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Mexican authorities offer reward for top cartel leaders

December 13, 2017  |  Posted by: Francesca Falzarano
Mexican authorities offer reward for top cartel leaders

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The state government in Tamaulipas, Mexico has increased its efforts to apprehend three top Gulf Cartel leaders, whose internal conflict has resulted in multiple gun battles and increased violence in the border city.

The faces of the three cartel leaders were installed on various billboards throughout Reynosa, Rio Bravo, and other cities where the cartel members are known to have a presence.

Most recently, the Tamaulipas Attorney General’s Office revealed that they are offering a reward of 2 million Pesos ($111,000 USD) for information leading to the arrests of three of the top Gulf Cartel leaders, who officials allege, are responsible for multiple acts of violence in Reynosa and Rio Bravo.

The Tamaulipas government shared a photo of three alleged cartel leaders on a billboard in the Mexican state of Tamaulipas in an effort to capture them.

According to the San Antonio Express, authorities have issued warrants for Luis Alberto “Pelochas or M-28” Blanco Flores, Humberto “Betillo-Betito” Loiza Mendez, and Petronilo “El Panilo” Moreno Flores.

The cartel leaders have were charged with extortion and participating in organized crime.

Two rival groups of the Gulf Cartel have been battling for control of Reynosa and its lucrative drug trafficking territories. O

ne faction is headed by Moreno Flores, while Blanco Flores and Loiza Mendez lead the other. The increase in violence between the two groups has led to multiple shootouts, abductions, and executions.

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