(NewsGlobal.com)- This week the Mexican military apprehended 37 cartel members and captured a massive stockpile of guns and ammo without firing a single shot.
The operation took place in the Mexican state of Michoacan, specifically in the area of Hidalgo, which is located close to the city of the same name. According to evidence made public by the Mexican Army, the parties worked together to hunt down cartel members. They successfully located their camp close to a property called “Caracol,” which translates to “snail.” After establishing a cordon around the property, the armed personnel went in to secure it.
According to the statement issued by the Mexican military, the gunmen attempted to flee rather than engage in combat despite having a significant amount of weapons and ammunition at their disposal.
The authorities were able to apprehend 37 suspects in connection with the shooting and recover 35 weapons, three grenades, a grenade launcher, 170 magazines, and 5,280 rounds of ammunition. They recovered three hats with the initials “CJNG” embroidered on them. This is a reference to the Cartel Jalisco New Generation, which has been attempting to gain control of the region from a collection of organizations known collectively as Carteles Unidos.
Although Mexican media outlets reported that the assailants were members of CJNG, law enforcement sources say they are members of a small organization known as Los Correa and were following orders from Daniel “El Trigre” Correa. Los Correa is allied with the Familia Michoacana and Carteles Unidos. Nevertheless, Los Correa severed their ties with La Familia throughout the past several weeks and initiated discussions with CJNG.
Coincidentally, 37 members and associates of an international ethnic-Albanian gang were arrested for drug trafficking in New York in mid-July. The defendants laundered millions in drug profits.
All 37 were arrested yesterday by the New York Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Strike Force, following an investigation by ICE’s Homeland Security Investigations (HSI), the DEA, the NYPD, the IRS, and the NYSP, the AG’s Organized Crime Committee, and IOCI.
Ethnic Albanians in the U.S., Canada, and Europe dominated the multinational organized criminal organization.
“This accused international drug conspiracy wanted to pollute American streets,” said ICE HSI’s New York chief. “Arrests here and abroad show the law’s reach. HSI and its attaches and international and federal law enforcement partners helped break a narcotics smuggling criminal ring.”