STORY: Salazar said in a news conference an American army deployment in Mexico would not resolve the issue of cartels but a joint work between Mexico and the U.S.
Mexican authorities informed five purported Mexican drug cartel members have been arrested over the kidnapping and killing of Americans in the border state of Tamaulipas on the same day.
Two Americans and a Mexican woman died after gunmen opened fire in broad daylight on a group of four U.S. citizens soon after they had driven into the city of Matamoros from Texas on March 3. All four Americans were subsequently abducted. By the time officials found the Americans on Monday, two were dead.
Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador on Thursday (March 9) rebuked calls from some U.S. lawmakers advocating military action in Mexico against drug cartels, describing the proposals as threats to Mexican sovereignty.
Salazar took part of a meeting on Thursday (March 9) between the Mexican government and the U.S. Homeland Security Advisor Liz Sherwood-Randall to coordinate efforts against illicit fentanyl production and trafficking.