Mexican police chief killed after only 9 hrs otj

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  1. Yeagermeister

    Yeagermeister Active Member

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    Does he even qualify for his benefits????lol
    Mexican police chief killed after 9 hours on job
    Thursday, June 9, 2005 Posted: 8:11 AM EDT (1211 GMT)

    MONTERREY, Mexico (AP) -- For weeks, no one applied for the Nuevo Laredo police chief job. Many saw it as a death sentence.

    But Alejandro Dominguez proudly took office on Wednesday, saying he wasn't afraid of anything. Nine hours later, he was ambushed and killed by gunmen who fired three dozen times.

    Dominguez's violent death was the latest blow to Nuevo Laredo, a city across from Laredo, Texas, that has been crippled by a wave of drug violence. The city is on the front line of a turf battle between Mexico's two largest drug gangs, the Gulf and Juarez cartels. Since January, more than 60 people have been killed there, including several city police officers.

    President Vicente Fox's administration sent in 700 soldiers and federal agents in March to try to restore law and order.

    Dominguez, a businessman who once worked at the federal attorney general's office, was sworn in Wednesday afternoon, and promised to weed out corruption in the city.

    "I don't owe anybody anything. My duty is to the citizenry," he said. "I think those who should be afraid are those who have been compromised."

    After dark, a group of assailants opened fire as he climbed into his Ford Lobo outside the city's business chamber, which he led.

    State police director Fernando Vallejo said officials had recovered 35 to 40 casings from assault rifles similar to those used by drug gangs.

    A witness told authorities Dominguez was targeted by a group of men who arrived in three dark Chevy Suburban SUVs.

    "They cut him off so he couldn't go," said the witness, who asked not to be identified. "They shot him from inside (the vehicles) and then got out to shoot him some more."

    The witness said that once Dominguez was dead, the gunmen climbed back into the Suburbans and drove slowly away, with their lights turned off.

    Last month, Nuevo Laredo Mayor Daniel Pena said no one had come forward to replace Police Chief Jose Valdes, who left the post to become City Council secretary. Dominguez was selected from a group of three potential candidates. He was the only one to voluntarily seek the job.

    Authorities say drug violence in Nuevo Laredo intensified after the 2003 arrest of Osiel Cardenas, the alleged leader of the Gulf cartel, in the nearby city of Matamoros. They say accused drug lord Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman has been fighting Cardenas to gain access to drug smuggling routes in Nuevo Laredo and other border cities.

    The U.S. government has issued a warning to tourists traveling to the border, at the request of U.S. Ambassador to Mexico Tony Garza. Garza has come under fire from Mexican officials who say the warning is unnecessary.
  2. jamez25

    jamez25 Active Member

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    he was a brave man....nothing funny about it .
  3. jacs

    jacs I'd Hit It

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    too bad its happening almost everywere. :banghead:
  4. Payton34Smith22

    Payton34Smith22 Active Member

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    That's messed up,poor guy.
  5. Rack Bauer

    Rack Bauer Federal Agent

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    I live in Laredo (across the border from Nuevo Laredo) and it's bad over here. There's like 5 different drug cartels at war over that "territory". I used to go party over there when I was younger, but I don't even want to get near the bridge anymore. The war is spreading over to our side and the government isn't doing anything about it.

    Obviously these drug cartels must know that they can get a lot of drugs through here if they're willing to fight so hard over it. IMO that should be setting off a few alarms to our local customs and border patrol that they aren't doing their freakin' jobs good enough. If they were doing their jobs right no drug cartels would be fighting over the territory cuz there wouldn't be enough money to be made in it. I've been hoping the Federal Gov't will step in and do something. My nephew was killed by a group hired by one of those drug cartels. Something has to be done.
  6. TruBlueCowboy

    TruBlueCowboy New Member

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    I wondered if a Laredo native would bring this up. When I lived in San Antonio, I used to meet up with friends who lived in Laredo and go across the border all the time. It was the best way to party before the age of 21. Even if you were of age, everything was so dirt cheap over there! Everyone did it. Boy, I can't believe it's so bad now that people are afraid to do the usual party crossing.

    I hate to swerve the thread over to the political side but if politicians and law enforcement really want to get back at these folks who act as though they have no regard whatsoever for human life, all they have to do is legalize the stuff! Does anyone honestly think Jose what's-his-name, a lieutenant in the Mexican Mafia, is going to print out his resume and find a nice career somewhere else if he can't beat out the cheap safer drugs offered by a government under legalization. You take away their livelihood, and you leave them with nothing. And think of the taxes that would roll in if folks could buy marijuana and other softer drugs. You thought the lottery made a lot of money for schools, you ain't seen nothing yet!
  7. Hoov

    Hoov Senior Member

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    True Blue, i agree 100%

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