MATAMOROS, Tamaulipas — The failed strategy by the Mexican government has created a new issue in this border city where organized crime has tried to diminish common crime in an effort to lower public attention. Drug cartels appear to be succeeding in lowering common crime, something that the State of Tamaulipas has failed in.
“They cut my fingers off for being a thief,” the tattoo on the forehead of a suspected criminal explained. Information obtained by this outlet points to the victim being connected to a series of burglaries in the city. His kidnapping and torture appear to be a “lesson” on behalf of cartel members. The objective of the strategy is to create terror among common criminals to keep them from “heating up the plaza” or calling attention to the region with petty crime.
During the last 45 days, the security strategy that has been taking place in this city has been run by the Gulf Cartel. Gunmen with the criminal organization have spread the word among common criminals that those who target innocent civilians will be mutilated, punished or murdered.
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