The PJ Tatler

13 killed in drug war battle on Falcon Lake

Falcon Lake, which straddles the Texas-Mexico border, was the scene of a deadly battle on Sunday.

Twelve suspected members of the Zetas drug gang and a member of Mexico’s Navy were killed in a shootout on an island in a lake that straddles the U.S.-Mexico border, authorities said Monday.

The Mexican Navy said the shootout occurred Sunday on Falcon Lake, located between Texas and the Mexican state of Tamaulipas, after troops patrolling the area spotted a camping area on an island.

The suspected drug traffickers used the island for storing marijuana to be transported by boat to the United States, the Navy said in a statement.

This would be the same Falcon Lake on which Mexican drug thugs murdered David Hartley Sept. 30, 2010. Drug cartel pirates have become prevalent on the Mexican side of the lake. President Obama is visiting Texas Tuesday, and will speak on immigration policy. Security, not so much.