[quote]- As part of Joint Operation CuliacÃ¡n-Navolato, the Mexican military, searching an uninhabited house in CuliacÃ¡n, discovered and seized an arsenal consisting of 8 rifles, 18 pistols, 21 ammo clips for pistols, 9 ammo clips for AK-47s, R-15s and M-16s as well as drum cartridge loaders and 1,283 cartridges of different calibers.
Five of the pistols were ï¿½??encrustedï¿½?? with precious stones and gold. Also seized were 150 parcels of dollar bills of different denominations. The money has not yet been counted, but estimated in the thousands of dollars.[/quote]
[quote]So far this year, 62 kidnappings for ransom have been reported in the state of Mexico. This has resulted in the arrests of 68 kidnappers during the past four months, putting two criminal bands out of business.
The Attorney Generalï¿½??s office (PGR) reports that there are an average of 64 kidnappings per month in the country.[/quote]