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Caught In The Filter

Hey, was I asleep? This happened back on June 1st, and the only way I found out about it was through an intense Googling I did in reaction to some comment over at Human Events. But it fits the MSM meme to a “T”; it should have been headline news for a week. Was this a huge story on all the major networks but not on Fox News? A bit hit across the Leftosphere, but unmentioned by the VRWC? Or is anything and everything that happens down at the border ignored on general principle? Beats me.



June 1st: Laredo Texas cops seize honest-to-God arsenal 3 blocks from the border

In a team effort, the Laredo Police and the Webb County Sheriff’s Departments seize one of the biggest weapon seizures in ten years. Over the weekend, the Webb County Sheriff’s Department received information that there was a vehicle transporting illegal contraband. That contraband was all of these riffles, specifically AK 47’s, fully-automatic.

“It carries high capacity of ammunition and we are very happy to have done this seizure.”, says Sheriff Martin Cuellar.

The total number of weapons seized included 147 assault riffles, 263 high capacity magazines, and 10 thousand rounds of ammunition.

“With this seizure we predict that it was going across since they are having a lot of trouble over there at this point...getting a hold of these arms.”

Texas police say they acted on a tip-off and stopped a truck. Inside, they found 147 assault rifles, 53 bayonets and more than 10,000 rounds of ammunition they believe were heading across the border to Mexico.

“This is one of the biggest cases we’ve ever seen here in this city,” Laredo police officer Alberto Escobedo told Reuters.

“It’s a tremendous blow to drug traffickers and organised crime.”
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Drug-related violence in Mexico has left some 23,000 people dead since President Calderon came to office in December 2006 and launched a crackdown on drug gangs.

The first link is to the local TV news and has a video. The two guys in the truck ran away but were later captured. The FBI is involved and the investigation continues. Were the guns actually select-fire AKs? Were they brand new, because they look that way in the video and this picture, many in what look like factory boxes:

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The vehicle was stopped heading east on International Boulevard. The passenger of the vehicle, who has not been identified, attempted to flee on foot before being apprehended. Officers then discovered the arms cache inside the van.

In a press conference on Tuesday announcing the seizure, local and federal authorities said this was the largest assault rifle bust in the U.S within the last 10 years.

I pulled up Google Maps, and “east on International” is heading away from the border crossing point in the SW end of Laredo, and away from the local airport, but it’s also heading towards the border crossing point at the NW end of town. So who can say? Gang bangers in the US want these guns just as much as the drug scum down in Mexico.

And while this was a pretty huge bust, it was by no means the only one. Just 3 days before this a Marine Reservist was caught trying to sneak about 60 ARs and AKs across, 100 miles up the road in La Pryor. And 180 miles up Route 277, just 3 weeks later Del Rio police stopped a couple of Mexicans with 15 assault rifles, 4 pistols, 61 loaded magazines and 123 boxes of ammo in the trunk. Now, how did that happen? Are Mexicans even allowed to buy guns in the US?

Some months ago a lot of right leaning blogs denied the claims that the vast majority of assault weapons going to the drug gangs down there came from the US. Couldn’t happen we said. Not possible. Well ... maybe we put too fine a point on it, bitterly clinging to the actual definition of assault weapon instead of the common use one. It looks like we may have been wrong. 3 busts in a month, 225 guns seized. And that’s a) the stories that I found in only a couple of minutes, and b) the shipments that got caught. How many more got through? And while these weapons may not be the “vast majority” it’s pretty obvious that enough guns to arm several small armies are getting through.

I owe the picture and several of the links here to the excellent Borderland Beat Blog. I think this is a new daily read. It will scare the crap out of you.

And no, legalizing any and all drugs is not the answer. Not unless you want anarchy and even more useless lay-abouts. Securing the border, and if necessary burning out the rat’s nest of northern Mexico is only answer I can see. No entrada, no pista, no problemo.


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