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American Cross-border Gun Traffic Fuels Mexican Drug-related Violence

NewsHour special correspondent Jeffrey Kaye reports on the American gun trade that is fueling drug-related violence in Mexico and new efforts to stop it.

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  • OFFICER:

    Line it up. All you've got to do is line up your sights…

  • JEFFREY KAYE:

    … such as the Belgian-made Herstal 5-7, which has been called a cop-killer.

    But stopping the flow of weapons is not an easy task. Both nations have stepped up vehicle inspections at the border with limited results. Between El Paso and Juarez, U.S. Customs and Border Patrol agents conduct periodic check points of Mexico-bound traffic. Dogs sniff for weapons and currency. Agents question some drivers and use a mobile X-ray device on selected vehicles.

    WILLIAM MOLASKI, U.S. Customs and Border Protection, El Paso: So far, you know, we've not had much success as far as intercepting the weapons and/or currency.

  • JEFFREY KAYE:

    To what do you attribute that?

  • WILLIAM MOLASKI:

    I really don't have an explanation for it. I think a lot of it has to do with the fact that we're re-establishing ourselves out in the outbound arena, along with gaining the increased intelligence that we would need to be a little bit more successful in this area.

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