Catapulting Marijuana; across the Border into Arizona!

Flinging Marijuana into Arizona!

Flinging Marijuana into Arizona!

HERMOSILLO, Mexico — the Mexican army says soldiers have seized two catapults that were being used by drug smugglers to fling packages of marijuana across the border into Arizona.

A military statement Tuesday says an anonymous tip led troops to a house in the border city of Agua Prieta where they found a catapult in the bed of a pickup truck and another inside the house.

It says soldiers also seized 1.4 tons (1.3 metric tons of marijuana) during Monday’s raid in Agua Prieta, which is across the border from Douglas, Arizona.

Mexican troops also seized two catapults in the area last January. Authorities said then that it was the first time they had seen this smuggling method used by local traffickers.

Ministry of National Defense (Sedena);arrested 7, confiscated Fuel and firearms!

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MONTERREY, October 28 .- The Ministry of National Defense (Sedena) arrested seven people and seized about 103,000 liters of fuel and firearms during various operations in the municipalities of Hidalgo and Linares.

The Department of Defense verified a claim, that the presence of armed persons in a household in the municipality of Hidalgo, six suspects, four men and two women were arrested.

Those arrested were identified as Victor Hernandez Villegas, 26 years old, Cristian Sandoval Eduardo Carranza 22; Araceli Saldana Olvera, 29, Jorge Armando Hernandez Garcia, 22, and Ezekiel Miravel Reyes, 18, ​​and Maria Estrada Ricardo Trevino, 26 years old.

The army confiscated  five vehicles, including three which were reported as stolen, two handguns, 60 magazines, 382 cartridges, 130 doses of marijuana, six cell phones and two thousand 100 pesos. Further noted, that subsequently, in coordination with the Attorney General of the State (PGJE) and the Agency State Research, continued with the investigation of these individuals, who claimed to be members of two criminal cells (stakes) of the Zetas criminal organization.

He said that the detainees engaged in illegal activities in the municipalities of Hidalgo, Salinas Victoria, Abasolo and El Carmen, working under the direct orders of ‘Burning’, the alleged driver of this criminal group in Nuevo Leon, who in turn receives direct instructions from Miguel Angel Trevino Morales, alias ‘The Z-40’.

 Also, the Department of Defense indicated that the criminals arrested are linked to other illegal activities such as deprivation of liberty means of kidnapping, murder of people, organized crime, possession of firearms used exclusively by the Mexican army and air force and vehicle theft.

He said in a second operation, by means of military intelligence, they were able to locate on a stretch of highway known as Hualahuises-Montemorelos, an underground fuel outlet, stopping at the place of Miguel Angel Garza Lopez, 43 years old. The army seized three tractor-trailer tank types, in different capacities with approximately 103 thousand liters of fuel. They secured and pointed out that the detainees were handed over to the authorities.

Mexican Military seized explosives in Veracruz!

Explosives found!

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In a security operation that occurred Wednesday in the southern Veracruz city of Coatzacoalcos, military personnel seized high explosives, detonators, weapons, cell phones, military type equipment and stolen vehicles from a safehouse located in the colonia Brisas del Golfo area of the city.

The El Universal news agency reported that Mexican Army sources in Coatzacoalcos identified the explosives seized as 45 C-4 plastic explosive charges.

Five suspects were detained by the military during the operation.

Mexico’s drug wars spill into US

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The bodies of 35 people with links to organised crime have been found dead in two abandoned lorries on a highway underpass in eastern Mexico, authorities say.

The bodies were discovered near a shopping centre in Boca del Rio, adjacent to the port city of Veracruz, state prosecutor Reynaldo Escobar told television station Milenio. “These were people involved in organised crime,” Escobar said of the victims. Seven had been identified. The bodies piled up on the streets showing marks of torture, while body parts were also found.

Newspapers Milenio and La Jornada said, some of the bodies had their hands tied and showed signs of torture.

Local television showed some corpses dumped on the street and others in the vehicles covered with blue plastic sheeting.

Earlier on Tuesday, the Mexican army announced it had captured a key figure in one of the country’s newest drug gangs, the Knights Templar, that is sowing violence in western Mexico. Saul Solis, a former police chief and one-time congressional candidate, was captured without incident on Monday in the cartel’s home state of Michoacan, Brigadier General Edgar Luis Villegas said during a presentation of Solis to the media. He is accused of drug trafficking, kidnapping and various attacks on the military and federal police.

The Knights Templar split late last year from La Familia, a drug gang known as a major trafficker of methamphetamine.

About 42,000 people have been killed since President Felipe Calderon launched a campaign against drug cartels at the beginning of his term in late 2006. Most of that violence has been focused on the northern border with the United States.

In other cases, Drug traffickers in Mexico have taunted police with body parts in Acapulco.

Suspected traffickers killed and mutilated a man on Wednesday, then left his body parts around the resort city of Acapulco, which has become plagued by drug violence, in a macabre taunt to authorities.

Police in the port city received reports on Tuesday of an “abandoned human head” on a busy street. Officers answering the call also found a human torso stuffed into a bag, the police force said on its website. Later, the deceased’s legs and feet were discovered hanging from a downtown bridge, with a message from the alleged perpetrators to authorities.

On another bridge on the road to Mexico City, north of Acapulco, police found the victim’s hands, bearing a note to state and local governments. The messages “appeared to be put up at the same time, and had the same lettering”, according to the police report.

Since 2010, Acapulco has increasingly been gripped by violence as warring drug cartels battle for control of the drug trafficking market. In another incident on Wednesday, at least nine people were killed in drug related violence. These deaths add to the many thousands killed over the past three years.

Across the border, Mexico’s drug war festers less violently. Signs of the drug trade can be gauged from the increasing number of corrupt American officials identified.