I don’t know how this story got started and how it managed to go viral on the Internet without confirmation, but it did and it has. The best information I can find indicates that the story is untrue. I’ll keep an eye on the story for updates, but it makes no sense to me that Los Zetas would make a move guaranteed to bring down the full force of the U.S. Government on it.
July 24 2211 MT Hector Garcia , a city council member of the City of Laredo TX, has returned my phone call and absolutely denied that any armed conflict has occurred with the Laredo PD. He is quoting the Chief of Police, Carlos Maldonado. Mr Garcia went on to say that it appears two ranchers had a disagreement.
July 25, 2010 1515 MT
Texas residents have confirmed with me that no “invasion” by Los Zetas has occurred in the last 48 hours in Laredo Texas. The Rio Grande is swelled at this moment and patrolling is done by air boat. It is unlikely that any armed contingent of Los Zetas crossed the river for the purposes of an armed seige of ranches. The reports of local law enforcement involved in armed conflict with the narco-trafficers is false. What the residents have told me is that if Los Zetas wants a ranch, they do not take it by force, they buy it. Texas Monthly has a great article on the kinds of things happening with Texas real estate and the drug cartels at http://www.texasmonthly.com/2010-08-01/feature3.php.