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Balloons loaded with Survelliance Cameras to monitor Rio Grand Border

The balloons, laden with cameras first technology will be used by the Border Patrol to monitor the Rio Grande

Flying at 765 meters (2,500 ft) covered by scrub ranches near the border with Mexico, a balloon loaded with high-tech cameras used by the Border Patrol can easily see a group of reporters and the brand, color and model of their vehicles to a few kilometers (miles) away.

The balloons, laden with cameras first technology will be used by the Border Patrol to monitor the Rio Grande


In Iraq and Afghanistan, where the technology has already proven to be effective for attackers to locate, monitor such airships around the bases. U.S. officials believe they can be just as effective to track drug smugglers and migrants trying to cross the border without permission by a steep stretch of the Rio Grande where there is no boundary fence.

The Border Patrol is testing two airships filled with helium to them by the Department of Defense. Congressional staff joined representatives from the departments of Homeland Security and Defense on Wednesday near the border town of Rome, about 400 kilometers (260 miles) south of San Antonio, to witness what the balloon can do.

The two airships, one of nearly 17 meters (55 feet) and the other 22 meters (72 feet) – that are tested on the border were manufactured in North Carolina by TCOM, a company based in Maryland.

Inside, the balloon is equipped with air conditioning and three banks of video monitors scan the area, approaches to make vehicles that are miles (kilometers) away, and quickly switch to infrared located a car that moves through a parking lot.

Blimps cameras have ability to see in Mexico, but the Border Patrol spokesman Henry Mendiola said that’s not the intention.

The larger model can stay in the air for at least 14 days. Although the balloons cannot cover anywhere near the range of a helicopter or unmanned military aircraft, are much cheaper to operate.

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Posted by on 08/23/2012 in Border, Crime!


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Chihuahua Governor asks for border agents arrest; No Justice!

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A child is killed and the Chihuahua Governor asks for border agents arrest; No Justice!

The lower Sergio Adrian Hernandez Guereca, 14 years old, was killed by a Border Patrol agent in broad daylight

The Governor of Chihuahua Cesar Duarte Jaquez, called for the arrest and extradition of a Border Patrol agent who killed a child on the banks of the Rio Grande on the border.

The lower Sergio Adrian Hernandez Guereca, 14 years old, was killed by a Border Patrol agent in broad daylight with dozens of witnesses when he walked by the crossing at the International Bridge Paso del Norte, recorded the time of the crime.

Duarte Jaquez confirmed the application to the Federal Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit United States Government in New Orleans, for the arrest and extradition of the Border Patrol agent, Jesus Mesa.

The murder occurred on June 7, 2010 under the International Bridge in Ciudad Juarez, meanwhile, state prosecutors issued an arrest warrant against the agent from 28 August of that year.

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs informed the government of Mexico submitted to the Federal Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit United States, based in New Orleans, Louisiana, a letter of “Friend of the Court” (Shatter curiae) filed by lawyers of the minor’s family Sergio Adrian Hernandez Guereca.

The paper emphasizes the obligation of all states to legally answer for the conduct of its authorities, including the courts, in cases of human rights violations.

The suit was dismissed at first instance by a federal court in El Paso, Texas.

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Posted by on 07/13/2012 in Crime!


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Mexico- why is Ciudad Juarez the most dangerous city?

Map showing the Rio Grande drainage basin.
Map showing the Rio Grande drainage basin. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The authorities of the State of Chihuahua and Ciudad Juarez say it is not the world’s most violent city

The authorities of the State of Chihuahua and Ciudad Juarez say it is not the most violent city in the world. That honor now falls to San Pedro Sula, Honduras, or in some areas of Rio or Caracas, who knows. The killings have gone from over 3,000 in 2010 to 2,000 last year and the trend continues downward. A new governor, the presence of federal police in the past year and a half billions of federal government investment and the mobilization of its people have contributed.

However, local journalists attribute the drop in the number of homicides to a very simple reason: the Sinaloa cartel, headed by Joaquin, El Chapo Guzman, has imposed on the remnants of the Juarez cartel, which was founded 20 years ago by Armando Carrillo Fuentes, the Lord of Heaven, named for the air fleet which came to move cocaine to the U.S..

But what happened to the city of tame Indians met by the Spanish Franciscans, the liberals of Benito Juarez, the Apaches of the skirmishes, and raids of Pancho Villa became the turn of the century in the capital world of crime?

Ciudad Juarez is impressive it has a special vibe as the Mexicans say. A vast expanse of flat land urbanized until the eye with buildings that do not exceed two floors. West and north the limit and the border mountains on the south, the desert. On the dusty streets, not always paved and poorly lit, rusting cars without number plates, stunning Suburban or Explorer trucks tinted windows and pickups of police patrols. Do not walk on them handsome and tough like Benicio del Toro and talking softly with his eyes closed, but teens fucking dwarf, poor and probably armed. Actually no walks. Juarez does not invite the stranger nothing, puts to the test.

It is the great backyard of El Paso, Texas, paradoxically, the most peaceful city in the U.S… On this side separates the Rio Grande, because once had floods and floods, and is now a dry moat. On the other, the Rio Grande is green and channeled peers. Three bridges cross the international office, where thousands of vehicles take more than hour and a half to travel to a crawl just 500 meters. In the main, before arriving at the poster you like “Bon Voyage”, a cross on a pink background and a small sign at the bottom that says “No More!” Reminiscent of the more than 1,200 women killed, shot, raped, tortured, beheaded and dismembered in the last 20 years.

City border and femicide, was a woman, Ignacia Jasso, the Nacha, which began in the late twenties of last century smuggling drugs north. Marijuana and heroin flowed naturally to the hearts of the soldiers gringos. La Nacha, with the help of his man, Pablote, a couple of legend, he mastered the business without serious mishaps over 50 years.

Juarez then began to change. In the mid-sixties came the maquilas, the factories of components that dominate half of the territory, today converted into a symbol of labor exploitation. Men and women, especially women, in southern Chihuahua found work in them.

The new and the old smuggling industry filled the pockets of the city, but there was still worse to come.

The signing of the FTA with the U.S. in 1993, born the same year as the Juarez cartel, another paradox was much bigger business. Flashes of this unlikely Eldorado came to southern Mexico. Thousands of women traveled there in search of jobs they had lost in the field. The city received 100,000 new residents a year, the population doubled in a decade to almost a million and a half now, as fast growing real estate speculation. But only awaited the mob, not of course public services. They found a swamp of impunity in which criminals and corrupt police officials imposed by law. There were many weapons, drugs and money. Killing was very easy and almost impossible to be punished for. It was born a Factory of crime as his indispensable book titled journalist Sandra Rodriguez. Homicides increased from year to year from 55 to 120.

Thousands of gang members, i.e., “who at the age of 17,” wrote Magda as Coss Nogueda in Arms trafficking in Mexico, “have already chosen which song they want to be buried”, became killers. Came the Aztecs, the Mexicles, assassins Murderers, named for their origin graffiti, and Line, the group of agents working for the cartel.

And here came Chapo. From 2007 and especially 2008 the Sinaloa cartel began to dispute the Juarez plaza. Murderers for hire were recruited, as armed guards who divided, bribed and threatened his opponents, public officials and infiltrated the police as part of organized crime.

A wave of betrayal and revenge spread through the city, the settling of scores made some months exceeded the 200 murders. The drug war would leave thousands of dead and missing in the streets in mass graves in the desert. Now, that wheel of death begins to stop. The sun begins to set on the big stage of the crime.

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Posted by on 05/11/2012 in Crime!, Mexican Drug Cartels


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Thirteen suspected criminal gangs members were killed in Nuevo Laredo

Thursday afternoon heavy gunfire was reported in the city Laredo (Texas, United States), , no casualties reported by government forces

Thirteen suspected criminal gangs members were killed in Nuevo Laredo

Thirteen suspected criminal gangs members were killed in Nuevo Laredo

NUEVO LAREDO, March 1. – Thirteen suspects were killed during a shootout with the Mexican Army and police in the border city of Nuevo Laredo, the military said.

This afternoon, heavy gunfire was reported in that city, on the border with Laredo (Texas, United States), on the southern bank of the Rio Grande and where several areas of the town were blocked.

The sources corresponding by telephone said, the military zoned off the area and that thirteen suspected criminal gangs members were killed in the fighting, and added that government forces had no casualties. They did not specify whether anyone was arrested during the operation.

The state of Tamaulipas, Nuevo Laredo has been one of the most affected by the violence generated by drug cartels in the country.

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Posted by on 03/02/2012 in Crime!, Mexican Drug Cartels


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Gulf Cartel member pleads guilty in US court!

English: A map of Matamoros in the state of Ta...

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José Luis Zúñiga Hernández said he was fleeing from certain death when he was arrested near the Rio Grande

A senior member of the Gulf Cartel, related to operations in the city of Matamoros, on Monday pleaded guilty to charges related to immigration and arms one day before the start of jury selection his federal trial in Brownsville.

A statement issued by federal prosecutors said José Luis Zúñiga Hernández presented his guilty plea in federal court in Brownsville. District Judge Andrew Hanen district ordered to remain in custody until his sentencing hearing, scheduled for April 16. It could be sentenced up to 30 years in prison.

Court documents have shown that Zuniga, also known as “Comandante Guicho,” admitted his involvement in marijuana trafficking operations of the Gulf Cartel.

Zuniga said he was running away from “certain death” when U.S. agents arrested him on October 26 near the Rio Grande carrying a gold-plated gun, cocaine and approximately $ 20,000.


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Posted by on 01/10/2012 in Crime!, Mexican Drug Cartels


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Grenade attack on Los Zetas, people killed! Was it the Sinaloa Cartel?

Map showing the Rio Grande drainage basin.

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Suspected members of the Sinaloa cartel, headed by Joaquin El Chapo Guzman, using grenades and heavy weapons attacked municipal police and civilians suspected of being drug dealers for Los Zetas in Fresnillo, Jerez, Río Grande, Sombrerete and in Zacatecas. In the fighting four people were killed and eight were wounded by the grenade.

After the attacks, a group of the gunmen went inside the premises of the Regional General Hospital in the capital, threatened the medical staff and took three of the four wounded had been brought to the hospital medical treatment.

In a first report, the Attorney General of the State (PGJE) attributed the events to “clashes between low level drug dealers or narcomenudistas”, and reported six people injured in the community of La Rosita, west of the capital, where a grenade was detonated in a business.

Apparently, this attack was directed at two men who were at the location identified as Rafael Ramos and Vicente Escobedo, who are among the six injured, four of whom were taken to General Hospital and two to the IMSS hospital in the capital.

Two of them were reported to be in serious condition, others were reported to have wounds caused by shrapnel, which also damaged the sides of buildings and vehicles parked nearby, as reported by the PGJE.

Although not directly confirmed by authorities, a source close to General Hospital confirmed that shortly after four of the wounded were admitted to the hospital, an armed commando took away three of them at gun point.
In another attack, which was confirmed by the Attorney General Arturo Nahle Garcia, occurred at the premises of the Municipal Police in Fresno, where sicarios traveling in several vehicles detonated another grenade.
According to the prosecutor, the explosive device only caused damage to the wall of the building and also to vehicles parked outside, but there was unofficial information that two agents of the Preventive Police were injured by shrapnel.

During the day various local media outlets and eyewitnesses accounts reported to the Military Zone as well as radio news, that similar attacks were also made in Jerez, Rio Grande and Sombrerete.
In Jerez, a group of about 70 men in 20 vehicles entered the city and came to the offices of the Municipal Police, where they took away several preventive police officers at gunpoint.

Several hours later the police officers were brought back with blunt injuries to their bodies.
According to testimony by citizens of Jerez, a suspected safe house believed to belong to Los Zetas was attacked by a commando that sparked a shootout with another group inside that resulted in at least four of the gunmen killed.

The attackers took the bodies of the dead men with them only leaving the traces of blood. The PGJE sent security personnel to protect the house in order to allow investigators to process the scene.

At other houses that were potentially safe houses for Los Zetas in Sombrerete and Rio Grande, near Durango and Torreon, they were also attacked by commandos in similar circumstances where grenades were also detonated.

Helicopters of the Federal Police (PF) conducted a search in the area for the attackers of both incidents but they were unable to locate them.


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Posted by on 12/18/2011 in Mexican Drug Cartels


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Death toll- continues to rise in Ciudad Juarez! Daily?

More dead bodies!

More dead bodies!

Ciudad Juarez, located across the Rio Grande from El Paso, Texas, has been plagued by a wave of drug-related violence in recent years blamed on a war for control of smuggling routes into the United States being waged by the Juarez and Sinaloa cartels with backing from hitmen from local street gangs.

Nearly 10,000 people have been murdered in the border city since 2008.
The murder rate took off in Juarez, a city of 1.2 million people, in 2007, when 310 people were killed, then it more than tripled to 1,607 in 2008, according to Chihuahua state Attorney General’s Office figures, with the number of killings climbing to 2,754 in 2009.

More than 3,100 people were murdered in the border city last year, making 2010 the worst year since a war between rival drug gangs sent the homicide rate skyrocketing in 2008.

The violence has not subsided in Ciudad Juarez despite the deployment of thousands of soldiers and Federal Police officers in the border city.

The following chart is since the drug wars started by the cartels in Mexico!

62 killed in 2006

2,837 killed in 2007
6,844 killed in 2008
9,635 killed in 2009
15,273 killed in 2010
8,619 (September 26, 2011)
Total killed: 43,000 (December 2006–September 2011)

Total estimate of deaths: 40,000- 50,000

Total disappeared: 10,000  Total displaced: 230,000


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Posted by on 11/10/2011 in Crime!


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