Saturday, March 3, 2012

US Border Patrol in Shoot-out With Mexican Drug Cartel Across the Rio Grande

Roma sits on the banks of the Rio Grande and is adjacent to Miguel Aleman on the Mexican side
by Jared Taylor

Reuters) - U.S. Border Patrol agents and Mexican drug traffickers fought a gun battle across the Rio Grande river in south Texas, authorities said on Friday, the latest of a spate of cross-border shootings in recent months.

The Border Patrol said gunfire erupted on Wednesday after agents confronted a group of smugglers loading bundles of marijuana into two vehicles on the banks of the Rio Grande west of Roma, Texas, a town about 250 miles south of San Antonio.

The agents opened fire after smugglers fleeing in a vehicle attempted to run them over. Armed traffickers on the Mexican side of the river then shot at the agents, who returned fire into Mexico, the Border Patrol said in a statement.

"Our agents had a posed threat," Rosalinda Huey, a spokeswoman with the Border Patrol's Rio Grande sector told Reuters. "They're trained to deal with that situation," she added.

No agents were injured by the gunfire and it is unclear whether any smugglers in Mexico were struck by bullets, she said.

Agents subsequently recovered nearly two tons of marijuana, with a value of more than $3 million. No arrests were made and the incident remains under investigation.

Drug traffickers in Mexico's northern Tamaulipas state frequently use rafts and ropes to haul marijuana over the Rio Grande to Texas, often under the protection of gunmen.

Huey said traffickers opening fire on agents was "just another tactic" as they sought to move drugs across the U.S. border, where additional agents, equipment and infrastructure have contributed to tightening security in recent years.

"Obviously, they've gotten more desperate," she said. "They're going to use more tactics to avoid apprehension or seizure of their narcotics."

The stretch of the Rio Grande - which is known as the Rio Bravo in Mexico - has recorded one other shooting incident involving Border Patrol agents since October 2011, she said. No injuries were reported.

Concern runs high among U.S. politicians over so-called "spill over" violence from Mexico, where about 50,000 people have been killed in raging drug violence since President Felipe Calderon launched an army-backed offensive against the powerful drug cartels after taking office in late 2006.

In response to a pattern of violence on the border river, Texas earlier this week unveiled the second of six new 'interceptor' gunboats to patrol the waterway. They are similar to Navy swift boats that plied the rivers of Vietnam during the Vietnam War.

A tally of recent cross-border shooting incidents in Texas include an exchange of shots last year between U.S. law enforcement officials and suspected drug runners near the south Texas town of Abram, according to news reports. In a separate incident, a West Texas road crew in Hudspeth County, east of El Paso, also came under fire from Mexico.

48 comments:

  1. piece of shit criminals i hate that the smugglers cant be executed as a example to show all the lowlifes this is America- Home of the Free and Land of the Brave the u.s.a needs imigrants from all countrys to do the crappy jobs...if paco wants to pick lettuce let him just as long as he abides the law and pays taxes fine by me..

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  2. Blow those chumps to kingdom come

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  3. The custom agents version of what happened smells like shit.the smugglers didn't try to run them over. They try to get away and agents started the shooting......

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    1. You shouldnt talk cause you really dont know what happen down on the river when you take down a dope load. So in reality you are the only one smelling like shit and by the way it was Border Patrol not customs

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    2. Ya right smells like shit two tons of weed worth 3m $$.... they were not going to give that up easy....good thing they they shot at Agents from Mexico ...its getting close to when USA gets all up in the cartels ass....the day is coming...

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    3. This is hilarious people on these forums are marking the agents as bad guys sound like...aww poor drug smugglers they are the goods...let them cross there drugs that that they got by killings hangings raping extortion kidnappings wow need I say more....you people are twisted ...

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  4. That's BS it's just an excuse for the agents! The guys in the truck know best when they see US agent they know to get away and flee in another direction cause they know if they go and fuckaround and try to run them over their doomed! So y risk your life and those kilos!?!?!? No wonder thee other guys in the other side decided to blast!! Lol

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  5. Big P R big talk and photos, Why is the Rio Grande not a free fire Zone? Can someone give a non political reason? The US govt is in gridlock political correctness prevails, the half-assed enforcement of our border is not effective,a huge waste of time and my money. Where are all these helos,boats guns etc? WATCHING and radioing to foot officers? BS Silly if the resorces of the US were USED there would be no problem.

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  6. March 3, 2012 1:43 AM

    You left out, one nation under debt with bribery and meddling towards all!

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  7. A shooting war over weed. How insane...

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    1. No shit, over weak ass weed! Funny how you can buy alcohol and be a stumbling or a black out type drunk, but if you smoke pot your a fucking criminal! Legalize pot and focus on the shit that ruins people's lives: heroin, meth, cocaine!

      Pot Smoking Republican

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    2. your republican party makes these fucken laws go shoot yourself

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  8. are there no sniper towers around the american side?

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  9. why is BB giving us the watered down version of whats going on in mexico?
    in order to get most of the intel, i have to go to spanish channel blogdelnarco and US m3report.wordpress.com along with BB. not that long ago i would only have to check out BB to get most of the info i need.
    What gives? If you are holding back it's no wonder i hear so many comments saying it's safe in mexico. what is the agenda?

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  10. us govt want to stop their people to spent money on drugs without any risk and violence in his country so why they put pressure on Calderón to declare war on drugs so they dont earn money because life of mexican has no value in the eyes of us why they dont declare war on those who buy drugs from and shoot them war on drugs is only in the favor of us Calderón have to declare war only on those who sells drugs in mexico let their people to sell drugs to gringos. dont waste ur money to kill ur own people use ur money for Development. if us want to stop drugs then shoot ur people on ur land who want drugs

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    1. Lol nice try. Once again mexicans blaming someone else...

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  11. I love how some of you always think that the BP would start shooting and then "say" that they were trying to run them over. You guys think everyone thinks like your Mexican cops. You can't have an entire group of US BP agents, and all of them in some large conspiracy. These kids get paid a decent salary, but have the entire problem of smuggling on their shoulders. How many THOUSANDS of illegals every year, even those caught smuggling people and drugs, get FREE medical attention? Or how many times do they organize a search for missing illegals so they don't die? You Mexicans think that everyone thinks like you. If we did, North America would look like South America. Funny how there is a defined line drawn on a map where it turns to shit all the way down to the tip of Chile! Everyone north of that line has their shit together! And I'm talking basic stuff like running water and concrete floors! About time the BP shoots these assholes! Put a Texan with an infrared scope in a blind every 100yds and give them the green light to pick anyone off who decides to come on over, and you'll see this problem stop over night!

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    1. I know you and you know you are right. Just think about a 30-06 with 220 gr grand slam bullets every 100 yds and this assholes wouldn't even consider coming close to the Rio.Grande shore.

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  12. You stupid Texans. How many Americans get free healthcare every year? You can't blame that all on illegal immigrants. Plus Mexicans are not the only illegals that come to this country. How about we shoot a Texan everyday they do something stupid? How much useless spending do Americans cause each year? Think before you speak or do you really think 11-15million illegals are to blame for our economic downfalls.?

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  13. Yeah 9:24 if you say so bird shit! Lol just like they caught that agent shooting a 15 yr old in the head and was caught on camara entering Mexican side but once he saw Mexican angents with their long arms the ran like bitches!! We are not Iraq we fight face to face we font do that dirty bombing shot we got balls to go heads up!!!

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  14. Ur a dumb ass dude who do u think gave those weapons to them ur own government. USA single handedly gave the cartels those weapons and now u can't deal with the situation. This isn't Iraq or afganistan it's Mexico, if u can't even deal with ur war over seas what makes u think u can even handle this one.

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  15. Nothing to see here. Move along, the border is secure!-Janet Incompetano & Barack Insane Obummer

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  16. Dumb ass I'm.in new York not mexico.I follow the drug war and bb.and smugglers and mules don't shoot their way out on the American side.(they run or give up)bp has no right to shoot them because there getting away.

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  17. i dnt give a shit if u put a million troops on the border there will never b a day that u cant walk out side and buy a bag of weed a hit of crack or a line of coke. people that want drugs buy drugs. going to find some now lol

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  18. Look at this people. They argue for anything instead of peacefully blogging.

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  19. I DON'T KNOW WHAT YOU NEW YORKERS ARE TALKING ABOUT BUT YOU GUYS ARE THOUSANDS OF MILES AWAY. HERE IN THE BORDERTOWN LAREDO THE MULES TRY TO RUN RUN OVER YOU. SO WHEN A BORDERPATROL AGENT GETS IN FRONT OF YOUR VEHICLE BEFORE IT TAKES OFF THEY HAVE TO GIVE UP. THATS NOT THE CASE HERE SO THEY SHOT AT HIM. USE YOUR BRAINS? COMMON SENSE. STICK TO WALL STREET! AND BY WAY MOST OF THE U.S. SOLDERS ARE FROM TEXAS.

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  20. Sounds like a bunch of arm chair LEO's. If you haven't put your life on the line down on the border, don't judge those who do, from the safety of your living room. It is a war down there, the south side isn't afraid to pull the trigger. None of the guys in green wake up in the morning and hope to be in a shootout. Several BP agents have been murdered in the last few years, including one in Yuma who was RUN OVER by a fleeing drug smuggler. If you don't have the guts to do the job they do, don't throw words cowardly from your couch.

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  21. some people are really stupid. Im talking about the ones defending the smugglers, saying they wouldn't try to run over an american agent. Yeah right, these low life smugglers don't give a shit about americans. and you people that act like you know what happened are retards as well. You weren't there dumbass. You don't know what happened. the american agents are the ones that have policies to follow and get fired, or charged with crimes when they don't act according to policy. what do the smugglers have to follow? they have no policy, no honor. they are criminal pieces of crap, making a living by trespassing into a place where they shouldn't be

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  22. To the very first poster? Home of the Free? Really? Home of the Department of Homeland Security - snooping on US citizens every day to serve the big banks, Wall Street and our Chinese masters better! Goldman Sachs run America, buddy, and there's nothing free about it. Go ahead and exercise your freedoms and see what happens to you. And BTW GO TO HELL, WASHINGTON!!!!!!!

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  23. I love that most of you here talk shit like you know what you are talking about. I bet most of you have never even gone close to the border much less jumped 20 drug mules hauling thier load north, not knowing if the shitbags are armed or what intentions they have in mind. It takes some balls to walk the river at night with only your partner close by not knowing what you will encounter and to the one talking about the agent that shoot the 15 year old he got shot for being a scumbag not for being a productive citizen. So to the ones talking shit I guess thats what your best at cause im more than sure you dont got the balls to do what these agents go do day in day out not knowing if they themselves will get home that day.

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  24. Wow, pretty much all of the commenters today are dumb. What gives?

    @7:45 - I agree. These Leo's put their life on the line every day for us. I am certain they are upstanding officers with a conscience and morals, unlike their rival counterparts. Glad no one was hurt.

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  25. The problem is thousands of miles away in new york.thats why the cartels are so determined to get it here.Thanks to talented reporters like
    chivis M. from b.b. who I think should have a colom in the(ny times)gets the real story to us from the front lines.(not like the watered down one from Janet Napolitano)...The majority of people who do not live close to the border are clueless.If everyone knew what was really going on our government would be forced to take more action!!

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  26. @ March 3, 2012 11:52 AM

    Exactly, you live in New York, just cause you follow some stories that BB posts doesn't mean you know whats going on down here.

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  27. Always have to bring racism into this now im from texas but my family is from mexico and im glad border patrol is trying to stop drugs from coming in. But i hate when you start talking shit about illegal immigrants trying to come overhere to work or what not not all of the people from mexico are bad its tough living overthere rite now. I know some people that are trying to aviod doing criminal activities and there busting there ass for 50the dollers a week if not less their bearly making it but they make use of what they have. I dont give a shit what you say about these drug cartels. But what you write about mexicans . Same thing with you people talking anout americans where here to argue or talk about the drug war. dis is not a racism war!!!!

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    1. Mexican is not a race, it's a nationality. Talking about Mexicans isn't racist.

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  28. What about the ice agent fleeing with 500 pounds in hi car last year...y didn't they shoot him. Too!!!

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  29. I agree with putting people in blinds along the border. Once the Cartels see that we are not going to tolerate the smuggling I bet they would stop and think about it. A while back some old timers were getting their deer rifles, sitting on the bluff that overlooks the river and putting bullets in smugglers. That is what needs to happen again.

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  30. Are you ass clowns serious? You talk of Iraq and Afganistan...when your own fucking military has been deployed on your own soil! Lol..wtf..and its been that way for the last 7years!!! Mexicans are killing Mexicans...yet your talking about Iraq and Afganistan? Wow...

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  31. Just an FYI, 2 tons of marijuana isn't anything compared to how much drugs the cartels get passed through by some payed off border patrol agents. Corruption isn't just in Mexico, money talks, the only difference is that in Mexico all the corruption gets revealed, and in the USA, it gets covered up real well.

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  32. Anonymous said...

    are there no sniper towers around the american side?
    March 3, 2012 9:57 AM

    yeah there is a bird watching tower right on the river in Salineno..it would be a great sniper tower ..you may need to get it armoured up a little...at least enough to slow down one of those 50 cal barret guns

    and the guys off loading the boats there could pass you some mota to help you pass the time while you wait...there is a beer store in Falcon so you can get some beer and hielo

    and if you are a good shot i am sure you could get paid to shoot the right guys

    also in Roma there is the over look and there is some good concrete cover to get behind...but the dammed US authorities would probably complain

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  33. The last hiring push for the BP let in lots of questionable ppl so don't pat your self in the back just yet! IA investigations have gone up 300% since the 90's good job you guys!

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  34. Bring our troops home and put them on the borders.. we can put a stop to this.

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  35. Reading all these comments I realize how naive and uneducated people are. Most of you writing these comments need to wake up and realize the Cartel will do anything to make a buck, to include killing agents over narcotics. Why don't the Mexican people rise up and take their country back instead of running to the U.S.? The U.S. is strong because we are proud of our country, not like Mexico.

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  36. @ March 16, 2012 8:10
    Wow, you are fucking stupid. The U.S can start legalizing. The market is in the U.S, land of the free bla bla bla...As long as U.S citizens keep demanding drugs, the cartels will work. So why don't you rise the fuck up in your country instead? you have major unemplyment, you start wars overseas that can't be won, most drugusers in the world....etc etc......ROFL MAO

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  37. Americans are the smugglers #1 concern. If all the Jhonnys weren't such a pot smokers there wouldn't be a demand therefore no market. Customer service is #1 priority. Don't give your opinion until you have lived on the border for you entire life. Government and news media arranges the facts for you northerners.

    Thank you,
    Anonymous

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  38. Why are they put in out prisons with three square meals and a bed per day that we pay for? Why can't the border patrol just shoot them?

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  39. Wow... tall need to get educated ... When El chapo was caught he gave out a list of America and Mexican governance names of which helped and had bribed with El chapo to have Mexican and American gangs sell in the USA when El chapo was caught he did give out this list officials right before getting set up in jalisco high facility prison yeah that list did have big government names in both usa and mexico and yes its been proven by other men on that night seen the list and yes sadly it dissappear due to it was MONEY TALK in the end there's corruption in the USA that helps the Mexican cattle I mean this isn't the first time usa keeps stuff hidden. I mean it's the usa gov. Not Conspiracy it's just that yall need to get really educated before starting to point fingers. Yes I agree the Mexican cartels are to blame after the south America. Rise of escobar but guess where all the military issue weapons of narcos come from? That's right usa! Guess why some Texans are filthy rich who sell military fire arms. Here is both Mexico and usa nit just one and about border patrols both Mexico and usa have good and bad people some corrupted much and about this people smuggling with drugs is because we'll when u have a cartel boss as shown in the narcoblogs. If you don't do the job they either kill you or go after your wife and kids... so even if it's just weed... it's money... because MONEY TALKS... FOR BOTH USA AND MEXICO

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