Memo Details Possible Cartel Threat
WESLACO - An internal memo from the Texas Department of Public Safety details a possible cartel threat
CHANNEL 5 NEWS obtain the memo. We haven’t been able to confirm the threat, but we thought it was important to tell you about it.
The memo told officers to be more careful on and off the job. It states a flyer was found on a car in Brownsville on May 8. It was written in Spanish. According to the flyer, this weekend would be very violent, because two cartels will be doing battle.
The internal memo states, “The public should remain calm, be cautious, and most notably not wear dark colors.”
The flyer claims cartel members will be wearing dark or black to identify themselves.
Cartels often use banners and flyers as messages to the Mexican government, and other cartels. It’s also their way of gaining public support. But the violence doesn’t always materialize.
In the internal DPS memo, officials tell officers the validity of the threat in the flyer is not verified. The agency is advising its officers about the threat as a precaution.
CHANNEL 5 NEWS wanted to know how seriously you should take this information, so we called the Department of Public Safety. A spokeswoman there tells us DPS doesn’t discuss internal memos.
The Department of Homeland Security in Washington, D.C. and the governor’s office in Austin referred us back to DPS.
CHANNEL 5 NEWS will keep working to find more information. We’ll bring you the very latest developments as soon as they’re available.