Thursday, December 17, 2009

Shooting Fish in a Barrel

Wow. This is big.

One of the most wanted figures in the drug war was killed in a shootout with the Mexican Navy on Wednesday, an official said. Arturo Beltrán Leyva and three members of his drug cartel died in the gunfight in an apartment complex in Cuernavaca, south of Mexico City. A fifth suspect committed suicide during the shootout, the official said. One sailor was wounded. The official spoke on the condition of anonymity because navy rules prohibited him from giving his name. He said that more than 200 sailors raided the apartment complex as part of a crackdown on the Beltrán Leyva Cartel in central Mexico. The raid set off a gunfight that lasted nearly two hours.

We think this one can be chalked up to the element of surprise: Cuernavaca is about 7500 feet above sea level and 200 miles from the nearest ocean; You really don't expect to be ambushed by the navy there.

[We got your dead drug lord porn here. You know you want it.]

4 comments:

Mexfiles said...

Leave it to the NYTimes to confuse people being overly literal. Every navy has ground soldiers that you do not fuck with... the word for them in English is "Marines".

Burro Hall said...

Nice try...everybody knows the Marines fight their country's battles in "the halls of Montezuma"; Cuernavaca is Cortes country.

Dave said...

That was some serious stuff. I'm going to be extra careful about dissing the Mexican Navy in the future.

By the way, glad to see you back in good form after your hiatus!

Anonymous said...

Same with your country man, what do you think the meaning of Marines is. They are in Afganistan and Iraq. Maybe Mexicans are copying the method.