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Everything you can find on Mexican kidnappers, the ones who do the Kidnapping:
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According to police in Phoenix, there were more than 350 kidnappings last year, compared to none a decade ago. In El Paso, the number of attacks on the border went up by 150 percent last year, Romero said. At the same time, attacks against border patrol agents increased 108 percent from 2004 to 2005, according to U.S. Border Patrol Chief David Aguilar. Romero attributed these jumps to more criminals being involved in the smuggling trade.
Migrants and activists in Agua Prieta, a small Mexican border town less than a mile south of the Arizona border, and Juárez, a town on Mexico's border with Texas controlled by drug cartels, also reported increased violence by coyotes, including beatings and rapes of migrants.
Link not secure but from newsite "Prensa Mexicana"
2/10/07 Formal prison kidnappers operating in two states
Attorney General of the Republic started formal proceedings against Carlos David Sullivan Blanquest, Elizabeht chef Blanquest Sullivan, Francisco Dominguez Gregory or Primitivo Grancisco Dominguez Gregory, Mario Rivera and Ernesto Valverde Romain Gozalez Seone.
They were arrested in the town of Atizapan de Zaragoza, state of Mexico.
The RMP stressed that the accused are linked to a criminal group that carried out a large number of kidnappings in the states of Mexico and Morelos.
(The names may be useful while scouring the net.)
Survival rate for victims
They are coming into USA from Mexico to kidnap Americans: Video posted 03.07.08
More 60 Americans kidnapped.
Not secure: its ok all public, not terror run.
Some of the 18 recent kidnapping victims have been killed, while others have survived but suffered serious injuries, Slotter says. Kidnappers raped some of the female victims. The violence associated with the abductions "goes way beyond anything we've seen, in terms of brutality," he says. "We don't really know why."
SOURCE: 2ND link above.
Last year, at least 26 San Diego County residents were kidnapped and held for ransom in Tijuana, Rosarito Beach or Ensenada, local FBI agents overseeing the cases said yesterday. Handcuffs and hoods over the head are common, While driving in Mexico, this person is pulled over by as many as 10 people posing as police.
They're carrying weapons, wearing vests and using police jargon. Within a minute or two, someone is shoving a hood over the victim's head and dragging him into a vehicle. His car is left on the side of the road.
"We've had victims held for days to months,"3rd link above.
An estimated 3,000 kidnappings took place in Mexico in 2003, second only to Colombia worldwide.
Mexico's ransom market is thought to be worth in excess of $100 million a year, according to Kroll, an international risk consultant. But Mr. Rios says it's becoming more common to see demands of $1,500 and lower. Just last week, a 6-year-old boy was snatched from the neighborhood abutting Benito Juarez and his distraught parents were ordered to pay $200, a fortune for those who can't afford meat for dinner or fees for school. The boy was found dead. Criminals working in poor areas are emboldened by the examples of the professional kidnappers and the lack of convictions, say observers. 4th link above.
Los Zetas former Mexican Army Special Forces working for Drug Cartels.
Below is a news story that was translated from a newspaper in Mexico. The story gives an interesting insight into the type of
combatants at work along the southern border. Los Zetas has crossed into the United States many times conducting ops, a few
times the border patrol has been surprised by these commando style operations and found themselves out gunned. Los Zetas work
for the drug cartels and still maintain ties to former friends in the Mexican Military.
MEXICO CITY, Mexico, in October. 29, 2004 .- Les called "Zetas." 29, 2004 .- Les called "Zetas."
It is alleged that former military elite were recruited in the late 1990's by the Gulf Cartel.
Initially its operations center was in Matamaros, but then moved to Nuevo Laredo, Tamaulipas.
But they also have influence in Nuevo Leon, Chihuahua, Coahuila and Michoacan.Usually dressed in black and carrying large-
caliber weapons.According to the Attorney General of the Republic (PGR), Los Zetas were responsible for the intelligence
work, protection and intimidation against rival organizations Osiel Cardenas, the alleged leader of the Gulf Cartel.They were
given dozens of executions to carry out. Los Zetas often clash with elements of the army and the municipal police and always
seem to escape. A current government investigating of Los Zetas alleged involvement since 2001 in the release of prisoners in
jails of Tamaulipas, Michoacan, Guerrero and the State of Mexico (Edomex).
Los Zetas are linked to the kidnapping and murder of four agents of the Federal Agency of Investigation (AFI), this occurred
in December 2003, Tamaulipas. Since March 14, 2003,Los Zetas have been involved in several clashes with rival organizations
and taking over terroritory and routes of the infamous "Gulf Cartel".
Last April 2. Nine people, apparently members of the Juarez Cartel, were executed by Los Zetas.Last September Los Zetas
staged another armed confrontation, but this time in Nuevo Leon.They killed two policemen and abducted several people, which
subsequently have been released. In recent months the army and the PGR have arrested several low ranking members of the
Zetas. Since last June the RMP offered a reward for those who provide information leading to the capture of Los Zetas members
but it was met with little or no success.
***For some deeper insight into Los Zetas do a search using Google Video. I would turn off the sound on the video and just watch the videos. Notice the types of weapons and the dress of the terrorist. Look at the settings that the videos take place.
June 4, 2008
I spoke with a colleague, a Hispanic guy born and raised in Mexico now residing in L.A., CA. He just returned from vacation in Mexico where he has a lot of family. They had warned him about traveling in Mexico and this guy is clearly visibly Hispanic. So, it's not safe for natives as well according to him, not just foreigners.
He mentioned the Nuevo Laredo area as being a problem area as elsewhere reported. Nothing new there. When I pressed him, asking if I wanted to "scratch beneath the surface" more to get some closer type of info, where should I go? He stated to contact the newspapers just over the border in Tijuana. He said there are some English papers there with reporters who may open up a bit more. EXCELLENT IDEA...g
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I would be interested what role the Mexican police have in all of this. I know people who have been kidnapped, robbed and left in the desert outside of Tijuana by police. This is not what happening with this but I will be dollars to donuts that the police/security forces are facilitating this somehow.
|Anonymous||Threats continue (Mexican journalist)||0||Apr 16 2008, 10:50 PM EDT by Anonymous|
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Threats continue through April for journos Posted on April 16, 2008 by MexicoReporter
THE IDEA HERE IS FOR SOMEONE TO CONTACT THIS REPORTER AND FIND OUT WHAT HE KNOWS * REPORTERS CAN BE VERY INSIGHTFUL
The month of April started off badly, and it doesn’t look like letting up anytime soon. Two journalists received menacing phone calls this week as a result of reports they’ve written.
Silvia Otero of the Mexican national newspaper El Universal wrote an article earlier this week reporting the arrest of Daniel Perez Rojas, also known as ‘El Cachetes’, in Guatemala.
According to CENCOS, Pérez Rojas is a former military officer and the former head bodyguard of drug cartel leader Osiel Cárdenas. He is also believed to have been one of the founders of the “Los Zetas” gang, ex-Army Special Forces turned mercenaries operating along the Texas-Mexico border region.
After writing the report. Otero received a far from courteous phone call from Pérez Rojas lawyer, Omar Cerecedo. He warned the journalist to be ‘careful and ask God to protect you.’
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