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The Mexican army plans to expand its presence on the border between the states of Nuevo Leon and Tamaulipas as part of the new security strategy for the region, the Nuevo Leon state government said.
Nuevo Leon Gov. Rodrigo Medina and Defense Secretary Salvador Cienfuegos agreed on the expanded troop deployment during a private meeting.
The officials “agreed to double security on the border between Nuevo Leon and Tamaulipas, to have a greater presence in the region, as well as to have a dialogue on coordinating the security strategy, strengthening institutions and supporting police training,” the Nuevo Leon state government said in a statement.
“The agreement we have reached is to double our efforts. The defense secretary has given us all his support and expressed his interest in continuing to work with the state of Nuevo Leon,” Medina said.
The operations conducted by the army and other federal security forces on the border with Tamaulipas have resulted in the arrests of criminals in Nuevo Leon, thanks to the “cockroach effect” of suspects fleeing the neighboring state, Medina said.
The federal government said last month it was deploying more security forces units in Tamaulipas and planned to purge law enforcement agencies in an effort to stop the surge in drug-related violence in the northeastern state.
Additional army units will be deployed in Nuevo Leon to maintain order in the northern state, Cienfuegos said.
“What we can say is that we are making progress. In Nuevo Leon, I think this has been proven. In Tamaulipas, we are making progress,” the defense secretary said.
The Gulf and Los Zetas drug cartels have been fighting for control of Tamaulipas and smuggling routes into the United States for years.
The federal government deployed security forces units in January in the western state of Michoacan and in April in Mexico state, which surrounds the Federal District and forms part of the Mexico City metropolitan area, to deal with drug-related violence.