Oct 9, 2011

Weapons Traffic: Smuggled U.S. ammo feeds drug wars

A look at free flow of ammunition from the U.S. -- where there are no restrictions on its sale -- to Mexico, where it is virtually illegal to have any. 

USATODAY.com: "In Mexico, ammunition is strictly regulated and possession of even a single illegal round can lead to prison. But there is nonetheless a steady supply of bullets. Almost all of it comes from the north.
Hundreds of thousands of rounds of ammunition are purchased each year from online retailers, big-box stores and at gun shows in Arizona and other Southwest border states, then are smuggled across the border.
"It's all coming from the U.S.," said Jose Wall, senior trafficking agent for the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives in Phoenix. "I can't remember where I've seen ammunition from anywhere but the U.S.""

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