The Mexican Army destroys more than 19,000 weapons seized

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MEXICO CITY (Sputnik) – The Mexican Army destroyed 19,327 weapons of various calibers in several states of the country, said National Defense Secretary General Luis Cresencio Sandoval.

"Everything is being destroyed, none is going to be used, they were already withdrawn from circulation, they are not going to be weapons that can be returned to society or young people, and they were all destroyed," said the head of the Defense.

The weapons were confiscated by security agencies throughout the country and were handed over to the Army for destruction, said General Sandoval when he made the announcement to the press, along with President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador.
Another mechanism of weapons destruction is the exchange of weapons, a program that has destroyed 6,956 of them.

"The exchange weapons are destroyed in the presence of the person who donates them, so that you have full assurance that what you delivered will no longer be used," explained the senior military chief.

The two states in the country with the largest amount of confiscated and destroyed weapons are the central State of Mexico and Tamaulipas (northwest) with 3,705 and 1,619, respectively.

Senior officials of the Government of Mexico will hold a meeting this week with the US Attorney General, William Barr, to discuss cooperation for the control of drugs, weapons, and dirty money, in the framework of President Donald Trump's intention to designate as "terrorists" to drug cartels.

The Mexican authorities maintain that about 200,000 weapons are trafficked annually from the US, where the sale is legal, to Mexico, where it is illegal.
Sandoval said that between 2009 and 2019, about two million weapons would have entered the country illegally and that 70% come from the USA.
41% of the weapons come from Texas, 19% from California, 15% from Arizona, and 25% from the rest of the neighboring country.

In that last decade, 332,689 weapons were intercepted by Mexican authorities, of which 193,413 were confiscated by federal authorities, and the rest collected in the aforementioned arms exchange campaign.

In that period more than 12,500 weapons have been reported stolen or lost in federal, state or municipal security institutions.

The National Defense estimates that more than 1.6 million weapons are still in the hands of traffickers, civilians or criminals.



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