Author Topic: Weapons trafficking: Texas is arming Mexican drug cartels  (Read 2143 times)

0 Members and 1 Guest are viewing this topic.

Offline jujyjuji

  • Hero Member
  • *****
  • Posts: 1204
Weapons trafficking: Texas is arming Mexican drug cartels
« on: July 08, 2014, 13:06:47 PM »
FW: [CT] Texas arming Mexican drug cartels ** note Dallas focal point

Released on 2013-02-13 00:00 GMT

Email-ID    1198416
Date    2009-03-16 15:29:12
From    [email protected]
To    [email protected], [email protected], [email protected]


From: [email protected] [mailto:[email protected]] On Behalf
Of Fred Burton
Sent: Monday, March 16, 2009 9:28 AM
To: 'CT AOR'; 'mexico'
Subject: [CT] Texas arming Mexican drug cartels ** note Dallas focal point

Texas is arming Mexican drug cartels

12:51 PM CDT on Saturday, March 14, 2009


News 8 Investigates

March 13th, 2009

Byron Harris reports

The Mexican drug wars killed 6,000 people last year. In many cases, the
weapons used to perpetrate that bloody violence are coming from Dallas.

The FN Five-Seven is an assault weapon you can hold in your hand. It's
made by Fabrique Nacional in Belgium and equipped with a magazine that
holds 20 rounds.

Its bullets can tear through a protective vest.

"This is known as a 'cop killer' down in Mexico," said James Ruffin, a
special agent with the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms.
"It's one of the weapons of choice for the drug cartel and the Zetas."

The FN Five-Seven is the perfect weapon for Mexican drug cartels to use
against each other or the Mexican police. What makes this weapon so deadly
is not just the gun, but the ammunition it fires. It's very light and it
exits the barrel at a very high velocity.

The projectile tumbles when it hits the target, ripping a large hole in
the victim, much like the M-16 rifle used by American troops in combat.


Bullets for the FN Five-Seven are small, light and deadly.

"These cartels are digging their heels in and are fighting back - and are
fighting back with the type of firepower that we see in wartime
conflicts," said Drug Enforcement Admnistration agent James Capra.

Cartels depend on the United States for firepower, since guns can be
easily purchased here. In Mexico, weapons are very tightly controlled.

Texas supplies more guns to Mexico than any other state. In 2007, more
than 1,100 weapons originally sold in Texas were confiscated in Mexico,
more than all other U.S. states combined.

The FN Five-Seven costs $800 to $850 at gun shops, flea markets or gun
shows in Texas. But it can bring $2,600 in Mexico, where gun sales are
illegal, making the FN Five-Seven attractive for smugglers.

"They have four or five people that buy these firearms legitimately,"
Ruffin explained. "And then these five people don't know each other, but
they have a common source that's providing them the money ... and then
they will bring those firearms to this one person, who then trafficks them
down to Mexico."

Gun shops in Texas must run background checks on all buyers. If a buyer
has no criinal record, the sale goes through. Buyers at gun shows and flea
markets aren't checked at all.

Since cargo entering Mexico is rarely checked by Mexican customs, the
weapons aren't discovered until they're recovered at crime scenes across
the border. And there are plenty of those.

More than 900 people were murdered in Juarez - across the border from El
Paso - last year.

The source of the violence is drugs. The source of the firepower is Texas.

E-mail [email protected]