MATAMOROS, Tamaulipas — The drug cartel that controls this city has branched out their extortion operations by demanding payment for every used car that is imported from Texas.
The most recent method deals with cartel lookouts keeping an eye on Matamoros residents who cross into the Texas border city of Brownsville for work on a daily basis.
The lookouts try to determine if the individuals are crossing cars in Mexico to sell them without paying cartel fees.
The border city of Matamoros is directly south of Brownsville, Texas.
Currently in Matamoros, instead of dealing with SAT officials, residents can directly pay the Gulf Cartel a crossing fee in order to import a car for sale.