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Mexico: Cross-border cartel sting netted 22 arrests, 2 dead

February 1, 2016

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexican authorities say a recent raid near the desert border with Arizona resulted in two drug cartel suspects killed and 22 more arrested.

National Security commissioner Renato Sales says weeks of investigation led authorities to the property in Sonora state that was apparently being used to warehouse drugs and migrants for transport to the United States.

Sales said Monday that when federal police launched the raid by land and air, they came under fire from armed men guarding the site. Agents seized drugs and weapons.

Sales did not mention U.S. authorities’ role in the cross-border sting, nor did he name the criminal organization to which the suspects are believed to belong.

U.S. officials said previously that 24 high-level members of the Sinaloa cartel were arrested in Friday’s raid.

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