Cartel Hitmen Charged in Police Barracks Shooting Near Texas Border

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MCALLEN, Texas –Two alleged cartel hitmen have been jailed, charged with using machine guns to shoot at a hotel used as barracks by Mexican federal police near the Texas border.

On the day of the shooting, a group of cartel gunmen arrived at the Hacienda Hotel in the border city of Reynosa, where they allegedly began shooting into the building. The hotel was being used by Mexican Federal Police officers as barracks during their deployment, information released by Mexico’s Attorney General’s Office (PGR) to Breitbart Texas revealed.

Police officers fought off the attack, and launched a search operation to locate the gunmen. Police officers found two of the alleged gunmen in the a flea market off one of Reynosa’s main boulevards, called Hidalgo. The two men were inside a Daewoo sedan with Texas license plates. Inside the vehicle, authorities found two AK-47 automatic rifles, multiple ammunition magazines, and 20 tire spikes.

The two men were charged with possession of restricted military grade weapons and with endangering the public. They were sent to a federal prison in the Mexican State of Nayarit.

For years, the city of Reynosa has been subjected to the onslaught of the Gulf Cartel, a crime syndicate that has been involved in not only drug trafficking but also human smuggling, kidnapping, and extortion.

As Breitbart Texas reported, Reynosa is the same city where Mexican authorities are currently searching for mass graves connected to more than 800 persons who have gone missing in recent years.

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