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Numbers vary, but families and business owners say the real numbers are over 150. People working in Laredo from Monterrey/Saltillo or people simply driving back and forth have disappeared into thin air. Cellphones go dead, cars disappear and police, local, federal and national guard don't seem to be doing much of anything. The president refuses to address the issue.

The area is exact, between km21 and the border bridges in Laredo. Apart from this, extortions and carjackings continue. I know some people will say it hasn't happen to them, well, good luck.

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If tourist keep coming, and the locals don't raise a stink about it, why would the Federale's care?
When it starts costing them tourist dollars and trade, then maybe they will address it.

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Thanks for posting. Wow, that's scary.

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What does this have to do with RVing in Mexico and South America?

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I have only seen this mentioned on one major news network. Many of the victims and disappeared are locals and U.S. citizens visiting relatives or on personal business so I read.

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This route is the route we always use starting in 1997. We have traversed this route at least two dozen times. For many of those years we would cross in the wee hours to avoid long lines at the border. We never had any issue nor did I sense or imagine any danger.
Sure, bad things happen everywhere. Mexico has never been said to be a safe country to tour in. Many American cities now are places I would never feel safe visiting either.
There is a theme with posts like this whether it's Covid, Mexico's president, or crime travelers are advised to stay home - it's very dangerous. Point made, again. We get it.
Our first time RVing in Mexico we were warned in San Antonio that our child would very likely be kidnapped, her organs harvested and sold. We were told to never drive at night, that Sinaloa was too dangerous. All of these warnings of course never came true.
Maybe that's what I like most about Mexico - the frightened people don't go.





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Talleyho69 wrote:

What does this have to do with RVing in Mexico and South America?


Just about everything considering that Laredo is a major crossing point for rvers on the east side of the country. Not to mention that some of those people who have disappeared are Americans.

We know of rvers who have been pulled over by cartel members outside of Nuevo Laredo and forced to pay $325 or more.

So the impact is important and people need to be careful. Remember, abrazos no balazos.

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Sounds like a road to stay off of just like I stay out of the west side of Chicago. To those that choose to travel it good luck.


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I agree with Chris. In fact it is probably worse than he is stating.

I cross back and forth across the border frequently. Over a dozen times this year alone.

There have been problems in Nuevo Laredo and at the Colombia crossing for the last year or so. These kidnappings have been taken place within kilometers of the government checkpoints on Hwy 85. The Guardia Nacional, Policia Estado, transitos and the cartels are all the same in that area. They are working together. There is NO law and order.

Anybody else posting cross frequently? Not over the years but in the last 6 months or so.

The area doesn't pass my smell test. I have avoided taking that route for the last year and will drive extra miles to do so.

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playaboy wrote:

I agree with Chris. In fact it is probably worse than he is stating.

I cross back and forth across the border frequently. Over a dozen times this year alone.

There have been problems in Nuevo Laredo and at the Colombia crossing for the last year or so. These kidnappings have been taken place within kilometers of the government checkpoints on Hwy 85. The Guardia Nacional, Policia Estado, transitos and the cartels are all the same in that area. They are working together. There is NO law and order.

Anybody else posting cross frequently? Not over the years but in the last 6 months or so.

The area doesn't pass my smell test. I have avoided taking that route for the last year and will drive extra miles to do so.
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It's been a long time since we have been to the U.S. What about Reynosa?

Unless we are going to travel in the U.S. such as West Texas or San Antonio, we would most likely go via Reynosa for shopping or South Padre Island.

We are also considering the Colombia Hwy from Monterrey which dead heads at the bridge. There is no detour from the highway which I believe is the problem heading up Hwy85 and then heading west to Colombia. So via Hwy 1, all that can be avoided.

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