Mexico sends more troops to reinforce borderlands

Military patrols the deserted streets of Cd. Mier Tamaulipas, where 4 soldiers were killed in an ambush with Los Zetas
Military patrols the deserted streets of Cd. Mier Tamaulipas, where 4 soldiers were killed in an ambush with Los Zetas
Almost 3,000 members of the Army, Marines and Federal Police reinforced military operations in the Tamaulipas municipalities of Nuevo Guerrero, Ciudad Mier, Miguel Aleman, Camargo and Diaz Ordaz in an attempt to stem the spiraling violence and the growing exodus of residents as rival bands of heavily armed criminals contest that area of the Texas Mexico border.

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And with the arrival of the reinforcements, The First Casualties reported in “La Frontera Chica” offensive around Cd. Mier.

Cartel Leaders captured or killed with increasing frequency

Earlier Wednesday, federal police said they captured the new leader of a drug gang formerly led by jailed U.S.-born suspect Edgar “La Barbie” Valdez Villarreal, in a blow to a cartel fighting to control the region south of Mexico City to the Pacific resort of Acapulco.

Carlos Montemayor was arrested in Mexico City on Tuesday with the help of the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration and with information obtained after Valdez’s arrest on Aug. 30, said Ramon Pequeno, the federal police anti-narcotics chief.

Montemayor, whose daughter is married to Valdez, took over his faction the splintered Beltran Leyva cartel after “La Barbie” was caught, Pequeno said.

Authorities say Valdez, a Texas native who faces possible extradition to the United States, tried to seize control of the gang after boss Arturo Beltran Leyva died in a December shootout with marines.

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