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Raided Mexican Ranch Linked to U.S. Drug War Corruption

Former CIA Asset Claims U.S. Special Forces Assisted Mexican Soldiers In Assault on Stash Site.

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(COLUMBUS, N.M.) - The recent raid of a stash site on the Mexican side of the border suspected of containing a cache of guns and/or drugs is drawing attention once again to the U.S. border town of Columbus, N.M.

This is where 11 people, including the mayor, police chief and a village trustee, were recently indicted on gun-running charges.

The Mexican stash site was raided this past Wednesday evening, June 15, according to former CIA contract pilot and New Mexico resident Tosh Plumlee, who was present at the scene taking photos.

The stash site — actually two warehouse buildings on a ranch just south of the border and some 20 miles east of Palomas, Mexico, which borders Columbus — was allegedly raided by the Mexican military in cooperation with a U.S. military special-operations task force, Plumlee asserts.

That Pentagon task force has been active inside Mexico and along the border region for several years and provided intelligence and other unspecified support for the recent raid, according to Plumlee.

In addition, U.S. Border Patrol agents assisted the operation by providing back-up support along the U.S. side of the border, along with Mexican soldiers on their side of the border, to close down possible escape routes for suspects fleeing the raid site.

Mexican Helicopter, Photo by Tosh Plumlee

As evidence of the operation, Plumlee provided to Narco News date-stamped photos of Mexican soldiers and Border Patrol agents conversing with each other at the border fence shortly after the raid of the ranch location was launched less than a mile behind them inside Mexico.

He also provided a photo of a Mexican helicopter that assisted with the raid. 

From editor: It is noteworthy that this is taking place at this point. carried reports last year about the U.S. having soldiers on the ground in Mexico, and the first report led to a letter from the Mexican Embassy in Washington D.C. claiming that our story was inaccurate.

In the wake of that, the presence of American military in Mexico has been confirmed. We are working on this story and will have more soon.

See The Narcosphere, Reporter’s Notebook: Bill Conroy for the rest of the story.

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COLLI June 23, 2011 6:38 am (Pacific time)

Once again, the information we are given by our government is selectively prepared. We are regularly lied to and fed half-truths. Too often, important information is totally withheld from us. When the lives of U.S. armed forces are being put at risk or U.S. tax dollars are being spent, we have not only a need to know . . . we have a right to know!

Anonymous June 20, 2011 6:58 pm (Pacific time)

We have had U.S. military personnel in Mexico going back to the 1800's. Even when I was in back in the 1960's we were training Mexican military how to use ground personnel radar to help in smuggling.

Editor: The point is that the Mexican government sharply denied this last year.

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