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Friday, March 11, 2011

United States Allows Gun Smuggling

The drug war in Mexico rages on as cartels struggle to hold control over valuable trafficking and smuggling routes in and out of the United States. So far it seems like the United States has made little, if any progress on curbing the effect that Mexico has on the American population and our insatiable need for illicit drugs. It appears that the U.S. will try just about anything to get closer to the extremely illusive cartels and their leaders. According to BBC reports the U.S. government allowed smugglers to take nearly 1,800 guns into Mexico in an operation to track them to drug cartels. Not surprisingly, now the Mexican government is asking for details on this secret operation being conducted in their country. These reports come just days after President Barack Obama and the president of Mexico, Felipe Calderon, decided to work together to limit gun smuggling and drug traffic in and out of Mexico.

Mexico has been trying to get more support from the United States for a number of years now, considering the fact that the 35,000 people who have lost their lives in Mexico since 2006 - typically the guns used in the killings came from the U.S. Code-named "Fast and Furious," the secret operation was conducted by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms (ATF). Assault weapons and high-powered sniper rifles were among the guns the U.S. allowed to be smuggled into Mexico over a period of 15 months. Of 1,765 weapons, some have been linked to crime including, CBS News report on March 6 of the murder of a U.S. border patrol agent in December. Sadly, fewer than 800 of the guns have been recovered and it is unlikely that they will all be recovered considering where they are now.

"The aim of the governments of Mexico and the U.S. is to stop the trafficking of arms on the basis of shared responsibility," the Mexican foreign ministry said in a statement, "and both sides are working to strengthen bilateral cooperation on this issue."

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