McALLEN, Texas – One of the commanders in the ongoing cartel war that has terrorized the cities just south of the Texas border and left 14 hitmen dead in just three days is a previously deported alien.
Since Sunday, two rival factions of the Gulf Cartel have gone to war, setting off a series of shootouts and blockades that have put the citizens of the border cities of Matamoros and Reynosa on edge.
Breitbart Texas spoke with a Tamaulipas law enforcement official who stated that one of the main commanders in the border city of Rio Bravo, Mexico is Luis Alberto “El Pelochas” Blanco Flores who, along with his boss Juan “98” Carrizalez, had a falling out with the Matamoros faction called “Los Ciclones.”
Blanco Flores is no stranger to U.S. law enforcement. In August 2010, federal agents arrested him in the border city of Brownsville, Texas and charged him with one count of illegal re-entry. During his initial hearing, the fearsome cartel leader began to sob as he was escorted into the Brownsville federal court and he saw his mother in the audience. Blanco, along with his boss, the now deceased Oscar “El Apache” Castillo Flores, and a third cartel gunman had fled to Brownsville to escape from a rival cartel faction that had hunted down and decimated their forces. Castillo’s brother and another gunman were killed in a hail of gunfire in Brownsville by a team of cartel hitmen that remain on the run.
Blanco Flores and the other two pleaded guilty to the charges against them in September 2010 and received a 2-year prison sentence, after which they were deported back to Mexico.
Upon his return to Mexico, Blanco Flores went back to his cartel affiliates and remains a ranking commander in Rio Bravo, a Tamaulipas law enforcement official confirmed to Breitbart Texas. Castillo also went back to his cartel affiliates but ended up dying in a firefight just months after his release.