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.
Marine operations May 24, 2011.