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Gunbattle between military forces and ruthless drug cartel in Mexico leaves one dead, eight arrested in Mexico

August 19, 2016  |  Posted by: JammedUp Staff
Gunbattle between military forces and ruthless drug cartel in Mexico leaves one dead, eight arrested in Mexico

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Authorities in Mexico reported one person killed and eight others arrested after a gun battle erupted on Thursday in the State of Mexico between Marines and members of the Jalisco New Generation drug cartel (CJNG).

Officials said the showdown occurred Thursday afternoon in the municipality of Melchor Ocampo, where an alleged safe house was discovered following an investigation by the Attorney General of the State of Mexico (PGJEM).

Local reports said authorities raided the location. However, several gunmen with the CJNG entrenched themselves at the residence sparking an intense gunfight that lasted for over 30 minutes.

Marines along with over a hundred state and municipal police officers installed three checkpoints on streets surrounding the site of the clash.

Witnesses said for over a half an hour they heard explosions, bursts of gunfire, and even saw ensuing car chases as the criminals tried to escape.

Officials said one of the suspected gunmen was killed in the ensuing firefight, while eight others were captured during Thursday’s operation

Authorities reportedly found the body of a handcuffed man inside the house, apparently kidnapped by the armed assailants.

According to Proceso, officers secured five handguns, a high-powered assault rifle, two bullet-proof vests, three cell phones and miltary-style tactical gear from the residence.

Thursday’s gun battle comes in the wake of an intense multi-state search by the military for Alfredo Guzman Salazar, the son of Mexican drug lord Joaquin ‘El Chapo’ Guzman after he and five other men were kidnapped at gunpoint from a restaurant early Monday in the resort city of Puerta Vallarta.

Suspected members of the CJNG are believed to have stormed the La Leche restaurant with military-style precision around 1 a.m. Monday, abducting Guzman-Salazar and five members of his party.

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