Sheriff Says Mexican Gangs in Military Gear Are Marching Through South Texas
An often overlooked aspect of the current border crisis is the rise in illegal border crossings by cartel criminals and gang members. This goes mostly unreported because it doesn’t fit the media narrative of only innocent toddlers crossing the border.
But the criminals from cartels and gangs are coming across, and increasingly doing their worst throughout the border states, attacking innocent civilians and law enforcement officials, including Border Patrol agents.
An even less talked about aspect is the fact that corrupt Mexican military units are working with the cartels and gangs, even going so far as to cross the border themselves and fire on US citizens and law enforcement.
Now there is some confirmation to the speculation that the Mexican military is outfitting the cartels and gangs with military gear and weapons. A south Texas Sheriff has uncovered numerous reports of roving gangs with arms and gear, in military fatigues, according to the Daily Mail.
Willacy County Sheriff Larry Spence has been leading the investigation into the two Mexican nationals that gunned down Border Patrol agent Javier Vega in front of his family. He has come across numerous reports of military-like gangs marching throughout south Texas.
He said ranchers with land 25 miles north of the border have reported groups of men – believed to be illegal immigrants – walking single file, through farm land in military fatigues. Some were armed with rifles.
Sheriff Spence says, “About three or four months ago we had an individual who saw people walking through farm property in military fatigues, with backpacks. He went out and asked them, “who are you”, they said “what’s it to you”, he said he owned the property and they said, “well you better get out of here”. Sensibly he left and called us, but by the time we got out there, they were gone.”
“We’ve had people say they’ve seen groups going through the fields in single file, with rifles as well,” he added.
Sheriff Spence is concerned about the reported groups, as they obviously aren’t immigrants searching for asylum or a job, but likely have criminal intent or are focused on making illicit money.