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5:39 pm
Wed September 29, 2010

Drug Cartel Arrests

Mexico City – Mexican marines captured 30 suspected Gulf cartel members and seized an arsenal of weapons during two days of raids on the border with Texas.

The marines were acting on intelligence obtained by the navy and other agencies in conducting the raids in Matamoros and Reynosa. The two cities are on the border with Texas in the northern Mexican border state, which has been torn by drug gang battles.

Rear Adm. Jose Luis Vergara says the marines seized more than 50 guns, two shoulder-fired rocket launchers, 21 grenades and ammunition.

The navy gave no indication of how significant the arrests were in the government's efforts to destroy the Gulf cartel. The cartel is waging a bloody turf war in Tamaulipas with its former ally, the Zetas gang of hit men.

Copyright 2010 The Associated Press.