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28.04.23.   Willis, Report of Operation of Mixed Patrol, León

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HEADQUARTERS, DISTRICT OF LEON
LEON, NICARAGUA.
 
23 April, 1928.

From: The District Commander.
To: The Commanding Officer, Fifth Regiment, Managua, Nicaragua.
Subject: Report of operation of mixed patrol

     1.   Under date of April 20th, the following report was received by wire from the Commanding Officer of Marines at SOMOTILLO:

"Contraband consisted of coffee and rope line from Honduras. Driver and bull-cart resting at LA HACIENDA SAN RAMON near PALO GRANDE when captured by mixed patrol of six marines and two Guardia. Cart was on journey to Leon. Cart and driver turned over to Guardia here for further investigation and awaiting instructions from Managua McQueen."

     2.   This information is furnished in compliance with telegraphic instructions from your office.

     3.   Attention is invited to the fact that the seizure was made by a mixed patrol of Marines and Guardia. It is believed that operations of this nature, carried on by the Guardia, will eventually result in the elimination of the Hacienda Rurales, and will bring about very desirable results, provided the seizures in each case are legitimate. It is believed that only a sufficient number of marines should operated with the Guardia to give them sufficient stamina for energetic operations. That policy will be carried out by this office unless instructions to the contrary are received.

/s/ L. S. WILLIS

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Summary & Notes:

   Willis reporting on McQueen in Somotillo, focusing on cross-border contraband, in this case coffee; what's the reference to the "rope line"?  (Usually such "contraband" consisted of illegal liquor or tobacco.)
   Intriguing observation that the Guardia will eventually displace the Hacienda Rurales, a kind of local police force (under the authority from the Ministro de Hacienda, charged with enforcing tax laws).  Willis essentially making predictions about impending transformations in the Nicaraguan state, with the Guardia displacing lesser entities with independent authority to inflict violence.  Prognostication proved accurate.

   "Nicaraguanization" of the military already well underway.

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