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Mexican marines seized a substantial arsenal from a home in the northeastern border city of Matamoros, the defense department said.
The marines, who have been deployed in the region to battle powerful drug cartels, came upon the arms cache while pursuing a suspect, the department said in a statement
Inside the home were 92 AK-47 and AR-15 assault rifles, 12 handguns and roughly 200 grenades of various types, along with 580 ammunition clips, 81 military uniforms and other items.
The Gulf drug cartel and Los Zetas, a band of Mexican special forces deserters turned outlaws, are both active in and around Matamoros, located just across the border from Brownsville, Texas..
A joint operation between the Laredo Police Department and the Webb County Sheriff’s Office resulted in the seizure 147 fully automatic AK-47 assault rifles, 263 high capacity magazines, 53 bayonets and 10,000 rounds of ammunition on Saturday, May 30 in the border city of Laredo Tx.
This city is located across the Rio Grande from Nuevo Laredo, Tamaulipas, a stronghold of the powerful Zeta drug cartel.
This is the second large seizure of assault rifles in South Texas within the last 2 weeks (see “Marine Corp reservist caught attempting to export….” on this site)
It is believed the weapons were in the process of being illegally exported into Mexico.
According to authorities, the Laredo Police Department initiated a traffic stop on a van after receiving a tip from the Webb County Sheriff’s Office Crime Stoppers Division. The Sheriff’s office had received anonymous information that the van was transporting illegal contraband.
The vehicle was stopped heading east on International Boulevard. The passenger of the vehicle, who has not been identified, attempted to flee on foot before being apprehended. Officers then discovered the arms cache inside the van.
Originally posted by nite owl
The guy was only an arms dealer, nothing more. They shot one guy who was shooting at them, the article says only one gunmann. The video is of mexicans talking and showing guns. The article shows pictures of whites, our soldiers and one of them looking at a grenade. ONLY A ARMS DEALER.
Originally posted by Romantic_Rebel
reply to post by chaosinorder
Here's a good read from wikipedia about the weapon smuggling. en.wikipedia.org...