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Mexican navy says its dismantled Zeta drug cartel telecommunications system, arrested 80
VERACRUZ, Mexico (AP) ' The Mexican navy dismantled a telecommunications system set up by the Zetas drug cartel in the Gulf coast state of Veracruz and arrested 80 people, including six police officers, officials announced Thursday.
Navy spokesman Jose Luis Vergara said forces confiscated 13 antennae the cartel set up in several cities in Veracruz to provide communication for the gang's two-way radios.
The 26-day operation also netted seven amplifiers, power supplies, batteries, solar panels and wiring and seven trailer trucks carrying medical kits, clothing and groceries. The system was operated from a central base in Veracruz and reached part of neighboring Tabasco state, Vergara said.
Most of the 80 detainees have prior arrests for extortion, drug trafficking, kidnapping and murder, he said.
In the northern state of Chihuahua, authorities said Thursday that they found weapons in three tunnels dug under a state prison in the city of Chihuahua.
Authorities found six automatic rifles, 18 hand weapons, hundreds of bullets, cocaine and marijuana, state prosecutors spokesman Carlos Gonzalez said.
Gonzalez said authorities found the weapons while searching the Aquiles Serdan prison for evidence that inmates were running an extortion network from there.
He said police are investigating whether the group had help from prison officials.