Mexican marines in the last week made several arrests and seizures in connection with the ongoing drug war, military officials said Tuesday.
In operations conducted in Tamaulipas and Nuevo Leon, several suspects were detained, and weapons, ammunition, two vehicles, communications equipment, military-type clothing and fireworks were seized.
On Friday, marines detained 19-year-old Kevin Jesús Salvador, alias “Chuy,” who appeared to be an informant for organized crime, officials said.
Salvador was detained in the Francisco Villa neighborhood in Ciudad Madero. Marines also seized a vehicle that had been reported stolen along with communications equipment.
On May 24, marines detained three men, a woman and a minor, officials said. They also seized a vehi-cle, two assault weapons, 285 rounds of ammunition of various calibers, five magazines for an AK-47, military-type clothing and about 10 kilos of fireworks in the Lucio Blanco neighborhood in Madero.
The adult detainees were identified as Álvaro Guillermo López Cervantes, 26, Vicente Cervantes Trejo, 45, Oscar David López Cervantes, 30, and Eva Reta Hernández, 42.
In Nuevo Leon, military personnel on Thursday and Friday secured weapons, ammunition, clips, ar-mored vehicles and bulletproof vests in the cities Sabinas Hidalgo, Juárez and nearby Monterrey, offi-cials said.
On Thursday, three abandoned vehicles, two of which were outfitted with bulletproof armor, were lo-cated in Sabinas Hidalgo.
The military also found four assault weapons, a grenade launcher, 1,550 rounds of ammunition, 57 clips, two uniforms, eight plates for bulletproof vests, a bulletproof vest and two radios, officials said.
In a second operation on Thursday in Juárez, the military found an abandoned gray pickup that had been outfitted with bulletproof armor. The military also located used bullet casings and grenade.
On Friday, a military patrol found an abandoned vehicle that had been reported stolen in the Terminal neighborhood in Monterrey.