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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
    LAREDO MORNING TIMES ^ | May 13, 2009 | MIGUEL TIMOSHENKOV
    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
    LAREDO MORNING TIMES ^ | April 22, 2009 | MIGUEL TIMOSHENKOV
    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
    LAREDO MORNING TIMES ^ | April 6, 2009 | MIGUEL TIMOSHENKOV
    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
    LAREDO MORNING TIMES ^ | April 1, 2009 | JASON BUCH
    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
    FBI.gov ^ | March 25, 2009 | n/a
    Note: The following text is a quote: http://www.fbi.gov/congress/congress09/mueller032509.htm 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
    LAREDO MORNING TIMES ^ | March 25, 2009 | MIGUEL TIMOSHENKOV
    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
    LAREDO MORNING TIMES ^ | March 12, 2009 | MIGUEL TIMOSHENKOV
    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
    LAREDO MORNING TIMES ^ | February 21, 2009 | MIGUEL TIMOSHENKOV
    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...
  • DNA tests to aid families of kidnap victims[Laredo,Texas]

    02/06/2009 2:17:42 PM PST · by SwinneySwitch · 5 replies · 673+ views
    San Antonio Express-News ^ | 02/06/2009 | Todd Bensman -
    On Jan. 2, 2003, Laredo resident Sergio Ortiz told his wife he was off to meet a prospective client across the river in Nuevo Laredo and would be back in an hour. The 49-year-old former deputy sheriff was working as a private investigator on traffic accidents and divorce cases. “I’m still waiting,” said his wife, Daniella, this week,. So are dozens of other families in South Texas. There’s a chance some of them may not have to wait much longer. The FBI is trying something new with the neighboring Mexican state of Tamaulipas that may end the uncertainty. Tamaulipas prosecutors...
  • Zeta hitman dies[in Nuevo Laredo, Mexico prison]

    02/03/2009 10:14:45 AM PST · by SwinneySwitch · 22 replies · 3,437+ views
    LAREDO MORNING TIMES ^ | February 3, 2009 | JASON BUCH
    2 accused kidnappers knifed in N.L. jailhouse fight NUEVO LAREDO - A U.S. citizen accused of being a Zeta hit man was killed Monday in prison just three days after he was arrested here, officials said. Jesus Gonzalez III, 23, was one of two accused kidnappers stabbed to death in the Nuevo Laredo prison known as Centro de Ejecución de Sanciones (CEDES), according to officials on both sides of the Rio Grande. Gonzalez, who was wanted in the U.S. on murder charges, and five other people were arrested Friday, accused of taking part in a kidnapping ring in Nuevo Laredo....
  • Nuevo Laredo police arrest six in connection to "express" kidnappings on both sides of border

    02/02/2009 6:59:32 AM PST · by SwinneySwitch · 8 replies · 504+ views
    KGNS 8 ^ | Jan 30, 2009 | Ray Gomez
    Nuevo Laredo police have arrested six men in connection to two kidnappings. According to authorities the kidnappings have happened on both sides of the border. Our Noraida Negron has the latest. It’s a story you'll see only on eight. They are called express kidnappers. They take their victims to the nearest ATMs and take all of their money. Then they ask the victims family for ransom money. The Nuevo Laredo police department arrested six men in connection to these kidnappings. And they were able to save one of their victims. " Iniciamos con las investigaciones se logro recuperar a la...
  • American kidnapped, business torched(brother blames U.S. agents)

    01/27/2009 9:19:53 AM PST · by SwinneySwitch · 24 replies · 1,293+ views
    San Antonio Express-News ^ | 01/25/2009 | Todd Bensman
    NUEVO LAREDO, Mexico — Laredo businessman Alan Gamboa thought his rental property was being used to house rank-and-file workers from the U.S. Consulate. But when drug cartel hit men raided the house in October, then last month torched his nearby communications and home-security shop and kidnapped his brother, Ricardo, Gamboa figured out that the tenants weren't who they seemed to be. Ricardo still is missing and feared dead, and the Gamboa family members worry they also may be targeted by narcotraffickers who bombarded the rental house, taking computers, documents and other materials. Alan now blames all that has transpired —...
  • Federal police shut down Nuevo Laredo radio station [Mexico]

    06/05/2008 11:50:33 AM PDT · by SwinneySwitch · 3 replies · 100+ views
    MySA.com/Beyond the Border ^ | June 05, 2008 | Sean Mattson
    Mexican federal agents shut down a Nuevo Laredo radio station Wednesday. Authorities said it was taken off the air for operating without a permit but one media report characterized the raid as linked to organized crime. Newspaper La Jornada identified the station as La Tremenda de los Dos Laredos, which you could find on your FM dial at 106.5 in the Laredo area up until about 2 p.m. yesterday. The Mexico City newspaper reported authorities detained employees for "various hours" while they gave statements to the police. La Jornada called the raid "violent" and reported that banging on doors and...
  • Execution; Former NL councilman shot near his office[Nuevo Laredo, Mexico]

    05/10/2008 1:06:35 PM PDT · by SwinneySwitch · 7 replies · 371+ views
    LAREDO MORNING TIMES ^ | 05/10/2008 | MIGUEL TIMOSHENKOV
    NUEVO LAREDO - A highly respected former city councilman was gunned down near his downtown office Thursday night, renewing concerns that violence may be returning to the Sister City. Rolando Montante, an engineer and owner of a construction company that often does business with local government, was a well-known political activist with the Partido Revolucionario Institucional, or PRI. He had been mentioned as a possible candidate to head the city's waterworks system. Montante was shot twice with a .40-caliber weapon sometime Thursday night, according to results of the autopsy. The gun believed to have been used in the killing was...
  • One dies in NL gunfight[Mexican military, drug cartel convoy]

    05/02/2008 11:01:33 AM PDT · by SwinneySwitch · 4 replies · 136+ views
    LAREDO MORNING TIMES ^ | 05/02/2008 | MIGUEL TIMOSHENKOV
    NUEVO LAREDO - A gunfight between military forces and alleged drug traffickers that lasted more than an hour in the predawn hours Wednesday left one soldier dead and at least three others injured, authorities confirmed Thursday. An unknown number of traffickers also were killed and injured, authorities said. The assault occurred in Ciudad Mier, about 60 miles east of Nuevo Laredo, at about 1 a.m. Wednesday, said Gen. Rigoberto García Cortés, head of the border military forces headquartered in Nuevo Laredo, at a news conference Thursday. The national Defense Department reported that after the gunfight, soldiers searched two sport utility...
  • [Laredo,Texas:Gulf Cartel's]Zetas case continues

    04/25/2008 6:50:15 AM PDT · by SwinneySwitch · 1 replies · 913+ views
    LAREDO MORNING TIMES ^ | 04/25/2008 | JASON BUCH
    Security was heavy Thursday as the nine defendants named so far in an indictment targeting the Gulf Cartel's enforcers, the Zetas, appeared in federal court for pre-trial proceedings.At least half a dozen stone-faced U.S. Marshals kept watch over the defendants in U.S. District Judge Micaela Alvarez's court, along with members of the Correction Corp. of America's special operations response team, who wore body armor. Prosecutors allege that the nine defendants named in the 47-count indictment are members or associates of the Zetas, a violent wing of the Gulf Cartel believed to control most of the narcotics trafficking in Nuevo Laredo....
  • Teen missing since March 16 [Nuevo Laredo, Mexico]

    04/18/2008 10:38:31 AM PDT · by SwinneySwitch · 6 replies · 172+ views
    LAREDO MORNING TIMES ^ | 04/18/2008 | NICK GEORGIOU
    A 17-year-old from Laredo went missing in the Sister City on March 16, law enforcement authorities said Thursday.Ian Carlos Romo was apparently cruising with three or four friends around Paseo Colón when they were taken from the vehicle. Authorities could not confirm who the other individuals in the car were, but said they were not U.S. citizens. The family has not heard from Romo since the incident and is concerned for his safety. Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 727-8477 or the local FBI field office at 723-4021. Crime Stoppers offers cash rewards of up to...
  • Cartel hit men apparently posted 'help wanted' sign

    04/14/2008 3:53:56 PM PDT · by SwinneySwitch · 2 replies · 106+ views
    Houston Chronicle/AP ^ | April 14, 2008,
    MEXICO CITY — Hit men tied to the Gulf cartel appear to be boldly seeking recruits by posting help-wanted signs in the border city of Nuevo Laredo, including a giant banner hung across a thoroughfare, a federal anti-drug enforcement official said today. The banner appeared over the weekend in Nuevo Laredo near the border with Texas: "Operative group 'The Zetas' wants you, soldier or ex-soldier. We offer a good salary, food and benefits for your family. Don't suffer anymore mistreatment and don't go hungry." Photos of the banner were displayed prominently in Mexico's national media today. The Zetas is the...
  • FBI fears the worst for teen[kidnapped in Nuevo Laredo, Mexico]

    04/11/2008 9:40:59 AM PDT · by SwinneySwitch · 7 replies · 1,129+ views
    LAREDO MORNING TIMES ^ | 04/11/2008 | NICK GEORGIOU and MIGUEL TIMOSHENKOV
    The FBI is investigating the kidnapping of a 17-year-old former Alexander High School student that may have turned fatal, officials confirmed Thursday. German Antonio Villarreal Muñoz was forced into a sport utility vehicle at Juega Juega, a popular casino in Nuevo Laredo, the night of March 8. His father reported the kidnapping to Mexican authorities the following morning, but nothing was said in public until March 12, when the teen's mother issued a statement to Laredo media, pleading for information about her son. Nearly a month later, hopes for a happy ending are dimming. "Foul play is suspected," said Norm...
  • Mexican agents seize $6 million in Nuevo Laredo drug bust[arrest 5 Zetas]

    04/04/2008 11:06:59 AM PDT · by SwinneySwitch · 4 replies · 795+ views
    Houston Chronicle ^ | April 3, 2008 | DUDLEY ALTHAUS
    MEXICO CITY — Mexican federal police in the border city of Nuevo Laredo seized $6 million in cash Thursday after arresting five alleged paramilitary members at a Pan-American Highway checkpoint. The seizure, officials said, marked the latest blow against the Gulf Cartel, the drug smuggling organization based in the Mexican cities bordering South Texas. Authorities said the arrested men are members of the Zetas, a paramilitary group of gunmen led by deserters from elite Mexican army units. The five men were arrested at a checkpoint about 15 miles south of Nuevo Laredo. After their arrest, they led police to a...
  • Zetas under the gun; Zetas prominent in 50-page indictment

    04/04/2008 7:52:31 AM PDT · by SwinneySwitch · 11 replies · 246+ views
    LAREDO MORNING TIMES ^ | 04/04/2008 | JASON BUCH
    Federal authorities have their sights set on high-ranking members of the Zetas working in Nuevo Laredo, as indicated by a 50-page indictment partially unsealed earlier this week.The indictment alleges a wide-ranging, drug-smuggling conspiracy that involved several murders, including one in which a defendant is accused of collecting the blood of his victim and making a toast to Santa Muerte before killing the man and burning his body. Two of the 32 people listed in the 47-count indictment were in federal court Thursday. Only four names have been made public; the others are blacked out on the court records because they...
  • [Laredo:]Tracking gangs; Law officers see increase, but say it's all through traffic

    04/01/2008 12:07:50 PM PDT · by SwinneySwitch · 4 replies · 693+ views
    LAREDO MORNING TIMES ^ | 04/01/2008 | ASHLEY RICHARDS
    Members of rival El Salvadorian gangs were arrested by Border Patrol agents over the weekend just north of Laredo on Interstate 35, an indicator of the increasing through traffic by violent gang members the Laredo Police Department has noticed in recent months."Mostly they're transient," said Sgt. Armando Elizondo, supervisor of LPD's Juvenile Enforcement Team, which deals with local gang activity. "They use this area as a crossing point." Sunday, a 22-year-old gang member was arrested by agents at the Texas Travel Information Center at the 18-mile marker on the interstate at about 2 p.m. He had tattoos showing he's a...
  • Laredo Trucks Drivers, Others Charged in Massive Human Smuggling Scheme

    03/26/2008 3:25:56 PM PDT · by radar101 · 11 replies · 534+ views
    They are believed to have smuggled hundreds of illegal immigrants into the United States but now, 41 truck drivers, guides, brokers, recruiters and smuggling leaders are facing criminal charges. U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) special agents started the investigation in Laredo but made the arrests across several American cities over the last seven weeks. Investigators said the group used truck drivers to smuggle at least 376 illegal immigrants from Mexico, Guatemala, El Salvador and Honduras into the United States. Most of the immigrants were discovered tractor trailers and attempting to pass through different checkpoints in and around Laredo. Most...
  • Police: Man arrested for stealing tractors[sent to Mexico through Laredo, Texas]

    03/22/2008 2:22:28 PM PDT · by SwinneySwitch · 13 replies · 828+ views
    The Brownsville Herald ^ | March 21, 2008 | JOSE BORJON
    BROWNSVILLE - A 23-year-old man was arrested Wednesday on charges of being part of an auto-theft ring that was allegedly stealing tractors. Tirso Alamillo was charged with six counts of theft of a motor vehicle and one count of engaging in organized criminal activity, police Sgt. Jimmy Manrrique said. The auto-theft ring was stealing large machinery from construction sites, according to a police report. "The ring is accused of stealing six back-hoe tractors ... and a motor grader tractor," Manrrique said. "These vehicle are worth (a lot) of money on the black market and are believed to have been routed...
  • Family reports student missing in Nuevo Laredo[Mexico]

    03/13/2008 12:12:36 PM PDT · by SwinneySwitch · 17 replies · 887+ views
    A 17-year-old Alexander High School student is missing after visiting with friends in Nuevo Laredo, and his family is asking for help in finding him. The family of German Antonio Villarreal said he went to a movie at the Multi Cinema in Nuevo Laredo on Saturday, March 8. Afterward, he was with friends at Juega Juega, a popular casino in the Sister City, when he went missing. "German is a loving son and brother to his five siblings," said Maria Elena Muñoz Treviño, the student's mother. "His father and I are worried about our son and want to see him...
  • [Nuevo Laredo, Mexico]Police arrest 5 in ransom incident

    02/20/2008 12:01:09 PM PST · by SwinneySwitch · 3 replies · 206+ views
    Laredo Morning Times ^ | 02/19/2008 | MIGUEL TIMOSHENKOV
    NUEVO LAREDO - Kidnappers demanding a $10 million ransom for the release of a Dallas man were captured by city police Sunday.The victim, Sergio Diaz de Leon Rivera, was rescued after family members called police to tell of the ransom demand. The five suspects snatched Diaz de Leon Rivera in the downtown historical district Saturday. The suspects appeared at a hearing Monday before a state court on federal charges of illegal deprivation of liberty and criminal association, among others. According to court documents, Emeregildo Diaz De Leon of Dallas told Nuevo Laredo police that Sergio had been taken by men...
  • [Texas:]A Zeta-Syndicate tale; Court records detail killings, kidnapping and maquinitas

    02/17/2008 2:15:31 PM PST · by SwinneySwitch · 2 replies · 1,318+ views
    LAREDO MORNING TIMES ^ | 02/17/2008 | JASON BUCH
    Juan Manuel Marquez-Rodriguez was supposed to use a baggie of marijuana to lure Julio Adrian Serrano out of his home on Gallagher Avenue that cool December morning in 2006, as two other men lay in wait to kidnap him at gunpoint.But when Serrano went out to meet Marquez, he spotted Sergio "Pelon" Oslan Rivera jumping over a nearby fence. Serrano immediately turned around and ran back into his trailer. Marquez, 27, pulled out a .40 caliber pistol and fired at Serrano, then 19. One bullet hit Serrano in the back, killing him on the spot, according to information Laredo police...
  • Threat Matrix: February 2008

    02/01/2008 6:55:58 PM PST · by nwctwx · 1,614 replies · 19,265+ views
    Is the U.S. Failing in Afghanistan? It was malice in wonderland at the Senate Foreign Relations Committee on Thursday as Bush Administration envoys insisted things are getting better in Afghanistan, while angry lawmakers from both parties cited facts and figures showing just the opposite. Even the senior Republican on the panel, Senator Richard Lugar, found the Administration's claims wanting. "I'm not sure that we have a plan for Afghanistan," he said. Long seen as the "forgotten war" eclipsed by Iraq in U.S. priorities, Afghanistan is in the Washington spotlight this week with the release of three independent reports concluding...
  • Mexican military surrounds Matamoros police station

    01/22/2008 12:35:31 PM PST · by SwinneySwitch · 28 replies · 813+ views
    REYNOSA - Mexican military have surrounded the Reynosa Municipal Police Station, searching officers, vehicles and weapons. Witnesses say the military surrounded the police station building around 7 a.m. today. More than 300 police officers across the city are being brought in to be searched, along with personal cars and police-issued weapons. Officers at the city's precincts across the city are also being searched. The military is undertaking similar operations today in Nuevo Laredo, Rio Bravo and Matamoros, according to press reports from Monterrey and Mexico City. Military vehicles and personnel are blocking access to the station. The raids come after...
  • [Laredo]Gunmen take car, flee into Mexico

    01/22/2008 11:00:11 AM PST · by SwinneySwitch · 7 replies · 203+ views
    LAREDO MORNING TIMES ^ | 01/22/2008 | CELINA ALVARADO
    Carjackers stole a vehicle from a woman at gunpoint and led authorities on a short, high-speed chase Monday that ended with the suspects breaking through a barrier at International Bridge I and fleeing into Mexico, police said."Once they are in Mexico – we can't go in there to get them," said Laredo Police spokesman Jose E. Baeza, noting that in the heat of the moment police had no time to call bridge officials for assistance. Nevertheless, police are determined to find the suspects with the help of Mexican authorities. The chase began shortly after 6:30 a.m. after a woman told...
  • 11 Mexican officers, civilians linked to drug cartel

    01/21/2008 7:47:58 AM PST · by SwinneySwitch · 3 replies · 129+ views
    Houston Chronicle/AP ^ | Jan. 20, 2008 | JESSICA BERNSTEIN-WAX
    MEXICO CITY — Four police officers and seven civilians accused of working for Mexico's powerful Gulf drug cartel were flown to the capital Sunday for prosecution. The four municipal officers, detained in Nuevo Laredo, across the border from Laredo, Texas, on Saturday, had allegedly funneled police and military information to the cartel by radio, Public Safety Department spokesman Edgar Millan said. Authorities previously said they were arrested for carrying unregistered guns. "The power of criminal organizations has permeated the police," Millan said, adding that internal investigations are underway to weed out corrupt officers. Police corruption is widespread in Mexico, particularly...
  • Federal agents arrest four police officers in Nuevo Laredo[Mexico]

    01/19/2008 7:49:21 PM PST · by SwinneySwitch · 6 replies · 237+ views
    Houston Chronicle/AP ^ | Jan. 19, 2008 | JESSICA BERNSTEIN-WAX
    MEXICO CITY — Federal agents arrested four police officers just south of the border with Texas on Saturday and were investigating where they got their guns, Mexican police said. In a joint operation, federal police and soldiers arrested the officers early Saturday morning in the city of Nuevo Laredo across the border from Laredo, Texas, said a spokesman for Mexico's Public Safety Department who requested anonymity because he was not authorized to speak on the matter. "The army has stepped in to investigate the origin of their weapons," he said. Mexican radio station Formato 21 said the officers had guns...
  • Border officials have discussion[los dos Laredos]

    01/10/2008 6:56:36 AM PST · by SwinneySwitch · 4 replies · 191+ views
    LAREDO MORNING TIMES ^ | 01/09/2008 | ASHLEY RICHARDS
    Laredo, Nuevo Laredo and Webb County officials were tight-lipped after a breakfast meeting Tuesday that lasted more than two hours, speaking only in general terms about the topics of discussion.Even so, newly sworn-in Nuevo Laredo Mayor Ramon Garza Barrios, Laredo Mayor Raul Salinas, Webb County Judge Danny Valdez and others said it was a beneficial and positive meeting when they emerged from a meal at the Ambassador Steak House at Embassy Suites. "We're working together, and that's a good thing," Salinas said. "When you have the spirit of cooperation, that's when you get things done." Without mentioning any details, the...
  • [Texas: Illegal kidnapped to Mexico and shot: not quite so]Dead man tells a tale

    01/04/2008 4:03:55 PM PST · by SwinneySwitch · 4 replies · 540+ views
    LAREDO MORNING TIMES ^ | 01/04/2008 | JASON BUCH
    A man involved in a kidnapping and attempted murder that ended with an undocumented immigrant from El Salvador shot in the head and left for dead on the Mexican bank of the Rio Grande pleaded guilty Thursday to kidnapping charges. Rogelio Isai "Koki" Garcia, 25, pleaded guilty in federal court to one count of conspiracy to kidnap and one count of using a firearm during a violent crime. The first count is punishable by up to life in prison. The second, which has no maximum sentence and will run concurrently with any other convictions, will ensure Garcia receives a minimum...
  • Finding freedom through writing[Los dos Laredos]

    01/02/2008 8:01:43 AM PST · by SwinneySwitch · 3 replies · 194+ views
    San Antonio Express-News ^ | 12/30/2007 | Jenny LaCoste-Caputo
    The students in Marco Franco's English classes exist in two worlds. On weekdays, they are ensconced within the red-brick walls of Laredo's United High School, spending hours in Franco's cozy classroom, with white boards, motivational posters and an American flag on the wall. On weekends, they go home to Nuevo Laredo, Mexico — the place their parents want them to escape — where bloody drug cartel violence is pervasive. The majority of Franco's students are living with siblings, cousins or in-laws in Laredo. They are all recent arrivals to the United States; some have been here 12 months, some two...
  • Nuevo Laredo's incoming mayor pledges to make town safe in 3 months

    01/01/2008 10:22:10 AM PST · by SwinneySwitch · 21 replies · 118+ views
    The Dallas Morning News ^ | December 31, 2007 | ALFREDO CORCHADO
    NUEVO LAREDO, Mexico – For Ramón Garza, the incoming mayor here, the reminder is never too far away. The last time a public official – a police chief – promised to restore law and order in a city many consider lawless, he was shot at least 40 times, seven hours after taking office. Mr. Garza, a 45-year-old father of two, knows all too well the challenges ahead for his city and himself as he prepares to take office Tuesday. "Look, I don't need to be reminded, but I'm here to tell you that the situation has improved," he said in...
  • Wait a little longer [for paisanos headed to Mexico]

    12/23/2007 9:27:16 AM PST · by SwinneySwitch · 11 replies · 179+ views
    LAREDO MORNING TIMES ^ | 12/23/2007 | ZACHARY FRANZ
    If you're planning to spend Christmas in Nuevo Laredo, leave early. A crush of paisanos has southbound bridge traffic nearly at a standstill, and on Saturday morning cars were backed up all the way to the north side of the city as they waited to cross. "We all knew this was going to happen," said Mucia Dovalina, a spokeswoman for U.S. Customs and Border Patrol. "We knew we were going to get an onslaught." Officials opened extra lanes at the bridge and extended vehicle processing hours in anticipation of the rush on the U.S. side of the border, and vehicles...
  • End the violence; Bishop's plea may fall upon deaf ears in Nuevo Laredo[Mexico]

    12/16/2007 8:02:38 AM PST · by SwinneySwitch · 10 replies · 294+ views
    LAREDO MORNING TIMES ^ | 12/16/2007 | MIGUEL TIMOSHENKOV
    NUEVO LAREDO - Bishop Ricardo Watty Urquidi is urging drug lords and other criminals to stop kidnapping and killing, at least during the holy Christmas season, a tradeitional time of peace and family."It's grotesque the way violence is unleashed with kidnappings at the national and local levels. It must stop," the bishop said. "Depriving someone of life is a reprehensible act. These people live with material goods that make them lose their conscience." Their actions are inhumane, the Catholic leader said, and they should seek forgiveness from He who would save their souls. It would be best to stop all...