The FBI believes that the violent drug cartel Los Zetas have kidnapped a Texas man who recently moved to the border town of Ciudad Mier in northern Mexico to live with his father, and Don Clark, a former special agent in charge of the FBI's Houston office, is advising U.S. citizens "just stop going across the border" as reported by Fox 26.
Last year a record 111 U.S. citizens were killed in Mexico nearly half of them on or near the Texas border as reported by Dudley Althaus for the Houston Chronicle:
Many residents along the border have dual U.S.-Mexico citizenship. Some of the murdered Americans may have spent most of their lives in Mexico. Other American border residents frequently cross south of the line to visit friends and family in troubled Mexican towns and cities.
Of course, as the drug cartels increasingly take control over cities on the north side of the border, U.S. residents may be no safer by staying at home. For example, the "notoriously brutal group known as the Zetas have used family and personal connections to make the Dallas area into a sophisticated distribution point" as reported by The Dallas Morning News:
"Dallas is no longer a world away from the border," said Jeffrey Stamm, assistant special agent in charge of the Drug Enforcement Administration's Dallas office, describing the Dallas area as a key base for the Zetas and other cartels. "We are close enough to be the command-and-control center."
Source: Friends of Ours contributed to this report.