Mexico’s Drug War Violence Spills Over Into Texas
The drug conflict in Mexico has been growing for years into a full-scale guerilla war, and now it has spilled into Texas. There are contradictory reports that the Los Zetas drug gang has taken over at least two ranches near Laredo, Texas, forcing law enforcement to ask for federal intervention. The drug lords have become increasingly brutal and effective, have ties to foreign terrorist groups and have even set off a car bomb. As the U.S. fights two campaigns overseas, a lack of border security is permitting an insurgency south of the border to threaten us at home. On July 16, the U.S. Consulate in Nuevo Lavedo, Mexico, issued a warning that there were “credible reports of widespread violence occurring now between narcotics trafficking organizations and the Mexican army in Nuevo Lavedo.” The Zetas, which have hired former military personnel including special forces, blocked off roads and threw grenades. All Americans in the area were told to stay inside. The area has become a battlefield between the Gulf cartel and the Zetas. The intense fighting forced up to 90 businesses to close their doors out of fear for their safety. Around the same time, eight drug gang members died in a firefight between 60 criminals and 100 soldiers in the state of Chihuahua which “virtually shut down” a border city. Hordes of blogs then began reporting that two ranches near Laredo, Texas, had been seized. The Examiner.com said that two anonymous sources at the Laredo, Texas, police department confirmed the story and said a news blackout was being imposed. Last May, the FBI warned that the Los Zetas had obtained a ranch in Texas to train its operatives in attacking its U.S.-based rivals. However, the Loredo Police Department is denying the story.