U.S. consulate in Mexico to temporarily close following gunfire after gang boss arrest

MEXICO CITY, March 14 (Reuters) – The U.S. consulate in the Mexican border city of Nuevo Laredo will close temporarily after it was hit by gunfire overnight, and trailers were set ablaze on roads downtown after a gang leader’s arrest, authorities said on Monday.

Date: March 14th, 2022

Source: Reuters

Shots against the consulate and Mexican military premises were reported amid gunfighting and pursuits in parts of the city that lies opposite Laredo, Texas, the ministry of public security in the state of Tamaulipas said in a statement.

Suspected gang members paralyzed traffic in Nuevo Laredo early Monday by blocking roads with spike strips and setting fire to trailer trucks, the statement said.

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Officials worried for possible economic impact of violence in Nuevo Laredo

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11/18/19 – KGNS

This weekend’s violence in Nuevo Laredo hit an all-time high with members of drug cartels fighting with Mexican military. Photos of the aftermath immediately began circulating on social media with the Mexican consulate and the City of Laredo issuing travel advisories to its citizens.

This is not the kind of publicity a U.S. border city wants to see, especially those that rely on its neighbors to the south to help boost their economy.

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Mexico Nabs Suspected Zetas Cartel Figure Near Texas Border

Yahoo News, 3/23/2015

handcuffsMEXICO CITY (AP) — A suspected leader of the violent Zetas drug cartel who was on Mexico’s list of 122 priority targets for arrest was captured early Monday in a city on the Texas border, authorities said.

Ramiro Perez Moreno, 34, was arrested without any shots being fired in the city of Nuevo Laredo, across from Laredo, Texas, the Mexican navy said in a statement.

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Mexico University Campus Shuttered Over Gang Threats

By Alfredo Pena, ABC News

mexican-flag1A university campus in the Mexican border city of Nuevo Laredo has been closed for more than a week due to threats and attempted extortion by gangsters.

The Universidad Valle de Mexico campus in the city across from Laredo, Texas, shut down Jan. 15 and security personnel have been withdrawn, a spokeswoman said Friday.

“The campus closed in response to a threat received from a criminal gang that wanted to enter the facilities, and if not, (said) it would retaliate,” said Sophie Anaya, vice president for corporate affairs and communications for the Universidad Valle de Mexico.

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New Article: Zetas Leader’s First Task: Hold Nuevo Laredo

IMG_9788By Steven Dudley,  8/7/2013

In this article, Steven Dudley, Director of InSight Crime and a former Wilson Center Fellow, suggests the Zetas dominance over the highly lucrative drug trafficking corridor through Nuevo Laredo will likely be seriously challenged in the wake to Miguel Treviño’s capture.

Even before Zetas’ leader Miguel “Z40” Treviño’s surprising capture on July 16, Nuevo Laredo was slipping into a chaotic state of nearly constant dispute. Now Treviño’s brother, “Omar,” alias “Z42,” will have the almost impossible task of keeping it firmly under the group’s wing if the Zetas are to survive as an organization.

The Zetas consider Nuevo Laredo their home, perhaps now more than ever. They may have spread throughout the country and into foreign nations, most notably Guatemala, but their base remains Nuevo Laredo. It is where their model — control territory, extract rent, move drugs (in that order) — has its clearest manifestation. It is also their most important moneymaker, especially since they lost their grip on Mexico’s industrial hub, Monterrey, in recent months.

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New Article: Two Reasons Why Laredo Has Less Homicides than Nuevo Laredo

InSightLogo_main_24bitBy Steven Dudley, 8/7/2013

So-called spillover violence has long been a concern of residents of U.S. communities along the Southwest border, yet spikes in violent crime along the Mexican side of the border rarely impact rates of violence in the United States. InSight Crime’s Steven Dudley exams the forces behind these statistics in Nuevo Laredo and Laredo.

Laredo and Nuevo Laredo, sister cities along the US-Mexico border, are almost the same size. They have very similar economic motors, cultural heritage, populations and socio-economic indicators. Yet, in 2012, Nuevo Laredo had at least 36 times the number of murders. Why?

It is a question that is pondered up and down this 1,951-mile border, especially after the explosions of violence in Tijuana and Juarez during the last decade, places that sit across from San Diego and El Paso respectively, two of the safest cities in the United States.

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New Article: Todos Somos Nuevo Laredo? How Mexico’s PRI Can Make Nuevo Laredo into Juarez

Wilson_ChristopherBy Christopher Wilson, 8/7/2013

Mexico’s Ciudad Juarez, once the country’s most violent city, has seen violence drop dramatically in the last three years. The Woodrow Wilson Center’s Christopher Wilson explores whether the current government can do the same with Nuevo Laredo, the current epicenter of violence along the border.

In early 2010, as violence in Ciudad Juarez skyrocketed, former Mexican president Felipe Calderon declared that the 15 young people who had been gunned down at a celebration following a youth league baseball game were themselves criminals, that in a certain sense they had it coming. He was wrong, and the parents of the victims made sure he would not forget it.

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New government, old problems as Mexico suffers from criminality

peña-nietoLos Angeles Times, 2/21/2013

A police chief in the border city of Nuevo Laredo goes missing after his brothers turn up dead. Early evening explosions in front of a government building in the capital of Tamaulipas state injure three people. In the state of Durango, the businesses of a mayor’s family are burned days after her home is attacked by gunmen. As Mexico’s new government continues to fine-tune its public safety plan, distressingly familiar acts of criminality continue unabated, as seen in headlines that have dominated newspapers this week.

The continuing stream of bad and bloody news presents a challenge for President Enrique Peña Nieto, who took office Dec. 1 and is hoping to shift the world’s attention away from Mexico’s scourge of violence to focus more on the country’s growing economy.

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Police Chief of Mexico Border City Is Missing

border_at_Tijuana Tomas CastelazoAssociated Press, 2/19/2013

The police chief of the violent Mexican border city of Nuevo Laredo is missing, authorities said Monday. Tamaulipas state prosecutors said they have opened an investigation into the whereabouts of Roberto Balmori Garza, police chief of the city across the border from Laredo, Texas.

Tamaulipas prosecutors said in a brief statement that state officials in Nuevo Laredo will be in charge of the investigation. Local media reported that two of Balmori Garza’s brothers were found shot dead Sunday inside the trunk of a car in the neighboring state of Nuevo Leon. One of his brothers was a federal investigator, media reported.

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Zetas Gang Threatens Mexico’s Shale Gas Output

Hispanic Business/Houston Chronicle, 9/27/2012

The brutal Zetas gang poses one of the most daunting challenges to the development of Mexico’s abundant shale gas reserves near the Texas border.

The gas fields extend from the booming Eagle Ford play of South Texas deep into the ranch and coal country stretching inland from the violent border city of Nuevo Laredo. This is Zetas country, among the most fearsome of Mexico’s criminal badlands.

U.S. and Mexican energy companies long have been besieged by the gangsters here — their workers assaulted, extorted or murdered — despite a heavy military and federal police presence. Now, with feuding Zetas factions bloodying one another and fending off outside rivals, what has been a bad situation threatens to get much worse.

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