, Mexico is across from Rio Grande City. The streets are practically empty. CHANNEL 5 NEWS has learned even the mayor’s house was set on fire.

Olivido Garza, who has family in Camargo, says there is tension in the city. Garza recently attended a funeral in Camargo.

"My family tells me it's dangerous here," he says. "'Don't come over here. Try not to come over here.' But we have to go see them."

Garza says he worries about their safety.

The city has seen a spike in violence in recent months, along with many other Mexican cities in Northern Tamaulipas that border the Rio Grande Valley.

The Mexican government reported this week 22,700 people have died in drug violence in Mexico since 2006.

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#567 Apr 16, 2010
Officials Seized More Than 1,000 Pounds of Marijuana in Laredo

Border Patrol agents seized 1,203 pounds of marijuana valued at 693,000 dollars.

Friday, April 16, 2010
By: LAREDO SUN

LAREDO, Tx.- Border Patrol agents who were stationed at the check point near Freer, Texas seized 1,203 pounds of marijuana with a street value of 693,000 dollars.

Federal agents pulled over a tractor trailer with the intention of conducting a routine check.

A trained canine that detects drugs gave a warning from inside the box, so the trailer was sent to secondary. Immigration officers found 102 plastic packages hidden in a false compartment located in the front wall of the truck.

The driver of the commercial vehicle, the truck and the drugs were all turned over to DEA agents for further investigations.

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#568 Apr 16, 2010
Azteca boss featured on 'America's Most Wanted'

By Daniel Borunda
El Paso Times
Posted: 04/16/2010

EL PASO -- The reputed boss of the Barrio Azteca gang in Juárez will be featured Saturday on the television show "America's Most Wanted."
Eduardo "Tablas" Ravelo was placed on the FBI's 10 Most Wanted list in October. He is being sought on federal racketeering, money laundering and drug conspiracy charges.

An FBI spokeswoman said federal agents and El Paso police were interviewed by a crew from "America's Most Wanted" in El Paso last month. The show will air at 8 p.m. on Channel 14-KFOX (cable Channel 8).

http://www.elpasotimes.com/ci_14896710
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#569 Apr 17, 2010
6 who helped smuggling guns into Mexico sentenced

Apr. 16, 2010 04:47 PM
Associated Press .

Six men accused of buying guns as "straw buyers" for a ring that smuggled weapons into Mexico were sentenced this week in federal court in Phoenix.

Prosecutors say three men were sentenced Tuesday to six months of home arrest, one received two months in prison and another got three months in prison. The sixth man was sentenced to three years of probation.

The six men bought a combined 13 guns for the ring. Six others were charged in the ring. The status of those prosecutions was unavailable because the cases are sealed.

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement estimated that the ring smuggled about 200 assault rifles into Mexico. Authorities say many of the guns used in Mexico's drug war were bought in the United States and smuggled into Mexico.

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#570 Apr 17, 2010
Calderon: Most Mexico drug war dead are criminals.

News from Mexico

MEXICO CITY (AP)— President Felipe Calderon insisted Friday that few innocent civilians have fallen victim to Mexico’s bloody drug war, saying nearly all those killed are people tied to cartels wrestling for power.

Speaking during a tourism conference, Calderon said criminals constitute more than 90 percent of drug war’s death toll, which stands at nearly 23,000 in just over three years.

Calderon said police officers and soldiers make up less than 5 percent of deaths and bystanders or other innocents even less.

"But even so, my friends, I recognize that it’s a real problem,” Calderon said of the drug violence.

“We are fighting it with firmness and we are making progress with our goal,” he added.

Calderon’s comments came two days after a gunbattle in broad daylight killed six people and wounded five on the main boulevard of Acapulco’s tourist zone. Among the dead were a mother and her 8-year-old child. A federal police officer and another bystander also were killed. Federal police have arrested 26-year-old Ernesto Antonio Rocha Reyes, an alleged hit man authorities say carried out the attack with a high-powered assault rifle.

On Friday, four police officers were shot to death in the border state of Tamaulipas.

In Cuernavaca, a city near Mexico’s capital, authorities said they found three bags stuffed with hacked-up bodies dumped in a busy street, accompanied by a message that tied the killings to a drug cartel. Police said the number of bodies had not been determined.

Cuernavaca has seen a spike in violence since Mexican marines killed drug kingpin Arturo Beltran Leyva during a December shootout at an upscale apartment complex in the city. Authorities say Beltran Leyva’s death triggered a battle for control of his cartel.

The city of 350,000 has been subjected to a wave of fear as bodies continue to turn up, and messages signed by the “Resistance” or “The Southern Pacific Cartel” turned up on the Internet.
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#571 Apr 17, 2010
Fox show to put focus on reputed Barrio Azteca gang leader

By Daniel Borunda
El Paso Times
Posted: 04/17/2010

EL PASO -- The reputed boss of the Barrio Azteca gang in Juárez will be featured tonight on the TV show "America's Most Wanted."

Eduardo "Tablas" Ravelo made the FBI's 10 Most Wanted list in October. He is being sought on federal charges of racketeering, money laundering and drug conspiracy.

An FBI spokeswoman said federal agents and El Paso police were interviewed last month in El Paso by a crew from "America's Most Wanted." The show will air at 8 tonight on Fox.

Ravelo is said to hold the rank of capo, or captain, in the military-style hierarchy of the cross-border gang formed by El Pasoans in prison. Capos are the leaders of the gang. The Barrio Azteca is allied with the Juárez drug cartel reportedly led by Vicente Carrillo Fuentes.

A federal grand jury in 2008 indicted Ravelo as part of the racketeering case against members of the gang. Five gang leaders and members were prosecuted and received life sentences.

An article on the "America's Most Wanted" Web site stated that Ravelo rose to the position of gang lieutenant because of family ties to Juárez drug organizations and his emphasis on protocol.

The Web site quotes a letter Ravelo sent to a fellow Azteca. Police intercepted and translated the letter.

"We hope this finds you well," Ravelo states in the letter, "that your health and spirits are stronger than ever, and may Jesus light the path for you at your house. Also, may our Lady of the Americas and the hope of all the human race guide us on our path."

Gang communications were often coded in order to hide their true meaning from law enforcement.

According to court testimony and law enforcement agents, Ravelo gained the rank of capo after a power struggle with capo David "Chicho" Meraz.

The gang leadership, according to court testimony, had become concerned about Meraz because he was a heroin user. Ravelo reportedly placed a "green light" on Meraz. A green light is an approved murder.

On March 27, 2008, Meraz's body, decorated with numerous tattoos including the phrase "Perdóname Dios mió" ("Forgive me, my God"), was found in the parking lot of the Lienzo Charro Adolfo Lopez Mateos in Juárez. Chihuahua state police said Meraz had multiple stab wounds, including one to his neck.

Ravelo is believed to be protected in Juárez, where the gang had a tattoo shop, drug rehab center and other operations.

Ravelo is known to use various aliases and different birth dates, and his nicknames are often a variation on a tabla, or a wooden board, such as "T-Blas," "2x4," "Lumberman" and "Boards."

The FBI said Ravelo has brown eyes and black hair but may be bald. He has several tattoos and might have had plastic surgery and changed his fingerprints. Anyone with information on Ravelo may call the FBI in El Paso.

http://www.elpasotimes.com/ci_14902502
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#572 Apr 17, 2010
AP Enterprise: Mexico cartels empty border towns

By MARK STEVENSON and ALICIA A. CALDWELL
Associated Press Writers
Posted: 04/16/2010

EL PORVENIR, Mexico (AP)- The 14-year-old boy tied a few mattresses and a bedstead to the family pickup truck. He went back into his single-story yellow house for the cat, and chained up the gate. Then he drove off with his family, which was abandoning home, jobs, school and country.

All because the drug smugglers told them to.

Hundreds of families are fleeing the cotton-farming towns of the Juarez Valley, a stretch of border 50 miles (80 kilometers) east of Ciudad Juarez. In a new strategy, Mexican drug cartels seeking to minimize interference with their operations are using terror to empty the entire area.

They have burned down homes in Esperanza ("Hope") and torched a church on Good Friday in El Porvenir ("The Future"). Wherever they strike, they leave notes ordering residents to leave.

"They were typewritten, and they said,'You have just a few hours to get out,"' Christian, the 14-year-old, said as he set off for a new life in Texas. Like others cited in this story, he would give only his first name for fear of reprisal. Some were so afraid they wouldn't even give that.

In El Porvenir, which normally has about 3,000 residents, only a couple hundred appear to remain. During Easter Week, when schools were closed and the plaza would normally bustle, the only things moving in the center of town were a few stray dogs.
The exodus appears to be the work of the Sinaloa cartel, Mexico's most powerful drug organization. The Associated Press, citing U.S. intelligence, reported last week that the group has seized control of smuggling corridors through the region after a bloody, two-year battle with the Juarez cartel.
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#573 Apr 17, 2010
Marijuana and Money is Confiscated on Laredo Bridge

Customs agents confiscated 203, 509 dollars in cash, as well as 145 pounds of marijuana in two separate cases.

Saturday, April 17, 2010
By: LAREDO SUN

LAREDO, Tx.- Customs agents confiscated 203, 509 dollars in cash from a 28 year old Texan as well as 145 pounds of marijuana from a Laredoan that was headed to the United States.

Customs and Border Protection spokeswoman, Mucia Dovalina, stated that the money was confiscated from a Sherman, Texas resident that tried to leave the United States through the Juárez-Lincoln international bridge.

The subject traveled in a 2000 Chevrolet Silverado with Texas plates when he was detained on a routine inspection.

Secondary inspectors detected 25 plastic packages in the truck tires.

The drug was seized from a 40 year old Laredoan that arrived on the Juárez-Lincoln international bridge in a 1996 GMC Safari truck.

Federal inspectors found 54 plastic packages with a total of 145 pounds of pot, with a street value of 145,000 dollars.

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#574 Apr 17, 2010
DPS nabs suspected smugglers during raid Friday

Posted: Friday, April 16, 2010

Arizona Department of Public Safety officers made a series of arrests on Friday of suspects believed to be involved in human smuggling.

DPS spokesman Officer Robert Bailey says the case began April 8 when an officer tried to stop a pickup on a Phoenix freeway that turned out to be carrying five undocumented immigrants and two smuggling suspects.

DPS officers raided an Avondale home on Friday morning, and police initially said they had captured a smuggling kingpin.

Bailey says that turned out to be incorrect, but information they found led them to another house, where a vehicle left carrying six undocumented immigrants and a smuggler.

Officers then went back to the home and arrested six more suspects. They found three undocumented immigrants, one a 7-year-old girl who was on her way to Chicago. The girl had no relatives with her.

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#575 Apr 18, 2010
Juárez: 10 federales arrested, accused of extortion

By Aileen B. Flores
El Paso Times
Posted: 04/18/2010

The director of the Mexican federal police said in an interview that 10 members of his police force have been arrested in Juárez on charges of extortion.

Facundo Rosas Rosas said on the agency's Web site that the officers were arrested by other members of the agency last week.
The officers were accused of extortion and breaking into private property without official orders.

Rosas Rosas said the agency was told that the officers were making a business out of illegal products. He did not specify the types of products.

"We as police are obliged to follow the law and its rules, and it is not right that these individuals take advantage of this opportunity, so we detained them," he said.

In the interview, Rosas Rosas said the arrests of the officers are a clear message to the public that illegal activity will not be tolerated.

He said that to gain the people's trust, the agency has to show that it will not tolerate that type of conduct among its own members.

He said the rule of law has to be a role model to the public and give it hope that the violence pervasive in Juárez will be resolved.

Rosas Rosas said he believes his agency is working in the right direction. He said that since the federal police took over the streets of Juárez the first week of April, homicides decreased from seven to four a day.

On April 5, the presence of federal police dramatically increased in the city, where more than 4,800 people have been killed since 2008.

Mexican officials have said that throughout April, 1,900 federal police officers will be sent by the federal government to Juárez, increasing the federal corps to 4,500.

Rosas Rosas said that the same week the federal police took over, six hit men of the Juárez drug cartel and four gang members who used to work for the Sinaloa cartel were arrested.

The violence that has gripped Juárez has been attributed mostly to a war between drug cartels.

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