After nearly three weeks of denials, the Laredo Police Department has confirmed there was a Zeta cartel incident and that the police blotter is authentic. Naturally this begs the question as to why law enforcement continued to deny the event.
There are still many questions left to be answered and more details will be forthcoming from this reporter. (Not Blogger).
The problem with this new story out of Laredo is it still doesn't match confidential law enforcement sources in the area who witnessed the incident first hand near Minerales Annex Rd. They say there was a surveillance at the ranch and it lasted more than one day.
There is much more to the story and that the Laredo Mayor and local law enforcement still haven’t released to the public. Hopefully investigative journalists in the area will keep digging for the full truth about the Zeta incident and why it was covered up and is still being covered up, according to sources in Laredo.
For now here are excerpts from Laredo news station KRGV ABC who confirmed additional details;
“NORTH OF LAREDO - FM 1472 in Webb County, known as Mines Road, is at the center of an Internet firestorm. Bloggers are posting articles claiming members of the Mexican drug cartel Los Zetas seized at least one ranch in an area northwest of Laredo last month.
"It was just one of many unconfirmed rumors and threats that we get here on a daily basis," said Laredo Police Department spokesman Joe Baeza. "A rumor that spun out of control."
Baeza said it began with a law enforcement bulletin dated July 24 that was leaked to a blogger. It reads as follows:
"On Friday 7-23-10 Laredo Webb informed that their county SWAT Team is conducting an operation in the Mines Rd. area. According to LT. Garcia with LSO (Laredo Sheriff Office) received a call from a ranch owner stating that the Zetas had taken over his ranch. As per the 17 (reporting person) he informed them that they stated La Compania (Zetas) was taking the ranch and no one was permitted on the ranch without permission. SO (Sheriff Office) will have an unmarked green Ford Taurus with two officers stationed at Los Compadres and a white Chevy Tahoe with two officers stationed at Mineral Rd. The LSO (Laredo Sheriff Office) will maintain surveillance in the area and advise if action is taken. Susp (suspect) Veh (vehicle) are described as a gray or silver Audi, a BLK (black) Escalade or Navigator and a van truck with a logo of a car wash spot free on the side. Border Patrol also has their response team on scene. Also known info of BMW's and Corvettes entering and leaving the area. Auth LT Lichtenberger if assistance is requested LPD (Laredo Police Department) will secure the outer perimeter. (07/24/10 07:42:10 NR1873)"
Read more; http://www.krgv.com/news/local/story/Police-Zeta-Ranch-Invasion-Rumors-False/A7xenNc7d0aDMy2H0v6D_g.cspx
Stay tune for further updates along the southern border.
* drug cartels