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Breaking: Multiple ranches in laredo, tx taken over by los zetas

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  1. Balzafire
    The bloodbath continues along our southern border and now word is coming in that Los Zetas, the highly trained killers formerly with the Gulf Cartel, have crossed into the United States and taken over at least two ranches in the Laredo, Texas area. I am receiving word that the owners of the ranches have evacuated without being harmed. As of this hour I cannot confirm 100% on the situation (I am at around 90%) - though the source is law enforcement in the area.

    The ranches are said to be "near Mines Rd. and Minerales Rd. about 10 miles NW of I-35".

    Whether it is lone members or squads is not certain.

    Anonymous sources in law enforcement in the Laredo area tonight have passed on word that US law enforcement agencies are in the area and are weighing their options regarding the ranches. The media has been silent on this incident and some law enforcement in the area says that they are furious that the media is not reporting the whole story of the continued violence along the border. Their frustrations are understandable because keeping the truth suppressed continues to hamper law enforcement from receiving the true support they need along the border.

    The ranch assaults come on the heals of attacks in Nuevo Laredo that shut the city down as a gun-battle raged in the streets. Los Zetas blocked off intersections with vehicles and used fragmentation grenades to attack Mexican law enforcement. In the end 12 were killed and 21 injured in the assaults. Citizens in the area were told to stay in their homes and bullets whizzed all around.

    Cypress Times

    The U.S. Consulate in Nuevo Laredo had posted warnings on its website hours before the gunfire was reported by Texas citizens, “We have received credible reports of widespread violence occurring now between narcotics-trafficking organizations and the Mexican army in Nuevo Laredo.”

    The U.S. Consulate went on to say, “The consulate confirmed that fragmentation grenades were used in the attacks and that suspected drug-gang members had blocked several roads, adding that it advised ‘all U.S. citizens in Nuevo Laredo to remain indoors until the security situation improves.’”


    US Citizens in Laredo called 911 after hearing gunfire and explosions just across the border. Laredo police spokesman Joe Baeza deflected the concerns of citizens with what I see as utter contempt. He said there was no spillover violence onto the US side and "We were getting reports from people who live on the river's edge that they could hear gunfire and explosions from the Mexico side," Baeza said, "We didn't have any incidents on the American side. It's hard for people to understand who don't live here ... They're not Vikings, they're not going to invade us, it doesn't work that way."

    This was said just a day before the reported breaking news on the ranches being taken above.

    Violence has been on the rise along the border. In April 2010 a Border Patrol agent in Laredo shot and killed an lllegal alien drug smuggler near the Rio Grande

    The Los Zetas are highly trained killers initially trained by United States Special Operations forces to combat the drug cartes within Mexico. As the drug war heated up the Zetas saw more money in working for the cartels and joined up with the Gulf Cartel.

    In March, 2010 there was a fracture between the Los Zetas and the Gulf Cartel when a Zetas leader was said to have been assassinated by the Gulf Cartel. They demanded that the killer be turned over to them. When the Gulf Cartel refused the Zetas captured 16 Gulf Cartel members.

    Since March Los Zetas abandoned their stronghold in Reynosa and moved to Nuevo Laredo, just across from the border with Laredo, Texas. There are estimated to be over 1,000 Zeta members there.

    Published 07/24/2010 by Digger
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Comments

  1. godztear
    These Los Zeta members are getting a little too big for their britches if this story is true.

    Don't they recognize how fast America destroys entire countries? 1000 gang members is nothing at all. I'm surprised the United States government hasn't responded with force yet...if it was Bush as president the Mexican border cities would be occupied.
  2. Balzafire
    I am frankly surprised and concerned that this story is not only not leading the news, but is being ignored.
    There are a lot of people here who are more intelligent than me. Could someone please explain the reason for this?
  3. EscapeDummy
    Very true. However swim doesn't think this story has really "hit" the major news outlets yet; he's sure they know about it, but it's not front page news. AP, Yahoo!, CNN, none of them had it up. In swim's opinion, foreign gangs invading american soil(!!!) should be breaking news EVERYWHERE. Swim assumes it'll start to blow up over the next few days though, and yeah, Los Zeta is getting in way over their heads imo.
  4. Balzafire
    Update:

    [h3]Why The Los Zetas Ranch Story Matters - Confirmation And Why A Media Blackout?[/h3]

    I am receiving many messages of concern that they don't believe that the story of the Los Zetas seizing multiple ranches in Laredo, Texas is true. They keep questioning the confirmation. They question why there are no visuals or pictures. "Where is the video!" they scream. So I will address those issues in this post.

    First, let me clarify that I was also skeptical of the story when I initially heard word. It is certainly not because there haven't been armed intrusions into the United States before from Mexico. There have been a ton in the last decade, but there have not been any where they would hold onto a position. They usually leave after a standoff or upon discovery.

    The situation has become different in Nuevo Laredo, Mexico over the last few days. There have been gun-battles through the streets and fragmentation grenades used as the government of Mexico tries to run the Los Zetas out of their stronghold there. People died and were wounded. The city was on lockdown and the US government issued warnings to US citizens in the area to remain indoors. With our lack of border security and porous borders, it is not beneath my intellect to believe that the Los Zetas could be forced into a retreat into US territory and attempt to seize a hideout.

    Not only that, but "first contact" with me of the initial story was from none other than Jeff Schwilk, founder of the San Diego Minutemen, who had a confirmed source in the area of Laredo. With this in mind I decided to go with the story, but to remain cautious. I clearly stated on the story that it was not 100% confirmed. It remained that way all night.

    I put out my feelers throughout the night to try and collect information and other credible sources to confirm the occupation of ranches in Laredo. I did not receive actual confirmation until this morning when I got word that Kimberly Dvorak of the Examiner had made multiple confirmations within the Laredo Police Department. Up until this point the story had not spread wide. There was no reason for the Laredo Police Department to crack down hard and keep things truly blacked out as there was no heavy interest from media.

    However, upon that second confirmation and her running her story "Los Zetas drug cartel seizes 2 U.S. ranches in Texas" the story to me at that point was 100% confirmed. I changed my story to reflect that and released it to the world - spreading it wide. It has since gone viral.

    (Since then I have learned Kim has no less than three sources inside law enforcement. Kim was also involved in the Acorn investigation with Breitbart, so she's no whipper snapper.)

    Since that time many journalists have tried to get information from law enforcement in the area. With the flood of calls to the Laredo Police Department, others are now starting to receive dodgy kind of answers to their questions. This leads me to believe that there may indeed by a bona-fide news blackout as they try to resolve the situation.

    We do have people looking into it and digging further; other things behind the scenes are going on for additional confirmation other than the current sources.

    The question remains, what is a news blackout and why would it occur?

    A news blackout is basically an order from the top down to disavow any knowledge of a situation or story. Deflect, disavow and deny. There are many reasons for this. They range from the legitimate tactical reasoning to the downright nefarious "cover up" reasoning.

    Tactical reasoning is an easy one. It is so they can perform their duties with minimal intrusion. That one is very simple to understand.

    Let us analyze the nefarious reasons though just for the heck of it shall we?

    1. This would make the Obama Administration look horrible. Their lack of security along the border is well known. A breech of national security this large would create a firestorm of anger at the administration. Their aims to pass an amnesty for illegal aliens would be shot to pieces and all of their arguments against building true security in the form of a fence would go down with it. This would have ramifications in the upcoming November elections for congress.

    2. There is currently a gubernatorial race going on in Texas. The current sitting governor, Rick Perry, is looked at as being weak on immigration. He stood up for in-state tuition for illegal aliens and has done little to crack down - or push for a crackdown - on illegal immigration in his state. This would destroy his "tough guy" and "tough on crime image".

    3. Local congressional races in Texas. As everyone knows all of the members of The House are up for election. Some of those are open borders supporters. This breach of security would show that their continued fight against closing down the border in any way is flawed logic (as if it took this story to actually show that - the same story could happen again tomorrow).

    4. Local sheriffs and elected officials could be made to look bad. There could have been mistakes made during operations that they don't want revealed. Or they could have not been properly prepared for them and this intrusion showed their incompetence.

    5. Businesses. It's no secret that some agriculture and other businesses use low-skilled illegal alien labor to operate. They do this to avoid taxes so that they can make a hefty profit and avoid all of the hassles of insurance and the like. Strong business interests and wealthy individuals with influence could bring their power to bear down and cover things up to keep their cheap labor flowing.

    6. General corruption. Some people in our government are beholden to or on the take from the cartels, Los Zetas or the Mexican government itself. After all, we seem to hear stories daily of someone or another being busted for being on the take. Imagine how many actually are on the take and just haven't been discovered.

    Those are most of the nefarious reasons that I can think off of the top of my head as to why it would be covered up or blacked out.

    I don't truly believe any of them.

    Let me make that entirely clear.

    I don't truly believe any of them.

    I believe there is a blackout because local law enforcement and the Border Patrol are waiting for backup and authorization from the Federal Government to make any moves. Something like this does have cross border and international impacts. Things like that generally are handled by the federal government, as that is the primary reason we have a federal government in the first place.

    The situation is relatively young and if they have the Los Zetas contained in one spot, there really is no reason to go all cowboy and charge into an unknown situation.

    This sums up the current state of the situation and the path of how the story broke. I have no other knowledge at this time that is not contained here. We will find out soon the extent of this situation as it develops further. As I stated in the article - and it still remains - we don't know if it's only several members or a squad.

    The story is still developing and I'll report more as I find out.


    By Digger July 24, 2010 06:02 PM
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  5. Balzafire
    This story just keeps getting even crazier. There now surfaces a story that this Los Zetas group recently plotted and tried to blow up Falcon dam near Loredo that would have flooded many square miles and drowned many people. It (the story) was too convoluted to attempt posting here, but if you are following this story and are interested, here is the link. They were even handing out flyers on the Mexican side of the border urging people to flee before the flooding began.
  6. EscapeDummy
    Even crazier about the 'media blackout', wonder when this one will be acknowledged by the mainstream media.
  7. Balzafire
    I'm still following it closely, trying to verify the story. Some are saying it is a false report, while others are claiming to have spoken to deputies who are involved.
    One source spoke with the owner of one of the ranches earlier, but even he can't verify it. He said they were away from home and the FBI called him & told them about the situation and not to go back to the ranch until this is cleared up.
  8. mickey_bee
    Sure, America has the military might to destroy an entire enemy country, but that's not what's going on here.
    These gang members are dispersed and camouflaged throughout the local US population.

    Sure, few people bat an eyelid when 100s of Afghan civilians get blown up in an attempt to kill some taliban members - collateral damage:s - but I'm certain the general US populous would be pretty pissed if collateral damage involved members of it's own population.

    Traditional war tactics like those used by the US only work in traditional wars, where an entire nation is the enemy, and you can go all out in attempting their destruction.
    But look at Vietnam, Afghanistan etc. - simply unwinnable using these methods as the enemy is dispersed within friendly populations.

    There's no way military force can be used to stop drug gangs infiltrating the US. They're malleable, loose organisations, that can rapidly change tact, and their ultimate goal is not to invade the US, but simply make a shitload of money selling drugs to the US.

    Hopefully it will help to pursuade people that the only way to disband these groups is to legalise the products they sell. Do that and all the gangs would collapse within a month.
  9. Balzafire
    The latest update to this story can be found here.
  10. godztear
    If the US Government had a military border Mexico for the sole purpose of cutting out trade routes then the problem would be dramatically decreased. Right now all they have is some fences and limited Border Patrol agents. What the hell is the National Guard suppose to be for?

    Marijuana will soon be legalized, starting in November with California (my prediction anyway). Meth and Coke? I just don't see that happening anytime soon...ever maybe.
  11. Balzafire
    Don't forget! Marijuana is a "gateway" drug. After they legalize it, they may just get so inebriated by the new tax money that they'll start looking around, thinking "what else can we legalize and tax?"
    Swim thinks the governments inebriating substance of choice is also green.
  12. mickey_bee
    I subscribe to the transform drug policy's suggestion of drug regulation. Low risk stuff (weed etc)you can buy like you buy booze, medium risk stuff (ecstasy, etc.) is available from pharmacists only, in completely unglamorous, medical packaging, with precise dosing details, helplines etc.
    High risk drugs (basically the heavily addictive stuff), is available on prescription only to registered addicts, again with precise dosing information, and of course, the huge advantage of an uncut product, with no dangerous adulterants, nor dangerous fluctuations in purity.

    I can't see drugs just being 'legalised', and left for people to make businesses out of, like with booze and baccy, but I really can't see the government continuing with this war on drugs, when it has been a colossal failure from day one, costing billions and billions both in direct costs, and taxpayers money.
    It'll take a while, but it has to happen - shit can't go on like this!


    And yeah, I understand the frustration at the national guard, but again, even if the cartel losses dramatically rise, the huge demand is still there in the US. And even upper-class individuals from rich nations can end up tempted by the drug trade, -there'll always be enough willing mexicans to fill the void.
  13. fiveleggedrat
    Woah dudes, totally getting carried away here.

    Want the truth from someone who spends most of their time in the South US?

    This "drug gang" rhetoric about hardcore drug gangs from mexico, like ms13 and los whatevers, doing some crazy stuff on, near, or over the national border.

    Has anyone actually seen any of this happening with their own eyes, hmm? Really, I challenge first person confirmation of anything like the above. These STORIES are just that, propaganda. Why is the military not doing anything you say? Because there IS no sitatution to do anything about. They arrest a handful of low level, pathetic gang-bangers and act like they caught some massive trafficking op. Nobody in the "industry" gives a fuck about these gangs, because they are nobody. They are not present, relevant, anything. Unless maybe talking bad inner city, shit isn't serious like that these days. Swim never once has ever been concerned about "gangs" in any region cited for such here. The media confuses gangs and general criminals as the same things, trying to act like there is some massive operation happening to increase awareness and funding and similar nonsense. The cartels don't control shit what they used to anymore. It does not matter if cartels in south america are making it, they don't run a fucking thing here. Real talk.

    I'm so sick of reading this gang nonsense. This shit is so overplayed and overhyped, it is unreal. It's all about pushing public opinion on drugs because of the sources of them.

    Guess what, I read in a "legitimate" publication about how almost all medical marijuana comes from mexico. Yes, that's right, california and colorado don't grow their own weed, they get it from mexico.

    HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
  14. godztear
    I can tell you right now that ms13 has made it's way all the way to Illinois. First hand experience from being detained with some of their members out of coincidence. Just because you don't see it, doesn't mean that it isn't there.

    Propaganda or false rumors, this option cannot be ruled out.
  15. fiveleggedrat
    I didn't say various gangs don't have chapters everywhere.

    For example, those silly bikers Hells angels from back in the day are still considered a serious threat. Are you kidding me? I've never seen a real biker gang, ever, and Swim hasn't ever. Yes, there might be some group of 15 hardcore bikers somewhere that are straight killers. Does that mean that mentioned biker's gang is going to take over because a small percentage of them are actually a threat?

    That's the whole point. A handful of gang fucks do something stupid that scares the little people, and everyone freaks out like the entire gang is going to follow suit.

    Seriously, what were those ms13 doing being detained in illinois? I would wager my soul they were some cheap, local bitch knockoffs trying to rep ms13 to get respect. That's what so many people do, they rep big names to avoid trouble or get respect. Unless those guys mentioned were tattoo'ed over their ENTIRE body, including face, well, let's just say they probably aren't ms13. They tend to be a little more, shall we say, serious and distinct from regular society?
  16. wanderingaimlessly
    I hate to be a nitpicker, but the Hells Angels is an M.C.(motorcycle club) and they, like most bikers, would be offended by being referred to as a gang.
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