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University of Texas professor explains drug cartels control of border region near Fronton, Texas

April 11, 2017  |  Posted by: Francesca Falzarano
University of Texas professor explains drug cartels control of border region near Fronton, Texas

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Border officials indicate the area near Fronton, Texas is a hotspot for drug and human smuggling.

Experts say transnational criminal groups are operating in the are and local and federal law enforcement officials are well aware these organizations control different segments of the region.

Fronton is a small border community in Starr County located three miles west of Roma.

UTRGV Professor Guadalupe Correa-Cabrera explained to local T.V. station KGRV in Texas how the Gulf Cartel is managing their enterprise within the area. Across the river in Tamaulipas, sits Ciudad Miguel Aleman, a small community which carries a corrupt reputation.

“It’s a smuggling municipality where a lot of safe houses are located,” she stated. “It’s a plaza of human smugglers connected with the Gulf Cartel.”

She said traffickers often work on their own but answer to drug cartels.

Correa-Cabrera said that although Gulf Cartel specializes in drug trafficking, their rivals, the Los Zetas, have garnered power in recent years.

The Gulf Cartel also had to generate more cash to fund the turf war after the Mexican military began to crack down on these drug organizations.

“They committed extortion. They got involved in criminal businesses, such as stealing fuel, hydrocarbons, and smuggling and trafficking people,” she added.

Correa-Cabrera said human trafficking is currently more dominant and organized.

“They have to pay piso to cross the river,” she said.

The professor explained that a Piso is a smuggling fee or tax, which both smugglers and immigrants seeking to cross the border must pay to the Gulf Cartel.

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