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Wednesday, August 16, 2023

Families Of Los Guerra Flee Due To Violence: Tamaulipas

"Char" for Borderland Beat 

This article was translated and reposted from ELEFANTE BLANCO

With the protection of the State Guard and the Army, residents of Los Guerra, Miguel Aleman, have begun to flee their homes, forced by the Northeast (CDN) and Gulf (CDG) cartels, who have begun a new battle for control of territory accessing the United States.

Elefante Blanco received videos showing the abandoned houses and businesses painted with messages from the criminal groups, as well as the efforts of police and soldiers to help forcibly displace Tamaulipan families.

Los Guerra has become a battleground and an invisible border in the Ribereña region. The fight is over the entrances for the trafficking of people, drugs, weapons and money between Mexico and the United States.

According to intelligence reports, the CDN controls the municipalities of Nuevo Laredo, Nueva Ciudad Guerrero and Ciudad Mier, and a CDG faction operates in Miguel Aleman, Camargo, Gustavo Diaz Ordaz and Reynosa.


Violence is nothing new for this town located halfway along one of the most dangerous highways in the country. Its inhabitants lived through the terror that arose in 2010, when Los Zetas confronted the CDG. However, 13 years ago the site of horror and exodus was Ciudad Mier, today it is Los Guerra.

Elefante Blanco was able to confirm the exodus with residents of Los Guerra. Via telephone and requesting anonymity, they explained that violence has increased in recent weeks, with the burning and robbery of houses, threats to public transportation, theft of vehicles, blockades of commerce and shortages of basic goods.

"In terms of violence they are lying, nothing has changed in the last 13 years", responded one of the people interviewed when asked about security in the Ribereña region.

A week ago, military and state officials helped more than 9 families who decided to protect their lives by moving out of Los Guerra after a night of gunfire that ended with one woman's home consumed by flames.

The 25th Motorized Cavalry Regiment of the Mexican Army, established more than 7 years ago in Ciudad Mier, has been in charge of protecting the mobilization of the population.

In Miguel Aleman, a little more than 60 elements of the State Guard try to stop the battlefield, where they are attacked daily. However, they are still accused of collusion with the Gulf Cartel, which they blame for economically "drowning" the rural town in order to drive out the rival group.

A week ago, the population of Los Guerra called on the Secretary of National Defense (Sedena) to prevent the operation of the cartels that confront each other during the night and early morning hours. So far there has been no forceful response to stop the new exodus of families in the north of Tamaulipas.

Mayor confirms forced displacement

"When a family looks to us for support to leave their home, we are obligated and committed to provide security, we serve as liaisons with Sedena and the State Guard. We cannot leave a family alone, it is not the solution to the problem, but neither can we demand that they stay, if they have already decided to leave their home and are asking for our help". In this clear and direct way, the mayor of Miguel Aleman, Ramiro Cortez Barrera, recognized the social emergency due to violence.

Elefante Blanco interviewed Cortez Barrera, biologist and politician of the National Action Party (PAN), who assured that he also suffers from the violence in Los Guerra, where, he affirmed, he is a native and resident. He has denounced the violence in the government of Francisco García Cabeza de Vaca and in the current government of Américo Villarreal Anaya.

"Los Guerra was the town that originated the ranch El Arroyo and then San Pedro de Roma, which in 1950 became independent, and is now Miguel Aleman. Here there is an elementary school that has existed for more than 100 years, we have the general hospital, the Polytechnic University of the Ribereña region, also the Center for Wellness and Peace," explained the municipal president.
In view of the commercial downturn, the mayor maintained that Los Guerra's hope is centered on the operation of the Recinto Fiscalizado Estratégico Alfa, a foreign trade center inaugurated in the first quarter of 2023, with which it intends to give work to people who did not decide to move.

The situation has also had an impact on the municipal capital of Miguel Aleman, with the closing of businesses and companies and the abandonment of houses. Part of the population has decided to cross the international bridge to Roma, Texas, or drive south to take refuge in the metropolitan area of Monterrey, Nuevo Leon. 


  1. On the last article I shared, a comment was made as to when did CDN take over Ciudad Mier or when did CDN controlled Nueva Ciudad Guerrero?

    When the war broke out between Golfos vs Zetas

    Golfos under Sr. M3 kicked the zetas out of Reynosa and Diaz Ordaz, Comales, Miguel Aleman, including Mier. Mier was considered the dividing line between Zetas and Golfos.

    Zetas or CDN have always controlled Nueva Ciudad Guerrero.

    CDN took over Ciudad Mier at around 2016-2017 when Comandante Toro was still around. CDG metros stopped caring about Mier because CDN would constantly attack leadership in this area so CDG metros gave up that plaza of Mier.

    1. Mier and Miguel Aleman were the worst place on the border back in those days IMO. Always felt so sorry for the hard working people that reside there.

    2. That was me : D
      Thank you for remembering char and replying!!

    3. Char with the win again!

  2. My dad is kena 19 last week the marines almost got him I live in Texas with my mom his wife I hope one day I can live with my pops again it’s been 6 years since we all lived together

    1. Please e-mail me at, I would like to talk to you.

    2. Please share some stories, you must have lived a fascinating life.

    3. 11:18:
      You and your family are in our prayers.

  3. The people should kill the major, sending GN and sedena to remove people from their villages but not the criminal’s. And he is ecen proud of it. Damn i bet even his wife has more balls than this guy

    1. I agree it must feel awful to the law abiding citizens to have to pack up and leave to make room and allow the criminals to stay it's as if the citizens of Mexico are the enemy of the government and the cartels are champs

  4. They should call it a draw, bad for business, fighting for that area for years with no clear winner.

  5. What are the chances a presidential candidate will go and stop there and ask the people how they feel??

  6. My poor Los Guerra and all my people. I learned to drive in this little town. I remember crossing the Carretera (most dangerous highway you speak of) and where are house(s) still stand!, For the best enchiladas, and to visit them the lil cemetery where many of my relatives are buried. Or going to the (hundred year old school) that my mom attended, to see their talent shows and buy the best lonches from my uncles mother-in-law, who used to sell them to students through the school fence. Loved when the circus came to town. And getting our sodas delivered to our home from coke. Buying slings shots from Valerias one of only two stores there at the time. 🙏🏼for our people. K Dios los bendiga.

  7. They should let them do their thing in the brechas and other unpopulated areas. Give them a week of uninterrupted confrontations. And whoever starts flaking and starts missing those confrontations, the they will be hunted by law enforcement as well as their rivals. After the ones that prevail are called the winners, there could be no more incursions by the other side. If they try then once again they will be attacked by law enfoand rivals. All this contingent on that the winner will not harass nor victimize regular society. No kidnapping, cobro de piso, etc.

    1. Easier said than done.. you’re playing the lotto with your life if you follow that logic…

  8. They must hate the irony behind the name of their home-town... I know I would in this situation..


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