Posted: May 7, 2014 6:00 PM
Updated: May 7, 2014 6:05 PM
WESLACO - A Weslaco man says the letters on his car's license plates almost got him in trouble in Mexico.
The man said soldiers questioned him in Rio Bravo about the letters CNG on his car's license plates. The man later learned the letters are associated with the Cartel Nueva Generacion, or New Generation drug cartel.
The incident happened at approximately 1 p.m. Tuesday, the man said. The man and his parents had just crossed the international bridge from Donna to Rio Bravo.
The man said he thought the soldiers would do a routine check, but then the questions began.
"They checked around the car. They opened the trunk and did a routine check, but what caught their attention were the license plates. He asked me what they meant. I honestly did not understand his question. He asked why I chose them in Spanish," the man said.
The Weslaco resident said he was clueless about the soldier's line of questioning.
"After I took off from that inspection it started to make sense. They have to do something with the cartel," he said.
The man had reservations about continuing driving in Mexico.
"I could be shot. I could be killed," he said.
The man feared he would be confused for a cartel member. He said other drivers should learn from his experience.
He decided to limit his visits to Mexico. He is considering changing his license plates.