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Arrest of top drug boss unleashes a wave of violence in Mexican border city of Matamoros

February 25, 2018  |  Posted by: Michael Falzarano
Arrest of top drug boss unleashes a wave of violence in Mexican border city of Matamoros

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Rival factions of the Gulf Cartel  (CDG) engaged in violent clashes in the border city of Matamoros on Tuesday less than 24 hours after Mexican authorities captured top drug boss José Alfredo Cárdenas Martínez, alias “El Contador” or “El Señor Cortes.”

As JammedUp News reported, Mexican Marines conducted a raid last Monday on a home in Matamoros, resulting in the capture of Cárdenas-Martínez, one of the top 122 security objectives wanted by the Mexican government.

The U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency lists Cárdenas Martínez as the top boss of the criminal organization along with Josè Antonio Romo-Lopez alias “Don Chucho.”

While announcing the capture of “El Contador,” Tamaulipas Public Security Secretary Luis Felipe López Castro had prematurely ruled out the possibility that the kingpin’s arrest would provoke an escalation of violence in the city.

However, the arrest of Cárdenas Martínez instead unleashed a wave of violence across the city late Monday night into Tuesday morning.

According to El Dario, residents throughout the city took to social media to report armed confrontations between rival CDG cells and military forces.

Tamaulipas state officials said authorities responded to several reports of clashes in different sectors of the city.

A state police officer was reportedly wounded late Monday during a gunbattle in the Alianza neighborhood.

“El Contador” is the nephew of jailed Mexican drug lord Osiel Cardenas Guillen, who is currently serving a 25-year sentence for drug trafficking at a U.S. federal supermax prison.

Located just across the border from Brownsville, Texas, Matamoros had remained rather peaceful in comparison to the violence engulfing the city of Reynosa, where a brutal turf war continues to rage following a split within the Gulf Cartel.

The capo was reportedly allowed to operate with total impunity in the city with the complicit help of corrupt local government officials.

Reports indicate Cárdenas Martínez managed to maintain a low profile by minimizing drug-related violence in the border city.

Immediately following the operation to capture the cartel leader, a federal judge sparked outrage by ruling authorities had illegally detained Cárdenas Martínez and subsequently ordered his release from custody.

Mexico’s Attorney General’s Office has since appealed the judge’s controversial decision.

Cárdenas Martínez currently remains jailed at the Altiplano maximum security facility located west of Mexico City.

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