Remember the story of the two Texas ranches that were taken over by Los Zetas cartel? The story broke on July 24th. We were told the ranchers got away, and the cartel got the ranch. After a few days, with no police confirmation, we began to believe it was a hoax. Today we learn perhaps the story is true. If it is true, it raises some important questions...do police have the right or authority to lie to citizens about violence inside the country? I think not.
On the original story, Police were mum, but a San Diego Minuteman, Jeff Schwilk was tipping The Cypress Times, and Kimberly Dvorack with The Examiner was reporting it. Today Dvorak says a "police blotter confirms story is not a hoax." In her report she says a "law enforcement officer on the scene also confirmed the incident in fact happened and officers on the ground said they"considered this an act of war."
After 16 days of denials by Laredo law enforcement and local officials regarding a Mexican drug cartel takeover of a Laredo area ranch, a Texas police blotter proves the alleged incident did in fact happen and that multiple agencies responded to the scene of a seized U.S. ranch....
The police blotter tells the story of the events that unfolded on July 23rd;
“On Friday 7-23-10 Laredo Webb informed that their county SWAT Team is conducting an operation in the Mines Rd. area. According to LT. Garcia with LSO (Laredo Sheriff Office) received a call from a ranch owner stating that the Zetas had taken over his ranch. As per the 17 (reporting person) he informed them that they stated La Compania (area business) was taking the ranch and no one was permitted on the ranch without permission. SO (Sheriff Office) will have an unmarked green Ford Taurus with two officers stationed at Los Compadres and a white Chevy Tahoe with two officers stationed at Mineral Rd. The LSO (Laredo Sheriff Office) will maintain surveillance in the area and advise if action is taken...Read more at The Examiner.The Los Zetas Cartel is a violent drug organization, originally formed by Mexican Army deserters, turned assassins. They are considered among the most violent paramilitary enforcement organization in Mexico. They have captured U.S. tourists and held them for ransom. In 2009, Texas governor, Rick Perry organized a special squad to guard the border in the event Los Zetas carried through on their threats to the U.S.
According to the Foreign Policy Reasearch Institute:
Los Zetas are involved in myriad criminal activities. They have branched out into kidnappings, murder-for-hire, assassinations, extortion, money-laundering, and human smuggling. At the right price, these bloodthirsty mercenaries could move into terrorism focused on vulnerable targets in Texas and throughout the Southwest. With or without the Merida Initiative, authorities on both sides of the border should concentrate on curbing the growth of these lethal paramilitaries.Where is the rest of the story? What happened to the cartel invaders who took over the property, assuming they did? What happened to the property owners? Why is media unwilling to report the story
Read background on this story here.
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