Mexico: Military to increase presence in state of Tamaulipas

Posted on May 14, 2014 • Filed under: Corruption, Crime, Mexico, Police/Military Activity

NUEVO LAREDO, Mexico – Mexico’s government decided Tuesday to increase military control over security in the northeastern border state of Tamaulipas and purge corrupt police to reverse a surge in drug cartel violence. Clashes between cartel gunmen and troops as well as street gunfights among gang members have left more than 80 people dead in the state since April 5. Authorities have blamed much of the recent violence on an internal power struggle within the Gulf cartel following the arrests of key leaders, but the gang has also been at war with the rival Zetas cartel in recent years. Read Article

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