Reporting on the Mexican Cartel Drug War

Mexican Army Finds 'Monsters' in Ciudad Camargo

Sunday, June 5, 2011 |

Photos: SEDENA

Heavily armored vehicles — similar in design to so-called "Monsters" used by the Zetas cartel in firefights against the Mexican military and the Gulf Cartel — were seized Saturday, June 4, 2011, by the Mexican Army in Ciudad Camargo, across the border from Rio Grande City. The military announced the results of the warehouse raid in a news release Sunday, June 5, 2011

The Monitor

The Mexican Army announced Sunday night the results of a raid at a warehouse that was being used as a makeshift machine shop by cartel members to build armored assault vehicles.

The raid took place Saturday in the Prolongación Gonzalez area in the city of Camargo, across from Rio Grande City, during a routine patrol where a military convoy came across the warehouse, according to a news release from the Mexican Army.

As a result of the raid, the Mexican military seized two dump trucks that had been heavily armored and modified to carry a squad of gunmen. The two trucks were painted black.

The military also seized two other dump trucks, 23 tractor-trailers, four backhoes, two trailers, seven load-bearing attachments for trailers, seven towing platforms, one tractor and some ammunition and magazines.

The military didn’t report any confrontations or arrests.

The military didn’t state which criminal organization the heavily armored trucks belonged to, but in other parts of Mexico, armed forces have found similar designs belonging to the Zetas, who typically call the vehicles “Monsters.”

The Monsters have been used by the Zetas in a number of firefights — both against their rivals, the Gulf Cartel, and the Mexican military. The heavily armored vehicles vary in design, ranging from modified Ford F-350’s to large tractor-trailers — all armored in makeshift shops and painted black.

In one firefight last year, in rural northern Tamaulipas, the Gulf Cartel defeated a squad of Zetas who were using Monsters and — after the fight — spray-painted insults on them. Those Monsters were later found by authorities.




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29 Borderland Beat Comments:

Anonymous said...

No mamen, Instead of getting a fuckin job these losers spend their days building these bull shit trucks? Get a life dumbasses.

Anonymous said...

Fucking awesome. I mean they are ghetto as hell dont get me wrong. But still fucking awesome.

Anonymous said...

Is there any picture or video of "monsters" in combat?

Anonymous said...

"Is there any picture or video of "monsters" in combat?"

this video shows images of combat damage? to the driver side of a zeta monster in Mier, May 2010. first image and at 19 seconds

http://youtu.be/jqTdAd3hBRw

Anonymous said...

good welders shit designs.

Anonymous said...

BDN is reporting this is for the zetas full article here:

http://www.blogdelnarco.com/2011/06/ejercito-mexicano-descubre-en-camargo.html#more

Anonymous said...

That is one chingon Narcopanzer!!

Anonymous said...

Death traps. Shred the tires and they're screwed.

Anonymous said...

Just goes to show the size and freedom that Criminal gangs have in Mexico, I can see the Z's pulling into a Mc Donalds for a coke burger in one of these Armored Trucks on their way to a shoot out with the CDG, with local cops escourting them. What about all the stolen trucks and backhoes??

Anonymous said...

Mad Max... Mad Mex!

Anonymous said...

Damn, those dump truck ones are actually quite clever, seems like they are progressing.

Does anyone know how do they transport these bigger models to where they want? I dont quite think you would want to drive one for longer distances and these larger ones probably dont fit in a trailer either.

Anonymous said...

LOL...just think after the Mexican military fires a "tank buster" missile into the back of that thing killing everyone..they can dig a large ditch and simply hit a lever in the driver's seat and dump the bodies!

Anonymous said...

3 weeks ago one of these "MONSTERS" was found in Florencia de Benito Juarez,Zacatecas after a gun battle between Zetas and United Cartels.My question is,how do they manage to transfer these armored trucks from Tamaulipas to Central Mexico without getting the attention ?

Anonymous said...

BBC is reporting that these vehicles belong to the CDG. It was also reported that two Gulf members who where guarding the warehouse were killed in the initial confrontation.

Anonymous said...

How can these be zeta vehicles when they don't control that town?

Anonymous said...

Barrio Optimus Primo!

Anonymous said...

Were r the monsterssl?I see garbage bins with wheels. Just shoot the tires.

Layla2 said...

Invasion of the armored dump trucks!?

RE: "LOL...just think after the Mexican military fires a "tank buster" missile into the back of that thing killing everyone..they can dig a large ditch and simply hit a lever in the driver's seat and dump the bodies!"

So now the military only needs to drive around with a caravan of backhoes!!

Anonymous said...

Someone one on BDN commented that the CDG confiscated them for the Zs after a battle and that Zs dont control that town

Ardent said...

Oops! There goes the chances for a Zeta victory at the annual soap box derby event. After having gotten the design for their vehicles at Fort Benning, Georgia, the Zetas had high hopes they could win the big event.

Anonymous said...

@ 9.10

I think you meant to say Fort Caracas, Venezuela.

Otra cosa, Z-1 (Arturo Guzmán Decena) and his original cohorts did come from the MEXICAN government. Z-1 was actually his MEXICAN government radio code. If we made a mistake, it was training people in the MEXICAN government. It turns out that they can not be trusted.

Matt said...

Hey gang, the information I would like to know is if the cartels have M 242 Bushmaster Autocannons? The reason why, is because the linked ammunition on the tailgate of this narco tank in the video, has 25mm linked cannon ammo on it? If the cartels have autocannons, this is a significant weapon evolution in the cartel arms race. So if you guys are wanting to get some good scoop, find this information out from your sources if the police or military found this gun or similar in cartel possession.

'lito'brito said...

jajjaja..what a stupid waste of time ..can i say molotov...cooked meat ..LAW rocket ..RPG...these are death traps ..GOOD

i think they are a little more advanced than this at fort benning there T'ardent

Ardent said...

Brito, you should stop spreading your prejudices against the developmentally disabled community online... Isn't it enough that you spread your disdain for Latinos online here at BB without targeting 'Tards', too? Next I know, you'll be attacking the G&L community in your comments about Mexico and the drug war there, also! Control yourself, Dude.

'i think they are a little more advanced than this at fort benning there T'ardent'

Perhaps?, but they keep rewriting their manuals on these things, Brito. And switching their names. And relocating and reinventing themselves. Perhaps all this shuffling had a negative effect on their Pentagon training of the Zeta Brigade, Mexico military? They 'trained' the Colombians, too, but all the Colombians could really seem to do was operate chain saws on their POWs. And sell drugs.

Anonymous said...

Esto q verdad ya es algo fuera de Lo posible. El gobierno tiene q actuar pronto. Pero es como si no les importa, todo el desmadre q están haciendo.

Anonymous said...

Why are the Drones not getting these mothers in action. Comments on this post saying these bigass homemaid tanks are travling from town to town . I say let them fill up with cargo an whoever mans these vehicles an send a bunkerbuster up their asses show the video to all an let God sort em out!!!

Anonymous said...

Let`s have a contest!! The rules are simple. Find a post, where Ardent, or you can go back to when he was Ernest1, where he didn`t blame whatever happened on the United States of America. Find that, and you`ll get the Borderland Beat trophy of excellence in finding the impossible. You`ve actually have lost all or any credibility you did have with your Anti-USA Rhetoric on every post you make. This post was about finding a vehicle that was extremely crudely designed and constructed, that anyone that is fightint a "war" could think would be a necessary thing, and yet you turn it into an American thing. The very wars and soldiers you are against is what allows you to spew your Anti-USA filth on blogs and sites like these. and don`t come on here saying your NOT anti-Soldier. You are, your writings tell the tales. You may say your pro-Soldier, but that is just to ease your own mind and conscious, as well as to try for the oh so slight flicker of decency you feel you need to throw out there. Sorry Ardent, your not a nice person. Anyone that carries around that much animosity and anger and hatred of a country that allows him to earn a good living, spew filth freely as you do,is full of rage, hate and anger towards alot of things other than just a country. I pray the day never comes that I read about someone named Ernest going on a shooting rampage somewhere. So c`mon back with your hateful, disparaging comments about how I didn`t say WHY I disagree with you, as you do anytime someone cuts you down. If you`ll read this post, it states clearly why I don`t like you. You can spin it anyway you want, A fellow that has to make EVERY paragraph he types ANTI-USA, even if the situation doesn`t have a darn thing to do with the US, is a hateful being. What an existence. It must be pure torture living in a country that you despise, but not being despised in return by that country, cause it allows you to do as you please.

'lito'brito said...

@anon June 9, 2011 8:19 AM

good rant...well spoken

and here you see uhrny..why i identify you as a retardant of the truth...and now you sound kinda whiny also...

name change time again?..

Anonymous said...

Lito brito has the best posts on here. And i dont see anything anti-latino in them. Anti-mexico maybe, but only because mexico is so fucked up, they did it to themselves. If this was happening in France he'd be telling us to fry those mother fuckers too. And I agree with him. Bullet in the head is the only solution at this point, too late for negotiating.

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