Nephew of Mexican cartel kingpin busted in Texas - Houston Chronicle
This is becoming more and more common. It is leading to more and more violence on the US side of the border, as rival's like the Zeta's come over here to settle scores. When this person was picked up, he admitted the Zeta's are looking for him.
As things heat up in Mexico for these Cartel leaders, they used to head for their hometowns to hide in plain sight, with the towns helping, Calderon has made this more and more difficult as his harder to corrupt Federal teams raid these towns more and more. For a while like former Colombian Cartel leaders they would head to prisons, where they had police protection, but could still operate their business.
Now they are buying up small developments in the US, and making virtual armed compounds, where they can run Cartel operations in relative safety. As some developers had a hard time selling homes in plots they had developed, Cartel's started buying some of them up. Compounds of as many as 15 houses, designed to be gated communities, are now becoming private sanctuary for Cartel operations.
They spend money, help with dwindling tax base's in many smaller cities, all which makes the community leaders to put their heads in the sand, and ignore the growing problem. Restaurants and Bars are seeing higher numbers, which also makes them push to keep any bad press down, to protect business.
What everyone needs to do, is look at Mexican border towns like Reynosa, where they also had a booming business up tic in the late 90's early 2000's, and are now ghost towns, as people hide from the violence.
The city fathers on the US border towns, are saying it can not happen here, yet, restaurant and bar owners are already getting partnership offers from people they do not want to do business with. Many are selling and moving further North, to cut their losses, that they see coming. A recent shooting in a Tx border town happen on a major roadway, the police knew the victim was associated with Cartel leaders on the Mexico side, something they offered up that same night to the reporters on the scene. They it turned out also knew that as recently as a few hours before a rival cartel leader on the Mexico side had been killed. Yet still refused to make the leap that this was the payback hit on the US side.
While teaching a course on security in Colorado this weekend, I found students, all veterans returning home from Iraq and Afghanistan, a couple that used to live on the border, saying they are not going home, their families are telling them it is getting to violent. Kid's in Jr High Schools are being recruited by Cartels associated with US street gangs, and yet folks are saying there is not a problem on the US side.