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Mexican Army kills 8 armed suspects in Tamaulipas state

Saturday, February 2, 2013 |

By Chris Covert
Rantburg.com

Seven unidentified armed suspects were killed in an encounter with a Mexican Army road patrol in Tamaulipas state Friday evening, according to Mexican news accounts.

A news account published on the website of Milenio news daily said that the gunfire exchange took place in Ciudad Victoria, the state capital of Tamaulipas at around 1700 hrs near ejido Estacion Caballero, near the PEMEX facility east of the city.

The suspects were travelling aboard two vehicles when they were observed by a Mexican Army unit.  A pursuit ensued which ended in gunfire.  Among the seven dead were two women.  Four rifles were also secured in the aftermath.

Separately, one armed suspect was killed in an encounter with a Mexican Army unit in Reynosa, according to the same report posted on Milenio news daily Friday night.

The encounter took place on Bulevar Colosio in Obrera colony when the army road patrol came under small arms fire from suspects who were travelling aboard a vehicle.  Army return fire killed one suspect.  One rifle was seized following the conclusion of the encounter.

Five other individuals were killed in ongoing drug and gang violence in Tamaulipas state, according to several Mexican news accounts.

  • Four unidentified car buyers from Michoacan state were killed in an apparent kidnapping.  The victims arrived in Tamaulipas January 10th to close a purchase when they were kidnapped.  Despite the family's protestations the ransom demands were met in full, the four were killed.
  • An unidentified man in his 30s were found beaten to death and dismembered on the highway between Ciudad Victoria and Monterrey, Nuevo Leon Thursday night.  The victim was found when a vehicle hit the remains on the road.
Chris Covert writes Mexican Drug War and national political news for Rantburg.com

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Anonymous said...

just get a few liberals complementing each other still doesn't make something right.
i watch el guapo dd and aj all singing praises to one another.
you are your last line of defense against a corrupt local state and federal government.
here is you local police and sheriffs hard at work for law abiding citizens
Headline news in bold lower case letters.
Drugs dealer claims indicted Panama Unit members stole his drugs


McALLEN — A drug dealer who federal authorities say worked with a group of indicted narcotics investigators who seized and kept cocaine and $25,000 in cash was named in court papers filed in federal court on Friday.

Juan Vasquez Vega was arrested on July 26 at a business near the intersection of Cage Boulevard and Frontage Road in Pharr on one count of possession of a controlled substance. Court records say Vega was found with about two kilograms of cocaine.

Vega was named as a witness in the case against former members of the Panama Unit, a joint task force between Mission police and the Hidalgo County Sheriff’s Office, which included Sheriff Lupe Treviño’s son Jonathan as a member.

The unit was dissolved after three members of the unit, including the younger Treviño, and former Mission officer Alexis Espinoza, son of Hidalgo Police Chief Rudy Espinoza, who was assigned to a federal task force.

Vega took the officers — members of the Panama Unit — to his apartment south of the intersection of Nolana Loop and McColl Road in McAllen, court records state.

There, the narcotics investigators seized $25,000 in cash and took Vega to the Mission Police Department, where he was booked on one count of possession of a controlled substance — but not for the full amount of the drugs seized.

According to the FBI, members of the Panama Unit kept two kilograms of the seized cocaine and the $25,000.

Vega is being held by federal authorities as a material witness in the case and on Friday, was scheduled to face a lengthy deposition with investigators.

Beyond the sons of the sheriff and Hidalgo chief, federal authorities arrested two sheriff’s deputies, Fabian Rodriguez and Gerardo Duran, in December on allegations of a drug conspiracy that involved providing protection to drug smugglers.

Anonymous said...

Two of the kidnap victims were 2nd cousins of mine from Michoacan. They were going to buy a bus or cars amd must of been set up or just picked up because of the plates from that state. I really hope it was the kidnappers that got filled with lead recently. Que chingen a su jedionda madre los zetas.

Anonymous said...

When areb the military going to kill z40? Is Miguel Treviño been protected by Peña Nieto?

Anonymous said...

Is Tamaulipas a Los Zetas stronghold,anyone know?

badanov said...

Two of the kidnap victims were 2nd cousins of mine from Michoacan. They were going to buy a bus or cars amd must of been set up or just picked up because of the plates from that state. I really hope it was the kidnappers that got filled with lead recently. Que chingen a su jedionda madre los zetas.

Please accept my condolences for your loss.

KG said...

The very last 2 sentences of the article are quite grim...unidentified man found dismembered on the highway...the remains were found when they were hit by a vehicle on the road...CAN u imagine driving along & THUMP...not running over a dead animal, but a dead body that has been cut up...LOVELY image! Dead pig, cow, or even dead donkey with legs stiff in the air I have seen mashed on the roads there...but a person?

Anonymous said...

@7:46pm whats z-40 done to you?...has he done anything lately?....

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