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Mexico says captured cartel leader had arsenal
Houston Chronicle ^ | December 13, 2011

Posted on 12/13/2011 11:23:35 AM PST by SwinneySwitch

MEXICO CITY — Mexican authorities said Tuesday that an alleged founder of the Zetas drug cartel had an arsenal of 169 guns when he was captured Monday, and may have been linked to the abduction of nine Mexican marines.

Navy spokesman Jose Luis Vergara said suspect Raul Lucio Hernandez Lechuga oversaw Zeta operations around the Gulf coast state of Veracruz, where nine marines disappeared earlier this year.

Vergara said a suspect was killed and a marine wounded in a firefight that erupted during Hernandez Lechuga's capture Monday in the Veracruz state city of Cordoba. The bust was the result of a yearlong intelligence operation, Vergara said.

Marines found 133 rifles, five grenade launchers, 29 grenades and 36 pistols at the scene of the raid near a highway. Marines also found bulletproof vests with the letter "Z'', the zetas symbol, on the front.

Vergara said Hernandez Lechuga was one of Mexico's 37 most-wanted drug traffickers, and that with his arrest, 22 of those 37 have either been killed or detained.

The Zetas have been linked to some of the apparent abductions of Mexican marines, but Vergara didn't say what specific evidence authorities had of Hernandez Lechuga's involvement in the cases.

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TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Mexico; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: atf; banglist; borderwars; cia; clinton; dea; dhs; doj; fastandfurious; fbi; gunrunner; gunwalker; hernandezlechuga; hillary; hillaryclinton; holder; ice; irs; lechuga; mexico; obama; statedept; zetas
Hernandez "El Lucky" Lechuga!
1 posted on 12/13/2011 11:23:38 AM PST by SwinneySwitch
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To: SwinneySwitch

I can’t help but wonder how much our justice department, under the leadership of one Erich Holder, added to this guy’s arsenal....


2 posted on 12/13/2011 11:30:06 AM PST by basil (It's time to rid the country of "gun free zones" aka "Killing Fields")
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To: basil
I can’t help but wonder how much our justice department, under the leadership of one Erich Holder, added to this guy’s arsenal....

Watch NBC tonight-they'll have the whole story, as usual

3 posted on 12/13/2011 11:37:57 AM PST by Larry381 (Catapultam habeo. Nisi pecuniam omnem mihi dabis, ad caput tuum saxum immane mittam.)
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To: MestaMachine

will-we-ever-know ping


4 posted on 12/13/2011 11:38:26 AM PST by thouworm (.)
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To: SwinneySwitch
Marines found 133 rifles, five grenade launchers, 29 grenades and 36 pistols at the scene of the raid near a highway. Marines also found bulletproof vests with the letter "Z'', the zetas symbol, on the front.

Now where o where did he get all of that, ... Hillary!?!

"Grenade-walking" part of "Gunwalker" scandal

And this...

Worse Than Gunwalker? State Dept. Allegedly Sold Guns to Zetas

Phil Jordan, a former CIA operative and one-time leader of U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration’s El Paso Intelligence Center, claims that the Obama administration is running guns to the violent Zetas cartel through the direct commercial sale of military grade weapons:

Jordan, who served as director of the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration’s El Paso Intelligence Center in 1995, said the Zetas have shipped large amounts of weapons purchased in the Dallas area through El Paso.

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“They’ve found anti-aircraft weapons and hand grenades from the Vietnam War era,” Plumlee said. Other weapons found include grenade launchers, assault rifles, handguns and military gear including night-vision goggles and body armor.

More about State Department involvement...

— has sources claiming “Obama’s man in the State Department,” (former) Deputy Secretary of State Jim Steinberg, was the State Department operative who helped Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano and the Department of Justice Deputy Attorney General David Ogden formulate the strategy that led to the tactics used in Operation Fast and Furious.

Steinberg took office as Deputy Secretary of State on January 28, 2009

A little more than two years later, it was announced that Steinberg's time in the Obama State Department was over. From the New York Times, 30 March 2011:

Mrs. Clinton heaped praise on Mr. Steinberg, describing him as an “indispensable” partner. “On every foreign policy challenge, big and small, he has helped formulate our policy and oversee its execution,” she wrote. Mr. Steinberg, she said, played “Oscar to Jack Lew’s Felix,” referring to Jacob J. Lew, her other deputy, who left earlier this year to become Mr. Obama’s budget director.

Want to read even more about State Dept. involvement? ...

Sipsey Street Exclusive: "In at the beginning." The State Department & the Gunwalker Scandal.

5 posted on 12/13/2011 11:45:02 AM PST by TigersEye (Life is about choices. Your choices. Make good ones.)
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To: basil

Dittoes!!


6 posted on 12/13/2011 12:11:50 PM PST by afraidfortherepublic
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To: Joe Brower; Travis McGee; LucyT; vette6387; MetaThought; 60Gunner; XHogPilot; FreedomPoster; ...

Oh boy, what a day! Ping.


7 posted on 12/13/2011 12:20:40 PM PST by MestaMachine (obama kills)
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