We've been contacted by a foreign government
office regarding family
members currently in Mexico - so we are going to be carefully vague. We are extremely worried after receiving the following passed on to us:
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Regarding the simultaneous military raid on 12 marinas
in Mexico on Nov. 26, 2013
Our papers were presented to the SAT people (or so we were told) by the lawyers acting on behalf of The XXXXXXXXX marina in XXXXXXX. We were told that none of the boats in this marina were in non-compliance and that errors on the part of the SAT are the cause of our unofficial seizure/arrest. Evidence has been provided to SAT that our vessel is in compliance. During the raid nobody asked for papers or inspected our boat. We simply had machine guns
pointed at us and were told to "shut up" and "no trouble."
XXXXXXX and I took a walk to the Port Captain's office in XXXXXX with a translator to do a little investigating. Part of the threat is that the Port Captain's office has us "on the list" and won't let us clear out. (All threats are verbal - delivered by marina management). We wanted to confirm that there really was a list and it wasn't a scam. There really IS a list but the name of our boat is incorrect on it. The goons with the machine guns
and cigars who stormed the marina wrote down the model name of our boat XXXXXXXX rather than the registered name. We pointed this out to the marina and they said that even if the Port Captain
lets us leave they would report us to the navy
(or they maybe already have - they are somewhat vague about info but not about promised threats of violence against us). Then we got the spiel about 96 mile radar
and speedboats and machine guns and Mexican prison - meaning a bullet.
No word on when this might be settled or when our vessels will be "liberated" direct quote. No demands.... yet. The marina's lawyers have presented all the papers to the SAT tax office and received acknowledgment that none of the vessels at XXXXXXXXXXX are out of compliance. In other words everything is in order. BUT the SAT office will not release the boats. It claims it has 4 months to decide whether to fine us, arrest us, take our boats or let us go. Apparently, word has to come from some head honcho in Mexico city (corrupt official? war lord? drug lord?). What the honcho's motivations are, nobody knows? Is this a scam? Do they want our boats, our money
? Do they want our lives? Do they want to wreck specific businesses (the marina's that were attacked) by threatening their customers? Is this political? Revenge for US treatment of illegal aliens, perhaps? Is this drug cartel related? Is this revenge for an insurance
adjuster from USA discovering two marina's had been stolen - cartel henchmen simply killed the owners/operators and took over, as in "under new management" - they needed the marinas as storage
depots for stolen boats - I think the Mexi gov was pretty embarrassed about that being uncovered, by a gringo of all things. Or is this just another failed-state exercising it's hatred toward USA and/or its interests?
No real info, nothing in writing, nothing official, just rumors, threats, intimidation and fear.
Everything we know, or don't know is coming to us through marina management (or rumors circulating through the victim group and on the Internet). Marina(s) management(s) definitely have their own agenda(s) and their first loyalty lies with their owners (and preventing their own headless corpses dangling from overpasses).
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We are not cruisers and after seeing what has been happening of late in Mexico, would steer clear of it. Our family
members are still in Mexico, afraid to speak up or post on forums
, like this one. Information seems to be accusatory to the victims of this latest action. Most victims have done nothing wrong. Why are they being blamed by other cruisers?
Our family members' boat is their home. Their tourist visas in Mexico will soon run out. They must leave the country and will thus be homeless. Accommodating themselves in their US hometown without their home in the marina where they have a leased slip will be a financial burden.
How is it possible that with 338 boats seized in what looks like an act of terrorism executed with military precision (errors-on-purpose at 12 marinas simultaneously) there is not more "noise" and support from those of us safely outside Mexico?
Astonished in San Jose - California