Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Zeta soldiers launched Mexico-style attack in Harris County

By DANE SCHILLER, HOUSTON CHRONICLE
http://www.chron.com/news/houston-texas/article/Zeta-soldiers-launched-Mexico-style-attack-in-2283370.php#photo-1778810 

The mission was supposed to be a textbook "controlled delivery" - a routine trap by law enforcement officers using a secret operative posing as a truck driver to bust drug traffickers when their narcotics are delivered to a rendezvous point.

Instead, things spun out of control. Shortly before the marijuana delivery was to be made Monday afternoon, three sport-utility vehicles carrying Zetas cartel gunmen seemingly came out of nowhere and cut off the tanker truck as it rumbled through northwest Harris County, sources told the Chronicle.

They sprayed the cab with bullets, killing the civilian driver, who was secretly working with the government. A sheriff's deputy, who was driving nearby in another vehicle, was wounded, possibly by friendly fire.

The Chronicle has learned that investigators believe the deputy's shooting was the result of confusing radio communications between the multiple agencies that responded. Some of the arriving officers may have thought the deputy was one of the culprits when in fact he was a member of the surveillance team watching the truck.

For some at the scene, it seemed all too similar to what has been playing out in Mexico, where drug cartels operate with near impunity as they clash with each other and with the military and police.

"We are not going to tolerate these types of thugs out there using their weapons like the Wild, Wild West," said Javier Pena, the new head of the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration's Houston Division. "We are going after them."

A load of pot

"Everybody is surprised at the brazenness," Pena continued as he stressed a full court press by the DEA, the sheriff and police. "We haven't seen this type of violence, which concerns us."

Sources discussed aspects of the shoot-out on the condition that they not be identified publicly due to the sensitivity of the ongoing investigation.

A contingent of law-enforcement officers had been covertly shadowing the truck as it eased its way through the Houston area to deliver a load of marijuana fresh from the Rio Grande Valley.

Officers open fire

As the gunmen attacked, officers quickly jumped into the fray and also opened fire on the attackers. The truck kept rolling until it careened off the roadway and came to a halt.

Dozens of law-enforcement officers descended on the scene as well as fanned out in the surrounding neighborhoods.

Four suspects, all believed to be citizens of Mexico, were arrested and charged Monday with capital murder in connection with the shooting.

They are Eric De Luna, 23; Fernando Tavera, 19; Ricardo Ramirez, 35 and Rolando Resendiz, 34.

Full recovery expected

The sheriff's deputy, who has not yet been identified publicly, was hit in the knee during the melee, which involved several cars and guns.

The eight-year veteran was expected to spend Thursday night in the hospital, but make a full recovery.

Christina Garza, a spokeswoman for the Harris County Sheriff's Office, said much of the inci- dent remains under investigation, including who shot the deputy and the driver.

"Until we get that forensic analysis back we won't know for sure," she said. "There were several people firing weapons. As for who shot who, that is still under investigation."

Authorities would not discuss how the deceased driver, who in addition to being a confidential informant and holding a job as a commercial truck driver, first made contact with the traffickers.

Not the wisest choice

While some of the arrested attackers have allegedly admitted to an affiliation with the Mexico-based Zetas, authorities said they are trying to determine why such a bold and risky attack was launched over just 300 pounds of marijuana.

Sources, who concede this case is especially puzzling, said that if the Zetas had learned the truck driver was an informant and wanted him dead, there were smarter ways to get him, rather than risk an assault on a truck watched so closely by law enforcement.

"If it was a straight assassination, there were points in this controlled delivery where he would have just been a sitting duck," said a law-enforcement source speaking on the condition of anonymity.

A theory being closely looked at is that someone from the drug underworld knew what the truck looked like and knew where it was going, and decided to get crew together to stage a rip-off, but thought much more marijuana was hidden in the truck.

"Pretty brazen to kill a man over 300 pounds of grass," the law-enforcement source said.



                                  Ramirez, Ricardo DOB 4/11/1976

                                    Resendiz, Rolando DOB 9/01/1983

                                     Tavera, Fernando DOB 5/15/1992

                                    Deluna, Eric DOB 4/3/1988

68 comments:

  1. Well, lets crank up the band. All the players are here. The barriers are removed. Time to fight fire with fire.

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  2. These guys think they are in mexico, they thought they could attack and run away from usa law enfocement, just as they do with mexican law enforcement...fail! Welcome to usa...cant come here like bad asses in suvs...zetas, you wont move past mexican border, thats a gurantee.

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  3. Not shocked they killed for 300 lbs of pot...these idiots kill for fun...they laugh at others pain and misery, they are not narcos, they are terrorists!

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  4. Who cares, it's just Texas, right?

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  5. Would never have known about this attack, if not for this website. I guess not big news up here in YANKEE land.

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  6. Can someone send this to the Obama administration? This is a blind fucking corrupt government!! It will continue happening as long as our government go to bed with the enemy for illegal votes..

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  7. looks like those idiots will be facing Texas justice. Capital Murder, might as will just killed your self!

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  8. This translates on a shortage of weed for the holidays ?
    Are the Zetas offering any black Friday specials?
    Vote for Obama lets take USA to hell ! ( sarcasm )

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  9. Haha let's see if they try this again. Texas is in a league of its own compared to the rest of the states. Most citizens are armed here and won't hesitate to fire back at these idiots to make an example as to why you don't mess with Texas. Time to ammo up, black friday gun specials at academy fellow Texans.

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  10. hmmm? Does anyone feel like this was exaggerated or even maybe staged? Lot's of chaos all over the world, let's bring it up a notch from the OWS protestor's here in the US, time to get our firefight on! Ignite, Ignite, soon ovejas, soon.

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  11. Zetas shooting at cops in Houston. Loaded airplane abandoned with a load of weed. Cops attacked in McAllen weeks ago... What's next? Are they desperate or getting comfortable with shooting at U.S officials? These animals are done. Now we get to house and feed them while they wait to take their "nap". They should have shot them!

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  12. Just legalize the weed already, this is getting ridicules. Tax and regulate!!!

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  13. Gringos, calm down, I am sure this is only the beginning of your problems. As it goes from the tv ad "But wait, there is more !" :-)

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  14. They should have shot these piece of monkey shits in their heads the moment they cornered them. Now our tax dollars will have to feed these pigs and house them until we can execute them. That pisses me off as it should all Americans. Well at least those assholes learned this is'nt Mexico. Act like a fucking criminal here as a loser Zeta Gangbanger and the shit will hit the fan for you. Our Law enforcement are not pussies like Mexicos Police. They DO get their Crminal. Everytime!!
    Now these sorry fucks will get a taste of American prision life before they get that long , thick needle shoved into thier arms and are killed by the United States Goverment and its people!! LOL!! I hope it hurts!!

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  15. Shoot 'em in the parking lot and hang the bodies from the nearest phone pole 'til they rot. Come and get it z-cunts. It's on.

    Excuse I need to get another 5.7 ha ha.

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  16. I guess they were trying to send a message to other informants. Plus now that they get thrown in jail do you guys believe they will stop operating? They will just join forces with american prison gangs and further expand their areas of influence within the US. They should have been executed on sight.

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  17. Laughing at people that think this is Obamas fault. You certainly do not understand economics. Idiots. All of you.

    Maltidos.

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  18. Orale los ZETAS son de guevos

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  19. Los Pallios in Southern California were doing similar shit, that barely made the headlines, until things were almost over. They attempted a kidnapping, of an Arellano associate, and when it failed, were pursued by a police car, they sprayed the car with automatic weapons, before getting caught. They couldn't have known the police were there.

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  20. Wait I though Los Zetas were scared of the United States mighty officers and Law enforcement?????? Hahahaha this is common here in California,specially in the Southern and Northern cities.You hear about cops ambushed by Ak 47s and then the people that did it often dont get captured,it looks like the Mexican Goverment is not the only one incompetent,the USA goverment has no idea how to deal with these organized Cartels,if the US goverment cant stop street gangs,how do they expect to stop Highly organized drug Cartels??? Haha think about that for a while.

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  21. 11/23 11:19AM,

    You think? I doubt it fool...the difference is these turds will be facing capital murder charges and will spend the rest of their lives in prison or hopefully executed! So, keep dreaming dumbass, US streets will never see the level of violence, as seen in Mexico (i.e. decapitations, scores of police murdered daily, bodies littering the streets, etc..). Calderon's war has been escalating since 2006..it's 2011/2012 practically and besides this incident there hasn't been much else happening. Maybe the problem is Americans make a big deal about the smallest criminal activity, while Mexico has become desensitized to crime and have accepted it, as a way of life!

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  22. Who in their right mind tries to pull this kind of shit around real cowboycops? I love it. Que Bueno.

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  23. Hell yea .. finally .. cant wait for more shyt like this to happen here ...... I guess this is a fail for these narks tryna bust people .. thet got a infotmant killed and a sheriff wounded ... Good job idiots ... I think that deserved to happen ..lol.. these zeta dudes are fkn crazy ... Only in texas ..lol

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  24. Pinches Pendejos, here in Texas you go to jail or death row for being murderous thugs.Aqui se la pelan

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  25. J, remember the kidnappings in Eastlake and SWC?

    I sure do. But don't compare Los Palillos with Los Zetas, they are in a completely different league. Los Zetas have the manpower and influx of income to keep doing shit like this for a while if they so please.

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  26. This is BS just some street Gang trying to rep the POS's Z's. Just because some punks claim to be part of a cartel does not mean they are. Just Texas media making things bigger than they really are.

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  27. Alright everyone 4 ur information 3 of thm are illegal y'all right bout tht they are not from da zetas cartel tho whoever came up wit tht....They just idiots tht tried to play dirty. Not tht i like any of these guys just tought I had to say sometin readin these comments.

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  28. The article lists Rolando Resendiz as 34, but his DOB would make him 28. Who did the math here?

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  29. I HOPE THIS ZETAS OR ANY OTHER CARTEL MEMBERS
    LEARN A LESSON HERE IN THE US WE FIGHT BACK
    NOT THE MEXICAN CANT DO IT
    BUT WE HAVE THE RIGHT TO BARE ARMS IF THEY SHOOT
    WE CAN SHOOT BACK AND FOR THE SICARIOS THE SHERIFF SHOULD SHOT AND THEN ASK ????.
    WE NEED TO TREAT THEM LIKE WILD HOGS NO COURT HEARINGS NO COURT FEES JUST SHOOT THEM
    THAT WILL SAVE US TAX MONEY BRING ECONOMY BACK
    NO DEALS WITH THIS SCUM BAGS
    YOU KNOW WHAT THEY SAY MONEY TALKS BUT IN MEXICO
    I SHOUT OUT LOUD IN THE US MONEY WHISPERS TO THE EAR.
    IM REALY GREATFUL TO BE IN THE US AND AND TO HELP MY COMMUNITY.

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  30. For the idiots that think that these are some street punks or what not.. these idiots had high rifle weapons, nextel radios, and directions were given to kill the driver.

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  31. Stupid ass zetas! They don't know that almost 98% of Texas citizens are armed and willing to kill any drug trafficker that thinks they can do whatever they want in the state. Well with capital murder charges on their head they going to rot in TDCJ for the next 20 years before they get the needle. Welcome to Texas aZZholes.

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  32. ALL these comments Great ,Texas can defend itself, the people in Texas do not like dopers or dope gangs, I am glad to hear the Comments, We need to make sure the Mx dope gangs set the message.

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  33. i dont like any cartel, but zetas got balls to pull some shit like this. no other cartel does this type of stunt. stupid but fuck u got to admit that takes balls.

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  34. Wait, who in the hell toll them that the driver was secretly working with the government ?

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  35. To hasta, yeah, I do. the SD Reader did the best story I have ever read on the kidnapping. The point was not to compare Zetas and Los Pallios, but to just give an example of other brazen violence in the US, it doesn't mean all out war, and 'spillover' violence. Just business as usual in border towns. Maybe these guys are a renegade splinter group too. Who knows?

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  36. AFGAN AND IRAQ AND VIETNAM CANT BEAT THE GUERILLA!!!

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  37. JAJAJAJAJAJAA MEXICANS HAVE BALLS ! IM 100% ARELLANO FELIX BUT MY RESPECTS TO THE ZETAS WHEN IT COMES DOWN TOBLOWS..TIJUANA 10-5

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  38. People saying texas citizens can bare arms are stupid didnt they read the article it was a firefight with cops not ordinary citizens the people are making themselfs look dumb its like if a gun fight erupts in mexico between the army and cartels between them why would i go and talk about the citizens having guns when they werent involved in the first place

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  39. The comments are idiotic. It wasn't armed citizens who captured these guys or were involved in any way. It was LE - the same LE BTW that is on the cartels' payrolls. It's not any different than Mexico even though you think it is - LE and the politicians are just as corrupt. Rick Perry is a heavy drug user - I wonder where he gets his?

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  40. That ish wont fly for long down in texas. People dont realize, javier pena is one half of the 2 DEA agents that were crucial in takening down pablo escobar.

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  41. either way....at least these idiots weren't identified by some stuiped immature nickname that they think gives them credibility. here in the USA these dipshits are just known as Rick, Roland, Fernando, and Eric.......HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA soon to be headed to a top rate detention facility where they will be renamed...."el puto" "el chupaculo" "el picapito, and "la novia"

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  42. how do you say "don't mess with Texas" in spanish?..no chinga con texas?...jajajaa..

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  43. You guys are a bunch of pendejos.
    It happened in murrica.

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  44. The zetas are infiltrated also in CPS (Child protection services) in San Antonio, TX. And may be in the judicial system to press illegal alliens to help them while they have their children.

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  45. Tambien los zetas han corompido a CPS (Childe protection services) y puede ser que hasta policias, pandillas y jueces, con el fin de que apoyen sus criminales actividades en los EU. Presionan a ilegales quitandoles a sus hijos supuestamente legalmente.

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  46. going to jail in this country is kinda like this..you go in for a charge ..maybe it is something small...BUT..then there guys in there who are gonna mess with you ...you have to take a side ..either you take it ..and get punked out ..or you fight...then for fighting ..you get more time...then you have to hold your place...that means more fighting...and more time ...and if along the way you lose a fight ..then PUNK CITY...sooner or later they are gonna be a pitcher ..or a catcher..lots of guys go in for a small spell...but never get out...maybe they are a big man in prison...but..still a rat in a cage

    so these fucks are probably done for good ...no big armada is gonna come to their rescue...not much chance of escape...real prison...no chicas...no big priveleges...and with a bad record ..no parole...just life in a cage...good...real good ...and after a few years of gettin pushed or doing the pushing..they are no longer all human

    i agree with DFL..i wish they had of just been shot dead to save us all money...and so will they before it is over

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  47. Tavera, Fernando DOB 5/15/1992...

    uhhmmmm...young and tite ..and no feathers ..don't worry ferdy...i will look out for you ...just relax...don't tense up...it just make it hurt worse...we got all the time in the world ..uhhmmm...ahhhh...bebe

    jajjajaaa...

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  48. Anonymous said...

    AFGAN AND IRAQ AND VIETNAM CANT BEAT THE GUERILLA!!!
    November 23, 2011 9:28 PM

    duh guhrilla cant do nuttin wid no suport frum da peeples

    an dese fuks ant got dat

    dumass

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  49. These animales should be Hanged, Drawn and Quartered then we should start building a wall with the body parts on the border, similar to the Phoecian wall, which was rebuilt using dead Persians, during the war between Sparta and Persia in hallowed antiquity! When the wall reaches the Pacific ocean then perhaps they will get the message?

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  50. "JAJAJAJAJAJAA MEXICANS HAVE BALLS ! IM 100% ARELLANO FELIX BUT MY RESPECTS TO THE ZETAS WHEN IT COMES DOWN TOBLOWS..TIJUANA 10-5"

    I challenge you to go in TJ and say this in any bar and see what happens. Kids these days read about cartels and make believe they are members.

    Saludos

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  51. Enlighten us to what do you think would happen if someone actually said that in any bar in Tijuana????? @2:18 ,I think nothing would happen,ooh yea maybe some other druk guys in the bar would cheer him up for saying that.Unless he says that in the small portion in Tijuana,closer to Mexicali where the CDS controls then maybe it will be different.

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  52. Anonymous said...

    "JAJAJAJAJAJAA MEXICANS HAVE BALLS ! IM 100% ARELLANO FELIX BUT MY RESPECTS TO THE ZETAS WHEN IT COMES DOWN TOBLOWS..TIJUANA 10-5"



    jajajjaa...these mexicans are gonna have some balls alright...some balls bouncing around on their chins...and their ASSES....mebbe some white balls ...some black balls ...some brown balls...they gonna have more balls than they ever had before

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  53. Man, I feel for these punks. They are going to get their ass handed to them in jail. You pricks think you bad with guns?? You're fucked in jail fucking turds!

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  54. I want these Cartels to keeping fucking up here in the US because there is going to be two outcomes either the Texas Rangers who are staffing up at the border now or the the Marine corp will take them out. We will also throw Mexican sovereignty out the door like we do now to get there ass. So keep it up cartels you are writing your end. Marine Corp does not look the other way and it makes the cartels hit man look like children.

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  55. pos miren la vedad no saven si son z o son de otro cartel pero para el gobierno gabacho todos los narcos son zz no ay otros carteles no mas ay z ami me toco ver esa realidad por un familiar afuersa me desian que si era z y que los dueños del jale eran los z si nosotros vivimos en mcallen que colinda con reynosa que controla el cdg pero ellos tercos que son zzzz y ganale alos gringos no se puede

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  56. I just cannot believe that anybody is surprised!

    However, I am NOT surprised that it has NOT been headline news ... media in this country is just sooooooooo lame.

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  57. DEATH PENALTY LET THEM KNOW THAT IN THE U.S WE DONT PLAY!!!!

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  58. " Pretty brazen to kill a guy over 300 lbs. of grass "
    What ? They kill entire families, babies, women. These vermin have no conscience. The only good zeta is a dead zeta. Kill them all, do not waste taxpayer resources to put them in jail. In jail, they will continue to operate, don't be naive !

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  59. pass these bitcheZ some hammers and let the last one left standing get to make a run for it , but he has got to run to the north starting out

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  60. It was just a matter of time until something like this occurred. These thugs don't realize that US cops don't have to wait till they are shot at to fire at suspects. It will be a very hot and ful of lead surprise for anyone else from these cartels that attempt another stunt like this one. So, Texas cowboys get on your steeds and spread the word," the zetas are coming, the zetas are coming." Then load up on good ammo, fix bayonets and blast these mother effers straight to hades.

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  61. "Enlighten us to what do you think would happen if someone actually said that in any bar in Tijuana????? @2:18 ,I think nothing would happen,ooh yea maybe some other druk guys in the bar would cheer him up for saying that.Unless he says that in the small portion in Tijuana,closer to Mexicali where the CDS controls then maybe it will be different."

    "MY RESPECTS TO THE ZETAS WHEN IT COMES DOWN TOBLOWS"

    That statement would put anybody inside a body bag in any part of Baja California. Please don't forget that CDS and AFO have a pact.

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  62. For a example of what happens to these cartel drug members in Texas happened a couple years ago here in Dallas.Four armed cartel members got the wrong home here in North Dallas and broke into a recently retired Army Ranger or retired seal cant remember which one it was. The cartel members got into his house the home owner heard them before they broke in and was ready for them killed three of them in the house. The Fourth one got out of the house and took of running for his life the home owner ran and caught him and killed him. The home owner was put up on murder charges for the fourth gang member because he left his home and went after the guy and killed him. The chargers were dropped in that case. The law will not protect cartel gang members and in Texas they never no who is going to kill them we are not scared and will not turn our heads to violence and we can carry gun every were we go. So keep coming across that border with guns see what happens. You cannot prepare to do one of these crimes because you just dont know who is going to kill you.

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  63. Brazen attacks like these will be thwarted immediately.. our citizens do not like this sort of violence.. especially in a state like Texas.. it simply won't be tolerated.. HOWEVER.. i think the true fight, and the way the Zetas or any other cartel will show its power is in the way it deals with the public.. with extortion.. kidnappings.. recruiting. These things are less reported.. and sometimes it is harder to prove a crime actually occurred. And another thing.. this is very important.. when it comes to any law enforcement being attacked, especially by a "foreigner".. the response is very very very strong. You hit them with a stick and they will land a fucking anvil on your head. As other articles have stated.. the cartels are slowly taking over other states and cities along the borders. THe operations are still covert.. and smart organizations and people operate in this way.. these few were brazen and foolish to think they'd get away with it. ANother thing that must be discussed is how in the world did these get that intel? Although they were fought off with guns of our own.. the fact that they were there.. and knew who the mark was.. shows that there is a weakness on our end. Plain and simply.. cancer can come at you slowly and over time, or explode.. but it's a cancer nonetheless.

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  64. it isn't 'pretty brazzen' to kill a man over 300 pounds of sh^t weed. it's pretty stupid. whatever gains they might have got with their hit are gonna be offset by the fact that at least one is gonna get the needle and the other 3 will never see the light of day again. say what you want about prison gangs and whoever may run them but even the king of them get's shit. yea, you might have 'respect' but what else are you getting? commisary and some fine man-ass? yea, you guys are awesome. i really want to be like you. i bet you they got paid something like $300 for that high profile hit.
    the world will be a whole lot better when these shitheads just realize they're just poisoned seeds.
    what r u trying to prove? that's all i want to know. cause there's nothing appealing about your philosophy.
    ur just fucking crack heads. blame white meth-heads all you want to but you can't even figure out a way to make a half-way decent living without slanging hard drugs to crack-heads, yep, that's #winning.

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  65. I am european and amazed by the comments on the civilians being armed in the us and specially in tx, and that you really believe that is supposed to help in any way against increasing violence coming from the south. armed family man towards coked up sicarios that kill for fun? Sorry but dont think those guns gonna help regular people much if this gets worse. Too much talk about guns in my opinion. Real battle will take place elsewhere...corruption etc. i think part of the real problem in mexico is the distance between regular people and state. The country is not ruled by the people but a fortunate minority that think only about themselves, there is lack of a common feeling of unity, only me me me. I think you also see part of the same happening in the us, even if its far fron being as bad yet. The same people desides no matter who is president. Also, to make an example, i am sure el chapo has done far more for his local community, although for a cold tactical reason, than calderon has. These guys make sure they get the sympathy of the locals. The same everywhere.

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  66. Eran golfos... No se crean de las notifias...

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  67. I live in harris county, I went to school with the tavera kid. Search his name on google and you'll find his facebook. This is so weird..

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  68. you stupid bitches they aint zetas they north cliff manor.yeah they dumb for that shit

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