The seizure of drugs, an armored SUV, weapons and grenades were the result of two weekend firefights between the Mexican military and alleged cartel members in Matamoros, officials said.
According to the Mexican Defense Secretariat (SEDENA), the shootings left behind one civilian and two purported cartel members dead. Mexican officials declined to say if any military personnel were killed or wounded.
The first shooting took place Saturday at approximately 7 p.m. at the intersection of Pedro Cardenas Boulevard (also known as Sixth Street) and Manuel Cavazos Lerma Boulevard, outside the Plaza Fiesta shopping center. A military patrol was fired upon by cartel members and began to fight back, SEDENA said.
Details of the firefight were not available, but the military reported that it seized 11 bundles of marijuana with an approximate weight of 255 pounds, a 2006 Chevrolet Silverado, a 2002 Cadillac Escalade, two fragmentation grenades, three assault rifles, 550 ammunition rounds, 24 ammunition clips and one metallic ammunition box.
As a result of the shooting, SEDENA reported that two "attackers" were killed in the fight. Their identities were not available.
The second shooting took place Sunday at 1 a.m. along Manuel Cavazos Lerma Boulevard, near the Walmart shopping center, when a military patrol was returning to its headquarters after documenting the scene of the first firefight.
As a result of the second shootout, the military reports the seizure of one armored 2008 GMC and a 2008 Chevrolet Silverado, one assault rifle, one handgun, 266 ammunition rounds, eight ammunition clips, three radios, one long-range scope and one pound of marijuana.
Also as a result of the second firefight, SEDENA reported one dead civilian, who was not identified.
"With actions like this we ratify the commitment of the federal government to recuperate the safety of the state by keeping any manifestation of organized crime from going unpunished," SEDENA said.