Friday, March 18, 2011

A Surge in Arms Trafficker Arrests

The Brownsville Herald on the arrest of an alleged gun trafficker:
Federal agents arrested a Pharr man who told investigators he recruited about 25 people to buy as many as 100 guns that landed in the hands of the Gulf Cartel.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers arrested Francisco Ramirez Jr. on Tuesday at the Anzalduas International Bridge.

Ramirez, 20, had been the target of an investigation by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives since the summer of 2010, according to a criminal complaint filed Wednesday in U.S. District Court in McAllen.

Five co-conspirators — whose names were not disclosed in court documents — told ATF agents last year that Ramirez recruited and paid them to buy guns.
This marks at least the third arrest for trafficking guns to Mexico in the past two weeks. Good news, though I don't think think we should see Mexico's salvation as lying in these sorts of actions.

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