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Four top law enforcement officials assassinated by cartel in the Mexican border city of Nuevo Laredo

January 7, 2017  |  Posted by: JammedUp Staff
Four top law enforcement officials assassinated by cartel in the Mexican border city of Nuevo Laredo

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A top Mexican law enforcement official was among four high-ranking security officials executed by Zetas cartel gunmen during an ambush in the Mexican border city of Nuevo Laredo, Tamaulipas, officials said on Thursday.

State government officials said the four victims included Ricardo Martinez-Chavez, the regional coordinator for the Tamaulipas Attorney General’s Office, along with a special agent with the Tamaulipas AG’s office and top state prosecutor. The victims were killed in an ambush at an intersection in Nuevo Laredo on Wednesday evening.

A female officer, who was also wounded in the attack, remains in a local hospital in critical condition but is expected to survive, Proceso reported.

The attack occurred on Wednesday night in Nuevo Laredo

The four top officials were killed in an ambush attack by purported Zetas gunmen

Authorities said multiple gunmen ambushed the vehicles that the law enforcement officials had been traveling in in Nuevo Laredo, a known stronghold of the Cartel Del Noreste, a faction of the Los Zetas, which is considered to be Mexico’s most violent cartel.

The armed assailants immediately fled the area following the attack.

All of the victims, including Martinez-Chavez, had recently joined the AG’s Office as part of a shakeup by Francisco Cabeza de Vaca, the new governor of Tamaulipas, who vowed to root out corruption which has plagued the state’s law enforcement agencies.

The body of one of the four victims killed in the attack lay in a brush

Sources said the murdered law enforcement officials were involved in operations targeting cartel leaders, who are responsible for facilitating much of the violence in the region, and the complicit, corrupt cops working with the criminal element.

Furthermore, the officials also were investigating a case involving a group of migrants who had been abducted with the help of officials working for the mayor of Nuevo Laredo.

According to Breitbart Texas, the new governor recently dismissed Willy Zuniga Castillo as head of the state’s anti-kidnapping unit and appointed Alejandro Lopez Reyes, a highly respected security consultant who previously worked with the United Nations.

Additionally, Governor Cabeza de Vaca also named Luis Carranza Figon, a top scholar, as the head of the Tamaulipas Security System.

A female federal police officer was wounded in the attack

Meanwhile, Mexican and U.S. Authorities continue to search for the gunman responsible for Friday’s shooting a U.S official in the state of Jalisco.

As JammedUp News reported, an armed assailant shot Christopher Ashcraft, a 31-year-old U.S. Consular agent at a parking lot in Guadalajara.

The FBI are offering a $20,000 reward for information leading to the arrest of the suspect.

Officials haven’t indicated whether investigators suspect an organized crime link or if the two incidents are related in any way.

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