Mexico general fighting drug cartels shot dead

Gunmen have killed a Mexican general sent by the government to tame violence in the northern state plagued by drug cartel crimes along the US border
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Monterrey (Mexico) (AFP) - Gunmen killed a Mexican general sent by the government to tame violence in a northern state plagued by drug cartel crimes along the US border, authorities said.

General Ricardo Cesar Nino Villarreal and his wife were shot dead as they drove Saturday in Vallecillo, in the northern state of Nuevo Leon.

But their two-door car and the bodies were found only Sunday by people who were driving on the road linking the cities of Monterrey and Nuevo Laredo, said the security task force of the neighboring state of Tamaulipas.

More than 100 high-caliber bullet casings were found at the scene of the shooting, officials said.

Nino Villarreal was one of four military officers who were deployed by the federal government in May to stem a surge of violence in Tamaulipas.

The general was in charge of a northern zone that includes Nuevo Laredo, a city bordering Texas which has been the scene of turf wars between cartels fighting over control of the lucrative drug trafficking route.

"The government of Tamaulipas condemns and deeply laments the death of General Ricardo Cesar Nino Villarreal and his wife," the state's security coordination group said in a statement.

Nuevo Leon's chief prosecutor, Adrian de la Garza, said earlier that authorities were checking whether the general was one of the victims. Tamaulipas authorities said Nuevo Leon prosecutors had confirmed his identity.

De la Garza said the general usually traveled in an armored vehicle with a security detail, but the victim was unarmed and in a civilian car.

Nino Villareal survived a previous attack on October 9 when unidentified gunmen shot at his armored vehicle in Linares, also in Nuevo Leon state.

Before his appointment in Tamaulipas, Nino Villareal was head of police in the Nuevo Leon town of Cadereyta.

The military took full control of security in Tamaulipas in May after scores of people died in a series of gunfights between warring cartels as well as clashes between gangs and security forces.

The state has been plagued by turf wars between the Zetas and Gulf drug cartels for years.

Both gangs have been weakened by the arrests or killings of top leaders.

The most recent violence has partly been blamed on infighting within the Gulf cartel.

- Violence persists -

Violence continues to torment Tamaulipas residents despite the security overhaul.

Three American siblings, all in their 20s, and a Mexican man were found dead last week, two weeks after they were abducted in the town of Control.

Prosecutors have questioned nine members of a special police unit over allegations that they had kidnapped the four victims.

The officers were part of a tactical force known as the Hercules Group, which was formed by the mayor of the city of Matamoros, Leticia Salazar.

In October, a doctor who used Twitter to report violence in Tamaulipas was kidnapped by unknown assailants in the border city of Reynosa.

Authorities said they were investigating whether Maria del Rosario Fuentes was killed after disturbing pictures of her were posted on her account before it was taken down.

More than 80,000 people have been killed and 22,000 have gone missing since Mexico's government deployed troops to crack down on drug cartels in 2006.

Goddamn Mexico. I was actually in Nuevo Laredo like 2 weeks ago. Just for about 2 hours to meet with some partners, but it was enough. Military has taken full control of the town, well they fired the police force at least, and cruises the roads in jeeps with 50 cals on top.

Shoulda built a fort Phone Post 3.0

Freaking war zone south of our border and we're worried about ISIS?

Anybody who decides to vacation in Mexico has to either be an idiot or a drug dealer. Phone Post 3.0

"De la Garza said the general usually traveled in an armored vehicle with a security detail, but the victim was unarmed and in a civilian car."

Unbelievable Phone Post 3.0

Don't burn the coke. Phone Post 3.0

ClevelandCursed - Goddamn Mexico. I was actually in Nuevo Laredo like 2 weeks ago. Just for about 2 hours to meet with some partners, but it was enough. Military has taken full control of the town, well they fired the police force at least, and cruises the roads in jeeps with 50 cals on top.

I was there about three months ago, but only during the day and stayed inside our office most of the time. My hotel was on the Laredo side. Even so, the military was camped out at a Holiday Inn I passed every day on the way to the office and the locals I talked to were unanimous in warning us to avoid N.L. at night.

There are places in Mexico I like very much and would visit at any opportunity, but border towns... no thanks. Even Nuevo Progresso, which used to be pretty laid back, is having problems recently.

Need to hire Denzel.

Mexico you scary Phone Post 3.0

If the U.S. were to legalize weed a lot of this would end. 

I'm not saying it is our responsibility, it isn't, but just another argument for legalizing it. 

 

You know you're fucked when you're assigned the task of battling the cartels, might as well try to illegally cross the border yourself at that point. Phone Post 3.0

Mutant - Broly OK? Phone Post 3.0


Fuck I hope so. 

baj54 - Anybody who decides to vacation in Mexico has to either be an idiot or a drug dealer. Phone Post 3.0

I won't even take a cruise ship to Mexico and step foot into a port city, no fucking way. Kidnappings and violence are out-of-hand there and my girlfriend is way too hot.

AttentionDeficitDizzle - 
baj54 - Anybody who decides to vacation in Mexico has to either be an idiot or a drug dealer. Phone Post 3.0

I won't even take a cruise ship to Mexico and step foot into a port city, no fucking way. Kidnappings and violence are out-of-hand there and my girlfriend is way too hot.


We used to go into Matamoris quite a bit. Saw a video on YouTube not long ago place sounded like Fallujah. Some crazy gun battles with grenades going off etc. Phone Post 3.0

No never had anything bad happen. Did get drunk as shit a few times but was always in a decent sized group. This was a little before things started getting really fucked up. I do remember the last couple of times we went you were hearing reports of things changing on the border. We stopped going shortly after, shit was too crazy and I wasn't going to risk anything. Phone Post 3.0