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U.S., Mexican authorities initiate drug cartel intelligence sharing operation in border state of Tamaulipas

June 25, 2018  |  Posted by: Francesca Falzarano
U.S., Mexican authorities initiate drug cartel intelligence sharing operation in border state of Tamaulipas

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Authorities in the U.S. authorities and the Mexican border state of Tamaulipas launched a new program that creates a U.S. based tip-line for callers from Mexico to report tips on drug cartel operatives and their activities.

The new initiative is the first time that multiple U.S. agencies under the Departments of Homeland Security, State, and Justice, also referred to as Joint Task Force West, will be operating with the Tamaulipas government directly to share information on leading drug cartel operatives in the area, Breitbart Texas reported.

The announcement of the program called Campaña de Seguridad y Prosperidad (Security and Prosperity Campaign), occurred at the Hidalgo-Reynosa International bridge where Tamaulipas Governor Francisco Cabeza de Vaca and the U.S. Border Patrol Chief for the Rio Grande Valley and commander for Joint Task Force West, with press outlets.

The first 10 targets of the campaign include heads of various factions of the Gulf Cartel and Los Zetas

Previously, the Tamaulipas government attempted to implement a tip line centered on three Gulf Cartel leaders who at the time were responsible for a majority of the violence in Reynosa, according to Breitbart Texas. The new program provides those who may not trust authorities in Mexico with an opportunity to communicated information to a U.S. line.

The first 10 targets of the campaign include heads of various factions of the Gulf Cartel and Los Zetas, called Cartel Del Noreste. Some of the individuals on the wanted list include: Juan Gerardo “El Huevo” Treviño Chavez, Luis Miguel “El Flaco Sierra” Mercado Flores, Jose Alfredo “El Contador” Cardenas Martinez, Luis Alberto “Pelochas” Blanco Flores, Petronilo “Panilo” Moreno Flores, Juan Miguel “Miguelito” Lizardi Castro, Andres “El Pause” Martinez Granados, Agustin Ordorica Flores, and Luis Bravo Bautista Ramirez.

During the announcement, Cabeza de Vaca said the gangs work on both sides of the border with the drugs and humans being smuggled north while firearms and cash brought south, thus requiring both nations to work together.

Padilla added that cartels developed their drug and human smuggling methods by diversifying into the theft of fuel, abduction, extortion, money laundering, and other crimes, thus obscuring their operational lines and require a different approach to combat them.

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