Friday, May 4, 2012



Note: the s/n's on the alleged "barretts" would be very useful.
Have to wonder if they will be sent back to BATFE for tracing? Or
maybe Mex. govt. issue?

Published: 05/03/2012 7:49 By: SUN
After shootout arsenal seized in Guasave, Sinaloa
After the shooting seized 25 firearms, including two 50-caliber
Barrett, 1,600 rounds of ammunition, 95 magazines, a grenade launcher
and eight grenades of various types.

Culiacan, Sinaloa (SUN)

In Bamoa station, Guasave, where the Army gunned down 10 suspected
criminals, seized 25 firearms, including two 50-caliber Barrett,
1,600 rounds of ammunition, 95 magazines, a grenade launcher and
eight grenades of various types.

They also seized four vehicles, two of them armored, whose records
are checked to establish the identity of their owners.

According to a statement of the Ninth Military Zone, ground
inspection by the area, soldiers found armed men, which at its
presence felt attacked by what is said aggression.

The armed group took refuge in the hotel Macurin, located down the
street Benito Juarez, where the military exchanged fire for several
hours, until 10 of them were killed and two soldiers were killed.

The State Attorney's Office said there is no evidence that this has a
connection with clashes last weekend in the Sierra de Choix, where 13
suspected criminals were killed by federal forces.

In those same events, a municipal police officer of Choix and copilot
of a helicopter of the armed forces were killed.

Note: nothing like being defenseless

Women journalists are more vulnerable to violence
In Mexico, since 2005 there were at least nine murders and a
disappearance between communicators
DANGER Unlike their male counterparts, they "use the power of
journalism to report" high-profile cases. (Photo: ARCHIVE / EL

MEXICO CITY | Thursday May 3, 2012
Reuters | The Universal

Women journalists are increasingly victims of violence associated
with organized crime and corruption in Mexico, which since 2005 has
left at least nine murders and a disappearance between the

"It is women who are now beginning to be victims of the massacres as
well, and disappearances" reported today, World Press Freedom,
Mexican journalist Elvira Garcia.

In an interview, also author of "They, by typing its
history" (Grijalbo, 2012), is firm in stating that women are now "who
are doing the best journalism in Mexico."

"It seems a bold statement but I hold it," adds Garcia (Mexico City,
1952), a journalist with 40 years of experience.

In his book features interviews and profiles of 14 women who are both
"citizens and journalists," able to combine work with staff and
making quality journalism.

"They do not use journalism to his face or his voice or his name be
famous. It is used as a tool to uncover the truth and corruption," he

Unlike their male colleagues, who "live more like journalists
exercising power from the 'fourth power'," they "use the power of
journalism to report" high-profile cases such as corruption in
Petroleos Mexicanos (Pemex) and the suffering of the families of
victims of crime without a name, among others.

Marcela Turati, Anabel Hernandez, Blanche Petrich, Dolia Estevez and
Argentina Stella Calloni are professionals "at some point have
experienced harassment," whether political, legal, sexual, or an
attempt to curb the exercise of freedom of expression .

Are women involved in "trying to open the Pandora's boxes" and when
they do, "we found a load of things poorly managed," he says.

For Garcia, the role of women engaged in journalism is "as relevant"
in Mexico that are now "all sources, including in traditionally
occupied by men, such as policing," which considers "the most
dangerous "at this time.

Remember that the first disappearance of a communicator occurred on
November 19, 2009 in Zamora, in the western state of Michoacan. This
is Mary Esther Cansimbe Aguilar, who is still missing "to be
revealing corruption among city officials and drug traffickers."

The National Human Rights Commission (CNDH), a body with functions of
the Ombudsman, has recorded 77 murders of journalists and media
workers from 2000 to date, what makes this country one of the most
dangerous in the world for journalism.

Among them are indigenous Teresa Bautista and Felicitas Martínez,
murdered in Oaxaca on April 7, 2008, Maria Elvira Hernández Galeana,
the June 28, 2010, and Ordaz Yolanda de la Cruz, the July 26, 2011.

The most recent case occurred on April 29, when the weekly Proceso
reporter Regina Martinez was found murdered in Xalapa, Veracruz
state, recalled Elvira Garcia, who spoke in favor of journalists
press to his death "does not go unpunished ".

Writer, producer and radio presenter and contributor to magazines
such as This Country, Elvira Garcia is also the author of biographies
like Francisco Gabilondo Soler, better known as "Cri Cri" and the
poet Pita Love


Marijuana, suspected smugglers nabbed
May 02, 2012 5:45 PM

Border Patrol agents from Yuma Sector arrested 12 suspected smugglers
and seized more than 483 pounds of marijuana in two separate
incidents on Tuesday.

According to agent Spencer Tippets, of the Yuma Sector Public Affairs
Office, Wellton Station agents were patrolling southwest of Gila Bend
early that morning when they detected a group of suspected drug
smugglers walking through the desert carrying large, rectangular

Tippets said agents eventually caught up to the group, apprehending
five suspects. They had been carrying a total of 315 pounds of
marijuana, which was estimated to be worth nearly $158,000.

The marijuana and suspects, all Mexican nationals, were turned over
to the Maricopa County Sheriff's Office.

About two hours later, other Wellton Station agents patrolling in the
same general area located a second group of suspected drug smugglers
traveling through the desert.

Tippets said this time seven people, carrying 168 pounds of
marijuana, were apprehended. The marijuana, valued at $84,000, was
seized and the subjects were processed for removal.

Tippets said agents don't know if the two groups were connected in
any way. "Obviously they were smuggling the same type of drug, in the
same area, within a very short time frame, but we just don't know."

Although he was only speculating, Tippets said drug trafficking
organizations have used a tactic in the past in which a small load is
sacrificed in hopes of a larger load making through while agents are
thought to be occupied.

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