The U.S. Consulate General in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico issued a warning on Friday of a possible violence outbreak in the city by drug cartels that could be targeting the U.S. interests.

The United Press International reports that the Consulate General in a message to his staff said, Mexican authorities have captured key members of the cartels active in Juarez. These successes also bring with them the potential for an increase in violence. The cartels may seek to retaliate and increase their attacks against rival cartel members, Mexican law enforcement and/or the public in general.

Information has come to light that suggests a cartel may be targeting the U.S. Consulate in Ciudad Juarez or the U.S. Ports of Entry. In the past, cartels have been willing to utilize car bombs in attacks. We ask American citizens to remain vigilant.

If the Consulate should receive any credible threat information that provides a specific time and place, that information will be disseminated immediately.

The Chihuahua-state city, which is across the border from El Paso, Texas is one of the most violent places in Mexico with drug wars for rich trafficking routes between the Juarez and Sinaloa cartels ravaging the city since 2008. Besides, local gangs also indulge in violence over street corner drug rackets and resort to kidnapping and extortion.

Reuters reports that over 9,300 have been gunned down, mutilated and beheaded in the grim industrial powerhouse.....  The most recent was the killing of journalist Armando Rodriguez, renowned for his coverage of gangland slayings in the city.

The recent arrests of major leaders of the cartels have added to the potential threat of a retaliation by these cartels like Marco Guzman, alias El Brad Pitt. There have been increasing instances of Mexicans fleeing drug cartel violence to seek political asylum in the United States. Reuters reports have added to the potential threat of a retaliation by these cartels that asylum requests from Mexico reached a record 5,551 last year, according to the U.S. government figures, more than a third up on 2006 when President Felipe Calderon took office and sent the military to crush the cartels.

Just 165 asylum requests were granted in 2010.