Saturday, July 24, 2010

Mexican Drug Cartel Seizes Two Ranches in Texas?

Update Monday July 26th
This "initial" conclusion to an interesting article from DBKP

"Before we officially declare the Digger’s Realm and Examiner story a hoax we believe, 1) Based on the Falcon Dam incident there’s the possibility the federal government and local authorities may not divulge this story for “weeks”, and 2) The local media may not be the best source for this story."

Time will tell . . .

Update 5:30PM
One Source, Confederate Yankee,  Reports a  Conversation with Laredo Police
No, Texas Hasn't Been Invaded
Twitter exploded a while ago about this story, which claims that heavily-armed Los Zetas gunmen of the Gulf Cartel have taken over ranches on the U.S. side of the border.
My curiosity got the better of me, and so I called the Laredo Police Department, and had a delightful chat with the acting watch commander, Sgt. Perez.
Sgt. Perez informed me that I was her seventh caller about this claim since she came on duty this afternoon. She stipulated two things that blows holes in the invasion claim.
  1. The location of the alleged invasion is outside of their city-limits jurisdiction, so they would not be involved, and;
  2. while they would not be involved in any law enforcement response outside of their jurisdiction, they work closely with the county sheriff's office and would know if such an event is occurring.
She also provided me the number of the Sheriff's Department. The deputy that answered the phone there was less bemused, having also dealt with this rumor multiple times in a short amount of time. She also told me that there was no invasion and no law enforcement siege, and that deputies were continuing normal operations.
Don't believe the hype.

Update from The Cypress Times :

Published 07/24/2010 - 2:30 p.m. CST

Location of the ranches
Publisher's Note:  We are now receiving numerous conflicting reports regarding the veracity of this article.  Numerous sources on the web (found via Google search) are picking up on this report, just as we did at The Cypress Times.  The original source for this article stands by his sources.  If you wish to inquire about the sources, please visit the source URL listed in the story below.  The Cypress Times has been unable to confirm or dispel the story. - John G. Winder, Publisher - The Cypress Times.

An ACT of WAR against the sovereign borders of the United States???

This just in from Twitter:
CNN's lead US news story.. bear stuck in car.. WTH? Why not coverage on Laredo invasion?
According to San Diego County Political Buzz Examiner at 11:24AM today:
In what could be deemed an act of war against the sovereign borders of the United States, Mexican drug cartels have seized control of at least two American ranches inside the U.S. territory near Laredo, Texas.
Two sources inside the Laredo Police Department confirmed the incident is unfolding and they would continue to coordinate with U.S. Border Patrol today. “We consider this an act of war,” said one police officer on the ground near the scene. There is a news blackout of this incident at this time and the sources inside Laredo PD spoke on the condition of anonymity.
Word broke late last night that Laredo police have requested help from the federal government regarding the incursion by the Los Zetas. It appears that the ranch owners have escaped without incident but their ranches remain in the hands of the blood thirsty cartels.
Laredo Border Patrol is conducting aerial surveillance over the ranches to determine the best way to regain control of the U.S. ranches, according to the Laredo Police department.
The approximate location of the U.S. ranches are10 miles northwest of I-35 off Mines Road and Minerales Annex Road. Just off 1472 (Mines road) near Santa Isabel Creek south of the city of Laredo, Texas.
The Los Zetas drug cartel is an offshoot of the elite Mexican military trained in special ops. The mercenary organization is said to include members of corrupt Mexican Federales, politicians as well as drug traffickers. The group was once part of the Gulf cartel, but has since splintered and now directly competes with the Gulf cartel for premium drug smuggling routes in the Texas region.
The new leader of Los Zetas is Heriberto “El Lazca” Lazcano and is considered the most violent paramilitary group in Mexico by the DEA.
Recently the drug organization has kidnapped tourists, infiltrated local municipalities and continues to smuggle narcotics into a very hungry U.S. market.
The violence south of the border continues to spin out of control and has left Nuevo Laredo, Mexico on virtual lockdown with businesses refusing to open the doors. Last week a particularly violent attack by the Los Zetas included the use of grenades and resulted in a dozen deaths and 21 injuries.
The hostile takeover of the ranches has met with silence with local and national media; however sources say they could be waiting to report the stories once the ranches are back in U.S. control. This journalist questions if this was a Middle Eastern terrorist attack if the media would sit on their hands.
Stay tuned for updates reports throughout the weekend.

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