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 Matamoros’ “JA Espinoza.”
MATAMOROS, Tamaulipas — Cartel gunmen returned most of the 11,500 U.S. visas destined for the U.S. Consulate offices in Monterrey and Guadalajara just days after they hijacked a cargo truck carrying the valuable load. 2,100 visas remain unaccounted for.
The rumor of various bodies left inside an older model black GMC Yukon placed law enforcement on alert. They immediately responded following the rising wave of violence overtaking this border city.
The call was made to the C-4 which is the local communications center, similar to a 911 system. An unknown caller said the truck was parked outside of an HEB on Pedro Cardenas Avenue.
The case took a drastic turn when police forces arrived at the scene and inspected the truck which had Texas license plates. No bodies were found. What authorities did find was 23 boxes with 9,382 border crossing cards which, as Breitbart Texas had previously reported, had been stolen near this border city.
After getting the call about the suspicious truck, police forces cordoned off the areas to keep onlookers at bay while they opened the vehicle to inspect the interior where they found the boxes.
The Mexican military also arrived to the scene. They had also received a tip about four bodies having been left behind in a truck.
The Tamaulipas Attorney General’s Office took over the case with the 7th Agency in Matamoros taking care of the investigation. The Tamaulipas government will be in charge of providing additional information as to the case.
After the discovery of the visas, Mexican authorities contacted the U.S. Consulate General in Matamoros. It is expected that the documents to be returned. Authorities remain unsure as to what happened to approximately 2,100 visas from the 11,500 that were originally stolen during the heist.
While authorities were working the case of the missing visas in Matamoros, social media users were continuously reporting the movement of cartel gunmen in truck convoys throughout the towns of Control, Lucio Blanco and Estacion Ramirez. Cartel gunmen were clashing as part of the regularly occurring firefights in this area.