The Ministry of National Defense (SEDENA) in a press release dated Saturday 3/26/11 released information on an armed confrontation on the Nuevo Laredo-Monterrey highway that resulted in the deaths of three gunmen and the destruction of a large amount of munitions and weapons.
According to the press release Army troops patrolling the south Nuevo Laredo sector late Friday night stopped a tractor trailer rig that had exited Limoneros street and turned onto the highway.
The tractor had markings showing in belonged to the “Transportación Frayre de Nuevo Laredo” fleet and the El Manana newspaper out of Reynosa reported the trailor had Oklahoma tags numbered 696-7EG
As troops opened the trailer doors to inspect the cargo they came under fire from gunmen inside the trailer. During the firefight that followed munitions inside the trailer detonated, resulting in the fiery destruction of the tractor-trailer rig and three gunmen.
Residents reported that the inferno burned for approximately 30 minutes during which a large number of munitions fired off. No civilians were reported injured by exploding rounds or explosives.
After the fire was extinguished authorities reported finding:
-An undetermined amount of cocaine and methamphetamine
31 rifles (27 destroyed)
- 9 handguns (7 destroyed).
- 1 RPG rocket launcher, destroyed
- 16 40MM grenades (13 destroyed)
- A fragmentation hand grenade.
- 156 magazines for different weapons (142 destroyed)
- 24 .50cal rounds"
71 radios, all destroyed
- 13 cell phones, all destroyed.
- $540 U.S. currencys.
$ 2140.00 Mexican pesos
Several media outlets in Mexico and Latin America reported that an anonymous source within the federal Attorney General’s office (PGR) reported the actual number of gunmen killed by the Army troops was seven, and that at least one other vehicle was involved in the confrontation.
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