Breitbart Texas traveled to the Mexican border cities of Reynosa and Matamoros to recruit citizen journalists willing to risk their lives and expose the cartels silencing their communities. The writers would face certain death at the hands of the Gulf Cartel if a pseudonym were not used. Breitbart Texas’ Cartel Chronicles are published in both English and in their original Spanish. This article was written by Reynosa’s “AC Del Angel.”
REYNOSA, Tamaulipas — Clashes and executions are daily occurrences at the border of Tamaulipas, just south of the Texas border with Mexico. The atmosphere in this border city remains strained and violent.
On April 7, authorities responded a call of charred body on the side of the Rhode canal, in the Rivera Del Carmen neighborhood behind the airport. The body of the man was found charred and covered by some tires.
Executions, shootouts and murders have become frequent these days as the various factions of the Gulf Cartel continue their brutal infighting over the control of lucrative plazas and drug routes.
Two executions and a series of fierce firefights took place earlier this week while the Mexican Navy patrolled the Loma Real neighborhood. The Mexican Marines found an abandoned black Hummer with two bodies next to the vehicle. The cartel gunmen who had carried out the execution managed to escape. They fled as soon as they noticed the approaching military units rolling down the Monterrey-Reynosa highway.
The bodies had been handcuffed and had multiple bullet holes. Inside the abandoned Hummer authorities found rifles and ammunition. Video of the crime scene was uploaded to YouTube.
The mobilization of armed forces in the city intensified with most of them deploying to the Loma Real area, where a report showed “Comandante Toro” had been. He is the local head of the Gulf Cartel and allegedly is free after negotiating his freedom with federal police agents who arrested him after a fierce clash on March 23. Breitbart Texas previously reported on the firefights and the release of Toro.
The chases and shootouts once again kicked off that night when rival groups clashed throughout the night and later against military forces who responded to calls of shots fired.
Gunshots were heard in the southern part of the city, where clashes and chases caused panic amongst neighbors.
A chase ended at Rio Purificacion Street and Libramiento Reynosa-Monterrey. Shootouts lasted for more than 20 minutes around the neighborhoods named Jacinto Lopez, Lopez Portillo, Fuentes Lomas, Colosio, Carlos Cantu and Presa.
Near a supermarket, at Libramiento Reynosa-Monterrey, the bodies of gunmen were seen inside a bullet riddled Ford F150 and Chevrolet Suburban. These gunmen were killed in the most intense clashes that took place that night.
Three Mexican Federal Police officers were injured during the firefights. As the night went on a helicopter flew over the area to provide aerial support to the military forces that were deployed surrounding neighborhoods trying to locate gunmen.
The manhunts continued until dawn and sporadic shootouts were heard in neighborhoods Cumbres and Valle del Pedregal.