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Giacomo Persipaoli - moderator
Posted: Thursday, December 18, 2008 10:30:21 AM
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Joined: 5/20/2008
Posts: 19
Location: UNODA
Keyword: Drugs and Small Arms
Title: Mexican army seizes largest-ever weapons cache

The Mexican army made the country's largest ever weapons haul, of 540 weapons, from three suspected members of the powerful Gulf drug cartel, defense officials said Friday. The haul, including 314 heavy duty arms, half a million cartridges and 164 grenades, was seized in the northeastern state of Tamaulipas and was "the biggest in Mexico's history," an official from the attorney general's office told journalists. t was "one of the biggest blows to organized crime networks," said Marisela Morales, an official from a specialized division fighting drug trafficking. Gold-incrusted weapons, more than 1,000 magazines, a rocket launcher and 976,000 pesos (around 75,000 dollars) were also seized, said army general Xicotencatl de Azolohua. (France 24)

Source: France 24
Date of Issue: 10 November

Giacomo Persipaoli - moderator
Posted: Friday, December 19, 2008 2:56:42 AM
Rank: Member

Joined: 5/20/2008
Posts: 19
Location: UNODA
Keyword: National Legislation
Title: Guatemala Congress for Arms Control

The Guatemalan Congress will approve Tuesday the Law for the Control of Arms and Munitions, amid sharpened controversy between business and civil society. The aim of the initiative is to regulate the sale and illegal possession of those devices, considered here one of the main factors of the death of about 5,000 inhabitants. In addition to the illegal use of almost one million rifles, pistols and shotguns, the current legislation has too many spaces in which people can accumulate information without violating rules. With this new project, the country will announce measures to impede the indiscriminate sale of ammunition, restrict the number of licenses to each citizen and increase requirements. Business people dedicated to weapons import reject those rules and request that deputies have absolute freedom for this kind of trade. The Law of Arms and Munitions has been under discussion in the Congress for over four years. (Prensa Latina)

Source: Prensa Latina{9C300875-96BC-4A00-8652-19B1BB05F67A})&language=EN
Date of Issue: 04 November

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