Gulf cartel members reportedly apologized to Matamoros residents and the families of Americans involved in a Mexican shootout last week.
A Tamaulipas state law enforcement official reportedly shared a letter from the Scorpions faction of the cartel with The Associated Press. The gangsters also apologized in their letter to the Mexican woman who died during the exchange of gunfire that killed two Americans and wounded another.
“We have decided to turn over those who were directly involved and responsible in the events, who at all times acted under their own decision-making and lack of discipline,” the letter states, adding individuals involved had violated cartel rules that include “respecting the life and well-being of the innocent.”
Fox News further reported:
A letter purportedly from the Mexican cartel allegedly behind the kidnapping and subsequent killing of Americans last week claimed it has dealt with the members “involved and responsible” for the incident, handing them over for authorities to detain.
“We have decided to turn over those who were directly involved and responsible in the events, who at all times acted under their own decision-making and lack of discipline,” the letter from the Gulf Cartel, reviewed by The Associated Press, states.
A photograph of five men face down on the pavement and bound accompanied the letter. The letter also apologized to residents of Matamoros, Mexico, where the kidnapping occurred, and for the death of an innocent Mexican woman during the incident.
The letter stressed the individuals responsible for the kidnapping and murder had gone against the cartel’s rules, which include “respecting the life and well-being of the innocent.”
An unnamed state security official told The Associated Press five men had been found tied up inside one of the vehicles that authorities had been searching for, along with the letter.
The State Department did not respond to a Fox News Digital request for comment by the time of publication.