HIDALGO, Tx., Jun 7.- The Government of Tamaulipas initiated an unprecedented collaboration program with seven federal agencies of the United States on Thursday. It represents the largest binational effort ever against criminal groups operating in the Tamaulipas-Texas border.
The program “Safety and Prosperity Campaign” is a strategy that began to be designed last year by the State Government and US federal agencies, which consists of collaboration on intelligence and the exchange of information to facilitate detection of key criminals in the fight against crime.
The Government of Tamaulipas participates in the program through the Attorney General’s Office and the Public Security Office while the United States take part with: Homeland Security, which brings together the agencies Air Marine Office, Customs and Border Protection, Homeland Security Investigations and Border Patrol; Department of State, Drug Enforcement Agency, and U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services.
The US agencies participate through the joint Joint Task Force-West group, originally created to combat crime in the Texas corridor.
In a press conference at the Hidalgo International Bridge, Tamaulipas Governor Francisco García Cabeza de Vaca said that human trafficking and drug smuggling that run through the state originates south of the borders – as far as South America in many cases. And bulk cash and the majority of weapons flow from the northern part of the border into the state.
“But we are smart enough to know that these are not issues that we can work alone,” he furthered explained. “We need partners and partnerships, between the private sector, the government of U.S. and Mexico and most important the citizens on both sides of this border to get involved. ”
“The Campaign for Security and Prosperity (CSP) consists of the creation of a working group composed of several agencies that will work together with the intention of improving safety and quality of life throughout this corridor. Our main pillars are respect, trust, security and prosperity.” García Cabeza de Vaca said.
The program, in addition to promoting the exchange of information, encourages anonymous reporting, which are objectives identified by both governments as responsible for several crimes against the people in Texas and Tamaulipas.
The Governor explained that “the exchange of information and the empowerment of the people who live and work in Texas and Tamaulipas will ensure that citizens have a voice and that they are heard. We also intend to have periodic updates as this campaign develops to show the results of our collaborative efforts. ”
The joint objectives have criminal charges in Mexico or the United States; anything from extortion, money laundering, homicide, kidnapping, extortion and drug trafficking, among others.
The first objectives members of transnational criminal organizations defined by this program are: Juan Gerardo Treviño Chávez, “El Huevo”; Luis Miguel Mercado González, “El Flaco Sierra”; Alfredo Cárdenas Martínez, “El Contador”; Petronilo Moreno Flores, “El Panilo”; Luis Alberto Blanco Flores, “El Pelochas”; Juan Miguel Lizardi Castro, “Miguelito”; Andrés Martínez Granados, “El Pause”; Agustín Ordorica López and Luis Bravo Bautista Ramírez.
Any anonymous tip can be made to free toll number 1-800-863-9382 or trough Whatsapp text message to 956-295-0887.