Tuesday, April 12, 2011
Grenades intercepted on U.S.-Mexico border
Municipal police in Mexicali, supported by the Mexican Army, captured two men Monday night after retrieving two duffel bags full of military style equipment that had been tossed over the border fence separating this city from the U.S. side of the border.
According to Alejandro Monreal Noriega, a Mexicali police commander, the two men were detained as they attempted to flee a police patrol in the vicinty of Avenida Abelardo Rodriguez and calle Brasil, a short distance from border checkpoint #2.
The two suspects were not identified or presented to the media during the showing of the seized materials Tuesday.
The material in the duffel bags were identified as 194 inert practice grenades, 192 grenade fuses, 34 recievers for various types of weapons, 5 butt stocks for AR-15/M-16 type weapons and 8 bullet proof vests.
The grenades were said to be similar to those used in a recent grenade attack in Guadalajara, Jalisco.
It was unclear if the 192 fuses referred to the M228 practice grenade fuse signified by the light blue and brown tipped safety levers already on the grenades or if there were separate detonating fuses in the bags.
Practice grenades can be re-armed and converted into live grenades according to various internet sources.
Cruzan grenadas sobre la malla fronteriza: