Reporting on the Mexican Cartel Drug War

Three killed, three arrested in rural shootout with Mexican soldiers

Friday, May 20, 2011 |


By Sergio Chapa
ValleyCentral.com

Mexican authorities broke their silence and released new details about a massive shootout and manhunt that put the Los Indios International Bridge on alert.

The deadly shootout left three gunmen dead and three others behind bars late Wednesday morning.

Mexican authorities confirmed the incident but released no information about the incident until Thursday night.

Mexico's Ministry of National Defense (SEDENA) reported that it all took place in a rural area outside Matamoros on Wednesday.

SEDENA officials reported that a military helicopter was patrolling the area when soldiers spotted a convoy of 17 trucks and SUVs on a dirt road.

Members of the convoy allegedly opened fire on the helicopter prompted the pilot to call for backup.

Soldiers arrived in area but where also greeted by gunfire.

SEDENA officials reported that vehicles from the convoy scattered in an escape attempt.

More soldiers arrived at the scene where different military patrols split up to search for the gunmen and their vehicles.

Action 4 News learned that the firefights and searches took place just southeast of the Los Indios International Bridge in and around rural communities such as Control, Estacion Ramirez and Lucio Blanco.

SEDENA officials reported that only three gunmen were killed and that three were arrested in the incident.

Identifies of those killed and arrested were not immediately available but authorities reported seizing the following items:

• 83 assault rifles
• 18 handguns
• 5 grenade launchers
• 1 rocket launcher
• 11 fragmentation grenade
• 28 grenades
• 315 ammunition clips
• 18,274 bullets
• 17 vehicles
• 17.6 pounds of cocaine
• 0.76 ounces of marijuana

The other gunmen remain at large while the case remains under investigation.

The incident prompted customs officials to temporarily divert traffic from the Los Indios bridge for about two hours early Wednesday afternoon.


















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17 Borderland Beat Comments:

Anonymous said...

Texcoco Mex said.

I like this.

Anonymous said...

Glad to see the SandCat finally make it to the streets. This is a game changer

Anonymous said...

That's a lot of bullets off the street. I wonder if the Mexican Army destroys weapons they find or if they are stored. I hope not stored because you KNOW, that shit just ends up sold back to the bad guys.

Ardent said...

Three killed and 3 arrested? What happened to the rest of the group of at least 17 drivers in this convoy of 17 vehicles? It'll be interesting to see how this story now gets spun because there has been little info really about the Mexican army version of what happened? The McAllen paper article alsoindicated that the military said that the convoy was Gulf Cartel people... Perhaps?

Anonymous said...

why didnt the helicopter just return fire on the convoy and call it a day??

Anonymous said...

Good job? Maby, are the helos armed? if not then why, Mini guns, this entire group could have been splattered,with little risk to the troops. 17 vehicles? say 3 people to the vehicle,51 people they kill 3 capture 3 this is Questionable Recon kill.

Anonymous said...

Newspaper poster said it was closer to 40 killed including five Army troops.

RAM

Anonymous said...

It was an ambush created by zetas for the CDG. CDG thought they were going to face the zetas face to face but zetas warned the army of there convoy and bops your uncle. If you dont believe me there is an article about this somewhere around here about this stuff going on. Then again thats just me who knows they are all bad guys.

El_Regio said...

lol... damn that is sad if CDG fell for it. Either way good for the military, that is 40 less scumbags to deal with.

Anonymous said...

As usual, the reported successes of the Mexican army raise more questions than they answer.

Anonymous said...

Why did they have 17 pounds of cocaine if they were armed to go to battle? It is a rather small delivery for such an enormous convoy. Something is wrong with this report.

Layla2 said...

That's a nice size haul, esp. of weapons and cocaine.

J said...

The cocaine is really insignificant, they have seized roughly 500 ki's in the last few weeks or so in southern california, coming across the border. Who knows that nine ki's was for. Retail sales? Maybe.

Ardent said...

I agree, Anony 11:29...

'As usual, the reported successes of the Mexican army raise more questions than they answer.'

You got that right! And the US press certainly is not asking for any clarification of what happened either, because it is Friday evening and nothing in the 3 main Rio Grande Valley newspapers has any more info than what we have already, with the rumor floated in Thursday's McAllen Monitor that actually 40 died in this battle, including 5 Mexican military..

And where is the US State Department on this, Mr President, Don't Bat an Eye, Obomber? You want this drug war yet hide the info about it from the public? If it was a Repugnican president in office all the donkey Democrats would be braying in protest about this silence!

Anonymous said...

75% of the waepons used by the cartels is made in the USA. When will the US stop the illegal trade?

Anonymous said...

The US supplies the drug addicts and the weapons,
Mexico supplies the drugs and the dead. That's the recipe for this "war". As far as I can remember we have alway fight for something, but never get to "win".

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• 18 handguns
• 5 grenade launchers
• 1 rocket launcher
• 11 fragmentation grenade
• 28 grenades
• 315 ammunition clips
• 18,274 bullets
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