Colby Goodman and Michel Marizco
Commentary by Eric L. Olson, Senior Associate
Recent news reports that 72 people were summarily executed by an organized crime group in northern Mexico highlight again the horrific violence that has gripped much of the country. The victims (mostly migrants) are the latest tragic reminder that large amounts of sophisticated firearms and ammunition in the hands of violent criminals have made their enterprise more deadly and have complicated law enforcement efforts to bring them under control.
In is not surprising, then, that the government of Mexico has made curbing firearms trafficking a top priority in its efforts to dismantle organized crime. Additionally, Mexico has made disrupting arms trafficking networks from the United States a priority issue in the U.S.-Mexico security cooperation agenda.
Today, the Mexico Institute and Trans-Border Institute are pleased to present the latest in our Working Paper Series on U.S.-Mexico Security Cooperation. Entitled “U.S. Firearms Trafficking to Mexico: New Data and Insights Illuminate Key Trends and Challenges,” this report provides answers to some of the critical questions about U.S. firearms trafficking to Mexico.
Authored by two independent consultants and researchers, Colby Goodman and Michel Marizco, the report provides new data and information on many key issues.
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