This week's Mexico Security Memo.
· Teachers from a school in China, Nuevo Leon state, discovered a severed head in a plastic bag near the school building.
· Unidentified gunmen shot and threw two grenades at a police station in Ebano, San Luis Potosi state, and left a body inside a cardboard box near the station. Two passersby were injured in the attack.
· Nine people were injured when a grenade exploded outside a shopping center in Matamoros, Tamaulipas state.
· Unidentified gunmen shot and killed a man as he drove his car in the Riveras de Linda Vista neighborhood of Guadalupe, Nuevo Leon state. A group of gunmen later arrived and drove away with the car and the man’s body.
· Police found the blindfolded body of an unidentified man bearing signs of torture in Leon, Guanajuato state.
· Suspected members of Los Zetas opened fire on two U.S. Immigrations and Customs Enforcement agents at a roadblock in San Luis Potosi state, killing one and injuring another.
· The Mexican Prosecutor General’s office announced the arrests of 13 suspected members of Los Zetas and the seizure of bank accounts containing more than 16 million pesos (about $1.3 million). The suspects had participated in the illegal extraction and sale of 175.855 million liters of natural gas condensate from 2007 to 2008.
· Four unidentified gunmen were killed when their vehicle crashed into a tree as they fled from soldiers in Guadalupe, Nuevo Leon state. The suspects reportedly opened fire on soldiers investigating reports of firefights in the area.
· Several firefights between unidentified gunmen against police and soldiers were reported in Zitacuaro, Michoacan state. Two people were killed and a fuel station was set on fire during the incidents. The security forces reportedly intended to arrest a local leader of La Familia Michoacana identified as “El Morsa.”
· Unidentified attackers in a taxi threw two grenades at a police station in Tamasopo, San Luis Potosi state. No injuries were reported in the attack.
· Unidentified gunmen shot and injured a police officer driving in southern Monterrey, Nuevo Leon state, who managed to escape into a local restaurant.
· Two federal police officers and one gunman were injured in a firefight in Cuautla, Morelos state.
· Six severed heads were abandoned near a police station in Moralillo, Panuco municipality, Veracruz state. A message attributing the crime to the Gulf cartel was found near the heads.
· A 16-year-old boy with an AK-47 was among five suspected members of the Artistas Asesinos gang arrested following a shootout with Mexican federal police in Juarez, Chihuahua state.
· Soldiers killed five unidentified gunmen in a firefight in Guadalupe, Nuevo Leon state. Three gunmen also died when their vehicle rolled over in Juarez, Nuevo Leon state, after fleeing from a military patrol.
· Security forces raided a safe-house in Mexicali, Baja California state, and seized approximately 9 tons of marijuana. The drug shipment were found inside several container and tanker trucks. An unspecified number of people were arrested.
· Unidentified people threw four bodies from a bridge in Chilpancingo, Guerrero state. The victims had been shot to death.
· Five gunmen in Ixtapaluca, Mexico state, shot and killed two police officers. One gunman was killed in the incident, which began after the police officers asked a group of people to identify themselves.
· Soldiers in the Unidad Modelo neighborhood of Monterrey, Nuevo Leon state, raided a house and arrested three people. Three men were arrested in the raid and were removed from the house covered in blankets, according to unofficial sources.
· Between Feb. 17 and Feb. 20, 53 people, including a Juarez police officer, a municipal patrolman and a state investigator, were killed in cartel-related violence in Juarez, Chihuahua state. It was reportedly the deadliest 72-hour span in that city in recent memory.
· Police in Puente de Ixtla, Morelos state, arrested four suspected members of a La Familia Michoacana cell as they were driving a stolen vehicle.
· Authorities announced that 12 taxi drivers and passengers were killed in Acapulco, Guerrero state, from Feb. 18 to Feb. 20.
· Soldiers in the Morelos neighborhood of Monterrey, Nuevo Leon state, freed a kidnapping victim and arrested eight suspected kidnappers.
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