Mexican Marines confiscate huge Los Zetas weapon cache

Mexican Marines captured a weapons cache containing 80 rifles, 20 pistols, 3 rocket launchers, 50,000 rounds of ammunition, 880 magazines, 3kg of explosives, 4 hand grenades, 2 40mm grenades, and 1 ton of fireworks.

The weapons were found near the city of Monclova, Coahuila state, and are believed to have been owned by the Los Zetas drug cartel.

What is especially interesting is the number of MWG 90 Rounder AR-15 magazines (or clones). Over 40 appear in the above photo.

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  • justin

    Ah ha Wolf ammo! obviously this indicates there is an Iron river flowing out of Russia and into Mexico. If only the Russians would abandon their archaic and deadly laws protecting the private possession of ammunition. Why won’t anyone please think of the ninos!!

  • Brice

    This is what really pisses me off about drug dealers. Do you have to be so greedy? You can drop some of that off at my house.

  • Matt G.

    Geese no wonder the drum mags are so expensive! Cartels been buying them out of stock.

  • animalmenace

    While clearly a job well done, there is truly something sinister afoot… For what nefariousness were the fireworks intended? I can only hope they were stocking up for Day of the Dead.

  • Alaskan

    They were ready for the upcoming Zomb-Pocalypse..

  • JC

    I see a pellet gun in there.

  • 032125

    I wish they’d ship that stuff over the border and sell it in the states to defray expenses, but knowing governments, they’ll probably give those guns the chop saw. Sad.

  • I sold those grenade launchers to them. Much better price selling over the border than at the local gun show!

  • West

    Well, that was going to be one hell of a New Years Eve party.

  • James

    Thank God the Mexican Army took all those dangerous fireworks off the streets of Mexico! Anyone who has watched Sons Of Guns knows that fireworks are a highly effective offensive weapon, whether scaring off pirates or taking on coke-crazed cartel members.

  • Fireworks?

  • dogon13

    1 ton of fireworks…..must have been saving it for celebrations.

    But are fireworks really illegal in mexico? I thought they had tons of fireworks for sale there legally.

  • Jeff

    That looks like a lot of fun.

    I always take offense to when the media reports a man having 5 rifles and a handgun as an arsenal… as if they could concievably carry and shoot all that and be any more deadly… in this instances a “huge… weapon cache” not really hyperbole.

  • skipsul

    All this shows is that I still don’t have a big enough safe.

  • armed_partisan

    How did they confiscate it from? The ATF?

  • Ryan

    None of this matters (aside from the fact that they are falsely accusing the US of supplying them with the weapons). The Mexican government will lose this insurrection.
    The Mexican people
    1: Do not trust the government troops.
    2: Fear the drug lords.
    3: Are tired of being caught in the middle and would be happy to have things go back to the way thing were before. “corrupt but peaceful”
    So by my count that is three for three on “How to Lose an Insurrection” Sadly, next year they will elect whomever will back off as the new president.

  • PT

    And how many of those firearms were supplied by the ATF? That’s the real question.

  • Big Daddy

    It looks more like a few hundred of those mags. Some of those stacks are 4 high.

    I wonder how long before the Mexican government asks for the help of the US military and we’re in another insurgency?

    I bet soon AKs made in Venezuela will be showing up.

  • Pete

    Most, if not all, supplied by shady agencies of the US federal government so they can justify their attacks on the 2nd amendment.

    Personally, i find it very sad how most gun related sites and medias are afraid of the whole ATF story, they should be constantly putting this story out there and keep DEMANDING answers, but most are probably afraid of sounding like tin-foil hat wearing conspiracy theorists.

  • Clodboy

    Ah yes, the Las Zetas. A fascinating story if there ever was one:

    Cartel guy: “Okay, how about we use some of that drug money to actually hire well-trained but underpaid special forces guys that, unlike our current crew of thugs, are actually capable of tactics more advanced than “point gun in general direction of enemy, pull trigger until it goes *click*”?

    *cartel head honcho gets arrested*

    Special forces guy: “Regarding the recently opened cartel leadership position, I suggest it should go to me. Any other candidates?” *cocks gun* “Anyway, maybe we should partner up with some of the other cartels. They supply the yay, we supply the extensive yet sophisticated application of violence”

    *a few years go by*

    “Guys, I just had this amazing peyote-induced epiphany! Drugs basically sell themselves. Shooting people and actually hitting them though, that’s a bit of a challenge. So maybe we should just start shooting all our competitors, then take over their smuggling routes. I’ve recently been watching a lot of American crime dramas, and it seems like there’s plenty of towns along the border where the sky is always orange, the air is saturated with yellow dust, nothing grows but sand and tumbleweeds and the population only consists of superstitious old crones that nobody likes.
    Maybe we should kick off our war there, I doubt anyone on either side of the border would care.

  • Michael

    80 rifles, 20 pistols and 50k rounds of ammo? I hope to be in that range here in a couple years. :). Well, with the exception of the high explosives that is.

  • MrSatyre

    And how many of those weapons were originally owned by the Mexican military, I wonder…?

  • Martin (M)

    I’m glad they confiscated those two extremely dangerous looking hats! You can tell they’re bad hats because they’re black.

  • Ryan

    The hats maybe one of the most deadly. If as I suspect (too low resolution) the are actually hats worn as part of federal police or military uniform. This indicates that the drug cartel is dressing like the feds and roughing up the locals. This undercuts the Feds by cutting off any trust they might want to build with the locals… not that I have seen any Federale Policia trying to gain the trust of the locals.

    All counter insurgency operations basically boil down to two things:
    Get the locals to 1: trust you, 2: lose fear of the enemy.
    When I am in Mexico, I see that the government has not tried to do either, so they WILL lose. However the hats represent the cartels understanding that they can win if they get the locals to fear the Government troops. (which isn’t hard considering how corrupt the Mexican Government is)

  • animalmenace

    Effin’ right, Martin.

  • Bob Z Moose

    Is it just me, or do I spy a crate of Com-bloc 7.62x54R’s? Drive by’s with Mosin-Nagants?

    On another note, does anyone else cry a little when you see all those guns, with their serial numbers probably ground off, unsalable? Probably a ton of stolen guns in there, too. Too bad they’re never coming back our way… 🙁

    On yet another note, the 90 rnd snail mags? Clearly they haven’t been buying Clint Smith’s training DVDs. lol

  • SRMC

    And they bought all of that in Texas?

  • howlingcoyote

    What do you bet after this photo op that they either sold or gave these guns back to the cartels?

  • Laftrick

    What is most interesting to me is the lack of junk. In the past this picture would have had three AKs an AR, maybe a m1carbine or a mac 11 clone. This all looks to be recent, modern, and in reasonable good shape. Granted the pic is low res, but they’re not all held together with duct tape and coat hangers. Multiple mags per gun also shows a level of sophistication not usually seen.

    Re the fire works. Star shells, big noise makers can and are used as diversions and as cover noise to keep people confused to the whereabout of the shooting. Set off a few fireworks and shoot a few people at the same time it’s hard to know whats what.

  • Gerald

    A lot of paranoia here. It should be abundantly clear by now that they are getting their weapons and magazines from the US gun market. Not that this bothers me, if they didn’t get them from us, they would be getting them from somewhere else. What does bother me is the possibility of them purchasing American full-auto weapons. There are only a limited supply of those, and once one dissapears over the boarder, that is one fewer machinegun in the US market, and it is gone forever. That is what bothers me. Also, the BATF only supplied a single shipment of rifles, they are getting the rest of them from gun runners along the boarder states. Ignoring and denying the problem won’t make it go away.

  • Trent

    Gerald, it’s anything but “abundantly clear” that the US legal gun market is the source of these weapons.

    Why would cartels pay $20k for a 25 year old full auto M-16 when they can buy a whole crate of them from China or their southern neighbors for the same money? Why would they pay the retail markup and federal taxes on ammo when they can order directly from the former Soviet republics or China?

    Also, there’s a huge desertion problem in the Mexican military. Drug gangs recruit from the ranks, and even send their own young men to join and get training, then they desert and bring their American-made weapons with them.