Mexico Gulf drug cartel leader Ezequiel Cardenas killed

A leader of Mexico’s powerful Gulf drug cartel has been shot dead by security forces in a town near the US border, the Mexican military says.

Ezequiel Cardenas Guillen, known as “Tony Tormenta”, was killed in the city of Matamoros, across the border from Brownsville in Texas. He is the brother of former Gulf cartel leader Osiel Cardenas, who was extradited to the US in 2007. Residents in Matamoros spoke of a shoot-out lasting for several hours. Three suspected gunmen and two marines were also killed in the gun battle, according to federal security spokesman Alejandro Poire. A local journalist also died in the crossfire, Mexican media reported. Cardenas, 48, had been indicted in the US on drugs charges, and the US Drug Enforcement Administration was offering a reward of up to $5m for his arrest. He was accused of smuggling tonnes of drugs across the US/Mexico border over the past decade. Friday’s two-hour shoot-out involved 150 Mexican marines, three helicopters and 17 military vehicles. Local residents were trapped in shops and schools for extended periods and communicated using social networking websites. “Shelter, everyone! Don’t leave your houses please. Pass the word,” one resident posted on Twitter. Bridges across the international border into Texas were closed briefly, as the military used firearms and grenades to tackle suspected cartel members. Lucrative routes The Mexican police and army are struggling to control armed cartels in a number of areas of the country. Several groups are trying to control lucrative drug smuggling routes into the US. More than 28,000 people have died in the drugs war since Mexican President Felipe Calderon ordered the army into the fight in 2006. The policy has had some successes, but that has not led to a decline in the number of killings, or the level of kidnappings, extortion and human trafficking that the gangs also engage in. Map showing areas of influence of Mexican drug cartels

Related Articles

Sudden Execution of Over Seventy Individuals in Mashhad

Sudden Execution of Over Seventy Individuals in Mashhad Sunday , 15 Aug , 2010   RAHANA: Some of the individuals

Libyan rebels advance on Muammar Gaddafi’s home town

Revolutionaries move further west along Libya’s coastal road, seizing several towns without resistance, and reach Sirte Chris McGreal in Bin

Erdo?an urges int’l community to act in Somalia, slams Israel

TODAYSZAMAN Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdo?an address the UN General Assembly on Thursday. Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdo?an has

No comments

Write a comment
No Comments Yet! You can be first to comment this post!

Write a Comment