This report says there are not two confirmations that two Texas ranches have been hijacked by Los Zetas, "highly trained killers formerly with the Gulf Cartel. Texans heard gunfire and reported it. All citizens in Nuevo Laredo are advised to remain indoors. At this time, there are no major mainstream propaganda squads with this report, so we'll have to wait and how accurate this is. Breaking - more as information becomes available. Keep in mind, this could be a hoax, however, someone from Laredo was on Fox News yesterday talking about the violence on the other of the border, and saying Laredo police were doing a great job keeping the Texas city of Laredo safe.
ChadlersWatch says the story is "100% confirmed by a second source within the Laredo Police Department." Disclaimer: I do not know the proprietors of this blog and cannot vouch for it. Note that the story puts the confirmation as the first lines of the story, but I believe everything else is the Cypress Times report you'll see below. Also the ChandlersWatch report is posted by "Maggie," but I am not that Maggie.
Update 4:23 p.m. CDT:
I'm beginning to think this might be a hoax. I notice that Free Republic pulled their post on this story. I didn't see the FR article before I posted, but I would have checked it out as I was doing updates to see if their sources were different from mine, but a notice said the "thread had been pulled." There is still no mainstream White House Propaganda Squad reports on this story.
Update 6:55 p.m. CDT:
I continue to think this was probably a hoax. Almost 24 hours later, not a peep from the mainstream White House Propaganda Squad, such as AP, Reuters, ABC, NBC or CBS. Kimberly Dvorak at the San Diego Examiner - San Diego County Political Buzz, reports the story at 11:18 a.m. PST this morning. The only source named is San Diego Minuteman Jeff Schwilk. Dvorak's story says the Laredo police have requested help from the federal government.
Update Sunday 7-25-10 11:05 CDT:
Still no verification. There are reports that police in the area say they know nothing about this. This new post from The Cypress Times is still standing by their original report, and believes there may be a news blackout in place.
From The Cypress Times:
...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.
Founder of the San Diego Minutemen Jeff Schwilk tipped me off to this story and passes along the following information on the location. The ranches are said to be "near Mines Rd. and Minerales Annex Rd about 10 miles NW of I-35".
Update - Statement from Mr. Schwilk)
I can personally vouch that this info came in late last night from a reliable police source inside the Laredo PD. There is currently a standoff between the unknown size Zeta forces and U.S. Border Patrol and local law enforcement on two ranches on our side of the Rio Grande. The source tells us he considers this an "act of war" and that the military is needed on the border now!
Whether it is lone members or squads is not certain.A Laredo police spokesman, Joe Baeza, is accused of saying there was no spillover violence onto the US side "They're not Vikings, they're not going to invade us, it doesn't work that way."
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.The Laredo Buzz website posts updates by Joe Baeza. At this time I'm seeing nothing about the this report and the ranches or ranchers.