Reporting on the Mexican Cartel Drug War

Arsenal seized in Nadadores, Coahuila.

Thursday, June 2, 2011 |









El Universal
01-Junio-2011
http://www.vanguardia.com.mx/incautanpesadoarsenalennadadorescoahuila-736527.html

The Mexican Army reported the discovery and seizure of an imposing arsenal in a co-op farm, Ejido Sardinas, located in the municipality of Nadadores, Coahuila.

The announcement was made by Brigadier General Dagoberto Espinoza Rodriguez, commander of the 6th military zone and Major General Noe Sandoval, commander of the 4th military region headquartered in Monterrey.

The Generals reported that the weapons consisted of Russian, Chinese, Czech and U.S. weapons that had recently been wrapped in plastic and buried in a section of the farm. The owner of the plot is unknown and no suspects were detained in the operation.

In total, 154 rifles (assault weapons, rifles, shotguns and machine guns), 7 handguns, 1 rocket launcher (RPG) and 2 rockets, 4 sixty mm mortar rounds, 2 crossbows, 10 dismantled weapons grenades, 4,629 magazines, 62,039 rounds of ammunition, 435 tactical vests with 4,735 accessories including holsters, ammunition pouches and belts, 23 camouflage uniforms and 31 radio chargers.

A VW Bora automobile was also seized.

The Generals stressed that this blow to organized crime is the result of ongoing intelligence work being done in "Operation Northeast" and requested the cooperation of the population to report suspicious movements of suspected criminals, as their support is very important in assuring security and social peace.

Although the military did not name the criminal organization associated with the weapons, Coahuila from the U.S. border to Saltillo is known as possibly the strongest Zeta stronghold in northern Mexico.

This seizure is the second blow to Los Zetas in the Monclova area within the last two weeks. On May 24th more than a ton of cocaine was seized by a unit of Mexico’s Marines in a ranch 40 kilometers northwest of Monclova. On the same day Marines also seized a luxury ranch house in the Monclova area that served as a headquarters and barracks for Los Zetas.

Semar, Mexico’s Naval Ministry, reported valuable personal effects and documents were found inside the dwelling and the discovery on the property of a tunnel 10 meters deep, 1.3 meters wide at the entrance and 100 meters long.


http://www.semar.gob.mx/sitio_2/index.php/component/content/article/1615-comunicado-de-prensa-174-2011.html

Marine operations May 24, 2011.




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18 Borderland Beat Comments:

Buela said...

Hola Gerardo!

Scary stuff, Maybe its time for me to move my office south!

The pictures you have on the botton of post, tunnel, ranch etc are from Durango. from the bust a couple weeks ago..The tunnel was still under construction and they were not sure exactly what the intended use was going to be..

Paz...B

Anonymous said...

Texcoco Mex said.

I can't believe this shit. If this cartels want to have a future they better change their tactics. Violence will always attract attention.

'lito'brito said...

shyte!!!

fuck afganny stan and the tally ban...we better bring some soldiers home..this is probably the tip of the ice berg

Anonymous said...

Damn those Texas gun stores,those dirty gringos keep selling weapons and leading the innocent Mexican Narcos into trouble. MORONS

Anonymous said...

Funny how quickly the Obama admin got there guns back. Operation NO Gunrunner.

Gerardo said...

Que Tal Buela!

"The pictures you have on the botton of post, tunnel, ranch etc are from Durango. from the bust a couple weeks ago..The tunnel was still under construction and they were not sure exactly what the intended use was going to be.."

The Semar link I provided says Coahuila, but who knows?

Anonymous said...

I remember my uncle once mentioned he would get mota from monclova. This was in the late 80's. I assume trafficking has been part of this area's heritage for some time.

Anonymous said...

Benito Juárez...Miguel Hidalgo...and now Felipe Calderon, the modern day patriot. Justice over popularity. History will see him as a true patriot.

Anonymous said...

Nearly all of these firearms did NOT come from gunstores in the US. They came from Russia, China, and Czech Republic. The large majority of firearms smuggled into Mexico are not from the US. You simply cannot walk into a gunstore in the US and purchase grenades, rocket launchers and unregistered machine guns.

Anonymous said...

Pretty stupid thing to store so much goods in the same place, I bet they will wisen up and decentralize their arsenals.

Anonymous said...

"In total, 154 rifles (assault weapons, rifles, shotguns and machine guns), 7 handguns, 1 rocket launcher (RPG) and 2 rockets, 4 sixty mm mortar rounds, 2 crossbows, 10 dismantled weapons grenades, 4,629 magazines, 62,039 rounds of ammunition, 435 tactical vests with 4,735 accessories including holsters, ammunition pouches and belts, 23 camouflage uniforms and 31 radio chargers."

....and not a single arrest!!! Seriously! Clearly someone was tipped off.

Oh, and 1:32 pm....your assertion that the guns did not come from gunstores in the US is twisted. You cannot make any such claim. Most of the guns were MANUFACTURED in Russia, China and the Czech Republic (this time), but you can buy many of these things at your local gun store (i have). As for grenades, you can actually buy practice grenades and easily re-arm them in a matter of a few minutes.

No one claims ALL guns come from the US. But until now, the overwhelming majority have. It is getting harder, so they are turning to Guatemala and other sources to circumvent the troubles in the US.

But please get your facts straight.

Anonymous said...

12:12am, it is a well known claim that 90% of the TRACEABLE firearms seized in Mexico have been traced to the US. That amounts to 17% of the total firearms seized. That hardly counts as an "overwhelming majority".

But please get YOUR facts straight.

Anonymous said...

@June 4, 2011 12:31 PM

"That amounts to 17% of the total firearms seized."

Keep getting your facts from fox news or Stratfor haha...its more like 80 percent.

But please get YOUR facts straight.

Anonymous said...

@June 5, 2011 12:22 AM

Keep getting your facts from MSNBC haha. Why would a cartel pay $500 for a semi-auto AK-47 at a US gun store when they can get a full auto AK-47 for $50 in Guatemala?

Anonymous said...

Gun control laws are racists' tools designed to disarm non-whites and deny them their right to self defense, leaving them vunerable to oppression, persecution and mass murder.

Anonymous said...

@ anon 12:22

80% from the U.S.?? LOL not even close. Even just looking at that picture. Grenades, mortars, RPGs, clearly from another country, same place as they get most of their machine guns. Or are you going to argue they purchase their heavy weaponry from outside the US and then come to us for all their small arms? Psh

Anonymous said...

@June 5, 2011 11:48 PM
@June 5, 2011 10:35 AM

So just because you saw this one arsenal where it has weapons from other countries, you assume that the vast majority of weapons seized in Mexico doesn't come from the US? What a bunch of BS. Have you read the annual ATF and DEA reports regarding gun trafficking to Mexico? It clearly says 80 percent but what facts do you have besides your opinions? Oh wait you have none haha

Anonymous said...

@ June7, 2011 12:41 AM

Are you referring to the same ATF that allowed hundreds of weapons like AK-47s to “walk” into the hands of drug lords and gun runners as a part of a Phoenix-based operation code named “Fast and Furious”? Perhaps you're referring to the same DEA that gave thousands of machine guns to Mexican military and police just to have them sold to the cartels? Their reports? Please post a link so we can all have a good laugh.

This admin. and Homeland Sec. have been pushing this BS in order to once again ban magazine fed semi-auto rifles. You know, the ones ignorant liberals misnamed "assualt weapons"? Firearm bans in the US have gone the way of the dinosaurs. Next to go will be all means of firearm registration. Live with it.

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