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Texas to Mexico City arms smuggling ring disrupted

August 19, 2018  |  Posted by: Francesca Falzarano
Texas to Mexico City arms smuggling ring disrupted

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The probe into a recent confiscation of several .50 caliber rifles in the Mexican border state of Nuevo Leon revealed how an arms smuggling ring that ran high powered assault rifles into Mexico City and other areas are compensating border state cartels to deliver their guns safely into the country.

The case was launched this month when officials with the Nuevo Leon Investigations Agency (AEI) apprehended three men in Salinas Victoria, immediately south of the Colombia International Bridge with Texas, according to local reports.

At the time of the arrest, police seized a Hyundai with Michoacan license plates and a tractor-trailer. During the bust, officials discovered seven Barret .50 caliber rifles and several packages of marijuana. The two men were booked on drug charges into the Topo Chico prison.

State officials confirmed that the alleged members of the arms smuggling ring erased the serial numbers from the firearms that are worth between $9,000 and $11,000.

Breitbart Texas, citing federal law enforcement sources, reported that the guns were destined for Mexico to a criminal group working out of the neighborhood of Tepito.

Mexican authorities intercepted the weapons in the border state of Nuevo Leon

The source added that the smuggler pays a fee to border state cartels as soon as they cross over from Texas to guard their shipments traveling south.

Tepito is Mexico’s largest underground marketplace where, for the right amount, shoppers can purchase anything from counterfeit goods to stolen merchandise and even military-style weapons.

Once the guns arrive in Tepito, they are sold to the different cartels working in the central and southern parts of Mexico where turf wars remain rampant. One of the theories being investigated by Mexican authorities points to the Jalisco New Generation Cartel as one of the primary buyers for the Tepito-based arms smugglers.

CJNG has grown to be one of the most dangerous criminal groups in Mexico and is currently battling for control of several territories, such as once-peaceful vacation hotspots like Acapulco, Cancun, and Baja. Mexican law enforcement flagged the criminal enterprise for using IEDs and other terror tactics.

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