U.S. Authorities In Phoenix Break Up Gun Running Ring For Sinaloa Cartel
January 26, 2011 By Staff
Today in Latin America
Top Story — U.S. police arrested 17 people and broke up a gun running network that planned to send more than 700 firearms to drug cartels in Mexico.
The arrests took place in and around the city of Phoenix and the suspects are accused conspiring to buy firearms, including AK-47 assault rifles, for Mexico’s Sinaloa drug cartel.
Of the firearms recovered, a third were in Mexico and the rest mostly in Arizona. Those arrested in the raids include ring organizers and people recruited to buy guns on behalf of smugglers and a grand jury in Phoenix indicted 20 people, according to Dennis Burke, the United States attorney for Arizona.
The indictment was unsealed on Tuesday.
The indictments come a day after Secretary of State Hillary Clinton visited Mexico on a one day trip, where she pledged continued U.S. assistance in the country’s ongoing drug war and a concerted effort on the part of U.S. authorities to stem the flow of weapons in Mexico.
Clinton also announced $500 million in additional aid to the Mexican government in 2011 for help in fighting organized crime.
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