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State Police Arsenal Raided in Chihuahua City

Tuesday, September 28, 2010 |

CHIHUAHUA, Chihuahua – Around 02:00 on the morning of Monday, September 27, at least 6 men dressed in CIPOL state police uniforms with tactical gear & riding in a white Dodge Ram entered the State Security Complex (CIPOL compound) & raided the arsenal.

The group entered by the main (south) entrance. They first took control of the radio room. In the process, they disarmed 5 guards & handcuffed their hands & feet (one news source said it was 2 police & 3 security guards).

The commando then entered the arsenal after breaking 2 locks to get through the steel doors. They took 43 H&K G36 assault rifles (.223 caliber), 26 9mm pistols, bulletproof vests & grenades.

They left the way they came with no resistance. Official reports admitted there was insufficient security for the complex.

It was also apparent from how the commando conducted their operation that they knew how to enter the complex, how to access the radio room & where the arsenal was located.

Authorities are reviewing security cam videos to learn more about the perpetrators.

Agents from the State Attorney General's office (PGJE) arrested the officers who were guarding the CIPOL facilities when the raid occurred. The main reason for the arrests was to investigate why the the officers did not take any action to repel the attack.

Several days ago unknown assailants entered a garage where several CIPOL vehicles were located and destroyed them. No suspects have been arrested in that incident.

[Sources: La Omnia, La Opcion, El Tiempo, El Pueblo]

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19 Borderland Beat Comments:

Anonymous said...

would you expect anything less? Just another day.

Anonymous said...

Inside job!

choochoo said...

couldn't look myself in the mirror. assuming these guys aren't on the take, what the hell. grow a set and start taking back control from these drugged out punks. you're armmed. mexico is lost. shame shame

Anonymous said...

Now I'm really angry! Can someone please tell these guys to return those guns! Don't they know only guns from the US! Come on, it's not fair. Well since the AR15 comes from the US, hopefully we can still get the blame. Please Please Please blame the US.

Anonymous said...

Here we go again,as usual once the action is over 500 Fed troops show up to "secure the scene" Calderon is trying to do away with local police and install a state system which could possibly improve the quality of law enforcment.I keep reminding myself that this is a process that will take years,maby decades.

Anonymous said...

these were americans taking the guns back....whattta joke... raid the state police arsenal....only in mexico...BUT IT IS ALL THE FAULT OF THE USA

Anonymous said...

Gunbattle last night in the
North part of
Cd Chihuahua

Anonymous said...

It's been touched on sarcastically above, but to reiterate: Automatic weapons/assault rifles *do not* flow to Mexico from the US. This article is a prime example of where the weapons do come from.

There are many solid points of US culpability in Mexico's drug-related problems, but the large stock-piles of military-grade weapons are not one of them. Surprisingly, this charge seems to be the most common Mexican complaint.

Full auto/assault rifles are *not legal for citizen ownership* in the US. There's nobody selling these weapons legally to cartel front buyers. If it was US military black-market, the weapons would be M-16's, not the AR-15's (Mexican army) and AK-47's (international black-market) that are overwhelmingly prevalent.

Even the ultra-popular cartel handgun, the .38 super often seen highly decorated, is not an American import. The .38 super is very rare in the US, and is found primarily in the collections of sport target shooters. The US market doesn't have great need of the .38 super, as the gun's base caliber -.45- is legal in the US as opposed to Mexico.

I'm surprised to read on this site the frequency which Mexican politicians blame the US for arming the cartels. There are many points for legit criticism, but the US doesn't deal in the weapons that arm the cartels.

Anonymous said...

The average U.S. or Mexican citizen does not differentiate between AR-15 and M-16--they see them as one and the same. The same can be said for AK-47 and its semi-auto, civilian legal, counterpart, also popularly known as an "AK-47." The .38 Super may or may not be "ultra-popular" in the cartels, but if it is, I doubt seriously that its popularity has anything to do with the legality of the ammo. Anyone who will steal grenades and M-16s can steal .45 ACP ammo--recent LE intell reports have indicated that .40 and .45 cal. handguns are showing up in increasing numbers south of the border.

Anonymous said...

i agree, inside job, ONE radio operator? knowing how the crime rate keeps increasing? he was able to free himself?? hmm...yeah,,his story does not add up..hope his family is okay, maybe these weapons had already been given to some of the gunmen hired by high govt officials and they needed an alibi...

EVERYTHING IS COVER UP AND A LIE....
that or i have just become distrusting of what "official" say...i wonder why...

Anonymous said...

This seems like an inside job, especially how these groups kill everyone and never take or leave prisoners... did you guys catch the article el diario de juarez wrote about how the mexican govt bought 3000 weapons from germany and the paper work is lacking? Anyways for the dumbass above that argues tha american weapons don't get to mexico needs to see what nacho coronel and what the zeta leader killed in may was carrying "fn 57", I live in el paso and it took me three weeks to find bullets for my 357 sig, no one in that area had it, they said they were selling like pancakes. american weapons and ammo are getting to mexico, BUT and big BuT, stopping the sale in the US will do nothing when you take into consideration acts like this and that south america and asia is willing to import weapons into mexico. More expensive but hey its part of the overcost.

Ovemex said...

60 year old Rafael Armando Muro, the journalist and editor of chihuahuapost.com who first reported this incident, was executed in a car wash just hours after posting this report.

http://www.informador.com.mx/mexico/2010/237087/6/tras-exhibir-robo-matan-a-periodista-en-ciudad-juarez.htm

Anonymous said...

43 H&K G36 assault rifles...

DESPIERTA PENDEJOS...THESE GUNS ARE NOT AMERICAN MADE....

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Heckler_%26_Koch_G36


STOP BLAMING THE USA ...

STOP BLAMING THE USA ...

STOP BLAMING THE USA ...

ACCEPT RESPONSIBILITY FOR YOUR OWN COUNTRYS PROBLEMS

Anonymous said...

PEOPLE NEED TO WAKE UP!!! THE RAZA IS BEING SLAUGHTERED!!!

Anonymous said...

Can we all agree Mexico is a big fat dumbass?

Anonymous said...

there you go, the journalist was murdered but the radio operator/guard/accomplice was just "tied" not even tied up well, since he "managed" to free himself....seriously ??!!

My condolences to the brave journalist's family, thank you all who must put your lives at risk to bring us the news....

J said...

It seems like the most mundane stories get all these comments, I guess because of the arguments between right wing gun enthusiasts and everyone else. Not that this is boring, but in the grand scheme of things, a main Sinaloa operator being captured in Jalisco is a lot more interesting then 40 assault rifles being taken. Its a little frustrating.

Anonymous said...

i grew up on the border have many friends "on the other side". At first it seemed to me well its not that bad an everyone that is stuck as in legit business an living there would assure it was safe. But sinceI would say around febuary this year it went to a point of no return. And thats exactly what mexico has become a lost cause. many of the poprular business people have so called been dissapeared

Anonymous said...

Mexico is a bigger threat to the security of the US than any middle eastern country

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