Note: A possible lawsuit against U.S arms manufactures and
distributors big news in Mex.
Presidente Calderon - Show us the guns. ALL of them.
Note: Mier has been abandoned couples times as residents can't
Officials: Zetas go on rampage in Miguel Aleman
April 22, 2011 12:44 PM
A convoy of armed gunmen allegedly belonging to the Zetas attacked
the city Thursday shooting at, vandalizing and torching the
headquarters of the Tamaulipas State Police, the local transit police
headquarters and nearly a dozen buildings in Miguel Alemán,
authorities said. The attack left one civilian and several gunmen dead.
Miguel Alemán is across the Rio Grande from Roma.
According to the information released by the Mexican Army, a
firefight with gunmen resulted in the death of one gunmen and the
arrest of 11 more. They also reported one soldier dead.
Also on Thursday, the body count found in mass graves in rural San
Fernando rose to 177. The Zetas are accused of killing those bodies
and placing them several mass graves, the most recent of which was
The attack began about 5:15 a.m. Thursday and continued until 7:30
a.m., when the Mexican military was able to run the gunmen out of
town, said a law enforcement official who asked not to be named for
The Mexican Military issued a news release that doesn't mention the
dead civilian or the other gunmen reported by the law enforcement
One of the groups stayed in Miguel Alemán and fought with the
military while the other went toward Ciudad Mier. As a result of the
firefight, the Mexican army reported seizing 20 assault rifles, eight
grenades, more than 300 magazines and more than 7,600 ammunition rounds.
According to the 8th Military Zone in Reynosa, the Zetas also
attacked a military patrol along the Riberena highway prior to the
attack in Miguel Aleman which prompted the mobilization of army
troops toward the area.
Also prior to the arrival of the military, when Zetas arrived in
town, they began shooting at the law enforcement headquarters and
shot at the buildings and patrol cars as well as causing other
damage, the Mexican law enforcement official stated.
The group then went around town shooting at and setting fire to a
number of high-profile buildings along the city's main avenue,
including the Ford and Nissan dealerships, an AutoZone store, a
convenience store, a large furniture store and a used car lot.
During the rampage, one employee of the local Coca-Cola Co. bottling
plant was killed as he drove to work. His name was not released
pending notification of next of kin, the law enforcement official
said. When military forces arrived toward the end of the rampage, a
In the San Fernando case, Mexico's Attorney General's Office
announced the arrest of another San Fernando municipal police officer
who is described as being part of the group of police officers who
provided protection to the Zetas during the time that the massacres
took place. Officer Joel Reséndiz Moreno was presented Thursday
afternoon by the PGR as the agemcu asked for the public's help in
coming forward and filing charges against him in connection with the
case. He is the 17th officer to be arrested in connection with the case.
The Tamaulipas Attorney General's Office—PGJE, said Thursday that the
first mass graves were discovered April 1, and authorities have
continued to find more since. The most recent grave site was found
Tuesday when authorities found three graves with six additional bodies.
Of the 177 bodies, 122 can be related to the investigation into a
string of hijacked buses last month, according to a PGJE news release.
The other 55 bodies have been buried for a longer time and are not
related to the investigation, the PGJE said.
The agency also said that as of Wednesday 345 individuals have
appeared to look for missing relatives, 237 of those have filed
complaints into the disappearance of a loved one and 280 have
provided with DNA samples for investigation purposes.
Mexico catches cartel lawyer, hires US law firm
Federal police have arrested a lawyer who allegedly helped the Zetas
drug cartel manage ransom and extortion payments, which were
sometimes handed over in the form of property deeds, Mexican
authorities said Thursday.
Friday, April 22, 2011
By: MARK STEVENSON
MEXICO CITY - Federal police have arrested a lawyer who allegedly
helped the Zetas drug cartel manage ransom and extortion payments,
which were sometimes handed over in the form of property deeds,
Mexican authorities said Thursday.
Suspect Marco Antonio Gomez was detained in the Caribbean coast
resort of Cancun on Wednesday, the Public Safety Department said in a
Gomez allegedly participated as a go-between in negotiating ransom
payments from relatives of businessmen who had been kidnapped in the
In a sign of the gang's sophistication, the federal police said the
Zetas had professionals who worked to legally transfer property
titles handed over to the cartel.
Nine more suspected Zetas members were arrested in the border state
of Tamaulipas on Wednesday as part of a general crackdown on the gang
after is was implicated in the abduction and killing of at least 145
people whose bodies were exhumed from mass graves in the town of San
Fernando earlier this month.
Also Thursday, a Mexican official confirmed that President Felipe
Calderon's government has hired a U.S. law firm to investigate
possible civil lawsuits against U.S.
gun manufacturers or dealers, for what Mexican officials consider the
companies' responsibility for guns that are smuggled to Mexico's drug
The government has long demanded the United States crack down on
cross-border arms smuggling amid drug violence in Mexico that has
killed more than 34,000 people over the last four years.
According to the official, who agreed to speak about the legal action
only if granted anonymity, the government hired a New York-based law
firm late last year to explore possible suits against U.S.
gun manufacturers that may have knowingly or imprudently produced or
distributed weapons that wound up in the hands of Mexican drug cartel
Calls to the New York law firm seeking to confirm the contract went
unanswered. The U.S. National Rifle Association did not immediately
return calls seeking comment on Mexico's action.
Many guns used to kill in Mexico never have their origins traced. But
U.S. officials say that of the weapons discovered at Mexican crime
scenes that authorities do choose to trace, nearly 90 percent are
eventually found to have been purchased in the U.S.
Critics of that estimate contend Mexican authorities focus on U.S.-
made guns to trace.
A November 2008 study by the Brookings Institution, a Washington-
based think tank, estimated 2,000 U.S. guns are smuggled into Mexico
each day. A new U.S.
effort to increase inspections of travelers crossing the border has
netted just 386 guns in two years.
In the northern state of Durango, prosecutors reported Thursday that
further excavations at a vacant lot in the state capital yielded 11
more bodies - 10 men and one woman - in addition to 26 badly
decomposed bodies found a day earlier.
The grisly Holy Week discovery came just days after police found 10
complete bodies, three headless bodies and four severed heads in a
pit in Durango, a state that has become a battleground between the
Zetas and Sinaloa drug cartels.
Prosecutors did not say whether the bodies were found in multiple-
burial pits, like the 145 bodies that have been pulled from mass
graves in the border state of Tamaulipas.
While Mexican drug cartels frequently use such pits to dispose of the
remains of executed rivals, many of those buried in the Tamaulipas
mass graves are believed to have been passengers kidnapped from
In Tamaulipas on Wednesday, authorities reported they had rescued 68
people, including 12 Central American migrants, allegedly kidnapped
by a drug cartel.
Published April 22, 2011, 7:52 a.m.
Seized at Nogales 15,000 bullets
A shipment of 15 thousand bullets of different calibres were secured
by U.S. Customs authorities at the port west of Nogales, Arizona.
The board moved to a vehicle gasoline tank.
Nogales, Arizona - New Day
A shipment of 15 thousand bullets of different calibers was seized by
the authorities of the Ame-rican Customs checkpoint in the west of
Nogales, Arizona, a person of Nogales, Sonora was arrested.
The incident took place at about 14:45 pm on April 19 when CBP
officers conducting operations at the port outlet shopping Mariposa
selected for inspection a vehicle, pick up, Ford, 1995 model, driven
by a man 42 years old, of Nogales, Sonora.
Later, officers discovered boxes of ammunition hidden inside the
spare tire and fuel tank of the vehicle. More than 15,000 rounds of
ammunition in a variety of calibers were confiscated by federal
The driver was arrested and handed over to the Bureau of Immigration
and Customs Enforcement Service, to continue with the investigation
and prosecute the detainee in federal court.