MATAMOROS, TAMAULIPAS – Two Bengal tigers, dozens of exotic birds, and nearly 50 luxury collectable cars were discovered by Mexican Agents this week following a raid on a home used for drug trafficking.
According to the Brownsville Herald, on July 15, the Grupo de Operaciones Especiales began a stakeout on a property believed to be used for illegal activities.
Then on Monday, GOPES had enough evidence that they were given permission to search the house. During the raid the agents found a collection of 46 luxury vehicles, two Bengal tigers, and various exotic birds.
GOPES only seized 17 of the cars they knew were used in drug trafficking. They also took with them a number of weapons, ammunition, narcotics, and more.
Following the raid, a blockade occurred on the federal highway near Ejido Timones. It was quickly removed by the Mexican National Guard and State Police.
As for the Tigers, the birds, and the rest of the cars, GOPES states it is up to the Tamaulipas Attorney General’s Office to investigate and prosecute.
According to the Brownsville Herald, Recent weeks have seen criminal factions block highways and international bridges using buses and taxis, at one point reportedly issuing a warning that there would be “large-scale conflict” in the city due to the presence of a drug task force ordered into the city by the governor of Tamaulipas.
A series of murders have been reported in Matamoros since the beginning of August, including at least seven bodies found at different locations along the Rio Grande across from Brownsville.
This wasn't the first time a Tiger has been spotted in the Rio Grande. For more click here: Tiger Spotted in the Rio Grande River