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Texas sheriff confirms rival Zetas drug cartel factions fighting for territory near Laredo border area

June 6, 2017  |  Posted by: Francesca Falzarano
Texas sheriff confirms rival Zetas drug cartel factions fighting for territory near Laredo border area

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At least two factions of the Los Zetas cartel are battling for territory around the Laredo, Texas- Nuevo Laredo, Mexico, border region, Webb County Sheriff Martin Cuellar said during a press conference for the Border Crime Investigations Seminar.

The two factions are Cartel del Noreste and La Vieja Guardia, (Zetas of the Old Guard) two rivals competing for the profitable plaza across the border from Laredo.

The Old Guard faction first unleashed a wave of horrific violence against their rivals in the Tamaulipas state capital of Ciudad Victoria.

The civil war has since spread close to the Texas border raising alarms among local and federal law enforcement officials.

While the group has suffered substantially from arrests, it is still the most powerful group in Tamaulipas and among the most powerful crime groups in Mexico

Infighting between the newer generation of the Zetas and the old school Zetas is obstructing the criminal group, Cuellar said. However, both survive on trafficking drugs.

“One of the drugs that they’re using now … is meth,” the sheriff said.

To stay ahead of criminal groups and pick up on smuggling trends, Cuellar hosted a three-day seminar for law enforcement agencies, according to The Laredo Morning Times.

Roughly 150 officers from different law enforcement agencies in Texas registered for the workshop at the University of Texas Health Sciences Center.

Topics covered included Mexican cartels, underworld patron saints, along with hotel, motel, and stash house investigations.

The infighting within Los Zetas has led to countless execution along the Tamaulipas border region

“Law enforcement agencies should be on the same page when it comes to border security. Training is important and instrumental to make arrests and investigate criminal activity,” Cuellar added.

Authorities have a significant task to complete when arresting an alleged drug trafficker.

“You have to identify who he works for and who’s operating in the area. It’s important that you know who the players are because that is how you get the intelligence to disrupt and dismantle organizations.” Cuellar noted.

For Sheriff’s Office Chief Fred Garza, the purpose of the seminar was to give police tools and training to fight the criminal element.

“Organized crime is a crime that goes unnoticed, and we realized it’s there when something happens. The training is for officers to identify the people involved in crimes.”

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