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  • Mexican soccer Star Alan Pulido Rescued Several Hours After Abduction

    05/30/2016 11:29:08 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 9 replies
    l ^ | Patrick J. McDonnell
    ar Mexican soccer player Alan Pulido has been rescued after being kidnapped in the crime-ridden northern border state of Tamaulipas, Mexican authorities said Monday. The rescue took place after midnight on Monday, according to press accounts quoting officials in Ciudad Victoria, the state capital, where the player had been abducted about 24 hours earlier. Pulido was not believed to have suffered any major injury but was undergoing a medical evaluation. In a brief appearance before the press, he wore a multicolored tank top and had a bandage on his right hand. “I’m well, thank God,” Pulido said in comments to...
  • Woman in Mexico is put in jail for refusing to do husband’s laundry

    07/02/2015 10:28:48 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 22 replies
    Zorro Noticias Latino ^ | July 01, 2015
    A man in Tamaulipas, Mexico claimed that his wife disrespected him after he asked her to do the laundry—and had her put in jail for “causing a disturbance.” Truck driver Edgar Ivan Perez Alvarado, 26, claimed that his wife, Dulce Requena Garcia, 21, would not iron his clothes because she believed he was going to meet a mistress. […] Garcia was unable to pay the disturbance fine of 400 pesos, an equivalent of $25. The husband also refused to pay the fine, according to the publication (Puebla en Linea), and instead she was ordered a 12-hour sentence. …
  • [Mexico:]Human rights agency investigates after Mexican army denies chase killed 5 teens in Reynosa

    12/20/2013 8:16:48 AM PST · by SwinneySwitch · 3 replies
    The Monitor ^ | December 19, 2013 | Jared Taylor
    Mexico’s human rights commission said Thursday it launched an investigation into what had been reported as five teenage students who were fatally run down Wednesday by suspected criminals fleeing army soldiers giving chase. The declaration came the same day that the Tamaulipas attorney general’s office backed off its initial report that the five children — between 13 and 15 years old — were killed as they waited for a school bus along the Reynosa-San Fernando highway early Wednesday afternoon. Instead, state prosecutors now say that there’s nothing that shows the truck that killed the students was being pursued by army...
  • 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...
  • Gunfights kill 13 in Mexican city on Texas border

    11/04/2013 6:00:35 AM PST · by SwinneySwitch · 8 replies
    NBC News ^ | Nov 4, 2013 | Noe Torres and Dave Graham
    MEXICO CITY - Thirteen people were killed in shootouts on Sunday around the northeastern Mexican city of Matamoros in one of the worst recent outbreaks of violence in an area ravaged by drug gangs. Three gunfights took place around the city opposite Brownsville, Texas, two of which were exchanges between gunmen and Mexico's armed forces, according to a statement from the state government of Tamaulipas. Eight men died in the fighting with Mexican Marines after four men and one woman were killed in an earlier clash between unidentified armed groups, the state government said.
  • FBI seeks help on case of Marine kidnapped in Mexico

    06/05/2013 8:34:24 AM PDT · by SwinneySwitch · 8 replies
    The Monitor ^ | June 3, 2013 | Elizabeth Findell
    The FBI is asking for help finding leads on a Rio Grande Valley Marine kidnapped at gunpoint in Mexico, the agency said Monday. Armando Torres III, 25, crossed over the Progreso International Bridge on May 14 to visit his father on a ranch near Los Indios, according to an agency news release. There, investigators believe armed intruders took Torres, his father Armando Torres II and uncle Salvador Torres shortly after they arrived. The younger Torres’ sister Cristina Torres, 24, who lives in Virginia, said she got a call from her cousin minutes after the gunmen raced away. “She saw a...
  • Nearly 5,000 Pre-Hispanic Cave Paintings Found in Tamaulipas, Mexico

    05/26/2013 8:45:35 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 18 replies
    Hispanically Speaking ^ | May 24, 2013 | INAH
    Anthropologists from Mexico’s Instituto Nacional de Antropologia e Historia (INAH) have announced the discovery of nearly 5,000 cave paintings in Sierra de San Carlos in the town of Burgos in the state of Tamaulipas. The cave paintings are thought to have been made by Pre-Hispanic hunter-gatherer groups that roamed the region. The paintings were located in 11 different sites in Burgos, which sits 100 miles south of the U.S.-Mexico border. The paintings tell the story of nomadic life dominated by hunting , fishing and gathering. The drawings contain symbols representing religious activity tied to astronomical occurrences. Researchers noted that the...
  • [Mexico:]Nine bodies found inside SUV near Ciudad Victoria on Easter Sunday

    04/03/2013 3:46:29 PM PDT · by SwinneySwitch · 3 replies
    KGBT ^ | April 1, 2013 | Sergio Chapa
    Authorities are investigating a gruesome discovery made south of the border just outside Ciudad Victoria on Easter Sunday. The Tamaulipas Attorney General's Office (PGJE) confirmed the bodies of nine men were found inside an SUV abandoned along the highway. Investigators reported the 2012 GMC Yukon was found at the Kilometer 7.5 marker of the Ciudad Victoria-Soto La Marina around 10 p.m. Easter Sunday. The SUV was found in a rural community named Ejido Santa Clara just outside Ciudad Victoria. The names of the nine slain men were not immediately available but PGJE officials said the majority of them had been...
  • Blast at Pemex gas plant in Mexico claims more lives

    09/21/2012 8:14:34 PM PDT · by JerseyanExile · 3 replies
    BBC ^ | September 20, 2012
    More workers in Mexico have died from their wounds following a blast that set off a blaze at a gas plant, bringing the death toll to 30. Twenty-five people are still in hospital. State-run oil company Pemex says that all those who had been missing are now accounted for. Mexican President Felipe Calderon has ordered an investigation into Tuesday's blast in northern Tamaulipas state. Pemex has ruled out foul play, saying it was an "unfortunate accident". The plant sustained serious damage and could take a month to restart operations, Pemex said. In an interview with Mexican radio, Pemex executive Carlos...
  • Car bomb in northern Mexico kills 2, wounds 7

    07/03/2012 2:35:13 PM PDT · by SwinneySwitch · 6 replies
    Houston Chronicle ^ | July 3, 2012
    CIUDAD VICTORIA, Mexico — A powerful car bomb exploded outside the home of the top police official of the northern Mexico border state of Tamaulipas early Tuesday, killing two policemen and injuring four officers and three civilians. Tamaulipas state Interior Secretary Morelos Canseco said Public Safety Secretary Rafael Lomeli wasn't injured in the blast, but that three neighbors were injured by glass fragments from shattered windows. Canseco said the attack appears to be a reprisal by criminal gangs. Almost a half-dozen car-bomb attacks have occurred in recent years Tamaulipas, where the Gulf cartel is battling the rival Zetas gang, but...
  • Grenades used in Mexico serve to scare more than kill

    06/21/2012 1:14:41 PM PDT · by SwinneySwitch · 5 replies
    The Monitor ^ | June 20, 2012 | Ildefonso Ortiz
    The day started as quietly as it could on a Saturday at the U.S.-Mexico border. For Maria Ortega, a quiet weekend meant a quick trip to the Walmart along Cavazos Lerma Boulevard for ingredients for her barbacoa de lenguadish that she cooks on the eve of the Sunday morning meal. On the morning of June 2, Ortega couldn’t make the trip to Walmart. The area had been cordoned off by the Mexican military, which was removing a grenade that had been thrown — but not detonated — at the nearby Televisa studios. According to a Tamaulipas law enforcement official who...
  • Arrest of Zetas leader's brother prompts Mexico travel warning

    06/13/2012 9:06:04 AM PDT · by SwinneySwitch · 4 replies
    KGBT ^ | 06.12.2012 | Sergio Chapa
    American officials are issuing an alert following the arrest in the United States of the brother of a high-ranking member of the Zetas drug cartel. According to the New York Times, federal officials arrested Jose Treviño-Morales on Tuesday morning as part of a money laundering investigation. The newspaper reported that Treviño-Morales is accused of using champion race horse ranches in New Mexico and Oklahoma to launder millions of dollars in drug money for the Zetas. The New York Times reported that Treviño-Morales is the brother of Miguel Angel Treviño-Morales, a high-ranking Zetas leader known as Z-40. The U.S. Embassy in...
  • Car Bomb Explodes near Texas/Mexico Border - Zetas Drug Cartel Attack

    05/25/2012 8:22:21 AM PDT · by davidbellow · 8 replies
    Texas Conservative Republican News ^ | 5/25/2012 | David Bellow
    Violence like this along the border is getting worse and is already spilling over into the US and Texas. When will the Obama Administration and the Federal Government step up to do more to protect our own border from this escalating violence? The car bomb article today from the associated press (see below) is yet another example of this escalating violence. If you live on the border, massive gun battles and explosions can be heard on a nearly daily basis. Here are some articles I have posted about border violence just in the last year. I barely even scratch the surface: SHOCKING Texas/Mexico Border WARZONE...
  • (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...
  • [Mexico:]Dismembered bodies left at mall in Tamps. capital

    05/10/2012 11:24:29 AM PDT · by SwinneySwitch · 11 replies
    The Monitor ^ | May 10, 2012
    Tamaulipas law enforcement officials confirmed the ghastly find made by employees at a popular shopping area in the state capital of Ciudad Victoria: dismembered bodies left in bags. Authorities were called about 7:30 a.m. to the Soriana Tamatan Shopping Center in the city that lies about 200 miles south of Reynosa. In the bed of a compact Chevrolet pickup, authorities found the remains of three men who had been chopped to pieces and stuffed into several bags, said a Tamaulipas law enforcement official who requested anonymity for security reasons. Initially authorities believed that more bodies had been in the pickup,...
  • [Mexico:]Gunmen open fire on Reynosa newspaper

    05/08/2012 9:45:08 AM PDT · by SwinneySwitch · 2 replies
    The Monitor ^ | May 07, 2012 | Staff
    No injuries have been reported after unknown gunmen fired several gunshots at a Reynosa newspaper Monday afternoon. The unidentified shooters opened fire at political tabloid Hora Cero about 1 p.m. Monday, said a Tamaulipas law enforcement official who requested anonymity. A reporter familiar with the Hora Cero attack said “every part” of the newspaper’s building along the Ribereña highway had been hit with bullets, though none of its staff suffered injuries. “They shot up the whole ... building,” the reporter said in Spanish, adding that Hora Cero’s editors had received threats in recent weeks. Hector Hugo Jimenez, the general director...
  • Mexico pours in troops after massacres, rioting

    01/06/2012 3:42:43 PM PST · by SwinneySwitch · 9 replies
    Houston Chronicle ^ | January 5, 2012 | DUDLEY ALTHAUS
    MEXICO CITY — As gangster wars rampage along the Gulf Coast and northeast Mexico, federal officials have poured in thousands more troops — an emergency move punctuated by Wednesday's slaughter of least 31 inmates in a prison gang riot. With the region looming as this winter's primary battleground in Mexico's criminal wars, some 13,000 army soldiers, plus several thousand more marines and quasi-military federal police now patrol Tamaulipas state, which borders Texas from Laredo to the Gulf. Bloody riot The inmates were killed as members of rival gangs butchered one another inside a state prison in Altamira, an industrial port...
  • [Mexico:]Grenade attacks throughout Tamaulipas; shootouts reported

    09/28/2011 6:41:48 AM PDT · by SwinneySwitch · 19 replies
    The Brownsville Herald/ Monitor | September 27, 2011
    One of the most violent days recently in northern Tamaulipas took place Tuesday as one large firefight broke out in Matamoros, another firefight took place in Rio Bravo, and various grenade attacks occurred in Reynosa, Ciudad Victoria and Rio Bravo. In Matamoros, fighting broke out about 5 p.m. near the intersection of Cuauhtémoc Avenue and Calle Doce. Soon after, another fight broke out along Calle Sexta near the intersection with Canales Avenue. The fighting soon moved to the San Francisco neighborhood, where it reportedly lasted close to 30 minutes. The fighting allegedly took place between two groups of gunmen, with...
  • [Mexico:]Military takes over 22 police departments in Tamaulipas

    06/26/2011 10:32:41 AM PDT · by SwinneySwitch · 10 replies · 1+ views
    KGBT ^ | 06,24,2011
    The Mexican military has taken over police department in 22 cities across Tamaulipas. The transition started on Wednesday and is expected to continue through the weekend. Tamaulipas state officials reported that 22 out of the state's 43 municipalties are affected: • Nuevo Laredo • Guerrero • Miguel Alemán • Mier • Camargo • Díaz Ordaz • Reynosa • Río Bravo • Valle Hermoso • Matamoros • San Fernando • Soto la Marina • Abasolo • Jiménez • Hidalgo • Padilla • Victoria • El Mante • González • Altamira • Tampico • Madero Soldiers from the Mexican army are expected...
  • Deadly shootouts, blockades paralyze Matamoros[Mexico]

    06/18/2011 11:46:29 AM PDT · by SwinneySwitch · 2 replies
    KGBT ^ | June 17, 2011 | Sergio Chapa
    Gunmen killed, 17 kidnapping victims rescued A series of deadly shootouts and blockades brought life to a standstill south of the border in Matamoros on Friday. Residents reported a series of shootouts and blockades throughout different parts of the city. Mexico's Ministry of National Defense (SEDENA) confirmed one gun battle with armed men in the Colonia Pedro Moreno on the city's southside. SEDENA officials reported that soldiers came under fire in the neighborhood where two gunmen were killed during the battle. Soldiers patrolling the area heard cries for help from a group of alleged kidnapping victims inside a nearby building....
  • [Mexico:]Authorities confirm shootout in Matamoros eastside

    06/14/2011 2:36:10 PM PDT · by SwinneySwitch · 1 replies
    KGBT ^ | 06/13/2011 | Sergio Chapa
    Authorities have confirmed that a Monday afternoon shootout took place in an industrial area located in the eastside of Matamoros. The shootout between soldiers and armed happened in an area along the highway to Playa Bagdad around 3:30 p.m. Monday. A precise location was not immediately available but officials confirmed it took place in an area near the Colonia CIMA 3 and Ciudad Industrial. Residents reported on Twitter that helicopters were heard and seen firing "incessantly" in the Colonia CIMA 3. Another Matamoros resident reported that the shootout was so bad that nearby maquiladora workers had to stop and take...
  • Headless bodies found in Tamaulipas[Mexico]

    06/08/2011 2:04:07 PM PDT · by SwinneySwitch · 11 replies
    THE BROWNSVILLE HERALD ^ | June 07, 2011
    The decapitated bodies of three men were found Tuesday on the highway between Reynosa and Mon-terrey, near the junction at Los Herreras, the news agency Reforma reported. The report of three bodies by the highway’s kilometer 98 was made at approxi-mately 8 a.m. Officials are investigating if the bodies pertain to three human heads that were found hours earlier in the municipality of Huala-huises. One of the bodies also had been dismembered. The bodies were wrapped in blankets and in black plastic bags. Forensic personnel and more than 50 federal police and military troops re-sponded to the scene. The manner...
  • Source: Young Zeta foot soldiers hunted in Reynosa[Mexico]

    06/06/2011 12:50:36 PM PDT · by SwinneySwitch · 4 replies
    The Monitor ^ | June 06, 2011
    Zetitas sought by gov't, cartel foes Authorities were out in force patrolling the streets of Reynosa after a string of attacks allegedly carried out by Zetitas — young Zeta foot soldiers — that caused panic among its residents. Details were not readily available, but authorities and a group of gunmen clashed Sunday morning in the Anzalduas residential area. Tamaulipas state authorities said the brief clash left no one injured or dead. Those patrolling the streets included Mexican Federal Police, the Mexican Army, the Mexican Navy, Tamaulipas State Police and Reynosa Municipal Police, said a Mexican law enforcement official. And two...
  • News Troops kill 3 gunmen in northern Mexico, seize weapons, vehicles

    05/20/2011 12:01:08 PM PDT · by SwinneySwitch · 7 replies
    Fox News Latino ^ | May 20, 2011
    Mexico City – Three suspected organized crime gummen were killed and another three were wounded in a clash near the northeastern Mexican city of Matamoros with army troops, who seized more than 100 weapons and nearly a score of vehicles after the gun battle, military sources said. The Defense Secretariat's 4th Military Region said in a statement that 83 automatic rifles, 18 handguns, five grenade launchers, a rocket launcher, 11 fragmentation grenades, 28 40 mm grenades, 315 ammunition clips, more than 18,000 rounds of ammunition, 17 vehicles and eight kilos of marijuana were confiscated in Wednesday's operation. The operation began...
  • 500 Mexican soldiers to join Tamaulipas police

    05/13/2011 3:30:43 PM PDT · by SwinneySwitch · 2 replies
    The Mexican government announced Thursday the addition of 500 soldiers to the Tamaulipas Public Safety Office. At a news conference in Ciudad Victoria, Mexico’s Public Safety spokesman Alejandro Poire said the military forces were being sent to support the state police to help safeguard the community. “Together, the state and the federal government, we will decrease criminal activity and achieve true peace,” Poire said. The added manpower will help speed up the upgrading of state and local police departments, he added. Tamaulipas Governor Egidio Torre Cantu said the Tamaulipas and local police forces will go through a process of improvement...
  • Border Patrol agents involved in a shootout near Mission(South Texas)

    05/12/2011 8:48:19 AM PDT · by SwinneySwitch · 10 replies
    The Monitor ^ | May 12, 2011 | Naxiely Lopez
    MISSION — U.S. authorities are investigating a shooting between U.S. Border Patrol agents and an unidentified man who fired at them from the Mexican side of the border near Chimney Park on Tuesday night. The shooting happened near the winter Texan RV park about 11:50 p.m. after border patrol agents from the McAllen station saw a group of people trying to smuggle marijuana into the country on two rafts, said Rosalinda Huey, the federal agency’s spokeswoman. “No agents were injured during the shooting and it is unknown if anyone on the Mexican side was struck,” she said. As agents tried...
  • Shootout reported outside state police building in Matamoros(Mexico)

    05/05/2011 5:54:33 PM PDT · by SwinneySwitch · 8 replies
    KGBT ^ | May 05, 2011 | Sergio Chapa
    Life is returning to normal in Matamoros following a series of blockades and a shootout between armed men and federal troops. Matamoros officials confirmed that it all started in front of the Tamaulipas State Police building off Avenida Marte R. Gomez around 7:20 a.m. Thursday. The gun battle lasted until around 8:20 a.m. Thursday but resulted in a series of blockades on major streets throughout the city. One of the blockades reportedly happened near the Mexican side of the Veterans International Bridge prompting Cameron County officials to temporarily close the southbound lanes of the bridge. Matamoros officials told Action 4...
  • 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...
  • [Mexico:]Easter attacks leave one killed, six wounded in Tampico, Madero

    04/25/2011 1:12:37 PM PDT · by SwinneySwitch
    KGBT ^ | 04.24.2011 | Sergio Chapa
    Easter morning was filled with terror for some residents south of the border. The Tamaulipas Attorney General's Office (PGJE) confirmed that one person is dead and six others are wounded following a series of attracks. It all started around 4:30 a.m. Easter Sunday in the coastal towns of Tampico and Ciudad Madero. PGJE officials reported that gunmen damaged a gas station and several other businesses. Authorities reported that seven people were caught in the crossfire and taken to local hospitals where one of them passed away. The identities of person killed and those wounded were not released. No suspects have...
  • Driving Mexico’s ‘highway of death’

    04/22/2011 12:50:09 PM PDT · by SwinneySwitch · 42 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | April 21, 2011 | William Booth and Nick Miroff
    This is the time of year when Mexican families traditionally drive long distances to celebrate Easter together. But Highway 101 through the border state of Tamaulipas is empty now — a spooky, forlorn, potentially perilous journey, where travelers join in self-defensive convoys and race down the four-lane road at 90 miles per hour, stopping for nothing, and nobody ever drives at night. “My friends thought I was crazy to come down,” said Ester Arce, traveling from Atlanta to San Luis Potosi in the south. Arce was stopped at a gas station, waiting for her husband to retie the ropes holding...
  • Mexico AG: 16 San Fernando, Tamps., cops arrested in mass-grave case

    04/14/2011 4:24:48 PM PDT · by SwinneySwitch · 5 replies
    THE BROWNSVILLE HERALD ^ | April 13, 2011
    Sixteen municipal police officers from San Fernando, Tamps., have been arrested in connection with the investigation into the mass grave found there last week, Mexican authorities announced Wednesday. The officers allegedly provided protection to the Zetas drug cartel in San Fernando — located about 80 miles south of Brownsville — and are accused of covering up the massacre, according to a news release from Mexico’s Attorney General’s Office — known as the PGR. Mexican authorities say they continue to work to identify 126 bodies that have been found since last week when authorities began finding the bodies. The most recent...
  • US citizen among bus passengers abducted in Mexico

    04/10/2011 6:48:20 PM PDT · by massmike · 19 replies ^ | 04/10/2011 | AP
    At least one U.S. citizen was among dozens of men reportedly forced off passenger buses by armed attackers in the northeastern border state of Tamaulipas, where 72 bodies were found in mass graves last week, U.S. officials said Sunday. The man has yet to be located, said a warden’s message posted on the website of the consulate, which is located in the Tamaulipas city of Matamoros, across the border from Brownsville, Texas. In a separate warden’s message issued Friday, the consulate had warned that Mexican criminal gangs may be planning attacks "in the near future" against U.S. law enforcement or...
  • Violence in Northern Tamaulipas continues(Matamoros, Mexico)

    02/02/2011 11:14:37 AM PST · by SwinneySwitch · 5 replies
    THE BROWNSVILLE HERALD ^ | February 01, 2011
    Mexican military patrols were on the lookout Tuesday for a group of Zeta gunmen that had entered Matamoros with plans to carry out several attacks. Locals reported seeing the military convoys, which were larger and more heavily armed than usual, patrol the city keeping an eye on high-profile vehicles. A source with firsthand knowledge of criminal activity in Tamaulipas stated that a group of approximately 50 Zetas were able to enter the city and hide amid the confusion of the weekend fighting between the Zetas, the Gulf Cartel and the Mexican military. On Monday afternoon, the source confirmed a clash...
  • [South Texas:]More Mexicans visit Valley via air to avoid violence

    01/07/2011 2:05:20 PM PST · by SwinneySwitch · 7 replies
    The Monitor ^ | January 06, 2011 | Martha L. Hernández
    McALLEN — Criminal activity in northern Mexico has many people opting to fly the friendly skies between McAllen and points south, rather than traveling overland and risking cartel shakedowns or worse. Small planes ferry well-heeled people from Monterrey and Tampico to the Rio Grande Valley to shop or visit family without the danger that has become a routine part of highway travel as rival cartels vie for dominance in Tamaulipas and routinely engage in open gun battles with government police and troops. The McAllen Chamber of Commerce has had a hand in promoting charter air services as a safe alternative...
  • 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...
  • Thousands of Ranches Abandoned in Northern Mexico Due to Violence

    11/26/2010 11:15:11 AM PST · by Nachum · 39 replies · 1+ views
    Agencia EFE [Spain] ^ | 11/26/10 | Staff
    Thousands of Ranches Abandoned in Northern Mexico Due to Violence MEXICO CITY – Thousands of ranches have been abandoned in the northeastern Mexican state of Tamaulipas by owners who do not want to end up like Alejo Garza, a rancher who died defending his property from a drug cartel. Garza, considered by a hero by many in the region, refused to hand over his property to a drug cartel, which gave him 24 hours to leave his property. The 77-year-old rancher barricaded himself inside his house and took on 30 cartel gunmen, killing four of them and seriously wounding two...
  • {Mexico:]Ciudad Mier evacuates after Zetas threaten to kill residents

    11/12/2010 8:29:03 AM PST · by SwinneySwitch · 24 replies
    The Monitor ^ | November 09, 2010
    CIUDAD MIER, Tamps. — Hundreds of families have fled this Pueblo Magico amid reported death threats from drug cartel thugs. About 300 people are seeking shelter in nearby Miguel Alemán, the nearest city to this town across the border from western Starr County. Sources said after Cárdenas’ slaying Friday, members of Los Zetas, the drug cartel controlling Mier, were yelling in the streets that they were going to kill everybody who remained in the town, sparking the exodus from town. “Initially it was 30 people, but then went up to 60, 100 and now we have 300 that came here,”...
  • 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...
  • Texas College Student Shot and Killed in Mexico

    10/07/2010 11:27:43 AM PDT · by Cindy · 30 replies
    FOX (BROWNSVILLE HERALD) ^ | Published October 07, 2010 | n/a
    SNIPPET: "A Texas college student was shot and killed in Mexico after the bus he was riding on was hijacked by suspected members of a Mexican drug cartel, The Brownsville Herald reports. Jonathan William Torres, an 18-year-old college freshman at the University of Texas at Brownsville, was killed Sept. 30 in Matamoros -- just outside Ciudad Mante in the southern part of Tamaulipas -- a university spokeswoman told the newspaper. Torres was reportedly on his way to visit family when his bus was allegedly ambushed by members of Mexican organized crime."
  • Official: 72 found dead in Mexico may be migrants

    08/25/2010 10:00:26 AM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 19 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Aug. 25, 2010 | MARK STEVENSON and E. EDUARDO CASTILLO
    MEXICO CITY (AP) -- A survivor has told police that 72 people found dead at a ranch near the Mexican border with Texas were migrants kidnapped by an armed group, a federal official said Wednesday. The bodies of 58 men and 14 women were discovered Tuesday when Marines manning a checkpoint on a highway in the northern state of Tamaulipas were approached by a wounded man who said he had been attacked by gang gunmen at a nearby ranch.
  • 2 cars explode in Mexico where 72 bodies found

    08/27/2010 12:05:33 PM PDT · by La Lydia · 21 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | August 27, 2010 | Eduardo Castillo
    SAN FERNANDO, Mexico – Two cars exploded early Friday in a northern state where officials are investigating the killing of 72 Central and South American migrants, while a prosecutor investigating the massacre has disappeared. The prosecutor, Roberto Jaime Suarez, disappeared Wednesday in the town of San Fernando, where the bodies of the migrants were found, the Tamaulipas state attorney general's office said in a statement. A transit police officer in the town is also missing. President Felipe Calderon, speaking during a forum on security, said Suarez, a Tamaulipas state prosecutor, was involved in the initial investigation of the massacre, which...
  • [Mexico:]Several reportedly dead in Reynosa violence

    08/25/2010 2:48:01 PM PDT · by SwinneySwitch · 6 replies
    The Monitor ^ | August 25, 2010
    REYNOSA — At least six people are reportedly dead after several vehicles exploded during an apparent shootout Tuesday evening. Gunfire and explosions erupted about 5 p.m. Tuesday along the highway between Monterrey and Reynosa on the city’s far west side, near the Anzalduas International Bridge, sources said. Apparently slain in the battle were two Mexican army soldiers and four suspected drug cartel members who were burned to death inside an SUV. A woman was also reportedly shot in the rear end and was rushed to an area hospital for surgery, a source said. The apparent explosions along the Reynosa-Monterrey highway...
  • 72 bodies discovered in mass grave in Mexico’s drug-plaged north

    08/24/2010 11:00:49 PM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 10 replies
    BNO NEWS ^ | Aug. 25, 2010
    MEXICO CITY (BNO NEWS) – The bodies of at least 72 people were found in a mass grave near San Fernando, a town located in Mexico's Tamaulipas state, officials said. The alleged dumping ground for victims of the country's drug war was discovered after a man with a gunshot wound arrived at a military checkpoint asking for medical help, the Mexican Navy said in a statement. Army forces supported by air units went to the area where the man was attacked, sighting suspected drug hitmen who opened fire on the Marines. According to the Navy, in the clashes one soldier...
  • 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...
  • Mexico Confirms Car Had Explosive Device Aboard (Second Cartel Car Bomb)

    08/06/2010 3:56:24 PM PDT · by Dallas59 · 8 replies · 1+ views
    Yahoo News ^ | 8/6/2010 | Yahoo News
    MEXICO CITY – Investigators said Friday there was an explosive device aboard a car that blew up outside police headquarters in the border state of Tamaulipas, the second car-bomb attack against law enforcement in less than a month. Authorities are still working to determine what explosives were used, who planted the bomb and how it was detonated, according to a state police spokesman who was not authorized to be quoted by name. No one was hurt by Thursday's blast in a parking lot outside a police station near Ciudad Victoria, the state capital, but two police vehicles were damaged. On...
  • Mexican Candidate for Governor Is Assassinated

    06/28/2010 2:04:21 PM PDT · by La Lydia · 25 replies · 1+ views
    New York Times ^ | June 27, 2010 | Marc Lacey
    A popular candidate for governor of Tamaulipas State who had made increased security his prime campaign pledge was killed along with at least four others Monday morning when gunmen opened fire on his motorcade as he headed to a campaign event, the authorities said. The killing of the candidate, Rodolfo Torre Cantú, 46, drove election-related violence in Mexico to a peak unseen since 1994, when a presidential candidate, Luis Donaldo Colosio, was assassinated. Mr. Torre’s death followed the killing of a mayoral candidate and that of an activist during a get-out-the-vote effort. Explosives have been thrown at two separate campaign...
  • [Mexico:]12 killed in Miguel Alemán, Reynosa street battles

    06/21/2010 4:30:40 PM PDT · by SwinneySwitch · 2 replies
    The Monitor ^ | June 21, 2010 | JARED TAYLOR
    MIGUEL ALEMÁN, Tamps. — Nine suspected cartel gunmen and three Mexican army soldiers died during separate gun battles Thursday in Tamaulipas border cities. The Mexican Defense Ministry said eight attackers were killed during a shootout with army soldiers on a ranch near Miguel Alemán on Thursday. Three soldiers were killed during the gunfight. Soldiers said suspected cartel gunmen attacked them during a patrol near the Pato de Oro ranch south of the city, near the Marte R. Gomez dam. Soldiers fired back at the assailants. No further details about that attack were immediately available. The incident remains under investigation. In...
  • Former Federal Police Officer Gunned Down in Mexico

    05/14/2010 12:25:36 PM PDT · by SwinneySwitch · 6 replies · 357+ views
    KRGV ^ | 05/14/2010 | Lisa Cortez
    REYNOSA, Tamaulipas, Mexico - Reports out of Mexico say the director of public works for the city of Reynosa was gunned down in his truck. Roberto Ramos was gunned down this afternoon a few blocks west of the Reynosa-Hidalgo International Bridge. Authorities have not released any solid information on why Ramos was targeted, but they do say he was a former federal police officer. Mexican authorities are looking for those responsible.
  • [Mexico:]Tamps. business leaders call for boycott of US goods to protest new Ariz. law

    05/13/2010 6:02:38 AM PDT · by SwinneySwitch · 14 replies · 421+ views
    The Monitor/Valley Freedom Newspapers ^ | May 12, 2010 | Ana Ley and Ildefonso Ortiz
    Tamaulipas business leaders are urging Mexican residents to boycott U.S. goods today to protest Arizona’s tough new illegal immigration law. Cynthia Sakulenzki, president and CEO of the McAllen Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, said she hopes the boycott will “send the message to D.C. and to Arizona” and encourage lawmakers to repeal the act. Arizona Senate Bill 1070, which has stoked an intensifying debate over the country’s crackdown on illegal immigration, requires police to demand proof of legal residency if there is “reasonable suspicion” that a person may be in the United States illegally. The law is set to take effect...
  • Mexican authorities attacked at Camargo bridge[South of Rio Grande City, Texas]

    04/24/2010 9:55:42 PM PDT · by SwinneySwitch · 9 replies · 962+ views
    The Monitor ^ | April 24, 2010 | Ana Ley
    At least seven are dead following gunfights south of Starr County RIO GRANDE CITY — Gunmen opened fire on the Mexican side of the Rio Grande City-Camargo International Bridge on Saturday morning. Tamaulipas officials confirmed the attack via the state’s emergency notification system amid a flurry of unconfirmed reports about the assault, providing few details about the incident. A Mexican customs facility at the port of entry was damaged, but officials did not report any injuries in connection with Saturday’s confrontation between federal authorities and the gunmen. U.S. customs officials said they were “aware of what’s going on in Mexico”...