Mexican Drug Traffickers Make Knockoff Military Uniforms, 4th Gen Arrested For Cartel Ties

Retired Gen. Tomas Angeles Dauahare and Gen. Roberto Dawe Gonzalez were detained on Tuesday and are being held at least 40 days while prosecutors strengthen their case. Retired Gen. Ricardo Escorcia was brought in for questioning on Thursday.

An army soldier stands next to a banner displaying mug shots of persons detained or killed by the Mexican Army during the media presentation of Daniel Ramirez, alias “El Loco”, not pictured, in Mexico City, Monday, May 21, 2012. Ramirez is believed to be a member of the Zetas drug cartel allegedly involved in the dumping of more than 40 hacked-up bodies on a highway outside the city of Cadereyta near Monterrey. The bodies with their heads, hands and feet hacked off were found May 13.

It’s tough keeping your reputation intact, especially if you’re a Mexican military member and the drug cartels are against you.

Mexican marines say they have found a clandestine workshop in northern Mexico where presumed drug traffickers made copies of military uniforms.

The navy says hundreds of camouflage pants, shirts and vests were found at the workshop in the northern border city of Piedras Negras., across the border from Eagle Pass, Texas.

The uniforms are part of an effort by criminal gangs to damage the reputation of the marine corps, the navy said Thursday.

Drug gangs in Mexico have also used fake military uniforms to set up road blocks and carry out kidnappings.

Marines acting on an anonymous tip also found sewing machines and other supplies when they raided the workshop Monday.

In related raids, marines found drugs, guns and money at other locations in Piedras Negras.


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