MCALLEN, Texas — Local and federal agents arrested yet another high ranking commander within the Gulf Cartel on the Texas border. Preliminary information points to the capo turning himself in to U.S. authorities
Details of the arrest have not been released, however authorities confirm that on Tuesday afternoon they arrested Orlando Roberto “Comandante Boris” Rodriguez near Rio Grande City. Rodriguez is expected to go before a U.S. Magistrate Judge in the coming days to face federal charges.
Starr County District Attorney Omar Escobar confirmed to Breitbart Texas that his investigator’s raided a house belonging to Rodriguez in Starr County and seized a large amount of money stashed in the property. Escobar said that while the case against Rodriguez is going federal, his investigators are working the asset forfeiture side and continuing with the criminal investigations into his network.
While details of the arrest have not been released by authorities, law enforcement sources confirmed to Breitbart Texas that Comandante Boris turned himself in to authorities at an international bridge.
Rodriguez was a close ally of Juan Francisco “Comandante Panochitas” Tamez Saenz one of the top commanders within the Gulf Cartel who had risen to control one of the factions fighting for control of the organization. As previously reported by Breitbart Texas, Tamez Saenz was arrested in the border city of Edinburg, Texas before being move to Beaumont where he is awaiting trial.
According to law enforcement sources that spoke with Breitbart Texas, Rodriguez was a top hitman for Tamez Saenz credited with numerous murders, but after his bosses arrest he appears to have been run out of town by the other factions of the Gulf Cartel.
As previously reported by Breitbart Texas, after years of infighting, the older members of the Gulf Cartel and the Zetas issued out a communique claiming to have joined forces in order to “bring peace” to the area. In that communique the older members referred to as “Vieja Escuela” or Old School said they would be dealing with unruly members, it remains unclear if Rodriguez flight from Mexico may be tied to that “Limpia” or cleanup mentioned in the communique.
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