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Mexican border shootings shut down passage to US after capo arrested


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Gunfire and burning vehicles in the Mexican border town of Nuevo Laredo led US officials to close the US consulate there and briefly close nearby border crossings on Monday.

The gunfire erupted Sunday night after the arrest of a leader of a faction of the Northeast Cartel, the successor group to the former Zetas Cartel, Mexico’s bloodiest gang. Suspected cartel members opened fire and hijacked and torched vehicles, apparently in retaliation for the arrest.

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

A sign just across the border fence warns of trespassing in Brownsville, Texas on Feb. 11, 2022. (Jim Watson/AFP via Getty Images)

The US consulate in Nuevo Laredo was closed to the public and appointments had to be rescheduled. There were reports that the consulate building was hit by gunfire, but the US Embassy in Mexico City did not immediately confirm this.

US Ambassador Ken Salazar said, “I have raised our serious concerns about these incidents and the safety and security of our employees directly with the Government of Mexico.

The arrested suspect has not been identified by full name, in accordance with Mexican law.

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The Mexican military said he was the leader of the cartel gunmen known as “Hell’s Troops”. They are an extremely violent and heavily armed gang of hitmen.

The suspect’s nickname – “The Egg” – corresponds to Juan Gerardo Treviño, a nephew of imprisoned Zetas leader Miguel Angel Treviño.

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The suspect, who allegedly had two illegal firearms when arrested, faces extortion, homicide and terrorism charges in Mexico. He is also wanted for extradition to the United States for conspiracy to traffic drugs and launder money.


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