Tuesday, June 7, 2011
"Monster" armored truck unearthed in Coahuila
Sedena reports that an Army detachment unearthed a semi buried Zeta “monster” medium armored vehicle at 5:00am Tuesday at a ranch, Rancho San Juan, located in the municipality of Progreso in northern Coahuila, between Monclova and Piedras Negras.
This is the first monster vehicle of its type found in Coahuila and closely resembles another armored vehicle found in Ciudad Mier, Tamaulipas, in early May of this year.
The vehicle is built on a Ford Super Duty 4 x 4 frame and is powered by a V-10 Triton gasoline engine with a reinforced transmission and drivetrain. The armour consists of 1 cm thick steel plate and all windows are 5 layer ballistic glass.
The vehicle has driver and passenger front doors and a rear access door, is double turreted, and has 6 windows with a total of 9 weapon portholes on both sides. In addition to the driver and passenger there is space for 12 gunmen.
It is theorized that the vehicle was hidden due to the heavy presence of Army and Marine units currently in Coahuila to provide security, undertake anti-crime operations and prevent organized crime groups from disrupting the gubernatorial and state legislative elections scheduled for July 3rd.