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.

Sources:

Cruzan grenadas sobre la malla fronteriza:
http://www.afntijuana.info/nota_informativa2011.php?page=abr/notas/cruzangranadassobrelamallafronteriza&afntitle=Cruzan+granadas+sobre+la+malla+fronteriza

18 comments:

  1. Good job calderon! The problem is the only one that doesn't see pass this cheap attempt to tie the U.S to the grenades your cartels buy from south america...the fact is you can't get grenades in the U.S so point your bony fingers back where it belongs. The problem isn't even the "cuernos de chivos" THE CARTELS PAY FOR, the problem is the cartels themselves, but since that has become your biggest revenue source, you protect them while blaming every other country for the murders commited by YOUR citizens!

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  2. So if I crossed your border with a mmannequin can I rightfully say I Was smuggling a person, they were not live grenades, they were fake ones used for practice, and why would the cartels even go through the trouble of that when they can just buy real ones from the mexin army?

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  3. Are you guys suggesting someone is cooking the books?
    kind of like Mobile weapons labs, Yellow cake from Africa etc.?

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  4. I agree, this seizure of "dummy" practice grenades sounds like pure propaganda. First of all, it is well known the more serious firepower/weaponry the drug cartels are using (rocket launchers, grenades, etc..) are coming from Central America. The U.S. is known for supplying small arms (pistols) and semi-auto assault rifles, which the drug cartels are converting to fully automatic! You'd be hard pressed (impossible in my opinion) to be able to acquire any type of military explosives from the U.S. such as grenades. Now acquiring such explosive devices from the Mexican military, now that's another story..

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  5. "The grenades were said to be similar to those used in a recent grenade attack in Guadalajara, Jalisco. "

    Inert practice grenades were used in an attack????

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  6. Some these comments make me feel like, GO CHAPO!!! Keep pouring cocaine into the US, because it appears as if we have no fault in this drug war...

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  7. Sorry 6:30 am, your statement that you can't buy grenades in the US is completely false.

    Inert grenades (the type involved here) are perfectly legal and can be bought at surplus stores in the US.

    The grenades in the second photo don't appear to be American type.

    I agree that it seems a lot of effort rather than to just bring them in from Guatemala or Honduras or to simply buy them from the Mexican military.

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  8. Practice grenades such as these old MK2s can be easily 're-watted' into a weapon that is about as effective as the original military issue, at least for terrorist purposes. They would be less than desirable for combat but would still work.

    The real story here is the 34 receivers that sit in the background, unnoticed and unremarked upon. These are 'in the white' e.g. with no anodized finish. This means they are not a commercial product- someone got ahold of M16 forging blanks and using a CNC milling machine made M16 receivers for the Narcos!

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  9. did any one read the last sentence?...


    "Practice grenades can be re-armed and converted into live grenades according to various internet sources"

    this means THEY CAN STILL BE DEADLY

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  10. Of coarse Americans still deny that these grenades came from the US when the guys were caught red handed...Americans always trying to point the finger and avoid responsibility as usual. What next the ATF did let guns cross the border?

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  11. Damn looks like they got those from the US army...where else are you gonna get grenades in the US. Anything can be bought with money. Money makes the world go round haha.

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  12. @April 13, 2011-11:14AM,

    Responsibility? Regardless of where these weapons are coming from, the Drug Cartels are the one's responsible! Let's not lose sight of the real culprit here..you can point fingers at the U.S., if that makes you feel better but it is not going to stop/curve the violence.

    @April 13, 2011-9:58AM,

    Your kinda right with regards to buying inert grenades in surplus stores, however, those type of grenades are sold as novelty items and for safety the bottoms are drilled open making them useless. I highly doubt these came from any surplus store.

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  13. a drug war sponsored by the republican party, the christians, and the NRA.

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  14. Mr. 208-

    these practice grenades are not useless, if you know how to make a functioning grenade from them. I do, and so do lots of other people
    They most certainly came from surplus stores or similar venues. MK2 'pineapple' grenades have not been issued by the US army since the Korean war, 60 years ago.

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  15. Ladies and gentlemen it does not take rocket science to replace the guts of a practice grenade with HE and a fuse.

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  16. Hehe yeah, these should have a small label on them saying "So easy even a Mexican Narco can do it." Makes me laugh.

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  17. "Of coarse Americans still deny that these grenades came from the US when the guys were caught red handed...Americans always trying to point the finger and avoid responsibility as usual. What next the ATF did let guns cross the border?"

    Yeah they probably are coming in from the US border, they paid for them with all the Drugs they dropped off...

    quit pointing fingers...

    Clear a 1 mile swath 1/2 mile on each side of the border and put up signs "Death Land" you enter it, your buzzard bait and no one is going to care...

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  18. "Yeah they probably are coming in from the US border, they paid for them with all the Drugs they dropped off..."

    ...for American consumers.

    legalize it! tax it, sell it without all the extra shit that goes into the drugs made from cartels.
    legalizing it may not solve EVERYTHING. seeing as how we Americans are the main consumers, legalizing it would put these bastard criminals out of business.

    -Lala

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