April 13th, 2010
05:18 PM ET

Six more killings reported in troubled area of Mexico

Six more people were killed Tuesday in an area of northeastern Mexico where two drug cartels have been waging a bloody war since January, police said.

At least another nine people were killed over the weekend in gangland violence in the city of Morelos, in Tamaulipas state. In addition, two people were found hanging from a bridge Friday.

Five of the six dead Tuesday were minors, as were two of the weekend victims, said the Municipal Secretariat for Protection and Rescue.

The area, which borders Texas, has seen ferocious fighting between the Zetas and Gulf cartels after a recent gangland slaying. Hours-long gun battles are common, and U.S. officials were recently forced to temporarily close the consulate in Reynosa, another city in Tamaulipas state.

On Monday, the U.S. State Department issued a travel warning to inform U.S. citizens traveling to and living in Mexico of concerns about the security situation in the nation. The State Department issued a similar warning in March.

The trouble in Tamaulipas and neighboring Nuevo Leon state started January 18, when Gulf cartel members killed top Zeta lieutenant Victor Mendoza. The Zetas demanded that the Gulf cartel turn over the killers, but the narco group refused. The Zetas, composed mostly of former elite military troops, had been the armed enforcers for the Gulf cartel since 2001. They have become more independent in recent years, and the all-out war between the two cartels indicates the split is apparently permanent.

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  1. Gonzalo

    When I see a truck driver carrying Coors,Budweiser,Tecate... I don't think of that guy as being corrupt, violent and dangerous – yet during the prohibition times people were getting killed for transfporting large amounts of alcohol. Same thing should now be done for Marijuana. The U.S. has to admit that Marijuana is a recreational drug that is LOVED by its people. Decriminalize it and get rid of over 70% of the violence. Stop using the old scare tactic of 'It is the gateway drug.....'. Let people be. Stop telling individuals what they can and can't ingest. Stop this madness!

    April 15, 2010 at 11:13 am | Report abuse |
  2. lance

    these dealths are on the heads of drug users just as much as the cartels and gangs.

    April 15, 2010 at 1:31 pm | Report abuse |
  3. lance

    death penalty would work after reading some of these dey-sayers, reason #1 the crimanal that you execute is gone for ever never to commit that crime again his training and expertise is gone. yes someone will take his place but wont be so brazen. #2 its justice. #3 no taxes wasted on long incarceration. #4 replentish the ranks of the drug cartels and gangs with less experance members will bring the downfall eventually – mafia is in that bad shape nowdays. to do nothing or legalize drugs yea idiots that will work.

    April 15, 2010 at 1:47 pm | Report abuse |
  4. chuco

    I think that the problem starts with the mexican goverment, if it wasnt so corrupt there wouldn't be these problems. This is a dog eat dog world. So its not the drug cartels their just making money anyway possible. Now the goverment shouldnt front on stopping the war on drugs and deaths if their hands are in the bowl. Imagine the United States being ran with the same goverment as mexico......Come now.......

    April 15, 2010 at 5:28 pm | Report abuse |
  5. quique

    mexican govertment must keep fighting those killer to the end and the USA must keep helping to avoid the violance to get to this side of the border

    April 15, 2010 at 7:17 pm | Report abuse |
  6. tuck-tuck-57

    My "GOD" is all I can say about the situation in Mexico. The killings there "must" stop.Some other reader here says that maybe the death penalty should be brought back over there in Mexico.There is more people gettin killed over there than in Iraq.I,m guessing that only this drug-war will last as long as there is cocaine to sell,pot..............what else am I forgeting

    April 15, 2010 at 7:48 pm | Report abuse |
  7. admiral149

    I find it interesting that more people are not indignant about the fact that drugs are coming here from Mexico. Why not close the border. Could this be another reason to stop illegal immigration to this country? If we could build a transcontinental railroad one hundred and fifty years ago we sure could build a fence to help keep these problems in Mexico. There are good arguments to decriminalize drugs, but, allowing foreigners to illegally send drugs into this country is a totally different proposition. Does this line of reasoning mean that any country in the world should be tacitly allowed to send profitable contraband into this country because there are a lot of criminals here whole rely on the products? We are looking at the total break down of society here, just like in our cities. I am sure that if drugs were legal, the same type criminals would find something else to export. These people are in a business that ruins lives. The moral indignation and public anger is totally missing here. At the current rate of moral decline, it won,t be long and we will all need to be armed to go out of our homes. This baby boomer B/S that says I can do whatever I want to do regardless of the consequences is destroying this wonderful land of ours. Americans should be demanding that the border between Mexico and the US is closed. Democrats are looking for voters and Republicans are looking for cheap labor so neither side is interested in protecting us from this menace, which costs this country billions of dollars annually.

    April 15, 2010 at 10:30 pm | Report abuse |
  8. oh snap

    well the death penalty WILL NEVER work, there not afraid of anything. They have gun battles with government official and they have better guns than police and the army, why? well because the cartel recruits ex us army soldiers even ex marines, they recruit young Mexican Americans and tell then to join the army and then when they come back they given them 20 times more money than the government does after coming back from war and tells the, to kill rival cartel members. the only way to solve this would be to have better background checks to people who sign up for the army, have better gun laws, in Mexico its illegal to own any weapon that the military uses, 2 years of prison for every shot fired. that's why the Mexican government cant win the cartel, there basically fight ex US soldiers, how could you win?

    April 15, 2010 at 10:52 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Raga

    I've read all 21 comments on this article and I must say lots of them have their point.
    I do not claim to have the solution but would like to express my opinion.
    Death Penalty – This is a very complex and dangerous option because is an option that can play both sides. Government corruption is the biggest danger; cartel could use this "legal" avenue to conduct their executions not only of other criminals but anyone who presents an obstacle.
    Corruption – This is another huge problem. Perhaps many of the people who commented here never experienced this problem before but in Mexico in many of the cases you have only two option either you become corrupted or you and your family dies, think about that for a second and do not believe it doesn't happen, it happens very often.
    Drug legalization – This sounds awkward but it could be a smart strategy to consider, not only it would create revenue due to taxation but that revenue could be used to treat people trying to quite and/or readapting to a life w/o drugs. California legalized Marihuana and has done some good for their community.
    What generates the violence? Is almost obvious the main reason is to control the masses and the cartels do it not only through the drugs but any other PROFITABLE means. The key word is “profit”. Certainly the drug dealing/trafficking is the most profitable now a days but there is many other such as human trafficking, smuggling of illegal people into US, kidnapping for ransom, “protection” against vandalism etc. Controlling the drugs trafficking and commercialization is a great portion of the violence but not the only one. As long as the economy is unbalanced, some people having too much, some other lacking the basic means to subsist the fight and subsequent violence will prevail.

    April 16, 2010 at 2:56 am | Report abuse |
  10. Pepe

    Why didn't we see this kind of killings in the past years? Because the US blocked the drug runways on the Caribbean so cartels were forced to pass the drugs through which geologically closest country to the biggest consumer? Of course, Mexico. Big money corrupts not only Latin America but the U.S. as well, corruption is everywhere, it's just that mexicans are more blunt and don't care as to north americans are more diplomatic on the business.

    April 16, 2010 at 3:11 am | Report abuse |
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