In 15 days, the San Fernando Valley has become an area of contention for the Gulf (CDG) and Jalisco Nueva Generation (CJNG) cartels, who seek to control vast swaths of territory along routes to the northern border and the country’s center.
This morning, the Tamaulipas Secretary of Public Safety (SSP) activated code Red, Due to the presence of a convoy of trucks traveling from Matamoros to encircle the ejidos Francisco Villa, San Fernando, and the municipal seat of Cruilles.
At the same time, at the entrance to Mendez Municipality, armed men fired at police officers and blocked the road with a black Ranger Rover vehicle. When the police controlled, 3 people ran on foot; Inside the truck, they found an “injured woman and two weapons, one in the hands of the injured man and the other outside the vehicle.”
Criminal deployments also took place in Matamoros and Reynosa, with 4 blockades set up in cities and highway entrances, which were withdrawn without violence.
In San Fernando, armed citizens and a special group of State Guardsmen clashed until 2 alleged assailants were killed, and 6 vehicles and weapons were seized.
Public safety reports indicate that at Cruillas, an abandoned van was located upon impact, with strikeouts and a tactical vest, charger, and cartridges inside.
Eighth commandment. The military field pointed out that the elements of 8. In Matamoros, the Motorized Cavalry Regiment managed to seize 6 vehicles (2 with handmade armor), as well as a weapon, charger and cartridges, and tire punches.
Valley of criminals
The San Fernando Valley is made up of the municipalities of Burgos, Cruillas, Mendez, and San Fernando. Next to this area is the municipality of Jiménez, the location where a CJNG convoy appeared on Friday. The entire region connects to the border with the United States, Nuevo León, and Bajío, along major routes for smuggling money, drugs, people, and weapons.
According to testimony from Mexican criminals captured in the United States, the San Fernando Plaza was opened by the Gulf Cartel in the late 1990s, a nephew of Osiel Cárdenas Guillén.
In 2009, after founding the “Zetas” group, they took control of the region from him. There they committed atrocities such as massacres of Central American immigrants and Mexican travelers. Since the dissolution of the “Zetas”, the San Fernando Valley has conflicted with organized crime groups.