Monday, December 5, 2011

Operation Northeast: Mexican Military Dismantles Clandestine Radio Networks

Via Valley Central (AP) -

The Mexican army says its troops have dismantled a telecommunications system set up by organized crime in four northern states.

A Defense Department statement Thursday says soldiers confiscated 167 antennas and 166 power supplies that gang members used to communicate among themselves and to monitor military movements.

The operation also netted more than 1,400 radios and 2,600 cellphones in the border states of Tamaulipas, Nuevo Leon and Coahuila and in the state of San Luis Potosi.

The army hasn't said which cartel was affected.

During the summer, Mexico's navy dismantled a communication system used by the Zetas cartel in the Gulf state of Veracruz.

The Zetas have a strong presence in all four of the states involved in the army's operation.


Official Statement (Spanish)

Google Translated Version (English)


By being able to maintain their communication capabilities isolated from public telecommunication infrastructure, such as mobile operators, the cartels are able to communicate between members and cells spread across their territory with minimal risk of interception or detection.

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