After receiving an anonymous tip about a drug cartel training camp near the Mexican city of Matamoros, the Mexican Army set out on a search until they found it located in a rural area southwest of the city.
Matamoros, a city on the Mexico-Texas border, is located just across the border from Brownsville, Texas, and is one of the main hubs of Mexico’s Gulf Cartel.
In an exclusive report by Breitbart Texas, it is reported that the Mexican Army discovered a fully functional, well-built training camp, complete with guard towers, walls, drill areas, and a garage used for attaching armor plating to vehicles.
The cartel, realizing they had been discovered, reportedly set up several blockades to prevent soldiers from reaching the camp, allowing them time to flee. When the Mexican Army finally was able to reach the facility, they discovered a stash of evidence left behind, including armored vehicles, weapons, tactical gear, and more.
A wall surrounded the cartel’s compound and was equipped with a concrete lookout tower. Inside the wall were many other buildings, garages, workshops, and a target range.
The cartel members left everything in their haste to flee. Six tactical rifles, a belt-fed machine gun, and 86 ammunition magazines were found, along with several tactical vests, 15 helmets and other items.
Breitbart reported that over a dozen vehicles were discovered inside the garages, including SUVs equipped with added armor. Some vehicles were outfitted to look like military or police vehicles, in an effort to disguise themselves.
The Gulf Cartel is thought to be one of the oldest organized crime groups in the country, with an international network believed to have connections to crime groups in Europe, West Africa, Asia, Central America, South America and the United States. It is a violent cartel, based out of Matamoros and also operating heavily in Reynosa. In addition to drug trafficking, the Gulf Cartel is known for assassinations, extortions, kidnappings and other crimes.
In April, the Gulf Cartel leader in the city of Reynosa, Mexico, which borders McAllen, Texas, was killed in a shootout between the cartel members and Mexican Marines. Reynosa is only 89 kilometers, or about 1 hour and 10 minutes travel time, from Matamoros, where the cartel’s training camp was discovered.
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