>Latin America File: Mexico’s drug war spreads to Monterrey as gunmen commandeer trucks, buses, blockade highways to hamper counter-insurgency ops

>– Three US Citizens in Ciudad Juarez, Including Consular Worker, Gunned Down on March 14; State of Chihuahua Officials Suspect Los Aztecas Drug Gang

– US Secretary of State Clinton and Secretary of Defense Gates Head for Mexico City on Tuesday

Pictured above: Police stand next to a trailer truck that was stolen and then used as a barricade by gunmen in San Nicolas, a city on the outskirts of Monterrey, Mexico, on March 19, 2010.

Mexico’s drug war has several epicenters. Ciudad Juarez is the most well known, at least in the northern part of the country. However, the country’s narco-insurgency is spreading to Monterrey, another northern city.

On Friday, reports Reuters, quoting Mayor Fernando Larrazabal, armed men blocked highways with trucks and buses in Monterrey in an apparent attempt to hinder Mexican Army operations near the US border. Gunmen pulled truck and bus drivers out of their vehicles and then used the vehicles to blockade four-lane highways, slashing tires to make it harder to tow them away. Similar roadblocks were set up on Thursday.

“The blockades that we are seeing … could be actions by people linked to organized crime to block avenues and delay federal, state or municipal forces in some operations,” Larrazabal told the Milenio TV network.

On Thursday groups of mainly young men brandishing pistols and sticks began blocking roads, parking trailers and SUVs across highways, smashing windows and torching some vehicles. Police stated that no one was hurt in the incidents. Only two arrests were made because the gunmen fled after setting up the roadblocks.

“The guys arrested look like gang members,” observed Luis Carlos Trevino, police chief of Nuevo Leon state, of which Monterrey is the capital. Trevino related that over a 24-hour period there had been 31 road blockades in and around Monterrey, a manufacturing city inland from the border but close to Texas.

US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Secretary of Defense Robert Gates are slated to arrive in Mexico City on Tuesday to discuss the escalating drug violence with President Felipe Calderon. On March 14 three US citizens, including one US consular employee, were gunned down only minutes apart at two locations in Ciudad Juarez. State of Chihuahua officials suspect Los Azetecas drug gang carried out the assassinations.

We have reported that the Russian Mafia, consisting of “ex”-KGB types, is arming Mexico’s drug cartels, accelerating the country’s descent into the status of “failed state,” and that the Kremlin is disengenuously offering to help the Mexican government to suppress the insurgency. If the Soviet strategists are interested in positioning Communist Bloc troops in the US-Mexican border region, under the guise of a United Nations peacekeeping operation, then Mexico’s drug war offers a superb opportunity. Murdering US consular workers and their family members only contributes to the image of Calderon as a weak, ineffective leader, possibly providing an opening for the Mexican Left to assert itself.

2 responses to “>Latin America File: Mexico’s drug war spreads to Monterrey as gunmen commandeer trucks, buses, blockade highways to hamper counter-insurgency ops

  1. mah29001 March 20, 2010 at 4:29 pm

    >There are reports that stated the gunmen involved in the recent murders of American consulate workers may have mistaken them for somebody else…well they picked on the wrong people.I think Mexico's own situation calls for American intervention itself.

  2. mah29001 March 20, 2010 at 8:03 pm

    >I find it quite odd to why Felipe Calderon doesn't seem to mind the Kremlin's aid even though it caused much of the crisis to begin with, with fueling these drug cartels with Communist governments of Cuba and Venezuela.I say put American troops on the ground to solve the problem. But the pro-Open Border advocates within the U.S. government itself are not going to be happy with that solution either.

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