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Mexican Gulf Cartel Apologizes for Killing Americans, Turns in Those Responsible

Mexican Gulf Cartel Apologizes for Killing Americans, Turns in Those Responsible

The Mexican drug cartel allegedly responsible for ambushing and kidnapping four Americans supposedly wrote a letter apologizing for the incident.

The attack killed two of the kidnapped Americans:

In a letter obtained by The Associated Press through a Tamaulipas state law enforcement source, the Scorpions faction of the Gulf cartel apologized to the residents of Matamoros where the Americans were kidnapped, the Mexican woman who died in the cartel shootout, and the four Americans and their families.

“We have decided to turn over those who were directly involved and responsible in the events, who at all times acted under their own decision-making and lack of discipline,” the letter reads, adding that those individuals had gone against the cartel’s rules, which include “respecting the life and well-being of the innocent.”

Drug cartels have been known to issue communiques to intimidate rivals and authorities, but also at times like these to do some public relations work to try to smooth over situations that could affect their business. And last Friday’s violence in Matamoros was bad for cartel business.

Matamoros is right across the border from Brownsville, TX.

Mexican security analyst David Saucedo explained the cartels often perform “public relations work” because incidents like the Americans’ murders are bad for their business:

The Americans’ killings brought National Guard troops and an Army special forces outfit running patrols that “heat up the plaza” in narco terminology, Mexican security analyst David Saucedo said.

“It is very difficult right now for them to continue working in terms of street-level drug sales and transferring drugs to the United States; they are the first ones interested in closing this chapter as soon as possible,” Saucedo said.

The men kidnapped the Americans “after being caught in the crossfire of rival cartels shortly after crossing the U.S. border with Mexico.”

Authorities figured it was mistaken identity:

The video of the violent incident shows armed men in body armor dragging one person across the pavement and pushing a woman into the bed of a white truck, then dragging two more men who appear to be wounded across the pavement and loading them into the bed of the same truck.

Photos from the scene show a white minivan with North Carolina plates riddled with bullet holes shortly after the kidnappings, with a woman who reportedly witnessed the attack telling the Associated Press she saw the minivan collide with another vehicle before hearing gunfire and seeing armed men approach the van.

“All of a sudden they (the gunmen) were in front of us,” said the woman, who declined to be identified for fear of retaliation. “I entered a state of shock, nobody honked their horn, nobody moved. Everybody must have been thinking the same thing, ‘If we move they will see us, or they might shoot us.’”


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    JohnSmith100 in reply to gonzotx. | March 9, 2023 at 8:38 pm

    WE need to follow Israel’s lead, start targeting these slime bags, no prisoners, either Mexico controls them, or we take care of it.

      Milhouse in reply to JohnSmith100. | March 9, 2023 at 11:58 pm

      Israel doesn’t do that. Maybe it should, but it doesn’t. So if we were to start such a policy, maybe Israel will follow our lead. But not until Israel frees itself of the judicial dictatorship that currently controls it.

        JohnSmith100 in reply to Milhouse. | March 10, 2023 at 3:17 pm

        Israel does target and take out PalyScum, the only thing wrong with their approach is the see collateral damage as a mistake, when it is really a feature. Majority of those people approve of terrorism, that makes teaching them terror a reasonable approach. There is a rather neat weapon perfect for the job. I have noticed that when I mention it the posts disappear. When I look at history of of the Middle East I see belligerents who only understand one thing.

          Milhouse in reply to JohnSmith100. | March 12, 2023 at 3:57 am

          The IDF does not kill someone if it can safely capture them, and once someone has been captured and neutralized, if a soldier kills them the soldier goes to prison.

          Maybe it shouldn’t be that way, but it is, and so long as the judiciary and the unelected “legal advisers” have absolute power it will remain that way.

    I think the better word is shameless—in regard the Biden Administration and the Mexican gov.

SeymourButz | March 9, 2023 at 7:16 pm

You hear that everyone? The drug dealers that behead people on tape said their sorry.

Just do the world a favor and wipe them out.

    fscarn in reply to SeymourButz. | March 9, 2023 at 9:29 pm

    “wrote a letter apologizing for the incident.wrote a letter apologizing for the incident”

    See, at heart they’re rather decent chaps. Just misunderstood. Lets give them many more chances.

    On their behalf I sign as their friend, Karen


    U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham is leading the effort to categorize Mexican drug cartels as foreign terrorist organizations. And he wants the military to destroy the drug cartels. But hey, according to the most vocal LI commenters here, he’s a RINO, GOPe, globalist, Uni-party, etc. etc. So never mind..

      Close The Fed in reply to JR. | March 10, 2023 at 10:47 am

      He is a RINO Globalist UniParty. Wake up. I’ll make coffee for you.

      Hey Lindsay is not always wrong, just mostly wrong. Embrace the conjunctive power of “and”

      JohnSmith100 in reply to JR. | March 10, 2023 at 3:36 pm

      Is there some reason we need Lindsey Graham to kick the shit out of Mexican drug cartels? Considering UN’s involvement, we need to withdraw and kick the UN off our soil.

When are they going to apologize for the millions killed by the drugs they’re smuggling across the border?

    CommoChief in reply to txvet2. | March 9, 2023 at 8:47 pm

    Probably gonna be waiting a while for the apology. They do supply products that the market in the USA demands just as the East India Company provided opium to the market of China. In both cases people want these drugs.

    The Cartels generally do a very good job of keeping the violence on the Mexican side of the border. Occasionally there is a lapse but the Cartels deal with it just like this. Not b/c they are nice folks but b/c it is good business. The last thing the Cartels want is a confrontation with the US.

    That said the day is approaching when direct action will have to be made against the Cartels. In the interim a designation as a terrorist group would give additional authority to seize assets among other things.

Reports are that all four of the people had criminal records. Drugs. Duh!

Will that info hit the mainstream media? DOUBT IT!

    InEssence in reply to tiger66. | March 9, 2023 at 11:54 pm

    Those records were pretty long. Their story doesn’t add up. The handcuffed people who were “responsible” may not have anything to do with it.

So the possibility of military action bothers them.

Why do we live in a world where a cartel will hold their own accountable, but not a single D who incited, funded, and enabled the “mostly peaceful” riots for years will ever be held to account?

Drug cartels are really, really bad people. But in comparison to democrats, they look like saints.

henrybowman | March 9, 2023 at 8:50 pm

I never thought I’d live to see the day when the Gulf Cartel showed more integrity than the FBI Hostage Rescue Team.

healthguyfsu | March 9, 2023 at 10:32 pm

They are just acting in good faith on all of their pre-arrangements with the Big Guy and other crime families in DC.

Drug cartels have been known to issue communiques to intimidate rivals and authorities, but also at times like these to do some public relations work to try to smooth over situations that could affect their business. And last Friday’s violence in Matamoros was bad for cartel business.

You mean something like:

H. J. RES. 18

To authorize the use of United States Armed Forces against those responsible for trafficking fentanyl or a fentanyl-related substance into the United States or carrying out other related activities that cause regional destabilization in the Western Hemisphere.

I guess that would be bad for their business.


It seems like some people are worried the United States will get serious and use its military. They showed their fear so quickly.

    Close The Fed in reply to LukeHandCool. | March 10, 2023 at 10:51 am

    This. ^^^^.

    When Americans are getting killed in the daylight in the street, sometimes Americans notice and expect something to be done.

    This isn’t like a fentynal death, that many believe is a voluntary ingestion that happens in a bedroom or a hospital.

    So, yeah, the cartels don’t want Americans to become incensed and demand action. We are truly the sleeping bear.

This is strange. I get the message they are trying to send (we’re giving you these guys on a plate, so don’t come for all of us), but why these guys? They weren’t delivered with bullets in their heads like you’d expect in a bad movie but alive. Presumably, intel can be gleaned from them about the cartel and its operations, no? Or are these just some poor chumps they found in an alley somewhere? I have a lot of questions, but yeah, they may be worried about U.S. military intervention . . . from some future president. They certainly can’t be worried about THIS president doing anything of the kind. I’d be more surprised by that, sadly, than to learn he (or Hunter) is on their payroll.

    CommoChief in reply to Fuzzy Slippers. | March 10, 2023 at 8:01 am

    They likely turned over street level dealers/enforcers who committed the acts. These folks probably don’t have a whole lot knowledge about the operations beyond what the Mexican Police already know.

    The Cartels don’t want to confront the US directly. They will happily give up low level folks to avoid either their suspected banking and other assets being seized or direct targeted military action against them.

    In many ways the Cartels have established a parallel ‘govt’ or authority in Mexico. They sometimes provide basic services, they somewhat rein in crime in certain areas. It’s a huge mess.

      jhkrischel in reply to CommoChief. | March 10, 2023 at 8:13 am

      Even if they turned in a mid-level boss, not a single one of them is gonna squeal. They’re there as a sacrifice, and they’ll be good little dawgies and take the punishment without snitching, so their family doesn’t get wiped off the face of the map three generations up and down.

      I don’t remember this style of repentance happening after they killed a bunch of fundamentalist mormons in mexico, but perhaps something happened but wasn’t covered.

Biden in 2024?

Well, they said they were sorry so according to Progressives and Democrats that’s good enough. Let’s move on.

As bad as these guys are – and the cartels are evil run by evil people – they actually apologized for killing Americans and appeared to be returning the killers for Justice.

That’s more than the Biden administration does.

When drug cartels to show more justice and willingness to forthrightly apologize than the Biden admin, you know how bad your ruling elite is.

E Howard Hunt | March 10, 2023 at 8:47 am

It is so refreshing to see those in authority admitting an error, apologizing for it, and taking quick action to alleviate the harm. Maybe the cartel could reach out to our political and corporate leaders with advice that would raise them far upward to the cartel’s level of morality.

find them all. End them All. that is all

Did the cartel offer anything to the families of the victims? I mean besides a lifetime supply of Chinese-based fentanyl?

That all being said, this very well could have just been a drug war with american drug dealers:

Apparently, the “going to Mexico for cheap plastic surgery” story is at least a little bit sus.

Really? Or did they just grab five innocent Mexicans whom they didn’t like, threaten them with reprisals against their families, and dump them? My guess is that a Mexican cartel wouldn’t be so quick to turn on its own. over a few dead Yanquis.

The expression “rival cartels” is something of a contradiction in terms isn’t it? In the past the word “cartel” was used to refer to a group of sellers who combined to avoid competition.

Another word that no longer has any meaning.