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  • 2 children killed in Mexico border state shootout

    04/05/2010 3:24:15 PM PDT · by SwinneySwitch · 6 replies · 414+ views
    Houston Chronicle/AP ^ | April 5, 2010 | JORGE VARGAS
    NUEVO LAREDO, Mexico — A shootout in northern Mexico between soldiers and suspected drug cartel gunmen killed two children and wounded five of their relatives who were caught in the crossfire, the latest in a string of deaths of bystanders in the nation's drug war. The 5- and 8-year-old brothers were traveling in their family's car when the gunbattle broke out on a highway near the border city of Nuevo Laredo, the Tamaulipas state government said in statement Sunday night. The statement corrected an initial government report that only bystander was killed in the confrontation Saturday night. Two suspected gunmen...
  • Border violence blamed for "worst Spring Break" in Laredo

    03/25/2010 10:44:11 AM PDT · by SwinneySwitch · 16 replies · 772+ views
    KGNS News ^ | Mar 24, 2010
    Cities like San Antonio are reporting spring break tourism was a big success, but officials here this is the worst spring break they have ever seen for Laredo. The Laredo Hotel Association president says the border violence is to blame. Noraida Negron has more in this Pro 8 Investigation. (INTERESTING NEWS VIDEO )
  • US Consulate: Travelers should NOT use highways from Nuevo Laredo(and Reynosa) to Monterrey

    03/10/2010 2:19:43 PM PST · by SwinneySwitch · 13 replies · 502+ views
    KGNS ^ | Mar 9, 2010
    The U.S. Consulate in Monterrey is urging travelers to not use the highway between Nuevo Laredo and Monterey. The warning is for all forms of ground transportation including private cars and commercial busses. In the warning the consulate cited "a deterioration of the security situation of the border region," citing the gun battles and grenade attacks at the police station in Nuevo Laredo. The consulate has also halted non-essential travel for government employees. The warning also applies to the highway between Reynosa and Monterrey. For those that must travel the consulate says morning and early afternoon travel is the safest...
  • Calling for reinforcements, 300 soldiers brought to Nuevo Laredo[Mexico]

    03/05/2010 2:50:46 PM PST · by SwinneySwitch · 10 replies · 394+ views
    KGNS ^ | Mar 4, 2010
    Three hundred soldiers have arrived in Nuevo Laredo for extra security. Their job is to patrol the entire city of Nuevo Laredo and restore the peace. According to reports, citizens are welcoming the soldiers as they are feeling more secure with their presence.
  • Sources: Zetas Plan to Make Nuevo Laredo Their Base of Operations

    03/03/2010 5:23:15 PM PST · by SwinneySwitch · 18 replies · 1,500+ views
    KRGV ^ | March 02, 2010
    WESLACO - CHANNEL 5 NEWS learned the Zetas are out of Reynosa tonight. They've moved about 150 miles west to Nuevo Laredo. Our intelligence sources tell us the group wants to take over the city and make it their base of operations. The U.S. Consulate General's office has already confirmed a gunbattle in Nuevo Laredo. It's happening near Boulevard Colosio and the city's zoo. The consulate general's office is telling all U.S. citizens to take shelter until the fighting stops. CHANNEL 5 NEWS learned the Zetas are already calling in reinforcements. We're told 700 Zetas from around Mexico are joining...
  • Mexican military shoots and kills one, two more injured, near Bridge 2 [Nuevo Laredo]

    12/22/2009 8:40:51 AM PST · by SwinneySwitch · 5 replies · 517+ views
    KGNS ^ | Dec 21, 2009
    Paisanos run for cover as bullets fly between Mexican soldiers and another group of men. It happened about a mile from Bridge Number Two Sunday night. In the shooting one unidentified man was killed, another two were seriously injured. Mexican media is reporting that those shot were paisanos but the vehicle they were riding in clearly had Mexican plates with tinted windows and bulletproof siding. Many locals in Nuevo Laredo have been upset by the military's presence. They say the soldiers’ pursuit of drug traffickers has hurt business and tourism.
  • [Mexico:]Pro 8 Update: Nuevo Laredo police fired on soldiers during shoot out

    10/25/2009 4:00:44 PM PDT · by SwinneySwitch · 8 replies · 1,068+ views
    KGNS ^ | Oct 23, 2009 | Ray Gomez
    Federal law enforcement in Nuevo Laredo is finally releasing information about the shoot out Wednesday afternoon . According to the release only two people are dead but there is no confirmed number of injured people. The release also says that some Nuevo Laredo police officers were involved in the shootout. According to federal authorities in Nuevo Laredo six officers allegedly assaulted soldiers from the Mexican military with their handguns. The assault happened when the officers were patrolling Avenida Monterrey. That’s when the shots started two people are dead and have not been identified. Federal authorities also confiscated four handguns, 13...
  • Pro 8 News Exclusive Video: Mexican troops reacting to shootout in Nuevo Laredo

    10/22/2009 10:22:01 AM PDT · by SwinneySwitch · 2 replies · 501+ views
    KGNS ^ | Oct 22, 2009
    Local, state and federal police respond to bridge number one and two in force following a shootout in Nuevo Laredo. The officers were armed with high-powered weapons in an attempt to keep any of the gunmen from coming across the border. They checked people and vehicles coming into the US for several hours. It was a quick response following the shootout between Mexican soldiers and drug traffickers near the US Consulate. An American Consulate in Nuevo Laredo was put on lock down after the shots were fired. Mexican police will not release very much information. We do know that the...
  • 4 Mexican kidnapping suspects killed in prison[Fake Zetas]

    10/07/2009 10:00:07 AM PDT · by SwinneySwitch · 10 replies · 885+ views
    Taiwan News/ AP ^ | October 7, 2009
    Four suspected kidnappers who allegedly posed as drug cartel members when demanding ransoms have been killed in a prison fight in northern Mexico. The four had been ordered to stand trial last week, and one of them said he feared for his life. Authorities say the four had posed as members of a notorious cartel hit squad, the Zetas.
  • [Mexico:]Kidnapping suspects posed as "Zetas"

    09/29/2009 1:24:19 PM PDT · by SwinneySwitch · 9 replies · 758+ views
    KGNS ^ | Sep 28, 2009 | Ray Gomez
    Nuevo Laredo authorities arrest a group of alleged kidnappers that posed as members of the Zetas. The group had already kidnapped three people and was arrested by state police and Mexican soldiers. All seven including three women were involved in the kidnappings. According to police they would research their victims and their families and ask them for ransom money. When authorities made the arrests they were able to rescue their latest victim. Authorities also confiscated two weapons and six vehicles used in the kidnappings.
  • Four cartel members killed in Nuevo Laredo shootout

    05/27/2009 4:49:17 PM PDT · by SwinneySwitch · 2 replies · 482+ views
    KGNS 8 ^ | May 27, 2009 | Ray Gomez
    There is new information today surrounding a shoot-out between Mexican soldiers and cartels in Nuevo Laredo. According to preliminary reports, one soldier is dead but Nuevo Laredo officials have not confirmed that. Meanwhile, local law enforcement is receiving some intelligence about the shoot out. "What my information is saying is that there were four cartel members confirmed killed in that shoot out." The incident occurred in Nuevo Laredo on Avenida Colosio. Mexican soldiers put up a roadblock after trying to pullover a white SUV who looked suspicious. That’s when both sides opened fire on each other. According to Webb County...
  • [12 Mexican]Soldiers arrested ; Use of missing man's car started rights case

    05/13/2009 6:53:35 AM PDT · by SwinneySwitch · 5 replies · 608+ views
    NUEVO LAREDO - In a rare move, the national military prosecutor's office has arrested 12 soldiers in the Mexican Army, including four officers, and will court-martial them on charges of murder in the deaths of three Nuevo Laredoans missing since March 14.The bodies of Miguel Ángel Gama Habif, Israel Ayala Ramírez and Aarón Rojas de la Fuente were found buried in a clandestine grave about 60 miles south of Nuevo Laredo, near the town of Vallecillos in the neighboring state of Nuevo Leon. Raymundo Ramos Vásquez of the non-profit Human Rights Commission in Nuevo Laredo said the remains were exhumed...
  • Man missing[in Nuevo Laredo, Mexico]

    04/22/2009 10:55:22 AM PDT · by SwinneySwitch · 5 replies · 475+ views
    FBI takes case of Laredo father The case of a missing Laredoan who was torn from his wife's arms as they and his brother and sister-in-law left a night club in Nuevo Laredo is now in the hands of the FBI, officials confirmed Tuesday. Mario Espinoza, 27, was reported missing by his family after he was forced into a vehicle by a group of men in the pre-dawn hours of Sunday near Africa, a popular night club in downtown Nuevo Laredo. The FBI is investigating the case of Espinoza, a U.S. citizen who is a resident of Laredo, said Special...
  • Mexico's death cult protests shrine destruction

    04/06/2009 3:33:40 PM PDT · by SwinneySwitch · 20 replies · 1,746+ views
    Houston Chronicle/AP ^ | April 5, 2009 | KIRSTEN JOHNSON
    MEXICO CITY — About 200 worshippers marched Sunday to protest the government's destruction of "Death Saint" shrines, saying Mexico's fight against drug cartels has veered into religious persecution. "We are believers, not criminals!" the protesters chanted as they marched from a gritty Mexico City neighborhood to the Metropolitan Cathedral downtown. At shrines, chapels and small churches across the country, tens of thousands of people worship the Death Saint, which is often depicted as a robe-covered skeleton resembling the Grim Reaper. It is popular with drug traffickers, and soldiers often find shrines to the saint during raids on cartel safe houses....
  • Police arrest worker in priest's death [Mexico]

    04/06/2009 2:50:24 PM PDT · by SwinneySwitch · 9 replies · 752+ views
    NUEVO LAREDO - A man has been arrested in the death of an Austin priest whose body was found Sunday along a Mexican highway. Manuel Martin Torres Saldaña is charged with murder in the death of Father Jesse Evans Euresti, 69, pastor of Cristo Reye Catholic Church in Austin. Euresti's body was discovered south of Nuevo Laredo, along the highway to Anahuac, Sunday afternoon but the identity was not confirmed until Monday. Police say Torres called Euresti's sister, Raquel Rios, over the weekend telling her that if she deposited 1,000 pesos (about $72) in a designated bank account in the...
  • Girls missing[in Nuevo Laredo, Mexico]

    04/01/2009 4:37:52 PM PDT · by SwinneySwitch · 10 replies · 2,341+ views
    Families ask for help finding them The families of two young women who went missing during the weekend in Nuevo Laredo are asking for help locating them. Yazmin Silva, 19, and Nidia Benavides, 18, went to Nuevo Laredo on Saturday night and have not been heard from since, family members said. Silva's family gathered in their south Laredo home Tuesday to give a statement to the media seeking help finding her. The former Alexander High School student is studying at Laredo Community College to be a teacher, family members said. "Yazmin is a loving daughter, sister and outstanding student at...
  • Congressional Testimony by Robert S. Mueller, III

    03/25/2009 3:37:15 PM PDT · by Cindy · 5 replies · 411+ views ^ | March 25, 2009 | n/a
    Note: The following text is a quote: Congressional Testimony Robert S. Mueller, III Director Federal Bureau of Investigation Statement Before the Senate Judiciary Committee March 25, 2009 Good morning Chairman Leahy, Senator Specter, and Members of the Committee. I am pleased to be here today. As you know, we in the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) have undergone unprecedented transformation in recent years, from developing the intelligence capabilities necessary to address emerging terrorist and criminal threats, to creating the administrative and technological structure necessary to meet our new mission as a national security service. Today, the FBI is a...
  • [Mexico:]Adios, 'santa muerte'

    03/25/2009 7:23:51 AM PDT · by SwinneySwitch · 14 replies · 763+ views
    Agents demolish altars on public property NUEVO LAREDO - Tuesday dawned to the sight of more than 30 altars and chapels to "Santa Muerte," the unofficial patron of the drug underworld, lying in ruins on the public right-of-way along a stretch of Federal Highway 85 about 13 miles south of the city. The razing was done as a joint operation of local, state and federal governments, but no agency official would admit on the record to taking part in the effort. One city employee, who asked not to be identified, said the operation came as the result of requests from...
  • Kidnapped (Immigrants returned after families paid ransom)

    03/12/2009 2:54:20 PM PDT · by SwinneySwitch · 9 replies · 831+ views
    NUEVO LAREDO - There were at least 15 "express kidnappings" of Central Americans in January and February in this border city, civil rights officials said Wednesday. All were released after family members in the United States met ransom demands. The figures were released at a news conference by José Luis Manso Ramírez, coordinator of the Centro de Derechos Humanos del Migrante (center for immigrant human rights), and Father Francisco Pellizari, director of Nuevo Laredo's Casa del Migrante. "I have documents with testimony from victims of express kidnappings in this city," Manso said. "They were deprived of their freedom up to...
  • [Mexico:]Firing back: Three charged in gunbattle aftermath

    02/21/2009 10:06:03 AM PST · by SwinneySwitch · 5 replies · 481+ views
    NUEVO LAREDO - Two men and a woman have been charged with alleged involvement in a gunbattle that occurred earlier this week between Mexican Army troops and drug traffickers, officials announced Friday. The three suspects, who officials said were detained Feb. 17, the day of the gunbattle, were presented by military authorities to the federal prosecutor's office Friday and formally accused of participating in the assault. On Tuesday, officials would not comment on the exchange of gunfire. Fernando Rodríguez López, 18, Julio César Ureste Hernández, 22, and Martha Gómez Tovar, 20, have been turned over to the federal attorney general's...