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  • Matamoros mayor advises public to stay inside amid 2 days of firefights

    11/05/2013 2:00:15 PM PST · by SwinneySwitch · 11 replies
    The Brownsviile Herald ^ | November 4, 2013 | Ildefonso Ortiz
    The city of Matamoros is under a virtual state of siege following two days of shootouts blockades and panic related to yet another ongoing struggle within the Gulf Cartel. The shootouts began early Sunday morning and spread throughout the day leaving at least 13 gunmen dead, which state officials confirmed, however that figure appears to be relatively low because of the intensity of the shootouts. On Monday afternoon, Mayor Leticia Salazar issued a statement warning the public to stay indoors because of the expected outburst of violence. “At this point based on the information provided by federal authorities we are...
  • Mexican Cartel Kidnapped Man in US, Smuggled Across Border, Feared Dead

    07/09/2013 12:32:41 PM PDT · by Rusty0604 · 14 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 07/09/2013 | Brandon Darby
    According to the U.S. Attorney’s Office, the agents of the Gulf cartel claimed to be a police officer and handcuffed the man. The victim’s wife thought police had taken her husband, but when she called the local Texas authorities, she discovered that they had not arrested her husband. The U.S. Attorney’s Office says the victim was beaten, blindfolded, gagged, and bound in duct tape. He was taken by the agents of the Gulf cartel to a nearby ranch on U.S. soil. Only then, say authorities, did the kidnappers realize they had taken an innocent man and that the victim was...
  • [Mexico:]Gunman wounded, kidnapping victims rescued in Reynosa shootout

    10/04/2012 2:36:26 PM PDT · by SwinneySwitch · 7 replies
    KGBT ^ | 10/04/12 | Sergio Chapa
    Authorities have confirmed that one gunman has been wounded and that five kidnapping victims have been rescued following a Wednesday afternoon shootout in a busy downtown Reynosa shopping district. Mexico's Ministry of National Defense (SEDENA) confirmed that a shootout took place in the "peatonal" or "pedestrian shopping area" of downtown Reynosa on Wednesday afternoon. SEDENA officials reported that soldiers were in the area when they came under fire from an unknown number of men. Reynosa residents reported the gunfire on the social media network Twitter. SEDENA officials reported that shootout ended with one gunman being wounded and five alleged kidnapping...
  • More than 130 escape from Mexican prison on U.S. border

    09/17/2012 10:04:41 PM PDT · by george76 · 9 replies
    Reuters ^ | Sept. 17, 2012 | Lizbeth Diaz and Armando Tovar
    More than 130 inmates escaped through a tunnel from a Mexican prison on the border with the United States in one of the worst jailbreaks the country's beleaguered penal system has suffered in recent years. Homero Ramos, attorney general of the northern state of Coahuila, said 132 inmates of the prison in the city of Piedras Negras had got out through the tunnel in an old carpentry workshop, then cut the wire surrounding the complex. Corrupt prison officials may have helped the inmates escape ... At the end of 2010, more than 140 inmates escaped a prison in the border...
  • (South Texas/Mexico)Former Tamps. governor, businessman targeted by feds

    05/22/2012 3:26:25 PM PDT · by SwinneySwitch · 1 replies
    The Monitor ^ | May 22, 2012 | Jared Taylor
    BROWNSVILLE — A Mexican businessman is the target of a federal probe alleging widespread money laundering that involves the Gulf Cartel and a former Tamaulipas governor who owns a condiminium on South Padre Island. Fernando Alejandro Cano Martinez, 55, of Ciudad Victoria, Tamps., is charged with conspiracy to launder monetary instruments since on or about Jan. 1, 1998. The indictment alleges Cano and others conspired to use an array of corporate entities they formed in Texas to launder portions of bribes paid by the Gulf Cartel to high level elected officials and candidates for such elected office in Tamaulipas. Millions...
  • [Texas;]Former Gulf Cartel members hiding in Valley, targeted for assassination

    03/16/2012 2:25:11 PM PDT · by SwinneySwitch
    KGBT ^ | 3/16/2012 | Staff
    Authorities are on the lookout for two former Gulf Cartel members who they believe have been targeted for assassination. Records obtained by Action 4 News show that Gumercindo Gamez-Villarreal and Miguel Garcia-Rodriguez are former Gulf Cartel members. The two men left the cartel but are believed to be hiding out in the Alton and Palmhurst area of Hidalgo County. The records show that both men are believed to have stolen illegal drugs from Gulf Cartel smugglers in the Rio Grande Valley. According to the records, both Gamez-Villarreal and Garcia-Rodriguez have reportedly targeted for assassination by the cartel. Both men are...
  • [South Texas:]Gulf Cartel launched kidnapping ring in Rio Grande Valley last year

    01/23/2012 12:35:41 PM PST · by SwinneySwitch
    The Monitor ^ | January 22, 2012 | Jared Taylor
    NEAR ALTON — Two men stepped down from a white truck at a house near Alton. A pair of Jeeps pulled up close behind. It was Memorial Day weekend 2011. The truck’s driver said he was a policeman, complete with handcuffs, a pistol and an embroidered shirt. He wasn’t a cop. But he handcuffed Ovidio Olivares Guerrero and loaded him into the truck and drove off, court records state. Guerrero hasn’t been seen since the pseudocops took him from his cousin’s house that day. And court records suggest he wasn’t even the target of a Gulf Cartel-ordered kidnapping. Olivares’ wife,...
  • Police let suspect go 4 days before a deadly hijacking

    01/16/2012 8:17:16 AM PST · by smokingfrog · 16 replies
    chron.com ^ | 15 Jan 2012 | Dane Schiller
    <p>Four days before his Houston crew allegedly killed a federal informant and tried to hijack a load of pot, Eric De Luna was stopped by police as he a left a stash house, where officers found assault rifles and bulk narcotics.</p>
  • Battle for the Border: Cartel Insider Speaks

    11/11/2011 9:16:20 AM PST · by SwinneySwitch · 12 replies
    KRGV ^ | 11/11/2011 | Farrah Fazal
    WESLACO - Cartels only care about getting their product from Mexico into the U.S. One cartel member tells CHANNEL 5 NEWS they won't let anything stop them, even if it means torturing people. "I've never killed," the mans tell us. "I've seen how they do it. They kill anybody." He wants out of the cartel, but death is almost always the only way out. He's telling his story from the shadows. "They never let you move up. You are just working, working, working, and that's it," he describes. The man tells CHANNEL 5 NEWS the cartel bosses make the big...
  • High-Ranking Gulf Cartel Member in Custody

    11/01/2011 1:33:00 PM PDT · by SwinneySwitch · 2 replies
    KRGV ^ | 11/01/2011
    WESLACO - Another high-ranking Gulf Cartel boss is in custody in the Valley. Border Patrol agents arrested Jose Luis Zuniga Hernandez along with two other suspected members of the Gulf Cartel. The group was apprehended as they tried wading across the river south of Santa Maria Tuesday. Hernandez, who is also known as “Commandante Wicho," is the alleged Plaza boss in Matamoros. He’s believed to have taken over after the shooting death of Ezequiel Cárdenas Guillén, who was also known as “Tony Tormenta.”
  • [South Texas:]6 Suspects in Shooting of Deputy Go Before Judge

    11/01/2011 11:27:15 AM PDT · by SwinneySwitch · 7 replies
    KRGV ^ | 11/01/2011 | Bill Barajas
    HIDALGO COUNTY - The six suspects accused of taking part in Sunday’s shooting of a Hidalgo County deputy went before a judge to face charges Tuesday. The suspects were charged with possession of marijuana. Hidalgo County Sheriff Lupe Trevino says five of the suspects are illegals and only one is a U.S. citizen. Trevino says his office is working to add more charges linked to the deputy's shooting. He says the suspects will be pursued to the fullest extent of the law. The injured deputy is expected to recover. Sheriff Lupe Trevino says the shooting was a case of spillover...
  • {South Texas]Sheriff Says Shooting of Deputy an Example of Spillover Violence

    11/01/2011 6:17:21 AM PDT · by SwinneySwitch · 8 replies
    KRGV ^ | 10/31/2011 | Bill Barajas
    HIDALGO COUNTY - The sheriff says the shooting involving a Hidalgo County sheriff deputy has a cartel connection. Sheriff Lupe Trevino says Sunday’s shooting can be linked to the death of Samuel Borrego Torres, also known as “Metro Tres,” of the Gulf Cartel. Trevino says Daniel Gonzalez Perez from Rio Bravo, a known member of a gang called Partido Revolutionaro, is the man who opened fire on his deputies. The sheriff says this gang was contracted to find a lost load of marijuana for the Gulf Cartel when Metro Tres was killed. Hidalgo deputies rolled up on Perez and three...
  • Former Gulf Cartel leader arrested in Rio Grande City(South Texas)

    10/31/2011 12:14:36 PM PDT · by SwinneySwitch · 2 replies
    KGBT ^ | 10/31/2011 | Sergio Chapa
    A former plaza boss for the Gulf Cartel is behind bars in the Rio Grande Valley after being arrested in Starr County. U.S. Border Patrol agents arrested 34-year-old Eudoxio Ramos-Garcia at a Rio Grande City home on Thursday. Court records released Wednesday show that Ramos-Garcia is the former plaza boss for the Gulf Cartel across the border from Roma in Miguel Aleman, Tamaulipas. U.S. Immigrant & Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents have taken over the investigation and filed federal drug charges against Ramos-Garcia. Court records show that Ramos-Garcia remained in the drug trafficking business as an independent marijuana smuggler. The records...
  • Gulf Cartel infighting ignites in streets of Reynosa, Matamoros, Valle Hermoso(Mexico)

    10/27/2011 4:05:13 PM PDT · by SwinneySwitch
    The Monitor ^ | October 27, 2011
    As the Gulf Cartel’s internal struggle continues, the residents of Reynosa, Matamoros and Valle Hermoso have been subjected to various firefights. In one of those firefights, the plaza boss of Valle Hermoso — a man known as Comandante Guerra — reportedly was gunned down. The firefights between the Gulf Cartel’s warring factions — the Rojos and the Metros — began Tuesday evening and continued into late Wednesday morning, said a source outside law enforcement familiar with the situation. The first clash was reported in Valle Hermoso, some 18 miles south of Brownsville, where Comandante Guerra was gunned down. About 8...
  • 'Heir' to Gulf Cartel arrested in Port Isabel(South Texas)

    10/26/2011 3:27:53 PM PDT · by SwinneySwitch · 18 replies
    The Monitor ^ | October 26, 2011
    The nephew of imprisoned Gulf Cartel kingpin Osiel Cardenas Guillen was arrested by U.S. authorities in Port Isabel during a traffic stop. Rafael “El Junior” Cardenas Vela was arrested Thursday night by Port Isabel police and was later charged by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents with immigration charges as well as possession and conspiracy to possess narcotics with intent to distribute, court records show. As of Tuesday night, Rafael Cardenas remained in federal custody. Cardenas was pulled over while he drove in a personal vehicle with an attractive woman, a local law enforcement official confirmed. Rather than get an...
  • [South Texas:]Expert Says Cartel Members Living Among Us

    10/11/2011 11:45:24 AM PDT · by SwinneySwitch · 6 replies
    KRGV ^ | 10-11-2011 | Farrah Fazal
    MCALLEN - Cartel members may be living next to you, down the street or in your neighborhood. You might never know unless you see it on the news. Examples include the deadly shooting on Expressway 83 in McAllen three weeks ago. The man who died was a Gulf Cartel operative. The McAllen Police Department won't give us any information about him or show us his picture. They won't even talk about the shooting. The truth is we may never know the exact number of cartel crimes that might be happening in the Valley. What we can tell you is two...
  • [South Texas:]Sources: Fatal gunshots on McAllen expressway point to Gulf Cartel

    09/28/2011 8:08:29 AM PDT · by SwinneySwitch · 7 replies
    The Monitor ^ | September 27, 2011
    McALLEN — Fatal gunshots volleyed from one vehicle to another along the expressway early Tuesday morning point to a power struggle within the Gulf Cartel, sources familiar with the victim said. McAllen police continue to investigate the apparent murder of Jorge Zavala, 32, a Mission man slain as a volley of gunfire penetrated his Ford Expedition about 2 a.m. Tuesday. Zavala and a 22-year-old man fell victim to the gunfire when an unknown shooter attacked their dark-colored SUV from a Chevrolet Tahoe with oversized rims as they headed west past the Jackson Road interchange. Investigators believe the shots came from...
  • Above the Tearline: Reconstructing the Monterrey Arson Attack from Surveillance Footage

    08/31/2011 12:19:58 PM PDT · by fight_truth_decay
    Stratfor Global Intelligence ^ | August 31, 2011 | 1347 GMT | FredBurton
    Vice President of Intelligence Fred Burton demonstrates how video surveillance footage is used to reconstruct the recent arson attack in Monterrey, Mexico. Editor’s Note: Transcripts are generated using speech-recognition technology. Therefore, STRATFOR cannot guarantee their complete accuracy. In this week’s Above the Tearline, we’re going to show you how agents utilize video surveillance tape to reconstruct the crime using the recent casino fire in Monterrey, Mexico, as an example. Let’s take a look at the first video, which takes place before the crime occurs............
  • Interview Provides Insight Into Zeta Cartel(Fast & Furious)

    07/07/2011 4:25:47 PM PDT · by SwinneySwitch · 10 replies
    KRGV ^ | 07/06/2011 | Farrah Fazal
    For the first time, we are hearing from Jesus Rejon, the third most important man in the Zeta Cartel. He's talking about how the cartel does business. CHANNEL 5 NEWS got on our hands on an audio interview that was released by the Mexican government. On the tape there are two voices. One is the investigator. The other is Rejon, or "El Mamito.” The investigator spends a lot of time asking Rejon about where the Zetas get their guns. Rejon says the weapons are brought to them from the United States. He tells the investigator that they use to cross...
  • Special Report: STRATFOR Source Doubts Los Zetas Chief's Death in Mexico

    06/17/2011 11:33:52 PM PDT · by fight_truth_decay · 9 replies
    STRATFOR ^ | June 17, 2011 9:40 pm | Global Intelligence
    According to El Nuevo Heraldo, Heriberto “El Lazca” Lazcano Lazcano was killed at approximately 2 p.m. local time June 17 in Matamoros, Tamaulipas state, on Avenida del Nino at the intersection with Lauro Villar. It was reported that the top leader of Los Zetas was killed during a running gunbattle involving Gulf cartel forces. A separate report by El Universal citing Mexican military sources indicated that three were killed and nine were injured in a firefight involving Mexican soldiers and marines against members of Los Zetas and the Gulf cartel near the Tomates international bridge in Matamoros. Mexican military sources...
  • Mexican 'peace caravan' demands end to drugs war

    06/11/2011 8:42:43 AM PDT · by La Lydia · 21 replies
    BBC ^ | June 11, 2011
    Hundreds of Mexicans taking part in a "peace caravan" to protest against the violent drugs war have arrived at their destination of Ciudad Juarez. The week-long journey was led by poet Javier Sicilia, whose son was killed by suspected drug-gang hit-men in March. Mr Sicilia wants Mexico's army pulled off the streets and more done to prosecute drug cartel members and seize their assets. President Felipe Calderon has said withdrawing the army is not an option. Nearly 35,000 people have been killed in drug-related violence since Mr Calderon deployed the army in the fight against the cartels in 2006. About...
  • Mexican Army finds 'Monsters' in Ciudad Camargo

    06/06/2011 3:15:02 PM PDT · by SwinneySwitch · 36 replies
    The Monitor ^ | June 06, 2011
    The Mexican Army announced Sunday night the results of a raid at a warehouse that was being used as a makeshift machine shop by cartel members to build armored assault vehicles. The raid took place Saturday in the Prolongación Gonzalez area in the city of Camargo, across from Rio Grande City, during a routine patrol where a military convoy came across the warehouse, according to a news release from the Mexican Army. As a result of the raid, the Mexican military seized two dump trucks that had been heavily armored and modified to carry a squad of gunmen. The two...
  • Gulf Cartel leader 'El Tocayo' caught in Reynosa(Mexico)

    05/21/2011 9:22:34 AM PDT · by SwinneySwitch · 2 replies · 1+ views
    KGBT ^ | 05.20.2011
    Mexican authorities are reporting the arrest of a high-ranking member of the Gulf Cartel south of the border in Reynosa. Mexico's National Ministry of Public Safety (SSP) reported that federal police arrested Gilberto Barragan-Balderas and two other men on Friday afternoon. Residents used Twitter to report gunfire and a heavy police presence in a neighborhood on the city's westside. SSP officials confirmed that Barragan-Balderas was captured along Gulf Cartel gunment Sergio Gutierrez-Castañon and Romeo Eduardo Mejia. Mejia is the brother of Juan Reyes Mejia, a lead Gulf Cartel gunman known as "El R1." Barragan-Balderas, who goes by the nicknames of...
  • 51 Migrants Rescued in Mexican Border City (Reynosa)

    04/26/2011 11:57:22 AM PDT · by SwinneySwitch · 9 replies
    Fox News Latino ^ | April 26, 2011
    From mass graves to mass kidnappings, the situation in parts of Mexico continues to look grim. Mexico's federal police rescued 51 people, including six Chinese and 18 Central American migrants, who were captive in the same border city where more than five dozen people were freed last week, authorities said Monday night. Police investigators were led to the latest group while following up on last week's rescue of 68 people in Reynosa, across from McAllen, Texas, federal officials said. Authorities gave no motives or identified the kidnappers or drug gang involved, but drug cartels have been accused of pulling people...
  • Breaking News! Massive Battle Across Texas Mexico Border - Machine Guns and Explosions

    04/21/2011 11:56:59 AM PDT · by SwinneySwitch · 49 replies
    Texas GOP Vote ^ | April 21, 2011 | David Bellow
    Morning of April 21, 2011 - My Brother and I are soldiers in the Army National Guard. My brother, James Bellow, is currently deployed on the Texas/Mexico border. In the early morning hours of April 21st, 2011, my brother witnessed and recorded a MASSIVE firefight and Battle in Mexico, right across from the city of Roma, TX. This battle lasted for hours and included machine gun fire and several explosions from grenades of mortars. My brother filmed some of the footage of the battle on his phone, which can be seen below: Gunfire heard during the battle in Mexico right...
  • 13 bodies found in house in northern Mexican state

    04/16/2011 2:20:21 PM PDT · by robowombat · 6 replies
    AP ^ | April16, 2011
    MEXICO CITY (AP) - Ten complete bodies, three headless bodies and four severed heads were found when authorities dug up a pit in a house in the Mexican state of Durango, authorities said Friday. Authorities are determining whether some of the heads belonged to the bodies. The badly decayed corpses — which have not yet been identified — were taken to a morgue for autopsies, the Durango state prosecutor's office said in a statement. Durango has been the scene of a bloody turf battle between the Sinaloa Cartel and the Zetas gang. The grisly discovery comes as mass graves with...
  • [Mexico:]Monterrey TV personality slain

    03/26/2011 9:44:09 AM PDT · by SwinneySwitch · 11 replies
    THE BROWNSVILLE HERALD ^ | March 25, 2011
    In Monterrey, Mexico, an armed commando stole the body of a TV personality moments after another commando had dropped the body on a street near a narco message. Jose Luis “La Gata” Cerda Melendez was found dead Friday morning along Miguel De La Madrid Boulevard, according to information released by the Nuevo Leon Attorney General’s Office. Cerda was reported missing Thursday evening after he was picked up near the Televisa station in Monterrey by a group of hooded gunmen. He was host of the show called “El Club.” Authorities didn’t release the content of the message, which was scrawled on...
  • 148 prisoners flee jail on Mexico-US border: report

    12/17/2010 10:59:59 AM PST · by george76 · 19 replies
    Reuters ^ | Dec 17, 2010
    More than 140 prisoners escaped from a prison near the U.S. border on Friday, media said, the latest breach of Mexico's notoriously insecure jails that are helping to feed a violent drug war... on the outskirts of Nuevo Laredo across from Laredo, Texas. In September, 85 prisoners escaped from jail in the nearby border city of Reynosa. Authorities discovered in July that prison officials had allowed convicts out of jail in northwestern Durango state to carry out revenge attacks before returning to cells for the night.
  • Mexican jailbreak planned to swell cartel ranks, sheriff says

    12/20/2010 1:59:52 PM PST · by smokingfrog · 4 replies
    tusconsentinel ^ | 20 Dec 2010 | Julian Aguilar
    The inmates who escaped from a Nuevo Laredo prison this week are likely part of a plan to bolster the ranks of the Zetas cartel, Webb County Sheriff Martin Cuellar said Saturday. Nuevo Laredo, Tamaulipas, sits just across from Laredo, at the southern end of the I-35 corridor. It is the county seat of Webb County. Cuellar said Saturday that intelligence gathered by Texas law enforcement indicates the break was orchestrated by Orlando Monsisvais Treviño, 28, the nephew of Miguel Treviño Morales, "El 40," believed to be the Zetas' second in command. The Tamaulipas state government said in a news...
  • Zetas, Gulf Cartel and Mexican military clash in Matamoros

    12/02/2010 9:28:14 AM PST · by SwinneySwitch · 28 replies · 1+ views
    The Brownsville Herald ^ | December 02, 2010
    Gunfire and roadblocks were reported Wednesday evening in Matamoros as armed gunmen with the Gulf Cartel and the Zetas organization clashed with the Mexican military in a three-way confrontation, sources stated. One of the international bridges to Brownsville was closed. Tractor-trailers were used to block off various avenues in Matamoros, including Lauro Villar, Avenida Solidaridad, Avenida del Nino and other main thoroughfares, in an effort to keep military vehicles from getting through, according to a Mexican law enforcement official who asked not to be named for security reasons. A source with the Mexican military who asked not to be named...
  • DRUG WAR: Mexico sending more troops to Texas border

    12/01/2010 4:02:36 PM PST · by SwinneySwitch · 16 replies
    MEXICO CITY - Mexico will send more troops and federal police to try to control drug violence that has spiraled into warfare in parts of the northeast along the U.S. border, the government said Wednesday. The goal of "Coordinated Operation Northeast" is to reinforce government authority in the two states most heavily affected by a surge in violence following a split between the Gulf and Zetas drug gangs, federal police spokesman Alejandro Poire said. The new effort also aims to keep the two cartels from regrouping after the takedown of key leaders, he said. But in a media briefing with...
  • Mexico violence costs $350K daily in natgas losses

    11/11/2010 7:28:47 PM PST · by SwinneySwitch · 3 replies
    Businessweek ^ | November 11, 2010 | MARK STEVENSON
    MEXICO CITY Threats and violence by drug gangs are preventing some government oil workers from reaching installations in northern Mexico and costing state-owned Petroleos Mexicanos about $350,000 every day in lost production, a company official said Thursday. The official said Pemex has shut down the equivalent of about 100 million cubic feet of natural gas production per day. He talked to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity, because company rules do not allow him to be quoted by name. That amounts to about $10.5 million per month, or about 2.3 percent of Mexico's $450 million per month average in...
  • Confessions shed light on purported Gulf Cartel carjacking ring in McAllen (Texas)

    11/01/2010 4:03:43 PM PDT · by SwinneySwitch · 4 replies
    The Monitor ^ | October 31, 2010 | Jared Taylor
    McALLEN — Confessions given by suspects arrested in a recent carjacking ring suggest the alleged robbers are targeting luxury vehicles ordered by Gulf Cartel members in Reynosa. The Monitor obtained copies of the confessions from McAllen police officials this week. McAllen Police Chief Victor Rodriguez said more arrests are pending in the case, which involves at least two carjackings in McAllen and Mission, and one in Edinburg. "It’s troubling that again we are dealing with illegal aliens, ones arrested two or three months ago and they are back again," the chief said. "They rob and victimize our community at will."...
  • (Mexico:)Gulf Cartel leaders not captured, sources say

    09/19/2010 7:54:19 AM PDT · by SwinneySwitch · 5 replies
    THE BROWNSVILLE HERALD ^ | September 18, 2010
    A day after a string of shootouts throughout Matamoros authorities on Saturday still hadn’t released any information about the dead or injured or whether cartel leaders had been captured or killed. There was no official word on the head of the Gulf Cartel, Ezequiel “Tony Tormenta” Cardenas Guillen. But a source with firsthand knowledge of criminal activity in Mexico stated that neither Cardenas nor one of his top lieutenants, Samuel “M3” Flores Borrego, were captured or killed. The source wouldn’t comment on whether either had been injured in the shootouts. On Saturday morning, traffic was light in Matamoros, and military...
  • Matamoros prison breakout reported[40 escape]

    08/23/2010 3:52:39 PM PDT · by SwinneySwitch · 13 replies
    THE BROWNSVILLE HERALD ^ | August 22, 2010
    A Mexican news organization reported a massive breakout from the Matamoros Prison. According to Proceso, the breakout took place Wednesday night when an armed commando arrived at the prison and freed 40 federal inmates. Mexican law enforcement officials would not comment on the purported breakout, and as of Saturday morning there had been no official statement about such an occurrence. A source with firsthand knowledge of criminal activity in Mexico confirmed the escape and said jail breakouts have become a common technique for drug cartels to fill their ranks in the ongoing war between the Gulf Cartel and the Zetas...
  • San Juan Home Invasion Suspect Arrested[attempted kidnapping and murder by Mexican Gulf cartel]

    06/25/2010 2:10:02 PM PDT · by SwinneySwitch · 8 replies · 1+ views
    KRGV ^ | 06/25/2010
    SAN JUAN - A man wanted in connection with a murder in San Juan was finally arrested. San Juan police caught Pablo Marcos Guerrero after a tip he would be staying at his girlfriend's house in Rio Grande City. Police, U.S. Marshals, and the Starr County Sheriff's Department set up surveillance. They were able to take him into custody Thursday afternoon. Guerrero is the fourth person arrested in connection to the murder of 21-year-old Roberto Hinojosa. Police say he may have planned the murder. Hinojosa was shot to death during a home invasion in the 2100 block of Sunset Drive...
  • 18 gunmen killed in attacks on Mexican army bases

    03/31/2010 11:19:03 PM PDT · by Cindy · 25 replies · 1,302+ views
    (AP) via FORBES.com ^ | 04.01.10, 01:01 AM EDT | By ANTONIO VILLEGAS
    SNIPPET: "VILLAHERMOSA, Mexico -- Dozens of gunmen mounted rare and apparently coordinated attacks targeting two army garrisons in northern Mexico, touching off firefights that killed 18 attackers."
  • MEXICAN POLICE CHIEF SLAIN [Beheaded]

    03/26/2010 11:21:06 PM PDT · by Cindy · 94 replies · 2,773+ views
    Note: Photo included. SNIPPET: "MEXICO CITY – The deputy police chief in the northern Mexican border city of Nogales was killed along with his bodyguard, Sonora state police said Friday. Adalberto Padilla and bodyguard Ivan Sepulveda were shot Thursday night while traveling in a police vehicle. The assailants were described as men inside an SUV who opened fire with AK-47 assault rifles, the weapon of choice for Mexico’s drug cartels. A 16-year-old bystander was wounded during the attack in the city just across the border from Nogales, Arizona." SNIPPET: "In other drug-related violence, a local police chief and his brother...
  • Dallas Resident Uriel Palacios Sentenced to 30 Years in Federal Prison for His Role in...

    11/20/2009 6:17:56 PM PST · by Cindy · 2 replies · 633+ views
    DALLAS.FBI.gov - DOJ Press Release ^ | November 20, 2009 | n/a
    Note: The following text is a quote: Dallas Resident Uriel Palacios Sentenced to 30 Years in Federal Prison for His Role in Cocaine Trafficking and Money Laundering Conspiracy Related to Mexico's Gulf Cartel DALLAS—Uriel Palacios, 23, of Dallas, was sentenced this morning by Chief U.S. District Judge Sidney A. Fitzwater to 360 months (30 years) in federal prison, announced U.S. Attorney James T. Jacks of the Northern District of Texas. Palacios pleaded guilty in June to one count of conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute and to distribute more than five kilograms of cocaine and one count of conspiracy...
  • Alleged Mexican Cartel Leaders, Associates Targeted in Newest Effort to Combat Drug...

    07/21/2009 3:12:56 AM PDT · by Cindy · 5 replies · 1,366+ views
    US DOJ.gov/opa - Press Release ^ | July 20, 2009 | n/a
    Note: The following text SNIPPET is a quote: Alleged Mexican Cartel Leaders, Associates Targeted in Newest Effort to Combat Drug Trafficking Organizations Today the Departments of Justice, State and Treasury announced coordinated actions against the Gulf Cartel/Los Zetas drug trafficking organization, now known as the "Company," in the latest in a series of efforts by the U.S. government to neutralize and dismantle this violent cartel. Antonio Ezequiel Cardenas-Guillen, Jorge Eduardo Costilla-Sanchez, Heriberto Lazcano-Lazcano and Miguel Trevino-Morales, high-level Mexican leaders of the Company and 15 of their top lieutenants, have been charged in U.S. federal courts with drug trafficking-related crimes. Also...
  • FBI: Texas drug cell trains on own ranch

    05/20/2009 4:31:11 AM PDT · by cbkaty · 29 replies · 9,095+ views
    Houston Chronicle ^ | May 19, 2009, 7:53PM | DANE SCHILLER
    FBI is advising law enforcement officers across the country that a Texas cell of Los Zetas — an increasingly powerful arm of the Mexican Gulf Cartel drug trafficking syndicate — has acquired a secluded ranch where it trains its members to “neutralize” competitors in the United States.
  • Allen Stanford Bought Protection From SEC With Drug Information

    05/11/2009 7:55:45 AM PDT · by FromLori · 3 replies · 424+ views
    Since 1999, he's been buying himself favors by working with the DEA. No wonder he still hasn't been arrested. From the very beginning of the Allen Stanford scandal, there's been speculation of his playing some role in the drug trade, and talk that he may have been some kind of US government asset. That's been confirmed by the BBC: Secret documents seen by Panorama (BBC) show both governments knew in 1990 that the Texan was a former bankrupt and his first bank was suspected of involvement with Latin American money-launderers. ... He was initially investigated by the SEC for running...
  • Mexico nabs Zeta gang leader in Matamoros

    04/30/2009 3:22:48 PM PDT · by SwinneySwitch · 3 replies · 1,291+ views
    The Monitor/AP ^ | April 29, 2009
    Man is one of Mexico's 24 most-wanted drug traffickers MEXICO CITY — Mexican police on Wednesday arrested suspected Zeta gang leader Gregorio Sauceda Gamboa, one of Mexico's 24 most-wanted drug traffickers. Sauceda Gamboa appears on a list of 24 alleged drug traffickers published by prosecutors in March. Authorities have offered rewards of up to $2.1 million for each suspect. Together with a list of 13 lower-ranking drug suspects, the group covers Mexico's most powerful cartel operators. With Sauceda Gamboa's arrest Wednesday at a home in the border city of Matamoros, across the border from Brownsville, Texas, authorities have arrested five...
  • ICE deports former drug cartel top lieutenant to Mexico

    04/11/2009 1:28:04 AM PDT · by Cindy · 7 replies · 495+ views
    Note: The following text is a quote: http://www.ice.gov/pi/nr/0904/090410elpaso.htm April 10, 2009 ICE deports former drug cartel top lieutenant to Mexico Criminal alien was wanted in Mexico for organized crime and drug charges EL PASO, Texas - A former high-ranking member of the Gulf Cartel criminal drug organization, who was wanted in Mexico for organized crime and drug-related activity, was deported Friday by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents. José Manuel Garza Rendon, 56, was transferred to Mexican authorities in the morning April 10 at the middle of the Stanton Street Bridge at the El Paso Port of Entry. He...
  • Clash of the cartels: a guide

    04/01/2009 6:27:36 PM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 8 replies · 2,173+ views
    globalpost.com ^ | March 28, 2009 | Ioan Grillo
    MEXICO CITY — As Mexico suffers from an onslaught of massacres, decapitations and execution-style hits, six major drug cartels have carved up the country into fiefdoms. Like the armies of authentic warlords, the cartels attempt to completely dominate their territories, controlling trafficking routes, local drug sales and other criminal enterprises. Clashing over disputed turf, the cartels all have carried out murders on an epic scale. Sinaloa Cartel City base: Culiacan (northwestern Mexico) Kingpins: Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman, Ismael “El Mayo” Zambada, Juan Jose Esparragoza (El Azul) States in sphere of influence: Sinaloa, Sonora, Durango, Morelos, Chihuahua, Baja California, Mexico City,...
  • Patrick J. Buchanan: Afghanistan South (Mexico)

    03/06/2009 6:27:54 AM PST · by kellynla · 57 replies · 1,835+ views
    humanevents.com ^ | 03/06/2009 | Patrick J. Buchanan
    Heeding the advice of Gen. David Petraeus, Barack Obama has committed 17,000 more troops to Afghanistan and will keep 50,000 in Iraq after U.S. combat operations end in August 2010. But are U.S. vital interests more threatened by what happens in Anbar or Helmand than in the war raging along our southern border? Prediction: After all U.S. troops in Iraq, Afghanistan and Korea have come home, there will be a U.S. army on the Mexican border. For this is where the fate of our republic will be decided, as the fate of Europe will be decided by the millions streaming...
  • Anderson Cooper On The Mexican Drug Cartels

    03/01/2009 9:45:52 PM PST · by AtlasStalled · 8 replies · 691+ views
    Anderson Cooper did a piece for 60 Minutes tonight on the Mexican drug cartels, and generally he did a good job in presenting a concise overview of the issues. However, the segment failed to address the horrific violence perpetrated by the drug cartels on the U.S. side of the border in cities such as Phoenix, AZ and Atlanta, GA, and failed to address the role by U.S. financial institutions and money managers in laundering some $38 billion in drug money for the cartels every year. Cooper interviewed Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano who recognized that the drug cartels pose an...
  • Drug Cartel Rumors Keep N. Texas Authorities on Alert

    02/14/2009 12:54:34 AM PST · by nickcarraway · 10 replies · 938+ views
    Dallas Morning News ^ | Friday, February 13, 2009 | REBECCA LOPEZ
    The Gulf Cartel in Mexico has now been deemed the biggest terroristic threat in the United States, including in North Texas. In recent months, there have been no kidnappings or deaths related to the Gulf Cartel in North Texas, authorities say. However, a large task force recently arrested dozens of cartel members and confiscated millions in cash, drugs and weapons. The Gulf Cartel has been called one of the most dangerous groups in the world, and authorities said they have waged a war to control all the drugs coming into the U.S. from Mexico. "They are fighting back with the...
  • Mexican drug violence spills over into the US

    02/09/2009 5:54:00 PM PST · by shielagolden · 46 replies · 2,704+ views
    news.yahoo.com ^ | 02/09/09 | ALICIA A. CALDWELL
    Mexican drug violence spills over into the US U.S. authorities are reporting a spike in killings, kidnappings and home invasions connected to Mexico's murderous cartels. And to some policymakers' surprise, much of the violence is happening not in towns along the border, where it was assumed the bloodshed would spread, but a considerable distance away, in places such as Phoenix and Atlanta. Investigators fear the violence could erupt elsewhere around the country because the Mexican cartels are believed to have set up drug-dealing operations all over the U.S., in such far-flung places as Anchorage, Alaska; Boston; and Sioux Falls, S.D....
  • Mexican troops take over police headquarters in Cancun

    02/09/2009 5:22:56 PM PST · by SwinneySwitch · 18 replies · 1,508+ views
    Houston Chronicle ^ | Feb. 9, 2009 | DUDLEY ALTHAUS
    MEXICO CITY -- Mexican troops today seized the municipal police headquarters in the resort city of Cancun as an investigation deepened into the slaying there of a recently retired army general. Scores of soldiers backed by two armored cars took over the offices amid press reports that Cancun's police chief and other officials may be implicated in the Feb. 2 torture-killings of Gen. Mauro Tello, his bodyguard and his driver. Cancun's public safety chief and six officers from its traffic police department were removed from their posts, the mayor's office said today. Federal investigators arrrested the public safety director, Francisco...