Sunday, July 25, 2010

Laredo is safe from Los Zetas - the paintball army is protecting it

While I was doing all sorts of stuff over the weekend, I apparently missed the story that the United States was invaded by a Mexican drug cartel. Here's one of the stories that reported this.

The bloodbath continues along our southern border and now word is coming in that Los Zetas, the highly trained killers formerly with the Gulf Cartel, have crossed into the United States and taken over at least two ranches in the Laredo, Texas area. I am receiving word that the owners of the ranches have evacuated without being harmed. The source is law enforcement in the area....

Founder of the San Diego Minutemen Jeff Schwilk tipped me off to this story and passes along the following information on the location. The ranches are said to be "near Mines Rd. and Minerales Annex Rd about 10 miles NW of I-35".

Meanwhile, the Laredo Morning Times denied the truth of the story. Or did they?

Local law enforcement was bombarded with calls from across the country Saturday asking about a report that the Zetas had taken over two ranches off Mines Road.

But officials with the Laredo Police Department, Webb County Sheriff’s Department and Border Patrol said they knew nothing about such an incident, while Erik Vasys, an FBI spokesman in San Antonio, said the agency does not comment on rumors.

The report, which spread like wildfire among blogs Saturday afternoon, appears to have initially been posted on a blog called Diggers Realm....

The blogger wrote that the story was confirmed by anonymous sources at LPD.

But Investigator Jose E. Baeza, LPD spokesman, said he had not heard anything about the incident. Also, an LPD sergeant, who was on duty as a watch commander Saturday afternoon, said she had not heard anything about it either.

By Saturday evening, DiggersRealm was asking about a media blackout:

I believe there is a blackout because local law enforcement and the Border Patrol are waiting for backup and authorization from the Federal Government to make any moves. Something like this does have cross border and international impacts. Things like that generally are handled by the federal government, as that is the primary reason we have a federal government in the first place.

In the comments to that post, crosspatch stated:

It should be easy enough to confirm by just driving out there. If there is a large law enforcement operation, you would likely be blocked from entering the area. Pretty easy and simple indication that there is a problem of some sort.

That was written on July 24. It's now late on July 25, and DiggersRealm has not posted anything since.

Time for me to take action. If you question my ability to report on this story all the way from Ontario, California, remember that the story was broken by someone from the San Diego Minutemen.

So I did what any enterprising blogger/journalist/crackpot would do. I Googled the area near Mines Rd & Minerales Annex Rd.

Only then was I able to breathe a sigh of relief. Because if you look at the map above, item B on the map, less then five miles from the area, is Coyote Paintball. (Its Facebook page is here.)

And I can tell you that if a drug cartel WERE to invade the area, they would meet the full wrath of the paintballers.

Texas paintballers.

I'm sorry, but no drug cartel can stand up to a bunch of Korn-loving dudes.

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