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    U.S. LEO a Target

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    FOXNews.com - Mexican 'Assassin Teams' May Target U.S. Law Enforcement, DHS Warns

    Mexican 'Assassin Teams' May Target U.S. Law Enforcement, DHS Warns

    By Joshua Rhett Miller
    - FOXNews.com

    Law enforcement officers in west Texas are on guard following an alert issued by the Department of Homeland Security warning of retaliatory killings for a recent crackdown on the Barrio Azteca gang.


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    March 30: Police officers escort Ricardo Valles de la Rosa, right, to a court hearing in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico.

    Law enforcement officers in west Texas are on guard following an alert issued by the Department of Homeland Security warning of retaliatory killings for a recent crackdown on the Barrio Azteca gang.
    David Cuthbertson, special agent in charge of the FBI's El Paso division, said the paramilitary-style gang has an "open policy" to kill its rivals and may turn its sights toward local law enforcement officers.
    "[They] are extremely cold-blooded and aggressive," Cuthbertson told FoxNews.com. "The killings are done really without thought and any kind of remorse."
    Citing uncorroborated information, Homeland Security issued an Officer Safety Alert on March 22, advising lawmen in the El Paso sector to vary their routes to and from work and to wear body armor while on duty. The alert also suggested that officers' relatives pay closer attention to unusual activity in the area.
    "The Barrio Azteca gang may issue a 'green light' authorizing the attempted murder of [law enforcement officers] in the El Paso area," the alert read. "Due to the threat, it is recommended that [law enforcement officers] take extra safety precautions."


    The Barrio Azteca gang, which formed in Texas prisons in the 1980s, is a brother organization to the Aztecas gang in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico, the epicenter of Mexico's violent drug war, Cuthbertson said.
    He said members of the gang's "assassination teams" are thought to work for very small monthly fees. One official from the Drug Enforcement Administration has said Aztecas have been known to kill for as little as $100. Since 2006, drug violence across Mexico has claimed nearly 18,000 lives.
    Eduardo "Tablas" Ravelo, the reputed boss of Barrio Azteca members living in Juarez, remains on the FBI's Ten Most Wanted List, and the FBI is offering a reward of up to $100,000 for information leading to his arrest. He and other Barrio Azteca gang members serve as hitmen for the Vicente Carrillo Fuentes drug trafficking organization -- also known as the Juarez cartel -- and are responsible for several killings, according to the FBI.
    The DHS warning came just days after hundreds of Barrio Azteca gang members were interviewed by officials from the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) and FBI following the murders of three people linked to the U.S. Consulate in Ciudad Juarez on March 13. More than 200 officers from at least 18 agencies participated in "Operation Knockdown," which resulted in at least 26 felony arrests of alleged Azteca members.
    The Barrio Aztecas are believed to be aligned with the Juarez cartel against the Sinaloa drug cartel for control of the billion-dollar drug-trafficking routes through the El Paso-Ciudad Juarez corridor. Since 2008, the Aztecas have been rivals of the Artistic Assassins, or "Double A's," who serve as contract killers for the Sinaloa cartel, Cuthbertson said.
    "They're very organized," he said. "They have a code they go by and certainly a communication network inside and outside of the prison system."
    Cuthbertson said Barrio Azteca gang members have been found in central Texas towns like Odessa and Midland, as well as in southern New Mexico.
    Ricardo Valles de la Rosa, an Azteca sergeant, said last week in a purported confession that his gang was hunting for the vehicle of a Texas jail guard who was killed in one of two SUVs attacked in the March 13 shootings that killed El Paso jail officer Arthur Redelfs, his wife Lesley Enriquez, who worked as an employee of the U.S. consulate in Ciudad Juarez, and Jorge Alberto Salcido, the husband of another consulate worker.
    Valles de la Rosa, according to his statement, was instructed by Azteca brass to target Redelfs due to alleged harsh treatment of Azteca members in jail. Valles de la Rosa was ordered last week to be held for trial on weapons charges for allegedly carrying a 9mm pistol when he was arrested.
    Ron Martin, president of the El Paso Municipal Police Officers' Association, said that while he takes any threat to the law enforcement community seriously, he won't change his habits.

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    Quote Originally Posted by lewisipso View Post
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    All this was predicted over a decade ago by Texas LEO like Sheriff Ziggy Gonzales in Zapada County around the border, but Washington wouldn't listen.

    Also when Texas Gov Perry announced last year that Texas has been working on war plans for quite some time. in case Mexican cartels or even renegade Mexican army groups attack the Texas border towns in some way, but Latino groups accused him of being paranoid and racist even as kidnappings and murders increased all around them.

    I've also heard that the Minuteman volunteer groups have curtailed their activities around the border because it's just too dangerous without having some serious firepower in case they piss off one of the cartels.

    BTW, the US Park Service's SWAT team was training a few years ago for gun battles on the border - But not with drug traffickers, they were training to attack and/or defend themselves against the MINUTEMEN, because they observed that most of the Minutemen were armed. Shows you how out-of-touch Washington is. I know this because of a friend who sold some equipment to them at one of their training facilities in Colorado or somewhere over that way, and that's what they told him they were training for. That's the only evidence I have, but I believe it.

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    Amen to that Ducky. Texans watch your six.


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    Heck, everyone watch your six. There are some crazy you-know-whats out there... scary how LE is now considered a "legitimate" target by these scumbags.

 

 

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