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Feds crack down on buyers sending guns to Mexico

Discussion in 'Guns & Hunting' started by Packman73, Sep 17, 2010.

  1. Sep 17, 2010 at 12:59 PM
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    A three-month operation by federal agents in Arizona and New Mexico recovered more than 140 weapons used in crimes in Mexico that were traced to purchases in Arizona, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives announced this morning.
    Since June, the U.S. Attorney's Office in Arizona has charged, convicted or sentenced 96 people on gun-related charges, 66 of whom were caught in the ATF operation.

    The effort in Phoenix, Tucson and Albuquerque marked the second time that the agency deployed dozens of agents into an area in the United States known for gun trafficking in an effort to target so-called "straw purchasers" and send a message to others who may be tempted to buy a weapon on behalf of someone else.
    The consequences of those purchases can be dire, said ATF Deputy Director Kenneth Melson. "As a result of these drug organizations and their thirst for money and power, lives are being lost to violence both on the Mexican side and on the Arizona said," Melson said. "ATF along with our Mexican counterparts embrace the need to cut off the supply routes of illegal weapons going from the United States into Mexico."
    The operation required the cooperation of Mexican authorities. who supplied ATF agents with information on firearms seized at crime scenes there. Agents then traced the weapons to Arizona buyers, some of whom were charged with participating in a firearms trafficking conspiracy.
    Two Mesa men, Alejandroi Medrano, 23, and Hernan Ramos, 22, received federal prison sentences of nearly four years for supplying 112 high-powered weapons to members of the Sinaloa Cartel.
    Last year, the agency flooded the Houston area with 100 agents in a similar operation that resulted in the seizure of about 600 weapons.
    The operation in Arizona and New Mexico, where 80 agents worked from May until early August as part of the agency's Gun Runner Impact Team, brought in about 1,300 weapons and more than 71,000 rounds of ammunition.
    Dennis Burke, U.S. Attorney in Arizona said there was ample opportunity for agents to find buyers in Arizona who were supplying guns to criminals.
    "We have a huge problem here," he said, standing near a table where agents had stacked dozens of high-powered weapons seized during the operation. "We have now become the gun locker of the Mexican drug cartels," Burke said.
    The concerted ATF effort ended in August, but Melson announced Friday that the agency will have a new presence in seven cities around the country, including Sierra Vista, where groups of 10 agents will focus on disrupting the gun trafficking to Mexico.
    "This is not the end of it," Melson said.





     
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    GODDAMNIT !! At what point do those sons of bitches down south start accepting some responsibility of the bullshit going on along the border ??

    It's always the U.S.'s fault for the flow of drugs into here (That shithead Calderon or WTF his name is) sayin' "if there wasn't the demand ,there wouldn't be a supply" Again avoiding taking blame for anything, just like the pres. before him & no doubt the next one will use this as an excuse also. Its the same thing just using "guns" insyead of "drugs' although related

    Thanks for the rant !!:mad::mad:
     
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    Agreed.
     
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