Wednesday, November 16, 2011

AZMEX EXTRA 2 16-11-11


Note: Just the start?

Mexico asks US to extradite weapons suspects
Associated Press
Posted: 11/16/2011 01:14:16 PM MST

MEXICO CITY -- Mexico's attorney general says she has asked the
United States to extradite six people suspected of providing guns to
drug cartels.
Marisela Morales tells Congress that three people are being held in
Texas and three in California.
She says two U.S. citizens were being held in Mexico on similar
charges. She provided no details in Wednesday's statement and did not
mention Operation Fast and Furious, in which U.S. officials followed
suspected "straw" buyers of guns heading to Mexico instead of
immediately arresting them.
She said one of the cases originated in Madera, California. US
officials said this month that two men were being held on suspicion
of smuggling .22-caliber rifles into Mexico in a case unrelated to
drug cartels.

Note: PGR is Mexican DOJ

Published: 16/11/2011 17:12 By: Agencies
Fast and Furious; PGR investigate to the fullest extent

The head of the Attorney General's Office (PGR), Marisela Morales
Ibáñez said that the operation Fast and Furious will be investigated
to the fullest extent, if any charge will apply the full weight of
the law.

The head of the Attorney General's Office (PGR), Marisela Morales
Ibáñez said that the operation Fast and Furious will be investigated
to the fullest extent, if any charge will apply the full weight of
the law.

During her appearance before the Judiciary Committee, Public Safety
and Public Service, explained that this case has been opened three
preliminary investigations.

Under the Fifth Report of the government, said that is gathering
information of federal government agencies may have had some
knowledge of that operation, but there is no evidence or proof that
this has happened.

Regarding the traffic of weapons bought on U.S. soil and reaching
the hands of criminals in Mexico, said it will be done to punish the
citizens or residents of that country.

The prosecutor said the nation currently has six legal cases arising
from investigations by the crimes of introduction to country in a
clandestine manner of firearms, and has already requested two
extradition proceedings against American citizens or other Americans
for other crimes.

Morales Ibáñez said without doubt that the climate of concern and
outrage in various sectors of Mexican society, is about the
trafficking and smuggling of firearms and explosives into Mexico.
''That's why we are committed to inhibit the trafficking of arms
through the effective implementation of information systems for the
arms,'' she said.

Teens arrested trying to smuggle ammunition into Mexico by Jim Cross/
KTAR (November 16th, 2011 @ 3:13pm)

Two young men have been busted at opposite ends of the state for
trying to smuggle guns and ammunition into Mexico.

Chris Leon with Customs and Border Protection said a 19-year-old was
caught trying to smuggle a sniper rifle through the Douglas Port of
Entry. "It was an AR-15 sniper rifle that was broken down and
hidden in various parts of his vehicle," said Leon.

An 18-year-old Mexican man has also been arrested at the San Luis
Port of Entry near Yuma for attempting to smuggle 2,500 rounds of
AK-47 ammunition into Mexico.

Debate escalates over scale of U.S.-Mexico gun trafficking
Tim Steller, Arizona Daily Star | Posted: Wednesday, November 16,
2011 1:45 pm |

Sen. Chuck Grassley is not satisfied to expose the players in
Operation Fast and Furious. He's also fighting against the claim that
the United States is the primary firearms supplier to Mexico.
The latest fight is over a statistic cited by Sen. Dianne Feinstein
and U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder in recent hearings: About
64,000 of the approximately 94,000 firearms seized in Mexico and
traced during the last five years had the United States as their source.
I've attached a document that Democrats on the Senate Judiciary
Committee provided, explaining where those figures come from. In
essence, the Mexican government turns over information on those
weapons it recovers that it suspects may be traceable to the United
States. That of course may skew the data derived from the traces,
because they're pre-selected to be likely from the United States.
For months Grassley has been fighting the suggestion that the U.S. is
the main source of firearms in Mexico -- or at least, that federally
licensed firearms dealers are the main source. He sent a letter to
the State Department Tuesday requesting information on possible
sources of weapons in Central America and information surrounding a
State Department cable titled "Mexico Weapons Trafficking — The Blame
(The letter and related documents are also attached.)
This was a follow-up to a letter Grassley sent to the then-Acting ATF
director in June, suggesting that ATF was exaggerating the number of
weapons smuggled from the United States into Mexico (also attached in
Tuesday's documents).
Grassley's principal complaint seems to be that the administration is
exaggerating the proportion of firearms that have been recovered in
Mexico and are traceable to the United States by using skewed data.
Another key Grassley critique: That the weapons traced to the United
States in many cases don't come from federal firearms licensees.
But a reading of the State Department cable he cites also suggests
Grassley is skipping over another fundamental meaning of these
figures: Whether the United States has supplied 10 percent or 90
percent of the firearms in Mexico, thousands upon thousands of guns
have been smuggled south over the years preceding and during
Operation Fast and Furious.
As the cable states, there may not be an "iron highway" of firearms
being smuggled south, but there may be "thousands of small streams."

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