In a statement, he explained that the body was found inside a building on Calle del Sol Hills. Such action resulted from a citizen complaint, so naval personnel immediately went to that street, where they found the door open to a home, and they proceeded to look around, locating the body of César Dávila García, “El Gama”, apparently killed by a firearm.
In the place, he added, they also found a 9 mm handgun. According to the Navy, “El Gama” was Antonio Ezequiel Cardenas Guillen “Tony Tormenta” accountant, and after his death was allegedly appointed as head of Tampico’s plaza. He was later transferred to Matamoros, working again as the chief financial operator of the Gulf Cartel.
The cartel’s center of operations is in the northeastern border state of Tamaulipas, with its most important operational bases in Matamoros, Nuevo Laredo and Reynosa. These areas are critical from an operational and a financial standpoint. The cartel makes a substantial amount of money simply charging others for passage through the area. Other key northern cities include Monterrey, in Nuevo León. Southwards, the group is known to have established itself in at least 11 other states, as well as in the cities of Miguel Aleman, in Oaxaca, Morelia in Michoacán, and possibly also the Yucatán peninsula.
The Gulf Cartel is now confronted with the Frankenstein-like task of facing down a monster of their own creation. There are some indications that they have been able to drive a few elements of the Zetas out of Tamaulipas. But this DTO is holding on strong in the border towns, and it looks as though the Gulf has already lost much of its former monopoly over Mexico’s east coast to the Zetas. With the loss of Antonio Cárdenas Guillén, there is concern the Zetas will make another violent push into border towns like Reynosa and Matamoros.
- Mexico: Gulf Cartel’s accountant found shot dead (seattletimes.nwsource.com)
- Mexico: Gulf Cartel’s Accountant Found Shot Dead (abcnews.go.com)