A shootout between soldiers and purported drug cartel gunmen killed 25 suspects Thursday in northern Tamaulipas state, near Mexico’s border with Texas, the military said.
Troops were patrolling in the town of General Trevino around noon when they came under fire from a ranch allegedly controlled by the Zetas drug gang, according to a military spokesman who was not authorized to be quoted by name.
They returned fire and invaded the ranch, known as “The Stump.” At least 25 suspected cartel operatives died, but no soldiers were killed or wounded seriously, the spokesman said.
Authorities rescued three people believed to be kidnap victims, he added, and seized 20 vehicles and an unspecified quantity of weapons and ammunition.
Drug violence has claimed more than 28,000 lives since President Felipe Calderon intensified a crackdown on cartels after taking office in late 2006.
The Zetas began as a gang of drug assassins but have since evolved into a powerful cartel. A fight between the Zetas and their former allies, the Gulf cartel, has increased the rate of killings in Tamaulipas and elsewhere, according to government figures.
The Zetas are suspected of being responsible for the kidnapping and killing of 72 Central and South American migrants in Tamaulipas last week, in what could be Mexico’s biggest drug-related massacre. (Source: AP)
Considering the lack of U.S. border security how long before we see such battles on the Texan side of the border.
Mexico gets to have a say in one of the lawsuits challenging Arizona’s immigration enforcement law.
A federal judge on Thursday granted Mexico’s request to be allowed to file a legal brief supporting the challenge. That means the judge will consider the brief Mexico submitted previously.
Mexico says it wants to defend its citizens’ rights and that the law would lead to racial profiling and hinder trade and tourism. It also says the law would hinder work against drug trafficking and related violence.
The law’s provisions include a requirement that police enforcing another law ask people about their immigration status if there’s a “reasonable suspicion” they’re in the country illegally.
The law takes effect July 29 unless blocked by a court. (Source: Fox News)
Hey Mexico laws in the United States are American business, not Mexican.
Arizona isn’t the only state with violence spilling over from Mexican drug gangs.
Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott today demanded that President Obama send more troops to the Texas-Mexico border and used the shots that hit El Paso City Hall as an example of increased violence on the border.
Abbott said in a letter that the seven shots that hit City Hall in El Paso were an example of the violence that is plaguing the border area and that sending 1,200 National Guard soldiers to the entire U.S.-Mexico border is not enough.
He also cited the violence in Juarez and said that Americans lives are at risk.
“More than 1,300 people have been murdered in Juárez this year as a war continues relentlessly between the Juárez and Sinaloadrug cartels,” he told Obama.
He also said the “time for talk has passed.” (Source: El Paso Times)
Another example of why the fence needs to be built now! And why federal immigration laws need to be enforced!
But, but I thought the U.S. border with Mexico was secure? If I lived near this part of the border I’d be concerned.
A massive gun battle between rival drug and migrant-trafficking gangs near the U.S. border left 21 people dead on Thursday, prosecutors said.
The clash occurred in a sparsely populated area about 12 miles (20 kilometers) from the Arizona border — a prime corridor for immigrant and drug smuggling.
Sonora’s Attorney General‘s Office said in a statement that nine people were captured by police at the scene of the shooting, six of whom had been wounded in the confrontation. Authorities at the scene found seven rifles.
Officials did not say why the gunfight had broken out, but powerful and well-armed Mexican gangs often fight for control of smuggling routes into the United States. (Source: Fox News)
Yet another reason to build the fence NOW! And let Arizona enforce the law since the Feds won’t.