MEXICO CITY (AP) – Two small caliber ammunition trailers destined for the United States were stolen by armed attackers on a highway in Mexico’s most violent state of Guanajuato, the manufacturer said on Friday.
A company representative said about 98.5% of the millions of cartridges stolen earlier this week were .22 caliber, which is rarely used by Mexican drug cartels.
“It will be of no use to them, since they do not use these weapons,” said security analyst Juan Ibarrola, who is also the spokesperson for Tecnos Industries.
.22 cartridges are mainly used in rifles for target practice or very small game. Mexican cartels prefer larger, high-speed ammunition for AK-47 and AR-15 rifles or 9mm weapons.
The total quantity was not clear, but was estimated to be around 7 million cartridges. The ammunition is sold in the United States under the Aguila brand.
Although low in power, .22 ammunition can be lethal depending on where a person is hit and from what distance.
Mexico has also occasionally surprised people selling improvised “pen” pistols, one-shot devices disguised as pens using .22 caliber cartridges.
The ammunition is manufactured in Cuernavaca, a town just south of the capital, and was being transported north by truck to the United States when the cargo was diverted. The drivers were then found alive.