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Gun battle on the border reveals identity of weeping cartel leader

September 2, 2016  |  Posted by: Francesca Falzarano
Gun battle on the border reveals identity of weeping cartel leader

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Mexican authorities nearly captured a top regional cartel leader in Reynosa, Tamaulipas, but instead captured members of his personal guard instead.

Gunmen and Mexican security forces battled in the border city of Rio Bravo last weekend after the military launched an operation targeting a regional boss of the Gulf Cartel identified as Luis Alberto, also known “El Pelochas” or “M-28,” Blanco Flores.

The Gulf cartel leader has previously been arrested in the United States and became widely-known for sobbing out loud during a court hearing.

Although Law enforcement officials failed to apprehend Blanco Flores but they did confirm the capture of “El Loco” Castillo-Ibarra, the head of Blanco’s personal security.

Mexican authorities have not released any information on the gun battle or chases that elicited panic throughout the city.

According to Breitbart Texas, sources in Mexico said a convoy of Mexican soldiers, traveling along a highway combining Rio Bravo with the border city of Matamoros, spotted numerous cartel vehicles with gunmen inside. The soldiers attempted to stop the operatives, but the armed suspects tried to escape, which erupted into a rolling gun battle. The vehicle Castillo was a passenger in veered off the road and crashed into a tree.

With the alleged arrest of a high-ranking cartel boss, authorities called for backup to prevent any efforts of escaping. Once the area was secure, officials soon realized Blanco Flores was not among the captives.

Blanco Flores is no stranger to U.S. law enforcement agencies. Back in August 2010, he was arrested by federal agents in Brownsville, Texas and he was only charged with one count of illegal re-entry. During his initial hearing, the ruthless cartel leader began to weep as officers escorted him into a federal courtroom after realizing his mother was present.

Blanco, along with his former boss, the now dead Oscar “El Apache” Castillo Flores, and a third cartel gunman had fled to Brownsville to flee from a rival cartel faction that had hunted down and decimated their organizations. A team of hitmen gunned down Castillo’s brother along with other Gulf Cartel members in Brownsville by a group of cartel hitmen. Police made no arrests in the slayings.

At the time, Blanco Flores and the two others pleaded guilty to the September 2010 charges against them and served a 2-year prison sentence, before being extradited back to Mexico.

He soon went back to the drug trafficking business upon his return to Mexico and continued as a ranking commander in Rio Bravo. Castillo also went back to his cartel-ties but ended up being killed in a gunbattle only months after he was released.

In recent weeks, the Gulf Cartel has endured a range of internal disputes as various cartel commanders have been removed from their positions. Some of the leaders have been murdered by their rivals, such as in the case of Gumercindo “El Aguila” Gamez Villarreal. His remains were found along with the body of another man in a car truck. Both bodies displayed signs of torture.

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