Tamaulipas Governor Minimizes Cartel Kidnappings, Calls Them ‘Rumors’

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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 “JA Espinoza from Matamoros. 

MATAMOROS, Tamaulipas — The Tamaulipas government continues to minimize the out-of-control wave of cartel crime and kidnappings that continues to plague this border region.

In his most recent speech, Governor Egidio Torre Cantu dismissed the wave of cartel kidnappings that have caused mass panic in this area as being “rumors”. The speech took place during the most recent meeting of the Tamaulipas Coordination Group where Torre Cantu announced a new group made up of state and federal law enforcement officials aimed at tackling — kidnappings.

The governor said the group was created as a response to the issues in Matamoros in an effort to silence “rumors”. Breitbart Texas recently reported on how a shift in the leadership of the Gulf Cartel had resulted in a new strategy where the criminal organization sends its enforcers after average citizens. The orders given by the cartel are aimed at kidnapping and extorting any person that may have money or assets that the Gulf Cartel can take.

During his speech, Torre Cantu refused to make any connection between the kidnapping “rumors” in Matamoros and the activities of the Gulf Cartel. The governor did make a statement about his state’s prompt response in capturing a group of teenagers and young men who he claims are the group responsible for the kidnapping and murder of Juan Manuel Gomez Fernandez and Juan Manuel Gomez Monteverde, the father and brother of famous Hollywood film director Alejandro Gomez Monteverde.

Breitbart Texas recently reported on the kidnapping and execution of the two businessmen in the Mexican port city of Tampico by a wayward faction of the Gulf Cartel.

While the Tamaulipas government continues to talk about the multiple arrests carried out as part of their security strategy, this border city continues to be under siege by a wave of crime that includes kidnappings, extortions and robberies. While some have been reported, the number of crimes appears to be much higher since the victims are often common citizens who many times are too afraid to ask for help.This is particularly true in a state where drug cartels have managed to infiltrate all levels of government.

During the unveiling of the new anti-kidnapping group, Torre Cantu and the Mexican Federal Police Commissioner Enrique Francisco Galindo Ceballo claimed that the new force will be driven through investigations and gathered intelligence.

Despite the heightened security measures, Breitbart Texas has learned of the continued presence of Gulf Cartel trucks stationed at entrances to the city as well as in key entrances to neighborhoods and other residential areas. This has further fueled the panic that the residents here live under.