It's armed with single M2 Browning 12.7mm Heavy Machine Gun. Traffickers bring the guns southward along the same routes they use to move drugs north. 1. joda16 - 4 years ago. To accomplish these responsibilities, the corps is trained and equipped to take on any type of operations from Sea, Air and Land.[1]. Increasingly, they’re finding military-grade weapons and ammunition, often brand-new, purchased days before at Arizona gun shops and shows. (Sandy Huffaker/AFP/Getty Images) … Cartels that once focused on securing drug routes to the United States are increasingly fighting for control of territory, waging gun battles that can leave a dozen or more people dead. All digital patterns of the Mexican Marines have a small anchor & crossed rifles symbol as well as the Mexican Navy crest embedded into the camouflage design. See more ideas about Mexican army, Army, Military. A previous version of this article incorrectly described the .50-caliber rifle as an assault rifle. It features air conditioning, and possibly fire-proof insulation. SUVs and commercial vehicles serve as the chassis for Narco Tanks, and they are tooled up with armor, turrets, mounted weapons, and even James Bond-like gadgets. “It’s what we don’t find that we worry about,” said Ricardo Santana Velázquez, Mexico’s consul in Nogales, Ariz. “Because those are the guns that show up later at murders and massacres.”. What is along the nearly 2,000 miles of border that divides the U.S. from Mexico? 2048 x 1360 6. “We don’t really have a big charge to hang over them.”. The Mexican marines had been patrolling Nuevo Laredo for months. “Imagine if criminals were regularly shooting at American police with .50-cals,” Grillo said. ... but due to the cost of overhauling the vessels and the removal of all the weapons systems and most of the electronics and radar gear by the US Navy prior to transfer, this is still undecided by Mexico. They’ve asked for more intelligence-sharing and permission to send Mexican agents to work on the U.S. side of the border. The NRA did not respond to a request for comment. Amphibious command: To execute special operations such as: reconnaissance, incursions, urban combat and to support other regular operations. CAMP PENDLETON, Calif. – The squad of Mexican marines stepped deliberately through a narrow alley, their rifles scanning windows and roofs for any potential danger. A policeman in Culiacán surveys burned cars after gunmen from the Sinaloa cartel waged an all-out battle against Mexican troops to free arrested leader Ovidio Guzmán López in October 2019. Reporter covering immigration enforcement and the Department of Homeland Security. It should be noted that the Mexican marines have been active in this role for some time already. Deployed with U.S. troops to foreign wars, it is among the most destructive weapons legally available in the United States. Mexico sent marines to the U.S. in 2005 for disaster relief after Hurricane Katrina. Use a penny to adjust the scale of the image in your device to actual size. “Imagine being in a police truck and .50-cal bullets rip through the armor.”, [Mexico’s Jalisco New Generation Cartel blazes a bloody trail in rise to power ]. “What if we did as little to stop drugs as you’re doing to stop guns?” he asked, according to a senior Mexican official who was present. Mexican Marines captured Treviño Cardoza “El Trevi” a known member of Los Zetas along with 6 accomplices. “The amount of ammunition we’re seizing has surged in the last few months,” he said. He was a Post foreign correspondent in Latin America from 2010 to 2017, and has been a staff writer since 2006. But frustration on the Mexican side has grown. Last year, the weapon was used in an ambush in Michoacán that killed 14 state police officers. But that seizure had a twist — the shipment originated in China: The Mexican navy has managed to intercept tens of thousands of pounds of deadly fentanyl that was mislabeled … Ammunition is one sign of the problem. Copy editing by Frances Moody and Martha Murdock. He had left the ammunition sitting on the back seat, unconcealed. The annual homicide rate has risen 67 percent in that time. But every week, those rifles are trafficked across the border to Mexico, where increasingly militarized drug cartels now command arsenals that rival the weaponry of the country’s security forces. Mexican authorities have released footage of marines using an arsenal of weapons to blast their way into the property housing the world's most wanted drug lord, Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman. Mexican marines displaying three different camouflage patterns used by the Mexican marine corps. Easy access to powerful guns has created an arms race among criminal groups. Kevin Sieff has been The Washington Post’s Latin America correspondent since 2018. The corps standard is also present in the Corps Headquarters, all unit bases and in the Secretariat of the Navy. one paratrooper battalion (BIMFUSPAR: Batallón de Infantería de Marina de Fusileros Paracaidistas). Violent criminal groups are eroding Mexico’s authority and claiming more territory, With its leader in jail, this city cowered to his will, The sniper rifles flowing to Mexican cartels show a decade of U.S. failure, The search for the disappeared points to Mexico’s darkest secrets, As Mexico’s security deteriorates, the power of the military grows, “It’s irresponsible that in the United States this type of weapon is sold to anyone with minimum requirements and without any follow-up after the purchase,” said Fabián Medina, chief of staff to Mexico’s foreign minister. The strikes often target drug cartel leaders and senior drug cartel enforcers (hit men). and a rifleman with a standard M16A2. During the course of the operation marines received gunfire from the suspects and returned fire which led to his capture. Mexican officials have tried to pitch the United States on deploying X-ray scanners on both sides of the border. Combat Support: To execute operations in support of artillery in the development of amphibious and other regular forces operations. At one high-level meeting this year, Mexican Defense Secretary Luis Cresencio Sandoval, grew visibly irritated with U.S. officials. Reconnaissance: Operations to obtain information to support operational units. The day after the man was found with the boxes of ammunition in Nogales, Santana went to inspect the U.S. side of the border. The Mexican Naval Infantry urban digital pattern incorporates black, grey and blue on an off-white background. It's that simple. The number of .50-calibers and assault rifles in Mexico has more than doubled in the past decade, officials here say. More than 67,000 of the 96,036 firearms recovered in Mexico between 2013 and 2018, the last year for which trace data is available, were found to have come from the United States. Around 70 percent of guns found at crime scenes in Mexico are traceable to the United States, according to the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. (Sandy Huffaker/AFP/Getty Images) … Jan 11, 2020 - Explore Mario Rosas.rouges's board "Mexican army", followed by 214 people on Pinterest. The Mexican marines have carried out several very high profile (and successful raids), beginning in 2009. Among the weapons purchased by the Mexican army during this period were numbers of Spanish pattern M1870 Remington, Whitney Type II Rolling Block and Peabody rifles chambered for the .43 Spanish cartridge. Mexico Military Strength (2020) For 2020, Mexico is ranked 38 of 138 out of the countries considered for the annual GFP review. The new unit was championed by then-President Carlos Salinas de Gortari, on June 1, 1994. [5], The navy has carried out permanent intense anti-narcotic operations. FINAL: The gunfight took place at around 4am after Mexican Marines moved in (Image: ELBLOGDELNARCO) GRIME: Gruesome images have emerged online of the scene (Image: ELBLOGDELNARCO.COM) CACHE: Arsenal of weapons in El Chapo's lair (Image: ELBLOGDELNARCO.COM) An arsenal of weapons – including rocket launchers, rifles, semi-automatic weapons… Aliases joda16, Mexican Army, Mexican Soldiers. Design and development by Joanne Lee. The Marine Parachute Battalion is an elite force, which is the strategic reserve of the high command of the Mexican Navy for high impact operations and emergency. [4], Since the start of President Felipe Calderón's war on the drug cartels, the Infantería de Marina's role has grown from maritime and port security to land based operations in combating organized crime, drug trafficking, extermination of marijuana fields, drug interdictions at sea, and also participating in arrest of cartel suspects. Cartel gunmen used.50-caliber rifles to pierce armored vehicles and kill five Mexican marines in Nuevo Laredo in 2018. Thirty naval infantry battalions are organized as follows: 28 are organized into eight regional brigades Deployed as follows: three on the Gulf coast: 1st, 3rd, and 5th each with four battalions, four on the Pacific coast: 2nd with one battalion, 4th with five battalions, 6th and 8th with four battalions each, and. He was nabbed by Mexican marines who swooped in and intercepted a pickup truck driving along a road in northern Mexico. The cartels have armed up with stolen military weapons and an endless stream of rifles from the United States. Empty bullet casings from a .50 calibre machine gun are seen in a 2007 photo from Baghdad, Iraq. “We have to charge them with what is basically a paperwork violation,” he said. In August alone, agents at the port of entry seized more than four times the ammunition confiscated in all of 2019. “We can’t tell what they’re getting ready for, but they’re arming up,” Gim said. But those inspections are limited by a lack of personnel and almost no modern technology. Last year, it was a 14-year-old boy who slammed into a wall. The ATF says it has increased its presence in Mexico by 20 percent in the past year, with a focus on tracing recovered weapons. The trafficker was a large man, leaning against a pillar, talking casually on his cellphone while soldiers inspected his red Ford Explorer. “We’ve had trafficking cells who only make purchases on the secondary market,” Milanowski said. The cartels are using trafficked weapons to kill record numbers of police officers — 464 in the first nine months of 2020 alone — and smaller armed groups are fueling historically high homicide rates. Together they represent the dedication to serve Mexico by air, land and sea. The .50-caliber weapons are widely available in both states, where they retail for about $10,000 to $12,000 each. From Guns & Weapons for Law Enforcement Magazine September 21, 2009 U.S., Mexican Marines unite for training. Among the weapons purchased by the Mexican army during this period were numbers of Spanish pattern M1870 Remington, Whitney Type II Rolling Block and Peabody rifles chambered for the .43 Spanish cartridge. 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Finally there are 3 Marine Special Forces Groups (Strength, Spirit and Wisdom is their motto). A young American woman tried to speed through the border crossing this year and hit a wall; Mexican authorities said she was high on drugs. A decade after “Operation Fast and Furious,” in which U.S. agents allowed thousands of firearms to flow south in a botched attempt to track them, and despite $3 billion in U.S. aid to Mexico to fight narco-traffickers, the two countries have not curbed the flow of weapons. Design editing by Brian Gross. U.S. judge drops drug trafficking charges against former Mexican defense minister, U.S. prosecutors claim cartels had reach into Mexico’s top security ranks, Mexico’s Jalisco New Generation Cartel blazes a bloody trail in rise to power, Five reasons Mexico objects to Trump’s plan to designate its cartels as terror groups, Secretariado Ejecutivo del Sistema Nacional de Seguridad Publica (SESNSP. Texas is the primary market for the ascendant Jalisco cartel. [Mexican Marines (SEMAR). One Marine was also injured. Houses are seen on the Mexican side of the US/Mexico border fence on April 6, 2018, in Jacumba, California. The Naval Infantry execute the following tasks: The roots of the Naval Infantry Corps can trace its roots to the independence of Mexico in 1821. Used on board of MD902 Helicopter. In another case, teenagers agreed to buy weapons for a cartel in exchange for Justin Bieber concert tickets. Critics are arguing that the DEA is going around Mexican police because the U.S. is concerned about corruption in the police forces. But in Mexico, the weapon has come to symbolize a dangerous misalignment in the broader drug-war partnership between the two nations: Sold casually in the United States, it is increasingly being used to target and terrorize Mexicans. The 24th Marine Battalion "Presidential Guards", created in 1983, is responsible for providing security to the president. The international spirit fostered at OCS during the Mexican Marines’ time there, as well as the free flow of ideas between the respective leadership, proved conducive for a … After years of failed U.S. and Mexican efforts to curb arms trafficking, groups such as the Jalisco New Generation and Sinaloa cartels are showcasing the military-grade weapons in slick propaganda videos and using them to defeat security forces in battle. Signs warned against crossing the border with guns: “Illegal to carry firearms/ammunition into Mexico.”. [6] One of its big seizures was in late October 2007, when navy personnel in a joint operation with other agencies seized 23 tons of cocaine in the port city of Manzanillo, Colima. Officer Candidates School recently hosted 42 officers from Mexico’s Center… By Tactical-Life.com. U.S. officials say efforts to install such technology have been hampered by red tape in the Mexican customs department. Search for more . Video editing by Alexa Juliana Ard. “It was sticking out of a suitcase,” Mexican authorities noted in a report. 9,838. For Public Release] Images of cheaper grade .50 cal and smaller caliber long rifles with scopes are also evident in some of the cartel weapons seizures. Twenty-three people, including four police officers, were killed the next month when gunmen descended on Villa Unión, 70 minutes from Eagle Pass, Tex. The company headquarters and services is integrated into the grouping of services 7th Marine Brigade, which belongs since 2010. 11mm Cartucho para Remington - as the .43 Spanish is known in Latin … In a conference room next to the border crossing between Nogales, Ariz., and Nogales, Mexico, local Mexican customs chief Juan Gim Nogales was giving a presentation on the rise of arms trafficking. In telephone recordings from the October 2019 ambush in Aguililla, Michoacán, officers can be heard shouting “I’m dying” and pleading for backup as gunfire continues. Increasingly, those weapons are used against Mexico’s security forces. Last year, the weapon was used in an ambush in … Comment(s) Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window) Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) Click to share on Pinterest (Opens in new window) Click to email this to … “That would surely cause an uproar and people would look at how people are often able to buy these weapons as easily as if they are buying a pistol.”. There was a .50-caliber rifle in the back seat. Air assault: To run infiltration operations in areas of difficult access. The Mexican army also purchased Peabody rifles in .43 Spanish from the Providence Tool Company. Examples are the gold trim, which gives nobility, seriousness and elegance; the Admiralty anchor, which symbolizes belonging to the navy; and finally crossed muskets, symbolizing the weapons used by the first generation personnel of the Naval Infantry strengthening the country as a nation-state, free and sovereign. It holds a PwrIndx* rating of 0.6065 (0.0000 considered 'perfect'). “It’s a telling example of what happens when the cartels are better armed than the police,” said one Mexican security official, speaking on the condition of anonymity because the investigation was ongoing. Homicide data comes from Mexico’s Secretariado Ejecutivo del Sistema Nacional de Seguridad Publica (SESNSP.). There are two Marine Amphibious Groups (the Gulf and Pacific), which have replaced the two Reaction Amphibious Forces, whose mission is the defense of national coastlines against any conventional aggression. [9], Drug interdiction at sea is also part of the Navy's strategy to combat drug trafficking, this came to light when, on July 16, 2008, the navy intercepted a 10-metre-long (33 ft) narco submarine travelling about 200 kilometres (120 mi) off the southwest of the state of Oaxaca; in a raid, Navy Special Forces rappelled from a helicopter on to the deck of the narco submarine and arrested four smugglers before they could scuttle their vessel. To meet the operational requirements of the navy, it was necessary to create structure of a reaction force with organizational skills: flexibility, multi-tactical use of rapid response, firepower, mobility and economy of forces, in addition to the efforts of support for transport by air, sea and land, to the missions and tasks assigned by the navy to fulfill its mission. Deployed with U.S. troops to foreign wars, it is among the most destructive weapons legally available in the United States. 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