Higueras, Nuevo Leon - About sixty Mexican soldiers attacked a training camp of the armed group Los Zetas in Nuevo Leon from helicopters and land vehicles, leaving one gunman dead and the seizure of an arsenal of powerful weapons, said a general who coordinated the operation.
Among the weapons seized were more than 230 long and short guns, 60 grenades and rocket launchers, as well as trucks and communication equipment.
The action by the army began when four helicopters of the Mexican Air Force arrived at the camp of Los Zetas, located in a rural area of the municipality of Higueras, 45 miles northeast of Monterrey, capital of Nuevo León.
"About 50 sicarios at the camp began to flee when they heard the sound of the helicopters," a military source said.
The soldiers fired on some of the sicarios from the air and others were chased on the ground by troop at the training camp for sicarios.
One of the sicarios was killed 500 yards away, after soldiers found him hiding behind some trees. The other sicarios managed to escape deep into a mountainous area near the camp, where the Zetas were conducting training.
At camp, the soldiers found 13 trucks, three rocket-propelled grenades, two rifles Barret .50 (with a range of two kilometers and capable of penetrating armor), 60 grenades and 230 weapons that included; AR-15, AK-47 (cuernos de chivo) and hanguns. Also located were cartridge belts and uniforms with the insignia of Los Zetas.
This criminal group which emerged from elite military deserters is one of the most violent of the country, which originally served as the armed wing of the powerful drug cartel of the Gulf (CDG), for which they conducted executions of rival gang members and also against police and military forces.
Part of the 230 weapons were about 80 AR-15 found at the training camp.
Earlier this year the alliance between the Gulf and the Zetas was broken off and now they are waging a bloody war mainly in the states of Nuevo Leon and neighboring Tamaulipas (Gulf of Mexico).
Grenades found at the Zeta camp.
In another development, the state attorney general, Alejandro Garza Garza, said that there are already 12 municipal police officers who were detained in Monterrey on Tuesday by members of the military for their alleged links to organized crime.