Mexico announces plan with US to boost firearm tracing

Mexico and the United States have agreed to step up oversight of arms trafficking with a system to electronically track firearms seized from criminal organizations, Mexican Security Minister Rosa Icela Rodriguez said on Wednesday.

“The United States and Mexico have agreed to the electronic monitoring of all the firearms seized in our country from criminal organizations,” Rodriguez told a press conference.

Officials from both countries this week discussed the flow of firearms from the United States to Mexican cartels that traffic drugs such as fentanyl into the U.S.

“We want the United States to help us so we can stop this flow because this is what strengthens the cartels,” incoming foreign minister Alicia Barcena said at the press conference.

Some 200,000 weapons enter Mexico annually, Barcena noted, citing data from the defense ministry.


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