The Navy Department explained that the operation was launched on June 1, “after receiving a citizens’ complaint”
The Navy announced the capture in Nuevo Laredo, Tamaulipas, ten alleged kidnappers belonging to the Gulf Cartel and the rescue of 13 people who allegedly were deprived of freedom.
In a statement, the Department of the Navy (Semar) explained that the operation was launched on June 1, “and was from a citizen tip-off that reported the presence of armed persons in a home in the city” bordering Laredo (Texas, United States).
In the hands of the alleged hijackers, authorities found 17 AK-47 rifles, two grenade launchers, a machine gun and six pistols. In addition to the seized arsenal, 25 hand grenades, 241 magazines, and 16 thousand 500 cartridges of different caliber bullets, two cars and diverse types of communication equipment were also confiscated.
The Office of Special Investigations into Organized Crime (OFDI) is responsible for research related to the case, the statement said. The city of Nuevo Laredo is considered a stronghold of the criminal organization Los Zetas, whose control could be disputed by the Gulf Cartel.
However it is presumed that a few weeks ago may have come to the city hired by the service of the Sinaloa Cartel in support of the Gulf to try to gain control of the area. In Mexico they have killed more than 50,000 people in actions attributed to organized crime since December 1, 2006, when Felipe Calderon took office and launched his frontal attack strategy against criminal groups. Where soldiers performed public safety works in the areas of greatest conflict.
In Nuevo Laredo this has not existed for over a year since city police, have been quartered and replaced by military personnel.