signs with residents of the United States to purchase weapons legally and smuggled across the border from Mexico pleaded with Congress to act
If someone in the shop Sports Academy in Houston was suspect as Juan Hernandez pushed $ 2.600 in cash at the counter, he kept it for themselves.
sunglasses than 25 years, unemployed machinist left the armory squeezing three assault rifles from the powerful M-16 U. S. army.
few weeks later, Hernandez bought five other stores similar weapon weapons in Houston, Carter Country. There were some questions on this occasion, is to visit stores or other arms of the city in the coming months, until he had purchased a total of 14 assault rifles and other weapons of almost nine of $ 25,000.
With each purchase, all the law requires that Hernandez was living in Texas to try to wait a few minutes, checking that the store had no criminal record.
months later, one of assault rifles captured in the neighboring countries of Mexico on the stage of "Acapulco Police Massacre," after one of the drug cartels more powerful Death of five officers and two secretaries in an attack on the station once considered a playground for millionaires. Another was recovered after the abduction and murder of a cattle buyer. Others are in the hands of the application of highest level of drug traffickers, or abandoned after the attacks of the Mexican police and military. The weapons have been linked to eight murders in Mexico.
Over time, the U.S. Federal agents found that Hernandez was the center of a ring of two dozen people who bought more than 300 weapons from the armories of Texas by a the drug cartels of Mexico's most notorious Los Zetas,. Some of these weapons have been linked to the murders of at least 18 Mexican police officers and civilians, including members of the judiciary and a businessman who was kidnapped and murdered.
weapons purchased by Hernandez and his ring were only a fraction of the tens of thousands of smuggling on the southern border of the United States to fight the cartels in a bloody war with the Mexican government has made some 45 000 lives in five years.
is a war waged by a roundabout. The posters use the money paid by U.S. pharmacies to buy U.S. weapons firearms, which are then shipped across the border, often using the same vehicles and routes used to smuggle narcotics north. The weapons used by cartels to protect the production of narcotics in his battle with the Mexican police and army, and drug trafficking in the north.key
cycle is the ease with which traffickers can obtain weapons in the U.S., made possible largely by the strong opposition of the powerful gun lobby - the support of the Congress high U . S. - Tougher laws against weapons trafficking.
"America is the easier and cheaper for drug traffickers to get their weapons, then this is the easiest place and cheapest way for posters to get their arms Firearms continue to be the arms trade, "said J. Dewey Webb, special agent in charge of prosecuting traffickers of weapons in Texas in the United States Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, snuff, Firearms and Explosives (ATF).Kristen Rand
, director of the policy of violence which campaigns for better gun control, said drug dealers in front of a little more than some logistical difficulties in the purchase of weapons in the United States.
"If you want to design a set of laws to promote the arms trade, which is the United States did," he said. "Traffickers are able to access a high volume of assault weapons, sniper rifles, armor-piercing weapons. All they need to make weapons of war are available on the civilian market. There is virtually nothing to prevent others from the hassle of having to gather enough people to buy. "
"All weapons are bought in the U.S."
is even easier to buy ammunition. While many U.S. states require a license to buy the common types of medications against colds which can also be used to make meth amphetamine drug, not a single state requires identification to purchase ammunition, even in large quantities.
According to the U.S. Government Accountability Office, 87% of firearms seized by Mexico over the last five years goes back to the U.S.. Texas was the primary source. The U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder told Congress last month to 94,000 weapons seized drug traffickers by Mexican authorities, more than 64,000 in the United States originated.
one of the oldest members of the Zetas, Jesus Enrique Rejon Aguilar said that after his capture in July that the poster is armed with weapons from U.S. gun shops.
"All weapons are bought in the U.S.," he said in a video filmed by federal police.
only to legal residents of Texas can buy weapons at the counter, so the posters used by the likes of Hernandez, who has since been jailed for eight years with other members of his ring, as "buyers of straw. "
"We paid $ 50 to $ 500 an hour. In these times, it's a lot of money for the people," said Webb. "What we have seen the posters is very elaborate patterns. People who handle money. They have people who handle the transport of weapons. They use the same infrastructure used to transport drugs in the same vehicles sometimes moving drugs north are the vehicles that move firearms and ammunition and cash south. "
The nominees are essentially weapons like assault rifles AK-47 and Armalite, which were popular in the IRA, and powerful weapons like the FN Belgian made. All are available without prescription to thousands of stores of weapons.
Webb rests his hand on a long rifle, sniper fire a heavy round of about six inches long, taken on their way to Mexico.
"The cartels want because it draws a circle that can disable a vehicle to enter the engine. You can hit a target of nearly a mile away with that. This weapon is sold for about $ 10,000 most places. Over the past five years have seen an increased demand for arms traffickers, "he said.
"We had a case not so long ago, a minor, by his iPhone, he was able to buy one of these weapons to a licensed dealer and then sent to an adult in the purchase of the straw gun. "
StoreJim Pruett "Is there a racial discrimination? Yes If you are Hispanic, and women and that it will buy 10 AK-47 rifles, yes, it's a red light and we call the ATF and they know that, "he said.