VIOLENCE erupted in a US-Mexico border town when an American consulate was gunned down in a brutal cartel gun battle.
Gunfire erupted in the northeastern Mexican city of Nuevo Laredo in the early hours of Monday – hours after the cartel’s suspected ringleader, Juan Gerardo Treviño, was arrested.
Trailers were torched while the US consulate building in the city was temporarily closed due to reports of shootings.
Staff were advised to stay indoors while Americans were advised to avoid the area if possible.
Shots were fired at military quarters in the city and suspected cartel members deployed spiked strips as they blocked traffic.
A local tells Vice: “The city is still very tense. Nobody goes out and we can still hear the police driving through the city at full speed. We are scared.”
Cops in Laredo patrolled the bridges blocking access to Mexico.
The violence erupted after Juan Gerardo Treviño, known as “El Huevo,” was arrested.
“El Huevo” is the putative leader of the Cartel del Noreste. He is the nephew of Los Zetas founder Miguel Angel Treviño.
He faces an extradition warrant on drug trafficking, money laundering and state-level charges of murder, terrorism, extortion and criminal association.
Treviño was taken into custody by the Special Prosecutor for Organized Crime (FEMDO) and is being handed over to the federal prosecutor.
As of October 2019, he has been on the US Border Patrol’s Most Wanted List.
Mexican government officials claim his arrest was a “huge blow” to the cartel’s operations in Tamaulipas.
The northeastern state has been known for antitrust violence for the past 15 years.
Marisol Ochoa, an expert on criminal dynamics, narrates insight crime that gangs resort to gasoline theft in the state, where ringleaders tap into pipelines and sell it both in Mexico and across the border.
The researcher added: “Gasoline theft and resale are linked to money laundering and networks of legitimate companies operating with dirty money.”
PERFECTED BY BULLETS
Nineteen bullet-riddled and charred bodies were found in burning cars on a dirt road near the town of Camargo last year.
Four people were found dead in one vehicle and another 15 in the other, Tamaulipas prosecutors said.
Initial evidence suggests that all 19 were shot and then set on fire.
Since no shell casings were found at the scene, investigators believe they may have been killed elsewhere before the cars were dumped on the country road and set alight.
A local official said the killings happened on Friday but residents were afraid to report it until the next day.
Camargo is a major smuggling route for drugs and migrants across the border into the United States.
Organized crime groups have fought fierce territorial disputes over control of the strategic border crossing, which is worth millions.
Tamaulipas on Mexico’s Gulf Coast is the shortest route from Central America to the United States.
But it is also the most dangerous, because criminal gangs kidnap, blackmail and murder migrants.
Cartel violence has plagued Mexico since 2006, killing more than 300,000 people.
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