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Confrontation between authorities and drug traffickers of the Gulf Cartel left four dead in northern Mexico

A soldier stands guard on a highway in Mexico in July 2021 / Reference.

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Four dead, including a capo from the Gulf Cartel (CDG) and a civilian, two wounded and four detainees, left, on Friday night, several clashes of criminals with the Police and the Mexican Army that occurred in the state of Tamaulipas (north) , the authorities reported this Saturday.

In addition, they indicated that vehicle fires, blockades caused by criminals and panic were registered among the population of the city of Matamoros, located in Tamaulipas and on the border with the United States.

“An attack on military personnel and the state police in the city of Matamoros was repelled, resulting in four arrests and three deaths, all members of the so-called Gulf Cartel,” said a statement from the State Coordination Group for Peacebuilding in Tamaulipas.

An armored vehicle, four long guns, one of them .50 caliber, and chargers were also seized.

The authorities detailed that “during the events, a civilian died collaterally and two people were injured, who have already been discharged.”

A message on Twitter from the United States Consulate in Matamoros indicated that at approximately 9:00 p.m. on Friday, a confrontation with firearms began between security forces and members of the CDG and that they were reported in different parts of the city.

Later, the governor of Tamaulipas, Francisco García Cabeza de Vaca, also through Twitter, said that he had “issued instructions for elements of the Ministry of Public Security to focus on Matamoros to address the risk situation and protect citizens.”

The official statement reported that one of the dead could be Ariel Treviño Peña, alias “el Tigre”, head of the CDG’s Halcones (vigilantes), who is considered “one of the priority targets” to be captured by the State Prosecutor’s Office and by the US government, where he has an arrest warrant for a homicide.

The authorities await the results of the DNA samples to confirm the death of the kingpin, although he has already been identified with official photos.

The Tamaulipas Coordination Group reported that the clashes began when military and state police personnel who were patrolling the city of Matamoros located several suspicious vehicles that they stopped.

The crew members of the vehicles did not respect the order and fled, unleashing a pursuit and exchange of fire in various parts of the city.

To avoid arrest, the members of the CDG ordered to carry out “narco-blockades” in 15 points of the main avenues of the city, for which their guards stole vehicles and heavy trucks as well as public transport, which they set fire to the avenues.


During the persecution and clashes, citizens shared videos, photographs and reports on social networks of people lying on the floor in businesses, cinemas and shopping centers, while the detonations of firearms were heard.

In addition, images of burning vehicles were also circulated in the main avenues of the center, while the United States Consulate ordered its staff and its citizens who live in Matamoros to take shelter in safe places and avoid going out on the streets.

On October 17, another series of clashes between members of organized crime and Army agents and police officers left five dead, two police officers injured, the seizure of 5 vehicles and nine long weapons secured, in addition to “drug-blocking.”

The city of Matamoros is considered the cradle of the Gulf Cartel, created in the eighties.

Recently the authorities of the Public Prosecutor’s Office discovered a large piece of land on the outskirts of Matamoros and very close to the border with the United States known as “Ejido La Bartolina”, where the criminals disappeared their victims by incinerating them.


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