Teams of gunmen have attacked a United States consular building, a nearby Mexican military base, and several other buildings within a border city close to Texas following a rumored arrest of one of the bosses with the Cartel Del Noreste.
The violence started late on Sunday night in the city of Nuevo Laredo when the gunmen went to the streets and started firing shots at the local United States Consulate building. The gunmen had also attacked a nearby Mexican military base and set up several blockades along busy roads. For those blockades, they parked and torched stolen buses and tractor-trailers.
While Mexico’s Fed. government has not yet released any official information regarding the violence, some law enforcement sources say the actions were a direct response to a recent military operation that targeted the cartel’s top leadership. Known as “the Egg or El Huevo,” the current leader of the CDN-Los Zetas is Juan Gerardo Trevino and is also the nephew of the prisoned kingpin known as Miguel Angel “Z-40” Trevino.
In response to the attacks and shootouts within the city, the U.S. Consulate stationed in Nuevo Laredo sent out several alerts on social media warning anyone nearby to shelter in place.
Carmen Lilia Canturosas , the Nuevo Laredo Mayor had released messages warning the everyone to be cautious of the blockades.
Residents recorded the sounds of firefights throughout the city as the cartel gunmen carried out their attacks against the military forces.
The CDN are holding Nuevo Laredo with an iron grip and extreme influence over the local politicians and media outlets. They are responsible for many of the kidnappings along the stretch of highway connecting Monterrey and Nuevo Laredo. Additionally, the criminal organization has incineration sites and mass graves to dispose of its victims. The cartel has also waged fierce turf wars in Nuevo Leon and Tamaulipas to take control of new distribution and smuggling territories.
Mexico’s Fed. government confirmed this week that they have arrested Jesus Gerardo “El Huevo” Trevino during a raid by federal and military authorities. Trevino had two weapons on him at the time.
The boss of the CDN-Los Zetas had three warrants outstanding: one from Tamaulipas for his organized criminal activity and extortion; one from Coahuila for terrorism and murder; and, a federal one that requests his extradition to the United States for drug trafficking.