Mexican President Felipe Calderón spoke on Thursday at the 24th session of the National Public Security Council.
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Mexican Gun Battle Leaves 11 Alleged Zeta Gang Members Dead

November 19, 2010 By Staff

Mexican President Felipe Calderón spoke on Thursday at the 24th session of the National Public Security Council.

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Top StoryMexican troops killed 11 alleged gang members in a gun battle in the Mexican state of Tamaulipas, officials said Thursday.

The soldiers came under fire Wednesday afternoon while looking into a tip about armed men in the town of Nueva Ciudad Guerrero. Eleven men were killed in the fight, but all the troops remained unharmed.

A statement released on Thursday by Mexico’s Defense Department said that all the men killed in the gun battle were thought to have been members of the Zetas drug gang, the former armed branch of the Gulf Cartel that split off into a separate drug-trafficking organization earlier this year.

United States Customs and Border Protection reinforced security at the Falcon Dam and Roma international-border crossings due to the gunfire, said agency spokesman Rick Pauza. The Zetas control the Mexican side of Falcon Lake, which was created when the Rio Grande was dammed in the 1950s and is a key staging area for marijuana shipments.

Falcon Lake is the site where American David Hartley was allegedly shot and killed in September.

Mexican authorities also captured two suspects and seized 25 pounds of marijuana after the gun battle.

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