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Two of four Americans kidnapped at gunpoint by Mexican drugs cartel found dead

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UPDATE via Daily Mail:

Two Americans kidnapped at gunpoint at the US-Mexico border by ‘Gulf Cartel’ have been found dead while two others have been located alive but one wounded.

The Governor of Tamaulipas confirmed the condition of the four Americans in a press conference on Tuesday.

The Tamaulipas State Attorney General’s Office said: ‘The four American citizens deprived of their liberty last Friday were found.

‘Unfortunately two are dead. Investigation and intelligence work continues to capture those responsible. Details will be given later.’

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The terrifying ordeal was caught on video of the four Americans being shot at, then kidnapped at gunpoint by a Mexican drugs cartel. The Americans drove over the border into Matamoros, Mexico on Friday in a white minivan. Shortly after entering Mexican territory the vehicle came under attack, according to an investigation being done by the San Antonio FBI office.

The Daily Mail reports that a U.S. official with knowledge of the incident told CNN that the four Americans were in Mexico for a medical procedure, according to documents that were found inside their vehicle. The official said that the cartel henchmen confused the group with Haitian smugglers.

‘All four Americans were placed in a vehicle and taken from the scene by armed men,’ said the office. The FBI is offering a $50,000 reward for the return of the victims and the apprehension of the culprits.

 

 

 

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$18 million dollars’ worth of methamphetamine hidden within a shipment of squash

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U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers working at the Otay Mesa Commercial Facility discovered $18 million dollars’ worth of methamphetamine hidden within a shipment of squash.

Customs and Border Patrol (CBP) revealed in a press release on Monday, at approximately 6:47 a.m.,that CBP officers encountered a 44-year-old male driving a commercial tractor-trailer with a shipment manifested for squash. The driver, a valid border crossing card holder, was referred for further examination by CBP officers along with the tractor-trailer and shipment.

Non-intrusive scanning technology was utilized to conduct a full scan of the tractor trailer which showed irregularities and CBP officers requested a CBP human and narcotics detection canine. The canine team responded and alerted officers to the presence of narcotics.

A total of 1,419 packages concealed within the shipment of squash was discovered and extracted. The narcotics were tested and identified as methamphetamine with a total weight of 11,469 pounds with an estimated street value of $18,350,400.

“Our officers’ commitment to duty, excellence, and the safety of our nation is truly commendable. These results serve as an outstanding display of effectiveness in thwarting the illegal importation of narcotics,” stated Rosa E. Hernandez, Otay Mesa Area Port Director. “Their exceptional efforts truly embody the highest standards of service.”

The seizures are part of Operation Apollo, a holistic counter-fentanyl effort that began on October 26, 2023 in southern California, and expanded to Arizona on April 10, 2024, the CBP release reveals. Operation Apollo focuses on intelligence collection and partnerships, and utilizes local CBP field assets augmented by federal, state, local, tribal, and territorial partners to boost resources, increase collaboration, and target the smuggling of fentanyl into the United States.

The CDC states that more than 150 people die every day from drug overdoses related to synthetic opioids derived from fentanyl.

 

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