Skip to comments.Mexican army: Armored truck, grenades, guns and drugs seized in weekend firefights(Matamoros)
Posted on 02/24/2010 3:59:40 PM PST by SwinneySwitch
The seizure of drugs, an armored SUV, weapons and grenades were the result of two weekend firefights between the Mexican military and alleged cartel members in Matamoros, officials said.
According to the Mexican Defense Secretariat (SEDENA), the shootings left behind one civilian and two purported cartel members dead. Mexican officials declined to say if any military personnel were killed or wounded.
The first shooting took place Saturday at approximately 7 p.m. at the intersection of Pedro Cardenas Boulevard (also known as Sixth Street) and Manuel Cavazos Lerma Boulevard, outside the Plaza Fiesta shopping center. A military patrol was fired upon by cartel members and began to fight back, SEDENA said.
Details of the firefight were not available, but the military reported that it seized 11 bundles of marijuana with an approximate weight of 255 pounds, a 2006 Chevrolet Silverado, a 2002 Cadillac Escalade, two fragmentation grenades, three assault rifles, 550 ammunition rounds, 24 ammunition clips and one metallic ammunition box.
As a result of the shooting, SEDENA reported that two "attackers" were killed in the fight. Their identities were not available.
The second shooting took place Sunday at 1 a.m. along Manuel Cavazos Lerma Boulevard, near the Walmart shopping center, when a military patrol was returning to its headquarters after documenting the scene of the first firefight.
As a result of the second shootout, the military reports the seizure of one armored 2008 GMC and a 2008 Chevrolet Silverado, one assault rifle, one handgun, 266 ammunition rounds, eight ammunition clips, three radios, one long-range scope and one pound of marijuana.
Also as a result of the second firefight, SEDENA reported one dead civilian, who was not identified.
"With actions like this we ratify the commitment of the federal government to recuperate the safety of the state by keeping any manifestation of organized crime from going unpunished," SEDENA said.
“With actions like this we ratify the commitment of the federal government to recuperate the safety of the state by keeping any manifestation of organized crime from going unpunished,” SEDENA said.
Sedena talks like a bureaucrat.
They like those Chevy Silverados.
And we are sending 500,000 of our children down there starting next week to “blow off some steam” from the pressures of partying all semester.
Those darned Amish are resupplying the drug dealers with guns, I see.
The Amish or the Mennonites...?
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Some good news, and we’re actually getting $$$ out of this one.
Mexican drug lord gets 25 years, gives up $50 million
Osiel Cardenas Guillen, the former head of a powerful Mexican drug cartel, was sentenced to 25 years in prison and will forfeit to the United States $50 million in illegal proceeds, a judge ruled.
Cardenas Guillen, 42, was the leader of the Matamoros, Mexico-based Gulf cartel until his capture in 2003. He was subsequently extradited to the United States to face drug trafficking charges in 2007.
U.S. District Judge Hilda Tagle handed down the sentence Wednesday, following an earlier guilty plea by the drug kingpin.
According to the FBI, in 1999 Cardenas Guillen threatened to kill a U.S. undercover sheriff’s deputy. In another incident, he threatened the lives of two U.S. agents.
“The successful prosecution of Cardenas Guillen underscores the joint resolve of the United States and Mexico to pursue and prosecute the leadership of the drug trafficking cartels, dismantle their organizations and end the violence and corruption they have spawned,” U.S. Attorney Jose Angel Moreno said.
Cardenas Guillen pleaded guilty to five felony charges, including conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute, conspiracy to launder money and threatening to assault and kill federal agents.
Tagle also fined Cardenas Guillen $100,000 and ordered him to five years probation once his sentence is served. He is not eligible for parole.
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The name Matamoros means Moor-killer or Moor-slayer in Spanish.