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Top Gulf cartel boss known as “Comandante Toro” barely evades capture on the Texas border

October 5, 2016  |  Posted by: Francesca Falzarano
Top Gulf cartel boss known as “Comandante Toro” barely evades capture on the Texas border

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Chaos ensued in the Mexican border of Reynosa on Tuesday after the near capture of the Gulf Cartel’s top boss known as “Comandante Toro,” who managed to narrowly evade near capture only yards away from the Texas border.

The state of Tamaulipas has remained in a state of turmoil as warring cartel cells continue to fight for drug trafficking routes into the U.S. as a result of a fracturing within the Gulf cartel and Los Zetas, the region’s two major drug trafficking organizations.

On Tuesday, It was a baptism of fire on Tuesday, literally, for Francisco García Cabeza de Vaca, who just the day before was sworn into office as the new governor of the border state of Tamaulipas.


Mexican Marines launched an operation to capture top Gulf cartel boss in Reynosa

The latest episode occurred after Mexican Marines launched an intelligence operation leading to the discovery of Julian “Comandante Toro” Loisa Salinas at a small shopping center in downtown Reynosa.

The shopping plaza was less than 150 meters from the Reynosa City Hall and fewer than 300 yards from the border local media outlets reported.

The Marines petitioned additional troops along with air support to assure the suspect they had located was “Comandante Toro.”

Reputed Gulf Cartel boss

Mexican authorities came close to capturing reputed Gulf Cartel boss Julian “Comandante Toro” Loisa Salinas this week

However, Gulf Cartel associates recognized the activity by military personnel and initiated an escape operation.

A military helicopter pursued and opened fire at a black Nissan SUV, which tried to flee the area at high speeds.

The bullets managed to impair the truck forcing the men inside to escape into the nearby shops and buildings to try to blend in with civilians.


Gulf cartel used narco-blockades with burning tires and vehicles to obstruct roadways in Reynosa

Lookouts were issued orders to hide and blend among the shoppers while military members established a perimeter around the downtown area and began to search for who they believed to be Toro. However, Toro managed to escape the city back to safety.

According to Breitbart Texas, several military deserters make up part of Comandante Toro’s personal security detail.

The former soldiers are familiar with military operations, which was allegedly the driving force that helped Toro evade capture.

In an attempt to throw off military forces, cartel members used narco-blockades by piling tires around the city and subsequently set on fire to them.

As cartel gunmen went around the area leaving tires while armed operative carjacked various vehicles from unsuspecting drivers, which were also used to block roadways.

Gulf cartel members ignited the vehicles on fire along the major roads to form additional barriers in an elaborate attempt to obstruct the military, providing enough time for Salinas to evade capture and flee the city.

Currently, at least 21 criminal cells originating from the Gulf Cartel and at least eight arising from Los Zetas operate in Tamaulipas independently and do not feel restricted by their original affiliation, according to information provided by Eduardo Guerrero, chairman of Lantia Consultants, which is a strategic security firm.

“Basically what you have is a mess in the state, with Zetas fighting against Gulfs, and at times, some Gulfs, allied with some Zetas, go to war against other Gulfs or other Zetas or some combination,” said Guerrero.

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