(ConcernedPatriot.com) – According to American and Mexican law authorities, two of the four Americans kidnapped in Matamoros, Tamaulipas, were slain by a Gulf Cartel cell.
According to reports, the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), and Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) are collaborating with Mexican officials to find the missing people.
Authorities in the area have verified who the criminal underboss is. José Alberto Garcia Vilano is the current operational head of the Gulf Cartel in Matamoros. It is often referred to as “La Kena or Ciclon 19” in the criminal underground.
According to federal law enforcement officials in Mexico, La Kena has armed guards patrolling the whole city, and they fired shots at the four Americans.
Four Americans were shot at and kidnapped by cartel members in Matamoros, MX. Take a look at the kidnapping that occurred in BROAD DAYLIGHT on the US-Mexico border: pic.twitter.com/6SQLlGZtQ9
— Steve Hanke (@steve_hanke) March 6, 2023
The law enforcement source claimed that La Kena or a member of his inner circle would ultimately have to issue the order to kidnap them.
According to a previous Breitbart Texas story, La Kena was reportedly demoted from a boss in 2021 but has since rebounded.
It is still unknown how the scrutiny surrounding the murder and kidnapping of Americans would impact his criminal career.
BREAKING: The Mexican president said two of the four kidnapped Americans were found dead Tuesday after they were kidnapped last week after crossing into Mexico. A third was discovered injured and the fourth unharmed.
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— NewsNation (@NewsNation) March 7, 2023
On Monday afternoon, the Tamaulipas Attorney General’s Office said they were conducting a massive search for the North Carolina citizens in coordination with U.S. officials. Authorities began searching stash homes by Monday night.
#México Esta noche autoridades de la @FGJ_Tam y grupos de inteligencia del @FBISanJuan @USNavy realizan operativos en zonas y polígonos delincuenciales, así como en presuntas casas de seguridad en #Matamoros #Tamaulipas pic.twitter.com/u5PnFs1yr1
— Gildo Garza (@GildoGarzaMx) March 7, 2023
Latavia “Tay” McGee, Shaeed Woodard, Zindell Brown, and Eric James Williams crossed into Matamoros from Brownsville, Texas, on Friday afternoon to need medical attention.
During a press conference, President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador said they were searching for medications. At the same time, other reports indicate that some may have been looking for cosmetic surgery.
After entering Matamoros, the gang was pursued, shot at, and taken hostage. North Carolina license plates were on the group’s white minivan. The attackers started shooting when the minivan collided with another car while being pursued.
The assailants shot an innocent female bystander stepping off a municipal bus. She passed away at the scene. It is still unknown if the four American citizens were the shooters’ intended target or if they were mistaken for someone else.
Furthermore, it is still unknown why Mexican officials did not arrive at the location until after the shooters from the cartel had gone with the victims.
Most Mexican media sources didn’t cover the innocent bystander’s death until after the U.S. Embassy issued a statement confirming the kidnapping.
This is a developing story.
According to recent reports, the missing Americans have been located. One is injured and the other is unharmed.
El Gobernador de Tamaulipas confirma que los cuatro estadounidenses secuestrados el viernes en Matamoros ya fueron ubicados. Entre ellos dos muertos y uno herido. pic.twitter.com/8SU9ZSsBlq
— Azucena Uresti (@azucenau) March 7, 2023
This is a developing story.
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