by: Ildefonso Ortiz
Mexican authorities announced the seizure of more than 19,000 pounds of marijuana and a weapons cache inside a hidden cave in the village of Anzalduas near Reynosa.
According to information released by Mexico’s Attorney General’s Office—PGR, the agency began an investigation into the seizure, which took place earlier this week when the Mexican military was conducting patrols in the area and were drawn to a strong smell of marijuana.
The Mexican military set out a reconnaissance operation and located various sets of tire tracks that led them to the entrance of a cave that had been covered with rocks. Inside the cave, authorities found 1,343 bundles of marijuana with a total weight of 19,351 pounds.
They also found 51 firearms, ammunition magazines, more than 8,000 ammunition rounds of various calibers, communication equipment and license plates.
The rifles included 24 AK’47 assault rifles, one 37mm grenade launcher, three AR-15 type assault rifle, three .308 battle rifles, five 9mm pistols and carbines including UZI and MP5 models and other rifles of various calibers, including g .22mm, .243mm,.270mm and 5.45x39mm.
The calibers of the pistols seized were .45cal, .40cal, .380cal, .25cal and .357 magnum.
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