Over the weekend the Mexican Navy and security forces carried out a surprise raid in the border city of Matamoros right across the way from Brownsville, Texas. The raid was targeted at various strongholds of the Gulf Cartel.
The raid resulted in numerous street shootouts, road blockades and launched grenades that barracked many Mexican residents in their home and caused schools to be closed. The border bridge from Mexico to U.S. was also shut down temporarily. The U.S. consulate was also closed until further notice.
In the shoot out five Mexican military personnel were killed as well as one of U.S. and Mexico’s most wanted men, Ezequiel “Tony Tormenta” Cardenas. Cardenas had a $5 million bounty on his head from the U.S. for his cocaine smuggling activities.
Cardenas was co-leader of the Gulf cartel and the fourth top drug kingpin to be killed or captured by Mexican authorities.