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Mexican authorities discover landmines in Gulf Cartel’s possession in near Texas Border

February 11, 2018  |  Posted by: Francesca Falzarano
Mexican authorities discover landmines in Gulf Cartel’s possession in near Texas Border

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The violent drug cartel working in the Mexican border city of Reynosa arranged to add landmines to their expanding arsenal as they wage large-scale battles almost daily fashion. The explosives, also known as Claymore mines, were confiscated by the Mexican military during a recent bust.

For months, rival groups of the Gulf Cartel have battled for control of lucrative human smuggling and drug trafficking territories into Texas.

The violence forced federal and state officials to deploy thousands of soldiers, Marines, and police3 officers to the border region to suppress the bloodshed.

The explosive devices, known as Claymore mines, were seized by the Mexican military during a recent operation near the border city of Reynosa

The Mexican military recovered the landmines and munitions during the raids in the Rio Grande Valley

During a string of raids carried out by the Mexican Army, soldiers concentrated on search operations in rural areas near the Rio Grande.

According to Breitbart Texas, soldiers managed to locate several weapons caches that had been buried–leading to the apprehension of three suspects.

Soldiers discovered two Claymores, a grenade launcher, two .50 caliber rifles, 17 AK-47 rifles, ballistic plates, ammunition, along with magazines.

While the Gulf Cartel and other Mexican criminal groups have used grenades and Russian-made RPGs in the past, this appears to be one of the first cases of U.S. military-grade landmines found close to the border.

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