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Mexican Marines rain gunfire on cartel boss

(BREITBART) — A regional cartel boss and his security detail engaged in a firefight with Mexican Marines were eradicated when a military helicopter rained gunfire from above.

The gun battle took place in the Mexican state of Nayarit where authorities were trying to arrest a top leader within the Beltran Leyva Cartel. A video taken by a citizen journalists and shared on social media revealed the moment when a Mexican military helicopter used what appears to be rotary machine gun commonly referred to as a mini-gun to fire hundreds of rounds at the gunmen in mere seconds.

The Mexican military had been trying to arrest Juan Francisco “H-2” Padron Sanchez, a top ranking member within the Beltran Leyva Cartel. Authorities tracked the capo to a neighborhood in the city of Tepic, Nayarit where the gunmen made their stand.

Padron Sanchez and seven of his gunmen died in the gun battle, the Mexican Navy confirmed to Breitbart Texas. It remains unclear if any military personnel were injured during the fighting.

As Breitbart Texas reported, the Beltran Leyva Cartel recently lost another of their key regional leaders who was arrested in a ritzy suburb in the border state of Nuevo León. Authorities in that state arrested Eleazar “El Cochi” Palomo Castillo, who was the Beltran Leyva Cartel’s top leader in the area.

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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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