Watch this video, does it look like something you’d expect more from the Pakistan-Afghanistan border or the US-Mexico border:
A reminder that this is happening in North America. https://t.co/lAxok99yK8
— Samo Burja (@SamoBurja) March 16, 2022
Unfortunately, of course, it’s from the US-Mexico border. In fact, the horrific violence took place in Nuevo Laredo, the sister city of Laredo, Texas.
What happened? Well, according to Border Report, rival cartel gunmen started fighting in the city with gunshots and even a grenade explosion rippling through the city in response to a police capture of a drug cartel kingpin. In that outlet’s words:
Violence erupted in the Mexican border town of Nuevo Laredo overnight Sunday near the U.S. Consulate’s office and forced two international bridges to close, after Mexican army officials arrested a high-ranking drug cartel leader, Border Report has learned.
A State Department spokesperson told Border Report Monday afternoon the department “is aware of reports of gunfire and an exploded grenade at the U.S. Consulate in Nuevo Laredo and gunfire in locations throughout Nuevo Laredo.”
Going on to describe that violent outbreak’s causes of the violence, Border Report noted:
U.S. Rep. Henry Cuellar, D-Texas, whose hometown is Laredo, Texas, across the border from Nuevo Laredo, told Border Report the violence was triggered because “one group is not happy because they got their leader and the other two groups are saying ‘Is there a vacuum here because we might need to come in?’”
[…]Cuellar told Border Report that the arrest of the cartel leader by SEDENA (Secretaría de la Defensa Nacional) or the Mexican army, triggered the fighting among at least three drug cartels.
The Sun gave more details on that leadership vacuum and its cause, reporting that:
The violence erupted after Juan Gerardo Treviño, known as “El Huevo”, was arrested, LMT reported.
“El Huevo” is the suspected leader of Cartel del Noreste. He is the nephew of Los Zetas founder Miguel Angel Treviño.
So, a cartel leader was caught and locked up so three drug cartels started battling it out in the streets, likely in an attempt to turn what could have been a disaster into an advantage.
The US Consulate was concerned enough to tell its employees and Americans in the area to shelter in place and attempt to avoid the city-turned-battlefield, saying on Twitter:
Due to reports of gunfire overnight near the U.S. Consulate and in locations throughout Nuevo Laredo, U.S. gov. employees have been advised to continue to shelter in place. U.S. citizens should avoid the areas or continue to shelter in place. For emergencies, call 5550802000.
Due to reports of gunfire overnight near the U.S. Consulate and in locations throughout Nuevo Laredo, U.S. gov. employees have been advised to continue to shelter in place. U.S. citizens should avoid the areas or continue to shelter in place.
For 🇺🇸emergencies, call 5550802000. pic.twitter.com/mkW4PHieS3
— USCG Nvo Laredo (@USAConNVL) March 14, 2022
The violence got so bad that two US-Mexico bridges in the area were closed, the Nuevo Laredo at Juarez-Lincoln Bridge and the Gateway to the Americas Bridge.
The arrested leader now faces extradition and a slew of charges, including drug trafficking, money laundering. He’ll also face state-level charges for murder, terrorism, extortion, and criminal association.
This violence is terrible, but what’s important to remember is that it isn’t happening in some far away place. No, these armed gunmen, these grenade-wielding gangsters, are fighting for access to America.
That crisis, along with the illegal immigration crisis, need to be dealt with ASAP, before something else truly terrible happens as a result.