Elite army soldiers took over police stations along Mexico's border with Texas on Tuesday, disarming police, checking for unregistered weapons and searching patrol cars and personal vehicles for any items that might link the officers to drug cartels, according to an official and the Mexican media.
Special-forces soldiers wearing ski masks took control of police stations in Nuevo Laredo, Reynosa, Matamoros and other cities in Tamaulipas state during the morning change of shifts.
Can you envision the chaos when masked, gun-waving soldiers first descended on local police stations unannounced at dawn? If there were any honest cops left in those agencies, they probably at first thought it was the cartel attacking!
In the annals of police corruption I can think of very few similar scenarios to ski-masked soldiers taking over their own government's local police stations by force, particularly on this scale. What a mess!RELATED: Pete Guither at Drug War Rant says this is just one of several recent examples of drug-related police dysfunction and corruption.