RIO GRANDE CITY - Starr County authorities say they will not let cartel intimidation tactics get in the way of enforcing the law.
Starr County District Attorney Omar Escobar said one of his narcotics investigators was the victim of retaliation from the Gulf cartel.
Escobar said cartel members set his investigator's house on fire. The blaze happened at approximately 4:30 a.m. Tuesday on the 200 block of Shady Grove Drive.
Sheriff investigators said the house was under construction and there was no electricity service to the structure.
"We have information that one of our investigators (was) targeted because of ... his work as a narcotics investigator," Escobar said.
"We strongly believe this was basically the Camargo sector of the Gulf cartel that's responsible for this arson," Escobar said.
Escobar said they got a tip a few months ago that investigators were confiscating too many drug loads.
Escobar said the investigator works the area between Roma and Rio Grande City.
Escobar said his office is taking the lead in the investigation. He asked for assistance from the FBI and Immigration and Customs Enforcement.
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