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Mexican Police Discover Large Weapons Cache

An arsenal containing grenades, grenade launchers, assault riffles and other high-powered weapons are stored inside a basement warehouse in the city of Ciudad Juarez, Mexico, April 29, 2011
An arsenal containing grenades, grenade launchers, assault riffles and other high-powered weapons are stored inside a basement warehouse in the city of Ciudad Juarez, Mexico, April 29, 2011

Mexican police have confiscated a large weapons cache stashed in a hidden room behind the walls of a home gym in a house in Ciudad Juarez, across the border from the U.S. city of El Paso, Texas.

Police say the uncovered arsenal, in what is likely a drug safehouse, included machine guns, grenades, clips for high powered guns, gas masks, bulletproof vests and military uniforms. The Associated Press reports anti-aircraft guns and three money-counting machines were also found.

Police searched the house after receiving an anonymous tip.

Mexican officials say no one was arrested during the operation.

Authorities say a picture of actor Al Pacino in his role as the notorious Cuban drug dealer Tony Montana in the movie Scar Face was on the wall of the hidden room.

Drug-related killings have claimed at least 35,000 lives since 2006 when President Felipe Calderon took office and launched an offensive against drug gangs.

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