Photo: Jorge Eduardo Costilla of the Gulf Cartel
A new dispute over who is to be the head of the Gulf Cartel (CDG) has left more than 35 dead in a week. The casualties are from shootouts between members of the criminal organization as well as clashes with the Mexican Army. While the Gulf Cartel drowns in dispute, its main rival, “Los Zetas” has also failed in its attempt to recover lost “seats” in the region. The bloodiest confrontation occurred between Saturday night and early Sunday. After several hours of gunfire in different parts of the Port of Tampico, Ciudad Madero and Altamira. The death toll reached twenty casualties.
“On Saturday night, in Tampico three clashes were reported between armed civilians. State and federal forces tracked the reports but found no victims, only cars with bullet holes and traces of blood, and shell casings of different calibers, “a statement from the Tamaulipas Coordination Group (GCT) reports. Shootings were heard in every direction and originated in the vicinity of a busy shopping center that included Wal-Mart, and Sams. Witnesses reported that a group of armed men took refuge for a few minutes inside the Wal-Mart, located on Boulevard Adolfo Lopez Mateos.
The presence of the gunmen forced the adjoining Sams to close their doors and lock the customers inside until after eight at night. The official report said that authorities found four men and a woman dead on Madero Street in addition to nine men and one woman in Tampico. Roberto Gonzalez, mayor of Ciudad Mier, a town that in 2010 suffered an exodus of nearly half of its population by violence, reported that it has communicated with commanders of the Mexican Army to demand their presence. Clashes spread to the neighboring municipality of Miguel Aleman, where a convoy trucks with gunmen ran into army troops in the town of Los Guerra. Four civilians killed, two injured and five gunmen were arrested.
The military confiscated 17 rifles, a rifle caliber Barrett 50 mm, eleven grenades, two attachments grenade launcher, three handguns, several chargers, cartridges of different calibers, tactical gear and a packet of marijuana. Twelve more deaths occurred in clashes in Reynosa and Matamoros on March 31 and April 1. According to military sources, the groups have been disputing the direction of CDG since the fall of Jorge Eduardo Costilla. “El Coss” represented members of the Cardenas family controlling Square Matamoros and the side that controls the metropolitan area of Tampico, which has now become the most important stronghold of the organization.
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