Suspected cartel members seize seven million rounds of ammunition destined for U.S.

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MEXICO – Get ready to pay more for ammo after a two-truck convoy in Mexico was hijacked last Wednesday and had its entire U.S.-bound shipment of  seven million rounds stolen by criminals.

The seven million rounds of were of various calibers, with the majority being .22. The shipment also included several pallets of .38 Super, .40 and .45 caliber ammo as well as various sizes and types of shotgun shells.

According to a report, the trucks carrying the precious cargo were stopped by gunmen in Mexico south of the Texas border in the state of Guanajuato, which has a reputation of being an area of violence.

According to Milenio, the ambush occurred in the town of Cabaña del Rey on Highway 57, which is a popular target for criminals as a large number of cargo vehicles drive on it.

The trucks were found abandoned just a few miles away from the ambush site and completely depleted of their ammunition.

Thankfully, the drivers were not injured during the ambush.

Officials do not know who was behind the ambush, but Mexico is infested with cartel violence, so the list of suspects may point to criminal networks involved with drug trafficking. Authorities are questioning whether an organization was tipped off about the convoy.

Just before the ambush, remote operators noticed the GPS signals of the transport trucks and their security escorts went dark, according to the report.

The Mexican Army became involved after the hijacking, but could not find the gunmen or ammunition.

In recent years, the cartel has been flexing its muscles and growing stronger as it arms itself with powerful weapons, armor and tactical gear and becomes a threat to the Mexican Army and even the U.S.

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However, some people have alleged that two previous U.S. administrations armed the Mexican cartels and actually strengthened them through gun-running operations that backfired.

Last year, Mexico’s foreign minister, Marcelo Ebrard, announced in a video posted on Twitter that he sent a note to the U.S. Embassy asking for answers about the Obama administration’s controversial gun-running scheme nicknamed “Fast and Furious.”

The scheme was supposed to limit gun smuggling across the border, but it ended up causing unnecessary deaths and giving bad guys a lot of guns.

More than 2,000 guns were sold to suspected criminals thought to be linked to Mexican drug gangs in the two years of the operation under the Obama presidency Newsmax reported.

“The [Mexican] government requests that it be provided with all the information available regarding the ‘Fast and Furious’ operation,” Ebrard said, as reported by Reuters.

Ebrard cited former U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder as saying Mexican authorities knew about the 2009-2011 operation, which allowed people to buy arms illegally in the U.S. and take them back to Mexico, where the gun buyers would allegedly be tracked to drug cartel bosses and then supposedly caught by law enforcement.

Prior to “Fast and Furious,” a similar operation, named “Operation Wide Receiver,” took place under George W. Bush’s administration. The operation began in 2006 and also failed in tracking down gun and drug traffic.

Talking Points Memo noted:

“What’s also fascinating about the documents turned over to investigators is that they reference a little-known ATF operation called ‘Operation Wide Receiver’, which just like ‘Fast and Furious,’ let guns ‘walk’ to Mexico.

“The operation, run by ATF’s Tucson office and the U.S. Attorney for Arizona, started in 2006 — when George W. Bush’s Attorney General Alberto Gonzales was running the show — and ran until the end of 2007. No charges were filed.”

Unlike “Fast and Furious,” no U.S. Border Patrol or Immigrations and Customs Enforcement  agents were killed during “Operation Wide Receiver.”

Just last Thursday, FBI Director Christopher Wray warned that cartel violence was spilling into the U.S. border and said it was “extremely concerning,” according to Washington Examiner.

Wray spoke at a hearing of the House Judiciary Committee, according to the report. When Rep. Tom McClintock, a California Republican, expressed concerns about the flood of migrants and upticks in criminal arrests at the United States-Mexico border.

Wray responded:

“There’s no question that the cartel activity on the other side of the border is spilling over in all sorts of ways, and you just put your finger on one that’s extremely concerning to us all.

“Different cartels have different affiliations with gangs here in the United States. There’s not just human trafficking from a labor perspective, but also sex trafficking.”

Wray said the issue was a “significant security concern” and added the bureau has several specialized units to curb human smuggling:

“We have a number of human trafficking task forces as well as working on certain task forces with [Department of Homeland Security] to try to address that issue.”

President Joe Biden‘s administration has faced intense criticism over its poor handling of the crisis at the border after authorities reported over 180,000 attempted illegal crossings for the month of May, a number that dwarfed previous estimates, according to Washington Examiner’s report.

The May total was higher than April’s 178,622 and March’s 172,331, according to the report.

About 8,000 of the 180,034 people who border authorities came across last month were denied entry at a port of entry, but the remainder went across the border through unfenced areas Washington Examiner reported.

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