Every now and then the Mexican federales confiscate a mess of weapons from one or another of the criminals cartels who now run Mexico like their private fiefdom. (Only because it is.) Make the jump for the Google translated inventory of a recent drug ‘n gun bust, as reported by elfronterizo.com.mx . . .
With allegations that the Calderon government is playing favorites amongst the drug cartels—concentrating their forces on the paramilitary Zetas and turning a blind eye to the Sinaloas—I don’t put much stock in any given police action. The odds are pretty good that the team using this cache—hidden behind some a mirrored wall in a gym—belonged to an unaffiliated crew.
It’s also worth noting that the U.N. reckons that any remaining gun running is simply a matter of replacing existing stocks. The drug lords have all the guns they need, and then some.
Of course, the Mexicans are no less stylish than our home grown gangstas, so one wonders how much of this kit is operationally useful and how much is the firearms equivalent of stunting and flossing. We report, the bad guys decide.
24 AK-47 rifles or “goat horn”
Two Barret rifles, 50 caliber
A machine gun .30 caliber antiaircraft Brawning
A .308 caliber rifle for sniper
40 mm caliber grenade launcher
Three millimeters .308 caliber rifles
A 2.23 mm rifle caliber Ruger
AR-15 rifle 2.23 mm caliber
A 7.62 mm rifle caliber HK
A 12 mm gauge shotgun
39 fragmentation grenades and chemical
26 000 708 cartridges of different calibers
7 chests with metal strips 7.62 mm caliber .30 caliber antiaircraft machine gun
247 magazines for AK-47
Chargers 19 handgun
A charger for MP-5 submachine gun
Four magazines for AR-15
A charger for M-2 carbine
13 ballistic vests
19 knives to AK-47 bayonet
53 green military-style uniforms
Three kinds of camouflage uniform galil
Three money-counting machines
An electronic scale
A machine for vacuum-sealed plastic
Three gas masks
32 green trimmings