Reporting on the Mexican Cartel Drug War

Armed suspects detonate 3 grenades near Nuevo Laredo US Consulate -- UPDATED

Friday, February 8, 2013 |

UPDATED:  According to an El Universal news update, unidentified sources with the Tamaulipas state Procuraduria General del Estado office said that explosions never took place.   However, a news account published on the website of Vanguardia news daily said gunfire as well as explosions were heard in the area.  That account can be seen here.  The official news release by the US Consulate can be found here.  The tweet from the US Consulate in Nuevo Laredo linking to the announcement can be seen here.

By Chris Covert

A shootout between armed drug gangs took place last Thursday evening near the US Consulate in Nuevo Laredo in Tamaulipas, according to Mexican news accounts.

A news account published on the website of La Tarde news daily said the gunfight took place near the intersection of Paseo Colon and Calle Allende at around 1920 hrs.  No one was reported hurt in the incident.

The US Consulate is located near the intersection of calles Allende and Nayarit.

According to press reports, armed suspects from rivalling gangs shot at each other near the US Consulate.  Included in the exchanges of gunfire were the detonation of three hand grenades.

Reports say that intervention by Mexican security forces including Mexican Army and Policia Federal troops forced the armed groups to flee the scene.  No detentions were reported in the aftermath.

Nuevo Laredo was the scene of a mass execution where four individuals were shot to death last Monday. Three of the victims were identified as US citizens.  Unconfirmed reports in the area said that another five unidentified individuals were shot and killed as well.

Last February 1st, seven armed suspects were killed in an encounter with a Mexican Army road patrol near Ciudad Victoria, the capital of Tamaulipas state.

Nuevo Laredo has been the focal point if an intense and bloody competition between the Los Zetas and Gulf Cartels.  Nuevo Laredo has been known to be in the past  Los Zetas territory until last summer, when several grisly incidents signalled that competition for control of the US border crossing was beginning.

Chris Covert writes Mexican Drug War and national political news for

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Anonymous said...

Calentado la Plaza... Means a new group is planning to take over... Move over Z here comes the new plaza Bosses...

Anonymous said...

Cdg will never control Nvo..Laredo..its been proven time after time. Gangsters from Nectar Lima are too crazy to give up the plaza.If the cdg is encroaching in Nectar Lima its because of the crooked government on the payroll of the 'midget" chapo guzman..cdg can't hold there a dog fight without support from the cds or army/navy they will lose.all those make shift bases that the navy ,pf & army constructed in the city isn't for the people its for chapo & cdg...cocksuckers you deserve to rot in Hell..

Anonymous said...

The Zetas are getting it right in their own house. I hope they get fucked up good.

Anonymous said...

There is a taco stand on that corner or up until a couple of days ago. its called el gato malo.

Anonymous said...

"Calentado la Plaza... Means a new group is planning to take over... Move over Z here comes the new plaza Bosses"
The Z home?Good luck with that.

ajmacdonaldjr said...

I was in Nuevo Laredo recently, and in Mexico City working with MPJD and LEAP to stop the violence, which includes ending the US prohibition of marijuana. This alone would de-fund the cartels, which includes the US and Mexican government cartels, military, police, and the CIA. Please join us in this struggle for peace with justice and dignity. The time is now!

See: Movimiento por la Paz con Justicia y Dignidad (MPJD) –

See: MPJD Facebook page –

See: Law Enforcement Against Prohibition (LEAP) –

See: LEAP Facebook page –

See: El Verano de Justicia Filosofia y Plan de Accion –

Anonymous said...

11:26 pm. Whenever I read BB, I for one have extreme sadness over the continued mayhem,murder,innocent people being caught up in this con.'t war for "PLAZA'S", to have access to the US. Without fail, there are always people(scumbags), who ignore the content and meaning of this site, and feel the need to joke(as in HERE COME THE NEW BOSSES) or become cheerleaders for the cartels. Who are you people? Are you drug dealers? Are you heartlast idiots who have no life or soul? Do you understand this site is to educate people about the insanity in Mexico or just don't care? I feel anger and pity for many of you. Don't they have narco sites on the internet where you can make jokes and rah rah your favorite cartels? Thanks Chris for the article. As always, love RANTBURG.COM and BB., Texas Grandma. Peace.

Anonymous said...

Maybe you should open your eyes just a little bit more grandma,
Look at what the great USA is doing to middle east countries
They Rob and Kill innocents while you sit in your.bubble

Anonymous said...

Amen to tht cdg are the biggest cowards next to lct , always fronting like they can take over a plaza but need help from the Army to clear way first

Anonymous said...

To all BB reporters if you need someone to proofread your stuff ill gladly do it. I lalways see gramma errors

Chivis said...

Are you being funny or nice?

"gramma" errors?

see how easy it is? And only one sentence. :)

we are volunteers and my position is if there is an error that changes the context of the story-I want to know, and I will change it. Other wise as long as you can read and comprehend the story then I feel the job is complete.....paz, chivis

Anonymous said...

February 9,2013 4:06pm Your an epic fail trying to tell other people about proof reading. Look at your own post you have "grammar" errors lol your fail is funny jack ass.

Anonymous said...

hahahah lol gramma errors ahahah

badanov said...

Chivis is in the middle of a shooting gallery and therefore cuts a wide swath with writers and regulars at Borderland Beat, including this writer...

Anonymous said...

February 9, 2013 at 5:31 AM What are you, a Zeta nuthugger? Your little Zs are the most hated group in Mexico. I guarantee you if there was a magic button to press to kill every Zeta in Mexico, everyone would press it! THEY ARE HATED!

Chivis said...

Its a pleasure "working" with you Malo, you are a professional, sharing information and exchanging ideas.

Anonymous said...

Security Message (February 08, 2013)

The U.S. Consulate in Nuevo Laredo, Mexico alerts U.S. citizens traveling and residing in the Nuevo Laredo Consular District to an increase in violence related to Transnational Criminal Organizations (TCO) in and around Nuevo Laredo. In the past week, there have been at least 8 murders and 5 arson attacks on local residences. On the evening of February 7, 2013, a series of gun battles between TCO elements included three grenade explosions in the vicinity of the U.S. Consulate General in Nuevo Laredo. Mexican law enforcement sources tell us the increased violence is likely the result of rival TCO elements fighting for control of the city and that similar attacks are likely to continue in the near-term.

Danger to innocent bystanders is high, and the U.S. Consulate urges all U.S. citizens to review their personal security plans; remain aware of their surroundings, including local events; and monitor local news stations for updates. Maintain a high level of vigilance, take appropriate steps to enhance your personal security, and follow instructions of local authorities.

In order to receive the most current security information available, the U.S. Consulate in Nuevo Laredo encourages all United States Citizens living in or visiting the Nuevo Laredo Consular district to “Follow Us” on Twitter, or “Like Us” on Facebook. The Consulate will use Twitter and Facebook to disseminate regular and time sensitive information related to the security situation in and around Nuevo Laredo.

Anonymous said...

Given the Benghazi,Lybia bruhaha,Senate hearings, Hillary Clinton, One wonders, if Obama and HIS administration(DOJ, CIA, State Dept., Homeland Security, ATF, FBI) are on top of this?

Nah, too much to hope for.... Shit is being ignored by MSM due to love affair with Obama and Dems.

..... We'll see how all this unfolds, won't we?


Anonymous said...

@8:11pm.....yeah thats why they got to be the 2nd strongest cartel in mexico in what 2yrs?

They have cells that have been taken out,but they still grow.....and you say they are the most hated.

CDS should be the most hated,they started all the wars.

Anonymous said...

I just hope NL gets safer imma start crossing over over a lot soon. I'm def crossing over a firearm

Anonymous said...

don't take it the wrong way. I see I just made a fool of myself. I enjoy reading your posts and what I meant was that if I could be of any help I would gladly do it.

Anonymous said...

February 10, 2013 at 8:14 PM Whenever I see a Zeta with his head chopped off or with a bullet in his head, it's a happy day. All of Mexico celebrates a Zeta death. THEY ARE SCUM.

Anonymous said...

Listen here u fuckn cockroach my brother is fighting in the middle east so keep ur damn mouth shut. The usa is killing scumbags that want to kill anyone who is not muslim and want this sharia law and who's idealogy is fuckn wacked. So don't ever compare mexico and the middle east. Mexico as a country is destroying its self and its citizens. These cartels kill so they can sell drugs. They extort and kidnap its own ppl for money and they kno they're ripping their country.

Anonymous said...

If u ask me i hate zetas chapos n every scumbag there is .i just wana travel to mexico without having to worry vout bunch of cowards running around stealing from and killing inocent ppl

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