On April 30, 2011 Borderland Beat reported on the discovery of an arsenal of weapons found inside a secret room in an upscale home in Ciudad Juarez. A gym in the house had a mirror wall that would open in to the room which was housing an impressive amount of weaponry that included the following:
• 24 brand new AK-47 rifles 7.62x3 caliber
• Two brand new Barret rifles 50 caliber
• A antiaircraft Brawning machine gun 30 caliber
• A sniper rifle 308 caliber
• A grenade launcher 40mm caliber
• Three handguns 308 caliber
• A rifle Ruger 2.23 caliber
• A rifle AR-15 2.23 caliber
• A HK rifle 7.62 caliber
• A 12 gauge shotgun
• 39 fragmentation and chemical grenades
• 26,708 rounds of ammunition of different calibers
• 7 chests ammunition strips 7.62 caliber for 30 caliber antiaircraft machine gun
• 247 AK-47 magazines
• 12 HK-G3 magazines
• 10 disc magazines for AK-47 7.62x39 caliber.
• 19 handgun magazines
• A magazine for MP-5 submachine gun
• Four magazines for AR-15
• A magazine for M-2 carbine
• 13 ballistic vests
• 19 bayonets for AK-47 rifles
• 53 green military-style uniforms
• Three camouflaged uniforms types galil. (overalls)
• Three money-counting machines.
• An electronic scale
• A machine to vacuum-seal plastic
• Three gas masks.
• 32 green trimmings
• Four turrets (siren)
According to Raul Avila Ibarra, the federal police commissioner in the city of Juarez, the federal police acted on an anonymous tip that there were kidnapping victims in the house, but no victims were found. No one was detained in the search and the police didn't reveal the origin of the weapons found.
When asked by reporters if he had any idea who the weapons belonged to, he replied; "that is not important, we are more concern with taking these weapons off the streets of Ciudad Juarez."
What this means is that the police will most likely not pursue in trying to find out who were the owners of the arsenal are. That is an issue that is troubling, why would a law enforcement agency, especially the federal police, not have an interested in finding out who is the group or people responsible for the arsenal. In addition if the police got a tip of kidnapped victims in the house, one can assume that there are victims somewhere.
No one was detained at the home? One woud also assume the people who lived in the house must know something about the stash. We can only hope that perhaps this lack of interest is because the federal police are not releasing information for security reasons and/or not wanting to jeopardize the investigation, and are in fact pursuing the source of the weapons and possible the existance of kidnapped victims.
Could this be the doing of "La Gente Nueva" who are rumored to be colluding with the federal authorities?
The Fight For Juarez: When Will the Killing End?
In May 2010, the U.S. National Public Radio (NPR) aired multiple reports alleging that the Mexican federal police and military were working in collusion with the Sinaloa Cartel (Gente Nueva). In particular, the report claimed the government was helping Sinaloa cartel to take control of the Juarez Valley area and destroy other cartels, especially the Juarez Cartel (La Linea).
The criminal group "Gente Nueva" or "New People" are the armed wing of the Sinaloa cartel. If in fact this arsenal belongs to the Sinaloa Cartel, this is certainly not the fist time La Gente Nueva has been found with weapons in Juarez. Time and time again, apprehensions of members from La Gente Nueva that have been made in the last couple of years in Ciudad Juarez have been found in possession of heavy caliber weapons. La Gente Nueva is also known to extort local businesses and conduct kidnappings of citizens.
The problem is that whatever group lost this arsenal, they will just get more and not only will they use them against rival groups (be it La Linea or La Gente Nueva) but will also used them against law enforcement when they get in the way or if a specific group thinks that a certain law enforcement is colluding with a rival criminal groups. Until the federal police/military, judicial system and political structure in Mexico start to make viable advances toward holding these criminal organizations responsible, no matter which it is, the massacres in Mexico will continue to be just another day, business as usual.