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Mexican security forces detain 9 in counternarcotics raids in Veracruz

July 1st 2012   ·   4 Comments

A joint force consisting of Mexican Naval Infantry troops and police agents with the Veracruz state Secretaria de Seguridad Publica (SSP) raided two locations in Xalapa, Veracruz early Saturday morning, detaining nine  suspects and killing one, according to a news release posted on the website of the Secretaria de Marina (SEMAR), the controlling agency for the Mexican Navy.

A news report posted on the website of El Diario de Coahuila news daily said that a Mexican Marine unit came under small arms fire near the hotel as the joint patrol attempted to stop a group of armed suspects.  The report also said that hand grenades were used in the counterfire by the armed suspects.

The El Diario de Coahuila report also said that the fighting spread throughout the city ending at the safe house.

At the safe house were recovered weapons and vehicles, but the news release did not detail any quantities.  A total of nine detainees were taken into custody in the aftermath of the raids.  El Diario de Coahuila reported six of the detainees were from Guatemala.
The raid was conducted by a joint force as part of the Seguro Veracruz, a security program which is intended to concentrated federal and state forces at transportation choke points to make the cost of contraband such as drugs guns and migrants much higher.  Similar operations are under way in Tamaulipas state and in the La Laguna region which is astride the borders of Coahuila and Durango states.

A version of this column originally appeared in www.borderlandbeat.com.

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Readers Comments (4)

  1. Good Work ! Love you Guys !

  2. I watch Border Wars all the time…..the money we are spending running around the desert to find these people only to send them back and find them again trying….I don’t know why we have any openings to go in and out of Mexico…..stupid….close all access!!!!

  3. I watch Border Wars all the time…..the money we are spending running around the desert to find these people only to send them back and find them again trying….I don’t know why we have any openings to go in and out of Mexico…..stupid….close all access!!!!

  4. Rick Riker says:

    Is this an oxymoron or what? The Mexican Navy is the only navy in the world that I know of now with its own infantry!





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