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Friday, November 5, 2010

Dozens killed in Matamoros; Tony Tormenta Dead

by:The Brownsville Herald

Gunfire broke out in Matamoros Friday, leaving at least 47 people dead and causing the closure of all three bridges between Brownsville and Mexico.

The fighting reportedly involved members of the Gulf Cartel, the Zetas and Mexican federal police and military

University of Texas at Brownsville and Texas Southmost College closed the Fort Brown campus and moved the soccer games scheduled for Friday night to the Brownsville Sports Park.

Gunfire was reported in Matamoros in a number of incidents beginning Friday morning, with at least 30 people dead by around noon, according to a law enforcement official who spoke on condition that his name not be used.

In the afternoon, a major confrontation near city hall killed at least 17 more people, the source said.

One of those killed around midday was identified as Carlos Alberto Guajardo, 37, a reporter for the newspaper El Expreso. Sources with knowledge of the incident said Guajardo apparently was killed by soldiers who were chasing narcotics traffickers.

Matamoros, unknown location

natural gas tanker blocking intersection of periferico and diez y seis


The Department of the Navy confirmed that Ezequiel Cárdenas Guillén, alias Tony Tormenta, was shot and killed along with three of his henchmen in a confrontation in Matamoros, Tamaulipas.

Jose Luis Vergara, a spokesman for the agency, said the death of the Gulf cartel leader, Tony Tormenta, took place in a building in which he sought refuge after being located by naval personnel.


  1. With all the rumors that go on even though Mexico is confirming it, i wont believe it until there is pictures of Tony dead. I'm sure the Z's are having a fiesta right about now celebrating the death of their ex-boss. The war is going to intensify with such news.

  2. If this gets confirmed by a second source, it's splendid.
    Funny to have this kill after the gory/theatrical butchering of the halcones in Cd. Mante. Welcome to hell, Tony. If there is a hell after the one you helped creating in MX.
    Your family be damned on seven generations.

  3. Great news, hope they release the pics soon so everyone can really be sure its him. You never can be sure but it sounds like the real thing, Milenio and others are confirming it as well.

  4. le metieron la gran Riata los marinos.
    Arriba Mexico!

  5. Coincidence that he was just featured on a new billboard in Brownsville with a $5 million reward?


  7. Antonio Ezequiel Cardenas Guillen, 48, was the brother of former Gulf cartel leader Osiel Cardenas Guillen, who was arrested in 2003 and extradited to the U.S. in 2005. Just recently in November 1, the Navy found 230 grenades in that city of Matamoros, and four long guns and 64,950 rounds of ammunition of various calibers, as well as communications equipment.

    The confirmation of his death was issued first by José Luis Vergara, a spokesman for the agency and later by Alejandro Poire, Technical Secretary of National Security Council. The preliminary report includes; the capo killed, one of the most elusive of the Mexican underworld, three of his sicarios, and two Mexican marines.

    The number of injured remains unknown, as the fighting in various areas of the city began at 10 am and the whole city was under lockdown and tense till late in the day.

    According to unconffirmed media sources those killed by the gunfire could exceed over 47.

    Stay tune, as more information begans to come in!

  8. and another scum bag bites the Mexico,It is really exillerating to hear ONE FOR THE GOOD GUYS!!!go NAVY

  9. I wish it was Los Zetas leaders more than Golfo, oh well, someone is already been promoted!

  10. Man the Mexican Narcos are fighting to the death. the only ones cutting and running are the American ones who give up without a fight and beg for repatriation.

  11. @Ovemex

    Great/fast work..I appreciate the effort necessary to translate info to e/l takes time but you had this up very fast..Kudos

    Big thanks to you!

    Y tambien Gerado..

  12. someone already took over i bet lol

  13. @ everyone....

    While this may be great fodder for bloggers, anyone that knows and has lived here will shortly realize just how devistating hits like this are for the regular citizens in Mats and Brvlle. THE OBJECTIVE SHOULD BE SECURITY AGAINST MORE VIOLENT CRIMES THAN JUST TRAFFICKING DRUGS; staus-quo ante. The drugs really just hurt the bolillos; and fuck them if they demand the shit.

    The ORDER/DISORDER balance is, once again, upset by dumbass errors in judgment. In this case, Ezequiel's by allowing himself to be killed. Now we'll get unnecessary fights among CDG lieutenants when the real threat to the populous' security are the zetas. This event is what the zetas had warmed up their U-HAULS for; a move-in party.

    The CDG has kept the Zetas out of Matamoros, for the most part, and it is the Zetas that the populous really has to fear.

    ZETAS thrive where there is disorder. The zeta (today) is any street thug or school yard bully that will rise up where there's a power vacuum and declare themselves el papa de los pollitos. So any street thug, not currently otherwise employed, can setup their own Zeta franchise since the zetas will tolorate ANY DUMBASS just to setup an OUTPOST WITHIN ENEMY TERRITORY.

    Today, the narcos that treated the business as "businessmen" suffered a major blow. And the only ones that benefit from it are the ZETA/MIERDAS and the politicians that can stand in front of the cameras and say they're doing "something." If anyone thinks that a network of family relationships and freinds that have been established for generations are somehow going to "STOP" when you kill their leader, then you'd best "stand by for heavy rolls, pendejo."

    For Matamoros, the shit has now hit the fan.

    Por el Pumarejo.

  14. viva el los least now it is plain that the mexican gobierno is on the side of los we know the CDG is marked for death by the army/gob....fuck them...fuck los Z....

  15. The sick comments here celebrating a slaughter of 50 people in one day in one Mexican city make me utterly nauseated. It's clear that many of the people reading BB do it because they think they are at some wrestling event as porristas. Sick.


  16. I don't know why, but the only way to fix all this mess is for us the US go into another country and fix it. Why cant the countries fix their own problems. We always have to be the Police Department for the whole world.

  17. Really man! This is just going to create a bigger war like when the took down Juan Garcia. The US either needs to make the drugs legal or Mexico needs to let one power rule. When there is a big dog the blood will not shed nearly as much.

  18. @November 6, 2010 11:52 AM

    Oh yeah your right!! Cuz Iraq and Afghanistan are such wonderful places after the US went in there right??? Even the people in Iraq and Afghanistan would prefer there former regimes then the US puppet corrupt inefficient governments they have now. WAY TO GO!!!

  19. It's time the Obama administration reconsider the use of our military in Afghanistan, costing hundreds of billions of dollars while proving to be of dubious benefit to the USA, in attempts at nation building where warlords oversee corruption, drug production and dysfunctional government in complicity with Pentagon planners who seem unaware of the moral implications of allying with criminals.

    I believe we must focus our attention on the southern border with Mexico which has been a drug conduit for America's insatiable appetite for illicit hallucinogens. This border area has become one of the world's most violent stretches of real estate, where the Mexican government has found itself outgunned by murderous mafia drug cartels and a corrupt police force whose tactics of kidnapping, massacres and rampant brutality resemble Columbia during the worst days of Pablo Escobar.

    Attacking the drug and weapon smuggling gangs on both sides of the border relentlessly and mercilessly with our full military capability, in cooperation with Mexico's brave soldiers and President Calderon, could put an end to this scourge, rehabilitate the prestige of our armed forces and give Mexico a chance to develop into a mature economy in sync with it's northern neighbor.

  20. iraq and afganistan are safer than mezico

  21. Tony Tormenta was the leader of a small fraction expelled from CDG because he was unworthy of being Oziel Cardenas succesor. He was allowed to keep his own bussines because of his brother, but the true leaders of CDG are still in charge quietly and efficiently as 50 years ago. His followers will fall either to the army, to the CDG or to zetas. Now CDG is free to face the zetas challenge and protect the plaza as they always did without worryng about manosos supporting Tony Tormenta. As a matter of fact, we expect the mana dissapear very soon, because they betray the silent agreement between Matamoros people and CDG.


  23. Its sad to see how this all ended, what hurts the most is seeing my ex-bf dead Sergio Antonio Fuentes known as “El Tyson”. He was one of the top Scorpions of Guillen. But that is the road he wanted to follow i couldnt argue with that.


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