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74 killed in weeks-long cartel war near Texas border

(BREITBART) — REYNOSA, Tamaulipas — The raging cartel war for control of this city resulted in at least 74 officially-counted murders. Many more victims have been incinerated just south of the Texas border.

In early May, Breitbart Texas began reporting on rival factions of the Gulf Cartel fighting for control of this border city. The continuing conflicts resulted in convoys of cartel gunmen roaming the streets looking for their rivals.

Overnight, cartel gunmen dumped a bloodied corpse with a posterboard where one cartel factions threatened their rivals. Bodies with warnings had not been seen previously in Reynosa. However, they are commonplace in Ciudad Victoria and in the border state of Nuevo Leon where Breitbart Texas has been reporting Los Zetas and other cartels are also carrying out massacres.

The violence spiked in early May, shortly after Mexican authorities killed former Gulf Cartel boss Juan Manuel “Toro” Loiza Salinas in late April. His death led to a power vacuum where his former allies are trying to fight off the another faction that appears to be favored by other cartel leaders. The ongoing fighting has led to a spike in highway robberies, armed robberies, kidnappings, and extortions as cartel commanders continue to look for ways to fund their ongoing war.

The raging violence by the Gulf Cartel immediately south of the Texas border led to the National Border Patrol Council (NBPC) issuing an alert to agents that they represent regarding the cartel war just south of the border, Breitbart Texas reported.

The NBPC warned federal agents about the constant gun battles and the possibility of spillover violence or stray rounds fired in Mexico landing in Texas.

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36 killed in month-long cartel war near Texas

(BREITBART) — REYNOSA, Tamaulipas — Raging violence continues to take hold of this border city as rival factions of the Gulf Cartel fight for control claimed 36 deaths–including a bystander and one police officer.

As Breitbart Texas reported, the violence began in late April, shortly after Mexican authorities hunted down and killed regional Gulf boss Juan Manuel “Toro” Loiza Salinas. The death of the ruthless cartel kingpin led to an immediate power vacuum as various factions fight for control of the city and surrounding smuggling routes.

The fight has led to convoys of gunmen driving around Reynosa hunting for rivals. Some of the shooters ride in vehicles with “M-42” spray-painted on the side, indicating former allegiance to Toro. As Breitbart Texas reported, the violence has also led to a spike in crime as cartel gunmen carry out daytime robberies at various establishments and against unsuspecting motorists.

Over the weekend, rival gunmen clashed three separate times, spreading fear among local residents. In one of the clashes, forces exchanged gunfire in the Lopez Portillo neighborhood where neighbors reported that four gunmen died in the clash.

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Top cartel leader tried to bribe his way out of jail, failed

(BREITBART) — MONTERREY, Nuevo León — One of the top figures with Mexico’s Beltran Leyva Cartel tried to bribe his way out of capture by offering $500,000 to state cops. In a rare turn of events Mexican authorities refused the bribe and slapped a pair of handcuffs on him.

Earlier this week, Mexican authorities the Mexican State of Sonora, arrested Rodolfo “El Nito or Nito Amavizca” Lopez Ibarra, the regional leader in Nuevo León, Sinaloa and Mexico City for the Beltran Leyva Cartel. At the time of the arrest, authorities seized a level 6 armored SUV, a .38 caliber handgun and $22,000 USD in cash.

During the arrest, El Nito reportedly offered the Sonora state cops a $500,000 bribe in exchange for his release. When the police officers refused, the previously convicted drug lord allegedly said he would murder the cops.

Going to prison is nothing new for for Lopez Ibarra, who has been jailed and convicted before in Mexico on weapons charges. He has always managed to regain his freedom.

El Nito was first arrested with 12 of his gunmen in 2009; his top gunmen included Cesar Cortez Diaz, a former cop who was fired for using a stolen car as his police vehicle.

The arrest came from an information leak that revealed that El Nito was to arrive at the local airport in Apodaca, Nuevo Leon. He would be taking off from the airport in Acapulco on board of a Cessna airplane with the tail number XB-IZK.

A military investigation later revealed that El Nito was going to take over command of the operations in Nuevo Leon, including the drug distribution in the ritzy neighborhood of San Pedro. The move comes after the previous plaza boss, Hector “La Burra” Rios was arrested. La Burra was known as an old school cop in Nuevo Leon who, along with many others, had turned to organized crime as a way to earn fast money.

According to a military official who was part of the investigation in the file PRG/SIEDO/UEIDCS/179/2009, El Nito had offered the cops in Nuevo Leon a $1 million bribe after they had apprehended him in the airplane with an HK .223 caliber rifle, a handgun, and one grenade.

At that time, when El Nito learned that he was not going to be released he threatened the state cops and soldiers by telling them “you do not know who you are messing with, I am the new plaza boss.” The drug lord previously spent time in a federal prison in the border city of Matamoros, Tamaulipas, before his eventual release.

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Cartel war continues to dump bodies in Mexican neighborhoods

(BREITBART) — CIUDAD VICTORIA, Tamaulipas — The ongoing war for control of lucrative drug trafficking territories continues to spread terror in this border state as executions and dumped bodies are increasingly commonplace.

Earlier this week, authorities found the bodies of an underage female, a woman, and a man that showed signs of torture prior to execution. The bodies were found in a poor neighborhood off Las Torres Avenue. Military personnel rushed to cordon off the area while investigators documented the crime scene.

The female victims had their hands tied and their heads wrapped in trash bags, while the male victim had his hands tied and his body was wrapped in a blanket. None of the rival factions of the Los Zetas cartel have taken credit for the gruesome murder to date. The gory scene comes days after as Breitbart Texas reported gunmen kidnapped, interrogated, tortured and murdered a woman named Fabiola Serna. The interrogation of Serna was recorded on video and then uploaded to her hacked Facebook account by members of the Grupo Bravo / Vieja Escuela Z.

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Gunmen execute young couple, set vehicle on fire near Texas border

(BREITBART) — PIEDRAS NEGRAS, Coahuila — Authorities continue to investigate why a group of gunmen executed a young couple on the banks of the Rio Grande River and set their vehicle on fire.

Coahuila state investigators recently responded to the banks of the Rio Grande River near the Santa Maria neighborhood where they found a late model Jeep Commander fully engulfed in flames. Neighbors had called authorities after spotting the vehicle on fire.

As authorities got closer, they discovered a woman and a man laying in a pool of blood near the vehicle. The victims had been shot in the head but the woman was still alive.

Emergency medical personnel rushed the woman to a local hospital where she later died from her injuries. Soon after the murder, authorities were able to identify the victims as 28-year-old Valentin Guerrero and 24-year-old Montserrat Reyes Galaviz.

Authorities have not made a motive for the murder public. However, the border city of Piedras Negras has a long history of being a drug trafficking corridor for the Los Zetas drug cartel. Unlike other cartels, Los Zetas have sought to distinguish themselves through their ruthlessness and gory methods of executions.

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Shootouts in Mexico Border City Kill 11, Including Bystander

(THE BLAZE) — CIUDAD VICTORIA, Mexico — Two highway shootouts between soldiers and suspected drug gang members in a northern border city resulted in 11 dead Saturday, including a bystander caught in the crossfire, Mexican authorities reported.

The violence in Nuevo Laredo, across from Laredo, Texas, prompted the temporary closure of the highway, which is a major artery for travel and commerce between the United States and Mexico.

The Tamaulipas state government said in a statement that the armed confrontations began early Saturday when troops killed eight suspected criminals on the highway. Soldiers seized a truck and high-caliber weapons, it said.

An hour later another shootout broke out nearby in which two suspects were killed, along with a woman who was traveling in her car, authorities said.

Nuevo Laredo Mayor Carlos Canturosas said Saturday night via Facebook that the highway, which handles nearly half of the export-import cargo between Mexico and the United States, had reopened.

Nuevo Laredo has experienced high violence rates as rival factions of the Zetas drug cartel fight for control of the area.

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Drug cartel burns rivals alive near Texas border

(BREITBART) Nuevo Laredo, Tamaulipias — Exclusive images obtained by Breitbart revealed that cartel gunmen have begun to set fire to their rivals while they are still alive, as part of the ongoing war between opposite factions of the Los Zetas cartel that are fighting for control of this border state.

The images speak for themselves as they show the bodies of at least two individuals who are believed to have been captured cartel gunmen.

The images revealed in detail how the victims contorted their bodies as the flames continues to consume them. The victims have not been identified, thus turning them into just one more notch to the list of the anonymous victims in Tamaulipas.

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Mexican hitwoman claims she has sex with corpses after beheading them and drinks the blood of the dead

(UK DAILY MAIL) — A hitwoman for one of Mexico’s most notorious cartels has made a stunning confession from her California jail cell: she claims to have had intercourse with beheaded corpses and drank their blood.

Mexican media reports that 28-year-old Juana – also known as ‘La Peque’ (the little one) – of the ruthless Zetas cartel made the admission from a Baja, California prison.

Juana said: ‘Ever since I was a little girl I was a rebel, and then became a drug addict and an alcoholic.’

Juana was born in Hidalgo, near Mexico City. She became pregnant at 15 by a man 20 years her senior.

To support herself and her child, she worked as a prostitute – until delving into the dangerous cartel world.

Juana said she got her start as a ‘halconeo’ – a lookout for police and army patrols, according to Central European news.

Her job entailed standing at a lookout point for eight hours at a time. If she failed, Juana said she was tied up and fed a single taco per day.

During her time working for the cartel she bore witness to a host of gruesome moments, including a man’s head being smashed open with a mace.

‘I remember feeling sad and thinking I did not want to end up like that,’ said Juana.

Her aversion to blood did not last long, however.

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A hitwoman for one of Mexico’s most notorious cartels claims to have had intercourse with beheaded corpses and drank their blood.

Mexican model executed in front of her family in border state

(BREITBART) — MONTERREY, Nuevo Leon — Mexican authorities continue to look into the execution of a model who was gunned down in front of her family. The model’s boyfriend had been previously killed and is believed to have been tied to organized crime.

The murder took place during the early hours of Friday morning when a group of gunmen burst into a house in the La Hacienda neighborhood in the suburb of Apodaca. Gunmen held various relatives at bay and shot 23-year-old Karla Karina Garza Garcia in the head. The shooting matches the description of the execution style murder typically associated with organized crime.

Garza Garcia had been a member of Diamond Girls, an agency that represents models for dances, social events and TV shows. A source close to the ongoing investigation revealed to Breitbart Texas that the gunmen stormed the house shouting, “Who is Karina?” The statement by the official confirmed that the murder was not random in nature but was in fact a targeted hit. The gunmen had been wearing dark clothing and caps in an effort to cover their faces. The men had been in an SUV and had parked outside of the model’s home. The woman begged for her life; however, the gunmen dragged her into the kitchen where they shot her. The slain model left behind two girls under five years old.

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Mexico’s cartels are much more dangerous to Americans than ISIS

(THE DAILY BEAST) — Mexico is a place of many rumors and much chisme, or gossip. One of the most frightening rumors you hear these days—especially given the tragic, ISIS-inspired shooting in Orlando—is that members of the so-called Islamic State have infiltrated the cartels, seeking to recruit hardened sicarios, hit men, to their cause.

ISIS’s nefarious motive, naturally, would be to use the cartels’ drug shipping networks and smuggling tunnels to ferret terrorists, or even weapons of mass destruction, across the U.S. border.

Fortunately such tales remains nothing but chisme—and not very plausible rumor mongering at that.

Although some far-right media outlets in the U.S. have presented the unholy alliance of jihadist warrior and Aztec assassin as likely, if not inevitable, so far there’s absolutely no evidence behind such claims.

(Full disclosure: I spent eight months out of the last year reporting up close with both law enforcement and the cartels in Mexico and, after much searching for just such a headline-grabbing, cartel-ISIS link, was unable to find so much as a prayer rug. Or anybody who knew what a prayer rug was.)

In fact, the two groups actually seem more like natural enemies.

Although the much-published story about Chapo Guzmán threatening to launch open war on ISIS turned out to be false, there’s a reason the meme seemed so believable when it broke.

That’s because it’s hard to imagine a wealth-loving, famously decadent crime lord like Guzmán—or any of his fellows—getting along with their dour, tee-totaling, thobe-wearing counterparts. The Mexican press have also had great fun at ISIS’s expense, wittily skewering the unlikely Islamic invasion.

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