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Jun 10, 2010 8:20 AM by Bea Karnes, News First 5

US tip leads Mexican navy to explosives in capital

Explosives powerful enough to tear buildings and metal apart are in the hands of Mexico's navy, following a raid on a hostel in Mexico City.

Four Mexicans suspected of links to organized crime are being questioned after the pre-dawn raid Wednesday that netted 45 pounds of the material.

Officials say the explosives are the type used in demolition. They can be applied directly to structures and have enough force to break apart metal.

Investigators found the material after exchanging information with U.S. authorities. The investigators declined to say whether the explosives are linked to drug traffickers.

Federal authorities have said they recently intercepted communications that reveal cartel gunmen are seeking explosives for attacks, possibly on buildings or along roads.

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