|REAL PHOTOGRAPHS; INACCURATE DESCRIPTION|
Example: [Collected via e-mail, August 2010]
This seizure was five days ago. Located on the Arizona border!
Exactly where did you hear about it in OUR media ????? Thank God for the border patrol that this did not come over the border. There is one "graphic picture" but it tells the story Let's quit trying to decide who is violating our federal laws "to make a better life" — and ENFORCE the laws across the board on EVERYONE violating them - Nothing discriminatory about that amigos !!!!!!!
Origins: These photographs showing a large cache of weapons confiscated in a wooded area are genuine, but they weren't taken anywhere near the Arizona border, and the U.S. Border Patrol had nothing to do with the discovery or seizure of the pictued weapons.
As indicated by the Spanish-language captions on some of these photos (and confirmed in a television news report and an article by the Mexican news agency Acencia Reforma), the pictures displayed above document a weapons cache which included more than rifles, grenades, grenade launchers, machine guns, rocket launchers, and hundreds of cartridges (as well as a dozen trucks containing "military and police accessories") that was seized by the Mexican army in
Newsweek reported that the captured weapons were part of a major training camp run by the notorious Zetas drug cartel, and that all of the weapons were believed to have been purchased in the United States:
Mexican officials have said the training camp was being run by Los Zetas, a ruthless paramilitary army of drug traffickers that was originally founded by renegade operatives of the Mexican special forces. The group is believed to have played a major part in the wave of violence that has killed 22,000 people since President Calderon declared war on the cartels in Dec. 2006. The arsenal was captured after the camp was invaded by Mexican Air Force helicopters and soldiers in land vehicles, sending about 50 Zeta operatives fleeing. Most of them, having been tipped off by the noise of the choppers, managed to escape into the mountainous area near the camp.
According to a U.S. law enforcement officer familiar with internal U.S. reporting on the raid, the items recovered by the Mexican military at the camp included 32 rifle grenades, four grenade launchers,
The war is bloody and heavy. The cartels don't have more than
Last updated: 18 August 2010
Isikoff, Michael. "Is the Flow of U.S. Weapons to Mexican Drug Cartels Increasing Under Obama?" Newsweek 17 May 2010. Agencia Reforma. "Asegura Ejército Narcocampamento en NL." 11 May 2010.