Many Americans remain ignorant of the fact that the US Government has been partnered with Mexican drug cartels going as far back as the Bush Administration, if not earlier, and that the ‘Los Zetas‘ cartel reportedly [1] [2] even trained at Ft. Bragg. The leak that exposed the Justice Department’s ‘Fast and Furious‘ gun-smuggling operation as an effort to destroy the Second Amendment coupled with the the US Government’s policy of using the cartels as proxies makes the following reports all the more chilling.

KRGV Rio Grande Valley, Texas

REYNOSA – Mexican state and federal police, along with military troops, seized several armored vehicles, drugs and a cache of weapons over the weekend after busts in Reynosa and Rio Bravo. Tamaulipas officials say an anonymous tip led them to a tunnel in the Seybas neighborhood in Reynosa. The tunnel was 180 feet long, 18 feet wide and 9 feet high. Authorities found three armored pickup trucks and hundreds of rounds of ammunition in the tunnel. The Rio Bravo bust also happened thanks to an anonymous tip, officials said. Mexican marines confiscated numerous weapons, including a grenade launcher. The troops also confiscated drugs, one armored truck, military-type clothing and communications equipment.

Read the US Army’s Analysis of ‘Narco-Armor’ from the Foreign Military Studies Office at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas here.

Valley Star

McALLEN — Mexican authorities announced they seized three armored trucks and a weapons cache they found hidden in a long, narrow bunker beneath Reynosa. Acting on an anonymous tip, Mexican marines went to Reynosa’s Las Ceibas neighborhood — about 4 miles south of the Anzalduas International Bridge in Mission — where they found a bunker stretching more than 60 yards long, according to a news release from the Tamaulipas state government. The tunnel, which was about nine feet tall and 18 feet wide, had been used by cartel members to hide three armored pickup trucks, 1,121 ammunition rounds and three radios.

Shortly after discovering the bunker, Mexican marines went to the city of Rio Bravo, across the border from Donna, after getting an anonymous tip to a weapons cache.

Authorities seized another armored truck, a grenade launcher, 11 assault rifles, a handgun, two grenades, 1,667 ammunition rounds and various drugs.

Since last week, Mexican authorities have seized a series of armored vehicles and grenade launchers following a rash of daily shootouts. It was sparked by a violent internal conflict in the Gulf Cartel that has led to the deaths of 17 people, including two bystanders. Mexican officials have confirmed only 17 casualties, but it remains unclear whether the numbers actually are higher.

The shootouts have injured several bystanders, including a Reynosa junior high school student who was shot in the head at her school amid one of the shootouts.