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 Coahuila’s “AJ Espinoza.”
MATAMOROS, Tamaulipas — An effort to capture key figures within the Gulf Cartel has resulted in the criminal organization lashing out on Thanksgiving Day and setting off a series of fierce gun battles along the Texas border. This brought panic and terror to the residents of the rural communities along the border. The fierce fighting killed two Mexican police officers, injured a third, as well as an innocent bystander. Several others were injured in vehicle crashes and in a passenger bus that rolled over while trying to avoid the shootout.
On Thanksgiving Day, violence took hold of the border city of Rio Bravo as the Gulf Cartel unleashed terror. Convoys of cartel gunmen took to the streets clashing with authorities. The violence took place not only in Rio Bravo, which is south of Donna, Texas, but also in Nuevo Progreso and along the highway that connects those Mexican cities with Matamoros.
In one of the clashes in the downtown area of Rio Bravo, Mexican authorities killed two gunmen but police officer Ramon Zuniga was killed during the battle and a female officer was also injured, information provided to Breitbart Texas by the Tamaulipas government revealed.
A second clash took place just blocks away where police officer José Dionisio Bañuelos Chavira was killed and a bystander was also injured but is expected to survive. Mexican soldiers and federal police officers arrived to Rio Bravo to help hunt down the cartel gunmen. The Gulf Cartel gunmen set off a series of blockades using trucks and hijacked cars along various roads. The gunmen also spread out dozens of road spikes along the road in order to create chaos and slow down authorities.
In an effort to avoid the gun battles, a passenger bus ended up crashing into a wall and rolling over, while a second passenger bus that was arriving into Rio Bravo was hijacked by the gunmen who used it to block off a road. The passengers in the second bus were left stranded until authorities arrived later on to help them. The convoys of gunmen ended up taking a series of dirt roads towards Matamoros and Reynosa and managed to disappear.
The raging violence took place just one day after authorities cpatured another ranking figure within the Gulf Cartel identified as Jose de Jesus “El Tiburon” Lerma Medrano, information provided by the Tamaulipas government revealed. The arrest took place this week in this border city which is just south of Brownsville, Texas. The Gulf Cartel hit-man was captured with various weapons as he drove an SUV near the Buenavista rural community.