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Mexican drug cartel executes brother of top aide to Tamaulipas state governor

June 15, 2018  |  Posted by: Francesca Falzarano
Mexican drug cartel executes brother of top aide to Tamaulipas state governor Tamaulipas state governor (Screenshot)

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The continuing violence in the Mexican border city of Reynosa continues to escalate after Gulf Cartel operatives killed the brother of one of the top aides to the Tamaulipas state governor.

State authorities were dispatched last week to an area outside of a local press outlet called Hora Cero along the Ribereña highway.

At the scene, they recovered the remains of Heriberto Hiram Saenz Martinez who was shot seven times, El Universal reported.

Police closed off the crime scene as forensic investigators examined the area.

Hiram Saenz is the local director of Mexico’s Light and Power Commission (CFE) and the brother of Victor Saenz, the chief of staff for Governor Francisco Cabeza de Vaca.

Unofficial reports indicated that officials located a poster signed by one of the Gulf Cartel factions–taking accountability for the slaying.

The murder occurred only one day after Cabeza De Vaca announced one of his strongest messages with respect to cartel violence and maintained that his government would not take a step back in combatting organized crime.

In his statement, Cabeza de Vaca said that his administration was not one that claimed: “No pasa nada,” taking a jab at other governors who continuously dismissed the issue of cartel violence in Tamaulipas.

The high-profile killing took place as two rival cells of the Gulf Cartel have been fighting for over a year for control of Reynosa and its drug and human trafficking territories.

Since early last month, more than 500 killings occurred as a result of the ongoing violence.

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