Skip to comments.Texas sheriff on Jet Skier: 'All we want ... is a body'
Posted on 10/08/2010 7:48:37 AM PDT by BradtotheBone
ZAPATA A Texas border sheriff on Thursday said he was calling directly on Zeta operatives to simply produce the body of a missing U.S. citizen believed shot and killed last week by drug gangs on Falcon Lake reservoir.
All we want on this side is a body, Zapata County Sheriff Sigifredo Gonzalez said at a news conference here attended by three congressmen and a host of other U.S. officials.
Gonzalez said he had made his entreaty privately through channels he could not disclose, but that now he was making his request public so the Zetas an assassination hit squad now turned full-fledged cartel would know he had no jurisdiction to go after them.
Mexican authorities resumed their search on Thursday morning for the body of David Michael Hartley. The mornings ongoing efforts, being conducted by at least 40 troops, comes one week after Hartleys wife made a frantic 911 call reporting his slaying during a sightseeing trip.
U.S. officials confirmed on Thursday that the search for Hartley has been thwarted by threats of an ambush from drug gangs, the Associated Press reported.
The part of Tamaulipas state that includes Falcon Lake is overrun by violence from a turf battle between the Gulf Cartel and the Zeta drug gang, made up of former Mexican special forces soldiers, and both are battling the Mexican military, the AP said.
On Wednesday, Gov. Rick Perry called on Mexican President Felipe Calderón to do a thorough search for the body.
Speaking in Houston, Perry, who's running for re-election, said he had not heard from Calderón. He was harshly critical of the Mexicans efforts to find the body.
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Didn’t he have a
Is there any other plausible reason for this hesitation?
A life belt doesn’t help too much when a Mexican pirate steals your jet-ski and shoots you in the head.
Apparently, if you’re a US citizen, you’re supposed to be target practice for foreign thugs. And if you’re a relative, don’t you dare ask for the decency of having a body to bury.
Violent Mexican cartels and gangs are not in the business of negotiating terms unless there’s an inordinate amount of money on the table. They’re calling Texas’ bluff by essentially thumbing their nose. They won’t hand over the body, and despite the ultimatum yesterday, Texas won’t do anything to try to get it back.
Mexico has been give the benefit of the doubt for TOO long at the cost of too many lives.
Sheriff: Evidence supports wifes account in pirate attack
By Kevin Vaughan
The Denver Post
[snip]ZAPATA, TEXAS Blood, witness accounts and other unspecified evidence all corroborate the version of events laid out by a Colorado woman whose husband is missing and presumed dead after an attack on a lake straddling the Mexican border, the sheriff leading the investigation said this afternoon.
Zapata County Sheriff Sigifredo Gonzalez Jr. detailed some of the reasons he does not doubt that David Hartley, a 30-year-old Loveland native, was murdered a week ago by a drug gang on Falcon Lake, a 44-mile long waterway bisected by the U.S.-Mexico border.
He should be more careful for what he asks for from those thugs. Bodies might just start raining down from the skies.
This is where I wish we had somebody more like Putin in charge, you can bet Spetznaz would already be in Mexico right now.
Sure would be a great way to get rid of a husband...
Makes me wonder if SOMETHING is in that lake that they don’t want us to see. Or just maybe it’s a whole turf thing—I don’t know, but yesterday they supposedly threatened US searchers on OUR side of the lake.
Our military needs to take action against them, we are at war with them.
At least they are now dealing with the defacto government rather than the titular government.
When the govenment fails--or REFUSES--to protect its citizens--it is the duty--the RESPONSIBILITY--of the citizens to oppose the government and protect themselves!
Are the worthless Mexicans holding the body for ransom?
There is a war raging across the entire southern border of the US. And the US is losing simply through the lack of political will. It is frightening.
It’s past time for someone to take that boat from “Thunder in Paradise” down to that lake and start kicking some @ss.
“Sure would be a great way to get rid of a husband...”
After all the evidence brought fourth, it boggles the mind how many would rather give OUR ENEMY, yes I said ENEMY ....MEXICO a pass and blame anyone but them! Mexico and it’s citizens get away with murder every day because someone always makes excuses for them.
Well, what the heck, like Obama says...’we can absorb it...’
And it’s just dead Americans, by the THOUSANDS, so no big deal, right??
So much that the US “should” be doing right not, but it’s unlikely to happen. We “should” be shutting down the bridges between the countries, rounding up all the major employers of illegals (not necessarily deport them, just cut off their incomes), and shutting off all tourism to Mexico. This would essentially close down their money supply coming from this country.
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