Photo: Dismantled communications network
Mexico’s navy said it dismantled a radio communications network used by organized crime to report the movements of the armed forces and police.
“A trunked communications system consisting of rebroadcast antennas and a radio frequency station” was found on the Veracruz state side of the Panuco River and dismantled, the Navy Secretariat said in a statement.
The radio frequency station enabled an illegal communications network to function in the towns of Ozuluama and Naranjos, in the Gulf coast state of Veracruz, as well as in the cities of Tampico, Ciudad Madero and Altamira, in the neighboring state of Tamaulipas.
In the operation, which began on Sept. 21, a group of marines and communications specialists corroborated an illegal emission of frequencies at that station and proceeded to shut it down.
Radio communication equipment, several antennas, power supply units, controllers and couplers, a 90-meter-high (295-foot-high) transmission tower and other materials were seized in the operation.
The dismantling of the station neutralized a network used to report the movements of the military and police in the northern part of Veracruz and the Tampico-Ciudad Madero-Altamira metropolitan area, the Navy Secretariat said.
The statement did not indicate which organized crime gang operated the station, although the notorious Los Zetas drug cartel is known to operate in both Veracruz and Tamaulipas.
Los Zetas - a band of special forces deserters turned outlaws - has fought ruthless battles against other gangs for control of drug routes to the United States.
Mexico has been mired in a wave of organized crime-related violence that has left some 60,000 dead since December 2006, when President Felipe Calderon took office and militarized the struggle against the drug mobs.