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Texas sanctuary sheriff faces removal from office for aiding criminal illegals

(INFO WARS) — By Kit Daniels

Travis Co. Sheriff Sally Hernandez is facing removal from office after defying Texas Gov. Greg Abbott’s call to end sanctuary city policies which aid criminal aliens.

Hernandez, whose jurisdiction includes Austin, the capital of Texas, has rejected Abbott’s request to reverse her refusal to cooperate with Immigration and Customs Enforcement except in limited circumstances, which Abbott says is hypocritical.

“First, you claim you have no legal power to comply with ICE detainers. That proves too much, of course, because by your own admission, Travis County Sheriff’s Office will honor some ICE detainers, for example when the alien is charged with or convicted of capital murder,” Abbott wrote. “You have the exact same legal authority to honor ICE detainers for capital murder cases as you do for other crimes that you personally deem unworthy of enforcement.”

In addition, Abbott pointed out that ICE also issues detainers for illegal aliens with felony records – including murder.

“…Under your reckless policy, for example, dangerous criminal aliens convicted of felonies like murder, aggravated assault, human trafficking, including child sex trafficking, aggravated kidnapping, including sexual performance by a child or indecency with a child, dangerous gang activities…,” he added.

But in response, Hernandez declared that honoring the detainers would make the “community less safe by driving people into the shadows.”

“As local law enforcement officers, we will not interrogate or arrest someone over an unrelated federal immigration matter if they are trying to report a crime,” she said.

Hernandez is contending that state law enforcement cannot constitutionally be drafted into service by federal agencies, which is true – but it appears to be a straw man argument.

Judging by the letter, Abbott seems more interested in allowing ICE to remove illegals from the streets who were already arrested by Texas officials for committing – not simply reporting – serious crimes.

“For one, these sheriff offices receive grants from the governor’s office and we’re cutting off those grants to any sanctuary city in the State of Texas,” he said on Fox & Friends. “But, however, we are in a legislative session and we’re working on laws that will #1 ban sanctuary cities and #2 remove from office any office holder who promotes sanctuary cities while also imposing criminal penalties as well as financial penalties.”

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Mexican mayor arrested after hundreds massacred and cooked in network of ovens, following Breitbart exposé

(BREITBART) — by Ildefonso Ortiz

Mexican authorities have arrested the former mayor of a rural community in the border state of Coahuila in connection with the kidnapping, murder and incineration of hundreds of victims through a network of ovens at the hands of the Los Zetas cartel. The arrest comes after Breitbart Texas exposed not only the horrors of the mass extermination, but also the cover-up and complicity of the Mexican government.

On Thursday morning, Coahuila state authorities arrested Sergio Alonzo Rodriguez, the former mayor of Allende, Coahuila, on the charge of aggravated kidnapping, information provided to Breitbart Texas by the Coahuila government revealed. Rodriguez was the mayor of Allende, Coahuila in March, 2011, when a commando of Los Zetas kidnapped dozens of people who were then murdered and incinerated.

Earlier this year, Breitbart Texas published the results of a three-month investigation into how Los Zetas were able to kidnap, torture, execute and incinerate approximately 300 victims–including women and children–between 2011 and 2013. Approximately 150 of the victims were taken to the Piedras Negras state prison where cartel members used 55-gallon drums to incinerate the human remains.

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Mexican mogul faces money laundering charges in Texas

(BREITBART) — by Ildefonso Ortiz

McALLEN, Texas — A top Mexican businessman with connections to the highest echelons of power in Mexico remains in federal custody in this border city, where he is facing money laundering charges.

Last week, federal agents arrested Luis Carlos “Dragon or Umpire” Castillo Cervantes in connection with a criminal indictment filed under seal in Corpus Christi, Texas. The criminal indictment obtained by Breitbart Texas revealed that from 2006 to November 10, 2014, Castillo Cervantes allegedly took part in money laundering and bank fraud schemes involving Mexican public officials. Authorities are looking to seize $36,259,730 and a 2008 Learjet belonging to the Mexican businessman.

On Tuesday morning, Castillo Cervantes went before U.S. Magistrate Judge Peter Ormsby for his detention hearing. During the hearing, Castillo Cervantes waived his hearing, choosing to remain in federal detention until he has another date in Corpus Christi, where the case resides. Ormsby granted the request and ordered that Castillo Cervantes go back to the custody of the U.S. Marshals Service.

While in parts of Mexico Castillo Cervantes is known as the “Dragon” for a fleet of road paving machines that he has exclusive contracts to, in the rural town of Anahuac, Tamaulipas, he is known as the “Umpire”.

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Mexican cop reportedly busted in Texas smuggling cocaine

(BREITBART) — LAREDO, Texas — A Mexican police officer has been arrested after he allegedly tried to enter the country with more than 30 pounds of cocaine hidden in his vehicle.

The recent arrest took place at the Lincoln Juarez International Bridge in Laredo when 40-year-old Ricardo Octavio Guerrero was questioned about the purpose of his trip by a U.S. Customs and Border Protection officer. The questions came after a police K-9 alerted authorities about the presence of contraband inside hidden compartments in Guerrero’s Mazda.

A detailed search of the vehicle by CBP officers revealed two compartments, one on the passenger and one on the driver’s side. Inside, authorities found 13 packets of a white, powdery substance that was tested and found to be cocaine, U.S. federal court records obtained by Breitbart Texas revealed.

Four days before Guerrero’s arrest, his vehicle went through a similar inspection when he drove south from Houston to Mexico. The inspection took place when authorities found some hidden compartments that were empty. Since Guerrero was not doing anything illegal at that time he was allowed to continue his travel.

An intelligence document from Mexican law enforcement agencies that Breitbart Texas was allowed to inspect revealed that Guerrero had been the top cop in Monterrey, Nuevo Leon from 2012 until September 2015 when he was removed from his post for administrative reasons and then his contract was terminated.

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Cartel gunmen ambush Mexican border police with armored trucks

BREITBART) — REYNOSA, Tamaulipas — Cartel gunmen riding in armored SUVs ambushed a state police convoy killing one of the officers and sparking a series of chases and gun battles over a period of hours.

The ambush against the state police officers comes after citizen journalists in the border region known as the Ribereña or riverine have reported on gun battles involving large convoys of gunmen. According to residents, the gun battles among cartel factions started early morning in the area immediately south of Roma, Texas and quickly spread to other rural communities. The Ribereña is immediately south of Starr County, Texas and is considered a major drug trafficking route due to the lack of border security in the area.

Law enforcement sources consulted by Breitbart Texas revealed that the ambush took place about four hours after the initial gun battles in the Rancherias rural community near the city of Camargo, which is immediately south of Rio Grande City, Texas. A convoy of armored cartel trucks attacked police forces, setting off a fierce gun battle where one of the officers died. At the end of the clash, two cartel vehicles were left behind. One of the vehicles was a standard SUV, while the other truck was armored. Both vehicles had extensive damage from collisions and gunshots.

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Texas trucker found murdered near Mexican border city

(BREITBART) — PIEDRAS NEGRAS, Coahuila — A commercial truck driver from the border city of Eagle Pass was murdered in this border city setting off an investigation that continues to puzzle local authorities. The truck driver has been reported missing in Texas days prior to the discovery of his body in Mexico.

Recently authorities in this border state responded to a ranch called San Vicente not far from Piedras Negras in regards to the discovery of a body showing an advanced state of decomposition. Crime scene investigators documented the scene where the body was found and transferred the body to a local morgue.

The victims’ truck, a black Ford Expedition, was discovered at a nearby ranch called El Saucito, leading investigators to believe that the victim was murdered and dumped.

The body was described as being a male in his mid 30’s to early 40’s wearing work boots, jeans, and a white t-shirt. At the morgue authorities confirmed that the victim was Oscar Ramon Lopez Alfaro, an trucker from Eagle Pass who had been reported missing to Texas authorities by his relatives earlier this month.

Preliminary information points to Alfaro having been kidnapped by unknown gunmen shortly after crossing into Coahuila, being taken to the location where he was found, and being murdered. Investigators had not released the cause of death, which they reported was not easily noticeable due to the advances state of decomposition.

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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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WARNING: Mexican cartel at Texas border has Russian RPGs

(BREITBART) — The Mexican Los Zetas cartel controls portions of the Texas-Mexico border and has proven to possess Russian rocket-propelled grenade launchers and the grenades — RPGs.

This is significant in that the Mexican transnational group has shown a willingness to fire upon U.S. aircraft, such as they did on June 5, 2015 in the Laredo Sector along the Texas border.

Another significant consideration pertains to the group’s ability to smuggle persons, narcotics, or any other item they wish into the U.S.–for the right price. The RPGs could easily end up in the hands of someone or a group within the U.S.

The Los Zetas cartel having RPGs was revealed in a recent Breitbart Texas investigation into rival factions of the cartel using social media to taunt each other and to make threats. In that instance, we wrote, “In the most recent series of taunts, one faction of the Los Zetas cartel posted a photograph of what appears to be a Russian RGP-7 with the names of two rival commanders on written on the munitions.”

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Los Zetas gunmen swim into Texas during firefight to escape

(BREITBART) — PIEDRAS NEGRAS, Coahuila — A group of five gunmen from the Los Zetas cartel crossed into Texas to escape from Mexican police after a firefight on the banks of the Rio Grande.

Members of Coahuila State Police followed information about an upcoming drug shipment to a rural area on the banks of the Rio Grande. They spotted five gunmen trying to cross drug bundles into Texas. As soon as the gunmen saw the police officers, they began to fire their weapons trying to keep them away. Mexican authorities fought off the attack forcing the gunmen to retreat. The gunmen left the drugs behind as they crossed the Rio Grande into Texas. Once on the U.S. side, they gunmen disappeared and have not been caught.

Breitbart Texas has confirmed with Mexican authorities that the firefight took place a little over two weeks ago just outside the El Moral rural community near the Mexican city of Piedras Negras, Coahuila. The scene of the shootout is not far from the Texas border city of Eagle Pass.

The gun battle on the edge of the river, was the result of an ongoing investigation into the current operational structure of the Cartel Del Noreste (CDN) faction of the Los Zetas cartel. Late last month, Coahuila police officers arrested the number two leader of the CDN in Piedras Negras. The arrest came after a fierce gun battle near the Rio Grande. According to authorities, the leader was only identified as 25-year-old Ernesto (last-name-unknown) who claimed to be the second in command for the cartel in the area.

In his statements to police, the man claimed that the criminal organization was preparing for possible efforts by their rivals to take over the “plaza” or territory from the CDN. The investigation led to the thwarted drug smuggling attempt that turned into a gun battle.

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The Zetas cartel turned a Mexican prison into a death camp

(VICE NEWS) — Members of the notorious Zetas drug cartel turned the prison where they were being held in northern Mexico into a death camp where they tortured and killed around 150 people, and then incinerated the bodies or dissolved them in acid, the authorities say.

José Ángel Herrera, the chief prosecutor for cases of disappeared people in the state of Coahuila, made the allegations on Wednesday while announcing warrants to arrest five of the prisoners allegedly involved — at least some of whom are still behind bars.

Herrera said that the investigation refers to the period between 2009 and 2012 when the Zetas had near complete control of the prison near the city of Piedras Negras, just over the border from Eagle Pass in Texas.

He said this week’s arrests for the atrocities allegedly committed in the prison relate to the cases of the first seven disappeared people who investigators believe they have confirmed were among the victims. That proof, however, relies primarily on information from dozens of interviews with imprisoned witnesses and some of those involved, rather than on physical evidence.

According to José Juan Morales, spokesman for the investigation, the Zetas were allowed to leave the Piedras Negras prison at night to kidnap their victims, sometimes wearing fake police and army uniforms.

The remains of those killed were then, the investigation found, dumped in the nearby San Rodrigo river and in the Rio Bravo estuary.

But while the authorities say they have found bones in the river, they add that these are in such a bad state that it has not been possible to identify whether they came from the prison, or belonged to any of those who might have died there.

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