Warring drug cartel factions in north Mexico announce truce


Source: AP News

Apparently, even the most bloodthirsty drug gangs can get tired of killing: Three of the warring factions of Mexico’s Gulf cartel announced Monday they have reached agreement on a truce.

Police in the state of Tamaulipas confirmed the professionally printed banners appeared in the border city of Reynosa and other cities Monday. Cartel gunmen randomly killed 15 bystanders last month in Reynosa, which is across the Rio Grande from McAllen, Texas.


AMLO to investigate US-Mexico border killings of innocents


Source: Aljazeera

Mexico’s president pledged to investigate the border shootings that left 19 dead during the weekend, even as the latest homicide figures showed a rebound in killings nationwide.

President Andrés Manuel López Obrador said evidence indicated that 15 of the victims were innocent bystanders. The other four dead were suspected gunmen from a group that drove into the northern border city of Reynosa and opened fire indiscriminately.


Mexican Police Free 92 Migrants Held Near U.S. Border

Reuters, 4/27/2015
policemanMexican police freed 92 migrants from a safe house in the city of Reynosa on Mexico’s northeastern border with the United States, the government said on Monday.

Federal police arrested three suspected gang members during the raid on the building where the migrants, hailing from Cuba, Brazil, Honduras, Guatemala and Mexico, were being held, the National Security Commission said in a statement.

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Mexican Authorities Arrest Cartel Leaders, Sparking Border Violence

Latin American News Dispatch, 4/20/2015

gun - crime sceneMexico’s government on Sunday announced the arrest of the accused leader of the Juárez drug cartel, just days after apprehending the head of the Gulf cartel, an arrest which sparked an outburst of violence in the border city of Reynosa.

Jesús Salas Aguayo was arrested Friday in the state of Chihuahua, Mexico’s National Security Commissioner Monte Alejandro Rubido told The Associated Press on Sunday. On Saturday, the same official announced the arrest of Gulf cartel leader José Tiburcio Hernández Fuentes.

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Migrants snared in multi-million dollar kidnap racket on U.S.-Mexico border

10/13/14 Reuters

gr-mexico-immigrants-624Tens of thousands of Central American migrants are being kidnapped, abused and extorted by Mexican gangs just yards from the United States in a growing racket that may be worth up to $250 million a year. Arriving in ragtag border towns like Reynosa, Mexico’s migrant kidnapping capital where police in armored vehicles patrol the streets and daytime shootouts are commonplace, migrants are picked off buses by gangs who federal authorities say are in cahoots with local officials. They are then held captive in small houses packed with dozens of fellow migrants, where they are ransomed for up to $5,000 a head. Women who cannot pay face rape, while men risk beatings and conscription into gang ranks, police say.

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6 Inmates Killed in Fight at Mexico Border Prison

120px-Blurry_PrisonThe New York Times, 12/11/2013

Authorities in northern Mexico say six inmates have died in a prison fight in the city of Reynosa, across the border from McAllen, Texas.

Tamaulipas state authorities said in a statement that three inmates have acknowledged to stabbing the victims to death with makeshift knives.

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Mexico Rescues 73 Suspected Kidnap Victims Near U.S. Border

marijuana bustThe New York Times,9/30/2013

Seventy-three suspected kidnap victims were rescued in northern Mexico near the border city of Reynosa after police followed their alleged captors to a house and heard frantic calls for help, authorities said on Monday.

Of the victims, 37 were Mexicans, 19 were from Honduras, 14 from Guatemala and another three from El Salvador, federal police said in a statement. Among the victims were women and minors, some of whom reported having been sexually abused.

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Living Behind Enemy Lines

Los Angeles Times, 11/7/2010

REYNOSA, Mexico — It starts at the airport. A burly guy in a hoodie drapes himself over the barrier that leads out of the parking lot. Watching. Just watching. Most taxi drivers are on the drug cartels’ payroll, ordered to spy on visitors and monitor the movements of the military and state investigators. Their license plates brazenly shed, they cruise streets dotted with paper-flower shrines marking the dead. Watching.

In the main downtown plaza, in front of City Hall and the cathedral, about a dozen guys in baggy pants with sunglasses on their heads hang out alongside the shoeshine men. They eye passers-by, without speaking.

This is a city under siege. It’s a city where you avert your eyes when men clean their guns in the middle of the plazas.

Where schoolchildren are put through the paces of pecho a tierra drills, literally, “chest to the ground” – a duck-and-dive move for when the shooting starts. Where you try to remain invisible; you never know who is standing next in line at the grocery store or the 7-Eleven. Where a middle-aged man muses that it’s turned out to be a good thing, after all, that he and his wife never had children.

The Los Angeles Times spent a week recently in Reynosa, passing time with and talking to a dozen residents, to learn how they cope under cartel rule. All were terrified to speak of their experiences and agreed to do so only under the strictest rules of anonymity. Most did not want to be seen in public with a foreign reporter and would only meet in secret. One insisted on meeting across the nearby border in the United States.

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Mexican army battles drug gangs : Al Jazeera accompanies military personnel as they struggle to fight cartels amid escalating drug war.


Al Jazeera, 10/21/2010

In the northern Mexican city of Reynosa, government soldiers have found themselves caught in the middle of a turf war between two rival drug gangs.

The city has been totally infiltrated by drug gangs – and the military is finding it increasingly difficult to fight them as every movement by the army is closely followed by the gangs.

Al Jazeera’s Mariana Sanchez accompanied the military on one of their patrols and filed this exclusive report.

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Under threat from Mexican drug cartels, reporters go silent

Los Angeles Times, 8/16/2010

A new word has been written into the lexicon of Mexico’s drug war: narco-censorship.

It’s when reporters and editors, out of fear or caution, are forced to write what the traffickers want them to write, or to simply refrain from publishing the whole truth in a country where members of the press have been intimidated, kidnapped and killed.

“You love journalism, you love the pursuit of truth, you love to perform a civic service and inform your community. But you love your life more,” said an editor here in Reynosa, in Tamaulipas state, who, like most journalists interviewed, did not want to be named for fear of antagonizing the cartels.

“We don’t like the silence. But it’s survival.”

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