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Gulf Cartel Gunmen Attempt Kidnapping of Former Mayor of Border City of Matamoros

August 29, 2015  |  Posted by: JammedUp Staff
Gulf Cartel Gunmen Attempt Kidnapping of Former Mayor of Border City of Matamoros

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According to Brietbart Texas, Heavily armed Gulf Cartel Gunmen attempted to kidnap the former mayor of the border city of Matamoros, Tamaulipas.

Authorities are trying to keep the case under wraps. Despite their efforts, the attempted kidnapping has become a hotly debated topic as citizens claim that no one is safe.

Law enforcement sources said a group of gunmen attempts at kidnapping former Matamoros Mayor Alfonso Sanchez Garza earlier this week but failed. No offical statements by the state nor federal government have been made.

Sanchez Garza was elected in 2010 and served only one term. The former mayor was driving a truck in an area in downtown Matamoros when heavily armed cartel operatives in an SUV cut him off, pointed weapons at him and demanded he exit the vehicle.

However, Sanchez sped off and immediately called for help.

Mexican authorities combed the area but were not able to find the gunmen.

Just hours after the incident, Jesus Roberto Guerra, Sanchez’s father-in-law and also a former mayor of Matamoros took to social media to denounce the “attempted kidnapping or robbery.” He called for more security in the city including a municipal police force.

Sanchez’s kidnapping comes just days after Marte Rodriguez De la Garza, a high-profile businessman in this city, was also kidnapped. He was held by gunmen for two days before his family paid a ransom, sources with direct knowledge of the case confirmed to Cartel Chronicles.

Rodriguez De La Garza was a close associate of former Tamaulipas Governor Tomas Yarrington who is now a wanted fugitive sought by the U.S. Department of Justice. Yarrington is wanted on drug trafficking and money laundering charges.

According to Mexico’s El Siglo De Torreon, Rodriguez De la Garza served time in jail in connection to the case but has since been released.

The kidnappings of the former mayor and a high-profile businessman who, at one point were considered untouchable, highlight the unstoppable wave of kidnappings in broad daylight that has descended on the border cities of Matamoros and Reynosa.

The apparent motive for the kidnappings were the failure to pay the “taxes or fees” that the Gulf Cartel has imposed on local businessmen in the city. This. once again, shows how the criminal organization is able to operate as an alternative government despite all the assurance as to how the border is safe.

The failed kidnapping delivers a slap in the face to the Tamaulipas government which has just unveiled their new state of the art anti-kidnapping unit that reported on.

Breitbart Texas

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