Tuesday, August 6, 2013
Mexican security forces detain 27 in Tamaulipas
A total of 27 suspected criminals were detained over a week long period in late July and early August in Tamaulipas state, according to official news sources.
A news release posted on the government website of Tamaulipas said that several units of Base de Operaciones Mixtas (BOM) between July 29th and August 4th detained 27 suspected criminals and a number of weapons and drugs. The news release doesn't not say where the detentions took place in the state.
According to the data supplied by the Tamaulipas state Grupo de Coodinacion Tamaulipas, in addition to the 27 detained, BOMs seized 27 rifles, six handguns, 220 weapons magazines, 5,142 rounds of ammunition, five grenades, 28 vehicles and 35 cell phones and radios.
Drug seized during that time included 1,600 kilograms of marijuana and a small amount of cocaine.
Of the 28 vehicles seized, six had been reported in carjackings, five were from the United States.
BOMs are security units comprising Mexican federal and state police units. The reason for the mixing of forces is for security purposes and cross training. BOMs have been used in several areas in Mexico including La Laguna andVeracruz, where the Mexican federal government has concentrated its security forces to take drug criminals head on.
Chris Covert writes Mexican Drug War and national political news for Rantburg.com and BorderlandBeat.com. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org