Wednesday, February 28, 2007

Arms cache seized at Mexican border

Two vehicles, a tractor-trailer truck registered in Texas containing a large shipment of weapons and ammunition, and a Nissan pickup truck fitted with armor and bullet-proof glass were stopped February 11 in the Mexican town of Matamoros, just south of the U.S. border at Brownsville, Texas.

The weapons seized included 18 M-16 assault rifles, including at least one equipped with an M-203 40mm grenade launcher, several M-4 carbines, 17 handguns of various calibers, over 200 magazines for different weapons, and more than 8,000 rounds of ammunition, assault vests and other military accessories.

The origin of the shipment is unclear, but it is obvious that areas along the U.S.-Mexican border are in fact active war zones. Matamoros has long been recognized as a vital choke point for the shipment of drugs, weapons and illegal aliens, including Islamic terrorists, into the United States from Mexico. Based on the sophistication of the weapons seized, it is apparent that someone is shaping a battle just across the border from Brownsville – a battle that will surely have ominous implications for those protecting the U.S. southern border.

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