Our governments are committed to the security of our nations and are working together to prevent arms trafficking, stressed Ken Salazar, the United States Ambassador to Mexico.
Through a statement, the diplomat recalled that on May 13 the Mexican government arrested Michel Baquesagua-Barriga, the leader of the Baquesagua arms trafficking organization.
“This criminal group represents an illegal source of firearms with operations between Sonora, Mexico, and Nogales, Arizona. Through their illegal activities, they contribute directly to cartel violence in Mexico,” he said.
He indicated that the investigation against these arms traffickers is “an example of our cooperation, as our governments have worked together since the beginning of 2022, sharing information and close cooperation to achieve various seizures.”
“This research shows that together we are stronger and achieve greater results in favor of the safety and peace of our communities. This is yet another example that proves that criminals who violate our societies have nowhere to hide. has no place and will face the law.
He reported that in March 2022, through an operation carried out by the Mexican Armed Forces in Navojoa, Sonora, the largest seizure of firearms and ammunition in the history of that state was achieved. “The Bacasegua criminal group was responsible for the seizure of a substantial quantity of approximately 190 firearms, over 2.8 million rounds of ammunition, and over 14,000 magazines.”