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A stash of weapons and ammunition, which included a grenade launcher, was seized in Tijuana in an operation that was conducted over the last week. According to state authorities, the weapons are believed to belong to Sinaloa Cartel members whom operate in the area.

The operation was conducted with information resulting from the arrest of former municipal police officer Sergio Heriberto Fernández Dueñas. The former officer is imprisoned for charges relating to his ties to organized crime.

State police initiated a recent arrest while observing an armed suspect in the Colinas de Agua Caliente subdivision. One suspect, former municipal police officer Sergio Heriberto Fernández Dueñas, was arrested while another escaped. The majority of the weapons stash was found in the vehicle which Fernández Dueñas was driving. A few weapons were found in the house and in vehicles parked at the house.

Along with the grenade launcher, 4 rifles, 9 handguns, over 5,000 rounds of ammunition, and silencers were seized. The vehicle which the larger stash was found in was a stolen Toyota Sienna from Richmond, CA.

The weapons and man arrested are believed to belong to the Alfredo “El Aquiles” Arzate Arteaga organized crime cell. Arteaga is an alleged high ranking Sinaloa Cartel member who is in charge of much of the drug smuggling through Baja California. Two narco-tunnels which were discovered in November in Tijuana, and possibly more recent tunnels found, are believed to be the works of Arteaga.

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