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Three hundred pounds [300 pounds] of Marijuana shoot-out!


Marijuana packaged for sale!

Marijuana packaged for sale!

Police sting gone wrong! Nothing in the ordinary happened; to the contrary, things went sour.

Shortly before the marijuana delivery [300 pounds] was to be made Monday afternoon, three sport-utility vehicles carrying Los Zetas cartel gunmen seemingly came out of nowhere and cut off the tanker truck as it MI ambled through northwest Harris County.

They riddled the cab with bullets, killing the driver, who was secretly working with the government. A sheriff’s deputy, who was driving nearby in another vehicle, was wounded, possibly by friendly fire.

“We are not going to tolerate these types of thugs out there using their weapons like the Wild, Wild West,” said Javier Pena, the new head of the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration‘s Houston Division. “We are going after them.” “Everybody is surprised at the brazenness,” Pena continued as he stressed a full court press by the DEA, the sheriff and police. “We haven’t seen this type of violence, which concerns us.”

Sources discussed aspects of the shoot-out on the condition that they not be identified publicly due to the sensitivity of the ongoing investigation. A contingent of law-enforcement officers had been covertly shadowing the truck as it eased its way through the Houston area to deliver a load of marijuana fresh from the Rio Grande Valley.

As the gunmen attacked, officers quickly jumped into the fray and also opened fire on the attackers. The truck kept rolling until it careened off the roadway and came to a halt. Dozens of law-enforcement officers descended on the scene as well as fanned out in the surrounding neighborhoods.

 Four suspects, all believed to be citizens of Mexico, were arrested and charged Monday with capital murder in connection with the shooting. They are Eric De Luna, 23; Fernando Tavera, 19; Ricardo Ramirez, 35 and Rolando Resendiz, 34. 

The sheriff’s deputy, who has not yet been identified publicly, was hit in the knee during the melee, which involved several cars and guns. The eight-year veteran was expected to spend Thursday night in the hospital, but make a full recovery.

A spokeswoman for the Harris County Sheriff’s Office, said much of the incident remains under investigation, including who shot the deputy and the driver. “Until we get that forensic analysis back we won’t know for sure,” she said. “There were several people firing weapons. As for who shot who, that is still under investigation.”

Authorities would not discuss how the deceased driver, who in addition to being a confidential informant and holding a job as a commercial truck driver, first made contact with the traffickers.

While some of the arrested attackers have allegedly admitted to an affiliation with the Mexico-based Zetas, authorities said they are trying to determine why such a bold and risky attack was launched over just 300 pounds of marijuana. 

Sources, who concede this case is especially puzzling, said that if the Zetas had learned the truck driver was an informant and wanted him dead, there were smarter ways to get him, rather than risk an assault on a truck watched so closely by law enforcement. “If it was a straight assassination, there were points in this controlled delivery where he would have just been a sitting duck,” said a law-enforcement source speaking on the condition of anonymity.

 A theory being closely looked at is that someone from the drug underworld knew what the truck looked like and knew where it was going, and decided to get crew together to stage a rip-off, but thought much more marijuana was hidden in the truck. 

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Posted by on 11/24/2011 in Crime!


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Rafael Cardenas Vela known as “Pedro and Junior” in pink shorts going to Jail in Texas!

Osiel Cardenas Guillen, convicted Mexican drug...
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The up-and-coming nephew of imprisoned Gulf Cartel king Osiel Cardenas Guillen is in U.S. custody after being arrested in deep South Texas, where he had decked out a luxury home, concealed his identity and was hiding from both the law and his fellow Mexican underworld rivals.

Rafael Cardenas Vela was wearing pink shorts and loafers while being driven to South Padre Island by his bodyguards when their pickup was pulled over by police, who were working with federal agents and had been tipped to his whereabouts.

Cardenas, apparently 38 years old, admitted to traveling under another man’s passport as well as an immigration permit to enter the United States, and that for years he has smuggled marijuana and cocaine, according to an affidavit made public Tuesday.

His arrest is seen as especially significant, as he is believed to not only have climbed the ranks of the family business but have been a possible protégé of his infamous uncle, convicted in Houston and locked away in the Supermax prison in Colorado.

“He was giving orders,” a law-enforcement official speaking anonymously said of the younger Cardenas. “He was coming up, his name was coming up more and more.”

Cardenas did not have a private lawyer listed in court records as of Tuesday afternoon, and the court-appointed attorneys for his reputed bodyguards, who also were arrested, declined comment.

No shots were fired as Cardenas and three bodyguards were pulled over by a Port Isabel police officer. Cardenas and his crew were riding in a new Ford F-150 pickup, and were not carrying weapons, drugs or large amounts of cash.

Nothing in his name Cardenas apparently had avoided scrutiny in the Rio Grande Valley by not keeping anything in his name, including multiple vehicles, a condominium on South Padre Island, a house in Brownsville and a 3,100-square-foot house just west of Rio Hondo – all within about 30 miles of the U.S.-Mexico border.

The melon-colored home with an extravagant marble bar by a swimming pool is surrounded by walls and sits on several acres, with llamas, horses and other animals, according to authorities. Among the things being confiscated by authorities: wave runners, all-terrain vehicles, a sport-utility vehicle and a loaded Dodge Charger.

Time apparently had run out for Cardenas, also known as Pedro and Junior.

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Posted by on 10/26/2011 in Crime!, Mexican Drug Cartels


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