The Naval Ministry presented 17 alleged Gulf Cartel detainees to the media on Tuesday, October 5th, at a naval base in the border city of Matamoros, Tamaulipas.
Naval spokesman Rear Admiral Jose Luis Vergara said the suspects were arrested by Mexican Marines within the last few days in separate actions in the municipalities of San Fernando, Matamoros, Reynosa and Nuevo Leon and surrounding areas.
Those detained included six municipal police officers belonging to police forces in Matamoros and Rio Bravo, Tamaulipas, although this was not confirmed by their respective city administrations.
"The arrests and seizures are a result of follow-up by Marines on information obtained by naval intelligence work aimed at disrupting the operational networks of criminal groups by weakening its logistics structure," said Rear Admiral Vergara.
Also presented to the media were 49 rifles and assault weapons, two side arms, 101 thousand rounds of ammunition and 42 vehicles. Among the vehicles were tractor-trailer rigs, vintage cars, SUVs and luxury cars and off road vehicles.
Some of the vehicles sported bumper stickers advertising the PRI and Rodolfo Torre Cantú, the candidate for state governor of Tamaulipas who was killed on 28 June, a week before the election.
Also seized in the operation were 125 military type uniforms, five bullet proof vests with the initials CDG, 10 bulletproof helmets, 8 packages of of cocaine and 16 packages of marijuana, 1,200 assault weapon magazines, 31 cell phones and 10 pieces of mobile radio equipment.
The detention of these 17 alleged members of the Gulf Cartel comes a week after the arrest of another 30 Gulf Cartel criminals by Marines in Tamaulipas.
Those arrested were identified as Angel de Jesus Gamez Meza, Marcos Aurelio Méndez González, Luis Lauro Barriento González, Antonio Morales Reyes, Rafael Rodríguez Olvera, Oscar Alexander Mendoza Rodríguez, Óscar Ramírez Rubio, Israel Barron Uriel Garcia and Juan Guerrero Abundis.
José Alfredo Cavazos also Montoya, Francisco Zuniga Salas, Gonzalo Márquez Alvarado, Heriberto Mendoza Arvizu, Burgoin Mario Cesar Garza, Leonel Zúñiga González, Emiliano Ruperto Ordoñez de León and Jesús Rodríguez Piñeiro.
Recently released photographs that reportedly show the results of one of the September street battles in Matamoros, Tamaulipas.
Mexican military helicopter engaging a target with what appears to be a "mini-gun" Gatling style weapon.