Mexico AG calls on US to halt gun sales, drug money inflow

[JURIST] Mexican Attorney General Eduardo Medina Mora [official profile] Wednesday called on US law enforcement to take action to stop the flow of guns and drug money from the United States into Mexico [JURIST news archive]. Mora told a gathering of business leaders that many of the arms used in the country's drug related killings were smuggled from the US and added that US drug sales provide a constant supply of cash to cartels. It is estimated that Mexican cartels earn between $10-30 billion on the sale of cocaine, heroin, marijuana and methamphetamine to US users.

Since taking office in December, Mexican President Felipe Calderon [official website; BBC profile] has made drug enforcement a priority. Earlier this month, US and Mexican drug enforcement agents made the world's largest drug-cash seizure, finding $205.6 million in dollar bills and $1.5 million worth of pesos hidden in the walls of a Mexico City home. AP has more.

 

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