Photo: 'El Mamito' Captured by Mexican Authorities
“El Mamito” also known as Jesus Enrique Rejon Aguilar has been busy talking to Mexican authorities about his role as the leader of one of the country’s most vicious drug cartels– Los Zetas. Since “El Mamito” was captured earlier this week he has been especially informative about where the cartel gets their guns.
Authorities on both side of the borders are very interested in the issue of guns and cartels, since Aguilar is being tied to the killing of U.S. agent Jaime Zapata in Mexico. And hearings are currently being held on the “Fast and Furious” government program that accidentally put U.S. guns in the hands of the Mexican cartels.
Rejon said all the Zeta’s guns are purchased in the United States, no exception. They are transported either by vehicles or boats. The arms are typically purchased from arms suppliers or ‘straw purchasers’ as they are known, who work for the cartels in the U.S. In a recent case a U.S. citizen was charged with buying 200 AK-47’s and Beretta pistols for the cartel and was planning on delivering them 10 to 20 pieces at a time by simply walking over the border into Mexico.
Certain members of Congress want gun dealers to report sale of multiple long guns and people to submit to background checks when purchasing guns at gun shows. Both initiatives are expected to get backlash from the National Rifle Assocation (NRA).