More gunfire in our neighboring Mexican city continued last night as Mexican officials reported shootings and roadblocks between members of The Gulf Cartel, the Zetas and the Mexican Military. According to several Mexican sources who asked not to be identified for their safety, trailers were used as roadblocks to keep the military from several streets in Matamoros: Avenida Del Niño, Laura Villar and Avenida Solidaridad.
The alleged violence erupted after Gulf Cartel members confronted members of the Zetas for going into the city. These sources also claim the Zetas are trying to regain power since it's believed there is a sort of a power struggle in the Gulf Cartel after the death of one of their leaders, Ezequiel Cárdenas Guillen, also known as “Tony Tormenta.” The shootings spread through several areas and it's reported that a high ranking member of the Gulf Cartel may have been captured or killed. Those reports have not been confirmed.
"It’s the safety of the people we're concerned with."
Omar Lucio, Sheriff in Cameron County, refers to the decision in shutting down the Veteran's International Bridge last night. The bridge was off limits when Mexican authorities advised U.S Customs about the shootings. The bridge re-opened 20 minutes later.
"Taking guns, weapons, taking money but more so, a kidnapped victim."
Those are just some of the things sheriff deputies look for at every port of entry. Sheriff Lucio says deputies check every vehicle as they try to cross into México. They’ll stop vehicles, question the drivers and if something looks or sounds suspicious they'll make a thorough check of the car, looking for anything out of the ordinary.
"We’re prepared for anything of that nature. We have a plan, a contingency plan."