MEXICO CITY, May 14 (UPI) -- Mexican Minister of Interior Miguel Angel Osorio has announced a "new phase" for the embattled northeastern state of Tamaulipas.
Considered one of the most dangerous states in Mexico, Tamaulipas will be divided into four regions to enable enhanced security. Each of the four regions will have its own army or navy officer to oversee the new security plan. Security forces will conduct a 24-hour patrol "in main urban areas," Osorio announced.
The interior minister also pledged to "strengthen surveillance at ports, airports, customs and border crossings, as well as the major land routes."
These steps are in line with the Mexican government's attempts to crack down on powerful drug cartels.