By Chris Covert
A Mexican Naval Infantry unit raided a location in Nuevo Laredo, Tamaulipas Monday rescuing 12 unidentified individuals and detaining 10 others, according to a news release by the Mexican Secretaria de Marina (SEMAR) or Mexican Navy posted on the official website.
The marine unit had been dispatched to the location based on an anonymous complaint, had been patrolling the general area and found a residence where 11 men and one women were being held hostage. The victims has been kidnapped from various areas in Nuevo Laredo.
The 10 detainees are reportedly members of the Gulf Cartel criminal group.
At the location marines also seized a large cache of munitions including two grenade launchers, 17 AK-47 rifles, one machine gun, six handguns, five explosive charges, 18 40mm grenades, 25 hand grenades, 241 weapons magazines, 16,500 rounds of ammunition, two vehicles and communications gear.
Nuevo Laredo is in the grip of a bloody battle between the Gulf Cartel and Sinaloa alliance, and Los Zetas. Nuevo Laredo is considered to be Los Zetas' home territory, but their rivals have been conducting a competition which include kidnapping innocent victims, butchering them and displaying them as rival gang members.
Chris Covert writes Mexican Drug War and national political news for Rantburg.com
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