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Authorities arrest Texas judicial candidate for threatening fellow Democrat with Los Zetas cartel

May 26, 2018  |  Posted by: Francesca Falzarano
Authorities arrest Texas judicial candidate for threatening fellow Democrat with Los Zetas cartel

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Authorities arrested a candidate for Maverick County judge in Eagle Pass, Texas for threatening to send the ruthless Los Zetas Cartel after the county’s Democratic Party chairman.

The Los Zetas Cartel, largely considered Mexico’s most violent cartel has been responsible for some of the worst mass atrocities in Mexico’s history and have perpetrated kidnappings, murders, and incineration of hundreds of victims from both sides of the border.

According to the Texas Tribune, Maverick County Justice of the Peace David Castañeda issued a warrant for the arrest of Democratic candidate Rudy Bowles on charges of making terroristic threats.

Bowles subsequently turned himself into law enforcement and has since been released after posting bond.

The candidate was working a campaign calling out corruption under the direction of Maverick County Judge David Saucedo, who is also a Democrat.

Rudy Bowles faces incumbent David R. Saucedo in the Democratic runoff for Maverick County judge. Eagle Pass Independent School district

The threat seems to be tied to a phone call and voicemail that Bowles made to Democratic Party Chair Luis Ruiz, asking about a lineup of judges for the precincts.

During the call, Bowles threatened Ruiz that if he failed to provide him with the list in 30 minutes, he would summon Los Zetas to look for him. “I don’t want to do that.”

While the conversation may have been a joke, in Eagle Pass and across the border in Mexico, the Zetas cartel has been responsible for countless kidnappings and murders.

To date, the name “Los Zetas” proceeds to illicit terror across most of northern Mexico.

In 2016, a three-month probe revealed how Los Zetas managed to incinerate over 300 victims from the rural areas in northern Coahuila with complete impunity. The victims, which comprised of women and children, were burned in 55-gallon drums and their ashes were thrown into rivers.

Cartel bosses ordered the massacres, targeting everyone related or connected to operatives who had cooperated with U.S. authorities.

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