Lindsay Marks 6 p.m., Dec. 5
Border News Translations: Free Meals; Fertilizer Theft; Pot Plants; Extortion
TIJUANA BC (Tijuana Press, Daniel Angel, 6/1/11) - Two issues between the Executive and the legislature seem to have concluded after a long debate. Through a press release, the 20th legislature announced, "the Congress of the State accepted free school breakfasts and a new alcohol sales law.” The closure was conducted by the Deputy Marco Antonio Vizcarra Calderon, President of the outgoing Board. On the approved sale of alcohol open containers it was decided, there will be no sales earlier than 10 a.m. or after 3 a.m. However, the Executive said he was unclear about the issue of permits issued by Councils, which it requested to specify. On the free school breakfasts, the law added that the Executive should establish, with the support of the secretariats of social application, education and health, "plans and programs for granting free school breakfasts to all minors who carry out their studies in the public schools of pre-school and primary levels in the State, starting in schools located in “zonas indigenous, rural or high marginalization". Only remaining is three of the five Councils to support.
MEXICALI BC (El Mexicano, Jaime Delgado, 6/1/11) - A group of assailants tried to rob fertilizers from a warehouse of in the town of Ejido Cuernavaca. This comes at a time when similar thefts are occurring in different areas of the Valley of Mexicali. The police report notes four attackers robbed a truck with a gun and refers to two detainees. There was no gunfire according to the Municipal police. Police reported continuing their pursuit until reaching ejido Cuernavaca and poblado Pólvora. The criminals were traveling in a white Jeep they abandoned trying to evade police, but they were located and arrested. The operation involved federal, ministerial and municipal agencies.
TECATE BC (El Mexicano, Betanzos Said, 6/11/11) - During a tour the Preventive State Police Aviation Unit (PEP) officers found marijuana plants in the municipality of Tecate. On Tuesday afternoon patrol, officers from an aircraft, noticed dozens of plants on the Cuchumá Hill. After landing, they located 38 plants. 13 plants were a meter high, 25 plants a half meter in height and 100 plants about 20 centimeters high.
MAZATLAN SIN (El Mexicano, 6/1/11) - Three agents of the Ministry of public security of Mazatlán were separated from their posts for alleged involvement in a sexual abuse complaint. The case involving the police dates back to May 21, when officers located a couple having sex on the beach and did not stop them. The head of group, tried to extort from them and requested sex from the woman.
The unit chief, Victor Zatarain Cedano, reported that the case was forwarded to the Internal Affairs Commission, where the investigation is already done. Zatarain Cedano said that agents are separated from their posts, but that the investigation is ongoing. He acknowledged that this process could take time, months or years. He said they hope the affected couple brings a corresponding criminal complaint against the officers. So far, in this Administration (five months), 14 municipal police officers have been removed for various causes, but the offense of corruption is most prevalent.