Border Violence

Mexican Government Rejects U.S. Consulate’s Travel Warning About Targeted Kidnappings

Mexican government officials publicly rejected a recent travel warning issued by the U.S. Department of State in the border city of Matamoros, Tamaulipas. The warning advised U.S. citizens not to travel by bus, citing targeted kidnappings of American citizens and residents in the neighboring border city of Reynosa. Mexican officials continue to claim the border region is safe, even though the region is under the control of the Gulf Cartel and continues to go through a hyperviolent turf war.

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Border Patrol in California Seizes 25 AK-Style Rifles Destined for Mexican Cartel

Border Patrol agents in Blythe, California, arrested a California man and his 17-year-old brother after a service K-9 alerted the agents to the presence of a large cache of semi-automatic rifles in their vehicle. In total, agents seized 25 AK-style rifles, two handguns, and ammunition magazines on Wednesday in Blythe, California. Jose Palma Almendariz and his teenage brother now face federal charges related to Wednesday’s firearms and magazine seizure.

Yuma Sector Weapons Cache Seizure (Riverside County Sheriff's Office)

Russian Embassy Calls Out Cartel Kidnapping in Mexican Border City

Russian diplomats in Mexico City pressured Mexican authorities and went public with the news that one of their citizens suffered a kidnapping while traveling to the border city of Reynosa. As in prior kidnappings, the Tamaulipas government has tried to take credit for rescuing the victim, while in reality, it was the Gulf Cartel that just released her.

Tamaulipas State Guard

Underage Teen Identified as Gunman Killed in Mexican Border City Shootout

After days of not hearing from their loved one, family members identified the body of a teenager who had just turned 17. The teen was found after several days spent in a city morgue following a shootout with authorities in the Mexican border state of Coahuila. The teen was one of two gunmen killed when a large number of gunmen tried to enter the region.

Coahuila Body

State Police Intelligence Operative Murdered in Mexican Border City

Authorities in the Mexican state of Tamaulipas are investigating the murder of a man in Reynosa, which at first glance appeared to have been one of many common murders in the city. A deeper investigation revealed the victim was an intelligence operative who worked for state authorities specializing in wiretaps and tracking targets.

Reynosa Murder

Operativo Estatal de Inteligencia Asesinado en Ciudad Fronteriza Mexicana

Las autoridades de Tamaulipas están investigando el asesinato de un hombre en Reynosa que a primera vista parecía haber sido uno más de los muchos asesinatos que se dan comúnmente en la ciudad. Sin embargo, una investigación más a fondo reveló que la víctima era un agente de inteligencia que trabajaba para las autoridades del estado especializándose en intervenir teléfonos y seguir a objetivos.

Reynosa Murder

Cartel Terrorist Throws Grenade near Border City School in Mexico

A group of Gulf Cartel gunmen threw a grenade outside of a school in the Mexican border city of Matamoros, Tamaulipas, to distract authorities while one of their commanders tried to escape. The tactic failed, and authorities apprehended the local crime boss. The terror-style violence comes as Mexican authorities continue claiming the cartel-controlled border state of Tamaulipas is safe.

Matamoros School

Mexican State Cops Capture Gulf Cartel Boss Behind Kidnapping, Murder of U.S. Citizens

Mexican state authorities arrested a top leader within the Gulf Cartel who is ultimately responsible for the 2023 kidnapping of four U.S. citizens, where two of them died, last year in the border city of Matamoros, Tamaulipas. That cartel boss has been directly responsible for the spread of violence in the northern part of Tamaulipas but managed to avoid capture for a long time due to his ties to the top government officials.

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EXCLUSIVE: Mexican Cops, Army Clash by Mistake near Texas Border

A series of investigations continue under the radar in connection with a confusion of sorts where Mexican Army soldiers exchanged gunfire with a group of Tamaulipas State Police officers. The soldiers apparently mistakenly identified the police as cartel gunmen. Government officials in Mexico tried to cover up the shootout, even though one soldier and two police officers were shot.

Tamaulipas CDN Raid