One of the founders of the biggest drug cartel in Mexico killed on Friday by Mexican authorities

REYNOSA — Galdino Mellado Cruz, who had previously served in the special forces of the Mexican Army, became the second in command of the drug cartel called ‘Los Zetas’, which operates in the border between the United States and Mexico.

The military operation took place in Reynosa, a city in Northern Mexico, According to the reports, information led Mexican authorities to a house. Soon after, witnesses described how grenades were thrown to the army and a gunfight began. During the operation, several men arrived on the scene in order to protect Cruz, who was hiding in the house. The result of the operation killed Galdino Cruz killed along with five civilians and one soldier.

The state of Tamaulipas has suffered a wave of violence since the beginning of April, and the Los Zetas cartel are struggling for different drug routes against the Gulf Cartel. The State of Tamaulipas, especially the capital Reynosa, is extremely important for the plans of different drug gangs owing to its strategic location nearby Texas.

Los Zetas is considered by the United State Government as one of the most sophisticated and dangerous criminal group in the Mexican territory; most of its members are deserted Mexican Special Forces men.

The Mexican government and its military have announced a new strategy in order to tackle the violence in Tamaulipas.

Last month, the cooperation of American and Mexican authorities led to several high profile arrest in Mexico, one of the most important being the apprehension of Joaquin Guzman, the leader of the Sinaloa Cartel.

The drug war in Mexico has led to violence in the border with the U.S. Since 2012, the United States Government has focus on fighting against different drug cartels in Mexico.

The war against drugs in America has been the focus of attention of different American presidents during the past 50 years. In the beginning, the U.S. was focused on Colombia, which became the biggest cocaine producer during the 90s. Now the U.S. is focused on Mexico – the most disputed placed by different drug cartels trying to conquer the American border.

— Alejandro Faini, Editor (North America)

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