Mexican authorities continue to cover up the ongoing cartel violence that takes place throughout the state, particularly in the gun battles where cartel gunmen get the upper hand.

In one of the recent gun battles, the Gulf Cartel was able to mobilize a large number of gunmen–forcing police officers to retreat from one neighborhood known for being filled with stash houses.

The gun battle took place last week when Mexican Federal Police officers had been chasing a group of men riding a black Chevrolet Malibu. The chase moved from the highway connecting this city to Nuevo Laredo to the Caracoles neighborhood where the gunmen tried to blend in with the locals. Residents from the neighborhoods Rancho Grande, Olmos and Hacienda Las Fuentes ran for cover as gunfire was exchanged.