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Authorities seize stash of cartel rocket-propelled grenades near Texas Border

January 24, 2017  |  Posted by: Francesca Falzarano
Authorities seize stash of cartel rocket-propelled grenades near Texas Border

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The Los Zetas Mexican cartel has been amassing Soviet-era rocket-propelled grenades, assault rifles, ammunition, and body armor, in the border city of Piedras Negras, in the state of Coahuila.

The revelation was made after a special state police unit, intended to clash head-on with drug cartels, collected intelligence about a business being used to store weapons, Breitbart Texas reported.

Following their inquiry and after receiving a tip about a truck with gunmen heading to the business, detectives obtained a search warrant and had members of Fuerza Coahuila sweep a local junkyard in the Buena Vista neighborhood. Because of the high-risk operation, federal officers and the military arrived at the residence for backup.

Police were not able to locate the gunmen but discovered five Soviet-era rocket-propelled grenades, assault rifles, a launcher, 15 tactical bulletproof vests with metal plates, multiple loaded ammunition magazines, 19 bundles of marijuana, and an SUV with no license plates.

The Cartel Del Noreste faction of the Los Zetas remains the dominant drug cartel working in Coahuila. The faction of Los Zetas is currently engulfed in a war with another cartel, known as Los Zetas Vieja Escuela, over control of lucrative drug trafficking territories in this state, as well as Nuevo León and Tamaulipas.

The vicious war between the two groups has led to near daily kidnappings, beheadings, dismemberments, gun battles, and other gory executions.

Both organizations have previously used RPGs not only in their fights but also to threaten each other through messages.

The Los Zetas cartel is also the group that is responsible for the kidnapping, murder, and incineration of over 300 victims, including women and children, from the rural communities of Allende and Cinco Manantiales. Between 2011 and 2013, when the killings took place, half of the victims were brought to the Piedras Negras state prison where gunmen utilized 55-gallon drums to burn the human remains.

Others were incinerated at nearby ranches. The case continues to be widely ignored by the mainstream media in the U.S.

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