Armoring Auto Shop busted by units of the Mexican Army

An auto shop used to bulletproof vehicles for drug gangs was raided by Mexican troops yesterday, according to a report by Adriana Gomez Licon with ABC News today. Ten people were taken into custody and10 vehicles currently being converted to armored, bulletproof status. Six other reinforced vehicles were found warehoused in the state of Sinaloa and were also confiscated by the army personnel.
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The auto shop’s cartel association was not revealed, but the raid occurred in the home state of Mexico's most-wanted narco-trafficante Joaquin Guzman, known as "El Chapo."

Along border states, such as Tamaulipas, the army has raided similar conversion shops, finding large cargo trucks completely encased in steel armor.

In Acapulco, startlingly, the federal police reportedly apprehended a young couple getting out of a car in which they found an ice chest containing a decapitated human head and other remains. Police followed the pair due to an alleged kidnapping alert looking for a car matching the description of the one they were driving. Apparently in the trunk of the car, the police found yet another head in another cooler. Officers discovered the bound bodies of the headless victims in a car near Acapulco two hours after the arrest.

Federal police stated 19-year-old Damaris Gomez, the young woman taken into custody, is the leader of a gang of killers known as "the street sweepers." Her 21-year-old companion is an alleged assassin, according to police.

This local gang has been openly battling the Independent Cartel of Acapulco for control since the 2010 arrest of Edgar Valdez Villarreal, known as "La Barbie," under accusations as a drug kingpin in the Beltran Leyva cartel. Federal police officers have been sent to the port city to rein in the drug-related violence by Mexican President Felipe Calderon.

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