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Cartel operatives kidnap mayor in Mexican border state of Tamaulipas

July 14, 2018  |  Posted by: Francesca Falzarano
Cartel operatives kidnap mayor in Mexican border state of Tamaulipas

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A group of cartel gunmen abducted the mayor of the small rural town of Ciudad Mier in the Mexican border state of Tamaulipas, which led to a large-scale search and rescue mission.

Mayor Roberto “Betito” Gonzalez was finally released apparently unharmed in General Treviño, Nuevo Leon, according to Mexico’s El Debate.

The brazen abduction occurred on Thursday when Roberto “Betito” Gonzalez was at the plaza outside of the Ciudad Mier City Hall to celebrate being re-elected.

Mexican law enforcement sources revealed that a group of gunmen in SUVs pulled up and forced the politician to get into a vehicle before fleeing, Breitbart Texas reported.

The kidnapping of the mayor resulted in a massive search operation where Tamaulipas state authorities requested assistance from the Mexican military, and federal officials, along with state police officers from the Nuevo León.

\Authorities placed roadblocks along dirt roads and highways that lead to connected to Reynosa and Nuevo León.

Gonzalez’s victory and kidnapping occurred just days after Mexico concluded its 2018 electoral period which became the country’s most violent period.

Between September 2017 to July 2018, Mexico experienced the murder of 136 politicians and 581 attacks which targeted politicians and political operators.

Ciudad Mier is a small town south of the banks of the Rio Grande. In 2010, approximately 300 locals fled the small village after getting threats from the Los Zetas cartel.

That same year, the Los Zetas and the Gulf Cartels had been engaged in a fierce war for power of the border.

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