Tagged: Gulf Cartel

Mexican cartel offers rewards for rivals’ heads

(BREITBART) — Mexico’s Gulf Cartel took to social media to announce a $500,000 reward for the heads of their rivals. The cartel made the offer on various social media platforms as cartel gunmen unleashed another wave of violence in this city.

On Friday afternoon, rival factions of the Gulf Cartel clashed in the streets of this city unleashing a barrage of machine gun fire and grenade explosions that spread terror.

The intensity of the fighting led to the city government issuing a red alert notice on social media. Officials pushed out the social media notification as a way to warn citizens to stay indoors because of battles spreading throughout the city.

Rival factions of the Gulf Cartel began a bloody war for control of this border city on Tuesday, Breitbart Texas reported. The fighting follows the demise of former regional cartel boss Juan Manuel “Comandante Toro M-42” Loiza Salinas.

Since then, various commanders loyal to him have been fighting the rest of the cartel in an effort to stop them from taking over the city.

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Cartel violence kills 10 near Texas border

(BREITBART) — MATAMOROS, Tamaulipas — A series of recent gun battles and executions in this border city and in Rio Bravo led to nearly a dozen deaths as clashes with military forces and internal turmoil within the Gulf Cartel is reaching a boiling point.

The violence began last week in the Buena Vista neighborhood of Matamoros when cartel gunmen clashed with military and police forces. As usual, the fighting led to blockades, where cartel gunmen hijacked various vehicles to choke chances of police pursuit down main avenues. In Rio Bravo, troops killed several gunmen throughout the city.

The fighting and a series of apparent executions in both Matamoros and Rio Bravo led to the death of several men who are all believed to be part of one of the various factions that make up the Gulf Cartel.

In the downtown area of Matamoros, authorities responded to a local business where they found four men killed. The four cartel members had all been shot in the head execution-style.

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Non-stop gun battles spark fear, uncertainty in Mexican border city

(BREITBART) — REYNOSA, Tamaulipas — The ongoing hunt for the leader of the Gulf Cartel in this border city has led to more than nine days of continuous gun battles. The clashes resulted in the deaths of at least 14 individuals –including most of the gunmen. Anecdotal accounts by residents place the death toll much higher.

As Breitbart Texas reported, Mexican authorities have been targeting the leadership of the Gulf Cartel in this city. Officials focused their efforts on capturing or killing Gulf Cartel leader Julian “Comandante Toro” Loisa Salinas, also known as Juan Manuel Loisa Salinas.

Law enforcement’s efforts to apprehend Loisa met heavy resistance from Gulf Cartel troops who continue to fight against military forces. Breitbart Texas reported that the intensity of the clashes escalated to the point where Mexican military forces deployed helicopters with mini-guns and other artillery weapons to fight off the cartel forces. During the gun battles, cartel gunmen continue to use hundreds of makeshift road spikes in an attempt to slow down authorities.

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GRAPHIC VIDEO: Mexican cartel at border preps to incinerate victims’ hacked bodies, plays soccer with head

(BREITBART) — MATAMOROS, Tamaulipas — A leaked video obtained by the Breitbart Texas shows a crew of Gulf Cartel gunmen preparing to incinerate dozens of murdered victims. They are also seen playing soccer with a human head.

The incineration of victims is a long standing practice that allows the criminal organization to avoid scrutiny as well as help Mexican government officials continue to claim low crime statistics.

In the leaked video, a man holding a cell phone claims to be part of the Gulf Cartel and that the group is cooking “rats” or rivals members. The man appears to be holding a beer on the other hand as he narrates in Spanish the fate of their rivals.

In the background of the video, various other cartel members can be seen punching holes in 55-gallon drums and placing rocks and body parts inside. One of the men then asks for a “spark” referring to a lighter. The man with the cell phone then begins to kick the head of one of a murder victim as if it were a soccer ball. Another is heard stating that in a village, Los Zetas members had played soccer with the severed heads of children.

The date and the location of the video remains unknown, however the method of incinerating the victims remains the same throughout Mexico. “Cooking” is a term used to describe the incineration of bodies by cartel members. The murdered victims are hacked into pieces and placed either in clandestine crematoriums or in 55-gallon drums where they are set on fire. The practice of cooking victims not only helps cartels minimize scrutiny but also helps Mexican officials claim that crime continues to decrease since incinerated victims are not counted as murders. According to Mexican officials, without a body, it remains a missing persons case.

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Drug cartel commander evades capture near Texas border

(BREITBART) — REYNOSA, Tamaulipas — Once again, one of the top leaders within Mexico’s Gulf Cartel has managed to escape capture mere yards from the Texas border.

Through intelligence operations, Mexican Marines had located Julian “Comandante Toro” Loisa Salinas at a small open air shopping plaza in the city’s downtown area near Zaragoza Street. The shopping center was less than 150 meters from the Reynosa City Hall and less than 300 yards from the Texas border.

The Mexican Marines requested air support and additional troops to ensure that the man they had spotted was Comandante Toro. Cartel lookouts noticed the activity by military personnel and sounded the alarm, setting off an escape operation by Gulf Cartel forces.

A military helicopter chased and shot at a black Nissan Pathfinder that tried to flee the area at a high rate of speed. The shots from the helicopter disabled the truck forcing the men inside to run out into the nearby shops and buildings in an effort to blend in with the crowd. The gunmen running into the market caused panic among the local shoppers.

Cartel lookouts received orders to hide and blend among the shoppers while military personnel set up a perimeter around the downtown area and began a search for the gunman they believed to be Toro. Meanwhile, the real Toro managed to sneak out to safety.

Breitbart Texas has spoken with law enforcement officials who revealed that some military deserters make up part of Toro’s personal security detail. The former personnel are familiar with military tactics, apparently helping Toro avoid capture.

In an effort to confuse military forces, cartel members began to stack tires that were then set on fire. Cartel trucks drove around the city distributing tires while gunmen stole various vehicles from unsuspecting motorists. The vehicles were used to park along main roads and set on fire to create additional roadblocks.

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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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Texas murder trial to shed light on Mexican drug cartels

(WALL STREET JOURNAL) — By Dan Frosch

SOUTHLAKE, Texas—The gunman walked toward Juan Jesús Guerrero Chapa, who sat in his Range Rover parked at a tony suburban Dallas shopping center.

Mr. Guerrero Chapa had just finished shopping for shoes with his wife, but moments later the 43-year-old Mexican lawyer was dead, struck by multiple shots from a 9-millimeter pistol. The gunman and an accomplice drove away, the brief early evening encounter caught on a surveillance camera.

The 2013 slaying stunned this upscale North Texas city of 29,000, which hadn’t seen a murder since 1999. But that wasn’t all: The man killed was allegedly a prominent member of Mexico’s Gulf Cartel drug trafficking organization, according to U.S. federal officials. His assassination brought that country’s drug war to the doorstep of the serene American neighborhood where the Guerrero Chapas lived.

This week, two of three men prosecutors say are responsible for Mr. Guerrero Chapa’s death will stand trial in Fort Worth, in a case expected to offer a rare glimpse into the nexus of Mexican cartels operating in the U.S.

Jesús Gerardo Ledezma-Cepeda, 59, and his cousin, José Luis Cepeda-Cortés, 60, face charges of conspiracy to commit murder for hire and interstate stalking—which carry up to life in prison. Both men have pleaded not guilty.

Mr. Ledezma-Cepeda’s son, Jesús Gerardo Ledezma-Campano, 32, who faces the same charges in the killing, recently pleaded guilty and is expected to testify for the prosecution, according to a person familiar with the case.

All three men are Mexican citizens; Mr. Cepeda-Cortés was legally in the U.S. on a green card.

According to federal officials, Mr. Guerrero Chapa was the lawyer for Gulf Cartel chief Osiel Cárdenas-Guillén—now imprisoned at the U.S.’s so-called Supermax facility in Florence, Colo.,—and played an important role in the organization.

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