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SAN FERNANDO, Tamaulipas – A fierce turf war between two rival factions of the Gulf Cartel brought a new wave of terror to residents of numerous rural coastal communities approximately 70 miles south of the border with Texas.
For several weeks, the rural coastal community of Barrancon de San Blas, Tamaulipas, just east of San Fernando,witnessed numerous shootouts, kidnappings, and executions as rival factions of Mexico’s Gulf Cartel wage a fierce territorial war. The rival factions battle for control of drug trafficking and human smuggling routes to the border. One of the factions, at one time known as Los Metros, is currently in control of the region. That faction is made up of gunmen from Reynosa, Miguel Aleman, and San Fernando. This faction is currently holding off a series of incursions from a rival Gulf Cartel faction from Matamoros.
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As Breitbart Texas reported, in recent weeks, Tamaulipas state authorities cracked down on the operations of Evaristo “El Vaquero” Cruz in Matamoros forcing him to go into hiding including Rio Bravo, San Fernando, and areas close to the Barrancon de San Blas area. That crackdown came at a time when El Vaquero’s gunmen have been expanding their turf into the border city of Reynosa, forcing Los Metros to go on the defensive.
In addition to the push for Reynosa, El Vaquero’s gunmen made numerous incursions into Barrancon de San Blas and other remote rural areas causing a dramatic rise in violence in the region. Locals who spoke...
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