Video: U.S. Special Ops Team Crosses the Border into Mexico; Escorted by Mexican Military
Last week, a U.S. special operations team was seen crossing the border from Brownsville, Texas into Matamoros, Mexico. Eyewitness reports mention that the U.S. convoy consisted of two or perhaps three SUV’s with what appeared to be armed military personnel onboard.
The Mexican military waited on the Matamoros side of the border, and once the U.S. team crossed into Mexico, they escorted them to a nearby military base. The Mexican military and the local police in Matamoros apparently established a route to escort the Americans because traffic cops were placed ahead of time in order to quickly get the convoy through Avenida Sexta (Sixth Avenue).
A helicopter followed the convoy from the U.S. side of the border until it reached the Mexican military base. A video showing the convoy in Matamoros was broadcasted by Univision.
When asked by the Mexican media, Brigadier General Gonzales Cruz, Commander of the 8th Military Regiment in Northern Mexico, declined to comment about the incident. The Mayor of Matamoros, Alfonso Sanchez, said that the men were not military personnel but U.S. Federal Agents. However, the local press maintained that the men were military members.
Both in Matamoros and in the nearby city of Reynosa, there have been numerous reports of people seeing ‘plain clothes’ military personnel gathering in key strategic areas. These groups of about 12 to 18 men carrying M4 automatic rifles have been seen meeting in public, using military courtesies such as hand salutes.
Two months ago, the leader of the Gulf Drug Cartel, Rafael Cardenas (nephew of the infamous Gulf Cartel leader, Osiel Cardenas, currently serving time in the U.S.) was arrested in Port Isabel, Texas. It is rumored that a Gulf Cartel faction headed by Eduardo Costilla, aka. ‘El Coss,’ tipped off the authorities so they could arrest Cardenas. Therefore, Costilla would have full control of the cartel.
However, Cardenas himself may also be providing information to authorities about Costilla and his allies. The Mexican military and the U.S. Government may be making preparations to capture Costilla thanks to information provided by Rafael Cardenas.
Since the arrest of Osiel Cardenas in 2003, the Gulf Drug Cartel broke into different factions. Some remained loyal to the Cardenas Family, others followed Eduardo Costilla, and their enforcement group, known as los Zetas broke away from the cartel and started their own operation.