narco politics : Border Patrol vs. Mexican military


Richard Moore

This article ties in with our earlier posting, "Guatemala : 
The Untouchable Narco-State":

One can only guess which side the CIA is on in this incident.



Sunday, November 20, 2005 

Armed standoff  on Rio Grande 
    Uniformed Mexicans with guns, bulldozer 
    seize drug-bust truck from Border Patrol 
    Posted: November 20, 2005 
    1:00 a.m. Eastern 

© 2005 

U.S. Border Patrol agents were backed down this week by
armed men, dressed in what appeared to be Mexican military
uniforms and carrying military weapons, who seized a
captured dump truck filled with marijuana from the U.S.
agents and dragged it across the border into Mexico with a

The border incident occurred Thursday evening when Border
Patrol agents attempted to pull over a dump truck on
Interstate 10 in Hudspeth County, Texas. The driver fled
from the agents, exiting the freeway and driving toward
the Rio Grande which runs within 2 miles of the interstate
in this portion of West Texas.

The driver abandoned the truck after it became stuck in
the river bed, escaping into Mexico.

Agents called for reinforcement from the Texas state
troopers and Hudspeth County sheriff and began unloading
the haul - estimated to have been nearly 3 tons - when
everything changed.

Officers "started to retrieve the bundles when the armed
subjects appeared," said Agent Ramiro Cordero, Border
Patrol spokesman.

According to Hudspeth County Chief Deputy Mike Doyal, the
dump truck driver returned with armed men, some of whom
drove "official looking vehicles with overhead lights."
Some of those armed, Doyal told the El Paso Times,
appeared to be Mexican soldiers in uniform with military

"It's a very serious incident," Doyal said. "We are very
fortunate ... no one got hurt. Everyone had the presence
of mind not to cause an international incident, or start

As WorldNetDaily has reported , there are widespread
reports of U.S.-trained Mexican commandos, called the
Zetas, making cross-border runs into U.S. territory in
military-style vehicles, armed with automatic weapons.

The Zetas were trained as elite commandos by U.S. forces
to combat the drug cartels, but they have switched sides
and are working for the drug smugglers in the border area
posing a special hazard to American law enforcement and
Border Patrol agents, according to a U.S. Justice
Department memo. Under the control of reputed drug kingpin
Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman, the Zetas are conducting a
bloody war for control of the entire southern border in an
effort to secure a monopoly on drug-smuggling and
people-smuggling routes.

As both sides faced off, a bulldozer appeared from the
Mexico side of the river and was used by the armed men to
pull the dump truck - and the two-thirds of the marijuana
that had not yet been unloaded - into Mexico. The
bulldozer, Doyal said, is believed to be used regularly to
make makeshift crossings over the Rio Grande.

The "armed encounter with drug smugglers," as Cordero
described it, is under investigation. No confirmation was
made as to whether or not the "soldiers" belonged to the
Mexican military.

Related stories: 

    Border sheriff warns: We're overwhelmed 
    Mexican drug commandos expand ops in 6 U.S. states 
    It's war between cops in Mexico 
    The threat from Mexico 
    'It's a war' along Mexican border 
    Mexican commandos seek control of border 
    Mexican commandos new threat on border 


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