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  • GRAPHIC: Gulf Cartel Policing Texas Border for Common Criminals

    07/29/2016 4:12:33 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 8 replies
    Breitbart Texas ^ | July 28, 2016 | Cartel Chronicles
    MATAMOROS, Tamaulipas — The failed strategy by the Mexican government has created a new issue in this border city where organized crime has tried to diminish common crime in an effort to lower public attention. Drug cartels appear to be succeeding in lowering common crime, something that the State of Tamaulipas has failed in. “They cut my fingers off for being a thief,” the tattoo on the forehead of a suspected criminal explained. Information obtained by this outlet points to the victim being connected to a series of burglaries in the city. His kidnapping and torture appear to be a...
  • Warning Graphic: Gulf Cartel Hitmen Murder Entire Family Near Texas Border

    07/10/2015 10:09:15 AM PDT · by george76 · 18 replies
    Breitbart News Network ^ | 10 Jul 2015 | Ildefonso Ortiz
    A group of Gulf Cartel gunmen murdered a grandmother, her son, and her three grandchildren—one of them only 10-years-old—in the latest chapter of inhuman horror taking place just south of the Texas border. The murder took place Wednesday night in a rural community known as La Soledad in the border city of Rio Bravo not far from the banks of the Rio Grande. The victims were identified as 65-year-old Vicenta Garcia Sanchez, her son, 39-year-old Fidel Martinez Garcia, and her three grandchildren: 19-year-old Fidel, 15-year-old Alexis, and 10-year-old Pedro... a group of hitmen went to the area and dragged the...
  • Mexico’s Gulf Cartel Made $38 Million in a Few Months during Last Year’s Immigration Surge

    03/17/2015 11:51:41 AM PDT · by concernedcitizen76 · 4 replies
    Breitbart News ^ | March 15, 2015 | ILDEFONSO ORTZ
    BROWNSVILLE, Texas – The Gulf Cartel made $38 million smuggling illegal aliens during last year’s immigration surge, taking advantage of the situation to smuggle tons of drugs with little intervention by authorities. The quantification of the cartel’s involvement was made in a report by the top law enforcement agency in Texas. As previously reported by Breitbart Texas, the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) had prepared the report to inform lawmakers about the border surge, the potential for terrorists, and the funding needs of the agency. The report had initially been leaked by the Houston Chronicle; however that publication mainly...
  • 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...