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Mexican authorities begin escorting travelers on Tamaulipas border state highways amid spike in cartel violence

November 17, 2017  |  Posted by: Francesca Falzarano
Mexican authorities begin escorting travelers on Tamaulipas border state highways amid spike in cartel violence

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State and federal authorities are now escorting travelers along various highways in the Mexican border state of Tamaulipas in the midst of an increase in cartel shootouts and armed robberies.

Two years ago, officials conducted a similar operation where federal officers escorted residents along highways. The operation reportedly was brought to an end in 2016 after they claimed to have discovered drugs in a car that was driving south, Breitbart Texas reported.

The termination left hundreds of drivers at the mercy of the cartels.

Two factions of the Gulf Cartel are battling for control of the border city of Reynosa.

The cell that controls Matamoros is helping one of the other groups take Reynosa.

Fierce shootouts along the highways that link the cities erupted as a result. The area has also seen a spike in highway robberies against tourists both to and from the border with Texas.

Matamoros City Secretary Abelardo Martinez Escamilla revealed that the resumed operation would provide police escorts for travelers. The effort will cover the highway that joins Matamoros with Reynosa. Those routes are considered dangerous.

“It will be three patrols that will leave Matamoros towards Reynosa and another three that will travel towards Ciudad Victoria to ensure the safety of motorists who need to travel to those areas of the state,” Martinez stated.

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