Posted: May 26, 2012 8:24 AM
Updated: May 26, 2012 8:48 AM
MEXICO CITY (AP) - Mexican marines say they have found a clandestine workshop in northern Mexico where presumed drug traffickers made copies of military uniforms.
The navy says hundreds of camouflage pants, shirts and vests were found at the workshop in the northern border city of Piedras Negras., across the border from Eagle Pass, Texas.
The uniforms are part of an effort by criminal gangs to damage the reputation of the marine corps, the navy said Thursday.
Drug gangs in Mexico have also used fake military uniforms to set up road blocks and carry out kidnappings.
Marines acting on an anonymous tip also found sewing machines and other supplies when they raided the workshop Monday.
In related raids, marines found drugs, guns and money at other locations in Piedras Negras.