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U.S. Customs seize machine gun bound for Mexico

EL PASO, Texas - U.S. customs agents in Texas seized a tripod-mounted machine gun they found on the back seat of a sport utility vehicle headed into Mexico and arrested the driver, authorities said on Tuesday.

Agents at the Pharr-Reynosa International Bridge found the .30 caliber browning machine gun on the backseat of a Hummer H3 headed to Reynosa, Mexico, last Friday and arrested the 21-year-old driver from Pharr, Texas, the Customs and Border Protection agency said in a news release.

U.S. authorities are under pressure to curb gun running to Mexico, where more than 34,000 people have been killed in raging drug violence since President Felipe Calderon took office in late 2006 and vowed to crush the powerful cartels.

According to the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, about 90 percent of the crime guns seized and traced in Mexico last year were initially sold in the United States.

Rival drug gangs in the Reynosa area are currently locked in a bloody war for control of lucrative trafficking routes to south Texas.

http://www.mcall.com/news/nationworld/sns-rt-usreport-us-usa-mexitre71766k-20110208,0,3329527.story
 
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Hard to believe anyone could be THAT stupid, to say nothing of the fact where the hell do you get your hands on a tripod mounted .30 cal Browning Machine Gun?

That being said, just send all the guns down there you can. Let the idiots kill each other, the world will be a better place.
 

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I have an extremely hard time believing somebody like that would be able to obtain an automatic 1919 machine gun, and then also that they would transport it in the back seat of an suv. I could see somebody building one from a kit, but If you're going to smuggle something, wouldn't you try to hide it really well? Seriously, no criminal is dumb enough to say "I bet if I just throw a blanket over this three foot long machine gun, they'll never notice it sitting in the back seat". I could see them stashing it disassembled behind the seat in the cargo area, but assembled in the back seat? Smells fishier than a bass forgotten in a cooler for a week.
 
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