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Sunday, March 27, 2011

18 Wheeler carrying weapons burns in Nuevo Laredo

The Ministry of National Defense (SEDENA) in a press release dated Saturday 3/26/11 released information on an armed confrontation on the Nuevo Laredo-Monterrey highway that resulted in the deaths of three gunmen and the destruction of a large amount of munitions and weapons.

According to the press release Army troops patrolling the south Nuevo Laredo sector late Friday night stopped a tractor trailer rig that had exited Limoneros street and turned onto the highway.

The tractor had markings showing in belonged to the “Transportación Frayre de Nuevo Laredo” fleet and the El Manana newspaper out of Reynosa reported the trailor had Oklahoma tags numbered 696-7EG

As troops opened the trailer doors to inspect the cargo they came under fire from gunmen inside the trailer. During the firefight that followed munitions inside the trailer detonated, resulting in the fiery destruction of the tractor-trailer rig and three gunmen.

Residents reported that the inferno burned for approximately 30 minutes during which a large number of munitions fired off. No civilians were reported injured by exploding rounds or explosives.

After the fire was extinguished authorities reported finding:

-An undetermined amount of cocaine and methamphetamine
31 rifles (27 destroyed)
- 9 handguns (7 destroyed).
- 1 RPG rocket launcher, destroyed
- 16 40MM grenades (13 destroyed)
- A fragmentation hand grenade.
- 156 magazines for different weapons (142 destroyed)
- 24 .50cal rounds"
71 radios, all destroyed
- 13 cell phones, all destroyed.
- $540 U.S. currencys.
$ 2140.00 Mexican pesos

Several media outlets in Mexico and Latin America reported that an anonymous source within the federal Attorney General’s office (PGR) reported the actual number of gunmen killed by the Army troops was seven, and that at least one other vehicle was involved in the confrontation.

Sedena press release

Queman trailer con armas en Tamaulipas

Mexico: pistoleros se enfrentan.....,70a3c4f12d3fe210VgnVCM10000098f154d0RCRD.html


  1. VIVA Mexican Soldiers!!!!

    ~~~El Swankador~~~

  2. Nice pics, what a hellava shootout, I can only Imagin how drugged up the bad guys were in the truck, what a sick life.

  3. All that ordnance appears to be stolen from the Mexican Army. The two M249 SAWs and the 1919A4 are not rifles, as the article describes, but beltfed machine guns.

  4. Sweet!


    Good job Ejercito Mexicano!

    Thank god no troops fell, even as they were cowerdly attacked

  5. @March 27, 2011 10:40 PM
    Oh yeah, even tho the trailer was coming from the U.S. and had Oklahoma tags, what a real genius you are(sarcasm) haha

  6. Good work,keep it up,so where is the investigation into how these military weapons got in criminal hands?? Whose truck was it,Registration? I D the dead sicaros,etc.

  7. Other reports say this was a mexican truck...and Mexican owned weapons.

  8. Satan is coming for all those bad guys.

  9. @ March 28, 2011 12:15 PM
    "@March 27, 2011 10:40 PM
    Oh yeah, even tho the trailer was coming from the U.S. and had Oklahoma tags, what a real genius you are(sarcasm) haha"

    Look who's talking about been a genius? Just because truck has Oklahoma tags, does not mean it originate from.

    where does it stated that the truck originated from the U.S.? ...genius!!!

    Don Diego

  10. @Don Diego

    Its called reading the original article where it said it came from the U.S. and if you want to talk about being a genius maybe you should take some grammar classes "Look who's talking about been (being) a genius?" Yeah.........genius!!! haha

  11. Sorry, the article says "aparentement" or apparently, an assumption by the author based on the tags. Probably a genius cousin of yours.

    If it was coming from the U.S. why didn't the customs agents at the border inspect it and find the weapons?

    Lots of vehicles "live" in Mexico and have U.S. tags. For that matter, anyone can put on any tags they want in a few minutes. Did anyone verify those tags actually trace to that truck?

    The truck was spotted turning ON to the highway from a local NL road and the truck was marked as belonging to a local trucking company.

  12. The BB has become a breeding ground for trolls. BDN managed to clean some up and i think theyve migrated over here.

    Buggs, Ovemex and Pitufa clean this mess up homies!

  13. All i gotta say is mexican military WINNING :) hope they keep up the good work and finally finish off all this bloodshed caused by the narcos

  14. @March 28, 2011 3:52 PM

    Your such a dumba**. Seriously???? "If it was coming from the U.S. why didn't the customs agents at the border inspect it and find the weapons?"

    Because they never check anything going into Mexico are you really that stupid? Gerado did a story about customs a while about you get with the, with that comment your truly show your intellect...f**kin moron!!!

  15. @10:40PM
    you are correct and in fact most people who saw the weapons said they were Mexican Military weapons not from US.

    Good call,here is stratfor report on the incident I will post the link also but it may not work as it is a pay for sub thing but here is what was said in essence:

    The presence of those particular weapons and an RPG launcher, together with the tactical gear and an unknown though likely large quantity of ammunition, suggests two things. First, the bulk of the military ordnance was probably acquired from the Mexican military and not smuggled into Mexico from Texas — such ordnance is very difficult to obtain in the United States, particularly the RPG-7, which is used by the Mexican army but not by the U.S. military. Second, given the nature of the weapons in the shipment, and the group’s history and demonstrated preference for military-grade hardware, it is highly likely that the cartel involved with the shipment was Los Zetas.

    In an event that involved a similar shipment in 2007, Mexican soldiers intercepted a semitrailer filled with weapons and tactical gear in Ciudad Victoria, south of Matamoros. That shipment was intended for Los Zetas, who at the time were serving as the enforcement arm of the Gulf cartel, for use in their fight against the Sinaloa Federation for control of Matamoros. Today, Los Zetas are locked in a struggle against the New Federation, made up of their former patrons, the Gulf cartel, and the Sinaloa Federation.

    The arms seizure also raises the question of where the Zetas are likely to engage with the Gulf and Sinaloa elements of the New Federation. A few kilometers south of where the March 25 interception occurred, MX-85 intersects with Federal Highway 2, which skirts the U.S. border and runs through Nuevo Guerrero and Reynosa toward both Valle Hermoso and Matamoros. Though the intended destination for the weapons shipment is not clear, due to the fact that Los Zetas are on the defensive in Monterrey and Nuevo Laredo — and recently lost control of the Reynosa plaza — the weapons may have been intended to equip them in one of those cities

    I honestly did not see that Mx was blaming this one on the US tho there was inuendo with the oklahoma tags

  16. FYI..
    of course they in fact do check trucks coming into mexico. Misinformed to say otherwise. I have sat in that long line with two school buses I bought in Texas and trucks of classroom furniture. It is a process of inspection matching invoices to cargo and going to the duty bank to pay duty and get the stamp...then back to retrieve the cargo and truck and then pass thru POE. No cargo truck can just passed through.

  17. @Buela

    Stratfor is a joke. The reporters from Borderland Beat are more competent then those idiots. I would rather pay Borderland Beat then some "think tank" who doesn't know shit what they are talking about. Time and time again they have shown they do not know what they are talking about and been proven wrong. Case in point ATF agents, their gun report and etc etc. And I have a question if they were Mexican Military weapons then why was it the same soldiers who stopped and killed them? Common sense people.

  18. Well some folks do agree with you, but every major news source uses them as a resource and most the books on MDC that I read, so really I have found them to be pretty spot on, not always..
    but what in this article did you think is wrong?
    Let me know and I promise I will check it out. Those were clearly Mx weapons...remember cartels hit the armories on a regular basis and obtain weapons from corrupt police. Google it, or bing it or whatever. I am not sure what sources you trust.

  19. @Buela

    "but what in this article did you think is wrong?"

    Nothing in this article but in the fact that anon on top and now Stratfor said these came from the Mexican military. Does anyone even know the strict control the Mexican Military has on the armories. Probably not!! I have never heard of any military armories being hit but police yes. And to me it does not make sense that SUPPOSEDLY the same institution that gave them the weapons, stops and kills them. Does that make any sense to you? No.

  20. chinga a toda tu madre pendejos y ustedes k les valga verga..muereon en la raya...

  21. cartels have money they can buy guns to any country they want as long as cartels have money they will have weapons.


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