By Chris Covert
A Los Zetas plaza leader and two other operatives were killed in a gunfight with a unit of the Mexican 6th Military Zone in Cerralvo municipality, Nuevo Leon Wednesday morning, according to Mexican press accounts.
The leader, identified only by his alias El Pato or The Duck, was aboard a Toyota SUV on a rural road near Presa Nogalitos when the gunfight took place, at around 1015 hrs.
Following the gunfight, soldiers seized one AR-15 rifle, one AK-47 rifle and a 9mm pistol.
Cerralvo is 100 kilometers northeast of Monterrey city and is on Mexico Federal Highway 54 which runs from Monterrey to Ciudad Mier in Tamaulipas. Los Zetas gangs have in the past used areas along roads approaching Tamaulipas' border cities as staging areas, logistical bases and rest camps for their shooters in Tamaulipas.
Chris Covert writes Mexican Drug War and national political news for Rantburg.com