In early 2003, my now-ex-wife was shopping in Nuevo Laredo - when it was still fairly safe - and snapped a pic of this tough looking hombre carrying a Para FAL and standing guard outside a shop. What looks like a double exposure on his uniform is actually her reflection in the window glass because she snapped the photo from inside the shop. At the time, the shopkeeper told her he was Mexican police or army that had moved in because the merchants had requested extra security due to some violent robberies. Just a taste of things to come, huh?
Anyways, back then I posted it on FALFiles and most folks agreed that he wasn't police or military but probably private muscle. I'm sure that he's either dead or working for the cartels or Los Zetas by now.