Blog dedicated to reporting on Mexican drug cartels
on the border line between the US and Mexico

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Mexican security forces bag 6 armed suspects in Coahuila state

By Chris Covert

A total of six armed suspects were killed by Mexican security forces in three separate incidents in northern Coahuila state Wednesday, according to Mexican news accounts.

According to a news story posted on the website of El Diario de Coahuila news daily, a unit of the Coahuila state Grupo Armas y Tacticos Especiales (GATE) encountered a suspect who was travelling aboard a Volkswagen Golf sedan in Piedras Negras municipality.  The police unit located the suspect near the intersection of Libramiento Sur and Calle Rio Usumacinta in Nueva Americana colony at around 1700 hrs.

The deceased was identified by fingerprints as José Guadalupe Leija Camarillo, who had escaped from the Centro de Readaptacion Social (CERESO) in Piedra Negras municipality September 17th.  Mexican press had previously reported that many of the escapees were members of the Los Zetas criminal gang.

At the scene police seized one AK-47 rifle, one Barrett .50 caliber rifle, boots, radio equipment and "stars" used to puncture automobile tires.

A second incident took place also in Piedras Negras municipality at around 1830 hrs near the intersection of Libramiento Perez Treviño and Calle Durango in Las Torres colony, where a unit of the Coahuila GATE encountered armed suspects travelling aboard a Mazda vehicle.

Two unidentified suspects died in the encounter and another four were detained at the scene.  Police also seized an AK-47 assault rifle, weapons magazines, radio equipment and "stars".

En Saltillo

In a separate report which appeared in El Diario de Coahuila news daily, in the Ejido Huachichil, about 50 kilometers from Saltillo, the capital of Coahuila state, three unidentified armed suspects were killed and two others were detained following a shoplifting incident at a local grocery store.  Of the two captives, one was identified as an escapee from Piedra Negras, Roberto Elizondo Francisco Lopez.

A group of as many as 14 suspects had entered and had allegedly stolen food from a grocery store, and as they were heading away, they were encountered by a Mexican Army road patrol.  According to the report, the latest incident was on of a series of incidents except the last time was with 14 suspects and was much more violent.

The news story fails to make clear where the three armed suspects died, only that a pursuit took place with suspects attempting to flee into the mountains aboard a Nissan Murano SUV.  The pursuit ended near a gypsum mine near ejido El Esporon, where two suspects were captured and two other vehicles were recovered.

Additional weapons were also recovered at the scene but the description of the haul was not disclosed.

Chris Covert writes Mexican Drug War and national political news for


  1. Is this the same battle where supposedly "z42" was captured?

    what a day! hope is true!

  2. I was informed by a very reliable source that a hand grenade was found on bridge 2. An EOD team from Uvalde was dispatched to Eagle Pass to take care of the grenade.

  3. In piedras its a warzone...the z dropped a military helicopter last night over there by the quality inn...hung some bodies of the bridge heading to acuna across h.e.b and hung mantas saying they were goin to start forcing people to join n if they wanted war they were goin to give em war 500 z reinforcements coming to p.n....this is wat people really see

  4. Alot of Shootings in Piedras Negras Coah, must be the escaped prisoners against Military n Police anyone know whats going on, they say shootings every night n people have to stay indoors...

  5. There have been shooting everyday for about a week already. Just yesterday I heard about 3 and I was at home in PN at about 8ish p.m. and heard gunfire for a long time. In the morning I heard there was cross fire between the authorities and the bad guys one by Autozone and the other one by McDonalds. They even said a GATE truck had caught fire, and a lady that drove a white car with Texas plates got caught in the crossfire and passedaway. It's time to pray people. Let pray for peace in Piedras Negras.

  6. September 27, 2012 9:34 AM
    "Let pray for peace in Piedras Negras"
    No one wants see you having to go through all this shit dude believe that.People do care up top.
    Stay safe now and be with your family.

  7. Anything going on in Acuna.. I heard of six decapitations how true is this...

    1. I had heard of 3 decapitations and 6 burned bodies. Where were the 6 found?

  8. Eagle Pass Daily - News
    Security Message; Narco mantas in Piedras Negras advising people to stay indoors
    Written by Staff
    Thursday, 27 September 2012 12:27

    EN: LATEST (1:31 p.m.) - Narco banners (Mantas) reported in Piedras Negras advising people to stay indoors. Use caution when traveling in and around Piedras Negras.

    ES: ULTIMO(13:31 HORAS): Narco mantas estan siendo reportadas en Piedras Negras, avisando a la gente que se mantenga en casa.


    PIEDRAS NEGRAS, COAH., MEX -- The U.S. Consulate in Nuevo Laredo alerts U.S. citizens traveling and residing in the Piedras Negras area to an increase in violence related to Transnational Criminal Organizations (TCO).

    Since September 17, 2012, when 131 prisoners escaped from the CERESO in Piedras Negras, there have been numerous violent incidents in and around the Piedras Negras area.

    On September 20, a gunfight was reported between TCO and Mexican authorities in the Villa Hermosa sector of the city.

    On September 24, a gunfight was reported between members of a TCO and the Mexican authorities in the Cumbres sector. In addition, seven people were killed and 24 were wounded during a funeral in Torreon, Coahuila.

    On September 25, two separate gunfights were confirmed by Coahuila state authorities in the city. Also on September 25th, the Bishop of the Piedras Negras Catholic Diocese was a victim of a carjacking at gunpoint.

    On September 26, 2012, the International Bridge II in Piedras Negras was closed for most of the day due to a discovered grenade. Some of those involved with these violent attacks and gunfights have been confirmed as escaped prisoners. Because of this recent escalation in criminal activity, the U.S. Consulate urges all U.S. citizens to maintain a low profile and a heightened sense of awareness.

  9. Piedras Negras,
    What do some of our Mexican bros think is goin on?
    Is this some kind of push,or was it some kind of an attempt to get Z42 back if true?It seems more concentrated and intense than if it was a kind of confrontation.It really is sad to see the innocent people getting hurt,the people not involved in this shit.Having to be home before dark,an innocent woman was killed in here car in crossfire i believe?Bullets don't care where they go,they got no preferences.I just hope the only ones hurt are the shooters,no more innocent people in their own homes being scared by flying bullets and explosions.
    Stay safe in PN all the innocent decent people.


Comments are moderated, refer to policy for more information.
Envía fotos, vídeos, notas, enlaces o información
Todo 100% Anónimo;