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Elite anti-cartel unit in Mexico delivers toys to poorest neighborhoods in Mexican border state of Coahuila

December 23, 2016  |  Posted by: Francesca Falzarano
Elite anti-cartel unit in Mexico delivers toys to poorest neighborhoods in Mexican border state of Coahuila

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Convoys of black trucks with heavily armed officers in tactical gear stormed some of the poorest and roughest neighborhoods in Piedras Negras, Coahuila as part of a special operation.

Also referred to as Fuerza Coahuila, the heavily armed officers for once, didn’t mobilize to fight cartel members or to carry out specialized missions, but instead they came to deliver toys to children from the poorest areas who were not going to get any presents for Christmas.

Members of Fuerza Coahuila’s predecessor unit, known as Los GATES, often work in anonymity through the use of code names to identify each other and very seldom show their faces in public.

The particular unit was formed to fight the Los Zetas. The criminal group managed to control the state for years and turned the highest officials within the government into its surrogates.

Between 2011 and 2013, the Los Zetas cartel kidnapped, tortured, murdered, and incinerated over 300 victims from just one rural community. Half of those victims were burned inside of Piedras Negras state prison.

According to Breitbart Texas, many residents claimed that the number of victims who went missing or were brutally executed is around 5,000. The period when Los Zetas controlled Coahuila is often referred to as “the bad times” or the “dark times” by residents.

Within years, Los GATES successfully pushed the cartel underground, thus removing the shameless impunity with which they worked at one point. Fighting the Los Zetas was a brutal and violent one; Los GATES murdered many leading Zeta operatives during almost daily gun fights, but dozens of police officers were also lost.

As cartels continue to kill each other while smuggling drugs and illegal aliens into Texas, their operatives are not able to brutally terrorize residents like they used to.

Breitbart Texas conducted interviews with several high-ranking police officers about the Christmas mission, who said that being able to make the holidays special for the kids was a meaningful act.

“The guys have been working very hard [fighting crime],” a commanding officer stated in Spanish. “This is something a little different but it reminds us of why we do our work, for [children].”

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