On Wednesday, July 6, a Mexican Army unit, armed with information from an anonymous tip, seized four vehicles and an arsenal with Gulf Cartel (CDG) identification marks in the municipality of Tepechitlan, Zacatecas.
According to initial reports from the federal prosecutor’s office in Zacatecas in charge of the investigation, the suspected gunmen fled the scene, abandoning their vehicles and equipment, when they saw the troops approaching their location.
The official Sedena (Defense Ministry) press release included the following inventory:
15 assault weapons (AR-15 and AK-47)
4 fragmentation grenades
7,601 rounds of live ammunition
15 ballistic vests
16 sets of tactical gear
4 vehicles, 1 of them armored.
Marine operations continue in Zacatecas
Marine operations against Los Zetas continue in Zacatecas and resulted in the arrests of at least 22 gang members and an unknown number of deaths.
Early Thursday in the municipality of Cañitas de Felipe Pescador, 22 members of a Zeta cell that specialized in the theft of cargo from railroad cars belonging to the FerroMex line were arrested by a Marine unit.
Weapons and vehicles belonging to the gang were also seized.
In the municipality of Rio Grande a convoy of 100 Marines patrolling Federal Highway 45 intercepted a group of Zeta gunmen at approximately 8:00pm Thursday, resulting in a pursuit and intense gunbattle on the highway between Fresnillo and Rio Grande
An undisclosed number of gunmen were killed and vehicles and weapons seized in the shootout that included a high volume of gunfire and grenades by both the Marines and the criminals.