Friday, July 8, 2011

Graffiti Threatening DEA Agents Found in Mexico

On July 1, Mexican officials found a spray-painted sign threating death for U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) agents near a school in the northern state capital of Chihuahua. Chihuahua is located about 220 miles from the U.S. border.

The message said, "Gringos (D.E.A.), we know where you are and we know who you are and where you go. We are going to chop your [expletive] heads."

It is not uncommon to see anonymous messages and other warnings in the areas hit by Mexico's drug war, however, it is rare for them to threaten U.S. law enforcement. Typically, the threats are directed at other criminal organizations or Mexican government forces.

It was reported that the message was discovered the same day Mexican marines battled suspected members of the Zeta drug cartel. The confrontation led to the death of 15 cartel suspects and injured six Mexican marines.

In addition, five copies of a message addressed to Chihuahua Governor Cesar Duarte were found on blankets known as "mantas" in Ciudad Juarez on Friday. The messages were allegedly posted by rivals of the Sinaloa drug cartel and accused Mexican officials of protecting the Sinaloa cartel. However, it is not clear if the messages in Chihuahua and Ciudad Juarez were related.

"According to the information we have received, the Zetas are planning a possible surge in criminal activity, such as robberies, extortions, car-jackings and vehicle theft, specifically against U.S. citizens," said Texas Department of Safety Director Steven McCraw in a statement.

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