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derby378 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jan-08-09 11:34 AM
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Border agents bust ring smuggling AK rifles into Mexico
Two men were arrested on charges of conspiring to smuggle 11 AK-47 assault rifles, thousands of rounds of ammunition, bayonets and other items into Mexico in a scheme officials believe would have contributed to cartel violence.

Officials said Miguel Angel Dominguez, 25, and Begmar Ivan Ruiz-Zuniga, 30, appeared before federal Magistrate Judge Norbert Garney on Monday. Garney set a $50,000 bond for Dominguez and ordered Ruiz-Zuniga, a non-immigrant visa border crossing card holder, to remain at the El Paso County Jail...

"Especially considering the ongoing bloody war between feuding cartels south of the border, this weapons seizure is significant," Julio Velez, acting special agent in charge of the Immigration and Customs Enforcement Office of Investigations in El Paso, said in a statement. "This seizure highlights the importance the importance of ICE's mission to enforce the nation's arms export control laws."

The charges against Dominguez and Ruiz-Zuniga are the latest in a string of cases in El Paso aimed at stopping the illegal flow of weapons across the border. Weapons experts have been saying that smuggling rings are helping to arm cartels in Mexico that rely on the availability of assault weapons in the United States.


http://www.elpasotimes.com/news/ci_11390453

Poor little sadistic Zetas. No AKs for you!
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jmg257 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jan-08-09 11:54 AM
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1. So are these real assault RIFLES or semi "assault weapons"? Hard to tell from the story. Curious
as the where FA AKs would come from in the US.
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Redneck Socialist Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jan-08-09 11:55 AM
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2. If they were actually assault rifles I wonder where they got them?
Interesting article.

Unfortunately the writer seems to use assault rifle and assault weapon interchangeably muddying up an otherwise good story.
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