As I walked out in Laredo one day
I spied Los Zetas gunmen fro the Mexican cartels taking over two ranches on the Texas side of the Mexican-US border.
Or, I didn't.
I would bet on Bob Owens, who called local law enforcement and got this:
The deputy that answered the phone there was less bemused, having also dealt with this rumor multiple times in a short amount of time. She also told me that there was no invasion and no law enforcement siege, and that deputies were continuing normal operations.
Don’t believe the hype.
Several intersections in the City of Nuevo Laredo, Mexico were shut down as gun battles erupted between the Mexican military and heavily armed “hit men” from a Mexican drug cartel. The gunfire could be heard across the U.S. border in Laredo, Texas leading citizens there to call 911.
The Latin American Herald Tribune reports, ““Nine criminals, two civilians and a soldier were killed in the three clashes between elements of the National Defense Secretariat and members of organized crime, and 21 people were wounded.” That information is attributed to the Government Secretariat from Mexico.
The U.S. Consulate in Nuevo Laredo had posted warnings on its website hours before the gunfire was reported by Texas citizens, “We have received credible reports of widespread violence occurring now between narcotics-trafficking organizations and the Mexican army in Nuevo Laredo.”
So - is it possible that a group of outnumbered and outgunned cartel members crossed the border figuring it would be better to be captured by the American government than shot by the Mexican federales? That strikes me as not-impossible.
The story saying that the cartels are coming adds this detail:
There is a news blackout of this incident at this time and the sources inside Laredo PD spoke on the condition of anonymity.
A news blackout makes sense while the diplomats sort this out (and certainly Team Obama wouldn't want this publicized while they are suing Arizona) but then again, any conspiracy theorist would know to include that.
I would say, stay tuned and stay skeptical.