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    **BorderInfo: Drug Trafficking, Enviromental Disaster Along US-Mexico Border 1/27: By US-Mexico Border Information Projects Drug Busts: 1) Seven Mexican Drug
    Message 1 of 1 , Jan 28, 2003
      **BorderInfo: Drug Trafficking, Enviromental Disaster Along US-Mexico Border
      1/27: By US-Mexico Border Information Projects

      Drug Busts:
      1) Seven Mexican Drug Agents Arrested in Tijuana on Drug Charges
      2) Juárez Federal Anti-Drug Office Raided Like Others in Mexico

      Enviromental Problems:
      3) Tamaulipas' Burgos Gas Basin Described as a Corrupt, Environmental Disaster
      1) Seven Mexican Drug Agents Arrested in Tijuana on Drug Charges
      FNS: January 24, 2003

      On Friday, January 10, 2003, the Tijuana commander of a Mexican federal anti-drug agency, the FEADS (Fiscalía Especializada en Atención de Delitos Contra la Salud), was arrested along with six agents under his control. The raid was carried out by federal police agents and forces from the Mexican Army. Three other agents are still being sought by authorities.

      The agents have been charged with drug violations and other crimes. When they were arrested, the agents were holding captive two men that they had arrested for allegedly transporting more than four tons of marijuana.
      The men, who had been held for three days without being processed through the Mexican legal system as they should have, said that the FEADS agents wanted them to pay US$2 million for their release. It is unclear if they were to be released with or without the seized marijuana.

      The men also said that the FEADS agents were demanding the names of the people from whom they had received the marijuana. The FEADS agents were not charged with kidnapping in the case although charges still may be added.

      In a January 13 statement to the Tijuana newspaper Frontera (no relationship to Frontera NorteSur), José Campos Murillo, a federal assistant attorney general, admitted that the FEADS Tijuana office "had gotten out of control." He added however that the FEADS as an institution is not under investigation, nor is the head of the FEADS, Mario Bermúdez Molina.

      The six FEADS agents that were arrested had all been with the agency for less than six months. Prior to this they were with the Agencia Federal de Investigaciones (Federal Investigation Agency, AFI) and the Policía Judicial Federal (Federal Judicial Police) which later became the AFI.
      Source: Frontera (Tijuana), January 14, 2003. Article by Agustín Pérez Aguilar.
      2) Juárez Federal Anti-Drug Office Raided Like Others in Mexico
      FNS:  January 17, 2003

      As part of the fallout from the January 10, 2003 raid on the Tijuana office of the Mexican federal anti-drug agency, the FEADS (Fiscalía Especializada en Atención de Delitos Contra la Salud), 17 other offices around Mexico were raided by 500 soldiers from the Mexican Army on Thursday, January 16, 2003. Among the offices closed was the FEADS facility in Ciudad Juárez, Chihuahua. Offices in Sonora, Tamaulipas, Nayarit, Chiapas, Guerrero, Baja California, Oaxaca, Sinaloa, Tabasco, Yucatán and Jalisco were also raided by Army units.

      Angel Buendía, a high-level investigator with Mexico's Procuraduría General de la República (Attorney General's Office, PGR), stated that his office was "cleaning house" and that Army units were employed in the raids so that no compromised law-enforcement officers could help corrupt FEADS agents escape. The Army is also entrusted with preserving any possible evidence within the FEADS offices.

      Buendía said that the PGR is investigating FEADS for the possible protection of drug cartels, unjustified investigations, suspicious release of crime suspects, illegal seizures, and other crimes such as keeping seized drugs for personal gain.

      Wherever FEADS offices around the country were raided, their personnel was sent to Mexico City. This also applied to the Cd. Juárez FEADS office.

      The FEADS office in Cd. Juárez has been previously involved in scandals. In August, 2001 a local police officer claimed he was beaten, disarmed and handcuffed when he asked FEADS agents for identification when they were carrying assault rifles as they exited a vehicle.

      In October, 2001, César Antonio Dávalos Flores was killed when the FEADS Suburban he was driving was machined gun. Dávalos was not a FEADS official and it has never been made publicly known to whom the Suburban had been assigned.

      One month later, in the Los Nogales neighborhood, neighbors to the FEADS office complained to the State Human Rights Commission that federal officers had them living in fear because they would stand outside with assault rifles, sometimes drinking beer.

      Currently, 15% of the approximately 160 FEADS officers stationed in various states throughout Mexico are under investigation for complaints initiated by the government or individuals, according to Buendía.

      Buendía also stated that the six remaining FEADS offices in the country may also fall under investigation.
      The so-called "house cleaning" inside the FEADS began after the arrest of agents from that organization stationed in Tijuana. They are accused of holding alleged drug traffickers for millions of dollars in ransom and of agreeing to return more than four tons of marijuana if the ransom was paid.

      For more on the Tijuana arrests go to: http://frontera.nmsu.edu/Tijuananews.html
      Source: El Diario, January 17, 2003.
      3) Tamaulipas' Burgos Gas Basin Described as a Corrupt, Environmental Disaster
      FNS: January 27, 2003

      In a report on the 2002 Tamaulipas activities of the Procuraduría Federal de Protección al Medio Ambiente (Federal Environmental Protection Agency, Profepa), Jesús Antonio Ibarra Carecer, the Tamaulipas head of Profepa, said that violations at gas drilling sites in the Burgos Basin stood out among the state's environmental problems. The Burgos Basin is currently planned to play a significant roll in Mexico's energy future.

      According to Ibarra, five of the basin's 359 gas wells were closed because "they committed grand excesses" related to their disposal of residues. When Profepa investigated the matter it found, in Ibarra's words, "a large mafia that operated around Pemex gas extraction permits, the problem being that companies would subcontract to other companies who would then subcontract to others which led to a lack of responsibility by a few firms that resulted in the abandonment of 20,000 metric tons of waste in the first months of 2002."

      The improper treatment of hydrocarbon-contaminated mud and waste that came from the drilling of some wells led to the closure of four companies, said Ibarra. Most of the problem was near Reynosa, Tamaulipas.

      Héctor Manuel Sánchez López, of the Secretaría de Medio Ambiente y Recursos Naturales (Secretariat of Environment and Natural Resources, Semarnat), told the Reynosa newspaper El Mañana that "nearly 7,000 hectares of grazing and other land have been devastated" in the Burgos Basin.

      Commenting on the problem of the drilling waste, José Antonio Suárez Fernández, the director of scientific research at the Universidad Autónoma de Tamaulipas (UAT), said that the pollution problem stems from the fact that the area does not have a designated waste disposal site. "It's impossible to have waste sites because of people's reaction to them," he said. He continued by saying that a lack of environmental supervision is also part of the problem.

      During 2002, Profepa issued nearly 24 million pesos (approximately US$2.4 million) in fines to entities that broke environmental and safety regulations. The industrial sector of the Tamaulipas economy paid half of these fines, 12 million pesos.

      Profepa also seized nearly 3 million cubic meters of illegally forested wood materials as well as illegally trafficked animals and animal skins.
      Source: El Mañana (Reynosa), January 27, 2003.
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