Posted on March 16, 2022

Mexican Border Shootings Close US Crossing After Capo Arrest

Associated Press, March 15, 2022

Gunfire and burning vehicles in the Mexican border city of Nuevo Laredo led U.S. officials to close the U.S. consulate there and briefly shut down close border crossings Monday.

The gunfire erupted late Sunday after the arrest of a leader of one faction of the Northeast Cartel, the successor group to the old Zetas Cartel, Mexico’s most bloodthirsty gang. Suspected cartel members opened fire and hijacked and burned vehicles, apparently in retaliation for the arrest.

U.S Customs and Border Protection said that southbound traffic from Laredo, Texas, into Nuevo Laredo at the Juarez-Lincoln and Gateway to the Americas bridges was suspended, but re-opened early Monday morning.

The U.S. consulate in Nuevo Laredo was closed to the public, and existing appointments were to be rescheduled. There were reports the consulate building was hit by gunfire {snip}