Mexican Pirates Terrorize Texas lake boaters

With machine guns in hand, Mexico's deadliest cartel is patrolling the waters of a Texas border lake.
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With machine guns in hand, Mexico's deadliest cartel is patrolling the waters of a Texas border lake.

ZAPATA, TEXAS -- It sounds like something out of yesteryear: Pirates attacking boats and sailors, robbing them of their treasures. But it's not on the high seas, but in deep South Texas.

With machine guns in hand, Mexico's deadliest cartel is patrolling the waters of a Texas border lake.

These pirates already have hit several boats on Falcon Lake near Zapata, which is about an hour south of Laredo.

If you go too far across the lake and past the international boundary bouy, you are in Mexican territory and subject to attacks by pirates toting assault weapons.

"It is unsafe in Mexico. Don't go to Mexico," warned Game Warden Capt. Fernando Cervantes. "We can not cross over onto that side. If a boat goes across, that's it. We stop there at the line."

One man fishing on the lake Thursday, Lucas Garza, said he'd be staying away from the boundary.

"We're not planning on going to that side," he said. "We just know there's no good news on that side."

He and his friends have heard the warnings about Zeta cartel pirates ambushing boats on the Mexican side, operating with virtual impunity as they steal cash and electronics at machine gun-point.

At least three boats have been robbed so far, and authorities say they are investigating a fourth incident, as well.

The fear of what lurks beyond the boundary is keeping even local fisherman well within the U.S. side of the lake.

U.S. authorities say there just isn't a Mexican law presence on the other side of the lake, so boaters who do venture to that part of Falcon Lake are on their own.

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3 years 47 weeks ago, 9:06 AM

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I am sure that the bastards wouldn't think twice about conducting these
activities on the Texas side as well, it sounds to me as if the whole lake
is unsafe.....Ammo up! Lock and load! We got us some pirates to kill.

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3 years 47 weeks ago, 9:11 AM

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GWBs man your boats

Lock & load...

3 years 47 weeks ago, 9:17 AM

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Umm Sam

I don't have a boat!!!!....wait a minute, I have a surf sailer but it would
be kind of hard to remain upright while returning fire...LOL!

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3 years 47 weeks ago, 9:42 AM

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I am completely lost

Why don't the Mexicans just take them out??? Oh wait, payoffs and bribes.

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3 years 47 weeks ago, 9:47 AM

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don't forget........we are excellent swimmers!!!!! viva zapata!!!!! go Hawks!!!!!!

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3 years 47 weeks ago, 9:52 AM

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We will

torpedo your dinghy ebear....Ha ha ha ha!

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3 years 47 weeks ago, 9:55 AM

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not my Dingy!!!!...i may need that...lol

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3 years 47 weeks ago, 9:59 AM

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yeah, hold on to

your dingy....how ya been?

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3 years 47 weeks ago, 5:40 PM

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good hamp

hows bout u?

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The Trib said you was getting divorced and marrying Miss Universe... Tell me that they lie...

3 years 47 weeks ago, 5:46 PM

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that's a f'n lie

it was Miss Uni-brow 1985

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3 years 47 weeks ago, 5:51 PM

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LOL sorry ebear

Does she have 4 legs? lol

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thats ok

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Texas has the Rangers, and an Air Force. They need a Coast Guard, with fully armored boats and heat seeking missiles. After they clean up Falcon Lake, they could start patrolling the Rio Grande. If they stay on the US side, what's the problem?

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ecaman wrote:
Texas has the Rangers, and an Air Force. They need a Coast Guard, with fully armored boats and heat seeking missiles. After they clean up Falcon Lake, they could start patrolling the Rio Grande. If they stay on the US side, what's the problem?

We already have our own Navy with a "Marine" element to it, but they're busy (I kid you not). We also have our State Guard, but damn governor Perry refuses to let us carry guns, so we're basically unarmed security guards. How's that for bureaucracy?

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