Likely drug gangsters have threatened the families of county sheriff’s deputies in Texas who thwarted two recent smuggling operations at the U.S.-Mexico border.

The San Antonio Express-News quotes Hudspeth County Chief Deputy Mike Doyal as saying three men inside a black and red Ford Bronco approached the wife of one of the deputies last Thursday and made a threat before driving across the Rio Grande into Mexico.

As WorldNetDaily reported, in the last several days, there have been two incursions into the U.S. about 50 miles east of El Paso, Texas, by armed men thought to be Mexican troops. The incident on Jan. 23 involved Mexican military Humvees towing what appeared to be thousands of pounds of marijuana across the Rio Grande. Thirty American agents were part of that standoff, including the sheriff’s deputies.

Speaking of last Thursday’s threat to a deputy’s wife, Doyal said, “They told her that her husband and the other officers needed to stay off the river down there.”

On Friday, a Hudspeth deputy in the Fort Hancock area received information a cartel was talking about putting together a “death squad” to target the deputies, Doyal told the Express-News.

According to the report, the three deputies who were targeted were the same who witnessed the failed Jan. 23 incursion. On that day, Border Patrol agents called for backup after seeing that apparent Mexican army troops had several mounted machine guns on the ground more than 200 yards inside the U.S. border.

A Cadillac Escalade reportedly stolen from El Paso was captured, and U.S. officers found 1,477 pounds of marijuana inside. The Mexican soldiers set fire to one of the Humvees stuck in the river.

Though Hudspeth County Sheriff Arvin West offered to relocate the threatened deputies, they didn’t accept his offer.

“Each one of them stated that they were going to stand their ground. They weren’t going to be run out,” Doyal is quoted as saying.

After the Jan. 23 incursion, Doyal commented: “Our government has to do something. It’s not the immigrants coming over for jobs we’re worried about. It’s the smugglers, Mexican military and the national threat to our borders that we’re worried about.”

The Mexican government has denied that its troops are involved in protecting or assisting drug smugglers at the border.

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