Cartel violence spikes in Nuevo Laredo

Drivers and carriers operating in Nuevo Laredo, Mexico, should be on alert after days of cartel gun battles there, logistics security firm FreightWatch International said Friday, July 23.
Those with operations in Nuevo Laredo should consider adjusting or suspending them until security improves, said FreightWatch spokesman Dan Burges. Some of the street battles included use of grenades, according to news reports. Many businesses remained closed Friday, with estimates as high as 90 percent of business closed, Burges said.
The U.S. State Department has warned U.S. citizens to avoid travel to Nuevo Laredo, or remain indoors until law enforcement deems the town to be safe.
In February, border crossings near Nuevo Laredo were closed briefly due to cartel violence.