July 3, 2011 |
The state of Texas is warning Americans to avoid travel to the Mexican border town of Nuevo Laredo this holiday weekend because of an anticipated surge in drug cartel violence aimed at Americans. In a news release Saturday, the Texas Department of Public Safety and the Webb County Sheriff's Office said their sources indicated that the Zetas drug cartel was "planning to target U.S. citizens who travel to Nuevo Laredo this weekend. " Steven C. McCraw, the department's director, also said in the statement: "According to the information we have received, the Zetas are planning a possible surge in criminal activity, such as robberies, extortions, car-jackings and vehicle theft, specifically against U.S. citizens.
September 30, 2001 |
After seven years of boom times, the twin-city border crossing known as the two Laredos had already begun hurting from this year's economic slowdown. Then came the Sept. 11 terror attacks, and suddenly this city and Laredo on the U.S. side of the Rio Grande are reeling. Truck traffic has flattened after a decade of double-digit growth.
April 23, 2006 |
Here, it's better not to know. Information can be poison in this border city. Hard-boiled police reporters would rather you didn't tell them the names of certain criminals. When there's a shootout downtown, even the most ambitious radio reporter will not necessarily rush to the scene. So it went the day last month that four undercover federal police officers were ambushed and killed in thick lunch-hour traffic on the city's busiest street.
March 25, 2009 |
Critics are protesting a Border Patrol plan to poison vegetation along a 1.1-mile stretch of the Rio Grande riverbank to eliminate dense foliage used as hiding places by illegal immigrants and smugglers. Some opponents of the action compare it to the Agent Orange chemical spraying program during the Vietnam War. The $2.1-million pilot project is due to begin this week.
July 21, 2005 |
Two police officers were gunned down on their way to work in Nuevo Laredo, Mexico, bringing to five the number of officers slain in the violent border city in four days. Ricardo Uvalle Escobedo and Jose de Jesus Morin Salinas were killed by unidentified assailants in separate incidents, investigator Oscar Sepulveda said. Numerous spent Kalashnikov rifle shells were found near the vehicles of both officers, Sepulveda said.
April 15, 2005 |
Two American brothers jailed on homicide charges in a notoriously violent state penitentiary in the border city of Nuevo Laredo, Mexico, were killed by fellow inmates, Mexican investigators said. Guards at the CERESO II prison found the bodies of Jose Manuel Contreras, 25, and his brother, Jorge, 31. They had been stabbed, sources said. Relatives said the family lived in Mexico.