RIO BRAVO, Tamaulipas — Mexican marines killed three cartel gunmen during an operation at a stash house that turned into a 30 minute shootout.
The raid took place this week when Mexican Marines surrounded a house that had previously been identified as a Gulf Cartel stash house. In response to the siege, the gunmen called for backup and began to fire at authorities. Additional Gulf Cartel SUVs arrived at the scene to provide backup to the gunmen.
A video taken by local residents captured the audio of the ongoing gun battles. The two residents can be heard joking about the fighting and discussing publishing the video online. In northern Tamaulipas, cartel gun battles have become an almost daily occurrence that are largely ignored by news outlets. Local residents have developed a cavalier attitude in response.
Mexican authorities called for air support from a military helicopter that arrived in an attempt to keep the gunmen from fleeing the area. Authorities managed to kill three and arrest multiple others.
Law enforcement sources consulted by Breitbart Texas revealed that the stash house had previously been used by former Gulf Cartel leader Juan Manuel “Juan Perros” Rodriguez Garcia, who was arrested in 2014 and remains in a Mexican prison. The stash house was once again used by the Gulf Cartel to hide personnel and weapons.
As a result of the raid, Gulf Cartel members began to move drugs and weapons previously hidden in various stash houses throughout the region in an effort to keep them out of the hands of Mexican authorities.
Editor’s Note: Breitbart Texas traveled to the Mexican States of Tamaulipas, Coahuila and Nuevo León 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 “A.C. Del Angel” from Reynosa, Tamaulipas and “J.A. Espinoza” from Matamoros, Tamaulipas.