Mexico finds 3 million rounds of ammo in biggest bust so far

MEXICO CITY — The Mexican army and National Guard said Thursday they found almost 3 million rounds of ammunition and at least 16 fully automatic, belt-fed machine guns in raids this week on several houses in the northern border state of Sonora.

The Defense Department stated that the largest haul of illegal ammunition taken in Mexico in recent times was made in

The ammo, more than enough to supply a battalion-size force, was found in the city of Navojoa during raids Tuesday and Wednesday. Navojoa, a town at the crossroads in Sonora’s southern region is about 100 miles away from the U.S. border.

Sonora was the site of violent turf wars between Sinaloa cartel factions and the gangs that allied themselves with Rafael Caro Quintero, fugitive drug lord. The total material confiscated was 2. 83 million rounds, 14,722 magazines, and 128 rifles of different calibers, authorities said. Six. 50 caliber sniper rifles and 19 machine guns, of which at least 16 appeared to be belt-fed, they said.

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