Sunday, March 28, 2010

Mexico To Use eTrace For Weapons In Spanish From U.S.

Weapons seized by Mexican military police from the Michoacan Familia Cartel

By H. Nelson Goodson
March 28, 2010

Mexico -The U.S. government announced it will expand their eTrace system use in Mexico. The system traces the origin of confiscated weapons used by criminal organizations. In 2008, the eTrace technology was installed in nine U.S. Consulates in Mexico to help trace weapons confiscated from the mexican drug cartels in both countries.
The recent Mexican drug war escalation along the U.S. - Mexican borders has forced President Barack H. Obama to reaffirm his commitment to help Mexican President Felipe Calderon's efforts to stamp out the drug cartels in his country. The Spanish version of the eTrace technology will now be used by the Mexican government in its 31 states, according to the U.S. government.
Last Tuesday, Hillary Clinton, U.S. Secretary of State was in Mexico city and announced that the White House had unveiled a $700 million strategy that includes boosting security on the border, moves to stem the flow of illegal guns and drug profits from the U.S. into Mexico and steps to cut domestic drug consumption.
Clinton said, "the Obama administration is working with the U.S. Congress, to also fund $80 million to help Mexico buy Blackhawk helicopters, to help Mexican police respond aggressively and successfully to the threats coming from the cartels."
The U.S. is working to establish a port of exit check points at all U.S. border exits to combat the export of weapons and other dangerous items. Today no exit check points exists, unless border authorities have been tipped off about contraband being smuggled out of the U.S.
Mexican customs have a port of entry check point at every border crossing, but corruption and drug cartel money influence officials to overlook illegal weapons entering Mexico.
The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF), eTrace technology eTrace technology bolsters the capacity of law enforcemen agencies to identify patterns of drug traffickers and other criminal organizations bringing guns into Mexico from the United States. In addition, eTrace assists criminal investigators to develop leads and prosecute firearms traffickers and straw purchasers (people who knowingly purchase guns for prohibited persons) even before they cross the border, according to ATF.

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