Gang member-turned-politician found dead after car accident

El Mijis gave up a life of drugs, street violence and crime and entered politics

Date: March 4th, 2022

Source: Mexico News Daily

The death of a former gangster who became a state deputy in San Luis Potosí was confirmed this week.

Pedro Carrizales, better known as “El Mijis,” died in a car accident in Tamaulipas on February 3, but his body – which was badly burned – wasn’t identified until Wednesday.

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Cartel ‘extermination’ site show’s Mexico’s insufficient pace to find 100,000 missing

As people continue to disappear in Mexico, more remains are found: “We take care of one case and 10 more arrive,” said an investigation team lead from Tamaulipas.

Date: March 1st, 2022

Source: NBC

For the investigators, the human foot — burned, but with some fabric still attached — was the tipoff: Until recently, this squat, ruined house was a place where bodies were ripped apart and incinerated, where the remains of some of Mexico’s missing multitudes were obliterated.

How many disappeared in this cartel “extermination site” on the outskirts of Nuevo Laredo, miles from the U.S. border? After six months of work, forensic technicians still don’t dare offer an estimate. In a single room, the compacted, burnt human remains and debris were nearly 2 feet deep.

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Historic division of ‘the two Laredos’ ends with border reopening

11/08/2021

Source: Al Jazeera

For almost  20 months, Lilia Brava had not seen her elderly mother who lived a few miles away across the US-Mexico border, which had been closed by US authorities to non-essential travel in March 2020 at the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Brava, a non-resident worker who cleans homes in Laredo, Texas, would not be allowed to return if she crossed into Mexico to visit her family across the river. Even when her brother died of COVID-19 in Nuevo Laredo last year, she could not attend the funeral with her mum.

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Extermination Sites – The New Depths of Mexico’s Disappearance Crisis

08/05/2021

Source: InSight Crime

Families combing for clues about their vanished loved ones at recently discovered extermination sites in northern Mexico have turned to local cartel leaders for help – revealing their desperation to find any trace of the disappeared amid masses of incinerated bones.

At the end of July, families of those missing in Tamaulipas issued a letter to the Gulf Cartel faction operating in Matamoros, along the US-Mexico border.

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Warring drug cartel factions in north Mexico announce truce

07/27/2021

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.

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Infighting in Gulf cartel blamed for Mexico border killings

06/23/2021

Source: AP

CIUDAD VICTORIA (AP) — The top prosecutor in Mexico’s border state of Tamaulipas said Tuesday that infighting between rival factions of the Gulf drug cartel was the motive behind a weekend shooting that killed 19 people, 15 of whom appeared to be innocent bystanders.

State prosecutor Irving Barrios told local station Radio Formula that apparently two gangs that operate just outside the border city of Reynosa launched the attack Saturday to weaken the rival Metros faction.

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Cartel gun battle with armored trucks kills 8 in Mexico

04/26/2021

Source: AP News

CIUDAD VICTORIA, Mexico (AP) — A raging gun battle between rival Mexican drug gangs near the U.S. border left eight people dead and a string of burned-out armored trucks littering a roadway.

Residents of the northern border state of Tamaulipas said Monday the gun battles occurred Saturday and continued into Sunday in the hamlet of Santa Rosalia, located in the border township of Camargo. The residents asked not to be identified for fear of reprisals.

They said burned bodies were found lying in or near the burned out trucks, at least three of which had welded steel plates that served as improvised armor.

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History of abuse for Mexican police unit in migrant massacre

02/10/2021

Source: AP

CIUDAD VICTORIA, Mexico (AP) — When state police in northern Mexico allegedly shot 19 people, including at least 14 Guatemalan migrants, to death in late January near the border with Texas, it was a tragedy that critics say authorities had been warned could come.

In 2019, prosecutors charged that the same Tamaulipas state police unit, then operating under a different name, pulled eight people from their homes in the border city of Nuevo Laredo, posed them in clothing and vehicles to make them look like criminals, and shot them to death.

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Guatemalan Maya families fear relatives among Mexican massacre victims

01/25/2021

Source: Reuters

GUATEMALA CITY (Reuters) – Guatemalan Maya families said on Monday they feared relatives were among bodies found over the weekend in a remote part of northern Mexico along a route popular with migrant smugglers heading towards the U.S. border.

After receiving a tip off in the border state of Tamaulipas in northern Mexico, Mexican authorities recovered 19 bodies, many of which had gunshot wounds and were badly charred. So far, the dead have not been identified.

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Migrants anxious before court dates in Texas tents

 

U.S. Border Patrolmen

09/17/19 – AP News

By Maria Verza

Abel Oset was seized with panic. After an 11-country odyssey that began when he and his namesake son fled Cuba, and a brief moment on U.S. soil, he was crossing back into America.

But he wasn’t sure he’d be able to stay.

The two were to plead their case in a court set up inside a tent in Laredo, beamed via video conference to a judge in another city — the latest attempt to clear a massive backlog of asylum cases.

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