Counternarcotics operations nets 700+ kilos of pot
By Chris Covert
A total of four unidentified individuals have been killed in ongoing drug and gang related violence and and around Monterrey, Nuevo Leon, according to Mexican news accounts.
According to separate news accounts on online editions of El Diario de Coahuila and Milenio news dailies, an anti-kidnapping unit of the Nuevo Leon state Agencia Estatal de Investigaciones (AEI) had been conducting searches since Sunday of the Cadereyta-Jimenez area immediately east of Monterrey based on complaints of kidnappings taking place and reports of armed suspects in the area.
According to the El Diario de Coahuila account, on Monday AEI agents encountered armed suspects travelling aboard a Cadillac Escalade SUV and a Chevrolet Suburban SUV in a break that leads to Los Herreras municipality, where gunfire was exchanged and two armed suspects were shot to death.
Three other armed suspects escaped that encounter with two more dying in a separate gunfight a few minutes later near a winery where four female kidnap victims were found and released.
Among the victims were two minors. AEI agents also seized an undisclosed number of weapons.
A separate counternarcotics operations took place along Mexico Federal Highway 40D in China municipality Monday where Policia Federal (PF) agents seized a quantity of marijuana, according to a news account on Milenio.
The PF unit had set up a checkpoint and stopped a Ford box van type truck. Police agents discovered a false bottom in the truck where 93 packages of marijuana were hidden. The total seizure was 735 kilograms.
The driver identified as David Aquino Rosas was detained at the scene. The truck was bound for Reynosa in Tamaulipas.
Chris Covert writes Mexican Drug war and national political news for Rantburg.com and BorderlandBeat.com