Cartels Reportedly Paying Americans To Smuggle Weapons

( – A CBS Reports investigation has discovered that American citizens are aiding Mexican drug cartels by purchasing military-grade weapons before having them smuggled out of the US, which has allowed the cartels to amass a “vast arsenal” of firearms.

CBS Reports was able to speak to several current and former government officials, in addition to obtaining U.S. intelligence documents, which revealed the scope of the problem and the government’s lack of action on the issue. The information CBS Reports obtained indicates that up to a million firearms, worth over half a billion dollars, are being smuggled into Mexico every year, including high-powered weapons like grenade launchers.

Though the U.S. government has been attempting to fight against drug traffickers from the southern border for over 50 years, it has largely been a losing battle. Thanks to the help of American citizens, hundreds of millions of dollars’ worth of firearms have made it into the hands of the cartels that are now trafficking deadly substances like fentanyl into America. With so much firepower, the cartels have been able to fight back against both the Mexican and American governments, making all attempts to stop the cartels from smuggling illegal drugs fruitless.

Christopher Landau, a former U.S. Ambassador to Mexico, said that if the U.S. relies on Mexican law enforcement to help them fight the cartels, their efforts are “doomed to failure.” He described this as a “major bipartisan failure” from our government that has been going on for decades.

When questioned, an official from the U.S. Department of Justice said the “recognize the problem” that most firearms in the hands of the cartel come from purchasers in the United States, but they did not elaborate on if or how the Justice Department plans to deal with the issue.

According to the ATF, almost 70% of recovered firearms in Mexico were linked to buyers in the United States. According to the Mexican government, that figure is closer to 90%.

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