Wednesday, April 1, 2009

The Skinny


If you are seeking extensive information about the drug war on the borderland and the beat police walk everyday, you came to the right place. Follow the chaos and mayhem of the Mexican drug cartels and the law enforcement who seek to destroy them.

Where
The borderland is a place in the corridor of the international border between Mexico and the U.S.

It runs from San Diego, California, and Tijuana, Baja California, in the west to Matamoros, Tamaulipas, and Brownsville, Texas, in the east, and traverses a variety of terrains, ranging from major urban areas to inhospitable deserts. From the Gulf of Mexico to the border crossing at El Paso, Texas, and Ciudad Juárez, Chihuahua; westward from that binational conurbation it crosses vast tracts of the Sonoran and Chihuahuan Desert, the Colorado River Delta, westward to the binational conurbation of San Diego and Tijuana before reaching the Pacific Ocean.

The 1,950 mile international border follows the middle of the Rio Grande (Río Bravo del Norte).

The U.S. states along the border, from west to east, are:
California, Arizona, New Mexico, and Texas.

The Mexican states are:
Baja California, Sonora, Chihuahua, Coahuila, Nuevo León, and Tamaulipas.

A beat is a especific place where police officers have maintained a common jurisdictional path of responsibility, here we follow the beat on the borderland.

Why
This blog is a reflection of the issues affected by crime and drugs along the border between Mexico and the U.S. It gives a perspective of issues related to the complicated issues of both neighboring countries and how the activities from one side impact the other. It is important for both sides of the border to understand how mayhem and ruthless violence from organized crime touches the people on the borderland and the misery it brings to every day social conditions we sometimes call civilization. Consider this a huge source of information related to crime on the borderland. Knowledge is power.

Who
The total population of the borderlands — defined as those counties and municipios lining the border on either side — stands at some 12 million people. The Mexican drug cartels operate within reach of both sides of the border and stretch out beyond touching every corner of Mexico and the US.

Borderland Beat Staff
Borderland Beat collaborators and staff devote a lot of personal time and effort to provide vital information about the Mexican drug cartels to loyal readers without earning a cent. For more information regarding any reporter click on their name.
Buggs: Founder. Has roots in Mexico where he has travelled extensively.
Chivis: Administrator and collaborator US and Mexico
Ovemex: Administrator and collaborator from the state of Tamaulipas.
Havana Pura: Collaborator US
Gerardo: Collaborator from south Texas.
RiseMakaveli: Collaborator from Texas and Mexico.
ValorxTruth: Collaborator, location undisclosed
Un Vato: Collaborator, location undisclosed
badanov: Collaborator, location undisclosed
ValorxTruth: Collaborator
Gary Moore: From "Inside the Border"
J: Collaborator on TJ activities
Chamuko213: Collaborator, location undisclosed

How
Most of the information and content is derived from open source media, unconfirmed individual sources and personal view point of author. Most content is for information purposes only and is not from direct official sources and in most cases not confirmed. Most information coming out of Mexico is fluid, always changing on a daily basis and frankly, no one really holds the market of credible information to form sense of clear cut validity or formal confirmation, so thread lightly.

Some content is graphic and discretion is advised.

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