Saturday, June 4, 2011
Military seizes $1 million in Sabinas Hidalgo, Nuevo Leon
Without firing a shot Mexico’s military dealt a blow to Los Zetas by seizing more than one million dollars in U.S. currency from a safehouse in the town of Sabinas Hidalgo, located north of Monterrey on the highway to Nuevo Laredo.
The $1,047,000 was found in several suitcases at the location. In addition to the money four late model vehicles and more than a thousand rounds of ammunition were also seized.
The raid by the military occurred Friday afternoon at approximately 1:00pm.
Five male suspects, two of them minors, and one female were detained in the raid. A high ranking accountant reportedly evaded capture during the operation.
Raul Mireles, the mayor of Sabinas, and his family were targets of a grenade attack in 2010. Last year the municipal police station also suffered at least two grenade attacks.
In interviews last fall, residents stated that a climate of fear had descended on Sabinas, with vehicles full of armed gangsters constantly on the streets.
One housewife echoed what is increasingly becoming a way of life in northern Mexico’s cities and towns, “At night if there’s no reason to be on the streets its best to stay at home. Here we live in fear.”