PHOENIX — Smugglers are turning to Arizona and other Southwest border states to buy ammunition that they then sneak across the border for use by Mexican drug cartels.
The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives told The Arizona Republic that (http://bit.ly/okmte1) most of the ammunition used by the cartels comes from the United States.
“Fifty rounds might cost you 15 bucks here,” said Jose Wall, senior trafficking agent for the agency in Phoenix. “But sell them in Mexico, I’ll bet you can make $45.”
Hundreds of thousands of rounds of ammunition are purchased each year from online retailers, big-box stores and at gun shows in Arizona and other Southwest border states and then are smuggled across the border.