A gunman with cartel connections shot at various police officers in Laredo, Texas, during a raid.
Authorities were able to arrest the teen shooter and several other members of the cell–considered a “nexus” to transnational criminal organizations or drug cartels.
The raids took place this week in various homes in Laredo as part of an ongoing investigation into cartel-connected rip crews, said Laredo Police Chief Claudio Trevino during a news conference.
While police did not identify which cartel the Texas cell is affiliated with, Nuevo Laredo is a bastion of the Cartel Del Noreste (CDN) faction of Los Zetas.
Sometimes, those home invasions turn into shootouts between rival drug smugglers and rip crews.