Local Texas authorities were concerned about a report on the Internet that Mexican drug gangs seized two ranches in South Texas.
Here is the story that made the rounds over the weekend:
“Los Zetas drug cartel seizes 2 U.S. ranches in Texas”
“In what could be deemed an act of war against the sovereign borders of the United States, Mexican drug cartels have seized control of at least two American ranches inside the U.S. territory near Laredo, Texas. Two sources inside the Laredo Police Department confirmed the incident is unfolding and they would continue to coordinate with U.S. Border Patrol today. “We consider this an act of war,” said one police officer on the ground near the scene. There is a news blackout of this incident at this time and the sources inside Laredo PD spoke on the condition of anonymity. Word broke late last night that Laredo police have requested help from the federal government regarding the incursion by the Los Zetas.”
It turns out that the FBI was advising local law enforcement officers across the country that a Texas cell of Los Zetas, an increasingly powerful arm of the Mexican Gulf Cartel drug syndicate, has acquired a secluded ranch where it trains its members to “neutralize” competitors in the United States.
Truth is often stranger than fiction.