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Gulf Cartel’s Hostages Rescued in Nuevo Laredo

June 6th 2012   ·   0 Comments

Thirteen people were rescued from a house in Nuevo Laredo last week, apparently being held hostage by Gulf Cartel members (Cartel del Golfo / CDG). The hostages were released on June 1st, by Mexican Marines.

The Gulf Cartel has operated in Nuevo Laredo for decades, but during the last 3 years it has been dominated by the Los Zetas. The Gulf Cartel has tried to make a push, with help from the Sinaloa Cartel, to take back Nuevo Laredo. The Nuevo Laredo plaza is perhaps the most valuable smuggling corridors along the whole US/Mexico border.

The Gulf Cartel has had its own disputes among its organization, mainly due to the agreements that have been made with the Sinaloa Cartel. Not all cells agreed to the terms, and have since attempted to splinter off.

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