Monday, April 8, 2013



Note: reductions in law enforcement on both sides of the border, but
not by the drug cartels.

Quite a few pages, but read it.


Note: A direct effect on AZMEX border security. Would seem that
"arrangements" continue to be put in place by the PRI federal
government. Mexican armed forces have been the only effective
counter to the drug cartels which rose to power during previous PRI

by: Editor on April 5, 2013
Army Reduces 25% dedicated to the effective anti-drug fight

The Mexican Army reduced the number of troops involved in actions
against crime and drug trafficking, and thousands of items previously
performed by public security work are now trained to be part of the
National Gendarmerie, revealed officials involved in the National
Council Public Safety.

They noted that the decrease of soldiers changed schemes were
established under which the so-called joint operations, in which
involved federal and local authorities against criminal groups in
areas such as Baja California, Chihuahua and Sinaloa during the
government of Felipe Calderón.

Respondents noted that due to the reduction of troops have been
withdrawn vehicular checkpoints at different road sections have been
canceled and deterrence operating in states such as Michoacán and
Veracruz, and since December federal institutions acting jointly, now
in charge specific areas individually, and if necessary, as in
assaults or confrontations ask the support of other agencies.

According to information from the Department of Defense, the military
currently perform the operations of Michoacán, Chihuahua
Coordinated, Culiacán-Navolato-Guamuchil; Northeast, in Nuevo Leon,
Tamaulipas, Coahuila and Veracruz; Laguna Segura, Durango and
Coahuila, Isthmus, in Oaxaca, Veracruz and Tabasco; Veracruz Secure,
Aguascalientes - Zacatecas, Villahermosa, Morelos Acapulco Secure,
Guerrero and Hurundal I; Dragon, valleys of Bravo & Toluca, State
of Mexico, Mixteca, in Oaxaca, La Barca and Bloqueo, in Jalisco;
Mexico-Belize Border 10-2012 and 1-2013 Belize Mexico Border, in
Quintana Roo and Campeche; MaravillaTenejapa and Tapachula Secure in
Chiapas; Triagulo de Brecha 1-2013 in Guerrero, Michoacan and Mexico
State and Sierra Madre III in Sinaloa and Durango.

Officials interviewed reported that during the administration of
Felipe Calderón used more than 50,000 troops to fight criminal
groups, but during the government of Enrique Peña Nieto force status
for these tasks fell to 32,000 elements.

That is, decreased by almost 25 percent the number of soldiers who
are tasked daily to combat organized crime.

Of the more than 20,000 soldiers who no longer participate in public
security work, the sources consulted, 8,500 will participate in the
creation of the National Gendarmerie and 1,500 Marines are expected
to join this new federal force that will maintain a military
profile, but acting under the command of the Ministry of the
Interior, through the National Security Commission.

La Jornada

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