Note: also news out that the Mex Fed Prosecutors have paid out 38
million pesos in reward money (about $3 million USD)
Note 2: A good article on the two killed in Nuevo Laredo, not just
people south of the border "freaking out".
Note3: the FX05 seen at military parade on 16 Sep, but still haven't
seen any in the field, but it's a big country. But sure see a lot
of AR platforms.
Authorities seize 165 rifles and 61 grenades in Reynosa
In total, the Army seized 214 weapons in one week, plus 39 scopes.
Were also detained 24 people
REYNOSA, September 18 .- Elements of the Mexican Army claimed 214
firearms, 39 telescopic sights, 61 grenades, 29 vehicles in various
operations where 24 offenders were arrested and freed three people.
The Ministry of National Defense (SEDENA), through the Commander of
the Fourth Military Region, reported that operating within the
Northeast, personnel stationed in the eighth military region did the
seizure of 165 long guns, 49 short guns, 39 telescopic sights and a
In addition, three grenade launchers, 61 grenades, 47,644 cartridges,
728 magazines, 41 laser designators, 27 R-15 with sights (unk)
mounted, 10 bulletproof vests, 14 tactical vests and 28 pants and 44
The commander of Military Region IV noted that during the last week
military personnel managed the arrest of 24 offenders, the release of
three people who were deprived of their freedom, three offenders were
killed after clashes and three others sustain injuries offenders.
He added that in the context of the Mexican state's comprehensive
strategy against drug trafficking and organized crime, military
personnel said 600 kilos of fireworks, 29 vehicles, three of them
armored, nine large trucks and 474,800 pesos and 108,810 USD.
Department of Defense said that prisoners were secured and made
available to appropriate authorities in order to give continuity to
the research and determine responsibilities under the law.
Note: .50 via U.S. Aid?? Not clear if the Marines got the weapon.
Four killed in scuffle between Navy and gunmen in Veracruz
One victim is a member of the Navy. The attackers had a Barrett 50
caliber weapon, armor penetrating capability.
MEXICO CITY, Sept. 18 .- Four dead, including a sailor, is the
balance of two gun battles between Marines and gunmen in Xalapa,
capital of Veracruz, an official source.
The Secretary of the Navy (Semar) said in a statement that the
clashes occurred on Friday, in the Neighborhood 12 de Diciembre,
where marines fought off an armed attack and killed three suspected
In action, the sailors seized four assault rifles AK-47, four loaded
magazines for a rifle Barrett 50 (capable of penetrating armor), a
bulletproof vest and a vehicle.
In the second event, a sailor died after being attacked by three men
shot while he and other uniformed Marines went to the Fovisste
neighborhood to investigate an anonymous tip.
The attackers, apparently wounded, managed to flee the scene on board
The attacks against the Marines have increased in recent months,
particularly in Veracruz, where they have been kidnapped members of
the Navy of Mexico, from which the Navy Department has been involved
in the fight against drug trafficking.
In Veracruz operate various drug cartels, including the Gulf cartel
and the Zetas, bitter rivals.
Note: ATF in on this one?
We're victims in case of home invasion, 2 say
Kim Smith Arizona Daily Star | Posted: Sunday, September 18, 2011
Two men arrested earlier this year on weapons and conspiracy charges
told jurors Friday that they were just victims of circumstance and
never intended to commit a home invasion.
Pima County jurors have been told Torson Diaz, 22, and Marcus Tucker,
24, sold numerous weapons to undercover officers between December
2010 and March 2011 and then agreed to participate in a home invasion
that would net them 15 to 20 kilos of cocaine.
Deputy Pima County Attorney J.C. Patrascioiu said Diaz, Tucker, Andre
Armstrong, 49, and Clifton Cuttler, 30, were arrested March 15 when
they showed up at El Con Mall to drive to the target with the
officers, whom they believed to be narcotics traffickers from Mexico.
Patrascioiu rested his case against Tucker, Armstrong and Cuttler on
Thursday afternoon after nearly two weeks of evidence, including
transcripts of the meetings between police, Diaz and Tucker.
Diaz has been declared incompetent to stand trial and is in a
restoration program at the Pima County jail.
Armstrong testified he ended up at the mall because he'd asked his
nephew, Diaz, for a ride home. Diaz didn't have a car that day, but
Cuttler agreed to drive him home, Armstrong said.
Armstrong said he had never met Cuttler or Tucker before that day.
Armstrong told jurors he couldn't hear anything the three younger men
discussed on the way to the mall because the hip-hop music they were
playing was so loud. He also didn't hear the discussion held once the
men arrived at the mall.
Armstrong testified he became scared, however, when the two officers
opened up the back of their SUV and he spotted a large number of guns
and bulletproof vests marked "Police."
One of the undercover officers told him to try on a vest and he only
pretended to, Armstrong said. He didn't want to walk away for fear
the Mexican men would think he was a snitch or a cop, he said.
Moments later, he was taken down by a stun gun and rubber bullets,
"I thought I was fixing to die," Armstrong tearfully recalled, adding
he thought he was being shot at by gangsters.
Armstrong admitted he has at least three prior felony convictions and
is "legendary" in certain circles because of his past.
Tucker, who is also an ex-convict, admitted to selling five or six
guns to two Mexican men he knew as "D.J." and "Julian" and later
meeting their boss, "Emilio." He told jurors they asked him to put a
crew together to do some home invasions, and when he repeatedly
refused or dodged their demands, they resorted to threatening him.
"They were playing a part. They were playing it really good, and I
was scared," Tucker said of the officers.
He finally said he would check into putting together a crew, but then
kept stalling, Tucker said. At first, he hoped to convince them that
he couldn't get the equipment needed to do the job, then he hoped to
make such extraordinary demands they would dump him for someone else.
Despite being scared of the men, Tucker said he introduced Diaz to
the men so he could sell them guns as well.
Cuttler is expected to testify Monday.
Closing arguments are expected to be heard Monday as well in Pima
County Superior Court Judge Jane Eikleberry's courtroom.
Contact reporter Kim Smith at 573-4241 or firstname.lastname@example.org