Thursday, July 09, 2009

Houston, we have lock and load

In 2008, Mexico asked American officials for help in the effort to deny armament to Mexican drug gangs.

In Houston, ATF agents are responding with alacrity:

In front of a run-down shack in north Houston, federal agents step from a government sedan into 102-degree heat and face a critical question: How can the woman living here buy four high-end handguns in one day?

The house is worth $35,000. A screen dangles by a wall-unit air conditioner. Porch swing slats are smashed, the smattering of grass is flattened by cars and burned yellow by sun.

“I’ll do the talking on this one,” agent Tim Sloan, of South Carolina, told partner Brian Tumiel, of New York.

Success on the front lines of a government blitz on gunrunners supplying Mexican drug cartels with Houston weaponry hinges on logging heavy miles and knocking on countless doors. Dozens of agents from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives — sent here from around the country — are needed to follow what ATF acting director Kenneth Melson described as a “massive number of investigative leads.”

In Texas, ATF are kicking down doors and taking names, not because they think that American Citizens are purchasing illegal guns, though.

Their concern is that American are buying guns for the express purchase of reselling them in Mexico.

Given that the Mexican Drug Lords are living the life of feudal rulers in Mexico, a life-style which is supported by sales of illegal drugs in America, we need to wonder whether the Mexican Government is reciprocating by cutting down on drug shipments across the Rio Grande to America.

Are elements of the Mexican Government placing a high priority on stopping the shipments of illegal drugs into America?


Why not?

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