The U.S. Embassy alerts
U.S. citizens traveling and residing in Mexico to the enhanced potential for
violence related to today’s arrests of Transnational Criminal Organization (TCO)
associates and family members residing in the United States.
This morning, U.S.
federal law enforcement agents arrested associates and family members of a
senior TCO member, and seized property and assets within the United
States. These arrests could result in some form of retaliation and/or
anti-American violence. Given the history and resources of this violent TCO, the
U.S. Embassy urges U.S. citizens to maintain a low profile and a heightened
sense of awareness.
Please review the
Department of State’s Travel Warning concerning travel within Mexico and the
state of Tamaulipas, available at http://travel.state.gov/travel/cis_pa_tw/tw/tw_5665.html. The
Department continues to advise U.S. citizens to defer non-essential travel to
the state of Tamaulipas. We also encourage U.S. citizens living or traveling
abroad to register with the nearest U.S. Embassy or Consulate through the State
Department's travel registration web site at https://travelregistration.state.gov/ibrs/ui/ so that they can
obtain updated information on travel and security. Americans without internet
access may register in person or by phone with the nearest U.S. Embassy or
Consulate. By registering, American citizens make it easier for the Embassy or
Consulate to contact them in case of emergency.
For any emergencies
involving American citizens in the Matamoros consular district, please call or
visit the American Citizens Services (ACS) Unit at the U.S. Consulate General on
Avenida Primera #2002, Col. Jardín, Matamoros, Tamaulipas. Telephone 011 (52)
(868) 812-4402; http://matamoros.usconsulate.gov/.