The “Tummy Tuck Four” Kidnapping and The Gulf Cartel Apology: What Really Happened in Mexico?

Four Americans were ambushed and caught up in a cartel shootout in Matamoros, then held hostage for days – apparently, the gunmen thought they were Haitian drug smugglers. Two of them were killed, two survived.

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Four friends from North Carolina, Latavia “Tay” Washington McGee, Eric James Williams, Zindell Brown and Shaeed Woodard traveled to Matamoros, Tamaulipas, for a medical procedure. 1

Latavia McGee was supposed to get a tummy tuck, but things didn’t go as planned. If you like our content, become a patron, you'll get all of our episodes ad-free.

Their car was shot at and the four were taken hostage by the Scorpion division of the Gulf Cartel before they were able to reach the clinic where Latavia McGee had her abdominoplasty appointment. Sadly, Zindell Brown and Shaeed Woodard were killed. An innocent passerby was also murdered by the cartel, by mistake. 2

In this episode we discuss all the theories and rumors surrounding this case, the level 4 “do not travel” advisory issued by the State Department, the timeline and chain of events, medical tourism in Mexico, the cartel’s apology letter and the verified facts that should be considered before jumping to conclusions. 3, 4

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