Clandestine arms sales from the U.S. to Mexico: hundreds of millions of dollars in sales and thousands of deaths annually

Representatives of law enforcement agencies of the United States and Mexico say that almost all armed clashes in Mexico are committed with firearms from the United States.

The clandestine sale of weapons to Mexico makes a turnover of hundreds of millions of dollars annually, and American guns are killing tens of thousands of Mexicans every year.

As told by a retired DEA agent (Control of narcotics) Jack Riley, a weapon of the state works better; furthermore, for the Mexican cartels it is a «sign of status».

«These criminal organizations remain in business under the threat of violence and through the use of violence and the tools with which they prefer to do it — the American-made weapons,» added the agent.

The head of the Department of public security of Tijuana , Marco Antonio Sotomayor said that most of the weapons coming into the city, comes from North of the border.

«People can’t buy such weapons in Mexico. This American-made weapons,» said Sotomayor in an interview with Union-Tribune. — We know that it is trafficked through California to Tijuana».

According to the National Institute of statistics and geography, in 2018, the number of homicides in Mexico reached a record — 35 964 people, which is 12% higher than a year earlier. Of those murders, at least 20 005 were committed with weapons.

The number of murders this year continues to rise, causing concern to the President of Mexico, Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, who took office in December.

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After mass shootings in USA in Dayton and El Paso, where among the dead were eight Mexican nationals, Lopez Obrador called on the US to take serious steps to curb violence with a weapon.

«We believe that these sad events in the United States should encourage reflection, analysis and decision to control the indiscriminate sale of weapons,» — said the President of Mexico at a press conference on Monday.

Lopez Obrador said earlier that the relatively weak position of Washington in relation to firearms allowed the illegal sale of arms from the United States to flourish in his country.

In the report of the Center for American Progress, published in February 2018, says the problem of American firearms outside of Mexico: in the period from 2014 to 2016, in 15 countries in North America, Central America and the Caribbean was discovered more than 50 000 pieces of weapons produced in the United States.

«In other words, in neighbouring countries are American weapons being used to commit crimes approximately every 31 minutes», — noted in the report.