Breitbart Texas traveled to the Mexican States of Tamaulipas and Coahuila 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 various cartels that operate in those areas including the Gulf Cartel and Los Zetas 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 “M.A. Navarro” from Ciudad Victoria.
CIUDAD VICTORIA, Tamaulipas — Despite the many assurances by state officials about the improving security conditions in this border state, two rival factions of the Los Zetas cartel continue to fight for control of this city while terrorizing average citizens.
As previously reported by Breitbart Texas, two rival factions of Los Zetas, one called Cartel Del Noreste (CDN) and one called “Vieja Escuela” (Old School) or “Grupo Bravo,” have been at odds over control of the region which has resulted in shootouts, executions, dismemberments and dozens of threatening banners being hung throughout the city.
One of those banners that was hung in this city caused alarm through social media since it warned members of the CDN that they had 24 hours to begin taking their families out of the city or they would too become targets.
The banner also warns two prominent car towing businesses, local bars and other businesses aligned with CDN to switch sides or meet an early demise. The banner also criticizes Tamaulipas state authorities accusing them of arresting vagrants and passing them off as cartel gunmen.
Just one day after the banner was hung, multiple executions and violent attacks took place throughout the city.
Also last week, cartel gunmen executed a man just moments after he was released from the state prison in the Tamatan neighborhood. Authorities confirmed to Breitbart Texas that Juan Jose Gonzalez Castillo had just been released from the state prison before his murder. An acquaintance who had arrived to pick him up at the prison facility was also injured in the shooting.
Breitbart Texas was able to obtain a photograph of Gonzalez’s release papers from prison, the documents show what appears to be a bullet hole in the documents.