VIOLATION erupted in a US-Mexico border town when the US consulate was attacked with guns in a barbaric shootout.
Gunfire exchanged in the northeast Mexican city of Nuevo Laredo in the early hours of Monday – hours after the suspected fraudster Juan Gerardo Treviño was arrested.
The trailer burst into flames while the US consulate building in the city was temporarily closed amid reports of a gunfight.
Employees are advised to stay indoors while Americans are advised to avoid the area if they can.
Shootings were fired at military zones in the city and alleged gang members deployed medians as they blocked traffic.
A local resident told Evil behavior: “The city is still very tense. No one was out and we could still hear the police driving at full speed around the city. We are scared”.
Police in the border city patrolled the bridges as they temporarily blocked the way into Mexico.
Violence broke out after Juan Gerardo Treviño, known as “El Huevo”, was arrested, LMT reported.
“El Huevo” is the suspected leader of the Cartel del Noreste. He is the grandson of Los Zetas founder Miguel Angel Treviño.
He faces extradition orders on drug trafficking, money laundering and state charges of murder, terrorism, extortion and criminal association.
Treviño has been detained by the Special Prosecutor’s Office on Organized Crime (FEMDO) and will be handed over to federal prosecutors.
He has been on the US Border Patrol’s Most Wanted list since October 2019.
Mexican government officials claimed his arrest was a “strong blow” to gang activity in Tamaulipas.
The northeastern state has been notorious for cartel-related violence over the past 15 years.
Marisol Ochoa, an expert on crime dynamics, told Crime Insight that gangs in the state resort to gasoline theft when fraudsters exploit the pipeline and sell it both in Mexico and across the border.
The theft and resale of gasoline is linked to money laundering and networks of legitimate companies operating with dirty money, the researcher added.
RIDDLED WITH BULLETS
Last year, nineteen corpses covered with bullet holes and charred was found in burning cars on a dirt road near the town of Camargo.
The Tamaulipas state prosecutor’s office said four people died in one vehicle and 15 others in the other.
Preliminary evidence suggests all 19 people were shot and then set on fire.
Since no shell casings were found at the scene, investigators believe they may have been killed at another location before the cars were dumped on a country road and caught fire.
Camargo is a major route for drug smuggling and cross-border migrants to the United States.
Organized crime groups have waged violent territorial disputes for control of the multimillion-dollar strategic intersection.
Tamaulipas, on the Gulf of Mexico coast, is the shortest route to the United States from Central America.
But it’s also the most dangerous because criminal gangs kidnap, extort and kill migrants.
Cartel violence has raged in Mexico since 2006, killing more than 300,000 people.
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