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Mexican Drug War Inside The U.S.: Phoenix Now Kidnap Capital

February 12, 2009
Juan Francisco Perez-Torres was abducted last month in front of his home and ransom demanded. Hundreds of such incidents occur each year in Phoenix, and Mexican drug-smuggling is usually involved.
By Sam Quinones
Los Angeles Times
February 12, 2009
Reporting from Phoenix — In broad daylight one January afternoon, on a street of ranch-style houses with kidney-shaped swimming pools, Juan Francisco Perez-Torres was kidnapped in front of his wife, daughter and three neighbors.

Two men with a gun grabbed the 34-year-old from his van and dragged him 50 yards to a waiting SUV. His wife threw rocks at the car, then gave chase in her own SUV. Neighbors in northwest Phoenix called police. Yet when police found her later, she at first denied there was a problem.

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Arizona has become the new drug gateway into the United States. Roughly half of all marijuana seized along the U.S.-Mexico border was taken on the state’s 370-mile border with Mexico.
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One result is an epidemic of kidnapping that many residents are barely aware of. Indeed, most every other crime here is down. But police received 366 kidnapping-for-ransom reports last year, and 359 in 2007. Police estimate twice that number go unreported.

In September, police spun off a separate detective unit to handle only these smuggling-related kidnappings and home-invasion robberies. Its detectives are now considered among the country’s most expert in those crimes.

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http://www.latimes.com/news/nationworld/
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Torture, Murder of Top Mexican Anti-Drug Man; “Out of Control” Drug War

Mexico: Drug gang clash with army kills 21

February 11, 2009

Mexican soldiers fought gun battles with drug cartel hitmen near the U.S. border on Tuesday after gangsters abducted local police in violence that killed 21 people and left bodies strewn in the desert.

By Julian Cardona
Reuters

Soldiers pursued the hitmen through freezing desert in the northern state of Chihuahua after they dragged nine people, including some police, out of houses and shot six of them at a ranch in the early hours of Tuesday, the army said.

Heavily armed soldiers burst into the ranch, near the Texan border, and shot dead several of the hitmen, later chasing another group by helicopter before killing them too, army spokesman Enrique Torres said from the area.

“The bodies were strewn across the desert outside the nearby town of Villa Ahumada,” said Torres. An army sergeant was among the dead.

It was one of the bloodiest scenes this year in a spiraling drug war that killed more than 5,700 people across Mexico in 2008, damaging the public’s faith in President Felipe Calderon and raising fears of a spillover into the United States.

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http://news.yahoo.com/s/nm/20090211/
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America Closer To A Lawless Neighbor, Drug Cartel Rules Border

January 29, 2009

Mexico inches closer to the rule of drug cartels without further resistance from police and other forms of organized government as Americans know it.  The orgainization will all be criminal.

“These criminal kingpins are not afraid of government authority,” said Rand Corp. terror expert Brian Jenkins. “They’re willing to take it on directly.”

Twenty-two people were found shot dead late Monday and Tuesday in northern Mexico, including four found on property belonging to the state-run oil giant Pemex, police said.

The killings are likely the result of the ongoing war between powerful drug cartels for control of lucrative access corridors to the United States, officials said.

Murders of police, judges, government officials and even at Pemex, a stong non-cartel source of revenue, indicate a state slipping toward failure.

That was the conclusion of a U.S. military report earlier this year.

A recent Pentagon report warned that if trends continue into the next decade, the U.S. must be on alert for the possible “rapid and sudden collapse” of Mexico.

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From CBS News:
http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2009/01/2
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From AFP:
http://news.yahoo.com/s/afp/20090128/w
l_afp/mexicocrimedrugs_20090128120806

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Mexico: Obama Can’t Ignore Elephant on the Continent
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 Drugs, Crime Make Mexico “Under Sustained Assault”
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Mexico: “under sustained assault”; Could “collapse” — U.S. Military
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