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Los Zetas cartel civil war brings kidnappings and executions to Mexican state bordering Texas

(BREITBART) — CIUDAD VICTORIA — Cartel violence continues to rain down terror in this city as two rival factions of the Los Zetas cartel fight for territorial control. The violence continues to hold average citizens hostage as cartel gunmen carry out kidnappings, executions and other violence acts in public venues and in broad daylight.

As Breitbart Texas previously reported, two rival factions of the Los Zetas drug cartel have spend a little over seven months fighting over the Ciudad Victoria, the capital of the border state of Tamaulipas. One faction calling themselves Vieja Escuela Z (Old School Z) with the help of another group called Grupo Bravo, have made a push for the city and tried to remove the faction known as Cartel Del Noreste (CDN). The later faction picked that name in an effort to distance themselves from the cruel practices commonly associated with Los Zetas.

Tamaulipas authorities have focused on kidnapping cases since cartel linked groups have taken advantage of the raging violence to target innocent victims for profit. Despite the violence, high ranking government officials have largely ignored the events and as Breitbart Texas previously reported, have ordered the release of captured organized crime leaders, much to the displeasure of police forces on the ground.

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Mexico grants extradition of drug lord Joaquin ‘El Chapo’ Guzman to U.S.

(USA TODAY) — Convicted drug lord Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman can be extradited to the United States, Mexico’s Foreign Relations Department said Friday.

The process can still be appealed, which means it could take weeks or months before the Sinaloa cartel leader may be sent north. Guzman’s lawyers have 30 days to appeal the decision.

Juan Pablo Badillo, one of Guzman’s lawyers, told Reuters he would file “many” legal challenges in the coming days.

If the extradition goes through, Guzman, who has escaped Mexican prisons twice and led authorities on a months-long search in 2015, will be transferred to U.S. Federal District Court for the Western District of Texas, according to a Mexican government website. The charges are conspiracy, organized crime, weapons possession, murder and money laundering. He will also be prosecuted in the Southern District of California on charges related to cocaine trafficking, according to the Mexican authorities.

The department said Friday that the United States has guaranteed that Guzman would not face the death penalty, which is not applied in Mexico.

Guzman made world headlines in July when he slipped out of his cell in the maximum security Altiplano federal prison and through a mile-long tunnel to freedom. The dramatic escape prompted a worldwide manhunt which concluded in January with his arrest following a deadly shootout in Los Mochis, a Mexican coastal city of 250,000 in Guzman’s home state of Sinaloa.

Attorney General Arely Gómez González said the search had drawn few valuable clues until Guzman reached out to actors and producers and began planning a biopic. That tipped off investigators to his location, and Gómez said a journey to the rugged Sierra Madre by American actor Sean Penn drew authorities to Guzman.

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Migrant deaths forecasted to surpass last year’s numbers

(THE MONITOR) — FALFURRIAS — Summer is the deadliest time of the year for migrants crossing illegally into the United States, but the number of bodies recovered by U.S. Border Patrol agents so far this year has nearly reached the total of last fiscal year.

During fiscal year 2015, agents in the Rio Grande Valley Sector recovered 69 migrant bodies compared to 68 in the last eight months, according to spokesman Lt. Isaac Villegas.

“These numbers are alarming,” Villegas said. “We want to make sure people know the dangers of the journey and convince them not to risk their lives.”

U.S. Border Patrol agents assigned to the Falfurrias station found three migrant bodies in the last week.

On May 11, agents were alerted by a man believed to be in the country illegally that he had seen a body of a person in a remote area of Brooks County. Agents responded and followed the man’s footprints to the remains of the unidentified person.

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Mexican government, media silent as civil war executions become everyday event

(BREITBART) — CIUDAD VICTORIA, Tamaulipas — The Mexican government and local media remain silent while cartel violence and executions have become a common occurrence in this city as two rival factions of the Los Zetas cartel continue to fight for control.

While government officials and news outlet remain largely silent, citizens journalists continue to use social media and messaging applications to warn each other about the impending dangers outside of their front door.

As Breitbart Texas previously reported, two rival factions of the Los Zetas cartel, known as Vieja Escuela Zeta/Grupo Bravo and Cartel Del Noreste (CDN) have been fighting for control of this city. The violent turf war has resulted in a regular beheadings and gory executions.

One of the more disturbing trends deals with the increasing number of underage teenagers who have joined the ranks of organized crime. Last week, Mexican federal police tracked down and rescued a kidnapping victim. During the rescue attempt, one of the three kidnappers tried to fight off authorities and was quickly gunned down. The other two kidnappers were identified as being only 14- and 17-years-old respectively.

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Locals in fear as Los Zetas cartel civil war continues

(BREITBART) — CIUDAD VICTORIA, Tamaulipas — After seven months of brutal infighting, little has changed in this city as two rival factions of the Los Zetas cartel continue to fight for control. The number of brutal executions in the Los Zetas civil war continues to rise while residents continue to live in fear.

This week, authorities responded to a shooting in the Adelitas neighborhood. By the time police arrived they found the body of a man with multiple gunshot injuries. Despite the large deployment of military personnel to the area little could be done. Investigators simply photographed the scene, collected the evidence and picked up the body. Just one more victim in the raging war.

Just one day later, the Los Zetas faction known as Cartel del Noreste (CDN) murdered a taxi driver leaving the man’s body in a pool of blood just in front of his vehicle. Next to the body, the cartel gunmen left a narco-message threatening their rivals.

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‘El Chapo’ extradition to U.S. may proceed, Mexican judge says

(NPR) — Two days after drug lord Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzmán was transferred to a prison near Juárez, a Mexican city near the U.S. border, a federal judge in Mexico said the extradition process can move forward.

An unnamed judge said the “legal requirements laid out in the extradition treaty” between the U.S. and Mexico had been met, The Associated Press reports, adding that Mexico’s foreign ministry has 20 days to approve the extradition.

NPR’s Carrie Kahn reported in January that Guzmán had been “indicted on drug and arms trafficking, money laundering and murder charges in at least six U.S. states.” In July 2015, Guzmán he escaped from Mexico’s supermax Altiplano prison through a mile-long tunnel. He was recaptured in January.

But the judge’s go-ahead for extradition is one step in what could still be a lengthy process. Lawyers for Guzman can still try to block or delay any attempts to extradite the infamous leader of the Sinaloa cartel.

As the Two-Way has reported, the head of Mexico’s extradition office, Miguel Merino, warned in January that Guzmán’s legal team could pursue various appeals that could delay the drug kingpin’s extradition for four to six years.

Reuters reports that “Juan Pablo Badillo, one of Guzmán’s lawyers, said his client’s legal situation was still being processed and that to extradite him now would be a violation of his human rights.” The news service adds that “government officials have said in private that the decision to extradite the drug lord is essentially a political decision dependent on the president.”

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El Chapo transferred to prison in border city Ciudad Juarez for potential U.S. extradition

(NEW YORK DAILY NEWS) — Mexican drug czar Joaquin Guzman, who twice staged Hollywood-worthy jailbreaks, was moved Saturday from a central Mexican lockup to a prison in the northern border city of Ciudad Juarez.

The cartel kingpin, known by the infamous moniker “El Chapo,” was brought to the site across the border from El Paso, Tex., overnight, a security official told the Associated Press.

No reason for the transfer was provided.

Jose Refugio Rodriguez, an attorney for Guzman, confirmed that he was sent to the Cefereso No. 9 prison.

He said Guzman’s defense team was not notified beforehand, and one of his lawyers was traveling to Juarez to try to meet with their client.

“I don’t know what the strategy is,” Refugio told The Associated Press. “I can’t say what the government is thinking.”

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Mexican cartel using clandestine airstrips near Texas border

(BREITBART) — PIEDRAS NEGRAS, Coahuila — Mexican authorities have discovered two clandestine airstrips near the Texas border. Mexican cartel smugglers use the makeshift runways to move large quantities of drugs. Authorities found airstrips in a remote area known as the Sierra de Acuna.

Members of the Fuerza Coahuila police and the Mexican military recently discovered the clandestine airstrips in two rural areas known as Rancho La Noria and Rancho San Rosendo. This area is near a mountain region that is immediately south of the rural areas between Del Rio and Big Bend National Park. Breitbart Texas has learned that the region is is largely ignored by the U.S. Border Patrol which keeps its resources and manpower in the area to a minimum. Read more »

Mexican cartel armored trucks found near border

PIEDRAS NEGRAS, Coahuila — Special police units in this border state seized two trucks modified with makeshift armor. The armored trucks are commonly used by cartel members operating near the Texas border.

The most recent seizure took place early in the morning on Tuesday when members of the Fuerza Coahuila police force were carrying out foot patrols near the area known as Sierra de Acuña. The mountainous region is immediately south of the rural area between Del Rio and Big Bend National Park. In an effort to slow down Mexican drug cartels, Fuerza Coahuila has been actively patrolling the mountainous area just south of the Texas border resulting in numerous seizures. Despite being a busy drug corridor, the Department of Homeland Security assigns minimal resources and agents to patrol the area.

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Helicopters rained gunfire as eight cartel gunmen killed in border firefight

(BREITBART) — REYNOSA, Tamaulipas — Mexican military helicopters rained gunfire down on drug cartel gunmen killing eight of them in the most recent gun battle to shake this border city.

The border city of Reynosa is controlled by the Gulf Cartel faction known as Los Metros which has been able to operate with almost complete impunity for years. As Breitbart Texas previously reported, the Gulf Cartel has been able to set up a clandestine network of surveillance cameras throughout the city to keep track of authorities. When authorities tried to do the same, the Gulf Cartel destroyed the police camera network by knocking down the large concrete poles that housed the cameras.

Information released by the Tamaulipas government revealed that the gun battle began shortly after 1 p.m. on Monday when cartel gunmen fired at a convoy of Mexican marines.

The attack set off a chase on the city’s south-side along the highway that connects this border city with the industrial hub of Monterrey.

The rolling shootout spread into various neighborhoods including Villa Florida, Villas del Roble, Paseo del Roble and Paseo Residencial. Close to an hour later, the Mexican army spotted a two SUV’s with cartel gunmen in the Granjas del Norte neighborhood setting off another series of rolling shootouts.

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