Tags:

Texas Warns against Travel to Mexican Border Town

Saturday, 02 Jul 2011 01:27 PM

 

  Comment  |
   Contact  |
  Print   |
    A   A  
  Copy Shortlink

AUSTIN, Texas (Reuters) - The state of Texas warned U.S. citizens Saturday to stay away from the border town of Nuevo Laredo, Mexico, over the July 4 weekend, saying the violent Zetas drug cartel was targeting vacationers there.

"According to the information we have received, the Zetas are planning a possible surge in criminal activity, such as robberies, extortions, carjackings and vehicle theft, specifically against U.S. citizens," Steven McCraw, director of Texas' Department of Public Safety, said in a press release.

McCraw said U.S. citizens should avoid Nuevo Laredo during the Fourth of July holiday. The city is across the Rio Grande river from Laredo, Texas.

Texas has previously warned Americans about travel to Mexico during holidays and other peak vacations times.

The latest bulletin comes just weeks after a complaint from Mexico's tourism chief Rodolfo Lopez Negrete, who said some of the warnings are "ludicrous" and "misinformed."

High-profile violence has stained the image of Mexico's large tourist centers, although the majority of violence tends to happen away from tourist destinations.

More than 37,000 people have been killed in Mexico since late 2006, when President Felipe Calderon sent the armed forces to crush powerful drug cartels battling for lucrative smuggling routes into the United States.

The U.S. State Department says 111 Americans were reported murdered in Mexico last year, up from 35 in 2007. (Writing by Kyle Peterson; Additional reporting by Corrie MacLaggan; Editing by Greg McCune and Todd Eastham)

© 2014 Thomson/Reuters. All rights reserved.

  Comment  |
   Contact  |
  Print   |
  Copy Shortlink
Around the Web
Join the Newsmax Community
Please review Community Guidelines before posting a comment.
>> Register to share your comments with the community.
>> Login if you are already a member.
blog comments powered by Disqus
 
Email:
Country
Zip Code:
Privacy: We never share your email.
 
Follow Newsmax
Like us
on Facebook
Follow us
on Twitter
Add us
on Google Plus
Around the Web
Top Stories
You May Also Like

US Turns to China to Help Stop NKorean Hackers

Saturday, 20 Dec 2014 19:42 PM

The Obama administration is seeking China's help in stopping North Korea from launching future cyber-attacks, the New Yo . . .

RNC to Theaters: 'We Cannot Be Bullied,' Show 'Interview'

Saturday, 20 Dec 2014 19:20 PM

The Republican National Committee is urging theater owners to play the The Interview following Sony's decision to pull . . .

Bernard Kerik: De Blasio, Sharpton 'Have Blood on Their Hands'

Saturday, 20 Dec 2014 18:49 PM

Bernard Kerik: De Blasio, Sharpton 'Have Blood on Their Hands'
By Todd Beamon
Former New York City Police Comm . . .

Most Commented

Newsmax, Moneynews, Newsmax Health, and Independent. American. are registered trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc. Newsmax TV, and Newsmax World are trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc.

 
NEWSMAX.COM
America's News Page
©  Newsmax Media, Inc.
All Rights Reserved