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Mexican cartel gunmen throw torches at border port to protest new Texas checkpoints

On Wednesday, cartel gunmen set fire to three tractor-trailers outside an international port of entry to protest Texas’ rollout of new border control programs ahead of the overturning of Title 42. The fire comes at a time when truckers and politicians on both sides of the border are opposing additional vehicle inspections ordered by Gov. Greg Abbott.

The case unfolded Wednesday afternoon in Reynosa, near the Pharr international port of entry. The government of Tamaulipas revealed that a group of men driving around in SUVs set fire to three tractor-trailers that were waiting at the port. State police forces were able to track the men using surveillance cameras. Authorities successfully arrested three men suspected of being part of the Reynosa faction of the Gulf Cartel and seized two vehicles. It remains unclear whether other gunmen participated. Inside one of the vehicles, authorities found a can of gasoline.

The three men are in custody and are being questioned. The fire comes at a time when truckers staged protests against secondary checkpoints ordered by Texas Governor Greg Abbott. These checkpoints are part of a series of preparations Texas is conducting before Title 42 ends May 23. After sunset, illegal border crossings are expected to increase exponentially according to a draft DHS planning document exclusively released by Breitbart Texas.

Ildefonso Ortiz is an award-winning journalist from Breitbart Texas. He co-founded Breitbart Texas’ Cartel Chronicles project with Brandon Darby and senior Breitbart management. You can follow him on Twitter and on Facebook. He can be contacted at [email protected].

Brandon Darby is the managing director and editor of Breitbart Texas. He co-founded Breitbart Texas’ Cartel Chronicles project with Ildefonso Ortiz and senior Breitbart management. Follow him on Twitter and Facebook. He can be contacted at [email protected].

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