CIUDAD VICTORIA, Tamaulipas — The recent execution of a top athlete at the state university in this city points to the ongoing fighting between rival factions of the Mexican Los Zetas drug cartel. Tamaulipas is the Mexican state immediately south of Texas’ Rio Grande Valley and Laredo Sectors.
On Monday evening, a group of unknown gunmen opened fire on 23-year-old Luis Gerardo Gomez Garza and his girlfriend Vanessa Toledo as they were pulling into his home, information provided by the Tamaulipas government revealed.
Gomez Garza has been identified as the captain of the football team for the Roadrunner team from the Tamaulipas Autonomous University-UAT.
According to authorities, the gunmen had been staking out Gomez’s house for more than two hours before the victim and his girlfriend pulled up. The two had gone out to eat after Gomez had returned from a football game in the Mexican city of Guadalajara.
As the couple pulled up, the two gunmen went up to them and began firing–striking Gomez multiple times while hitting the woman once.
Tamaulipas authorities have publicly confirmed that in regards to the attack; robbery or carjacking are not a motive in the crime since the gunmen did not take any valuables. The college athlete ended up dying shortly after at a local hospital.
Moments after the attack, Los Zetas set up roadblocks in the neighboring areas in an effort to track down the gunmen. Local residents confirmed that they were stopped and questioned by the gunmen on Monday night during their commute.
Breitbart Texas has also confirmed that while the Los Zetas hunted down the assassins they guarded Toledo’s home in order to prevent another attack.
Breitbart Texas recently reported on the a split within Los Zetas in Ciudad Victoria which resulted in one faction getting help from the group in Nuevo Laredo. The infighting has resulted in a rash of executions some of which have been public as one faction of Los Zetas seeks to take out the other one.
The infighting resulted in the former number two top leader for Los Zetas in Ciudad Victoria having to flee to the Texas border in order to hide from his former allies. As reported by Breitbart Texas, Mexican authorities arrested the Zeta boss known as El Jonas near one of the international bridges in Matamoros, just south of the Rio Grande from Brownsville, Texas.
Original Article at Breitbart Texas
By: Rodrigo Caballero | Translated by Valor for Borderland Beat
In Michoacán, there aren’t any drug cartels, but rather organized crime, assured the Coordinator of the Federal Forces in Michoacán, Felipe Gurrola Ramírez, while at the same time considering the word “cartel” as being relative.
During an interview, General Gurrola said that security forces in Michoacán “are migrating” to pay more attention to ordinary crimes in larger cities of the state, because he considers that the Caballeros Templarios are “dismantled.”
According to figures given by the special command, at this moment, there are 1,000 members of the Military Police patrolling the state of Michoacán of which 120 are concentrated in the city of Morelia.
Felipe Gurrola said that this deployment is independent of the thousands of soldiers that the Secretariat of National Defense (SEDENA) has installed in the state, and will also only be there for a limited time until the installation of the State Police has been completed.
On the other hand, General Gurrola ensures that the Michoacán Coordination Group will have “zero tolerance” for crimes committed by security forces, such as: the abuse of authority, negligence, or torture.
Because of this, Gurrola said “I call upon the citizens, should they be subjected to abuse of any kind of an authority, to denounce it so that corresponding sanctions are imposed.”
Source: Michoacán 3.0
Original Article at Borderland Beat