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Top Gulf Cartel boss killed in shootout with Mexican Marines in border city of Reynosa

January 30, 2018  |  Posted by: Francesca Falzarano
Top Gulf Cartel boss killed in shootout with Mexican Marines in border city of Reynosa

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Mexican marines have executed one of the leading heads of the Gulf Cartel, along with three of his bodyguards after a violent firefight. Mexican officials were offering a reward of $2 million pesos or (roughly $100,000) for information leading to his capture.

Humberto “Comandante Betito” Loza Mendez, also known as Beto Salinas, was the individual who was killed on Saturday afternoon during a shootout with Mexican marines in the city of Reynosa, according to local reports.

The shootout occurred at a stash house on the south side of the city in the Las Palmas neighborhood not far from a hospital. During the gunfight battle, Mexican Marines killed three of Betito’s cartel gunmen.

The Tamaulipas government released a poster offering a $2 million pesos reward for information leading to Loza Mendez and two other top cartel commanders responsible for the ongoing violence in Reynosa

In December, the government of Tamaulipas offered a 2 million pesos reward for information resulting in the arrests of Loza Mendez and two other cartel commanders who are directly accountable for the continuing cartel violence occurring in the city..

Loza Mendez is the nephew of Juan Manuel “Toro” Loza Salinas, the former leader of the Gulf Cartel in Reynosa who was murdered in 2017.

Betito along with Luis Alberto “Pelochas” Blanco Flores have been fighting for control of Reynosa against Petronilo “Panilo” Moreno Flores and his allies from the Gulf Cartel.

The fighting between the two factions has led to roughly to murders since last May when the violence erupted.

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