Local & Regional
Sat September 18, 2010
Gun Running Teams
By Associated Press
Phoenix, AZ – ATF forms teams to combat gun smuggling to Mexico
PHOENIX (AP) A federal agency trying to stop guns from being smuggled from the United States into Mexico for use by drug cartels has formed teams in seven American cities to combat the problem.
The teams set up by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives are a follow-up to earlier temporary groups of investigators who worked in Houston and Arizona and seized about 2,000 guns.
The permanent 10-member teams will be based in two cities in the border region in Brownsville, Texas, and Sierra Vista, Ariz. and away from the border where smugglers have set up trafficking routes and recruit gun buyers in Dallas, Las Vegas, Oklahoma City, Atlanta and Miami.